17. Buffalo Bills What’s New in 2019: Very little in the way of dramatic coaching changes, which is really good news for Buffalo. Mitch Morse comes in from KC and should shore up a troublesome center spot and there were several other savvy FA signings which have bolstered previously weak spots on the roster in John Brown, Cole Beasley, Frank Gore, Quinton Spain, Kevin Johnson and Ty Nsekhe. After a strong free agency, Brandone Beane also brought in one of the better draft classes with Ed Oliver headlining a pretty good crop. He is one of the most exciting defensive picks this franchise has made in years and their second round selection of Cody Ford should also yield early returns.  Roster Strengths: Running Back – Right now the team has LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, TJ Yeldon and 2nd day draft selection in Devin Singletary to cycle through. A roster cut to one of those veterans is likely between now and the season, but it's deeper than most  groups around the league Defensive Tackle – Harrison Phillips and Ed Oliver could be a building block pairing for years to come and both Star Louteleli and Jordan Phillips are capable of logging meaningful minutes Linebacker – Matt Milano was a surprise hit on the team last year and the blue-chipped potential Tremaine Edmunds turned it around at the end of his rookie season where he really stepped it up in pass coverage. That’s a dynamic duo who could surprise in year two together. Safety – Micah Hyde remains one of the most underrated payers in the league and Jordan Poyer has been an unlikely, but effective running mate alongside him. One of the success stories of the McDermott era. Roster Weaknesses: Edge – Jerry Hughes came alive again last year, but there’s little in way of pass-rush outside of him. Trent Murphy was a disappointing addition last year and Shaq Lawson hasn’t developed in that area at all. Tight End – The Bills might have something in Dawson Knox, but he was underutilised at Mississippi and may take time to take on a full workload. The likes of Tyler Kroft, Lee Smith and Tommy Sweeney are probably best suited to a support role Number 1 Receiver – There’s a rotation of number two’s and threes and the additions of John Brown and Cole Beasley add to the depth of that pool, but no obvious volume target Breakout Player: Tremaine Edmonds – The youngest of all first rounders selected last season, he had his fair share of struggles but the lights seemed to come on at the end of the year. Physically, there’s enormous potential for him at the linebacker position and we could see him flourish into a game-wrecker in year two. How they can win in 2019: The Bills have one of the smartest coaching staffs in the league, so they’re going to be put into the best positions to win this year. The biggest challenge of all, is putting this offense in the best positions to win. Josh Allen is 100% key to their success and showed enough flashes of the impressive physical tools in year one to dent those who really disliked his game coming out. The truth is, he also showed plenty to for those doubters to believe they were also right. The running is fine, but not when he didn’t see open receivers and the wild inaccuracy on some of his throws need to be cut down. It’s going to be a thin line to tread with him, but they have to realise a traditional drop-back game isn’t something that will play to his best ability and adopting and run and gun style is much more in his wheelhouse. A successful running game should help and they seem to know that. The offensive line personnel improvements should mean he isn’t running for his life this year with what will probably be four new starters (Spain, Morse, Ford and Nseckhe), but they have to mesh together. On defense they should be good because they are exceptionally well coached and drilled. Potentially this year they get a bit of blue chip quality if they can find a way to consistently field Ed Oliver without the running game suffering. It would be a shame to see him relegated to a 3rd down specialist as a rookie, but it's possible until he develops. The pass defense was great last season, but the spot opposite Tre’Davious White still feels like a vacancy that is open. They are hoping Kevin Johnson can do it, even if he has been mostly disappointing in his career to date. Taron Johnson was good in the slot last year, but has a few injury concerns. Levi Wallace looks like good depth to have around. The secondary is a unit that has to continue to pay above itself. Predicted record 2019: 8-8 – A few too many questions about a Josh Allen led offense which lacks a receiver who can carry the can for him, but there’s plenty to be encouraged about the direction they are travelling in and they'll beat some good teams this year. 
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