Coming into a season where there are real expectations for the first time in arguably a decade, the Buffalo Bills hope their strong offseason translates into wins on the field. The signing of Mario Williams has re-energized a fanbase that got its hopes up after a 5-2 start last year. That start was followed by a deflating 1-8 finish, leaving Bills fans without a playoff appearance for the 12th consecutive season.
Yet, as always, there remains hope in Western New York. Not since Takeo Spikes have the Bills made such a splash in free agency as they did with Williams. They also brought in Mark Anderson to play opposite the former Texan in a conscious effort to bolster what was a meager pass rush in 2011.
This year's training camp saw several starting position battles intensify. Almost every one of those battles has yet to be decided. Former All-Pros have been cut. Former Heismans have looked good.
With camp done at St. John Fisher and the team back in Orchard Park, let's look at the three biggest storylines to watch as the regular season approaches.