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Rex says the Bills are closing the gap with the Patriots

Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan

AP

Few teams have been as aggressive at the start of the league year as the Bills, who have added two big-time playmakers in LeSean McCoy and Percy Harvin, as well as a potential starting quarterback in Matt Cassel and starting fullback in Jerome Felton. The Patriots, meanwhile, haven’t made a lot of splashy moves and have lost some key players.

As a result, Bills coach Rex Ryan thinks Buffalo may be ready to overtake New England atop the AFC.

“I feel pretty good about what we’ve added,” Ryan told Toronto’s SportsNet 590, via ESPN.com. “I think the conference really got stronger. If anything, it currently doesn’t look – if you can say winners and losers in free agency – obviously New England had to cut quite a few players. So obviously they don’t look as strong as they did. I certainly hope they’re not. They just got through winning the Super Bowl. But I believe the rest of the division really has got stronger. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I truly believe that we got stronger.”

The Patriots have lost some key players from their 2014 championship team: Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Vince Wilfork, Akeem Ayers and Shane Vereen are all gone. So it’s easy to see why Ryan thinks they’re not as strong as they used to be. And it’s also easy to see why Ryan thinks the Bills are stronger.

But have the Bills really caught up with the Patriots? That’s going to be hard to believe until we see it. The Patriots have been the NFL’s best franchise for the last 15 years, and the Bills haven’t made the playoffs in 15 years. The Bills may be closing the gap, but it’s a big gap to close.