The Buffalo Bills offensive line may be the most important area on the team for them to improve entering the 2023 season. The unit has ranked 21st and 22nd in the league over the past two seasons according to PFF, struggling to provide adequate pass protection for Josh Allen, and contributing to the Buffalo Bills struggles to consistently establish a running game and manage the clock throughout the season.
While the Bills made two very valuable additions throughout free agency, signing guard Connor McGovern to a three-year $22.35 million deal, then adding former Rams offensive lineman David Edwards, they need to see improvement from the players already on the roster in order to take the step forward necessary for their offense to be truly elite.
We have seen in recent seasons how making just a few key changes to the offensive line can lead to huge steps forward for a team (look no further than last season’s Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs who retooled their O-line on the fly last offseason).
It may seem odd to expect improvement out of an O-line that has been consistently in the lower half of the league over the past two years, but there is room for optimism. From the development of key players to two players returning from injury, possible positional changes and the year-to-year consistency of the offensive coaching staff returning intact in 2023 should bring significantly better performance from this key group on the Bills roster.
Let’s take a look at four ways we should expect the Bills offensive line to improve next season beyond any additions they have made or may make before the season starts.