Buffalo Bills Wide Receivers: Who will be No. 2?


Okay, so unless something out of the ordinary happens, like an injury *knock on wood*, Sammy Watkins will emerge from training camp as the number one receiver for the Buffalo Bills. But who will be the number two wideout opposite the Clemson graduate? That is where the fun begins.

The Bills signed Percy Harvin in the offseason, Robert Woods is coming off a year where he tied Watkins in receptions (65) and Chris Hogan recorded 41 catches last season.

If I was Greg Roman, you have to put Harvin on the outside, but I would not be surprised to see Woods there either. Harvin is a bonafide speed receiver and has not had a good quarterback since he had a guy by the name of Brett Favre throwing to him back in 2010.

That year, he was targeted 109 times, made 71 catches for 868 yards and five touchdowns. With an average of 12.2 yards per reception, he was a breakout threat every time he caught the ball. Oh and that was with star cornerbacks on him. With the Bills, he will be having number two defensive backs on him.

That also was not Percy’s best year. That came in 2011, when he was making Christian Ponder and a past-his-prime Donovan McNabb look good when he recorded 87 receptions for 967 yards and six touchdowns.

Speaking of making past-his-prime quarterbacks look good, Woods did a pretty good job doing that for Kyle Orton in 2014.

The USC graduate finished second on the team in receptions behind Mr. Buffalo Bill, Fred Jackson. Woods finished with 699 yards on the year, hauling in five touchdowns. But Woods lacks that Watkins and Harvin provide; the speed department.

Woods only averaged 10.8 yards per catch, but showed some very reliable hands throughout the season.

Greg Roman will probably put Harvin and Watkins on the outside, while throwing Woods and Chris Hogan in the slots if they ever spread it out with four wide receivers.

With Woods’ reliable hands, sending the two speedsters deep would open up the quick out routes, where he has shown he can excel.

Now with Charles Clay on the tight end position as well, the Bills have an element that they have not had in a long time; a deep threat. With Watkins and Harvin as the top two receivers, that opens up the flat for Woods and Clay to work and gives defensive coordinators nightmares.

If you’re Roman, who do you choose? The FA signee looking for a rebound year, or the third-year draftee ready to break out into the spotlight?

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