Pro Football Focus created a list of the NFL’s most talented rosters and the Buffalo Bills came in at No. 14. The analytics site was very complimentary of Buffalo's roster, but they also felt that the team has a four players who need to be upgraded.
The four players who should be upgraded according to PFF are right guard John Miller, right tackle Jordan Mills, wide receiver Robert Woods, and inside linebacker Preston Brown.
Miller is just entering his second season so it may be a bit early to be calling for his replacement. In his rookie season, Miller dealt with a high ankle sprain and the loss of his mother. He also told Vic Carucci about the physical grind of being a rookie.
"Coming in as a rookie, we have a long process before we even get in the building with the (NFL) Combine prep, doing the Combine, taking visits here and there, different individual workouts with different teams," he said. "Then, you come in, you have rookie minicamp. Then, you come back for OTAs. Then, you got to go back (home) and you've got to train for the summer. Then, you've got to come back, go through camp, which is long. Then, of course, you have the long season.
"So, yeah, mentally, there's a lot coming in as a rookie, trying to get adjusted to the scheme, the knowledge. The speed of the game is tremendously different, even the physicality of it."
Miller trained this offseason with Louis Vasquez and Evan Mathis. The right guard has plenty to prove in his second season, but he deserves the opportunity to start at right guard.
As for Mills, it’s fair to say that Buffalo should be looking for an upgrade at right tackle. Mills, Seantrel Henderson, and Cyrus Kouandjio have struggled in their respective careers to stand out at right tackle. The Bills can get by with this trio in 2016, but it’ll be interesting to see if the team pursues any players who end up being cut leading up to the 2016 season.
Robert Woods has been a solid contributor in Buffalo in his career. In 2015, Woods dealt with a groin injury that took a toll on his play. In addition to his groin injury, Woods was asked to block more in 2015. Despite these factors, Woods has never gone for less than 552 yards in a season. In a run-first offense, Woods was fine in 2015 and even set a new career high in yards per catch (14.7). The wide receiver may be a number three receiver on some teams, but based on his skill-set, Woods fits what the Bills want in their No. 2 receiver.
Preston Brown absolutely struggled in 2015 under Rex Ryan. He was challenged by the head coach this offseason to be more vocal and early in OTAs, he’s supposedly passed this test. The linebacker was learning a new defense in 2015 and a lot was asked of him. In 2016, Brown should feel more comfortable with his role. If Brown struggles in 2016 then Buffalo should, by all means, look for Brown’s replacement.