1 – Offensive line stabilized
Putting the franchise tag on
“It is a huge asset to this ball club to have Cordy [Glenn] under contract,” said Incognito. “He is one of the premiere left tackles in the league. To line up with Cordy and
Extending a qualifying offer to restricted free agent OT
2 – Filling the void at defensive end
The release of veteran DE Mario Williams was a fiscal necessity. His contract was cost prohibitive and with the need to keep OT Cordy Glenn on the roster and the drop off in Williams production in 2015, moving the 31-year old pass rusher off the squad was a logical move. Now comes the task of refortifying the position.
“It’s going to be an interesting plan because the defense is going to look a little different this year and there are going to be a couple of different possibilities this year with
With plans to go to a more traditional 3-4, the requirements of the defensive end position figure to change a bit and could shift at least some of the seven players listed as defensive ends on Buffalo’s current roster to more of an outside linebacker role. That’s why adding a five-technique defensive end, most likely through the draft, could be part of the offseason plan.
3 – Wide receiver options
Buffalo retained the rights of restricted free agent
The Bills also very quietly added size to the receiver position this offseason. In January the club added three receivers who all stand 6-2 in
By no means are they household NFL names, but Little has a pair of 50-catch seasons on his NFL resume and Boykin is two years removed from a 49-catch season with Green Bay. They along with the crafty Salas have provided offensive coordinator Greg Roman with an element of size and physicality to the receiving corps that was absent in 2015.
With a draft class that is thin on explosiveness and game breaking speed, collecting talent with NFL experience could prove to be the better play.
4 – Speeding up linebacker
Though it appears that there are just six linebackers currently on the roster, there figures to be some role shifting for some players with Buffalo expected to run a more conventional 3-4 scheme in 2016. Players like
The Bills linebacking corps will still be in need of additional speed at the position, especially if
5 – Who’s behind Aaron?
“We lean on our medical staff and they’ve cleared him completely to play. If we would’ve made the playoffs he would’ve been out there,” said Whaley. “Now when he goes out there he’s just like any other player. There’s a chance for injury, but this specific injury he had there’s not a propensity for him to have it again. So we’re not worried about that. That goes along with what I said before if there’s a safety out there that we think can help us we’ll take him. But it won’t be predicated on the thought of any uncertainty with Aaron Williams. He is cleared to play and would’ve played had we made the playoffs.”