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Plenty of Players Ready to Catch Passes for the Buffalo Bills in 2014.

July 21st, 2014 at 5:02 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

The Buffalo Bills have had quite the eventful offseason. Much of the news has revolved around the wide receiver position.

February came and we witnessed legendary Bills receiver Andre Reed elected as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

In an attempt to bolster their receiving corp, the Bills traded a sixth-round draft pick in 2014 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for hometown receiver Mike Williams. Williams was a year removed from signing a six-year/$40.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Williams also had various run-ins with law enforcement, including being stabbed by his brother back in March of this year.

When the draft arrived in May, much was discussed regarding a possible trade, since the Bills had a surplus of receivers. Not only did the Bills trade a veteran receiver, they traded up in the draft to select Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins. Stevie Johnson was sent to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2015. With the trade for Mike Williams from Tampa Bay, the Bills are looking for Williams to become a veteran presence on the team.

"It's kinda hard because I've got a lot of guys asking me for advice and at the same time I'm trying to learn the offense and learn the plays," said Williams while trying to acclimate himself to the new Bills offense. "I'm trying to learn what they see, and I just have to master the playbook so I'm on a level where I can help teach it."

The current roster contains receivers of all talents and abilities. Rookie Sammy Watkins is a vertical threat who can also run precise routes across the middle. Robert Woods is the steady player who is good at everything, but not great in one thing. Marquise Goodwin has world class speed, but his diminutive height (5'8") relegates him to a slot/ fourth receiver role. The fourth and fifth receivers are TJ Graham and Chris Hogan. Graham is entering his third season, and must prove he is worthy of a roster spot this season. Hogan's nickname is 7/11 because he's always open, but will he get lost amongst the glut of receivers Buffalo currently has?

"We're all trying to take that position. We're not putting it on anybody like Mike or Woody(Woods) or other veterans," said Hogan.

The team is filled with intriguing players at wide receiver who all have exhibited various skills. Their production all depends on the play of second-year starting quarterback EJ Manuel.


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