3. The Bills obviously made a huge splash by signing Mario Williams, will it pay off?
BA: Well, it better, or else this team in screwed. The always financially-wary Bills took a huge risk here. If he’s anything less than great, it’s going to set this franchise back for a while. And Mario is scary: Williams is a superstar talent that doesn’t always have superstar production. That all said, this was a move the Bills simply had to make. The Buffalo pass rush was completely non-existent last season, and in the modern NFL teams that can’t rush the passer don’t win. Period.
4. Which position groups figure to have a heated competition for a roster spot when Bills conclude the preseason against the Lions?
BA: Wide receiver should be a bloodbath. The Bills have about 10 NFL-quality receivers on the roster, and that’s not counting QB/WR Brad Smith. Look to see the Bills throw it a lot in the preseason to try to sort out that situation. Cornerback should be another good battle with six guys battling for the starting jobs and roster spots. Veterans Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin will try to hold off a good young quartet in second-year men Aaron Williams and Justin Rogers and the rookies Gilmore and Ron Brooks.
5. What are your expectations for the Bills in 2012?
BA: The Bills should be really competitve in 2012. Hardly a playoff lock in the tough AFC East, but a contender to be sure. It really comes down to Fitzpatrick and the pass rush. If both are good, the Bills could really be dangerous this season. If both dissapoint, it’ll be another brutal 6-10 year in Western New York.