5 Buffalo Bills Who Shouldn’t Be Back in 2014
Buffalo Bills: 5 Players Who Shouldn't Return in 2014
The Buffalo Bills are a young team in the midst of a multi-year rebuilding process. For a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 14 years, Buffalo fans should have a surprising amount of hope for the future of this team. Previous GM Buddy Nix did a nice job of adding talent, especially in last year's draft, and new GM Doug Whaley should be able to continue to add talent to this young roster. E.J. Manuel spearheads this offense while several young players and veterans have formed together to give this team a solid defense. Therefore, it's certainly easy to see hope for the future in Buffalo.
Despite the fact Buffalo appears to finally be trending upwards, however, the team still has some players that probably shouldn't be a part of the team at this point. A big part of every rebuilding effort is getting rid of previously under-performing players and replacing them with young talent that is filled with potential. The Bills are off to a solid start, but it's a process that takes time. Fortunately Buffalo understands that.
With that said, the team needs to continue to jettison their underwhelming players if they truly want to contend in the future. The future in Buffalo is a promising one, especially if some of their young talent continues to produce as expected. As long as the team is able to retain the good, young talent while getting rid of the older, declining players, the rebuilding effort will be a success. With that said, there are some players that Buffalo should cut ties with this offseason. So ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, these five Buffalo Bills shouldn't be back in 2014.
5. T.J. Graham
Buffalo Bills receiver T.J. Graham is one of the few young players that just haven't worked out as expected in Buffalo. Drafted to be a deep threat, the team only gave Graham one year before taking speedster Marquise Goodwin in last year's draft. Goodwin performed well in his limited action showing more big play ability than Graham, and it's because of Goodwin's presence on the roster that Graham becomes an expendable piece.
4. Doug Legursky
Doug Legursky took over early in the season for the Bills, and although he wasn't awful, he's more of a backup in the NFL. Legursky is sort of pedestrian at left guard, and he's unlikely to get much better. What you see is what you get with Legursky, and while it wouldn't be a shock to see him return to Buffalo next season, the Bills would be better off snagging someone with a bit more potential.
3. Arthur Moats
Arthur Moats, the Bills outside linebacker, simply isn't a starting level linebacker at the professional level. Moats is decent in the run game, but you would like to see at least something as far as a pass rush is concerned with your outside linebackers. Moats clearly doesn't provide this pass rushing ability seeing as though he didn't register a single sack despite starting 12 games for Buffalo. The Bills would be wise to simply cut their losses as far as Moats is concerned and look to target an outside linebacker through either free agency or the 2014 NFL Draft. One thing is for sure; Buffalo needs an upgrade at outside linebacker.
2. Erik Pears
Right tackle Erik Pears has seen better days during his time in the league. The 32-year-old lineman, like Legursky, is more of a backup at this point. Once thought to be a decent enough pass protector, Pears has really fallen off in that aspect, and he's become a real weak link along this Buffalo offensive line. Pears is declining quickly at this stage in his career, and the Bills would be foolish to keep him around when younger, better options are available.
1. Fred Jackson
More than any other player on this list, Buffalo running back Fred Jackson deserves to return to the team in 2014. With that said, keeping Jackson around is simply delaying C.J. Spiller's development. Spiller is a dynamic weapon when he's on the field, but it seems that Buffalo coaching staffs simply can't figure out a way to split time between Spiller and Jackson. When you add in that Jackson is already 33, you start to get the idea that maybe it's time the Bills hand the reins over to Spiller.