The Bills have their bye week this week, so Buffalo Football Report will evaluate the Bills current roster after seven games. We will discuss each player at each position and provide you positives and negatives with their play through seven games this season.
Positives: Glenn is doing an excellent job in pass blocking. The left tackle is Pro Football Focus’ number three tackle in pass blocking behind Joe Thomas and Tyron Smith. He’s done a great job of protecting Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel. Through seven weeks, Glenn has allowed one sack, two quarterback hits and six quarterback hurries.
Negatives: Glenn isn’t nearly as consistent in run blocking. He’s missed some blocks that have put LeSean McCoy and company in tough spots. Glenn will have to improve in run blocking over the final nine games. He’s also dealt with penalty problems, having five penalties called against him in seven games.
Future: Glenn is a free agent at the end of the year, so it will be interesting to see how much interest the Bills have in bringing him back. While he’s been outstanding in pass protection, he needs to show improvement in run blocking. If he doesn’t do so, no team will break the bank on Glenn.
Positives: Incognito has been the best free agent pickup by the Bills by far. After seven games, Incognito has been one of the league’s most dominant guards. PFF has Incognito ranked as their third best guard behind Zack Martin of the Cowboys and Marshal Yanda of the Ravens. Incognito has been great in both run and pass blocking.
Negatives: Truly, there isn’t much to criticize in regards to Incognito’s game. He’s only been called for two penalties and hasn’t allowed any sacks.
Future: Incognito signed a one-year deal with Buffalo so he may hit the free agent market after the season. Buffalo should do everything in their power to bring him back.
Positives: Wood is Pro Football Focus’ seventh best center and he has positive ratings in pass protection and run blocking. He’s bounced back after an extremely poor 2014 season.
Negatives: Although Wood’s PFF rating is very high, he still has his struggles throughout games. He’s missed blocks and assignments a few times this year.
Future: Wood is under contract through 2017 but the Bills may want to draft a center in the mid-rounds of this year’s draft to groom as the future center.
Positives: Miller is showing some signs of improvement. He probably had his best game of the season in Week 6 against the Bengals.
Negatives: Miller has struggled quite a bit early in his rookie season. He’s allowed 12 quarterback hurries, two hits and a sack. Currently, Miller is 80th out of 81 eligible guards on PFF.
Future: Miller is taking his lumps now, but this could help him down the line. He’s still a bit raw as a player but has the talent to be a very good guard in the league.
Positives: Henderson showed enough to the coaching staff to win the right tackle job.
Negatives: Whatever Henderson showed in training camp and the preseason hasn’t translated to the field this year. Henderson is having a rough sophomore season and has been credited with allowing seven hurries and three quarterback hits. He’s also been called for three penalties. Henderson is currently out with a concussion.
Future: Henderson hasn’t made a big jump in his second season but he could continue to see playing time in Buffalo. If the team doesn’t re-sign Glenn, Henderson could even be considered at left tackle in the future.
Positives: Has performed pretty well in the last two games (132 snaps). Has shown to be better in run blocking than pass blocking.
Negatives: Pass protection has been a concern for Kouandjio. In the last two weeks, he’s allowed one sack, two hits and three hurries. Kouandjio hasn’t come close to meeting the expectations of being a second round pick.
Future: If Cordy Glenn leaves in free agency, Buffalo may need to start Henderson and Kouandjio as their tackles. This isn’t an encouraging thought right now.
Positives: Quality depth at guard.
Negatives: No longer someone who you’d want to see starting. In his last two starts (Week 4 and 7), Urbik has struggled across the board. He’s allowed six hurries during these two games and has been called for two penalties.
Future: Urbik is under contract through 2016. His cap hit is minimal so he has a good chance of staying as a reserve.
Future: Ikard tore his ACL in 2014 with the Titans. He showed a lot of talent in college and could emerge for the Bills in the future.
Positives: Knows Aaron Kromer’s offense. Has started in 29 games in his career.
Negatives: Mills started for the Bears in 2013 and 2014 but the results weren’t good. In the two seasons, Mills was credited with nine sacks, 19 quarterback hits and 93 quarterback hurries while getting called for two penalties. No, the 93 hurries is not a typo.
Future: Mills was brought in for depth after Henderson’s concussion. It’s unlikely that he’ll remain on the roster once Henderson returns.