Sunday, June 3, 2012
AFC East offseason report card: Bills
By James Walker
The offseason is just about complete as we get closer and closer to 2012 training camp.
Here is our offseason report card on the Buffalo Bills:
What I liked: I was one of the first to predict the Bills would make a push for free-agent defensive end Mario Williams, but I didn’t think the team had enough to lure him to Buffalo. Instead, the Bills went against their history and signed Williams to a $100 million contract with $50 million guaranteed. The move showed the Bills are serious about winning. Buffalo also made solid additions to get another pass-rusher in Mark Anderson (10 sacks in 2011) and drafted first-round corner Stephon Gilmore, who should be an upgrade over recently released Drayton Florence. The Bills also may have found their left tackle in second-round pick Cordy Glenn. In addition, Buffalo took care of its own players by giving starting receiver Steve Johnson, tailback Fred Jackson and tight end Scott Chandler contract extensions. This has to be the best offseason for the Bills in recent memory.
What I didn't like: The Bills pretty much did everything they were set out to do. But one thing Buffalo may have missed on was to land a legitimate No. 2 receiver. The Bills are hoping rookie T.J. Graham can be that player. But that’s a lot to ask of a rookie third-rounder right away. Donald Jones is returning from injury and could be a wild card. David Nelson is a good slot receiver, but not as comfortable on the outside. Johnson will command a lot of attention from opponents. So Buffalo needs another receiver to step up.
Next up are the New England Patriots.