Last year, the Bleacher Report came out with a record prediction for not only the Buffalo Bills but for the entire league. This year was no different. Lets look to see where they put the Bills and the rest of the AFC East and if I agree or disagree. I looked back at their report from last year as well as our writer that covered the prediction. The Bleacher Report predicted the Bills would finish at the bottom of the AFC with a 2-14 record. Yup, a 2-14 record. They did win 4 more games and finished 6-10. If you want to check out last years record prediction you can.
The Key Free Agent Acquisitions were left at just Brandon Spikes. Although the Key Departures were Stevie Johnson, Jairus Byrd and Alex Carrington. Key Rookie Signings were Sammy Watkins, Cyrus Kouandjio, Seantrel Henderson, Cyril Richardson, Ross Cockrell, and Preston Brown. Ryan Riddle, the Bleacher Report article author projects the Bills to finish with a 7-9 record.
Here is what he had to say on his prediction.
Buffalo continues to make strides in its effort to become a more competitive team overall. Sammy Watkins will provide this offense with the explosive playmaking it’s lacked over the past few years.
E.J. Manuel is one year removed from his shaky rookie campaign and will look to stay healthy while establishing himself as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league.
Eventually, Manuel will guide these Bills to the playoffs, but for now the drought continues.
I would consider Keith Rivers, Corey Graham, and Mike Williams all key free agents signings especially with Steve Johnson being traded. I also like the depth additions of Byrce Brown and Anthony Dixon to the running back spot, especially with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller on their last years of their contracts. Hind sight being 20/20 shows the Bills had a play for Stevie. Key departures definitely included Jairus Byrd, I think that Watkins and Williams lessened the hit with Stevie being traded and I don’t know if I would consider Carrington a Key departure for the simple fact that he was injured all of last year, although he did have a very high upside out of training camp, the entire season is unknown.
I think with the rookies of Watkins and Kouandjio the Bills offense is night and day better.
EJ Manuel didn’t have a shaky season but more of a injury influenced season. With the addition of a QB coach and a year under his belt, I expect to see a lot out of EJ. I think that they make a run at the playoffs this year but I will agree with Mr. Riddle that the drought continues but they finish 9-7.