2016 Buffalo Bills season
|2016 Buffalo Bills season|
|Head coach||Rex Ryan|
|General manager||Doug Whaley|
|Owner||Terry and Kim Pegula|
|Home field||New Era Field|
|Division place||3rd AFC East|
The 2016 Buffalo Bills season is the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League, the 57th overall, the fourth under leadership of general manager Doug Whaley and the second under head coach Rex Ryan. The Bills will attempt to snap their 16-year playoff drought, which is the longest active drought among all four North American major professional sports leagues.
|Position||Player||2015 Team||Date signed||Notes||Source|
|RB||Mike Gillislee||Buffalo Bills||January 4, 2016||1-year extension/$600,000|
|RB||James Wilder, Jr.||Cincinnati Bengals||January 20, 2016||1 year/$525,000 (Reserve/Future)|
|RB||Reggie Bush||San Francisco 49ers||August 1, 2016||1 year/$3 million|
|TE||Jim Dray||Cleveland Browns||March 16, 2016||1 year/$760,000|
|WR||Greg Salas||Buffalo Bills||January 4, 2016||1-year extension/$600,000|
|WR||Leonard Hankerson||Buffalo Bills||April 4, 2016||1 year/$840,000|
|WR||Kain Colter||Minnesota Vikings||August 1, 2016||1 year/$450,000|
|OG||Richie Incognito||Buffalo Bills||March 8, 2016||3-year extension/$15.75 million|
|OG||Fernando Velasco||Carolina Panthers||April 7, 2016||1 year/$965,000|
|OT||Jordan Mills||Buffalo Bills||March 30, 2016||1 year tender/$1.67 million|
|OT||Chris Martin||Miami Dolphins||June 13, 2016||1 year/$525,000|
|OT||Cordy Glenn||Buffalo Bills||May 3, 2016||5-year extension/$65 million|
|OT||Justin Renfrow||San Francisco 49ers||June 17, 2016||1 year/$450,000|
|DT||Corbin Bryant||Buffalo Bills||March 7, 2016||1 year tender/$1.67 million|
|DT||Casey Walker||Dallas Cowboys||July 30, 2016||1 year/$525,000|
|LB||Zach Brown||Tennessee Titans||April 4, 2016||1 year/$1.25 million|
|LB||Lorenzo Alexander||Oakland Raiders||April 13, 2016||1 year/$885,000|
|CB||Mario Butler||Buffalo Bills||January 4, 2016||1-year extension/$600,000|
|CB/KR||Javier Arenas||New York Jets||February 3, 2016||1 year/$600,000 (Reserve/Future)|
|CB||Corey White||Arizona Cardinals||April 4, 2016||1 year/$840,000|
|CB||Sterling Moore||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||April 5, 2016||1 year/$840,000|
|SS||Robert Blanton||Minnesota Vikings||March 18, 2016||1 year/$840,000|
|SS||Colt Anderson||Indianapolis Colts||April 13, 2016||1 year/$840,000|
|P||Colton Schmidt||Buffalo Bills||January 4, 2016||1-year extension/$600,000|
|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|
|DT||Stefan Charles||Detroit Lions||March 10, 2016||1 year/$1.75 million|
|LB||Nigel Bradham||Philadelphia Eagles||March 9, 2016||2 years/$7 million|
|CB||Ron Brooks||Philadelphia Eagles||March 9, 2016||3 years/$5.5 million|
|CB||Leodis Mckelvin||Philadelphia Eagles||March 10, 2016||3 years/$9 million|
|RB||Boobie Dixon||March 1, 2016|
|WR||Davonte Allen||August 1, 2016|
|TE||MarQueis Gray||March 1, 2016|
|TE||Jacob Maxwell||April 29, 2016|
|T||Tyson Chandler||April 15, 2016|
|T||Keith Lumpkin||June 13, 2016|
|G||Kraig Urbik||March 1, 2016|
|C||Ronald Patrick||May 2, 2016|
|DE||Mario Williams||March 1, 2016|
|DE||Cedric Reed||July 30, 2016|
|DE||Claudell Louis||June 13, 2016|
|DE||Jarius Wynn||May 2, 2016|
|LB||Tony Steward||April 19, 2016|
|CB||Leodis McKelvin||March 4, 2016|
|CB||Cam Thomas||April 18, 2016|
|CB||Julian Whigham||June 9, 2016|
|CB||Merrill Noel||May 2, 2016|
|S||Phillip Thomas||June 17, 2016|
|K||Marshall Morgan||August 1, 2016|
|LB||A.J. Tarpley||April 6, 2016|
|2016 Buffalo Bills draft|
|2||41||Reggie Ragland||LB||Alabama||Pick from CHI|
|3||80||Adolphus Washington||DT||Ohio St|
|4||139||Cardale Jones||QB||Ohio St||Compensatory|
|Made roster Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
- The Bills traded their 2016 seventh-round selection along with their 2015 fifth-round selection to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for quarterback Matt Cassel and the Vikings' 2015 fifth-round selection. The Bills traded their 2016 second-round pick (No. 49 overall) and fourth-round pick (No. 117 overall) to the Chicago Bears in return for Chicago's 2016 second-round pick (No. 41 overall).
Undrafted free agents
|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||Garry Chambers||Arizona State|
|OG||Jamison Lalk||Iowa State|
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 Jets in their home opener in a game in which the defense cost the team the game, Ryan fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman and promoted running backs coach Anthony Lynn to the position.
Buffalo Bills staff
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||Record||Game site||TV||NFL.com recap|
|1||August 13||Indianapolis Colts||L 18-19||0-1||Ralph Wilson Stadium||WKBW||Recap|
|2||August 20||New York Giants||W 21-0||1-1||New Era Field||WKBW||Recap|
|3||August 26||at Washington Redskins||L 16-21||1-2||FedEx Field||WKBW||Recap|
|4||September 1||at Detroit Lions||L 0-31||1-3||Ford Field||WKBW||Recap|
|Week||Date||Kickoff (ET)||Opponent||Result||Record||Game site||TV|| NFL.com|
|1||September 11||1:00 p.m.||at Baltimore Ravens||L 7–13||0–1||M&T Bank Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|2||September 15||8:25 p.m.||New York Jets||L 31–37||0–2||New Era Field||CBS/NFLN/Twitter||Recap|
|3||September 25||1:00 p.m.||Arizona Cardinals||W 33–18||1–2||New Era Field||Fox||Recap|
|4||October 2||1:00 p.m.||at New England Patriots||W 16–0||2–2||Gillette Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|5||October 9||4:25 p.m.||at Los Angeles Rams||W 30–19||3–2||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||CBS||Recap|
|6||October 16||1:00 p.m.||San Francisco 49ers||W 45–16||4–2||New Era Field||Fox||Recap|
|7||October 23||1:00 p.m.||at Miami Dolphins||L 25–28||4–3||Hard Rock Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|8||October 30||1:00 p.m.||New England Patriots||L 25–41||4–4||New Era Field||CBS||Recap|
|9||November 7||8:30 p.m.||at Seattle Seahawks||L 25–31||4–5||CenturyLink Field||ESPN||Recap|
|11||November 20||1:00 p.m.||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 16–12||5–5||Paul Brown Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|12||November 27||1:00 p.m.||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 28–21||6–5||New Era Field||CBS||Recap|
|13||December 4||4:05 p.m.||at Oakland Raiders||Oakland Alameda Coliseum||CBS|
|14||December 11||1:00 p.m.||Pittsburgh Steelers||New Era Field||CBS|
|15||December 18||1:00 p.m.||Cleveland Browns||New Era Field||CBS|
|16||December 24||1:00 p.m.||Miami Dolphins||New Era Field||CBS|
|17||January 1||1:00 p.m.||at New York Jets||MetLife Stadium||CBS|
- Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
- Networks and times for Weeks 15 and 17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.
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, the Bills dropped to 0-2 and head coach Rex Ryan fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman, promoting running backs coach Anthony Lynn to offensive coordinator the next day.
Week 3: vs. Arizona Cardinals
With the win, the Bills improve to 1-2 in Lynn's first game as offensive coordinator.
Week 4: at New England Patriots
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 (team started that season 4-0 in Dick Jauron's last full season as head coach).
Week 7: at Miami Dolphins
Week 8: vs. New England Patriots
Week 9: at Seattle Seahawks
Week 11: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 12: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 13: at Oakland Raiders
|New England Patriots||9||2||0||.818||3–1||7–1||293||197||W2|
|New York Jets||3||8||0||.273||1–2||3–5||196||265||L3|
|1||New England Patriots||East||9||2||0||.818||3–1||7–1||.414||.370||W2|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||West||8||3||0||.727||3–0||6–2||.479||.455||W1|
|In the Hunt|
|12||San Diego Chargers||West||5||6||0||.455||1–3||4–5||.566||.500||W1|
|14||New York Jets||East||3||8||0||.273||1–2||3–5||.504||.353||L3|
|Eliminated from postseason contention|
|w — Clinched wild card|
|x — Clinched playoff berth|
|y — Clinched division|
|z — Clinched first-round bye|
|* — Clinched home-field advantage|
Buffalo Bills roster
| Offensive linemen
| Reserve lists
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- Wesseling, Chris (2016-05-03). "Glenn, Bills agree to 5-year deal worth up to $65M". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
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- Brown, Chris (2016-03-07). "Bills tender contracts for three restricted free agents". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- "Bills sign DT Casey Walker". Buffalo Bills. 2016-07-30. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
- Brown, Chris (2016-04-04). "LB Zach Brown, CB Corey White sign with Bills". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- Brown, Chris (2016-04-12). "LB Alexander, S Anderson agree to terms with Bills". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- "Bills sign CB/KR Javier Arenas". Buffalo Bills. 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- Brown, Chris (2016-04-05). "Bills sign free agent CB Sterling Moore". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- Brown, Chris (2016-03-18). "Bills sign S Robert Blanton". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- Sessler, Marc (2016-03-11). "Chris Hogan signs offer sheet with Patriots". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- "Lions sign free agent DT Stefan Charles". Detroit Lions. 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- Bradham, Michael (2016-03-09). "Eagles sign ex-Bills Nigel Bradham, Ron Brooks". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- Alper, Josh (2016-03-01). "Boobie Dixon says his "time is up" in Buffalo". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- Jackson, Zac (2016-08-01). "Bills add a wide receiver, cut down to one kicker". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
- "Bills release linebacker AJ Tarpley, tight end Jacob Maxwell". www.bostonherald.com. 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
- "Bills release offensive lineman Tyson Chandler". Buffalo Bills. 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
- "Bills release three veterans". Buffalo Bills. 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- Brown, Chris (2016-04-19). "Bills release LB Tony Steward". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- Brown, Chris (2016-03-04). "Bills release CB Leodis McKelvin". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- Jackson, Zac (2016-04-18). "Bills release DB Cam Thomas". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- Hunter, Jeff (2016-06-09). "Buffalo Bills bring back RB Boom Herron". Buffalo Rumblings. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
- "Bills hire Kathryn Smith, first full-time female coach". NFL.com.
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