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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 Taking a Chance on Enigmatic Playmaker Percy Harvin

Friday, March 13th, 2015
Looking to add some much-needed sparks to their offense, the Buffalo Bills have decided to take a chance on Percy Harvin. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

Looking to add some much-needed sparks to their offense, the Buffalo Bills have decided to take a chance on Percy Harvin. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills hired Rex Ryan in January, one thing was for sure: the Bills weren’t going to play it safe with their acquisitions this offseason. That certainly hasn’t been the case so far—especially Friday—when the Bills agreed to terms with former New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

At his best, Harvin can be one of the NFL’s most dynamic playmakers. A 5’11″, 184-pound offensive weapon who ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, Harvin has a combination of speed and agility that makes him a big-play threat as not only a pass-catcher, but also as a runner and kickoff returner.

These qualities could make Harvin a big asset to the Bills. As a player who can create yardage for himself with the ball in his hands, Harvin could be highly valuable for an offense that has no great options at the quarterback position, and will therefore struggle to be prolific throwing the ball downfield.

With that being said, Harvin has often been more trouble than he is worth, and certainly qualifies as a high-risk, high-reward type of signing for the Bills.

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Rex Ryan Talks Incognito, McCown and Patriots at NFL Scouting Combine

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If there was one thing to take away from Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan’s time addressing the media at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, it was that he’s seemingly quite excited for the start of baseball season. After filibustering about the game on the diamond to start his press conference, Rex Ryan continued to make baseball references—largely in regards to questions about players who are currently members of other NFL teams—throughout his 15 minutes at the podium.

“My first year [as head coach of the New York Jets] I would have done this and I would have swung at that pitch,” Ryan said while lining up to imitate a baseball stance, “and probably been fined for tampering or something like that,” in response to a question about New England Patriots and former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who could potentially become a free agent this offseason if released by New England. “There’s no way I’m going to talk about somebody else’s player, so I refuse to do that.”

Ryan also made references about not swinging at pitches again when he was asked about New York Jets running back and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez, another former Jet.

In more noteworthy business, Ryan did address a number of other topics, including the recent signing of Richie Incognito, the visit earlier this week by free-agent quarterback Josh McCown and the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory.

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Richie Incognito to Sign with Buffalo Bills

Saturday, February 7th, 2015
After a year out of the NFL, Richie Incognito is set to join the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Winslow Townson — USA Today Sports)

After a year out of the NFL, Richie Incognito is set to join the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Winslow Townson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The start of free agency is more than a month away, but the Buffalo Bills have already made a move to address one of their biggest needs. The Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement in principle to sign veteran guard Richie Incognito, who is best known for his role in the Miami Dolphins’ 2013 bullying scandal.

The news of Incognito visiting the Bills for a physical was first reported by James Walker of ESPN.com on Friday. Tim Graham of The Buffalo News was the first to report that Incognito would sign with Buffalo.

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Buffalo Bills Hire Six New Assistant Coaches, Retain Four Others

Monday, January 26th, 2015
Anthony Lynn is one of 13 coaches on the Buffalo Bills' new staff who was with the New York Jets in 2014. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Anthony Lynn is one of 13 coaches on the Buffalo Bills’ new staff who was with the New York Jets in 2014. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

New Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan continued filling out his coaching staff for the 2015 season Monday, as the Bills officially hired six new assistants while they also retained four coaches from Doug Marrone’s 2014 staff.

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