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Stadium: New Era Field | Coach: Rex Ryan
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense16th164.4 (1st)189.8 (30th)
Defense19th133.1 (29th)223.9 (6th)


Sun Sep 11
L 13 - 7at BAL
Thu Sep 15
L 37 - 31NYJ
Sun Sep 25
W 33 - 18ARI
Sun Oct 2
W 16 - 0at NE
Sun Oct 9
W 30 - 19at LAR
Sun Oct 16
W 45 - 16SF
Sun Oct 23
L 28 - 25at MIA
Sun Oct 30
L 41 - 25NE
Mon Nov 7
L 31 - 25at SEA
Sun Nov 20
W 16 - 12at CIN
Sun Nov 27
W 28 - 21JAC
Sun Dec 4
L 38 - 24at OAK
Sun Dec 11
L 27 - 20PIT
Sun Dec 18
W 33 - 13CLE
Sat Dec 24
L 34 - 31MIA
Sun Jan 1
L 30 - 10at NYJ


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Bills' Preston Brown: Tackles continue to rise
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown finished the 2016 season, his third in the NFL, with 139 tackles, one sack, one pass defensed, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

Brown has become as steady of an IDP as you'll see, as he rarely seems to get hurt and has posted 109 or more tackles in all three of his pro seasons. While the Bills have a new coach in Sean McDermott taking over and the team will shift back to the 4-3 style of play that Brown was used to as a rookie, we don't think this will hurt his tackle totals at all. Brown will likely be the middle man in the new defense and will be out there all three downs. And it's not like McDermott's last middle linebacker, Luke Kuechly, was ever hurting for tackle totals.

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Bills' Shaq Lawson: Role could be changing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With the hiring of new coach Sean McDermott and the expected shift to a 4-3 defense, Lawson is likely to be used as more of a defensive end in 2017, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Bills radio analyst Mark Kelso, "Shaq Lawson would be a defensive end in that scheme, which means he'll be defending on the line of scrimmage most of the time and not dropping into coverage."

McDermott had plenty of success as the DC in Carolina and he likes to let his linemen put pressure on the passer, so Lawson -- mostly as a linebacker in 2016 in spot duty following a midseason return from a shoulder injury -- could end up being a nice sack candidate for next season if he earns a pure starter's role. That'd be especially true if Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Lorenzo Alexander, and Jerry Hughes all end up back with the Bills, as those guys would draw plenty of attention from opposing offenses.

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Bills' Zach Brown: Surprise season
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Brown finished the 2016 season, his first as a Bill, with 149 tackles, four sacks, four passes defensed, and two forced fumbles.

Brown was a cheap offseason pickup by the team that wasn't even supposed to start, but injuries opened up a hole for him and he thrived right from the get-go to become of the league's better IDPs. Kudos to you if you caught onto that early and enjoyed Brown's tackle barrage every week. Unfortunately, the Bills only signed him to a one-year deal and have a new coaching staff coming in, so we'll see if the two parties can work out a new agreement.

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Bills' Brandon Tate: Ready to shop return skills
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Tate, who ranked in the top 10 in both kickoff and punt return averages in 2016, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

If Rex Ryan was still the Bills coach, it'd be more likely that the speedy Tate would be back. However, a new regime is about to take over, so all three facets of the team are about to take on a different look. That said, the Bills may try to bring back Tate anyway, as there aren't many returners with his ability, plus he's adequate enough as a receiver to fill the No. 5 spot. He's also said he'd like to stay in Buffalo. Tate caught eight passes for 115 yards in 2016, but never found the end zone as a receiver, runner, or returner.

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Bills' Corey Graham: Stats slide in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graham, set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, posted 87 tackles, nine passes, defensed, one interception, and one fumble recovery in 2016.

Graham has somehow stayed healthy his entire career, playing in every single regular season contest since the start of the 2008 season. He's also been consistent for the most part, so perhaps his 127-tackle season in 2015 is the anomaly, as the Bills were banged up in the front seven most of last year and a lot of tackles ended up in the secondary. In any matter, he'll have an entirely new situation next season even if he stays with his hometown team in Buffalo, as the Bills have a new coaching staff coming. We'll see if the new regime sees enough in Graham to keep him around, though we'll note that no matter what the team does with its UFA veterans, the early call has the Bills targeting a safety on one of the first two days of the 2017 draft.

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