The Buffalo Bills are entering their bye week at 3-2. Buffalo’s defense has been excellent, holding opponents to 20 points or less in every game. Making a trade over the bye week would be helpful for the Bills to improve on the offensive side of the ball for the stretch of the season.
Jordan Matthews, who is out for a month, is their leading wide receiver with 10 catches for 162 yards through the four games he has played. With Zay Jones struggling just to catch the ball and a lack of a vertical threat to stretch the defense, the Bills’ passing attack is not and should not be respected.
Buffalo stockpiled picks for the 2018 NFL Draft with two picks in each of the first three rounds. Using a third- or fourth-round selection on a receiver that can help stretch the field and be a reliable target for Tyrod Taylor would benefit the offense as a whole. With more threats on the perimeter, opposing defenses wouldn't be as comfortable lining up eight or nine defenders in the box to stop the run.
The offensive line has taken a few steps back from 2016 where they led the league in rushing with an average of 164.4 yards per game, 5.3 yards per carry, and 29 rushing touchdowns. This year the Bills are averaging 106.6 yards per game, only 3.4 yards per carry, and have just one rushing touchdown through five games. The new offensive scheme under Rick Dennison has clearly been a tough adjustment.
Bringing in a veteran tackle on the right side who is familiar with Dennison's system would help the switch and should be an immediate upgrade over Jordan Mills. They could also feel comfortable waiting for Seantrel Henderson to return from suspension next week.
Again, those picks for next year’s draft could push the team in the right direction now.