The Buffalo Bills are seen as a team on the rise and the work they have done this off-season has set themselves up to take over the AFC East.
For years, it would have been tough to bet against Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots when it came to deciding who would win the AFC East but it’s safe to say the Buffalo Bills will earn some votes going into the season.
With Brady now off to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bills general manager Brandon Beane wasted no time putting his team in a position to show they are ready to take the next step. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins aren’t exactly earning a lot of confidence considering how their seasons went so the opportunity is there for Buffalo.
This is a team that looked like they were well on their way to beating the Houston Texans but Deshaun Watson flipped a switch and the Bills couldn’t recover. Obviously, it was a disappointing outcome for Bills Mafia but looking forward, there is a lot of reason to be optimistic about their chances this season.
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An already dominant defense added Josh Norman, Vernon Butler, Quinton Jefferson, A.J. Klein and of course Mario Addison. Most of these players played for the Carolina Panthers and with the deep connection to coach Sean McDermott, there should be a level of familiarity.
Offensively, the Bills made one of the biggest splashes trading for Stefon Diggs giving Josh Allen a receiver who is capable of being a dominant No. 1 if he gets on the right page with his new quarterback.
They might not have been able to attract either Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon but should feel comfortable with Devin Singletary as the primary back. They could also look at Devonta Freeman who is still looking for a new home after he was cut but the Atlanta Falcons.
Of course, the draft will provide the Bills with an opportunity to add to any areas that might not have been targeted in free agency. With all that being said, it’s tough to argue against the Bills’ chances to overtake the Patriots.
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