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Because of another down year in the division, it appears the New England Patriots are the only team vying for a playoff spot.
So the AFC East blog is getting a head start on the 2013 offseason with an early draft primer. Next up we preview Buffalo’s offseason.
Buffalo Bills (4-6)
2013 draft picks: Seven
Biggest needs: LB, QB, WR
Early forecast: The Bills don’t have a ton of glaring holes. This roster has playmakers, but mostly underachieved this season because of poor play and shoddy coaching. On the free-agent front, Byrd and Levitre are must-signs for Buffalo. Both are core players and among the most underrated at their positions. Adding linebackers is a must for Buffalo. The Bills have been awful against the run, and a big reason is their linebackers have been pushed around. Buffalo needs a physical presence to toughen up its front seven. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is too streaky to build a franchise around. Fitzpatrick can bridge the gap for another year, but the Bills eventually need a franchise quarterback who can become the long-term solution and take this team to the next level. That probably won’t happen in the first round, because Buffalo most likely won’t have a top-five pick. So forget about quarterbacks like Matt Barkley of USC and Geno Smith of West Virginia. But the Bills could look at second-round quarterback options to groom. The offense also could use another playmaking receiver to go with Steve Johnson.
Because of another down year in the division, it appears the New England Patriots are the only team vying for a playoff spot.So the AFC East blog is getting a head start on the 2013 offseason with an early draft primer.