Bills Free Agent Targets | Turner

03/11/2024
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As the NFL’s legal tampering period kicks off, it’s clear that behind the scenes, the wheeling and dealing has long been underway. With the excitement of “Christmas in March,” now’s the perfect time to dive into the top free agents who could seamlessly integrate into the Bills’ scheme and financial strategy.

DT Sebastian Joseph-Day 6’4” 310 pounds, 34.5 Arm Length

Day offers positional flexibility at 3 tech and Nose tackle thanks to his combination of size and length. While he wins as a pass rusher due to his motor and determination, he really shines against the run. Day can quickly win with arm overs and club moves to beat the blocker in front of him. He posesses elite hand placement which can control offensive linemen and shed blockers at the exact moment the ballcarrier pierces the line of scrimmage. He would be a good fit for the Bills scheme, a scheme that deploys a lot of light boxes.

 

WR Noah Brown 6’2″, 215 pounds

Brown would be a great addition to the Bills room. He’s a Prototype X receiver with size, something the Bills don’t currently have. But, what he showed last year is that he is not only a receiver that wins with his physicality but he can create explosive plays in the right offense. Brown was ranked 16th overall in Explosive Target Percentage among all receivers in 2023. Get Brown the ball and let him do work in the short area by using his strength to win at the catch point or break tackles after the catch or dial up some shot calls for him to win down the field. He’s a solid boundary option for the Bills.

 

S Jeremy Chinn, 6’3″, 221 pounds, 4.45 40-yard dash

Chinn is listed as a safety but probably falls under the defensive weapon category. But that sort of utilization early in his career has kind of stunted his development. Chinn has spent most of his time in the box or as an Apext/Slot defender. But that usage is possible because of his overall athleticism and ability to be a run and chase defender. The lack of an exact position has stymied his ability to digest routes and route combinations but he fully makes up for it with his Recovery Speed. His size and speed allow him to fill with force vs. the run from depth, and on the next play match up with an athletic tight end in coverage. Chinn still has some growing to do, but Bills Linebacker Coach Al Holcomb spent time with Chinn in Carolina. Holcomb was the interim defensive coordinator and Assistant Head Coach from 2020-2022. So I’m sure he has an understanding of what Chinn brings to the table and how they could maximize his talents.

 

Tyquan Lewis, 6’3” 267 pounds, 33 3/4″ Arm Length

I believe the Bills need to add a starter/fringe starter to hedge Von Miller’s status, and Lewis fits that mold. He’s a bigger edge defender who surprisngly was 5th in pressure percentage among all defensive linemen with at least 300 snaps. Lewis is a high effort player who’s engine is always running hot. He possesses a quick first lateral step which is an asset to the Bills run stunts and blitzes and tracks the ball well when runs go away from him. But he really shines as a pass rusher when he uses speed to power moves to compress the pocket. The ability to rush with power allows him to bump inside on obvious pass rush downs to help get the QB off of the spot, something you see on film a ton. He’s an archetype and stylistic fit and could provide starter level production to the Bills defensive line rotation.

 

WR Josh Reynolds, 6’3″, 194 pounds

If Bills fans are looking for a true Pros Pro, look no further than Josh Reynolds. Reynolds is the type of player that is good at everything but not great, and that is not a knock. Reynolds is a smooth and nuanced route runner who consistently wins at the catch point of contested catch situations and displays how QB friendly he is by routinely working back to the ball for his QB. He is the type of receiver that will boost the IQ of the WR room, especially one that will likely add some young talent to the position via the draft. Having come from the Rams and Lions, he is a sufficient blocker who makes the most of his opportunities when the ball comes his way in the passing game. He would be a consistent producer for Josh Allen and the Bills.

 

Safety Darnell Savage, 5’11”, 198 pounds

Savage is a speed merchant, unlike any safeties we have seen in a Bills’ uniform in some time. Savage’s straight line speed helps him to cover a lot of ground whether playing the run or pass. But when he reaches the ballcarrier he looks to turn that speed into a forceful hit. That physical mentality is a blessing and a curse because it can make an impact, emotional play or can lead to a missed tackle. If the Bills are looking to play more Single High Coverages under new Defensive Coordinator Bobby Babich, Savage would be an asset as a Post Safety, but also as a Split Field Safety in their Two High Coverages because of his ability to match slot receivers with his speed. He’s a tone setting player who could likely take that role from the recently released Jordan Poyer.

 

Malcolm Roach 6’3″ 290 pounds, 31 7/8″ Arm Length

Roach is a bit undersized but if the Bills were to just watch his shadow, they would see a damn good football player. Roach has a knack for finding and being around the ball, especially against the run. Last season he led the league in Run Stop Percentage at 17.4%, and that is with him playing primarily nose tackle in the Saints’ defensive scheme. His quick first step and active feet win him positional leverage against lineman, and then he seals the win with violent shedding ability. Roach would be a solid addition to the Bills’ interior defensive line, one that is currently being overhauled.

 

Alohi Gilman, 5’10”, 201 pounds

My top Free Agent for the Bills comes from the Safety position. Alohi Gilman was a fit for the Bills’ scheme and culture coming out of the University of Notre Dame. The former Irish Captain, is a great communicator prior to the snap, routinely getting the secondary in the correct spot and also being their reliable last line of defense. Gilman is a discipline Zone defender who takes very good angles to the ball as a run defender or post catch. Gilman isn’t the top end athlete at his position but his game speed checks out thanks to his high end processor. That processor puts him around the ball a lot and when thats the case, he is always making plays. Gilman racked up 7 pass break ups, 2 interceptions and forced three fumbles in 2023. The Bills are currently remaking their secondary and Gilman is the signing that could solidify the safety position for many years to come, which I believe is a priority to Sean McDermott and this regime.

 

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