The Buffalo Bills were exactly who we thought they were last season, which was a team that didn’t have a great chance of winning football games. The move to the 3-4 defense may pan out in the long run, but it was a disaster last year. This should improve over time when the Bills get the proper personnel in place.
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a pretty solid season last year, and he’ll likely be the starter for next season. However, I think that the Bills are fooling themselves if they think he is the franchise quarterback, so I think that the Bills need to consider drafting a franchise quarterback in one of the first three rounds. Fred Jackson is a very underrated starting running back, and he should hold down that role next season.
C.J. Spiller needs to make a much bigger impact next season to avoid being looked at as a big time bust. Lee Evans is a solid starting receiver, but he is due a lot of money for next season and the Bills may want to go younger moving forward. Steve Johnson has emerged as a potential number one receiver, and he should only continue to get better moving forward.
The tight end position is a huge question mark, as David Martin and Jonathan Stupar aren’t starting-quality tight ends. The offensive line is missing a blindside protector, and it is weak overall at the tackle position. Demetrius Bell could make a solid right tackle, but the Bills must acquire an upgrade for the left tackle position. The interior of the line is pretty solid, as Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart are solid guards, and Eric Wood is a talented young center.
The defensive line was one of the biggest reasons that the Bills defense struggled last year, and they must bring some more talent in at the defensive end position. Alex Carrington will probably get a chance to start next season due to his high draft status, but the Bills need to take at least one defensive end early on in this year’s draft.
Kyle Williams played excellent at nose tackle last season, and he will continue to be the anchor of the line. Torrell Troup played decent as a rookie, and gives them solid depth behind Williams. The Bills are lacking an impact pass rusher, so this is another position they must address. Arthur Moats is a nice player, but he isn’t a top notch pass rusher.
Shawne Merriman can be that guy, but he hasn’t proven that he can stay healthy in recent seasons. Paul Posluszny and Akin Ayodele are a very solid pairing at defensive tackle, but the depth behind them is lacking. Leodis McKelvin and Drayton Florence are a decent tandem at cornerback, and Terrence McGee is a pretty good backup. However, the depth behind those guys is severely lacking. Jairus Byrd and Donte Whitner are a top duo at safety, and George Wilson is a much better than average backup at safety.