2022 Buffalo Bills Season Preview

By Quentin Smalls – 

13 Seconds and a coin flip. Those are the moments that will haunt Buffalo Bills fans for eternity. After winning their second consecutive AFC East title, the Bills would lose in an overtime heartbreaker to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. With most of the talent back from the previous season and with the addition of several players during the offseason, Buffalo seems to be on the cusp of a Super Bowl run.

Buffalo is led by their franchise quarterback Josh Allen, who was ranked in the top #5 by ESPN at the quarterback position. Allen will have his go-to running back Devin Singletary back after Singletary posted career numbers last season with 870 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.

Buffalo also drafted James Cook, brother of Minnesota Vikings star Dalvin Cook, to serve as a backup to Singletary. Cook being a solid running back would help lessen the load for Singletary, who played in all 17 games last season.

 The Bills have one of the best receiving corps in the league. Led by Stefon Diggs, who was selected to the Pro Bowl last season, the Bills also have Gabriel Davis, who can stake a claim as the #2 receiver in the fold. The Bills signed former New York Jets receiver Jameson Crowder to the team in the offseason and drafted Khalil Shakir in the fifth round. They also have tight ends Dawson Knox and OJ Howard in the rotation.

 The offensive line is one of the worst in the league, allowing Josh Allen to get sacked 26 times last season. This was supposed to be a team that was improved but the offensive line did not get improved in the draft or in free agency.

Buffalo made a major signing in free agency by acquiring Von Miller on a six-year contract, fresh off his Super Bowl win with the Los Angeles Rams. The Bills staff is expecting a breakout year from Greg Rousseau at defensive end. They also have Shaq Lawson as a returning rotation player. Ed Oliver is the interior lineman leader on this Bills team, and DaQuan Jones, Jordan Phillips and Tim Settle will be rotational pieces for the team.

While the linebacker core is quite small, there are a few players that are still in contention for starting spots. Tremaine Edmunds as the inside linebacker and Matt Milano as the outside linebacker. Tyler Matakevich will be used primarily as a special teams guy and Terrel Bernard is the rookie who will need to work his way into the rotation.

The corner back room is one of the best in the league and with the talent it holds, it’s not a shock why. Tre’Davious White is considered one of the best corners in the game, even after missing six games, he will be tasked with being the top corner back on the team. Kaiir Elam, their first-round pick is expected to be the second coming of White, Taron Johnson will be in the nickel position and Dane Jackson will take outside reps. At safety, Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer are the two top safeties in the NFL

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