NFL teams are in the midst of training camp and the preseason has begun. What do we expect from the Buffalo Bills in 2017?

It’s safe to say we’re not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming NFL season. Since March, we have strung together four different series in preparation for the fall. We just concluded looking at all 32 teams’ most improved area. That was preceded by pieces on a club’s best offseason addition, some facts, figures and feats for each squad, as well as an up-and-coming player for each roster.

So call this one for the thumb. With the regular-season rapidly approaching, we’ll take a look at what we could expect from each team. Every team wants to win the Super Bowl. However, 31 teams will obviously be disappointed. So we have been taking a look at all 32 clubs (in original 2017 draft order) and doing a little analysis. You can play catch up right here. So what are we really expecting from the Buffalo Bills in 2017?


It’s been quite the few days for the franchise that owns the longest current playoff drought in the league. The Buffalo Bills haven’t made a postseason appearance since the team was stunned by the Tennessee Titans via the “Music City Miracle” in the 1999 AFC Wild Card Playoffs.

Now led by new head coach Sean McDermott, the club is also now being guided by general manager Brandon Beane. This month alone, the Bills signed veteran wideout Anquan Boldin – ninth in NFL history with 1,076 career receptions. Even more recently, the club acquired wide receiver Jordan Matthews from the Philadelphia Eagles and cornerback E.J. Gaines from the Los Angeles Rams in separate deals. No longer with the club are wide receiver Sammy Watkins (Rams) and cornerback Ronald Darby (Eagles).

This is the No. 1 rushing offense in the league each of the past two seasons. Getting more from the passing game is vital. The Bills have basically overhauled their wide receiving corps in attempt to be more productive in this area.

On defense, McDermott brings back the 4-3 scheme back to Orchard Park. It’s perfect for the personnel as former coordinator Jim Schwartz found out in 2014. End Jerry Hughes and tackles Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams are all back, while 2016 first-rounder Shaq Lawson rounds out a potent front four.


There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the Buffalo Bills’ defensive unit. There are some concerns at linebacker but the pass rush has the potential to be great. However, the team can’t afford to be so porous vs. the run – as was the case this past season. Meanwhile, quarterback Tyrod Taylor must continue to progress as a field general. It’s been quite the drought for this franchise in terms of the postseason. But don’t be surprised if the Bills bump the Miami Dolphins for second place in the AFC East this year. And a 10-win season along with a playoff berth are real possibilities.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for and the founder of Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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