More national praise came rolling in for the Buffalo Bills this offseason when on Monday, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell listed the team’s offensive weapons as being among the best in the National Football League, and quarterback Josh Allen was given a coveted video game superlative.
Barnwell ranked each team’s offensive weapons from 1-32 and placed the Bills eighth in the entire league, noting “top-level talent is worth more than depth.”
Here’s what Barnwell wrote about the Bills:
“The Bills built an entirely new core of weapons for Josh Allen last year, and in many cases, they landed on hits. John Brown played like a legitimate No. 1 wideout, averaging 2.15 yards per route run. Cole Beasley wasn’t far behind. Tyler Kroft didn’t stay healthy, but Dawson Knox emerged as a matchup problem (albeit with drop issues) as a rookie and didn’t give the job back. Devin Singletary helped lead a comeback in the opener, averaged 5.1 yards per carry, finished 13th in DVOA and was versatile enough to take over as an every-down back by Week 16, but he fumbled four times on 180 touches.
“Now, of course, the Bills have added a superstar wide receiver to that lineup in Stefon Diggs, who ranked third in yards per route run among wide receivers last season. The only guy who averaged more yards when targeted was A.J. Brown. Diggs adds a dominant weapon to the lineup and pushes everybody else down a spot. The 2019 version of John Brown could be the most overqualified second wideout in football outside of Chris Godwin. If the second-year guys such as Singletary and Knox make strides in holding onto the football, the Bills could be a top-5 unit in 2021.”
Barnwell listed the Bills 29th overall in 2018 and 25th overall last offseason, which not only demontrates a quantum leap for how their top-end offensive talent is perceived, but also how good of a job general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have done to find and develop that talent in just three years.
Later in the day it was revealed that Allen was given the highest rating of any quarterback when it comes to arm power in EA Sports’ Madden 2021 video game:
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 13, 2020
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes received an overall rating of 99, the highest of anyone in the NFL.
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