Buffalo Bills 2018 Position Battles: The battle at wide receiver

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There are a few locks to make the Buffalo Bills roster at the wide receiver position. After that, there are plenty of intriguing options.

This year’s Buffalo Bills training camp will be much different than previous years. There is a significant number of young players looking for playing time. McDermott and Beane are in year two of their “process” and they’re getting players that fit their system.

This will be known as the year of camp competition. There will be position battles, on both sides of the ball, that Bills fans should be paying attention to. I will be writing a series of articles, throughout the month of June, highlighting the four most important battles that will determine where the Bills land in the standings this upcoming year.

Upcoming articles:

(June 24th) Quarterback: Josh Allen, A.J. McCarron, Nathan Peterman

This article will focus on the battle at the wide receiver position. The Bills haven’t done a great job attracting high level talent at this position and the lack of depth is apparent.

The day one starters will be Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones. Both are big-bodied receivers that lack separation speed to stretch the defense. After the top two, it is a mixed bag of veterans and unproven rookies.

Jeremy Kerley, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater are the elder statesmen of the group while Ray-Ray McCloud, Austin Proehl, Cam Phillips and Robert Foster were all part of the Bills 2018 draft class. Other WRs on the roster include Brandon Reilly, Kaelin Clay and Quan Bray.

Since I believe the team will only retain five or six receivers on the roster, there will be plenty of cuts made. Let’s look at the receivers that have the best chance of making the roster.