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Stacking Up the Buffalo Bills’ New Offense After Wave of Offseason Acquisitions

Friday, March 20th, 2015
LeSean McCoy is set to be the centerpiece of the Buffalo Bills' new-look offense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy is set to be the centerpiece of the Buffalo Bills’ new-look offense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Rex Ryan is known to be a defensive-minded coach, but you wouldn’t know it from the Buffalo Bills’ personnel moves during his first offseason with the team. Since the start of February, the Bills have acquired eight new players; all of them play offense.

In February, the Bills claimed wide receiver Justin Brown off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers, then signed veteran guard Richie Incognito as a street free agent. In early March, one week before free agency, the Bills really cranked the volume up to eleven when they made trades on back-to-back days for Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel. Since then, the Bills have continued to load up on offensive playmakers in free agency with the signings of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, fullback Jerome Felton, wide receiver Percy Harvin and tight end Charles Clay.

The Bills have taken a clearly defined approach to the offseason so far, and it’s easy to understand why. Their defense ranked fourth in the NFL in both points allowed and yards allowed last season, and will be returning nine of its 2014 starters for 2015. The Bills offense, on the other hand, ranked just 26th in yards per game, 18th in points per game and 26th in Football Outsiders’ offensive DVOA.

As a result of the Bills’ active offseason thus far, their offense could be unrecognizable in 2015. That’s a good thing—the Bills’ 2014 offense is certainly not one they ever want to replicate going forward—but it could take some getting used to.

There is likely to still be more talent added to the offense through the NFL draft, but at least in terms of free-agent signings and trades, the Bills’ big roster moves are probably complete. With that in mind, we can start breaking down how Buffalo’s new combination of parts, under new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, could all come together to form the 2015 Bills offense.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 15

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Mario Williams and the Bills defense made Aaron Rodgers have one of the worst games of his career Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams and the Bills defense made Aaron Rodgers have one of the worst games of his career Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills bounced back in Week 15 with a 21-13 victory over the visiting Green Bay Packers in what some fans are calling the biggest win in a decade. There is no doubt it was a monumental victory for head coach Doug Marrone and his staff, as it keeps the Bills’ playoff push alive into Week 16, something fairly uncommon for the Western New York franchise in December.

The Bills defense ruled the day as it shut down the Packers passing game and limited the damage done on the ground on its way to some high grades. The offense once again struggled to punch the ball into the end zone; it will need to get better if Buffalo wants to win out and potentially make the playoffs.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 10

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
In a losing effort, Jerry Hughes was a star for the Bills defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

In a losing effort, Jerry Hughes was a star for the Bills defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills took one on the chin on Sunday, losing 17-13 to the Kansas City Chiefs, moving them down to 10th place and currently out of playoff position in the AFC with a record of 5-4. Ralph Wilson Stadium was buzzing throughout the day, but the home team fumbled away its first-half lead with two costly second-half turnovers.

Once again the Bills defensive unit had a great showing and did more than its part to give the team an opportunity to win, but the offense was a major letdown, especially in the red zone. There were flashes of great play on both sides but overall, defense dominated the day.

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Fumbles, Red-Zone Futility Cost Buffalo Bills in Loss to Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
A pass to Sammy Watkins with Ron Parker in coverage was one of many in the red zone that went incomplete for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

A pass to Sammy Watkins with Ron Parker in coverage was one of many in the red zone that went incomplete for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Already holding a seven-point lead at home after the first half, the Buffalo Bills seemed on the verge of taking command of Sunday’s game as running back Bryce Brown barreled toward the end zone on a run from the 12-yard line. As Brown crossed the goal line, the Bills would have taken a 17-3 lead before kicking the ball back to the Kansas City Chiefs … except that Brown didn’t have the ball with him when he broke the plane.

As Brown reached the 5-yard line, he was stripped of the ball by Ron Parker, a defensive back who came up big time and time again for the Chiefs on Sunday. The ball rolled through the end zone as Bills tight end Scott Chandler missed an opportunity to recover it, and seven points were officially squandered as the Chiefs got the ball on a touchback.

Brown’s fumble proved to be the turning point in a game that the Chiefs ultimately won 17-13.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets, 2014 NFL Week 8: Matchups to Watch and Keys to the Game

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Kraig Urbik will get his first chance to start this season for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Kraig Urbik will get his first chance to start this season for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills will reach the midpoint of their 2014 season on Sunday. Playing the New York Jets on the road, they’ll need a victory to bring a winning record into their Week 9 bye.

Buffalo, at 4-3, is a favorite to win Sunday against the Jets, who are 1-6 this year. While the Bills have had their issues this year, they’ve still been a clearly better team than New York, who carries a six-game losing streak into Week 8. That said, the Bills haven’t beat the Jets in MetLife Stadium since 2009—Rex Ryan’s first year as Jets head coach.

The following matchups and keys for each team will play a big part in determining whether the Bills can reverse that trend.

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