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2016 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on May-06-2016 by Shawn Childs
The Bills were only league average in run defense in 2015, but teams only attempted 24.6 rushers per game (6.5 percent below the league average). They allowed 1730 yards rushing on 394 carries while minimizing the damage in TDs (10). Their best run defender by far is DT Marcell Dareus, who had a huge drop off in sacks (2) in 2015 after setting a career high in 2014 (10). Dareus missed Week 1 due a suspension while battling a knee and neck issue late in the season. The rest of the defensive line lacks impact talent with Kyle Williams on the downside of his career and third round draft pick Adolphus Washington expected to earn the other starting job. Washington looks like a better fit inside of a 4/3 system. Buffalo is supposed to run a 3/4 system in 2016.
The Bills allowed 30 passing TDs last year while allowing the 14th most passing yards (3972). Receivers only gained 6.8 yards per pass attempts with QBs completing only 57.6 percent of their passes (3rd lowest rate in the league). As I mentioned earlier, they had the second lowest amount of sacks (21) in the NFL.
Their two starting CBs Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore played well in pass coverage while getting league average results from their safeties. S Corey Graham did a nice job in run support. They need S Aaron Williams to regain his top form after missing 13 games in 2015 due to a neck injury that required surgery. Overall, this secondary should grade above average if all players return healthy. Gilmore is still a bit overrated when asked to cover elite WR talent.
Buffalo made an effort to add more talent at linebacker in the draft with the primary focus being upgrading their run defense. For the most part in 2015, no linebacker appeared to be a difference maker with LB Jerry Hughes having the best skill set to attack the QB (10 sacks in both 2013 and 2014).
Overall, this defense has one impact player with talent in the secondary. They need to find a way to attack the QB from the outside without committing too much addition personal. From a Fantasy perspective, I view the Bills defense as a backup option with upside at times when they have the right matchup.
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