Bills offense needs more than Brown and Beasley when passing


At 10-4, the Buffalo Bills haven't needed a plethora of weapons on offense to win football games. The defense has been one of the league's best, while the offense has found success in crucial spots such as the red zone and the fourth quarter.

But when it comes time for the playoffs in two weeks and Buffalo finds themselves caught in an offensive battle? Say with Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans or Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chief? 

The offense is going to need more from the secondary passing targets. 

When the Bills have passed the football this season, Josh Allen has relied heavily on wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley. Of Allen's 255 completed passes, Brown and Beasley have been on the receiving end 131 times. That is over half of Allen's completions, 51.3% to be exact. Brown's 71 receptions leads the team, while Beasley's 60 are good for second.

The third most receptions on the team? That rank would belong to rookie running back Devin Singletary, who has just 28 receptions. The next wide receiver on the list is Isaiah McKenzie, who has caught 23 passes. 

With just two games left before the playoffs, what the Bills have in-house is what they will have to rely on the rest of the way.

None of these weapons not named Brown, Beasley, or Singletary are going to take over games, but having them find some level of success will provide an optionality that is a nice advantage to have. 

Using Singletary in space more, getting him lined up with linebackers as they did against the Baltimore Ravens would help. So too would rookie tight end Dawson Knox putting together some consistent performances that don't include a mind-boggling drop after an impressive catch down the field. 

Finding a way to use wide receiver Robert Foster down the field successfully like they did in 2018 wouldn't hurt either. How about tight end Tyler Kroft? Outside of his game-winning touchdown catch last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he has just four catches to his name this season. 

Look at the potential playoff opponents the Bills could face, for example. When Watson isn't heavily targeting wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in Houston, he has the options of wide receiver Will Fuller, wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Duke Johnson, and tight end Darren Fells at his disposal. 

Kansas City? Patrick Mahomes can look to wide receiver Mecole Hardman, wide receiver Sammy Watkins, or running back LeSean McCoy if tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill aren't taking over. 

The core that got the Bills this far will make or break a playoff run, but it wouldn't be a bad time for the role plays to start hitting their stride.