The Buffalo Bills added a top tier wide receiver this offseason but it wasn’t enough to move out of the bottom half of the league in a recent ranking by CBS Sports.
The Buffalo Bills offense is a perfect example of the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. However, when it comes to some rankings looking at top line talent at individual pieces, they are going to struggle to match up with some other offenses in the NFL.
This is the case in a recent ranking by CBS Sports looking at the top offensive trios, or the quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every offense. The Bills unfortunately come in on this list tied for 23rd in the league.
"T-23. Bills (6.05)Josh Allen (5), Devin Singletary (6), Stefon Diggs (8)The midseason adjustment Allen made after being told by Sean McDermott and Brian Daboll that he was being too aggressive and making too many turnovers turned him into more of a winning player. It also lowered his ceiling quite a bit, though, as he stopped throwing downfield as often and was more inclined to take sacks and throw the ball away. His rushing ability raises his floor high enough, but he needs to figure out a way to balance the aggressiveness and turnover avoidance in order to become the best of both worlds.Singletary is a really nice back, and he probably should have gotten more (and more diverse) touches last year. But the Bills seem to view him as a committee guy, so we graded him accordingly. Bringing in Diggs in exchange for their first-round pick was a great move for the Bills, as it moves John Brown and Cole Beasley into more appropriate roles. Diggs should be a good fit for Allen if he gets back to his more aggressive ways."
While the Bills offense hopefully won’t be this low in 2020, it’s hard to argue with the rational here. This comes back to the idea of whole greater than the parts because while the Bills right now don’t necessarily have a top quarterback, running back or wide receiver, the depth they have across the board is hard to match in the NFL.
A perfect example is the Bills wide receivers as Stefon Diggs isn’t necessarily discussed in that top tier of wide receivers but the trio of Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley was recently ranked as the fifth best by Pro Football Focus. The depth at the position is what sets this group apart.
The Bills also have ascending talent that may not have peaked yet. There is no question that Josh Allen has reached his full potential while the duo of Devin Singletary and Zack Moss could become one of the best running back duos in the league in a few years.
While it is easy to get frustrated seeing the Buffalo Bills so far down on rankings like this, it is hard to argue against the rationale for putting them there.