New England Patriots: Eye on the AFC East — Buffalo Bills
By Hal Bent
The Bills struggled mightily on offense in 2018. Josh Allen couldn’t get much going with his rocket-launcher of an arm, but he was surprisingly adept and dangerous with his legs. Buffalo went 5-6 with the rookie under center.
In 2017, it was the running game carrying the team. In 2018, age and injury limited LeSean McCoy (3.2 yards per attempt) and Chris Ivory (3.3 yards per attempt) both. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Bills look for a fresh infusion of youth and talent at the position this offseason.
The offensive line was pretty terrible as well. Left tackle Dion Dawkins, adequate as a rookie, struggled this season. Rookie guard Wyatt Teller was the lone bright for the group, as the rest of the unit were weak run blocking and porous in pass blocking. Even when they gave Allen time to throw, he was tossing balls to a receiving group with no playmakers.
Zay Jones was the Bills’ leading receiver this season, but he is more WR2 or WR3 at best. The Kelvin Benjamin experiment ended badly, as he was released in-season along with veteran Andre Holmes. Robert Foster showed some promise as a big-play threat, whereas core special teamers Isaiah McKenzie and Deonte Thompson showed little when given a chance.
Overall, it was a fairly dismal showing for this team offensively.