Orchard Park, N.Y. (WGR 550) - The Buffalo Bills have certainly gone on the offensive this offseason.
Even though the team finished second in the National Football League scoring 28.4 points per-game last season, they’ve clearly made a concerted effort to improve – and in some ways overhaul – that side of the ball during free agency, and the NFL Draft.
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Even since last season ended in a stunning 27-10 AFC Divisional Round loss at home to the Cincinnati Bengals, general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have talked multiple times about helping to protect quarterback Josh Allen, as well as finding ways to make it easier on him in 2023.
They adhered to that mantra over the last month-and-a-half by signing guards Connor McGovern and David Edwards, wide receivers Trent Sherfield and Deonte Harty, and running back Damien Harris.
Then on Thursday night, they moved up two spots in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft to grab one of the best pass catchers in the entire draft in tight end Dalton Kincaid.
The Bills followed that up on Friday night by nabbing guard O’Cyrus Torrence in the second round, thought by many to be not only a first-round talent, but possibly the best interior offensive lineman in the draft.
After a defensive selection of linebacker Dorian Williams, Beane went right back to the offense, selecting wideout Justin Shorter, who immediately becomes the biggest player in the wide receiver room.
Beane wasn’t done, though, as he then selected guard Nick Broeker with one of the team’s seventh round selections he traded back for. Beane said after the draft the Ole Miss product was clearly the highest-rated player still remaining on their board when they made the pick.
“I didn’t necessarily mean today to go draft another [guard], but he was the best guy on the board,” Beane said after the draft.
Beane said early-on in the offseason, the Bills wanted to add competition to the guard position after looking back at how the season unfolded.
“Down the stretch, our whole offense was a little out of sync,” he said. “Maybe the O-line wasn’t always in sync. Maybe our skills, Josh, whatever it was. It’s been a concerted effort. Let’s try and look at where we can make ourselves incrementally better at O-line and skill spots.”
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