If there’s one position that the Bills are truly “deep” at, it’s wide receiver. From top to bottom, this is a very talented group. Lee Evans, Stevie Johnson, Roscoe Parrish, and David Nelson are all pretty good in their roles, and you’re in pretty good shape when you have guys as talented as Donald Jones, Marcus Easley, and Naaman Roosevelt competing just to get on the roster.
Interestingly, the Bills yesterday managed to bring in another talented wide receiver in former Chargers first-round pick Craig “Buster” Davis. Now Buster has admittedly been, well, a bust so far as a pro. He’s only managed 51 receptions, 558 yards, and two touchdowns over his four-year career while missing a ton of time with injuries. The Chargers finally lost patience with him and let him go last week.
The thing with Davis is that he’s very talented and has been sort of productive when he’s healthy…he’s just never healthy. I’m not sure why he would want to try to save his career in Buffalo, where there’s already a ton of receiving talent, but Buddy Nix (a former San Diego executive) must still think Davis has something to offer. I suppose Davis is worth taking a chance on given his previous first-round pedigree.
My concern with this Davis thing is what happens if Davis is AMAZING during training camp and makes the roster? Who do you cut to make room? Donald Jones? Marcus Easley? Do you just keep a ton of receivers? (Josh Cortina of BLD has the Bills keeping seven receivers in his first projected roster. At first I thought that was insane….but the more I think about it the more I think he might be right.) I would hate to see Jones or Easley get cut only for Davis to get hurt immediately when the season starts.
I’m very interested to see how this whole receiver situation shakes out. The Bills are probably going to have to let at least a few NFL-quality receivers go. And yet Chris Kelsay is still a starter at linebacker. Ugh.