WR corps is the Buffalo Bills biggest risk according to Bleacher Report
By Avery Duncan
The wide receiver corps is the Buffalo Bills’ biggest risk heading into 2019, according to Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox.
In Kristopher Knox’s most recent Bleacher Report article dubbed “The Biggest Risk Every NFL Team Is Taking in 2019,” he identified the Buffalo Bills biggest risk. That risk; their receiving corps, precisely “proceeding with a patchwork receiving corps.” Knox explained his reasoning, saying;
"The Buffalo Bills took steps to improve their receiving corps this offseason, adding Andre Roberts, Cole Beasley and John Brown. It still has the look and feel, however, of a group of complementary receivers without a true No. 1.Now, such receiving groups do often work—just look over at the rival Patriots for proof. However, the Bills want second-year quarterback Josh Allen to become a consistent passer and not just a scrambler who throws the occasional beauty of a deep ball.Zay Jones or Robert Foster could always emerge as Allen’s go-to receiver, but going into the season without an established No. 1 is a risk that could hinder Allen’s development."
It’s hard to blame Knox for his selection. The Bills’ receiving corps was notably bad last season. Last year’s leading receiver in yards (652), Zay Jones, finished 61st in the league in total receiving yards. Robert Foster, their second-leading yardage receiver (541) finished at 85th.
Last year’s offense had a number of weaknesses, including the offensive line and running back groups. Each would’ve been fine fits for Knox’s list. However, the Bills are bringing back LeSean McCoy and added Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, and Devin Singletary to the running back room. As for the offensive line, the team brought in Mitch Morse, Quinton Spain, Ty Nsekhe, Spencer Long, LaAdrian Waddle, and Cody Ford — each project as upgrades.
Included in the upgrades on the ground and trenches, the Bills brought over a slew of new receivers and tight ends. Lining up alongside Jones and Foster will be productive veterans John Brown and Cole Beasley. UDFA David Sills V is another intriguing addition. As for the tight ends, additions Dawson Knox and Tyler Kroft are promising, athletic, and can play on the move.
Yet, the reasoning behind Knox’s choice is fair. Though the team added a lot of talent to the receiving corps, they might’ve added more to the line and back rooms. The receiving group may be the most polarizing one due to the uncertainty between potential and solid veterans alike.
For Josh Allen to take the next step, a receiver must step up and establish himself as a valid No. 1 option. Until that happens, the risk around the receiving corps will be there. Luckily, it’s miles better than the group coming into 2018.