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Pro Football Focus ranks Buffalo Bills roster as 27th-best in NFL

The ranking was based on PFF’s 2016 grades.

Pro Football Focus released their player rankings for all 32 teams, and ESPN compiled those grades to rank every roster in the league.

Because this project was based on 2016 grades, it’s more of a reflection than a projection, but, obviously every team’s additions (free agents / trades) were included.

The Bills ranked 27th.

PFF’s grading scale is as follows:


The highest score for the Bills last season was Richie Incognito. His PFF overall grade was 87.2 in 2016. Tyrod Taylor had the team’s second-highest grade — 84.6.

Here’s the full breakdown for Buffalo:


This is PFF’s Bills write up:

“Biggest strength: Buffalo's running game is one of the best in the league, and free-agent fullback signing Patrick DiMarco should make it even better. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has added 1,148 rushing yards over the past two seasons, while LeSean McCoy is one of the league's most dynamic backs.

Biggest weakness: The Bills' linebacker corps is a big unknown heading into the season. Last year's second-round pick Reggie Ragland missed the entire 2016 season with a knee injury. He should be an immediate starter this season. Preston Brown played well to begin last season, but he was poor overall, missing 10 tackles and allowing 80.8 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught.

By the numbers: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor's 80.1 passer rating under pressure ranked sixth in the league last season, one spot behind Tom Brady. He ranked fifth in 2015 (87.6).

Preston Brown’s overall PFF grade of 49.8 sank Buffalo’s defensive average. The same goes for Shaq Lawson’s score of 45.0. However, there’s a decent chance Brown won’t be a starting linebacker for the Bills this season with Gerald Hodges on the roster, a player who had an overall PFF grade of 82.4 in 2016.

As for Lawson, and Jerry Hughes — who had a score of 66 a year ago — are clearly in more defined, less micro-managed roles at defensive end in Sean McDermott’s system.

The write up on the Bills is straightforward and fair.

Worth noting — Buffalo and no “elite” PFF players last year, guys with grades of 90 or above.

It’ll be interesting to check PFF throughout the season to see how Bills players are scoring in the site’s grading system.