5 Bills Records That May Be Shattered in 2015

Records held by Bill Brooks, Terrence McGee, and O.J. Simpson may be in danger. A team record is also at risk as well as something that no Bills tight end has accomplished to date in the NFL.

The Buffalo Bills spent their offseason revamping their offense and keeping their defense intact. Heading into the 2015 season, the Bills are fielding one of their best overall teams in years. With a team this strong, certain team and individual records could be broken. Here’s a look at five attainable records that the Bills could break this season.

Receiving Touchdowns – 11 (Bill Brooks, 1995)

The Bills have had some terrific wide receivers in their history, so it’s a bit of a surprise to see that Bill Brooks holds the record for receiving touchdowns in a season. In 1995, half of Jim Kelly’s touchdown passes went to Brooks. At one point, Brooks caught eight consecutive touchdowns without another player recording a receiving touchdown.

In 2015, Buffalo will have no shortage of receiving targets. An offense featuring LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay could create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses. With so many weapons, teams will struggle to double team individual players, so anyone of these players are capable of breaking Brooks’ record.

Sacks – 57 (2013)

The Bills broke this record in 2013 under Mike Pettine. This season, the team is returning to a defense that will be very similar to the one they ran under Pettine. In 2015, Buffalo has a legitimate chance of breaking this record. Jerry Hughes, a part time player in 2013, only saw 621 snaps in Pettine’s defense. Hughes still found a way to record 10 sacks in 2013, so there’s a good chance he increases this total in 2015 as a full-time starter. Players like Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus will also provide their fair share of sacks. In addition, Buffalo’s cornerback play on paper is stronger in 2015 than it was in 2013. The team is pretty deep at the position with the likes of Stephon Gilmore, Corey Graham, Leodis McKelvin and Nickell Robey. Better coverage obviously leads to more coverage sacks. This won’t be an easy record to break, but it’s certainly a possibility in 2015.

Tight End Named to Pro Bowl (No One)

Buffalo has never had a tight end appear in the Pro Bowl. Ernie Warlick and Paul Costa both appeared in the AFL’s version of the game, but the Bills have never had anyone named to the Pro Bowl since joining the NFL. This offseason, the Bills went all-in to sign Charles Clay. The tight end is very versatile and he’ll play a large role in the offense. As a pass catcher, Clay has 127 receptions, 1,364 yards and nine touchdowns in the last two seasons. His 759 receiving yards in 2013 would have set a team record in Buffalo (Paul Costa, 726 yards, 1969), so that’s another possible record Clay could break in 2015. In addition to his receiving ability, Clay will also be utilized as a blocker in Buffalo’s defense. Greg Roman loves to utilize tight ends and there’s no doubt that Clay will be an important part of Buffalo’s offense in 2015.

Clay isn’t likely to lead tight ends in receptions or yards but if voters look at the big picture, there’s a chance that the Bills have a tight end named to the Pro Bowl for the first time.

Kick Return Touchdowns – 3 (Terrence McGee, 2004)

Rex Ryan used Percy Harvin as a kick returner in New York, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him handle kickoff duties for the Bills. Buffalo’s current record of three kick return touchdowns is an attainable record for Harvin.

Harvin had five kickoff returns for touchdowns in his first four seasons. In 2013, Harvin didn’t have any regular season kickoff returns for a touchdown, but he did add one in the Super Bowl. Last season was the first time that Harvin didn’t record a kick return for a touchdown. In 2015, Harvin will be joining one of the best special teams units in the NFL. Tying or surpassing this record in 2015 won’t be easy, especially due to the increase in touchbacks, but Harvin has a shot.

Rushing Touchdowns – 16 (O.J. Simpson, 1975)

O.J. Simpson’s rushing touchdown record has stood since 1975. This season, it could be in danger. Buffalo wants to be a ground and pound football team and LeSean McCoy is expected to be their workhorse running back. If the team truly commits to McCoy and gives him 275 carries or more, the record could be broken this season.

McCoy’s career high in rushing touchdowns is actually higher than Simpson’s record. In 2011, McCoy recorded 17 rushing touchdowns on 273 carries. McCoy will get his fair share of rushes throughout the year, but it may come down to goal line carries. Currently, the Bills don’t have anyone that they’d consider a goal line back, so McCoy may get the first crack at punching the ball in close to the end zone. If he makes the most of this opportunity, there’s an outside shot of McCoy breaking the record.  

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