Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection for opening day – Offense

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Oct 26, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver

Sammy Watkins

(14) runs with the ball past New York Jets inside linebacker

David Harris

(52) to score a touchdown during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Bills won 43-23. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receivers

Starters: Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods

Reserves: Percy Harvin, Chris Hogan, Marquise Goodwin and Deonte Thompson

As with the running back positions, the starting slots at wide receiver seem pretty set. Of course, there is always an argument for Harvin – if he can fulfill his undoubted talent – but until further notice, Woods lines up opposite Watkins.

There is much more intrigue in respect of which receivers will make the final roster, with Vic Carucci recently saying around half of the current candidates will be cut. Hogan’s injury could factor in, but I’m going with the assumption he’s fit for opening day, meaning he’s on the team, regardless of analysis stating he hasn’t looked the same without Kyle Orton.

Thompson has shown what he’s capable of during training camp and in the first two preseason games, so I’m picking him as well. And I believe Goodwin’s potential is too enticing for the Bills staff to ignore.

Of course, some people will ask about Marcus Easley, who is technically a wide receiver. However, his true talent comes in covering kicks, so he will make the final 53-man roster as a special teams selection.

Next: Lots of competition at tight end