Monday, August 5, 2013

2013 NFL Team Previews: Buffalo Bills

Key Additions

QB Kevin Kolb, G Doug Legursky, DT Alan Branch, DE/OLB Jerry Hughes, QB E.J. Manuel (draft), WR Robert Woods (draft), ILB Kiko Alonso (draft), WR Marquise Goodwin (draft), S Duke Williams (draft), S Jonathan Meeks (draft), K Dustin Hopkins (draft)

Key Losses

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB Tarvaris Jackson, WR David Nelson, WR Donald Jones, G Andy Levitre, G Chad Rinehart, DE Chris Kelsay, DE Kyle Moore, DE Shawne Merriman, DT Spencer Johnson, OLB Nick Barnett, ILB Kelvin Sheppard, CB Terrence McGee, S George Wilson

Team Analysis

This is a season of big change for Buffalo. The new regime in western New York includes a new GM, a new coaching staff, and a new quarterback. It is tough to predict the outcome of a team's season when they undergo so many major changes, but the prevailing thought in Buffalo is that things can only get better. E.J. Manuel is now the face of the franchise, as it appears he is the front runner to be the starter in week one. Both sides of the ball have lots of talent, but also lots of questions. The hole left behind at left guard by Andy Levitre is going to be tough to fill, and the role of a pass rusher across from Mario Williams is a constant search. However, the biggest question mark for this team is going to be the performance of their first three draft picks: E.J. Manuel, Robert Woods, and Kiko Alonso. If those three rookies (especially Manuel) can step up and have big years, Buffalo could surprise everyone in the AFC. However, if they fail to produce, Buffalo could be watching the post season from the basement of the AFC.

Projected Wins


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