1. What was the Bills’ smartest offseason decision?
The most active part of the offseason has concluded with every team shelling out millions to sign the exact players they want. Bleacher Report went through each team’s best move this season whether it was picking up a player, avoiding one, re-signing someone or letting them go through release or a trade. Buffalo’s smartest move was signing a player.
The Bills signed offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe from Washington who became an unrestricted free agent for the first time at 33-years-old. But despite being 33, Nsekhe has little wear and tear from an NFL career. Nsekhe was a 27-year-old rookie for the Rams after spending time at four different Arena Football League teams from 2009-12. Nsekhe was released after two games and didn’t return to the NFL until he was picked up by the Redskins in 2015.
Nsekhe has started 16 games over the last four seasons for the Redskins and has never been a full-time starter. Nsekhe was ranked by Pro Football Focus as the 19th best offensive tackle in 2016 and 42nd in 2018.
2. Bills’ biggest remaining need according to ESPN
Buffalo has made numerous additions to its offensive line and wide receivers already through the first week of the NFL offseason, but general manager Brandon Beane still has cap room to use. ESPN identified each NFL team’s biggest need to fill the rest of the offseason.
Defensive line depth: The Bills' need along their defensive front is not as much about this season as it is planning for next offseason, when the contracts of Jerry Hughes, Shaq Lawson (if his fifth-year option is not exercised) and Jordan Phillips expire. There are also durability questions with Trent Murphy, whom the Bills signed to a three-year deal last offseason. Buffalo seemed to have that in mind when it hosted Ziggy Ansah on a visit last Thursday, but GM Brandon Beane said there wasn't likely to be a deal.
The Bills currently have nine players on their roster along the defensive line; Hughes, Lawson, Phillips, Murphy, Mike Love, Star Lotulelei, Kyle Peko, Harrison Phillips and Robert Thomas. Buffalo is still figuring out who will take over Kyle Williams’ role for this next season, but Jordan Phillips has already expressed his want for the job when he re-signed earlier in the offseason.
3 - This Bill can be a No. 1 receiver says NFL analyst Brady Quinn
NFL analyst and former quarterback Brady Quinn went on the CBS Sports’ Pick Six podcast, hosted by Will Brinson, and even with the additions of John Brown and Cole Beasley the Bills might not still need to search for anyone else.
“Zay Jones, in my opinion, developed into that number one,” Quinn said. “I think he’s a number one wide receiver.”
Quinn’s observation is a bit of an outlier, but typically wide receivers really begin to separate themselves as top targets going into their third season. Jones had a shorter offseason his rookie season because of the draft and had surgery that offseason to repair injuries he suffered that year. Jones was still able to produce a much better second season than first as he played in all 16 games.
Jones finished the season with 56 catches for 652 yards and seven touchdowns. Jones will have the full offseason to work out and improve for the next year, and if he can advance his game he could be the No. 1 wide receiver Buffalo has been searching for.