Brandon Reilly, Andre Holmes and Jeremy Kerley
These three players represent guys who have seen a slightly more rep count with the first-team offense during camp. Along with Benjamin they have the skillset and variety to makeup a four-man primary WR huddle.
They can play just about every WR spot across the line, and each has shown their value on special teams. Which is why they are virtual locks. They offer offensive and special teams ability, and versatility is the ultimate currency under McDermott.
Holmes offers the most continuity from last season, and is primarily a red-zone threat. The only thing holding Holmes back is consistency in getting open. The veteran may not be the top WR in the NFL, but the coaches know what they are getting from him, and there’s value in that. The only worry Holmes has is the addition of Corey Coleman who, if he clicks, offers the same size and upgrade in speed.
Reilly was Mr. Preseason last year for the Bills, leading the team in receptions and yards during the exhibition period. Reilly used his strong preseason to earn a spot on the practice squad, and later the inactive gameday roster. He’s beginning to get more reps with the first unit, and with strong hands and solid route running, offers versatility in that he can play every WR spot.
Kerley was a late veteran add during free agency. He isn’t a new name to Bills fans, as Kerley was a long time New York Jet and pest to the Bills. Kerley offers above average slot position skills, and strong returner abilities. He may not be the WR on the field during two WR sets, but once the Bills go three or four wide, he’s made a career on being a mismatch against linebackers and safeties.
All three players have a leg up on roster spots, but nothing is assured. They’ll play the entire first quarter on Thursday, and potentially the entire first half. Their consistency has given them an early edge, but behind them is a lot of talent that is nipping at their heels.