1. CBS Sports predicts Bills will land this free agent
Wait so the Buffalo Bills aren’t done adding talent to the roster?
The Bills have been more active in free agency than any other team this offseason and have loaded up each side of the ball with numerous pieces.
Offensively Buffalo added Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, John Brown, Cole Beasley, Ty Nsekhe, Tyler Kroft, Mitch Morse just to name a few. The key of the offseason has been to surround Josh Allen with talent and Brandon Beane has gone out and done just that.
But what about the defense?
Buffalo added EJ Gaines and Kevin Johnson to the secondary but remained relatively quiet on the defensive line until the draft selection of Ed Oliver.
CBS Sports predicts the Bills will add another piece to a defense that ranked No. 2 in yards allowed last year.
The Bills aren't exactly desperate for a pass rusher, but there's a reason they've been sniffing around Ezekiel Ansah for almost two months. No. 1, adding a former All-Pro to a line that now includes first-rounder Ed Oliver could really ramp up their trench game. No. 2, they're flush with the cap space to make it happen. Ansah may want a one-year deal to get back on the market for one last shot at a big contract, but regardless, he seems like a guy who'd fit in Buffalo. It's not like he'd be playing with slouches, either.
Ansah dealt with a shoulder injury throughout the 2018 season, resulting in him playing in only seven games and starting just two. Prior to last season Ansah has started 71 of 73 career games.
With the 2019 free agency period officially open, here's a look at Buffalo's acquisitions.
2. Who will be Buffalo’s biggest rookie breakout?
“A team’s highest-drafted rookie won’t necessarily be it’s bast,” writes Bleacher Report.
Buffalo grabbed Ed Oliver with the No. 9 pick but Bleacher Report’s Brad Gagnon doesn’t think he will be the biggest rookie breakout.
Oliver is expected to make an immediate impact on the Bills’ defensive front but with Star Lotulelei, Jordan Phillips and Harrison Phillips as the interior linemen already he could be inserted a little less quickly, says Gagnon.
We're taking a flier here on Bills third-round running back Devin Singletary, who just might have a chance to become this year's Alvin Kamara. The Florida Atlantic product rushed for 4,287 yards, averaged 6.0 yards per carry and scored 67 touchdowns in three years with the Owls.
Singletary has been compared to other Bills running back LeSean McCoy due to his shiftiness and ability to make tacklers miss. In 2017 he forced 96 missed tackles, according to Pro Football Focus.
Singletary was a record-breaker at FAU and is the career yards leader at 4,289 yards and has the single season record at 1,920 yards. Not to mention he had the four highest single-game rushing performances in FAU history and holds the most career touchdowns.
3. 'For The Win' grades Buffalo’s offseason
Buffalo signing Spencer Long feels like an eternity ago with the way the Bills’ offseason played out. But it was just step one of a full offseason retool of the team.
Outside of the [Kyle] Williams retirement, the Bills didn’t lose much this offseason. Buffalo surprised a lot of people by winning six games last season. Well, this is a far better team on paper, and if some of these low-risk moves pay off, the Bills could be in the thick of the AFC playoff race in December.
The Bills signed five offensive linemen who will all be in the mix for starting jobs in camp and then added Cody Ford on Day 2 of the NFL draft to add even more competition to the line.
The Bills’ top offseason priority was to improve Allen’s support system, and it’s safe to say they have done so.
The defense went largely untouched other than adding corners Kevin Johnson and EJ Gaines to the mix and Oliver should replace the loss of Kyle Williams from retirement.
More along the offensive line includes the trio of Jon Feliciano, Quinton Spain and Spencer Long. Feliciano has never been a full-time starter but has played well when given the opportunity. Spain is excellent as a pass-blocker and Long could be one of the steals of the offseason, says 'For The Win.'