The Buffalo Bills still have questions at the wide receiver position and because of that the group enters the season ranked among the worst.
Some Buffalo Bills fans were waiting for the team to draft a top wide receiver during the NFL Draft. Instead, the team took two guys late who don’t exactly fit the mold of dominant threats on the outside.
The Bills enter the year with Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones as the top two options, which isn’t necessarily terrible, at least on paper. The problem is the fact that there is not one top go-to option. That makes things difficult for whichever inexperienced starting quarterback lines up under center in 2018.
The Bills receiving corps ranked dead last in the NFL in an article written by Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report.
Here is some of what he had to say about the Bills receivers:
Surprisingly, Buffalo didn’t address the receiver position until late in the draft. It took Ray-Ray McCloud and Austin Proehl in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively. The Bills largely ignored it in free agency as well, as the “prize” addition was Jeremy Kerley. Buffalo also parted with Jordan Matthews, so the receiver group may be worse than last year’s.
This will definitely be a “wait and see” situation with this group. It is easy to look at the depth chart and freak out right now, but we didn’t see a full season from Benjamin and Jones was a rookie last season. I’m not declaring the duo to be set for monster years, but it is too early to say they won’t at least be assets on offense.
Not drafting a receiver had to be part of the plan in place by both Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane. Perhaps they have confidence in the current group, or it’s possible they didn’t value the position as one of need as much as fans did.
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Bills fans are used to the team being underdogs in the national media and that remains true with this ranking. The good news is that the receivers in Buffalo have the chance to prove everyone wrong and show that they can thrive in the new offense.