The Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999. Last season, they came close to ending their playoff drought by as they recorded their first winning season since 2004 by posting a 9-7 record. With the addition of running back LeSean McCoy, tight end Charles Clay and wide receiver Percy Harvin, the offense should be much improved. New head coach Rex Ryan also inherits a dominant defense. Can both units work together to put the Bills back in the playoffs?
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Who emerges as the starting quarterback?
As it stands right now, the Buffalo Bills have four quarterbacks on the roster and after minicamp it appears that no one has been able to emerge as the presumptive starter. Between EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and Matt Simms, every quarterback has a major question. In order for the Bills to make the playoffs, they need to find a steady hand to get the ball to the playmakers on the rest of the offense.
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What will the offensive line look like?
The offensive line could potentially have three new starters in 2015. Last year’s starter at right tackle, Seantrel Henderson, has been demoted to the second team offense in favor of Cyrus Kouandjio during minicamp. Additionally, Richie Incognito could start at one guard position while 2015 third round draft choice John Miller could start at the other spot. Last season, the Bills averaged 92.6 yards per game rushing, good for 25th in the NFL, and also averaged 3.7 yards per rush, good for 27th in the NFL. The Bills hope that whoever starts on the line can help improve those statistics.
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Can LeSean McCoy be as successful in Buffalo as he was in Philadelphia?
The Bills made a blockbuster trade this offseason when they acquired running back LeSean McCoy in a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso. Last season, McCoy had a “down” year as he ran for 1,319 yards and five touchdowns. That came after a season in which he rushed for 1,607 yards and nine touchdowns. Can McCoy be more successful in 2015 with an offense that features huge questions at quarterback and on the offensive line?
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How good can the defense be?
Last year the defense led the league in sacks with 54 in 2015 and was fourth in the NFL in points per game (18.1). In the offseason, several players on the defense have stated that they think this year’s unit can be one of the best defenses to ever play the game. Can they live up to that billing in 2015 in their first season under new head coach Rex Ryan?