9-4, 2nd AFC East
Offensive Line In Shambles - This offensive line went from being one of the best in the league, to bottom five in just one offseason. Eric Wood and Richie Incognito both retired, and Cordy Glenn is now in Cincinnati. The fill-ins projected in the depth chart do not offer a ton of promise right now, and the skill position players are going to need all the help they can get. It is hard to envision LeSean McCoy and whoever starts at quarterback the time or blocks they need to get things going. Expect this to be an area they address in next year’s offseason.
A now 30-Year-Old LeSean McCoy - LeSean McCoy has had a successful career, and it is unfortunate to see his time run out in Buffalo. The 28-29 age mark is already a major red flag for running back, and McCoy has exceeded that mark. Buffalo has been using him as a workhorse, and the question in 2018 is can he continue at this rate? McCoy is going to be running in an awful offense, behind an awful line, and a horrendous passing game. Durability has been there for McCoy, but this is a completely different team than prior years. You have already seen his name on do not draft lists, but we are looking more so at his career.
Tanking The 2018 Season? - Tanking is not as widely employed as a strategy in the NFL, but Buffalo is certainly looking like a team that will lose most games, although not many will be by choice. Buffalo is going to need to rebuild on both sides of the ball moving forward, and will need a top end talent to do so. Despite drafting Josh Allen, Buffalo still does not have a single piece on the offensive side that is one they feel comfortable building around. Stockpiling draft picks and offloading viable options for other teams should be the way to go in addition to losing as many games as possible.
Do They Have Their Future QB? - After drafting Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman in back-to-back seasons, this still doesn’t give much clarity moving forward. The probability of both of them are rather low for succeeding in this league. The Bills also landed A.J. McCarron, who spent his time in Cincinnati backing up Andy Dalton. It is hard to see what teams saw in McCarron, given a handful wanted him. The odds that the Bills have their starting quarterback in place here is rather low. The 2018 season is likely going to be an experiment between them, although Peterman could be the odd man out.
Change Of Scenery For Corey Coleman - Wide receivers in Buffalo have been quite irrelevant the last few seasons, and we have seen guys like Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin get out of Buffalo and end up producing on much larger scales. Now that has been the opposite for guys coming in, like Kelvin Benjamin. Corey Coleman came over from Cleveland, and jumps into a WR2 role. Coleman hasn’t really been a durable option, and Cleveland was quick to cut him loose now that they have depth. Coleman gets a fresh start in Buffalo and the expectations are not high, which could be a positive for him.