The Buffalo Bills scored the third most points in the NFL last season, thanks to an explosive offensive featuring several talented players. In what would be a frightening development for the rest of the league, Buffalo’s offense might actually be even more dangerous this year, due to the emergence of certain players and the acquisition of other pass catchers.
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The Bills’ best offensive player not named Josh Allen remains wide receiver Stefon Diggs. The two-time Pro Bowler remains in the prime of his career heading into his age-29 season, and will be the primary concern of top cornerbacks around the NFL. While he did not duplicate the explosive production he posted in 2020, Diggs still had an excellent 2021 campaign. There was some concern that Diggs would try to maneuver his way out of Buffalo after receivers around the NFL were getting massive new contracts, but the Bills got ahead of that by signing him for a four-year extension in April.
While everyone will remember the masterful performance quarterback Josh Allen put together in the playoffs against the Kansas City Chiefs last year, it is important to remember that wide receiver Gabriel Davis caught all four of his touchdown passes. The former Central Florida receiver finished that game with 201 yards. Entering his third year in the NFL, Davis is a popular pick to take another step in 2022. If Davis can play as well as he did last January, the Bills legitimately could have the best offense in the entire league.
It didn’t seem like the Bills needed too much help outside, so the franchise brought in veteran Jamison Crowder this offseason. He is a solid NFL player, who knows how to get open underneath, which is a skill set quarterbacks love. He spent the first four years of his career in Washington, and the last three seasons playing for the New York Jets, so the Bills are familiar with his resume.
He’s likely not going to be on the field during every passing situation unless Buffalo experiences some injuries, but Isaiah McKenzie is an exciting wild card for this team. He will likely do most of his damage on special teams, but there is a chance he could provide a spark on offense as well. With a shorthanded receiving corps, McKenzie had a blowup game last December against the New England Patriots, where he caught 11 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown.
Buffalo also has an ascending young tight end in Dawson Knox. He battled some injuries during his first two seasons in the NFL, but had a breakout campaign in 2021. The former Mississippi star caught nine touchdowns during the regular season, displaying tremendous athleticism on passing routes. He also proved to be a viable red zone option as well, standing at 6’4”. It is hard to predict whether Knox will improve on his numbers this year, but the talent is certainly there.
Buffalo brought in former first-round pick O.J. Howard during the offseason as well. He has never really hit his stride in the NFL as a pass catcher, but has been solid as a blocker. With Knox emerging as the leading receiving tight end, Howard will likely fill a complementary role in power formations.