As I continue in my NFL preview series, the Buffalo Bills are up next and they are definitely a team trying to return to the glory days of the 90s.
Unfortunately, for the Bills, they have not made the postseason since 1999 but there could be reason for optimism in Western New York as several solid players should only improve.
For starters, Ryan Fitzpatrick may not have a big name but he has sufficient game to assist the Bills as he comes off a campaign where he posted 23 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and 3,000 passing yards while completing 57 percent of his passes.
It does bear mentioning that last season, the Bills played the Steelers and Ravens, two AFC teams who many experts predicted to potentially win a Super Bowl championship, to the wire and could have easily won either game if not both.
Anyway, other solid Bills who are returning include Jim Rome favorite (yes, I am a clone) Steve Johnson who looks poised to produce even better stats than the 82 receptions for 1,073 yards and 10 scores he amassed in 2010.
C.J. Spiller should also get more opportunities to become an all-purpose player for the Bills and the speedster from Clemson has All-Pro potential if he continues to improve.
Ex-Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett could be the impetus of any turnaround the Bills may experience as he brings championship credentials and a solid attitude to a franchise in need of a resuscitation.
With all of this said, I still think Buffalo is not a postseason team, but we all know the NFL is renowned for its “worst to first” propensities, so perhaps, if all goes well, the Bills can be a surprise team.
That is, of course, why we all watch the NFL so I’ll sit back and enjoy another campaign and we shall see how things go for the Bills.