You could argue that the Buffalo Bills may have the most talented roster top to bottom in the AFC East. But more importantly, the Bills are looking to clinch their first playoff berth in 16 years, and its safe to say they are just a few pieces away from that. Here are the main points to focus in order to make that goal possible:
1. Wide Receiver
With Sammy Watkins having the number one spot solidified, the Bills are lacking a major secondary threat at the wide receiver position. Percy Harvin’s contract did not get renewed, and Robert Woods had a very down season last year. Also, Chris Hogan went and signed with New England a few weeks ago, so that leaves unreliable options like Leonard Hankerson, Jarrett Boykin, Greg Salas, and Dezmin Lewis competing for the third spot. The Bills drafted WR Kolby Listenbee from TCU who brings a load of speed (ran a 4.2 40 at the combine), but the second wide-receiver spot is still there for the taking.
The Buffalo Bills’ front office did some work the second day of the draft and landed LB Reggie Ragland from Alabama with the 41st pick. GM Doug Whaley commented on their selection by saying that Ragland will be thrown right into the lineup to play opposite third-year LB Preston Brown. That being said, the depth at the linebacker position is still a main concern. Zach Brown, who was just signed by Buffalo from Tennessee, and Manny Lawson, who logged a fair amount of minutes between linebacker and defensive end last season, would most likely be the only back-ups on the depth chart.
Corey Graham and Aaron Williams will look to start at the safety spots in 2016. Graham led the Bills in tackles last season, but struggled in big spots. Williams is coming off a significant neck injury that limited him to only three appearances last year, but he is deemed to be back to 100%. Williams wasn’t the most reliable player when it came to playmaking, so having a solid secondary option here would definitely help solidify Buffalo’s defense. That being said, the Bills recently signed veteran Robert Blanton from free agency, so maybe Blanton can be the answer for Buffalo.