Offense, position flexibility clear focuses for the Bills so far in free agency

March 20, 2019
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The Buffalo Bills have accomplished two things this free agency period. One was something they stated they wanted to do. The other is something we already knew how much they value:

1.) After saying how the team needed to surround Josh Allen with weapons and understanding that they needed to be better on offense, general manager Brandon Beane didn’t just attack that side of the ball, he ran right at it with a pitchfork and machete. The Bills have added 10 offensive players and only one defender so far this free agency period. The 10 offensive players is double what any other team in the league has signed so far, which gives you an idea of exactly how aggressive and focused they were on doing what Beane said they needed to and would. Counting former Auburn/Canadian Football League wide receiver Duke Williams, who was signed to a future/reserve contract back in January, it’s 11 offensive players.

Here’s how that breaks down:

  • Five offensive linemen: C Mitch Morse, C/OG Spencer Long, OG Jon Feliciano, OT/OG Ty Nsekhe, OT LaAdrian Waddle
  • Four wide receivers: John Brown, Cole Beasley, Andre Roberts, Duke Williams
  • One tight end: Tyler Kroft
  • One running back: Frank Gore

Here’s the breakdown of former teams those players come from: New York Jets (2), Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, CFL.

2.) They’ve acquired players who have position flexibility, especially on the offensive line, which is something we’ve known head coach Sean McDermott values since he arrived.

Examples:

  • Spencer Long has started at both guard and center
  • Jon Feliciano has started at both left and right guard
  • LaAdrian Waddle has started at both left and right tackle
  • Ty Nsekhe has started at left tackle, right tackle, and guard
  • Jeremiah Sirles (re-signed by the team) has started at both tackle and guard

Also:

  • Andre Roberts is known as a kick and punt returner, but has plenty of experience playing wide receiver
  • Wide receiver John Brown has played both outside and in the slot

Free agency began on March 13. Before the first week is even over, the Bills have certainly focused their attention on offense and players that can do multiple things. Let's see if that continues through free agency and into the draft.