ESPN’s Bill Barnwell recently ranked every NFL team’s offensive weapons and the Buffalo Bills group of offensive weapons landed in the Top 10.
The Buffalo Bills have gone through an almost complete overhaul on the offensive side of the ball over the past two years. General manager Brandon Beane has been able to add key pieces through free agency, with players like John Brown and Cole Beasley, through the NFL Draft, with Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and Dawson Knox. However, the move that makes the other acquisitions even better was trading for wide receiver Stefon Diggs this offseason.
There is no question that Josh Allen has plenty of playmakers around him now and recently ESPN’s Bill Barnwell ranked every team’s offensive weapons and the Buffalo Bills made the list at number eight.
"8. Buffalo Bills2019 rank: 25 | 2018 rank: 29The Bills built an entirely new core of weapons for Josh Allen last year, and in many cases, they landed on hits. John Brown played like a legitimate No. 1 wideout, averaging 2.15 yards per route run. Cole Beasley wasn’t far behind. Tyler Kroft didn’t stay healthy, but Dawson Knox emerged as a matchup problem (albeit with drop issues) as a rookie and didn’t give the job back. Devin Singletary helped lead a comeback in the opener, averaged 5.1 yards per carry, finished 13th in DVOA and was versatile enough to take over as an every-down back by Week 16, but he fumbled four times on 180 touches.Now, of course, the Bills have added a superstar wide receiver to that lineup in Stefon Diggs, who ranked third in yards per route run among wide receivers last season. The only guy who averaged more yards when targeted was A.J. Brown. Diggs adds a dominant weapon to the lineup and pushes everybody else down a spot. The 2019 version of John Brown could be the most overqualified second wideout in football outside of Chris Godwin. If the second-year guys such as Singletary and Knox make strides in holding onto the football, the Bills could be a top-5 unit in 2021."
The Bills made a huge jump in these rankings from the past two years when they were ranked 25th in 2019 and 29th in 2018. The addition of Diggs wasn’t the only reason for this major jump year over year. This time last year, there was certainly a number of questions for this offense that were answered over the course of the season. It remained to be seen how Devin Singletary and Dawson Knox would do as rookies and whether or not John Brown could be a number one wide receiver.
Those questions were answered pretty emphataically as Brown would go on to have over 1,000 receiving yards, the first time a Bills’ wide receiver broke that mark since 2015, and Devin Singletary took the featured back role from veteran Frank Gore.
The expectations are certainly higher for this offense but if the Bills can correct some of the mistakes that Barnwell notes, like Knox’s dropped passes or Singletary’s fumbles, then this offense has the talent to be a Top 10 group this coming season.