1. ESPN analyst unveils his offseason plan for the Bills
The Bills should make these five moves this offseason, according to ESPN writer Bill Barnwell. They include picking up Tre'Davious White's fifth-year option and extending him, bringing back Jordan Phillips (or find his replacement), adding an offensive lineman and a corner and work on extensions for Dion Dawkins and Matt Milano.
The first item on Barnwell's agenda is addressing Tre'Davious White's situation.
The former LSU star has shown the ability to move around the field and take on the opposing team's top wideout on a weekly basis. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, White allowed a passer rating of just 36.3 as the closest defender in coverage last season, which was the league's second-best mark for corners with at least 200 coverage snaps. Quarterbacks would have been better off throwing the ball into the ground, given that the passer rating for a season full of incompletions is 39.6. ... Picking up White's fifth-year option is academic. Getting him signed to an extension will be tougher.
The hardest decision for Buffalo will be what to with Jordan Phillips.
The most difficult decision of the offseason for coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane is what to do with one of their breakout stars from 2019. Phillips was a waiver-wire acquisition from the Dolphins in 2018 who signed a one-year ... deal to stick around last season, but no one could have anticipated what was going to happen next. Phillips doubled his snap rate and produced more sacks (9.5) in one season than he had over his four prior NFL campaigns (5.5). The only defensive tackle in the league to rack up more sacks was Aaron Donald. ... Phillips is going to get a big raise this offseason, but should Buffalo offer him a significant multiyear deal? It's a tough decision.
Barnwell believes the Bills will address the offensive line and cornerback positions this offseason. With cornerback, Barnwell believes the Bills will look for one in the first two rounds of the draft rather than spend the money on players in free agency. However, time will tell what will happen in the coming months.
2. Bills should pay attention to this player at the scouting combine
The NFL scouting combine begins next week in Indianapolis, NFL.com put together a list of one player that each team must watch. Analyst Charley Casserly picked wide receiver Tee Higgins for Buffalo.
BUFFALO BILLS: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson.The Bills need to score more points, so drafting a receiver early is certainly in play.
Higgins has size that current Bills wide receivers don't have. Described to have "cheat-code body control" and his "above the rim" talent make him an incredibly dangerous playmaker deep and in the red zone, says NFL analyst Lance Zierlein. Zierlein compares Higgins to Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green. Higgins' college stats compare favorably to two prolific NFL receivers. Higgins is tied with DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins for the most receiving touchdowns in Clemson history with 27.
3. Bills draft advice from Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay
On ESPNs First Draft Podcast Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay dove deep into the Bills' draft needs this year, especially in the first few rounds.
Kiper Jr. mentioned top wide receiver prospects could be in play at No. 22 with Colorado's Lavishka Shenault and Clemson's Tee Higgins as options. McShay opted for a different approach.
"Don't force it the first round," McShay said regarding drafting a wide receiver.
McShay believes the Bills can go for an edge rusher in round one and wait until day two of the NFL Draft for a wide receiver like Michael Pittman from USC or Van Jefferson from Florida. Still, in his latest mock draft he suggested the Bills will take Georgia running back D'Andre Swift to create a one-two punch with Devin Singletary.