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Buffalo Bills Team Needs: Draft Wrap Up


Joe Catalfamo
A look at the positions that the Bills still have question marks at now that the draft is over. | Photo Credit: Kevin Hoffman- USA TODAY Sports

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.

 

2. Linebacker

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.

 

3. Safety

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.

 

 

 

 

Joe Catalfamo is a Buffalo Bills News Desk writer for Pro Football Spot. Follow him on Twitter at @JCatalfamo3 for more news on the Bills.


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I'm not too proud to admit that I'm glad the Chiefs don't have to play the Bills this year. It was a close-run thing in 2015. My question is this: where are the Bills going to have to improve to topple the Patriots for the AFCE?

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On 5/14/2016 at 1:34 PM, Augustine Harmon said:

I'm not too proud to admit that I'm glad the Chiefs don't have to play the Bills this year. It was a close-run thing in 2015. My question is this: where are the Bills going to have to improve to topple the Patriots for the AFCE?

The main factor in the outcome of their season is solely based on their defensive performance. Buffalo hung around in plenty of games last season, but couldn't get the job done and missed those make-or-break plays on the defensive side of the ball. If they continue their dominant running game (which was the #1 running offense in the league last season) their offense is constantly being efficient.

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On 5/17/2016 at 6:18 PM, Joe Catalfamo said:

The main factor in the outcome of their season is solely based on their defensive performance. Buffalo hung around in plenty of games last season, but couldn't get the job done and missed those make-or-break plays on the defensive side of the ball. If they continue their dominant running game (which was the #1 running offense in the league last season) their offense is constantly being efficient.

Right on. I feel like that's a pretty constant theme for teams playing the Pats. When you lose, it's because you miss one or two plays on the defensive side. Often a close contest that B&B just know how to pull off.

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I am sorry but the Bills have some distractions that just don't seem to go away.  Now CB S. Gilmore is holding out for more money, their best corner in the secondary.  His presence missing will be sending the wrong signal to his teammates even if the OTA's are not mandatory work outs.  

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