2016 Buffalo Bills Season
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2016 Buffalo Bills Season
2016 Buffalo Bills season
Head coachRex Ryan (fired week 16, 7-8 record)
Anthony Lynn (interim, 0-1 record)
General managerDoug Whaley
OwnerTerry and Kim Pegula
Home fieldNew Era Field
Results
Record7-9
Division place3rd AFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros

The 2016 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 57th overall season as a football team, 47th in the National Football League, fourth under leadership of general manager Doug Whaley and second under head coach Rex Ryan. The Bills hoped to improve on their 8-8 record from 2015, the team's first since 2002, but a 34-31 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 16 eliminated the Bills from playoff contention for a 17th season in a row, extending the longest active drought among all four North American major professional sports leagues. It would be Ryan's final season as head coach of the Bills, as he and his twin brother, Rob, were fired with one game remaining in the regular season.[1]

Offseason

Roster changes

Signings

Position Player 2015 Team Date signed Notes Source
RB Mike Gillislee Buffalo Bills January 4, 2016 1-year extension/$600,000 [2]
RB James Wilder, Jr. Cincinnati Bengals January 20, 2016 1 year/$525,000 (Reserve/Future) [3]
RB Reggie Bush San Francisco 49ers August 1, 2016 1 year/$3 million [4]
TE Jim Dray Cleveland Browns March 16, 2016 1 year/$760,000 [5]
WR Greg Salas Buffalo Bills January 4, 2016 1-year extension/$600,000 [2]
WR Leonard Hankerson Buffalo Bills April 4, 2016 1 year/$840,000 [6]
WR Kain Colter Minnesota Vikings August 1, 2016 1 year/$450,000 [7]
OG Richie Incognito Buffalo Bills March 8, 2016 3-year extension/$15.75 million [8]
OG Fernando Velasco Carolina Panthers April 7, 2016 1 year/$965,000 [9]
OT Jordan Mills Buffalo Bills March 30, 2016 1 year tender/$1.67 million [10]
OT Chris Martin Miami Dolphins June 13, 2016 1 year/$525,000 [11]
OT Cordy Glenn Buffalo Bills May 3, 2016 5-year extension/$65 million [12]
OT Justin Renfrow San Francisco 49ers June 17, 2016 1 year/$450,000 [13]
DT Corbin Bryant Buffalo Bills March 7, 2016 1 year tender/$1.67 million [14]
DT Casey Walker Dallas Cowboys July 30, 2016 1 year/$525,000 [15]
LB Zach Brown Tennessee Titans April 4, 2016 1 year/$1.25 million [16]
LB Lorenzo Alexander Oakland Raiders April 13, 2016 1 year/$885,000 [17]
CB Mario Butler Buffalo Bills January 4, 2016 1-year extension/$600,000 [2]
CB/KR Javier Arenas New York Jets February 3, 2016 1 year/$600,000 (Reserve/Future) [18]
CB Corey White Arizona Cardinals April 4, 2016 1 year/$840,000 [16]
CB Sterling Moore Tampa Bay Buccaneers April 5, 2016 1 year/$840,000 [19]
SS Robert Blanton Minnesota Vikings March 18, 2016 1 year/$840,000 [20]
SS Colt Anderson Indianapolis Colts April 13, 2016 1 year/$840,000 [17]
P Colton Schmidt Buffalo Bills January 4, 2016 1-year extension/$600,000 [2]
WR Percy Harvin Buffalo Bills November 1, 2016

Free agents lost

Position Player 2016 Team Date signed Notes Source
WR Chris Hogan New England Patriots March 11, 2016 3 years/$12 million [21]
DT Stefan Charles Detroit Lions March 10, 2016 1 year/$1.75 million [22]
LB Nigel Bradham Philadelphia Eagles March 9, 2016 2 years/$7 million [23]
CB Ron Brooks Philadelphia Eagles March 9, 2016 3 years/$5.5 million [23]
CB Leodis Mckelvin Philadelphia Eagles March 10, 2016 3 years/$9 million

Cuts

Position Player Date Source
RB Boobie Dixon March 1, 2016 [24]
WR Davonte Allen August 1, 2016 [25]
TE MarQueis Gray March 1, 2016 [24]
TE Jacob Maxwell April 29, 2016 [26]
T Tyson Chandler April 15, 2016 [27]
T Keith Lumpkin June 13, 2016 [11]
G Kraig Urbik March 1, 2016 [24]
C Ronald Patrick May 2, 2016 [28]
DE Mario Williams March 1, 2016 [24]
DE Cedric Reed July 30, 2016 [15]
DE Claudell Louis June 13, 2016 [11]
DE Jarius Wynn May 2, 2016 [28]
LB Tony Steward April 19, 2016 [29]
CB Leodis McKelvin March 4, 2016 [30]
CB Cam Thomas April 18, 2016 [31]
CB Julian Whigham June 9, 2016 [32]
CB Merrill Noel May 2, 2016 [28]
S Phillip Thomas June 17, 2016 [13]
K Marshall Morgan August 1, 2016 [25]

Retirements

Position Player Date
LB A.J. Tarpley April 6, 2016

Draft

2016 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 19 Shaq Lawson  DE Clemson
2 41 Reggie Ragland  LB Alabama Pick from CHI
3 80 Adolphus Washington  DE Ohio State
4 139 Cardale Jones  QB Ohio St Compensatory
5 156 Jonathan Williams  RB Arkansas
6 192 Kolby Listenbee  WR TCU
6 218 Kevon Seymour  CB USC Compensatory
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

Undrafted free agents

All undrafted free agents were signed after the 2016 NFL draft concluded on April 30 unless otherwise noted.

Position Player College Notes
QB Joe Licata Buffalo Tryout basis. Signed with Cincinnati Bengals before training camp.
FB Glenn Gronkowski Kansas State Brother of Chris, Dan and Rob Gronkowski. Signed with New England Patriots after training camp to reunite with his brother Rob.
WR Davonte Allen Marshall
WR Garry Chambers Arizona State
OT Keith Lumpkin Rutgers
OG Jamison Lalk Iowa State
OG Marquis Lucas WVU
C Robert Kuglar Purdue
DT Justin Zimmer Ferris
DE Bryson Albright Miami
LB Eric Striker Oklahoma
CB Julian Whigham Syracuse
LS Reid Ferguson LSU
K Marshall Morgan Georgia

Staff

On January 10, 2016, one week after the 2015 season ended, Doug Whaley signed a three-year contract extension to remain the Bills general manager. That same day, it was announced that Ryan had hired his twin brother, Rob, to the Bills coaching staff to serve as an assistant head coach and will also work with the defense. Three days later, Ryan hired former NFL standout Ed Reed to be an assistant defensive backs coach. On January 20, 2016, the Bills promoted Kathryn Smith to special teams quality control coach, making her the first female full-time coach in NFL history. On September 16, 2016, less than 24 hours after losing 37-31 to the New York Jets in their home opener in a game in which the defense failed to stop Jets running back Matt Forte, instead of firing defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, Ryan pretty much sealed his own fate by firing offensive coordinator Greg Roman and promoting running backs coach Anthony Lynn to the position (Lynn would later be promoted to interim head coach on December 27, 2016 after the Ryan brothers were fired after the 34-31 overtime loss to the Dolphins eliminated the team from the playoffs).[33]

Staff

Final roster

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 Indianapolis Colts L 18-19 0-1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
2 August 20 New York Giants W 21-0 1-1 New Era Field Recap
3 August 26 at Washington Redskins L 16-21 1-2 FedExField Recap
4 September 1 at Detroit Lions L 0-31 1-3 Ford Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 at Baltimore Ravens L 7-13 0-1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
2 September 15 New York Jets L 31-37 0-2 New Era Field Recap
3 September 25 Arizona Cardinals W 33-18 1-2 New Era Field Recap
4 October 2 at New England Patriots W 16-0 2-2 Gillette Stadium Recap
5 October 9 at Los Angeles Rams W 30-19 3-2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
6 October 16 San Francisco 49ers W 45-16 4-2 New Era Field Recap
7 October 23 at Miami Dolphins L 25-28 4-3 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
8 October 30 New England Patriots L 25-41 4-4 New Era Field Recap
9 November 7 at Seattle Seahawks L 25-31 4-5 CenturyLink Field Recap
10 Bye
11 November 20 at Cincinnati Bengals W 16-12 5-5 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
12 November 27 Jacksonville Jaguars W 28-21 6-5 New Era Field Recap
13 December 4 at Oakland Raiders L 24-38 6-6 Oakland Alameda Coliseum Recap
14 December 11 Pittsburgh Steelers L 20-27 6-7 New Era Field Recap
15 December 18 Cleveland Browns W 33-13 7-7 New Era Field Recap
16 December 24 Miami Dolphins L 31-34 (OT) 7-8 New Era Field Recap
17 January 1 at New York Jets L 10-30 7-9 MetLife Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Baltimore Ravens

Week 2: vs. New York Jets

The Bills saw the return of their red Color Rush uniforms from 2015 in this game. With the loss, not only did the Bills drop to 0-2, but head coach Rex Ryan fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman, promoting running backs coach Anthony Lynn to offensive coordinator the next day. They also lost wide receiver Greg Salas for the season to a groin injury and lost wide receiver Sammy Watkins for several weeks to a foot injury.

Week 3: vs. Arizona Cardinals

With the win, the Bills improved to 1-2 in Lynn's first game as offensive coordinator.

Week 4: at New England Patriots

With the win, not only did the Bills improve to 2-2, but Ryan got his first career victory at Gillette Stadium (he was 0-7 as head coach entering the game, including six straight losses as New York Jets head coach).

Week 5: at Los Angeles Rams

With the win, the Bills improve to 3-2 and their first three-game winning streak since 2011 (the team started that season 3-0).

Week 6: vs. San Francisco 49ers

With the win, the Bills improve to 4-2 and their first four-game winning streak since 2008 (the team started that season 4-0 in Dick Jauron's last full season as head coach).

Week 7: at Miami Dolphins

The Bills led 17-6 by the start of the fourth quarter, but the Dolphins came back to win 28-25, causing the Bills to drop to 4-3.

Week 8: vs. New England Patriots

Week 9: at Seattle Seahawks

With the loss, not only did the Bills drop to 4-5, but they also lost center Eric Wood for the season.

Week 11: at Cincinnati Bengals

With the win, the Bills improved to 5-5, but running back LeSean McCoy, wide receiver Robert Woods and safety Robert Blanton left the game with injuries.

Week 12: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

With the win, the Bills improved to 6-5, but defensive tackle Corbin Bryant and wide receiver Walt Powell had to miss the rest of the season.

Week 13: at Oakland Raiders

With the loss, the Bills dropped to 6-6.

Week 14: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 15: vs. Cleveland Browns

With the win, the Bills improved to 7-7 and keep their slim playoff chances alive. The team set a new franchise record for rushing touchdowns in a season (27) with LeSean McCoy's second rushing score of the game. This was also the 400th regular-season win in franchise history.

Week 16: vs. Miami Dolphins

After the Bills took the lead with a touchdown inside the two-minute warning at the end of the fourth quarter, the Dolphins took the game to overtime with a 55-yard field goal with six seconds on the clock. They then secured the win with 47 seconds left in the extra period with another field goal from 27 yards. The loss for the Bills meant they were eliminated from playoff contention for the 17th consecutive season. Two days later, the Bills fired head coach Rex Ryan and assistant head coach Rob Ryan.

Week 17: at New York Jets

Anthony Lynn served as interim head coach, and EJ Manuel made his first start of the season. With the loss, Buffalo ended the season 7-9.

Standings

Division

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1)New England Patriots 14 2 0 .875 5-1 11-1 441 250 W7
(6)Miami Dolphins 10 6 0 .625 4-2 7-5 363 380 L1
Buffalo Bills 7 9 0 .438 1-5 4-8 399 378 L2
New York Jets 5 11 0 .313 2-4 4-8 275 409 W1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 New England Patriots East 14 2 0 .875 5-1 11-1 .439 .424 W7
2[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 6-0 9-3 .508 .479 W2
3 Pittsburgh Steelers North 11 5 0 .688 5-1 9-3 .494 .423 W7
4[b] Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 5-1 7-5 .502 .427 L1
Wild Cards
5[a] Oakland Raiders West 12 4 0 .750 3-3 9-3 .504 .443 L1
6 Miami Dolphins East 10 6 0 .625 4-2 7-5 .455 .341 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 2-4 6-6 .465 .458 W1
8[c] Denver Broncos West 9 7 0 .563 2-4 6-6 .549 .455 W1
9[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 4-2 7-5 .498 .363 L2
10[d] Indianapolis Colts South 8 8 0 .500 3-3 5-7 .492 .406 W1
11 Buffalo Bills East 7 9 0 .438 1-5 4-8 .482 .339 L2
12 Cincinnati Bengals North 6 9 1 .406 3-3 5-7 .521 .333 W1
13[e] New York Jets East 5 11 0 .313 2-4 4-8 .518 .313 W1
14[e] San Diego Chargers West 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8 .543 .513 L5
15 Jacksonville Jaguars South 3 13 0 .188 2-4 2-10 .527 .417 L1
16 Cleveland Browns North 1 15 0 .063 0-6 1-11 .549 .313 L1
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City clinched the AFC West division over Oakland based on head-to-head sweep.
  2. ^ a b Houston clinched the AFC South division title over Tennessee based on record vs. division opponents.
  3. ^ a b Tennessee finished ahead of Denver based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ a b Baltimore finished ahead of Indianapolis based on record vs. conference opponents.
  5. ^ a b The New York Jets finished ahead of San Diego based record vs. common opponents -- the Jets' cumulative record against Cleveland, Indianapolis,
    Kansas City and Miami was 1-4, while San Diego's cumulative record against the same four teams was 0-5.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

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