ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - "We have won the offseason, I will challenge anyone. I think we have won the offseason."
After Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan made that bold statement at the end of minicamp in June, you'd be hard pressed to find anything resembling winning at One Bills Drive.
Even before that, the team learned their top draft pick, linebacker Shaq Lawson, would miss the first several games of the season because of shoulder surgery. A surgery that Lawson said after the draft that he didn't need. But it's something the team should have forseen.
Weeks later at training camp, their second pick, linebacker Reggie Ragland, was lost for the season with a knee injury.
Running back Karlos Williams, who scored nine touchdowns last season, was cut after showing up out of shape and way overweight. Williams also faced a four game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Before the Bills second pre-season game, Pro-Bowl Defensive Tackle Marcell Dareus left the team to enter rehab. Dareus had already been suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.