Knowing the Buffalo Bills history the last few seasons, they have been a run-first team. Running backs like Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller and LeSean McCoy have been featured backs for the Bills in recent years. For the most part, the offensive line has been solidified for the run game. A position that the Bills have always lacked in recent years is wide receiver.
They don’t have someone like Julio Jones, A.J. Green or Antonio Brown. A premier wide out who is reliable and their quarterbacks’ go-to guy. It also does not help the situation when the Bills have not had a franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly.
Since the beginning of the offseason for the team, the Bills have lost out on opportunities to sign wideouts like Terrelle Pryor, Paul Richardson, Taylor Gabriel, etc.
Deonte Thompson left the Bills to join the Dallas Cowboys. The Bills will more than likely not bring back Jordan Matthews, even on a cheap deal. With second-year receiver Zay Jones getting arrested earlier this week in Los Angeles, the Bills are faced with a crisis at wide receiver. Kelvin Benjamin is the team’s number one option, but has not lived up to his full potential since arriving in Buffalo. His biggest game for the Bills was against the Indianapolis Colts where he scored his only touchdown as a member of the team.
With the team looking into a new direction with a new man under center, the big question is whether or not he will have weapons around him. He’ll have McCoy, Benjamin and Charles Clay. Jones may be back as well depending on his situation.
Even if the Bills do trade up for a quarterback, they will need to surround him with receivers. The Bills have major tendencies of playing from behind so they are forced to throw the ball. Whoever their starting quarterback is, Brandon Beane needs to get playmakers on the outside to help him.
-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.