As most NFL fans should know, the Buffalo Bills have been busy lately by making two trades. One of them involved their star wide receiver, Sammy Watkins. They traded Watkins and a 2018 6th round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 2nd round pick. Trading Watkins left a gap at the wide receiver spot, but they filled that gap quick. They then traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 3rd round pick. Will Jordan Matthews be as good as Sammy Watkins? Probably not, but he is a solid receiver that can line up outside or in the slot. I don’t think it makes their team better, but it makes them interesting.
What to Expect: Tyrod Taylor
Taylor is definitely not the biggest fan of this Sammy Watkins trade. The Bills traded his top target that Taylor can trust. Taylor is a mobile quarterback with a good arm and smart decision making. He has what you would want in a starting quarterback, but he can’t put it together. Since becoming the starting quarterback of the Bills he has put up solid numbers. Throwing for 6,058 yards and has thrown 37 TDs while only throwing 12 interceptions in 2 seasons. If you just look at those numbers you would probably think that you have yourself a franchise quarterback in the making. While that may be the case for the Bills, Taylor isn’t a franchise QB yet. What I think you should expect from Taylor in the 2017-18 season is 3,400 yards and 21 TDs while throwing 7 interceptions.
What to Expect: LeSean McCoy
Now we all know “Shady” McCoy as one of the best running backs in the NFL, which he is, but he is getting old. Shady is going into his ninth NFL season and third with the Bills. He is a very productive running back whether he is just straight up running the ball or catching it out of the backfield. He can do it all. But with a new head coach will he get that opportunity? I think he most likely will and he will do all he can to be a big factor in this Bills team. No matter how many touches he gets this season, his production will be at the top. I think Shady will just crack a 1,000 yards by rushing for 1,075 yards and 7 TDs.
What to Expect: Bills WRs Core
Since the Bills traded Sammy Watkins and they did not resign Robert Woods and both of them ending up on the Rams, they seem like they have bad wide receivers, but they actually have solid core. Consisting of notable players, Anquan Boldin, rookie Zay Jones, Jordan Matthews and Andre Holmes. They all will produce for the team. The outside guys will most likely be Zay Jones and Andre Holmes who are two big guys that can go up and get the ball. Anquan Boldin and Jordan Matthews are both mainly slot receivers, but they have the ability to play outside as well. I think that because Anquan Boldin is probably going to be the most reliable target, he will get the most catches, but I expect Zay Jones to have a big rookie season. Jordan Matthews is a solid player who can and has made plays. Andre Holmes had a solid season for the Raiders last season and I think he will have the same type of season for the Bills. I expect Anquan Boldin to have 550 yards and 4 TDs, Zay Jones will have 900 yards and 7 TDs, Jordan Matthews will have 700 yards and 3 TDs and Andre Holmes will have 350 yards and 2 TDs.
What to Expect: Bills Defense
Well since their new head coach is a former defensive coordinator I would expect them to be good. Especially since he was the coordinator of a good defense in the Panthers. Their top guys are Marcell Dareus, Tre’Davious White, Shaq Lawson and Preston Brown. There are a lot of potentially good players on this defense. Marcell Dareus is a great defensive tackle and can really stuff the run. I think they will make plays, but are still a mediocre defense. Tre’Davious White is one of the best cover cornerbacks in a stacked cornerback draft class. I think he will make plays along with some other draft picks they’ve made. Shaq Lawson is a beast and he will show it along with Preston Brown who is looking to have just as good of a season as last season. I expect them to be ranked 20th among top defense in the league.
Projected Record: 5-11