5 biggest storylines for the Buffalo Bills entering minicamp

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Who emerges at slot receiver?

On the offensive side of the ball, there are not many starting jobs up for grabs this summer outside of slot receiver. The Bills this offseason released Cole Beasley, who had been the primary starter for the past three seasons and was very productive during that stretch.

He is now expected to be replaced by one of three players. The most likely candidate is Jamison Crowder, who the team signed as a free agent after releasing Beasley. He is a veteran receiver who was productive even with subpar quarterbacks.

However, he won’t be handed the job and there are two players who could push him for the job. The first is a player who has been with the team for a few years now in Isaiah McKenzie. He has primarily been a gadget player during his time in Buffalo but when given the chance to start in the slot has been productive, like the game last year against the New England Patriots.

Another player to watch is Khalil Shakir, who the Bills drafted in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Among the three players, Shakir would be the most surprising in that role as he is a rookie but also has not been able to practice much during OTAs as he is dealing with some injuries.

The starting job is unlikely to be won during minicamp but whoever practices the best should enter training camp as the favorite.