The Buffalo Bills‘ roster looks different in many areas, but the team’s makeover at wide receiver, cornerback and safety is eye opening. No starting players remain at any position entering the 2017 season.
Sammy Watkins was the only starting receiver left from last season before Buffalo shipped him to the Los Angeles Rams on Friday. In Los Angeles, Watkins will be reunited with Robert Woods, the Bills’ leading receiver in receptions and yards in 2016. The Rams signed Woods to a 5-year, $34 million deal in free agency.
Buffalo’s starting receivers weren’t the only two to leave the team. The Bills also lost Marquise Goodwin and Justin Hunter in free agency.
Goodwin will see Watkins and Woods two-times per year in the NFC West after signing a 2-year, $6 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Goodwin dealt with injuries throughout his tenure with the Bills, but he finished third in receiving yards last season after career-highs in catches (29) and yards (431). Hunter joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency after catching 10 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns in Buffalo.
Buffalo’s top four receivers from 2016 are gone and the only receivers who recorded a reception in Buffalo last season are Walter Powell and Brandon Tate. The two combined to catch 22 passes for 259 yards. Buffalo will look to replace their former top four with Zay Jones, Jordan Matthews, Anquan Boldin and Andre Holmes.
The changes at wide receiver are stunning, but it pales in comparison to the secondary.
Buffalo let Stephon Gilmore leave in free agency to the Patriots and traded away Ronald Darby to the Eagles for the…
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