Bills Today

Bills Today | Jim Kelly: Cohesiveness will help Josh Allen and the offense


1. Jim Kelly: Cohesiveness will help Josh Allen and the offense

Bills Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly joined One Bills Live to discuss what he thinks of Buffalo's free agency moves. Kelly said with the addition of wide receiver Stefon Diggs, teams will have to worry about both sides of the offense.

"You need more than one wide receiver out there to be able to utilize what Josh Allen can do," Kelly explained. "That's being able to throw the deep ball and making plays as he's running with the ball. I think what he brings to this offense is going to be huge as long as he buys into how they plan on running this type of offense."

Kelly thinks what will help Josh Allen entering year three, and what helped him as a young QB, is cohesiveness on offense. Allen will surely have that as he enters his third season with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and his second season with the offensive line and several other pieces.

"I think it's keeping the same people on the field a majority of the time," Kelly said. "Meaning you have to be able to have communication, not only the physical parts like running routes but what is your receiver going to do once you roll out of the pocket. You've got to be on the same page."

As far as the AFC East is concerned, Kelly says it's Buffalo's for the taking.

"Without Tom Brady in New England, I think we are right at the forefront," Kelly said. "I think going into this season, you have to beat us. I think if we lose, it's because of what we did on the field. We have to stay healthy, but I think we are the team to beat in the AFC East."

2. Could this free agent land in Buffalo?

Week one of free agency is over, but there are still several players available on the market. The Athletic made a list of the 33 best remaining free agents and guessed their best landing spots. They believe Buffalo is the best home for running back Carlos Hyde who was previously on the Texans.

Carlos Hyde, RB, Texans (30)
Signs with: Buffalo Bills

The Bills are looking for someone to fill the Frank Gore role from a year ago. Devin Singletary will be the man, but Hyde could serve as a useful complement.

Hyde, who will be 30 at the start of the season, had 245 carries for 1,070 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 2019.

3. Bleacher Report declares the Bills 'winners' in free agency

Many national analysts are grading Buffalo as a winner of free agency. Bleacher Report believes the Bills have earned this title because their new additions, along with the departures of players in the AFC East, make it the perfect time for Buffalo to push for the division title.

With Tom Brady off to Tampa Bay, the Bills can disrupt the New England Patriots' 11-year stronghold on the AFC East crown. Buffalo also acquired wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings._

Wideout John Brown logged career highs in catches (72) and receiving yards (1,060) with the Bills last season, but Diggs is an ascending talent who's on another level.

While Brown's catch rates have fluctuated over the years, Diggs hasn't finished with a percentage below 61.9. The latter averaged 17.9 yards per reception as a big-play threat for the Vikings in 2019. Now, the Bills will have someone to stretch the field and take full advantage of Josh Allen's strong arm.

By reportedly adding three defensive linemen and two linebackers, as well as signing a corner in Josh Norman. Buffalo addressed needs on defense and also added players who are familiar with the Bills defensive scheme.

Head coach Sean McDermott added pieces from his Carolina Panthers defense years ago. He'll work with familiar faces, which eases their transition into the Bills' scheme.

Related Content