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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 Free Agency Tracker

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Acquired at midseason by the Jets last season, Percy Harvin is reuniting with Rex Ryan in Buffalo. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA Today Sports)

Acquired at midseason by the Jets last season, Percy Harvin is reuniting with Rex Ryan in Buffalo. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The free-agency frenzy has officially begun with the opening of the 2015-16 NFL league year. As the Buffalo Bills fill out their 2015 free-agent class, we’ll update their signings here, along with updates of which Bills from last year’s team find new homes.

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Buffalo Bills Retain Three Exclusive Rights Free Agents, Including Chris Hogan

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
Chris Hogan will be back with the Bills in 2015 after a breakout 2014 season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Chris Hogan will be back with the Bills in 2015 after a breakout 2014 season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ roster moves of Thursday weren’t nearly as splashy as the trades they made Tuesday and Wednesday, but they were roster moves nonetheless. The Bills tendered three exclusive rights free agents—wide receivers Chris Hogan and Justin Brown, plus defensive tackle Corbin Bryant—which will keep all three players in the fold for the 2015 season.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 14

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Sammy Watkins returned to form Sunday, but it was not enough for the Bills to beat the Broncos. (Photo: Ron Chenoy — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins returned to form Sunday, but it was not enough for the Bills to beat the Broncos. (Photo: Ron Chenoy — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills visited Mile High Stadium in Denver with playoff aspirations on Sunday, but ultimately fell short as the Broncos held on for a 24-17 victory. The Bills got as close as an attempted onside kick at the end of the game but couldn’t complete the comeback, which all but ends their chances of playing in the postseason.

The offensive unit for Buffalo had a tough time capitalizing on the three turnovers that the defense forced for them. In usual fashion, it sputtered for most of the game until finally picking it up in the fourth quarter, which slightly improved its grades. The defense did not record a sack but played tough against Denver’s Peyton Manning-led offense, giving its offense an opportunity to win the game.

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14 Points in 14 Seconds Lead Buffalo Bills to Victory Over Cleveland Browns

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Jerry Hughes' fumble return touchdown played a key role in Buffalo's 26-10 win over Cleveland on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Jerry Hughes’ fumble return touchdown played a key role in Buffalo’s 26-10 win over Cleveland on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Through the first 36 minutes of their Week 13 game against the Cleveland Browns, it looked as though the Buffalo Bills might be in for another game like their Week 11 loss to the Miami Dolphins, a game in which they failed to score a touchdown.

Everything changed after a 4th-and-2 gamble, at the 8:36 mark of the third quarter, paid off with a 35-yard deep catch by Bills wide receiver Robert Woods, caught from quarterback Kyle Orton even through the defensive pass interference of Browns cornerback Buster Skrine.

On its next play, Buffalo scored a three-yard touchdown on a pass from Orton to Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan.

On the first play of the Browns’ subsequent offensive possession, Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes beat Browns left tackle Joe Thomas—despite a hold from Thomas—to catch Browns running back Terrance West in pursuit, force a fumble, recover the ball himself and return it 18 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bills 14 points in only 14 seconds.

That spurt gave the Bills a 14-3 lead from which they never looked back, as they ultimately won the game 26-10.

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