The Buffalo Bills began their 2022 free agency campaign with moves in the trenches.
On offense, Pro Bowl guard Rodger Saffold signed on the dotted line. Defensively, two additions came at the tackle position via DaQuan Jones and Tim Settle.
Finally, the Bills’ early spending games ended with running back JD McKissic.
Overall, the national reaction to the thing gathering in Orchard Park has been overwhelmingly positive.
With that, here’s a look at the reaction to the Bills’ early free agency around the NFL:
Ethan Gifts, NBC Sports Washington
Only two running backs — Alvin Kamara and Austin Ekeler — have tallied more receptions than JD McKissic in the past two seasons.
Big loss for Scott Turner and the Washington offense. pic.twitter.com/AL313WKQd7
— Ethan Gifts (@Ethan_Gifts) March 15, 2022
JJ Zachariason, Fantasy Football at the end of the round
Very happy for JD McKissic as he never belonged to me online. pic.twitter.com/5UZ0Uefi5i
— JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) March 15, 2022
JP Finlay, NBC Sports Washington
Tim Settle will emerge as a stallion. He’s super young too.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) March 14, 2022
Grant Paulsen, NBC Sports Washington
Tim Settle is going to play well in Buffalo. It was a success for the #Commanders. They drafted him in the fifth round and turned him into a powerful contributor.
But he deserves to play more and it wasn’t happening here with Allen, Payne and Ioannidis ahead of him.
—Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) March 14, 2022
Brandon Thorn, Laundress Report
Buffalo continues to add some of the best “bargains” that exist in the trenches via free agency with the signings of DaQuan Jones and Tim Settle for their interior DL. I become more and more a fan of their approach to team building every year..
—Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) March 15, 2022
Focus on professional football
Last season, McKissic’s receiving rating of 76.2 ranked 7th among all RBs 🔥 pic.twitter.com/iu0JGVTy6g
– PFF BUF Bills (@PFF_Bills) March 15, 2022
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
Tim Settle will be a nice addition to the Bills defense. A rising player who played behind two very good players with Washington. Best football to come.
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) March 15, 2022
Matt Bowen, ESPN
DT Tim Settle at #Invoices
There are advantages here – with more playing time in BUF. Playing size/strength. Can line up in 1/3/5 technique. Lateral rapids. Upper body power. Inside pass rush ability. @NFLMatchup pic.twitter.com/rUbYInjDI8
—Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) March 15, 2022
Champ Yates, ESPN
He’s a really, really smart signing for the Bills.
McKissic will play a ton for them in passing situations or when they want to pick up the pace.
Great as a pass catcher and in pass protection. https://t.co/XRWPULgjPT
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 15, 2022
Focus on professional football
Saffold’s 73.9 run-blocking rating ranked 16th among all guards last season💪 pic.twitter.com/nm0wcjBsSh
– PFF BUF Bills (@PFF_Bills) March 14, 2022
Ramon Foster, JMart and Ramon
congratulations @Rodger_Saffold !!!! https://t.co/z7LE6osDYY
—Ramon Foster (@RamonFoster) March 14, 2022
Jon Ledyard, Tin Report
Discreet love what the #Invoices have done.
Rodger Saffold is an upgrade at OG. Morse at this rate is huge. And Tim Settle and DaQuan Jones were two of my favorite IDLs available, especially at their prices. Hats off to Brandon Beane
— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) March 15, 2022
Eric Nathan, Sport Stool
This one hurts. JD McKissic is awesome. Bills are stacked. https://t.co/K5fX5e7GwL
— Eric Nathan (@BarstoolNate) March 15, 2022
Pete Hailey, NBC Sports
The Bills are going to be even scarier with McKissic on that offense. Devin Singletary has led this group with 40 receptions in 2021. McKissic will take on the role of RB setter there and will be the owner. He’s a stallion and makes hidden plays like this all the time https://t.co/NYoLnC2n5u
— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) March 15, 2022