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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 13

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Preston Brown (52) and Jerry Hughes (55) continued to come up big for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Preston Brown (52) and Jerry Hughes (55) continued to come up big for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills welcomed football back to Western New York on Sunday with an emphatic 26-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Both teams got off to a slow start, but 14 points in a 10-second span in the third quarter led the Bills to a win.

Buffalo’s defensive secondary led the charge in shutting down the Browns passing game while its linebackers also came away with outstanding grades. The defensive line played well and the offensive line turned in a solid performance.

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Buffalo Bills in the Playoff Hunt, But Odds Remain Against Them

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Doug Marrone's Buffalo Bills are well within the race for a wild card playoff berth in the AFC, but they still face a very tough road to the postseason. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

Doug Marrone’s Buffalo Bills are well within the race for a wild card playoff berth in the AFC, but they still face a very tough road to the postseason. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

Defense has been the name of the game for the Buffalo Bills in 2014. Nothing changed much in a 26-10 comeback win over the Cleveland Browns on the final Sunday in November. The Bills kept their dream of making the playoffs alive and forced their opponent to bench a starting quarterback for the second consecutive week—a trend that probably won’t continue next week in Denver. Once again Kyle Orton reverted to the Mr. Hyde version of himself, but was bailed out by arguably the Bills’ strongest defensive performance of the season.

It’s hard not to be excited following a Week 13 win with some relevance. The fact that it’s been 12 years since Buffalo has been 7-5 after 12 games is both exhilarating and nauseating. A league built upon the foundation of parity has not extended its gift of occasional good fortune to snowy Western New York for quite some time and getting caught up in the hoopla is to be expected.

I also would not fault anyone for being sourly pessimistic about the Bills’ playoff hopes, despite a mark many fans should be happy with to this point. After all this is the Buffalo Bills, a team who has not made the postseason since 1999, we are talking about.

For two big reasons, 2014 is unlikely to be the year the Bills finally break the Curse of Doug Flutie.

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Bills vs. Jets to Be Moved Due to Extreme Snowfall; Roster Moves Made

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Ralph Wilson Stadium and its surrounding area is buried in snow and will not be ready for Sunday, when the Bills were scheduled to play the New York Jets. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Ralph Wilson Stadium and its surrounding area is buried in snow and will not be ready for Sunday, when the Bills were scheduled to play the New York Jets. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have been unable to practice all week due to extreme snowfall and travel bans in Western New York, but the team’s staff has still been keeping busy with its preparations for the team’s Week 12 game, both in having to adjust for where the game might be played and in continuing to reshape its active roster.

The NFL announced Thursday that Buffalo’s game against the New York Jets, which was scheduled to be played Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Ralph Wilson Stadium, will not be played at home in Orchard Park.

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Prospect Preview: Meineke Car Care Bowl

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Doege may be undersized but man can he fling it around (Photo: US Presswire)

BBD Editor Anthony D. Macari

Texas Tech QB Seth Doege will get a chance to prove he is draft worthy against a stout Minnesota pass defense. Doege is fourth in the nation in passing yardage with 3,934 and second in passing touchdowns with 38. There likely won’t be many players from this game drafted come April, with Doege and Tech SS Cody Davis having the best chances. Gofer QB Marquis Gray may need to switch positions to have a
chance at the next level. Look for Texas Tech to win this one. (more…)





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