Buffalo Bills: Predicting roles for the reserve/future contract signings
WR Tanner Gentry
Former teammate and Wyoming and current friend of Josh Allen, Tanner Gentry was signed to a future/reserves contract after a brief stint on Buffalo Bill’s practice squad at the end of the 2020 season. Gentry does have some in-game NFL experience recording two catches and 27 yards with the Chicago Bears in Week 2 of the 2017 season but has not seen an NFL field since.
Gentry was briefly a part of the XFL until the league shut down all operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gentry projects as a depth-wide receiver who would play more special teams than offensive snaps.
The Bills have an extremely deep group of receivers already so Gentry will have to separate himself from several other receivers to make the roster. His odds are not great but when your potentially Josh Allen’s best friend on the team anything is certainly possible.
WR Jake Kumerow
Jake Kumerow played six games with the Buffalo Bills last season before being released and signed to the New Orleans Saints right before the season ended. Kumerow landed back with the Bills after the Saints cut him after the season ended.
Kumerow is a special team ace who even caught a touchdown from Josh Allen in a thrashing against the Denver Broncos in Week 15. Kumerow, being cousins with the Bosa twins, has NFL in his DNA and has been bouncing around the league since 2015. It seems that Kumerow may have found a home in Buffalo.
Last season he was valuable on special teams and judging by the other Bills players acted around him and with him on social media he was a guy that everyone seemed to like. Kumerow has a role on this Bills team and while there will be very strong competition in the wide receiver room the versatility that Kumerow brings gives him an advantage. Kumerow is 29 years old so he makes the team as a veteran and not a player who the Bills see great potential in.
Projection: 53-Man Roster
WR Duke Williams
Duke Williams has been around the Buffalo Bills for over two seasons now. Williams has shown potential in both preseason games and four games that he played at the end of the 2019 season. Williams finished 2019 with 12 catches for 166 yards and 1 touchdown including a four catch, 49-yard performance in the Wild Card loss against the Houston Texans in 2019.
Williams is a large receiver standing at 6’3″ and 225lbs which is something that Buffalo lacks in their receiver corps. Williams has a chance to make the roster but his lack of agility, speed, and inconsistent hands will hold him from making the roster. Williams has the ability to go up and make spectacular catches but is not near consistent or well-rounded enough to make the Bills.
Williams had a real chance to make an impact a couple of years ago but since then Buffalo has improved their receiving group significantly essentially making it near impossible for Williams to make the roster.