The Buffalo Bills have had a shaky off-season. They lost some big players via free agency, but also acquired a lot of talent via the draft and free agency. Let’s recap some of Buffalo’s off-season:
- Fired their HC and GM (which needed to be done)
- Signed Anquan Boldin, then lost him 2 weeks later
- Traded Sammy Watkins & Ronald Darby
- Lost 2 QBs to concussions on the same night
- Signed a QB that has never played a down in the NFL
- Lost Mike Gillislee & Stephon Gilmore.
The list just keeps going. But there are a few bright spots about this off-season:
- Hired Sean McDermott to be the new HC & hired Brandon Beane to be the new GM
- Signed Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, Patrick DiMarco, and Stephen Hauschka in Free Agency
- Drafted Tre’Davious White, Zay Jones, and Dion Dawkins
- Acquired Jordan Matthews via trade
- Buffalo has 6 draft picks in the first 3 rounds of the 2018 draft.
Zay Jones. With the news of Anquan Boldin retiring and Sammy Watkins being traded, Jones will look to take a bigger role in this offense, and could potentially be the starting WR this season. In Jones’ second preseason game, he caught three passes for 42 yards in the first half, and almost came down with a TD catch.
“I didn’t expect any of this,” said Jones. “But, that’s life and that’s football. A lot thrown at this team, not just me, so there’s a lot of growing up to do. Just have to mature fast, and do the best that we can moving forward.”
Tre’Davious White. After Buffalo sent Darby packing his bags, rookie CB Tre’Davious White is almost a lock to win the starting CB job. White was graded as the nations best CB coming out of the draft, according to Pro Football Focus. White has shown that he can be a top CB in this league very soon.
Jordan Matthews. Recently acquired WR Jordan Matthews is currently in a battle with rookie Zay Jones for the No.1 WR position, and in my opinion Jones is in the lead. Matthews is currently suffering from a chipped sternum that he’s been dealing with since his first practice in Buffalo that has kept him out all of training camp and preseason.
Dion Dawkins. Going into the off-season it was clear Buffalo needed to upgrade their OT position, so they traded up in the 2nd round to take Dawkins in the 2017 draft. He’s is currently in a battle with 5th year OL Jordan Mills for the RT spot. Dawkins started at LT during last week’s game versus Baltimore in replace of injured Cordy Glenn as he deals with a foot injury.
“If you’re Dion, you go at it like ‘I’m the starter at left tackle.’ As a competitor, that’s what you have to do,” coach Sean McDermott said Thursday. “He has played there before, all through the spring, and then he played the right, as you mentioned, to this point in camp, other than this week. It’s really done, what I think, is created a nice foundation for Dion at both sides, to be able to play both positions. We expect him to put his best foot forward, just like the rest of our guys out there. So I look forward to watching him.”
Projected record: 6-10