New Additions Allow Bills to Run Wide Open Offense

Adam VrubelContributor IMay 26, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 8: Terrell Owens #81 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts on the field during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium October 8, 2007 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The biggest benefit of the recent signing of Terrell Owens is that it allows offensive coordinator Turk Schonert to really open up the playbook. 

Last season, the Bills' offense was stagnant without to many deep pass plays.  It seemed like the screen pass was called more than any other pass play, which did not excite too many Bills fans. 

It also allowed opposing defenses to stack the box, limiting the space Pro-Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch had to break long runs. 

Schonert did not have the receivers on hand to open up the playbook and call pass plays over 20 yards.  He also wanted to lessen the strain on young quarterback Trent Edwards who was still learning the offense. 

With the Owens addition, that caution will be thrown out the window. 

Owens is a strong player who can do it all.  He can catch the short pass and break it, go across the middle for first downs, and go grab the deep ball.  His presence alone will take pressure away from Lee Evans who was frequently double teamed last season. 

Evans is a talented receiver who was plagued by a lack of a solid No. 2 receiver.  Many experts expect Evans to really break out this season due to Owens' acquisition. 

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Another area that Owens is one of the best in, and is rarely given credit for, is his run blocking.  Owens really works hard at it and finishes blocks.  Expect Marshawn Lynch and the stable of backs to run to the right side frequently. 

The addition of Owens also means many more four-receiver sets will be seen by the Buffalo offense.  Josh Reed is a great slot receiver in the mold of an Anquan Boldin or Wes Welker, and Roscoe Parrish is a burner.  Expect Parrish to catch some deep balls with Owens and Evans pulling the safeties with Parrish getting single coverage by the nickel-back. 

The run game should be much improved with the addition of rookie right tackle Eric Wood, who is a real mauler and large center Geoff Hangartner.  Fred Jackson and Dominic Rhodes are great change of pace backs who excel at blocking and catching passes out of the backfield. 

The real question mark as to whether this is a top ten offense or a mediocre one is whether Trent Edwards can take the next step and manage the game. 

Last season he started out superb until a concussion sidelined him.  After the concussion, he did not play well with turnovers plaguing him.  If he can limit the turnovers and make the correct reads, the players are there for this to be a great season for the Buffalo Bills' offense.