It’s been a rough year for the Buffalo Bills in 2018. The first nine games were definitely the worst of it, as the Bills suffered blowouts in four of those games, let almost all the other close games get away from them, and dealt with multiple Nathan Peterman meltdowns. However, the second half of the season has been a different story. They’ve been competitive in every game and have had chances to win- foiled by either painful touchdown drops or rookie mistakes. Frustrating losses aside, Bills fans should be excited about the future of the team. Hopeful franchise quarterback Josh Allen played well three weeks in a row and continues to show progression from week to week. He’s becoming a better passer, while also remaining a dangerous running threat. Allen is making multiple reads before leaving the pocket and commanding the offense like he’s been in the league for a while. While he still possesses accuracy issues in the intermediate passing game and occasionally makes rookie mistakes, those errors are decreasing gradually. Allen isn’t the only Bills player impressing though.
Undrafted free agent wideout Robert Foster has only had one game under 90 yards since his promotion back to the 53 man roster. He and Allen really seem to be building chemistry, as he’s obviously Allen’s No.1 receiver. Isaiah McKenzie was also a nice find by the coaching staff and his versatility has opened things up for the offense tremendously. Zay Jones is still inconsistent in his performances, but he’s showing flashes of what he could do in the NFL. Sixth round pick Wyatt Teller has been an upgrade on the offensive line, as he is already the second best lineman on the team and still has a lot of room to improve. The offensive side of the ball isn’t the only side seeing a resurgence of young talent though.
In addition to last year’s stellar picks Tre’Davious White and Matt Milano, the defensive side has seen some talent emerge from the rookie class. First rounder Trumaine Edmunds has been an animal at the middle linebacker spot for the Bills and at 20-years-old, he has a lot of room to mature and grow into his full potential, and he’s getting better by the week. Fourth round pick Taron Johnson has been one of the best rookie corners in the league this year, and once he gets his nagging shoulder injury taken care of, he’ll be on the field to get even better. Undrafted free agent Levi Wallace has exceeded expectations starting across from White while fellow undrafted free agent Ryan Lewis has been decent as well in that same position, when given the chance.
These players all contributed to the stellar season that the Buffalo Bills defense has had so far. The unit is first in the NFL in yards allowed per game. Opposing quarterbacks struggle to get anything going against the Bills’ defense, that arguably has five potential Pro Bowl worthy players on it. This is a result of the coaching of Sean McDermott, who has done a phenomenal job keeping Buffalo competitive despite being huge underdogs in every game this season. McDermott gets the best out of his players week in and week out and they play hard for him. He coaches with a winning mindset that ended the 18 year playoff drought that haunted Buffalo for so long.
McDermott and Brandon Beane carefully constructed a roster built to compete in every game they play in– that’s not started by Nathan Peterman. They’ve had great talent evaluation in the draft, which is one of the key factors to building a championship caliber football team. They have their championship caliber defense and a franchise quarterback. Now all they need is a No.1 wide receiver to play across from Foster and sure up the right side of the offensive line.
The Buffalo Bills aren’t far away at all from being a playoff team, and they’ve got the right coach and the right general manager to realize their true potential. The fututre is bright for the Buffalo Bills.