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ESPN’s Mike Clay’s projections for the Buffalo Bills aren't promising

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Clay’s projections would mean a down year for the Bills

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Last week, ESPN’s Mike Clay released his projections for all 32 NFL teams for the 2018 NFL season. The projection he put out for the Buffalo Bills won't make Bills fans happy as a whole:

Of course none of his projections are imminent but in Clay’s projection, the offense struggles mightily.

What stands out

  • The Bills project to have 5.8 wins and are ranked 29th in the NFL, which means the Bills would be picking in the top five of the 2019 NFL Draft.
  • AJ McCarron gets benched in the middle of the season and Josh Allen gets the nod for the rest of the year. Through the ten games that McCarron starts, he throws just ten touchdowns and seven interceptions for 2,208 yards. In Allen’s seven games, he throws six touchdowns, seven interceptions and 1,321 yards. Make note that Allen’s completion percentage during his appearances is 58.8%.
  • LeSean McCoy didn't lose a step. 30-year-old running backs tend to slow down once they hit that dreadful age. McCoy doesn't for the 2018 season here and rushes for 1,127 yards on 250 carries and adds 56 receptions for 429 yards.
  • Compared to last season, the Bills receivers took a step in the right direction. The leader of the group is Kelvin Benjamin with 66 catches for 918 yards and 4 touchdowns. Zay Jones almost doubles his numbers from the year prior with 48 catches for 618 yards and 3 touchdowns.
  • Tremaine Edmunds made an instant contributor to the Bills defense. The rookie racks up 114 tackles and leads the team in that category. His presence is felt and and filled the gaping hole in the middle of the defense.
  • Tre’Davious White picks up where he left off from his rookie season. White makes 65 tackles, three interceptions and 16 passes defended and remains the top cover corner for the Bills.
  • Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde both continue to anchor the back end of the defense. Hyde sees a dip in his numbers of tackles and gets 82 on the year and Poyer’s number increases to 97. The dup both get three interceptions on the year. Poyer defends 10 passes and Hyde defends 11.
  • The quarterback and receiver group rank as the worst in the league (32nd) and the offensive line is second to worst (31st). The running backs are the seventh-best group in the NFL and the safeties are ranked fifth, the only two in the top ten. The rest of the position groups find themselves in the bottom half of the league and far as position rankings go.