This past year, the Buffalo Bills reached the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Are they capable of even bigger things this upcoming season?
There was a feeling last offseason by some that the Buffalo Bills were more interested in the future than they were the present. Under then-general manager Doug Whaley, the team was highly active in free agency and was also aggressive during the draft. But not long afterward, one of the many changes on the team included the dismissal of Whaley.
Enter GM Brandon Beane, who did his own share of wheeling and dealing when it came to tweaking the roster. The Bills got off to a 5-2 start under new head coach Sean McDermott. A midseason losing streak seemed like it would derail the team. But when it was all said and done, the club gathered itself and the Bills wound up in the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
It’s been another busy offseason player movement in Orchard Park. So is this club ready to take another step forward?
Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Here is how the complete schedule, week-by-week, lays out for Sean McDermott’s Bills:
Week 1: at BAL
Week 2: vs. LAC
Week 3: at MIN
Week 4: at GB
Week 5: vs. TEN
Week 6: at HOU
Week 7: at IND
Week 8: vs. NE
Week 9: vs. CHI
Week 10: at NYJ
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: vs. JAX
Week 13: at MIA
Week 14: vs. NYJ
Week 15: vs. DET
Week 16: at NE
Week 17: vs. MIA
It has once again been an offseason of enormous change. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was dealt to the Cleveland Browns and left tackle Cordy Glenn was sent to the Cincinnati Bengals. The club also signed defensive tackle Star Lotulelei away from the Carolina Panthers.
While the Buffalo Bills have already overhauled a large part of their roster, keep in mind that the club also has five of the top 65 picks in this year’s draft. That includes the 12th and 22nd overall selections – just part of the team’s nine overall choices in April.