Buffalo Bills: Early look at 3 free agents Bills could target in 2022

Sep 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) reacts to his touchdown catch and run against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) reacts to his touchdown catch and run against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 11, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) fights to score a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Ward (38) and safety Deionte Thompson (22) tackle during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Jamison Crowder

The slot receiver position has emerged as a key role in this Buffalo Bills due in large part to Cole Beasley. The veteran receiver has become a safety blanket for Josh Allen and a receiver who does a good job moving the chains. Beasley has two more years remaining on his contract but he will be 33 years old entering next season and the Bills could save over $6 million in cap space by releasing him next offseason.

If the team does elect to release him, an excellent replacement would be Jamison Crowder. The current New York Jets receiver is one of the best at the position. The past two seasons, Crowder had 137 receptions, 1,512 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns. While the numbers don’t look big, the fact that he has had to play with Sam Darnold in an Adam Gase offense should be taken into account.

The issue with Crowder has been that he has struggled to stay on the field. This past season he missed four games and in 2018, his final year with Washington, he missed seven games. If Crowder proves he can stay healthy this season, he is a player the Buffalo Bills should target as a potential replacement for Beasley.