The NFL offseason has been wildly exciting to watch from the free agency frenzy, remotely conducting the NFL Draft and the release of the schedule. One of the teams that made the offseason a wild ride was the Buffalo Bills. The biggest move was trading for Stefon Diggs to solidify the receiving core. They also replaced Shaq Lawson with former Panthers’ defensive end Mario Addison and had a strong draft class despite not having a first round pick.
The Bills are deemed the favorites to win the AFC East that has been righteously owned by the New England Patriots. That might be the biggest bold prediction surrounding the team, but a successful offseason does not equal success on the field, right Cleveland?
Assuming that there is a season, let alone starting late, here are three bold predictions that are not out of the picture regarding different players:
1.) Devin Singletary Rushes For Over 1,000 Yards and 10 Scores
The Florida Atlantic product came onto the scene for the Bills in his rookie season, rushing for 775 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. Devin Singletary averaged five yards on each carry, which shows why he is called “motor.” Singletary was the mentee for Frank Gore and he showed that he can be the main back for the Bills. Even missing four games due to injury, Singletary showed that his motor is hard to stop.
The Bills will still pound the rock even with an upgrade in the passing game. Singletary will be the featured back for the offense and will rotate with rookie running back Zack Moss to form a 1-2 punch. With the same offensive line intact and Josh Allen still developing, the running game for the Bills will be the go-to and Singletary is the man.
2.) Cole Beasley Leads the Team in Receptions
The Bills finally got their number wideout in Diggs in March, which will now put John Brown back at the number two option and Cole Beasley back in the slot. While the passing attack upgraded, Allen still has to work his mechanics when it comes to down the field passes. To get him comfortable and make the right throws rather than the long throws, Beasley has the chance to get a bunch of passes thrown his way.
Now that Beasley will not have to be a deep threat target, he will be able to pick up easy first downs on short routes. Allen will need to take the big throws down the field to shutdown the naysayers opinions on Allen’s ability to complete the long ball, but there is no need to make a big play unless there is no other choice. Beasley going back into the slot is a perfect fit for Allen to work on his passing, which sets up Beasley to lead the team in catches despite not being the number one target.
3.) Tremaine Edmunds Earns First Team All-Pro Status
The 22 year-old linebacker has made his presence known from his leadership and his ability to play lockdown defense. Tremaine Edmunds has quickly developed into the leader of the Bills’ defense and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl last season. He has led the team in tackles the past two seasons and does an excellent job in pass coverage in the middle of the field.
Last season, Tre’Davious White earned a first team All-Pro vote with his dominant performance. Now it is Edmunds time to do the same. With a reloaded defense that is fulfilled in almost every single spot, Edmunds will lead this defense for a third year and could very well take his game and outperform other top defensive players in the league.