The Buffalo Bills are sitting solid at 5-1 being one of the pleasant surprises of the NFL season so far. A New England collapse is very unlikely but the Bills, in their current shape, could be engaged in the AFC Wildcard battle deep into the regular season.
However, as most other contenders, the Bills have more than one hole and a component in their game that they can improve to make their efforts count and get even closer to a playoff spot. Enter the trade deadline, which happens next Tuesday at 9pm UK time.
There’s still one more game until that deadline comes around so the teams’ approach could alter. But most of them have already established their position of either a buyer or a seller. The Bills don’t need to think twice – they are buying. Furthermore, even a single move could have huge dividends to a promising Bills team.
Today we take a look at three possible deals Buffalo could make before next week’s deadline.
Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
The Bills, 21st in passing yards, surely could use an upgrade in Josh Allen’s wide receiving corps, especially after having shipped Zay Jones to the Raiders. Two are the notable options on the market as of now. While Bengals’ A.J. Green is the best option, the required first-round pick in return makes it an unfavourable deal for Buffalo. The move would be too risky for a team that is still developing and unwilling to sacrifice a first round selection.
The Broncos, on the other hand, are very desperate. Last season, they dealt Demaryius Thomas to the Texans for a 4th-rounder. This time around, they could be getting even more back; but that’s still not going to be a first-rounder. Sanders has 2 touchdown catches, as many as Bills WR John Brown, and averages 12.2 yards per reception. Anything more than a 2020 third-round pick is above his current value.
The problem for the Bills is that, do they approach the veteran wide receiver, they’ll face a heavy competition from all over the NFL, with the 49ers also rumored to be willing to improve their talent in the air game.
Brandon Scherff, Washington Redskins
Scherff is the Redskins’ starting right guard who was recently put on the trade block by the 1-6 Washington. The Bills have an average offensive line, which has allowed 16 sacks, but a turnover-ridden offence could force the Bills to look for some protection for Josh Allen. The former first-rounder out of Wyoming has thrown 8 interceptions.
Brandon Scherff has missed his team’s last two games due to an ankle injury but returned before their loss to the 49ers. The Redskins have allowed 18 sacks but Scherff is the best available asset Buffalo could acquire at that position.
Washington isn’t likely to get anything more than a third-round pick for the 5th-year player and, considering the low interest towards him so far, the Bills could get him at an even cheaper price.
Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
The Bills’ RB-by-committee has been efficient thus far. Buffalo is ranked 7th in yards on the ground with 135.8 per game. However, despite Frank Gore performing at a considerably high level, Devin Singletary has missed some time in addition to being underutilised. T.J. Yeldon, meanwhile, was inactive on Sunday against the Dolphins.
Kenyan Drake is the most notable running back on the market, being a part of Miami’s selling overhaul. Drake averages 3.7 yards per carry, still looking for his first score of the season. In the eve of Singletary’s decreased workload, an addition in the backfield could be very helpful.