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NFL Trade Deadline: Who Should the Bills Target?

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The NFL Trade Deadline is coming up on November 2nd, and there are plenty of rumors heating up already. From Deshaun Watson to Miles Sanders to Kyle Fuller, there’s plenty of names available. The Buffalo Bills have some holes to fill, including Guard, RB, and CB. In this article, we will consider 6 players the Bills should target.

1.) Kyle Fuller

The Bills have a slight problem at CB and the Tennessee Titans took advantage of it a couple weeks ago. Levi Wallace is a good CB, but there is still a need for a CB2 on this team. Adding Fuller for a 5th round pick should give Buffalo some much needed relief & would pair nicely with Tre White. Fuller signed a 1 year/$9M deal with the Denver Broncos after being released by the Chicago Bears, but has fallen down the depth chart in Denver. You could blame that on scheme fit if you’d like, but Fuller is a good corner & showed it through his career with the Bears. His best season came in 2018 with 55 tackles, 7 INTs, and 21 passes defended. Fuller had a pre-draft visit with the Bills back in 2014 as well.

2.) Marlon Mack

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Marlon Mack requested a trade a few weeks ago after losing touches to Nyheim Hines. Mack can be a good dual threat RB. In 2019, Mack totaled 1,091 yards, 8 rushing TDs, and 4.4 yards per attempt (YPA). The Bills run game hasn’t been working this year, and they haven’t solidified the RB1 position. With Zack Moss & Devin Singletary still splitting reps, and neither lighting the world on fire, they should look to improve the run game & take some pressure off Josh Allen’s shoulders. Mack signed a 1 year/$2M deal late in Free Agency & is coming off of a season-ending torn Achilles in week 1 last year.

3.) Evan Engram

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has reported that the NY Giants received multiple calls about TE Evan Engram. Meanwhile, Albert Breer mentioned that the Bills were one of the teams calling about the TE. Engram would make a nice pairing with Dawson Knox, who is coming off of a broken hand. With Allen relying on the TE position more often this season, Engram would provide Allen with a reliable target for the next couple weeks. Additionally, Engram & Knox together in 2 TE sets would be a matchup nightmare for defenses. Engram is in the final year of his rookie contract and, if Buffalo would look to extend him, would be a cheaper option for the offense. Engram’s best season came in 2018 when he totaled 577 yards & 3 TDs on 45 receptions, along with 3 dropped passes.

Matt Lombardo on Twitter: “Asking around a bit on Evan Engram, and my impression from conversations around the league is that the #Giants may struggle to move him. Few competing teams really need a TE right now, and the #Cardinals’ trade for Zach Ertz took a major suitor. One team to watch: #Bills. #NFL / Twitter”

Asking around a bit on Evan Engram, and my impression from conversations around the league is that the #Giants may struggle to move him. Few competing teams really need a TE right now, and the #Cardinals’ trade for Zach Ertz took a major suitor. One team to watch: #Bills. #NFL

4.) Akiem Hicks

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Hicks was involved in trade talks earlier this off-season, but eventually died down when Chicago had no takers. If Buffalo can give them the right offer, Hicks could finally be moved. Hicks is in the final year of his contract and would need an extension. He has previously said that he would like to sign an extension in Chicago. However, with Buffalo’s Super Bowl aspirations, Hicks could sign long term with a contender. He has totaled 1.5 sacks, 5 QB hits, and 11 tackles this year.

5.) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

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Tardif opted out of the 2020 season and has been a healthy scratch so far this season because of the depth KC has on their interior OL. The Chiefs would have to convince Tardif to waive his no trade clause, but to get a starting spot with the Bills, he would seriously consider it. With Kyle Long & Prince Tega Wanogho as backups, the Chiefs have good depth to be able to trade Tardif. It shouldn’t take much to get Tardif as he missed most of training camp with an injury & fell out of favor with Chiefs coaches.

6.) Will Hernandez

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Will Hernandez is on this list for the same reason as Duvernay-Tardif and should be easier to get. Hernandez may take a little more time to start but, once he gets caught up, should be a reliable piece to the team’s interior OL. He has been solid so far this season, allowing just 2 sacks & 4 penalties on 419 snaps played, good enough for a 61.2 PFF grade.

In other Bills trade news, the team has received calls about their DL, according to ESPN. I would have to think they would look to trade their veterans (Mario Addison or Efe Obada), with Jerry Hughes still a part of the team’s starting defense.

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