The Buffalo Bills seemingly have a wide open competition at the wide receiver spot this summer. That means one veteran may be on his way out.
The Buffalo Bills will enter training camp this year with two somewhat sure things at wide receiver.
Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones slot in as the starters for now, but there are several open spots behind them. At the same time, they could be bumped from their starting spots if someone else steps up. It’s not like Odell Beckham Jr. is on the outside for the Bills.
The team did bring in Ray-Ray McCloud and Austin Proehl via the draft, but they seem to slot in as quick, slot receivers as opposed to top outside threats. But if they excel in training camp, they have the advantage when it comes to making the roster since they were drafted by Brandon Beane.
One player who doesn’t have the same advantage is Andre Holmes, who joined the team last season on a three-year deal. He finished with 13 receptions for 120 yards and three touchdowns.
Holmes has been in the league since 2012 and has jumped around a bit. That is why he shows up in a recent list compiled by Randy Gurzi of NFL Spin Zone in which Gurzi picks one likely veteran cut for every NFL team this summer.
From the article:
"Before 2017, Holmes joined the Buffalo Bills on a three-year deal. Hopes were high for him, but on a receiver-needy team he managed just 13 receptions for 120 yards. Unless Holmes can show in the preseason that he’s going to offer more this year, he may start the regular season out by looking for a new home."
Holmes is one of the most experienced receivers on the roster and given his production, that doesn’t exactly bode well for him. He had a nice 693-yard season in 2014 with the Raiders, but has not gotten more than 201 yards in any of his last three seasons.
One can attribute that to quarterback play, but Holmes may just be average at best. And if the Bills want to build with younger players and draft picks, it is easy to see him being the odd man out at the position.