The Buffalo Bills certainly were busy during offseason, adding 20 players through free agency (19 with the recent cut of tight end Jake Fisher), and adding several more impact additions in the NFL Draft (defensive tackle Ed Oliver, offensive lineman Cody Ford, running back Devin Singletary).
Among the free agents, the Bills addressed their offensive line by signing Mitch Morse, Quinton Spain, Ty Nsekhe, Spencer Long, Jon Feliciano, and LaAdrian Waddle.
Wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley and tight ends Tyler Kroft and Lee Smith were signed to give Josh Allen more weapons, while Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon were added to boost the running back room.
All-Pro return ace Andre Roberts was signed to bolster the woeful return game, while cornerbacks E.J. Gaines and Kevin Johnson were brought in to provide valuable depth in the secondary, and Eli Harold was signed to add another situational pass rusher.
With all of the fresh faces and the quality of talent added to the Bills’ roster, ESPN NFL analyst Field Yates and national NFL writer Kevin Seifert have declared the Bills the most-improved team during the offseason.
Yates: “They’ve been the team I’ve most focused in on this offseason throughout our variety of roundtables. General manager Brandon Beane and his staff have a clear pattern on how they want to build this roster, and I thought this offseason was productive in not just adding starters but also building competition across the roster. Between at least two new offensive line starters, two new starting wide receivers, their likely two top tight ends, backfield depth, an elite defensive line talent in Oliver and more, Buffalo made major strides.”
Seifert: “I love the depth and variety of players the Bills have assembled on both sides of the ball. They’ve put some really productive receivers around quarterback Josh Allen, most notably Cole Beasley and John Brown, and made a big move to add center Mitch Morse. Rookie defensive tackle Ed Oliver will enhance an already nasty defense. It all comes down to Allen. If he can make the kind of progress we normally expect from the first to second year, the Bills are a playoff team.”