3 Buffalo Bills impacted the most by the addition of free agent Deonte Harty

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The next player who is likely impacted the most is Nyheim Hines but unlike Isaiah McKenzie, he probably isn’t competing for a roster spot with Harty but rather should see his responsibilities shift heading into the new season.

The Buffalo Bills traded for Nyheim Hines at the trade deadline and the expectation was that he would be a key part of the offense as a pass catching running back out of the backfield. However, that didn’t materialize and Hines had only six rushing attempts and nine targets on 66 offensive snaps.

Hines did make an impact though but as the team’s returner on punts and kickoffs, even returning two kickoffs for touchdowns against the New England Patriots.

Looking ahead to the upcoming season, Deonte Harty probably takes over those responsibilities which allows Hines to have a bigger role in the offense. However, if Harty wins the starting slot receiver position, the coaching staff could limit his work on special teams.

In the end, the addition of Harty, alongside Hines, gives the Buffalo Bills offense options as well as two experienced returners on the roster.