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Josh Allen: A lot of room to improve

Buffalo Bills
14 Feb 2020, 13:21 GMT+10

1. Josh Allen: A lot of room to improve

Josh Allen joined Pardon My Take's podcast during Super Bowl week in Miami and was asked about what the 2019 season meant to him after getting a couple of weeks to reflect on the season.

"To kind of sit back and reflect, to realize how young our team is and to get to 10 wins, how we did it, there is a lot of room to improve," Allen said. "That's the good part for us is that we did have this type of season and we still have a lot of improvement to make."

With free agency and the NFL draft approaching, Allen showed his excitement for what's to come and how it can add to the locker room.

"Obviously with our offseason coming up and our front office, they've been fantastic in bringing in the right guys," Allen explained. "Our locker room is pretty good right now and I have a lot of guys in there right now that I'd kill for."

2. What is the perfect offseason plan for Buffalo?

Bleacher Report's Brad Gagnon thinks the Bills must do three things in order to have the perfect offseason. In his blueprint, Buffalo must keep Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips on the roster. The two had very productive seasons on the defensive line tacking together 16 total sacks between the two.

Re-sign Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips

Buffalo's most active pass-rushers, Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy, will both be on the wrong side of 30 by the end of the year. And Lawson's ceiling is a lot higher than both. The 2016 first-round pick has yet to fully break out, but he's only 25 and coming off his best season yet. The only Bills player with more sacks than Lawson (6.5) was Phillips, who took down the quarterback nine times despite primarily rushing from the interior. The former Dolphins second-round pick is playing superb football at age 27. The Bills need to re-sign both, team them up with top 2019 pick Ed Oliver and prepare to say goodbye to expensive, aging linemen like Hughes, Murphy and Star Lotulelei.

Next, Bleacher Report says the Bills need to find another threat at receiver, explaining the void could be filled with a high-profile player in free agency.

Find a third receiver

John Brown and Cole Beasley were strong starters in their debut campaigns with Buffalo in 2019, but only two other Bills wideouts-Isaiah McKenzie and Duke Williams-scored touchdowns (two of them in total). That leaves the Bills in need of a third option out wide for young quarterback Josh Allen. They have the cap space to target a high-profile X or Z receiver like A.J. Green, Robby Anderson or even Amari Cooper in free agency.

Lastly, Gagnon believes the Bills should get ready to pay the league leader in interceptions from this season with a new contract in the near future.

Lock up Tre'Davious White

This is less urgent since White is under contract in 2020 and the team has a fifth-year option in 2021. But the All-Pro cornerback's value only shot up in 2019, so the Bills would be smart to hit him with a long-term contract sooner than later. The reliable playmaker just turned 25 but has already put up two monster seasons in this league. He has nothing more to prove and should become the highest-paid corner in football.

3. SI's Albert Breer thinks the Bills need to add this WR

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer weighed in on what wide receiver he thinks the Bills should pick up in free agency-one he believes could be Allen's main target.

The Bills know they need to get more explosive on offense this offseason-and their tire-kicking on Antonio Brown was evidence they knew it last year. The bottom line is that Buffalo's got a lot of nice complementary pieces but could use a focal point, and that makes me wonder whether this cap-rich team should make a real run at AJ Green, who stylistically would be perfect for Josh Allen.

A.J. Green did not play in 2019 and only played nine games in 2018 due to injuries, but is set to return in 2020. In nine games during the 2018 season, Green had 46 receptions for 694 yards and six touchdowns.

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