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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Expect a similar offensive scheme in 2019

The Bills got better at wide receiver. They got deeper at running back. They planned on being stronger at tight end and just might be come the middle of the season.

They improved their offensive line, too, and the guy behind center will have a full offseason as the No. 1 quarterback and should be better.

So how much different will the Bills look in terms of their offensive scheme? Probably not much.

Vic Carucci addressed the question of whether or not the new additions meant a different look to Brian Daboll's offense in this week's mailbag.

"The idea behind the additions was to help the Bills do what they were doing in 2018 better," Vic wrote. "And what they were doing was a version of the New England Patriots' offense, which Daboll knows thoroughly from the many years he spent as an assistant coach with the team."

If everything goes right, it's reasonable to expect little changes in the scheme and how it looks. But there may be one pretty significant tweak, as Carucci noted: Allen will be trusted to run the offense at more of a hurry-up pace.

Sure, he's not going to make it look anything like the way Tom Brady does in New England, but Allen's ability to get the Bills moving a little faster will go a long way in boosting the team's offensive production.

Buffalo ranked 20th in the league in pace, according to Football Outsiders and was 18th with an average of 63 plays per game, down slightly from 63.8 the year prior.

Who fills in for Tyler Kroft as the Bills' starting tight end?: The second of our 10 questions facing the Bills entering training camp focuses on whether or not Dawson Knox is ready to be the No. 1 tight end if Tyler Kroft isn't ready to play Week 1. "While there are other tight ends on the roster – most notably veterans Lee Smith and Jason Croom – none of them possess the combination of size and speed as Knox," Jay Skurski says.

Clowney at a lower price?: A look at the reasons why it's unlikely.


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