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Buffalo Bills

Stadium: New Era Field | Coach: Rex Ryan
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense30th119.7 (9th)163.7 (32nd)
Defense23rd98.0 (14th)285.0 (22nd)

Strategy And Personnel

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The Bills were awarded a seventh-round compensatory pick in this year's draft. The Bills didn't lose more free agents than they signed, but the choice was awarded because 11 picks were needed to reach the mandated total of 32 choices. Those picks are awarded at the end of the seventh round to the first 11 teams in the draft order.

TEAM NEEDS

Defensive line: The Bills' 2,714 rushing yards allowed was second most in team history and they allowed eight 200-yard rushing games. Aside from Pro Bowl NT Kyle Williams, blue-chip talent required to stop the run and rush the passer is sorely lacking. The club wouldn't hesitate to use the No. 3 pick on Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers, as complete a player as there is available, if Carolina and Denver pass.

Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick's career season (23 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 81.8 rating) provides a level of comfort for the Bills moving forward. The question is whether they determine Auburn's Cam Newton or Missouri's Blaine Gabbert are "franchise" talents too good to pass up with the No. 3 overall pick.

Linebacker: Injuries wreaked havoc with six players winding up on injured reserve, veteran Shawn Merriman among them. Merriman regaining his All-Pro form in San Diego is a longshot, 2009 first-round pick Aaron Maybin has yet to record a sack, and Paul Posluszny could be declared a free agent. This position needs a fresh face, someone like Texas A&M's Von Miller.

Offensive line: The Bills like four of their five starters but right tackle was a revolving door.

MEDICAL WATCH
No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER
None.

TRANSITION PLAYER
None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--S George Wilson: Potential RFA; terms unknown.

--G/T Mansfield Wrotto: Potential RFA; terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED
None.

PLAYERS LOST

--LB Mike Balogun (released).

--DT Marcus Stroud (released, failed physical).

--LB Pierre Woods (released).

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