The regular season is over for the Bills and now they look into the offseason and hopefully have no major coaching changes (outside maybe a new OC).
2nd) Maxx Williams TE from Minnesota
The Bills have lacked a solid TE for a while and they finally address it with Maxz Williams. Williams stands at 6’4 250 and is a complete TE. This year he was used primarily as a blocker in a run heavy attack but when allowed to be a receiving threat he did a great job leading his team in receiving and racking up 7 TDs. Last year the Bills went tight end heavy on offense but the production was lacking. Scott Chandler is not the answer, they seem to have no idea how to use Gragg and Gray is more of a H-Back. Williams is that guy that can line up everywhere and be a threat in the receiving game and is also a pretty good blocker which helps the run game.
3rd) Preston Smith DE from Mississippi State
There is some uncertainty about whether Jerry Hughes returns and they also lack solid backups on the defensive line to help in the run game. Preston Smith is a big 6-6 270 that has moved around the line and can either play end or DT. He has 7 sacks this year and has shown the ability to be a complete end. He gives the Bills quality insurance if Hughes goes elsewhere and can be part of the rotation so if injury happens to someone like Dareus or Mario, the loss won’t be as severe.
5th) Adam Shead OG from Oklahoma
The guard position was a disaster yet again this year and while the Bills have two 2nd year players in play for those guard positions in Cyrus and Cyril and probably some veteran players, they could use some more talent with Adam Shead. Shead has started the past four years and has been a good enough pass protector but struggles on the move which he needs to improve on. He can be a good competition for either guard spot and probably could end up starting at one of those spots by the end of the year.
5th) Dezmin Lewis, WR from Central Arkansas
The Bills starting 3 at WR is pretty much set with Watkins, Woods and Hogan but they currently lack that big redzone target and guy who is “open when he’s covered”. Lewis is that standing at 6’4 212. He has played pretty well in lower competition making a few contested catches as well showing some ability after the catch. He is still raw in route running and will need to adjust to better competition but he is at least worth a flier to be a red zone target at first which the Bills need.
6th) Nick Marshall ATH from Auburn
Marshall was originally recruited to Georgia to play defensive back and it wasn’t until he got kicked out and went to Junior College that he tried the quarterback thing out. After finishing his senior year, Marshall will not be a QB in the NFL, but he at 6’1 210 and 4.3 speed, he could go back to play DB or maybe RB in the NFL. Bills could draft him and convert him back to DB or use him as a do-it-all player similar to how Denard Robinson was originally used his first year in Jacksonville. But for a 6th round pick, it is worth the risk.
7th) Jeffrey Whitaker DT from Auburn
The Dareus injury against the Raiders showed how badly the Bills needed defensive line depth. Whitaker is the right size at 6’3 322 and could be a good rotational player or someone who could be stashed on the practice squad. Either way, the Bills need DL depth considering how much they rely on their front four to cause havoc.