The folks over at Pro Football Focus have added their thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' offseason moves and like what they see for the most part. Calling the Bills "playoff-ready," the analytics website graded the Bills at a healthy B+ for their comings and goings.
Perhaps the most noteworthy piece in the entire article isn't an offseason move, though, it's their anointing of Tyrod Taylor as the "franchise quarterback." Both in the headline and the intro, pressure to perform is heaped onto the second-year starter and the conclusion says if Tyrod can maintain his level of play from a year ago, the Bills' playoff drought should finally end. Both are big ifs.
While noting the departures of three defensive starters (Mario Williams, Nigel Bradham, and Bacarri Rambo), the analysis says all three graded negatively a year ago and were near the bottom of PFF's rankings at their position groups. Two have been replaced with "dynamic rookies" while the third spot is being filled by the return of Aaron Williams.
The major flaw in Buffalo's offseason was the lack of addressing the wide receiver position, leaving Sammy Watkins and his broken foot with little help on the opposite side of the ball saying, "It would have been nice to see them use their fourth-round pick on another WR to help out Taylor, rather than drafting a developmental quarterback." According to PFF, Robert Woods finished 117 of their 119 eligible receivers in 2015.
The best thing about Buffalo's offseason were the depth signings they inked, calling Fernando Velasco "desperately needed" and saying Sterling Moore could compete with Nickell Robey for the nickel corner job. Robert Blanton and Zach Brown even get nods as quality depth.
It's tough to disagree too much with the analysis, though you could note Woods' groin injury to defend his play. You might be hopeful on the whole, but so much of the analysis is based on the 2015 season.