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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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Can Tyrod Taylor Be a Factor in Bills’ Starting Quarterback Competition?

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Tyrod Taylor did not play much for the Baltimore Ravens, but he is an intriguing athlete who could factor into Buffalo's quarterback competition. (Photo: Mitch Stringer — USA Today Sports)

Tyrod Taylor did not play much for the Baltimore Ravens, but he is an intriguing athlete who could factor into Buffalo’s quarterback competition. (Photo: Mitch Stringer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

One week after acquiring Matt Cassel in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, the Buffalo Bills added another veteran quarterback to the roster on Thursday, when they announced the signing of former Baltimore Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor.

A 2011 sixth-round pick out of Virginia Tech, Taylor never started a game in four seasons with the Ravens. In limited action, Taylor completed just 19 of 35 passing attempts for 199 yards, with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.

That said, Taylor is just 26 years old and brings intriguing athleticism to the position. He is unlikely to ever be a viable starting quarterback in the NFL, but he at least deserves a shot to compete for the Bills’ starting job, given their lack of a sure No. 1 signal-caller.

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Who Will Be the Buffalo Bills’ Quarterback in 2015? 15 Possibilities

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Jay Cutler is among the quarterbacks being discussed as potential 2015 options for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

Jay Cutler is among the quarterbacks being discussed as potential 2015 options for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills missed the playoffs for a 15th consecutive season in 2014, but they might not have if they had better quarterback play. Amid key players hitting free agency and rumors of front office changes, there remains no bigger question heading into the Bills’ 2015 season than that of who will be their quarterback next year, especially after Monday’s news that incumbent starting quarterback Kyle Orton is retiring from the NFL.

Buffalo and its fans have to be realistic—the Bills probably aren’t going to find their long-term answer at the quarterback position in 2015. With no first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, the Bills aren’t in good position to land their next Jim Kelly.

That said, the good news for the Bills is that even a slight, temporary upgrade under center might be enough for the team to make a playoff run next year. Having just completed their first winning season since 2004 by beating the New England Patriots in an ugly win Sunday, the Bills had enough talent to make the postseason this year, just not enough execution, particularly from the quarterback position, where Orton and EJ Manuel both struggled this year.

Manuel was the Bills’ first-round pick in the 2013 draft, but he has been a big disappointment and started just four games before being benched in 2014. With that in mind, the Bills have to consider all options at the quarterback position for 2015, and each of the following 15 players could be possibilities.

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Kyle Orton Retiring After One Year as Buffalo Bills Quarterback

Monday, December 29th, 2014
After one season as Buffalo Bills quarterback and 10 NFL seasons total, Kyle Orton is retiring from the league. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

After one season as Buffalo Bills quarterback and 10 NFL seasons total, Kyle Orton is retiring from the league. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If you were distressed over the possibility of Kyle Orton being the Buffalo Bills quarterback once again in 2015, those fears can now be put to rest. The 10-year NFL veteran announced his decision to retire from the league Monday.

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What to Watch For: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
Ron Brooks will be in the spotlight Sunday as he fills in for injured Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore. (Photo: Kyle Terada)

Ron Brooks will be in the spotlight Sunday as he fills in for injured Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore. (Photo: Kyle Terada)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Much to the chagrin of Buffalo Bills fans and the delight of New England Patriots fans, Sunday’s regular-season finale between the two teams is essentially meaningless. The Bills, at 8-7, have been eliminated from the playoffs for a 15th consecutive year; the Patriots, at 12-3, have already clinched the AFC’s No. 1 postseason seed.

Still, there will be pride on the line in Sunday’s game, especially for the Buffalo Bills, who haven’t beat the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium since 2000 and have lost 26 of their 28 games against the Patriots since. Additionally, a victory Sunday could secure the Bills’ first winning record since 2004, another year they went 9-7.

With that in mind, there’s still reason for Bills fans to watch Sunday’s season finale, and there’s still reason for the Bills to play as hard as they can to secure a win—but it’s also undeniable that everyone involved with the Bills should have one eye toward the offseason at this point. As much as the Bills will play for a W on Sunday, it will also be a final chance for both players and coaches to prove their worth to the Bills and/or to the league as a whole heading into 2015.

Here’s some of the dynamics that will be worth keeping an eye on Sunday.

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