1. Matt Breida believes this is the key to playing winning football
The Bills added more speed to the backfield when they signed veteran running back Matt Breida last month. The undrafted running back spent his first three years in San Francisco where he averaged five yards a carry. He also brings more Super Bowl experience to the Bills roster after playing in the big game with the 49ers. Breida has some familiarity with the Bills as he faced the team twice in 2020 as a member of the Miami Dolphins. Breida joined Maddy Glab and Steve Tasker on One Bills Live on Thursday and told them why he's excited to join a team filled with selfless players with one goal in mind.
"I always keep telling people that you can't be selfish in this game, especially if you want to get to that level," Breida stated. "It's a long season, now we add another game to the season with 17 now. You got to have guys ready to play at any time because you don't know what can happen. And at the end of the day, for me at least, it's not about the stats or the touchdowns, I just want to win. I feel like Zack and Devin and the whole team wants to do the same thing. I think we're all gonna be ready to play, I expect all of us to play hard so it's gonna be a great year."
2. Nate Burleson predicts Emmanuel Sanders stat line for 2021
The Bills have had their eye on Emmanuel Sanders for a few years and they finally got him this offseason. He is coming off of a season where he played in 14 games and had 61 receptions for 726 yards and five receiving touchdowns. NFL Network analyst and former NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson evaluated 11 wide receivers who will be on new teams in 2021 and predicted their production for this upcoming season. For Sanders, Burleson thinks that he will have similar statistics to the ones he put up in 2020 with the Saints.
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Sanders has been the ultimate X-factor who helps teams win, and he's going to be a great complement to Stefon Diggs. As much as the Bills' offense is centered around Diggs, the league's receiving yards leader in 2020, Sanders is going to see a majority of targets that were spread down the depth chart last season. I also believe that Josh Allen will rely more on his arm and less on his running ability in an effort to take fewer hits -- kinda like Vince Carter when he transitioned from constantly driving the lane to taking more jumpers later in his NBA career. The Bills' passing attack is about to go to another level.
2021 projection: 65 receptions, 800 yards, six TDs
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3. Buffalo's two best free agent signings of the decade
It's safe to say this Bills team would look very different without the safety duo of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer leading the way on defense over the past few seasons. The Athletic NFL staff put together a list of the single best free agent addition of the past decade for all 32 teams. For the Bills, just one couldn't be picked and it was a tie between Hyde and Poyer. Here's what The Athletic had to say about the talented safety tandem:
Best free agent: (Tie) Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, safeties, 2017
Analysis: After head coach Sean McDermott arrived in 2017, he embarked on a crucial offseason that set up the team's current run. Two of his first moves were to buy low on a pair of unheralded free-agent safeties who would go on to define their defense with complementary skill sets. Hyde and Poyer provided invaluable leadership, helping establish the culture McDermott desired when he came to Buffalo. They've been two of the team's best players and helped lead the Bills to their first AFC Championship Game since 1994 this past season. Each signed extensions through at least 2022. They both get this honor because you can't have one without the other. — Joe Buscaglia