The Buffalo Bills have been one of the busiest teams during the NFL free agency period, with a flurry of major moves that have changed the entire persona of the team.
It starts at the top; with new head coach Rex Ryan staying within the AFC East division after his stint with the New York Jets, with whom he reached two AFC Championship games with. Ryan wasn’t without a job for very long, and has an already great defense that he may make even better. The Bills ranked fourth in the NFL in total defense and third in passing defense.
Buffalo retained edge rusher Jerry Hughes and defensive tackle Kyle Williams—now, the fun stuff.
The Bills and Philadelphia Eagles shocked the NFL when a trade was announced where the Bills landed star running back LeSean McCoy for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy gives Ryan a talented running back the likes of which he never had in New York. Along with McCoy, the Bills signed tight end Charles Clay (replacing Scott Chandler) and fullback Jerome Felton. Ryan also brought in speedy wide receiver Percy Harvin, whose option was declined by the Jets. To bolster the offense line, the Bills signed Richie Incognito, who last played in 2013 and finally, the team traded for Matt Cassel to gain some quarterback depth after Kyle Orton retired after the 2014 season ended.
With the acquisitions of McCoy and Felton, in addition to having Fred Jackson, the Bills moved on from running back C.J. Spiller, who signed with the New Orleans Saints. Ryan’s game plan won’t surprise anyone, the Bills are going to pound the rock with McCoy and are going to have a top five, maybe top three, defense in the entire league. He had success with this plan early on in New York, and without a franchise quarterback yet, you can bet on the Bills being in a lot of close games in 2015.
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The Bills have a chance to embrace the special combination of being talented while being entertaining. Ryan has a tendency to mix it up with teams inside of the division and his two meetings with his former teams will be must see TV.