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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 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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Takeaways: Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, NFL Preseason Week 4

Friday, August 29th, 2014
EJ Manuel and the Bills offense continued to sputter in their preseason finale. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Bills offense continued to sputter in their preseason finale. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If you missed Thursday’s Buffalo Bills preseason finale because of the local blackout in Western New York, you didn’t miss much. The Bills fans who watched it might already be trying to erase the game from their memory.

The Bills lost, 23-0, against the Detroit Lions to finish their preseason with a 1-4 record.

Thursday’s score will not matter as the regular season begins next week. Neither will any team’s preseason record. That said, the Bills will need to play drastically better, especially on offense, to have any chance of emerging as a contender and avoid giving the Cleveland Browns a very high selection with the first-round pick they traded to Cleveland in the Sammy Watkins deal this year.

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Takeaways: Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 2014 NFL Preseason Week 2

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
EJ Manuel and the Bills offense controlled the ball Saturday night but had trouble finding the end zone. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Bills offense controlled the ball Saturday night but had trouble finding the end zone. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills fell to 1-2 in the preseason after dropping Saturday night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 19-16. A lack of sound situational football, particularly on offense, kept the Bills from winning despite some positive play from their defense. The Bills only punted twice in 13 offensive series, while they controlled the ball for more than 35 minutes and ran 35 more plays on offense, but they only scored one touchdown.

The biggest positive of the game for the Bills came in escaping with no major injuries, including No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins, who left the game in the first quarter with a rib injury but was reported to be “fine” by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

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