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Since the franchise was purchased by Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, there’s been a lot more optimism in the fan base, and supporters are rallying around new head coach Sean McDermott.
This could be the year the team finally breaks their long playoff drought.
2017 Buffalo Bills Predictions: Roster Changes
The biggest change in the Bills organization came at the top, with Sean McDermott moving in as head coach, and Brandon Beane taking over as general manager. While those represent upgrades, the on-field product wasn’t so lucky.
Wide receiver Robert Woods was a well-kept secret and his loss will hurt, as will that of cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who went just down the street to New England.
Then there’s the curious case of running back Mike Gillislee, who also wound up with the Patriots after an offer sheet wasn’t met.
As far as new additions, the team picked up a 2018 first round pick by trading down in the draft, allowing the Kansas City Chiefs to select quarterback Patrick Mahomes, while they were content to move back to the No. 27 slot and select cornerback Tre’Davious White out of LSU.
Safety Micah Hyde was added into the fold, as was fullback Patrick DiMarco to help carve out space for the team’s rushing attack.
2017 Buffalo Bills Predictions: Offense
For the Bills’ offense, the name of the game is speed. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, running back LeSean McCoy, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins represent one of the league’s most talented and speediest quarterback-running back-wide receiver trios.
Moving the ball on the ground will be key for this group, and McDermott figures to help on that front.
With an offensive-minded head coach now in the fold, the team figures to continue to have one of the most explosive offenses in football, after that group took a major step forward last season. Having a healthy Watkins for the full season would be a major boost for this group.
2017 Buffalo Bills Predictions: Defense
Transitioning away from a Ryan-led defense is going to mean some growing pains, but this was a group that really excelled in the 4-3 system before his arrival.
Only time will tell how this unit will shake out, but there’s not a lot of reason for optimism in a group that’s lost some key players in recent years, and will be relying more on youth this coming season.
2017 Buffalo Bills Handicapping: (Strengths/Weaknesses)
Speed is the name of the game for this offense, and we saw that group exploit opposing defenses in a number of embarrassing ways last season.
With McDermott now calling the shots – a coach who’s proven when it comes to maximizing the return on a mobile quarterback – the sky is the limit when it comes to this offense.
With the exception of some of those big-name players, this is a team teetering on the edge of a rebuild. The late firing of general manager Doug Whaley after he was involved in the head coaching search shows the lack of a big-picture plan from the team’s brain trust, so it’s possible this group gets blown up after the season.
And the lack of urgency in adding talent to supplement the current core proves that, leaving a roster with a lot of holes.
2017 Buffalo Bills Prediction (Final Record): 6-10
The Bills are an interesting case, as a franchise that looks to have an eye on the future, but does have a core group of stud players that could potentially derail plans for a high-end draft pick in 2018.
The offense will score some points, leading to a handful more wins than expected, but there’s just not a lot to love about this roster as it’s currently constructed.
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