Are Five Wide Receivers Enough?

Sep 11, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson (13) celebrates with wide receiver David Nelson (86) after catching a touchdown pass against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Are Five Wide Receivers Enough?

Over the start of the last two seasons of the Nix/Gailey regime we have seen the Buffalo Bills enter each season with five receivers on the depth chart. The only caveat being last year when Brad Smith was aboard as a QB/WR/KR/…Last season saw the front office trade away the proverbial the number 1 receiver in Lee Evans to allow the likes of Stevie Johnson and company to step up and gain valuable experience. We saw Johnson and Nelson step up, and also a slew of injuries which caused CJ Spiller and the aforementioned Brad Smith forced into WR duties.

I am not going to lie Bills fans, I am concerned over this years wide receiver class yet again. Let’s say that Brad Smith presumably again fills that “sixth” receiver spot (to save a roster spot for a long snapper and kick off specialist). Stevie Johnson, David Nelson, and I will add rookie TJ Graham as locks to this team. That now leaves two receivers left. Donald Jones has had the inside track for some reason on the number 2 receiver spot. This has had me confused for the second straight year. I just don’t see it with Jones. I highly doubt he would make the roster of almost any other team, but for the Bills…he could be a starter. I really hope Jones proves me wrong, but after watching football for nearly 25 years, I just don’t see it.

It is very interesting that after scouring the internet for camp reports day in and day out, some say Marcus Easley has played poorly and other say he should be the starter. I guess it all depends on whether you are a supporter of Jones or not.

Recent history has shown this Bills fan that five receivers and Brad Smith are just not enough. Especially when the Bills offense loves to spread the field with four and five wide more than any team in the league. What do you think Bills fans, are five receivers enough for your 2012 Buffalo Bills?

Topics: Buddy Nix, Buffalo Bills, Chan Gailey, Donald Jones, Lee Evans, Marcus Easley, TJ Graham

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  • Brandon

    Fred and CJ are running routes too. They are both more dynamic pass catchers than anyone who could make the team as the 6th receiver. I say 5 is enough when the 6th is mediocre anyway.

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