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Bills Today | Why ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. is bullish on the Bills


1. Why ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. is bullish on the Bills

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. joined One Bills Live this week to share his thoughts on Buffalo's draft class and explain the potential of the team heading into the season. Kiper thinks running back Zack Moss and defensive end A.J. Epenesa can be impact players from day one due to the versatility they bring each side of the ball. With the addition of two taller wide receivers in Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins, Kiper believes quarterback Josh Allen has more ways to succeed.

"I look at this roster, and I love Josh Allen, I've got to believe this is going to be a tough team to handle," Kiper said. "This team on paper looks like a 12-win team to me."

Aside from stats and 40-yard-dash times, Kiper thinks an unmeasurable makes the Bills unique.

"The thing that surprises me about the Bills is their chemistry," Kiper explained. "The teammates are caring about the other teammates. It's not individuals on this team, they're all about the team being successful. They've got great leadership in that locker room. This is a team when you watch them it's as together a football team as I've seen in a while."

Kiper explained general manager Brandon Beane has excelled at putting together a great mix of players who are built for stable success. The NFL analyst thinks if Allen can make a few more strides in 2020, the Bills are set up to have a long season.

"This is a team that's built for now," Kiper said. "It's built for the future. I'm excited to see if Josh can take those steps that he made last year to this year and if he does then he's going to be one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL."

2. CBS Sports' Adam Schein likes the Bills chances to host a playoff game

CBS Sports' Adam Schein is a big supporter of the Buffalo Bills. Schein predicted the Bills would make it to the playoffs in 2019. He's taking it a step further in 2020 due to one of the newest additions on offense who he believes will fit into the culture Sean McDermott has in place.

"That's what it's all about for Sean McDermott and the Buffalo Bills, high character guys who love football and fit into what they've established," Schein said. "Last year was tremendous. This year is going to be even better. With Stefon Diggs, the Buffalo Bills are going to win the AFC East. They're going to have a home playoff game. I've talked to Sean about the importance of that. They're going to win a home playoff game."

Schein thinks the improvements to the offense coupled with another strong year from the defense will be just what Buffalo needs to win the AFC East.

"The defense is fantastic," Schein said. "Diggs is going to turn Josh Allen, who you know I love, into a star. I can't wait to watch the Bills, who to me, are a division winner, top three or four team in the AFC. I love what we're about to see from the Buffalo Bills and Stefon Diggs this season."

3. Bleacher Report predicts Zack Moss will lead NFL rookies in this category

Bleacher Report’s NFL writers surveyed the landing spots of the top rookies according to the roles they will play on their new teams. Those who could make the biggest impact have made it onto B/R's Expert Consensus NFL Rookie Awards. Even though he was a third-round pick, B/R selected Bills rookie running back Zack Moss to have the most rookie rushing yards.

TIE: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs (2 votes) and Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills (2 votes)

A downhill power back who enters the NFL 20 pounds heavier than Bills starter Devin Singletary (203 lbs), Moss is viewed by many as the thunder to Singletary's lightning. With Frank Gore's 166 carries from last year up for grabs, the potential for a solid workload is there for Moss—especially if he shows out early.

Bills fans hope Moss can be a perfect complement to Singletary. Moss was one of college football's most productive backs at Utah rushing for 4,067 yards while scoring 38 touchdowns. The running back had 18 career 100-yard rushing games which was a school record.

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