The Bills have been blessed with the incredible talent of 2004 1st round selection Lee Evans, but the Wisconsin alum needs support in the passing game. He lead the team with 82 receptions, and the next highest total was 49—posted by Peerless Price. Price and Josh Reed form a decent group of talent, but decent isn’t effective enough to take pressure off of Evans. Also, Price is 30 years old, and his production is tailing off. A truly talented receiver would take defensive attention from Evans and give quarterback J.P. Losman another important weapon.
Willis McGahee is out, but his replacement has yet to be nailed down. The former University of Miami star was dealt to the Baltimore Ravens for draft picks, leaving a hole in the backfield for Buffalo. Shaud Williams and Anthony Thomas are atop the depth chart at the moment, but look for that to change before the season begins anew.
Along with a wide receiver and running back, Buffalo will need to address the tight end position. Robert Royal had just 23 catches this season, and the offensive unit will need to make the position more threatening to opposing defenses. An athletic receiving tight end would benefit the passing game and take even more pressure off of Evans.
On defense, the Bills took a hit with the loss of veteran linebacker London Fletcher. Fletcher will be hard to replace, and while talent does remain at the position, improvements can be made to ensure that the drop-off is minimal. Fletcher’s absence could even be more significant than the loss of standout cornerback Nate Clements.
One final area of concern may be the quarterback position. Losman, the current starter, may be given another year to develop, but his play has run lukewarm and cold, with a few big games sprinkled into the mix. There’s potential there, but the team might not want to wait much longer for that potential to become consistency. Expect Losman to get another chance, but don’t be surprised to see the Bills bring in another arm for depth.
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