The Buffalo Bills know that the Super Bowl is within their reach and their offseason moves reflect a win-now mentality. The front office made a splash by signing veteran Pro Bowler Von Miller to a six-year deal worth $120 million and upgrading the secondary with first-round cornerback Kaiir Elam.
The flashy moves aren't always the ones that make the most impact, though. Finding diamonds in the rough during the NFL Draft and securing underestimated free agents can be just as crucial. Let's take a look at three of the most underrated offseason additions for Buffalo.
Buffalo Bills Offseason 2022
1. Rodger Saffold, OL
One of the main reasons the Bills were able to stay one step ahead of their opponent in 2021 was the lack of pressure quarterback Josh Allen experienced in the pocket. Buffalo allowed the second-fewest sacks in the NFL (27) and then went out and signed Rodger Saffold to upgrade at LG. Saffold played 853 snaps for the Titans last season and gave up only 2 sacks. It was the 12-year pro's best season since 2017 and one he has the skills to replicate. Snagging Saffold for $6.3 million on a one-year deal is great value for Buffalo.
2. Jamison Crowder, WR
The Bills entered the offseason needing help at the slot receiver position after parting ways with veteran Cole Beasley. They replaced him by signing Jamison Crowder to a one-year deal worth $2 million. Crowder has posted at least 50 catches in six of his seven NFL seasons despite never playing with a QB as dominant as Allen. He has also stepped up in the scoring department as of late, logging exactly half of his career touchdowns over the last three seasons (14). Providing Allen with a reliable option over the middle of the field was a move that needed to be made.
3. James Cook, RB
A lot of analysts wondered if the Bills would use their first-round pick or trade up to select a running back in the 2022 NFL Draft. After all, Devin Singletary and Zack Moss combined to average only 4.3 yards per rush attempts in 2021. Instead, the Bills waited until No. 63 overall to select James Cook out of Georgia. Cook is a player capable of making an immediate impact on offense considering he has the footwork to create his own holes in the backfield. The 22-year-old racked up 1,012 yards from scrimmage and scored 11 total touchdowns last fall despite splitting snaps with Zamir White. This pick could easily end up being a steal for the Bills.
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