After reaching the playoffs after the 2017 season, the Buffalo Bills are hoping that a roster overhaul will lead them back to the postseason in 2019.
Of the 28 new players coming to western New York, the most interesting may be Frank Gore. The veteran running back is expected to compete with LeSean McCoy for the starting role in the backfield.
After being selected as the seventh-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Josh Allen started 11 games for the Bills last season, going 5-6 – a respectable record for a rookie QB. Allen was fairly conservative in those starts, throwing for only 2,074 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott is hoping that Allen will benefit from the addition of solid, veteran free agent wide receivers like Cole Beasley (from Dallas) and John Brown (from Baltimore). Tyler Kroft, who caught seven touchdowns for Cincinnati in 2017 before missing much of 2018 with an injury, was brought in to become a starting tight end.
Buffalo significantly improved their front lines on both sides of the ball in the first two rounds of this year’s draft. Ed Oliver, a defensive tackle out of Houston, fell to the Bills at No. 9. Reports surfaced that Buffalo was willing to trade up as high as No. 3 to draft the man who will replace fan favorite Kyle Williams, but the draft played into the Bills hands, and they got their man without having to give up any future picks. In the second round, Buffalo did trade up two spots to select Oklahoma offensive lineman Cody Ford.
The Bills will be playing on a new playing surface this season at New Era Field, as the turf was replaced this offseason. The stadium’s clubs and premium seating were given massive upgrades prior to last season, so there’s plenty of bells and whistles to see if you missed it in 2018. Suites give you access to all the club areas, and if the Buffalo weather is cooperating, you can choose to open the suite’s windows to get the full gameday experience.
For the Bills to make noise in 2019, they will have to handle AFC East rivals New England, the New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins twice – once at home and once on the road. Other teams coming to Orchard Park this season are Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Washington, Denver, and Baltimore. Road contests outside the AFC East will be at the New York Giants, Tennessee, Cleveland, Dallas, and Pittsburgh.