SI ranks Buffalo Bills as the third-most “neediest” team in NFL
Despite breaking a 17-year playoff drought in 2017, the Buffalo Bills have plenty of things to correct and address ahead of the 2018 season.
In fact, Sports Illustrated thinks only two other teams have more things to correct. SI named Buffalo as the third-neediest team in the NFL. SI’s Andy Benoit first said in his explanation that the Bills primary need is finding a franchise quarterback. However, Benoit said Buffalo’s biggest need is finding and edge rusher.Here’s Benoit’s reasoning:
The Bills’ biggest need is at QB, but that’s true for just about any team without a franchise guy in that spot. Digging deeper, look to the D-line. Coach Sean McDermott is a creative, effective blitz schemer. But he more often plays traditional zone coverages, which require a potent four-man rush. Buffalo had just 27 sacks last season, tied for third fewest in the NFL, and you can see that reflected on film: Their front four rarely controlled games. This roster’s only viable pass rusher is defensive end Jerry Hughes, who can go quiet for stretches.
The Bills need an edge bender opposite him, as well as a penetrator inside, especially if 34-year-old free agent Kyle Williams does not return.
Hughes has only had 10 sacks for the Bills over the past two seasons and linebacker Lorenzo Alexander only had three sacks in 2017 after a 12.5 outing in 2016. The only teams who Benoit considers more “needy” are the 5-11 New York Jets and 0-16, who were listed first and second, respectively.