Wide receiver wasn’t exactly the Bills strongest position last year, and now the unit is even thinner. The Bills have already parted ways with both Donald Jones and David Nelson this off-season, declining to extend offer sheets to either player. Past Stevie Johnson, the unit is looking incredibly lackluster and certainly would not be the unit that Bills fans want to see on Day 1 of next season.
If the season started today, the player likely lining up on the other side of Stevie would be second year wide out T.J. Graham. Now, Graham did have a decent rookie season. He had 31 receptions for 331 yards and a touchdown. Although he did have a decent rookie campaign, I doubt many believe he’s ready to take on the second wide receiver role. He still fits a slot receiver mold, which could have been what made Nelson expendable.
The rest of their receivers are Brad Smith (if he counts), Marcus Easley, Ruvell Martin, and Chris Hogan. Good luck getting excited about that.
So the obvious idea is that the Bills have to answer this somehow, but in what fashion? There are some nice wide receivers in the draft this year, including Cordarrelle Patterson and Keenan Allen. However, I don’t think that the Bills really want to use their first round pick on a wide receiver.
There are some options in the free agent market as well, although they are likely to be very pricey. Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe, Danny Amendola, and Brian Hartline are all likely to cash in this off-season. Any of these players would be a solid addition to the Bills receiving core.
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