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Buffalo Bills earn 'B' grade for offseason from ESPN

The Buffalo Bills' decision to move down in last month's draft, which netted them a 2018 first-round pick, was looked at favorably in a recent review of their offseason by ESPN.

Author Bill Barnwell graded each AFC East team on the moves they've made since the 2016 season concluded, and had a favorable review for the Bills, giving them a B.

"Though that pick is likely to come in the latter half of the draft, given Andy Reid's steady run of regular-season success, new general manager Brandon Beane will benefit from the additional draft capital," Barnwell writes.

The decision to replace former coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Doug Whaley also got approval from Barnwell.

"Given the organizational chaos, the Bills were probably right to blow up both spots and hire a new coach and general manager," he wrote. "It's also telling that owner Terry Pegula went for a pair of executives who have experience working alongside one another, hiring away both McDermott and Beane from Carolina."

The decision to bring back quarterback Tyrod Taylor on a restructured contract also was looked at favorably, while the Bills losing Mike Gillislee to the Patriots was one of the decisions that hurt the overall grade.

"It's telling that the Patriots value Buffalo's players more than the Bills do," he wrote. Because of Gillislee's loss, Barnwell suggests the Bills bring in another running back before the start of the season.

Barnwell was not as kind to two of the Bills' AFC East rivals, giving the Dolphins a D+ and the Jets a C+. The Patriots also earned a B.

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