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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’ Playoff Chances Fall as Kyle Orton Shows Ugly Side

Sunday, December 7th, 2014
The Bills had big days from their defense and Sammy Watkins, but Kyle Orton couldn't do enough to lead Buffalo to a win. (Photo: Ron Chenoy -- USA Today Sports)

The Bills had big days from their defense and Sammy Watkins, but Kyle Orton couldn’t do enough to lead Buffalo to a win. (Photo: Ron Chenoy — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

For the first three quarters, Kyle Orton and the Buffalo Bills offense could not get of their own way in Sunday’s one-touchdown, 24-17 loss at the Denver Broncos. The Bills defense kept them in striking distance with another dominant performance, but Buffalo’s offense awoke far too late in the game to stage a miraculous comeback.

In principle, the Bills are still very much alive in the playoff chase due to helpful losses by the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. However, the team showed it may not be ready to take the next step through its brutal four-game finish of the 2014 season.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets: What to Watch For Monday Night

Monday, November 24th, 2014
One of the keys to Monday night's game will be whether Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins can make big plays against the Jets secondary. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

One of the keys to Monday night’s game will be whether Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins can make big plays against the Jets secondary. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills will play a technical home game under unusual circumstances Monday night, as their game against the New York Jets, originally scheduled to be played Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, will instead be played at 7 p.m. ET at Ford Field in Detroit, due to extreme snowfall in the Buffalo region this past week.

After a week that when, where and how the Bills would play this game became the story, the focus returns to the field Monday night. That said, the postponement and relocation of the game is not simply an issue of semantics; it could, along with the week that was, have a real effect on the Bills’ ability to win this game and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Will the Bills be prepared to win?

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Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 2014 NFL Week 10: Inactives and Matchups to Watch

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
Following the team's bye week, Fred Jackson is back in action for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

Following the team’s bye week, Fred Jackson is back in action for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The second half of the Buffalo Bills’ season begins Sunday as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs, at 1 p.m. at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium and to be televised on CBS, in a battle of two 5-3 teams jockeying for position in the battle for a wild card spot in the AFC.

There was some suspense leading up to the release of the Bills’ inactive list Sunday morning as two of the team’s key offensive plays, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running back Fred Jackson, were both listed as questionable with groin injuries.

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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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