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A Bills priority: Getting more elusiveness behind LeSean McCoy

Here's another log on the fire that is the Buffalo Bills' burning need for more upgrades at wide receiver:

The Bills ranked 28th in the NFL last season in missed tackles forced by skill-position players, according to a study by Pro Football Focus.

Thank goodness for LeSean McCoy. The Bills' star ranked 10th in the NFL among running backs in missed tackles forced, with 43. But the rest of Buffalo's players combined for just 25.

Kansas City had the most explosive, elusive cast of skill-position players by the measure of making people miss. The Chiefs forced 134 missed tackles, according to PFF.

Following the Chiefs were: 2. Los Angeles Chargers 122. 3. Miami 121. 4. Oakland 118. 5. New Orleans 117.

The numbers only add to the heap of reasons the Bills need to get more pop in their offense, which ranked 22nd in points per game and 29th in yards per game in 2017.

Buffalo's wide receiving corps produced just 115 catches last season, which was the lowest total for any NFL team in the last eight seasons. The Buffalo wideout corps combined for five missed tackles forced. The Bills' top pass-catching wideouts, Zay Jones and Deonte Thompson, each had 27 receptions, which tied for 82nd in the league. McCoy led the Bills with 59 catches, and tight end Charles Clay had 49.

Clay forced five missed tackles, second among Bills pass-catchers to McCoy, who forced 33 on runs and 10 on catches.

The missed-tackle numbers also highlight the Bills' need to develop an elusive backup runner to complement McCoy. The straight-ahead-running Mike Tolbert, who remains a free agent, got most of the carries behind McCoy last season.

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The Bills signed a power back, Chris Ivory, in free agency to complement McCoy. They also return speedier backups Taiwan Jones and Travaris Cadet.

The league-leader among running backs was Kansas City's Kareem hunt, who forced 77 missed tackles, by PFF's grading. The Chiefs also had the league leader among tight ends in Jason Kelce (16 forced misses) and the No. 3 wideout in Albert Wilson (15).

Ranking behind the Bills at the bottom of the list of missed tackles forced were Cincinnati (67), Tampa Bay (66), Arizona (65) and Houston (56).

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