With the free agency period rapidly approaching, there are plenty of options at the wide receiver position that the Buffalo Bills could potentially make a run at. The Bills receiving core was down right weak last year. Even after trading for Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers, the core never clicked. Injuries were a big factor in why the passing game never got going. Another reason that could be argued is the performance of Tyrod Taylor and how he made plays mainly with his legs and not his arm.
The Bills are in a dilemma with Taylor and his future. No matter who is under center next season, the offense needs weapons on the outside. The injuries that Benjamin dealt with, along with Zay Jones, Deonte Thompson and Charles Clay affected the Bills.
There are not a ton of options for Buffalo, but they can still look at these options:
If Robinson does not get franchised tagged by the Jaguars, he will be best target in the wide receiver market. At 24 years old, he would be an excellent fit with Benjamin and he has already proven the value he brings to a team. Although, a torn ACL is a hard injury to come back from, or at least be the same player that he was at one time.
No one knows if he’ll be the same dynamic player. His knee injury could affect him for sometime so it will be interesting what the Jaguars go with as far as possibly keeping him on the team, or letting him walk in free agency.
A possible reunion in the making? The Bills drafted Watkins 4th overall in 2014, but it was not Sean McDermott nor Brandon Beane that drafted him. With his history of injuries, it’s hard to imagine the Bills taking another chance on Watkins but anything is possible.
Back when Watkins was with the Bills, Tyrod Taylor loved to throw the ball to Watkins especially down hill. Plus, Watkins is a force to be reckon with when he is on the field no doubt about it. He could be retained by the Los Angeles Rams, but if not then the Bills may want to consider a comeback for Watkins.
Coming from a high-tempo and fast paced Seattle offense, Richardson could work very well as a slot receiver for the Bills. A key factor about him is his speed. If he can help create separation, the Bills passing game can come into play and at least allow the man under center next season find targets down field.
The only problem is how Richardson handles the coldness of Buffalo. With Seattle being a rainy city, Richardson would be coming to a snowy Buffalo city that can get super cold. A big question is would he be able to handle that type of adjustment or not.
If the Bills wanted yet another big target to go with Kelvin Benjamin, Terrelle Pryor, at 6’4″ would be an excellent addition. Coming off a rough season in Washington, Pryor didn’t fit well into the Redskins offense. That offense just did not click last season at all so Pryor isn’t all to blame for.
It’s very rare for a team to have two 6’4″ plus receivers on their team. The Bills could have an opportunity to pull this move off. Is it realistic this happens? More than likely not, but Pryor could be linked to the Bills over the free agency period.
Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_ray79 and @FPC_Bills for Buffalo Bills coverage.