5 Buffalo Bills Starters Who Will Struggle In 2014

5 Buffalo Bills Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

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As OTAs get underway across the NFL, teams are starting to figure out what their first-team units are going to look like. Every year, we see players emerge from backup roles and become important contributors. Conversely, many players who begin the season as starters fail to perform for any number of reasons. The following players on the Buffalo Bills could face such issues this season.

5. WR Sammy Watkins

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5. WR Sammy Watkins

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Watkins’ placement on this list is relative to the expectations being placed on him, which are substantial. The Bills’ first-round pick is expected to put up big numbers right away, but the amount of attention he is likely to receive from opposing defenses could limit his production. Watkins’ season will be heavily dependent on how the rest of the Bills’ offense performs.

4. TE Scott Chandler

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4. TE Scott Chandler

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Chandler was a reliable target in 2013, setting career-highs in both receptions (53) and receiving yards (655) despite iffy quarterback play. However, he caught only two touchdown passes and made a few critical mental errors. Chandler is still a good red zone target because of his height, but he is not the type of tight end the modern NFL covets -- a player who can stretch the field like Vernon Davis or Rob Gronkowski.

3. FS Da'Norris Searcy

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3. FS Da'Norris Searcy

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Searcy is currently in the midst of a battle for the starting free safety spot left open by the departure of Jairus Byrd. When Byrd was playing center field for Buffalo’s defense, few quarterbacks were willing to challenge the Bills over the middle. However, Searcy is not the playmaker Byrd was and may find himself being targeted quite often in 2014.

2. RT Cyrus Kouandjio

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2. RT Cyrus Kouandjio

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Early indications suggest that Buffalo’s second-round pick is on the fast track to securing the starting right tackle spot. While no one questions Kouandjio’s talent, there have been concerns about his durability. If Kouandjio is not able to play at 100 percent, and the Bills feel they don’t have a suitable replacement, the rookie may find himself overmatched going up against some good defensive fronts.

1. LG Chris Williams

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1. LG Chris Williams

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This was one of the more interesting acquisitions the Bills made this offseason. Selected 14th overall pick in the 2008 Draft by the Bears, Williams has failed to live up to expectations, playing only two full seasons since entering the league. It seems that the Bills are hedging their bets on Williams’ ability to start at left guard this season, but his track record provides no such evidence.


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