Buffalo: Gunning it

Michael McMastersCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 28:  Lee Evans #83 of the Buffalo Bills waits to walk on the field before the game against the New England Patriots on December 28, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

You want explosive? Try this: play T.O, Lee Evans, Josh Reed, Roscoe Parrish, and Steve Johnson all on the field at the same time. The Bills are talking about running the no huddle, here.

The Bills would benefit being in shotgun formation with multiple looks for Edwards. Edwards is the type of QB who possesses an ultra quick release.  So, taking advantage of what he does best would help explore other available options in the Bills' offense.

For instance, if Edwards sees a heavy blitz coming, he can call multiple hot routes in the shotgun formation and mess with how the defense wants to play.  The Bills could always use one of the receivers on the field as the dump off option.

They could also try sitting Roscoe Parrish in a zone, making him the safety valve.  Have that guy pick the soft parts of the zone coverage.  If he does that, he can be very dangerous.  A linebacker trying to catch this guy once he’s in the open field will be a joke—a linebacker trying to cover him would be disastrous.

I would also try to make some good use of Steve Johnson, as well.  I want this guy running slant routes.  At 6’2" and 202 lbs, he adds good size for the slot receiver. Having him run dig routes and short crossing would be a pain for defensive coordinators.

Josh Reed is another receiver that can make some clutch plays.  Last year he caught 56 balls for 597 yards and one score.  Now, that doesn’t seem like much, but when you add the fact that 13 of those resulted in first downs, it gets somewhere.

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T.O. is heralded as one of the best to ever to play the game.  It should help the Bills in public relations.  While people are scrambling to buy his jersey, I can’t help but wonder if he can hold onto the football.  Even if he doesn’t put up career numbers, he is an excellent decoy.

T.O. is all about himself, but the ironic thing is that his arrival is going to make every other receiver that much better.

Make no mistake about it: the biggest threat on this team is Lee Evans.  He has supreme deep speed and with Turk Schonert giving him snaps in the slot and outside, defensive coordinators still really only have to be scared of how much he can dominate.

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