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2015 Buffalo Bills season

2015 Buffalo Bills season
Head coach Rex Ryan
General manager Doug Whaley
Owner Terrence Pegula
Home field Ralph Wilson Stadium
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The 2015 Buffalo Bills season will be the franchise's upcoming 46th season in the National Football League, 56th season of play, and first under new head coach Rex Ryan.

The Bills will begin their season with a new starting quarterback as Kyle Orton, who led the team for most of the 2014 campaign, retired at the end of that season; EJ Manuel, who started most of the 2013 and part of the 2014 seasons, is the frontrunner to regain the starter position and will compete with free-agent hire Tyrod Taylor and trade acquisition Matt Cassel for the post. The team will also enter the season with a new head coach, as Doug Marrone, who coached the two previous seasons, resigned to take advantage of a contract loophole, and Rex Ryan, who previously spent the past six seasons coaching the division-rival New York Jets, fills the position.[1] The team will attempt to improve on 2014's 9–7 record and break a fifteen-year playoff drought, the league's longest active drought. It will also be the first full season under the ownership of Kim and Terrence Pegula, who purchased the team partway through 2014.

Roster changes

Signings

Position Player 2014 Team Date signed Notes and references
OG Richie Incognito No Team February 8, 2015 1 year/$2.25 million
DE Jerry Hughes Buffalo Bills March 9, 2015 5 years/$45 million
FB Jerome Felton Minnesota Vikings March 11, 2015 4 years/$9.2 million
WR Marcus Easley Buffalo Bills March 12, 2015 4 years/$7 million
DE Jarius Wynn Buffalo Bills March 12, 2015 2 years/$2.2 million
QB Tyrod Taylor Baltimore Ravens March 12, 2015 2 years/$7 million
WR Percy Harvin New York Jets March 13, 2015 3 year/$24 million
TE Charles Clay Miami Dolphins March 19, 2015 5 years/$38 million
DE Alex Carrington St. Louis Rams May 4, 2015 1 year
FB John Conner New York Jets May 13, 2015 1 year/$745,000

Free agents lost

Position Player 2015 Team Date signed Notes and references
CB Da'Norris Searcy Tennessee Titans March 10, 2015 4 years/$24 million
TE Lee Smith Oakland Raiders March 10, 2015 3 years/$9.1 million
RB C. J. Spiller New Orleans Saints March 13, 2015 4 years/$18 million
TE Scott Chandler New England Patriots March 13, 2015 2 years/$5.3 million
OL Erik Pears San Francisco 49ers March 14, 2015 2 years/$4.7 million
LB Larry Dean Tampa Bay Buccaneers April 9, 2015 1 year/$745,000
OT Chris Hairston San Diego Chargers April 15, 2015 1 year
LB Brandon Spikes New England Patriots May 18, 2015 1 year

Trades

Player/picks acquired From Date traded Player/picks traded
LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles March 10, 2015 Kiko Alonso
Matt Cassel
Minnesota's 2015 6th Round Pick
Minnesota Vikings March 10, 2015 Buffalo's 2015 5th Round Pick
Buffalo's 2016 7th Round Pick

Draft

Main article: 2015 NFL Draft
2015 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 50 Ronald Darby  CB Florida St
3 81 John Miller  OG Louisville
5 155 Karlos Williams  RB Florida St
6 188 Tony Steward  OLB Clemson
6 194 Nick O'Leary  TE Florida St
7 234 Dezmin Lewis  WR Central Arkansas
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
Notes
  • The Bills did not have a selection in the first- or fourth-rounds as a result of a trade that sent their first-round selection (No. 19 overall), fourth-round selection (No. 115 overall) and their 2014 first-round selection to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the Browns' 2014 first-round selection.
  • The Bills acquired a fourth-round selection — No. 113 overall — in a trade that sent wide receiver Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers. The Bills later traded this selection to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for running back Bryce Brown.
  • The Bills acquired a fifth-round selection — No. 137 overall — as part of a trade that sent their 2014 seventh-round selection to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bills later traded this selection and their 2016 seventh-round selection to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for Matt Cassel and the Vikings' 2015 sixth-round selection (No. 188 overall).

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Current roster

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Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Kickoff (EDT) Opponent Result Record Game site TV NFL.com
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1 August 14 7:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers Ralph Wilson Stadium WKBW
2 August 20 8:00 p.m. at Cleveland Browns FirstEnergy Stadium ESPN
3 August 29 4:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers Ralph Wilson Stadium WKBW
4 September 3 7:30 p.m. at Detroit Lions Ford Field WKBW

Regular season

On November 6, 2014, the NFL announced that the Bills will play the Jacksonville Jaguars in the International Series at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The game will occur during Week 7 on Sunday, October 25 and will only be televised in Buffalo and Jacksonville, with those outside having to rely on an online broadcast.[2] The kickoff time has been announced as 9:30 a.m. EDT (1:30 p.m. local time).[3] The Jaguars will be the designated home team for this game, and both teams will have their bye the following week.[4]

The remainder of the Bills' 2015 schedule was announced on April 21.

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Result Record Game site TV NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 1:00 p.m. Indianapolis Colts Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
2 September 20 1:00 p.m. New England Patriots Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
3 September 27 4:25 p.m. at Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium CBS
4 October 4 1:00 p.m. New York Giants Ralph Wilson Stadium Fox
5 October 11 1:00 p.m. at Tennessee Titans LP Field CBS
6 October 18 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
7 October 25 9:30 a.m. at Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium (London, England) CBS
8 Bye
9 November 8 1:00 p.m. Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
10 November 12 8:25 p.m. at New York Jets MetLife Stadium NFLN
11 November 23 8:30 p.m. at New England Patriots Gillette Stadium ESPN
12 November 29 1:00 p.m. at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium CBS
13 December 6 1:00 p.m. Houston Texans Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
14 December 13 1:00 p.m. at Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field CBS
15 December 20 1:00 p.m. at Washington Redskins FedEx Field CBS
16 December 27 1:00 p.m. Dallas Cowboys Ralph Wilson Stadium Fox
17 January 3 1:00 p.m. New York Jets Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
Notes
  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • Networks and times for Sunday games from Weeks 5–17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling, for the exception of Week 7.

References

  1. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Buffalo Bills hire Rex Ryan as head coach". NFL.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Report: NFL will do digital only broadcast of Jaguars-Bills in 2015
  3. ^ "Early kickoffs confirmed for Wembley games". NFL UK. National Football League. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Patra, Kevin (November 6, 2014). "NFL announces 2015 International Series lineup". NFL.com. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 

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