Underrated Bills player might be getting a bigger role after 2024 NFL Draft

The Bills clearly believe in him.
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The Buffalo Bills entered the 2024 NFL Draft needing help at the wide receiver position after Stefon Diggs was traded to Houston and Gabe Davis signed with the Jaguars. The Bills didn't make their first-round pick, instead opting to trade with the Chiefs and move back into the second round.

With their first selection in the 2024 NFL Draft, Buffalo nabbed Keon Coleman, a wide receiver out of Florida State. It wasn't shocking to see the Bills take a receiver with their first pick but what was surprising was that Coleman was the only receiver Buffalo drafted.

This is fantastic news for Khalil Shakir, who should have a big role for the Bills in 2024 now that they didn't add receiver help in the draft.

Khalil Shakir received a vote of confidence from the Bills

Alex Kay of Bleacher Report wrote about five players who had a confidence boost following the draft and Shakir made the cut for the reasons outlined above. Kay pointed out that Shakir had a nice game against the Chiefs in the divisional round, which could have led to the front office feeling comfortable giving him an expanded role in 2024.

"Shakir's numbers are now poised to see a massive uptick in a critical third season. His late-year surge in 2023—which included six receptions for 105 yards in the regular-season finale and a seven-catch, 44-yard, one-touchdown outing against the eventual champion Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs—was likely a key reason Buffalo's brass felt comfortable moving on from Diggs."

Alex Kay

The Bills will likely enter the 2024 season with their starting wide receiver trio consisting of Shakir, Coleman, and Curtis Samuel. Will Shakir be able to prove that the Bills made the right decision putting him in a bigger role?