The film reviewers and stat crunchers at ProFootballFocus have put together a list of suggested free agent targets for the Bills this offseason as they try to assess some of the team’s most glaring positional needs.
PFF goes into their assessment under the assumption that Buffalo’s defense will largely be a 3-4 scheme, which if you heard anything from defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, is not a safe assumption. He’s preached being multiple and explained that in this day and age you can’t definitively be a 4-3 or 3-4 front defense.
In any event they list OLB, DE and TE/slot WR as the positional needs that could most effectively be addressed in free agency. Among the players they list are Baltimore’s OLB Paul Kruger, NY Jets DL Mike DeVito and NY Jets TE Dustin Keller as options to fill those roles.
Kruger had a solid season, but benefited from opponents keying on Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs after he returned to the lineup in 2012. DeVito is a solid, dependable run defender. Keller is an interesting option knowing it’s very iffy as to whether Scott Chandler would be ready to return by training camp coming off ACL surgery.
Tags: Dustin Keller, Mike DeVito, Mike Pettine, NFL free agency, Paul Kruger
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