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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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Free Agent Guards the Buffalo Bills Could Pursue This Offseason

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati could be a top target for the Buffalo Bills on the free-agent market this offseason. (Photo: Kyle Terada — USA Today Sports)

San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati could be a top target for the Buffalo Bills on the free-agent market this offseason. (Photo: Kyle Terada — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Dustin Tingue

The Buffalo Bills finished the 2013 season second in the NFL in total rushing yards, just behind the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2014, that strength became a weakness and Buffalo plummeted to 25th in rushing, averaging just under 93 yards a game. Having a banged-up group of running backs was only half the problem, as the offensive line up front—especially the guards—also struggled for most of the season.

At left guard, Chris Williams appeared in just three games before being assigned to injured reserve with a nagging back ailment. Rookie fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson started four games, but was clearly overwhelmed and eventually replaced by Kraig Urbik. At right guard, Erik Pears graded out as one of the worst players at his position in the entire league.

New head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman will surely evaluate this offseason which offensive linemen they can work with that are currently on the roster, but even with a new coaching staff on board, Doug Whaley would be wise to try and find an experienced and reliable guard in free agency to help Buffalo re-establish its run game.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Midseason Grades

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Playing to earn a contract extension, Marcell Dareus has been the first-half star of the Buffalo Bills defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Playing to earn a contract extension, Marcell Dareus has been the first-half star of the Buffalo Bills defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills are right in the thick of the AFC playoff race, currently sitting in a four-way tie for sixth place with a record of 5-3. The defense has really carried the team while the offense has been opportunistic enough to contribute to the winning record.

Overall through eight games, many defensive players have graded out very well while the offensive players have been more boom or bust in terms of individual performances.

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Buffalo Bills Offense Overcomes Turnovers, Injuries to Steal Victory from Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, October 19th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, thanks to a Sammy Watkins touchdown catch with one second remaining in the game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, thanks to a Sammy Watkins touchdown catch with one second remaining in the game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

For the first 57 minutes of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, it looked as though this column would be all about everything that went wrong for the Buffalo Bills offense on Sunday.

The Bills flipped the script in the game’s final three minutes and seven seconds, as quarterback Kyle Orton led a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, which ended with just one second remaining in the game, to give Buffalo a 17-16 victory in a game that was otherwise ugly for both teams.

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Buffalo Bills Place Chris Williams on Injured Reserve, Add Kenny Ladler to 53-Man Roster

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Chris Williams' first season with the Bills lasted just three games. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Chris Williams’ first season with the Bills lasted just three games. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

In an offseason where the Buffalo Bills went for mid-level veteran bargains over big-ticket signings in free agency, their most scrutinized move was their decision to sign left guard Chris Williams to a four-year, $13.15 million deal.

That deal already looks like a mistake after the oft-injured guard was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday due to a lingering back injury.

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