2015 Depth Charts Update: Buffalo Bills
- The quarterback battle in Buffalo this offseason is going to be fascinating, with E.J. Manuel competing for a starting job, and possibly his spot on the roster. Matt Cassell really struggled for the Minnesota Vikings in 2014, grading at -7.5 on just 146 snaps, so whether or not he can be more effective than Manuel is up for debate. The wildcard here is Tyrod Taylor, with Joe Flacco’s long term backup finally getting an opportunity to earn some playing time. We know he can be exciting and do damage with his legs, but can he show enough as a passer to win the job?
- Give the Bills credit where it’s due, they went out and added playmakers on offense. LeSean McCoy won’t be running behind an offensive line as good as he had in Philadelphia, but he’s still capable of big plays. Likewise for Percy Harvin who, despite not being able to stick with a team in recent years, is the sort of dynamic weapon who can be used in a variety of ways to produce big plays. The versatility is a big reason why Charles Clay was a smart signing too, with the former Miami Dolphin capable of lining up as an in-line tight end, in the slot, and in the backfield too.
- The Bills defensive backfield looks strong, with Stephon Gilmore grading solidly in 2014, while their other starting cornerback, Leodis McKelvin, had a bit of a down year after a very impressive 2013 season. What’s interesting though, is the decision to see how Corey Graham, who was their highest graded cornerback in 2014, handles playing time at safety. If he can cope with the switch, his versatility could be huge for the Bills in 2015.
- Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams are standouts, not just on that defensive line but in the league in general, but the Bills don’t have much beyond them on the line at this stage. Stefan Charles is solid, but none of Jarius Wynn, Corbin Bryant or Alex Carrington are anything beyond below average at this point.