Let’s be honest: last year’s Bills offense was the possibly the most pathetic offense in two decades. But, that does not mean there was not some talent talent spread throughout the offense. Josh Allen has locked down quarterback position, Zay Jones and Robert Foster are potential starters, Dion Dawkins is the lone stalwart on the line, and Lesean McCoy might still have productive years ahead. Regardless, there were gaping holes at every offensive position group. The McBeane trust realized this and quickly addressed the various needs of the offensive depth chart early in free agency.
John Brown and Cole Beasley make the WR core four starters strong, Frank Gore adds insurance and leadership behind Shady, Tyler Kroft adds versatility to the TEs, and the OL went from the weakest to the strongest offensive position group. The OL will most likely have four new starters on it comprised of free agency signings. These depth signings filled out the offense with legitimate starting talent. All the offense needs is a game-breaking skill player, one that can help take the burden off of Allen. Maybe Foster or Jones emerges as a true #1 or Shady gets his legs back. There’s a chance the team drafts an offensive stud high in the draft. Whatever it is, the offense is now one playmaker away from having the potential to be a top ten offense in the league.
The offense was in shambles last year, but the defense definitely was not. Buffalo fielded the number one defense in yards per game, as well as the top ranked pass defense. Despite not a single player being named to the pro-bowl (so much disrespect!), there are multiple top-tier defensive players littered throughout. The secondary is particularly deep. Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, and Tre White hold down one of the bests secondaries in the league. Yet, the depth behind them is just as impressive. 2018 fourth-round draft pick Taron Johnson, 2018 undrafted free agents Ryan Lewis and Levi Wallace, and free agent signings Kevin Johnson and EJ Gaines all have a real claim to being a starter. This secondary group is impossibly deep.
As you can imagine, the front seven is no less deep. The linebacking core fields three strong starters in Lorenzo Alexander, Matt Milano, and Tremaine Edmunds- granted there is not much help behind the three starers. The depth on the defensive line compensates for the lack of backup linebackers though, with the ability to rotate seven players. Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson headline the group, and display the ability to dominate the edges in both the run and pass game. The middle is held down by a four-man rotation starting with Harrison Phillips and Star Lotuleilei. One more star pass rusher and the defense will get the recognition it deserves.
All of a sudden, the Buffalo Bills roster became one of the deepest in the league, and is a few studs away from having the talent to be a perennial playoff contender.