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Q&A: Is Josh Allen “the man” at quarterback; attacking the Buffalo Bills’ off-season

The Bills have lots of questions. We try to answer some of them.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills beat the Detroit Lions to move to five wins on the season last weekend but, with the playoffs out of reach, most of the questions this week focus on the off-season and the plans general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott are making. Let’s get to the answers.

Question I’m getting a lot

“Can Robert Foster be the Bills’ number-one receiver?”

The short answer is “no.” I don’t think Foster can be the team’s top receiver or the guy who is thrown to even when he’s covered. That doesn’t mean he can’t be a receiving threat for the team, but I think he’ll be much more successful as a second through fourth receiver. If they can get one or two plays out of him every game, that’s good.

When I think of a number-one receiver, I think of an A.J. Green or Julio Jones, who is thrown to even when they are single- or double-covered. They can be trusted to make a play every time the ball is near them. Foster doesn’t feel like that guy.

Foster is a player who gained fewer than 400 yards in college. He would have to develop in a way we’ve never really seen before to be that player.

Sure, he’s been a great piece to the offense, and he can be very successful long-term in a supporting role on the offense. Buffalo still needs to sign a stud number-one receiver or at least another pair of number-two receivers. Going at it by committee like multiple teams in the NFL have done and are doing now will work, and Foster can be part of that committee.

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We also answer questions about whether Josh Allen has done enough for us to be convinced he’s the guy for the next ten years, pursuing a free-agent running back, trading for Cincinnati Bengals superstar receiver A.J. Green, trading up or down in April’s draft, and of course, we discuss the Bills’ win over the Detroit Lions.

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