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Buffalo Bills: 2016 Preview, Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook

Buffalo Bills 2016 Preview

July 19, 2016

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After a frustrating 8-8 season, the Buffalo Bills hope for a more consistent year under coach Rex Ryan. The Bills have not made the playoffs since 1999 and are tired of being an afterthought in the improved AFC East.

Could this be the year?

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Buffalo Bills: 2016 Preview, Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook


Here is your 2016 Buffalo Bills preview.

Key Player Losses: The Bills watched underrated wide receiver Chris Hogan leave for the Patriots after three seasons in Buffalo in which he produced 87 receptions and six touchdowns. Linebacker Nigel Bradham and cornerback Leodis McKelvin reunite with the Philadelphia Eagles, while aging defensive end Mario Williams finds himself in Miami with the Dolphins. Overall, the Bills didn’t lose much but could miss the pass rushing of Williams considering he had double-digit sacks in three of his four seasons in Buffalo.

Key Player Additions: Rex Ryan usually likes to keep his teams the same unless a move is too big to pass up. Offensively, the Bills added depth at wide receiver with Leonard Hankerson coming over from Atlanta. With four seasons under his belt, Hankerson has 107 receptions and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Bills added a couple of backups in linebacker Zach Brown and safety Robert Blanton. Those guys have been key contributors on other teams in the tackle department and should fit in well with the defensive minded Buffalo Bills.

Draft: While Shaq Lawson is recovering from injury and could miss a chunk of the season, he’s going to be a productive defensive end for a long time and has the perfect coach to get the most out of his skillset. Reggie Ragland is your traditional smart inside linebacker who was the brains behind Alabama’s defensive success. Adolphus Washington is one of those guys who will have a better pro career than he did in college, and quarterback Cardale Jones is a project the Bills can afford to mold with Tyrod Taylor showing enough promise his first year as a full-time starter. I also like the physicality that Jonathan Williams brings at running back.

Outlook: The Bills are just like every team in the AFC East in that there’s a lot of good but also some question marks that make you hesitate before pulling the trigger. We know the Bills are going to be good defensively, and with LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins and others, this should be an explosive offense. However, Rex Ryan coached teams have failed to meet expectations in the past and the Bills did lead the league last season with an average of 78.1 penalty yards per game. The talent is there to be in the thick of the playoff race, but nobody would be shocked if another 7-9 or 8-8 season happens.

Buffalo Bills 2016 Schedule:

Week Date Time Opponent Venue TV
1 Sunday, Sep. 11, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET at Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium CBS
2 Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016 8:25 p.m. ET NEW YORK JETS Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
3 Sunday, Sep. 25, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET ARIZONA CARDINALS Ralph Wilson Stadium FOX
4 Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET at New England Patriots Gillette Stadium CBS
5 Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 4:25 p.m. ET at Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum CBS
6 Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS Ralph Wilson Stadium FOX
7 Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET at Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium CBS
8 Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
9 Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 8:30 p.m. ET at Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field ESPN
10 Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 BYE WEEK
11 Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET at Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium FOX
12 Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
13 Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 4:05 p.m. ET at Oakland Raiders O.co Coliseum CBS
14 Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET PITTSBURGH STEELERS Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
15 Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET CLEVELAND BROWNS Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
16 Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET MIAMI DOLPHINS Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
17 Sunday, Jan. 1, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET at New York Jets MetLife Stadium CBS


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