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How Bills' Wide Receivers are Fighting to Make a Name for Themselves

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1 minute ago, Logic said:

I believe it's high likely that Benjamin, Jones, Kerley, and Holmes make the roster. That leaves, at most, two spots open.

So the question becomes: who takes the final two spots? 

Brandon Reilly
Ray Ray McCloud
Austin Proehl
Robert foster
Malachi Dupre
Rod Streater
Quan Bray


 

 

I don't think Holmes is a lock...

 

I'm going to make a prediction right now three months from Game 1 that Reilly makes it... I think they like him and he seems to be leaking "process"...

 

 

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This is how I think it will shake out....

Kelvin Benjamin - # 1
Zay Jones - # 2
Jeremy Kerley - # 3
Andre Holmes - Cut
Brandon Reilly - # 5
Ray Ray McCloud - Practice Squad
Austin Proehl - Cut
Robert foster - # 6
Malachi Dupre - Cut
Rod Streater - # 4
Quan Bray - Cut 

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6 hours ago, mannc said:

I actually don’t think it’s a sure thing Zay makes it, although it’s certainly likely.  The only thing worse than his performance last season was his offseason.  If he doesn’t show serious improvement, and the drafted rookies play really well, Zay could be on the outside looking in.

I do not see Zay being cut after one year.  As a second round pick and the fact that receivers mature later than other positions, he will be given year 2 to reach his potential.

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6 hours ago, John from Riverside said:

I dont have a leg to stand on with this....but I really think that while everyone thinks WR is our biggest weakness.....I have this feeling that we are going to feeling really good about it by the end of the season.

 

Something tells me Zay is gonna make a jump...Kerley is gonna be solid......Brandon Reilly is going to make plays.....and one of the young guys is going to emerge.....allowing us to go into next season looking at OL and defense

 

jmo....and I know is a reach

 

...have to agree John......this "doom 'n gloom" and "worst in the NFL" stuff gets old when we (1) don't even know what the hell we have and (2) have a group that has been vastly untested in any type of downfield passing game last year......

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7 hours ago, Shaw66 said:

I don't agree.  The Bills aren't going to give up on a second round pick after one year, not unless the guy is a bad actor of some kind.   They drafted him because he has talent.   He had a subpar rookie year, but he saw more time than a lot of rookie receivers.   

 

You're better off keeping a talented young guy a year too long than a year too short.   

If Whaley drafted him he would've been cut or traded by now.

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I don't think Holmes is guaranteed IMO and neither is Streater....I do think Zay and KB aren't going anywhere. However, Foster, Reilly, and Proehl are the three I think will make the team along with Kerley, Zay and KB. I just think Daboll values shiftiness in the slot and want Foster / Proehl for that while Zay I think does much better in the slot, his size kind of puts him on the outside. I wouldn't be surprised to see more 4 WR sets with two guys in the slot being Kerley and Proehl / Foster....who knows, but I think Reilly is making some noise plus I think Holmes is done and Streater probably is just going to be overwhelmed by the younger, faster, cheaper guys already mentioned. 

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15 hours ago, Logic said:

I believe it's high likely that Benjamin, Jones, Kerley, and Holmes make the roster. That leaves, at most, two spots open.

So the question becomes: who takes the final two spots? 

Brandon Reilly
Ray Ray McCloud
Austin Proehl
Robert foster
Malachi Dupre
Rod Streater
Quan Bray

Two of the top four listed guys seem likely to me.

 

I wouldn't bet on Holmes making the team. I think that Proehl goes to the PS.

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They can start by fighting for Jesus...and then get in line behind clear #1, Zay Jones...

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On 6/12/2018 at 9:14 PM, Shaw66 said:

The point is not whether you or I think he is the answer.  The point is he is a veteran, so he knows a lot more than rookies.  As long as he uses that knowledge he will be one of the best in camp because of what he knows. 

 

He IS fighting for a roster shot, but being a veteran gives him a big edge. 

 

 

The fact that they dumped the WR coach who coached him in college and then recommended him to Bills to draft probably gives him a very narrow edge.

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On 6/12/2018 at 9:59 PM, mannc said:

I actually don’t think it’s a sure thing Zay makes it, although it’s certainly likely.  The only thing worse than his performance last season was his offseason.  If he doesn’t show serious improvement, and the drafted rookies play really well, Zay could be on the outside looking in.

I'm just going to agree with you. I would think he is already on the outside looking in. I myself couldn't dismiss the little freak out incident. The spot a person gets drafted doesn't guarantee success. Plus if the surgery causes missed reps that won't help. 

 

Anything can happen or whatever but I wouldn't bet on Zay at this point. I'm going to have to see something to believe it at this point. On a different team with more established WRs I don't think Zay is sitting comfortable at all. 

 

I'm rooting for him and hope he is successful but all I've seen is situations that make me doubt it more. You can't preach an earn it type culture and favor somebody over draft spot to protect your pride. That can be the case but it's folding on your own culture. Unless Zay is that good he should be seen as equal to the other unknowns on the team. That is how I see him in a way. 

 

I don't want a person to win the starting role by default. I want them to legitimately beat out the competition. 

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55 minutes ago, Lfod said:

I'm just going to agree with you. I would think he is already on the outside looking in. I myself couldn't dismiss the little freak out incident. The spot a person gets drafted doesn't guarantee success. Plus if the surgery causes missed reps that won't help. 

 

Anything can happen or whatever but I wouldn't bet on Zay at this point. I'm going to have to see something to believe it at this point. On a different team with more established WRs I don't think Zay is sitting comfortable at all.

 

I think he better come into camp able to recite the playbook forward and backward and make the most of every rep.  I tend to agree with you, if he comes in with an "I'm safe!" attitude he's gone.

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On 6/12/2018 at 9:07 PM, Rocky Landing said:

Obviously, his draft position means a lot less after his rookie season. Also, IIRC, his big selling point when he was drafted was not that he was a big playmaker, but that he was the most NFL-ready WR of his class. That has certainly not proven to be the case.

I believe you're right that he is very likely to make the roster. But, I think that says a lot more about how thin we are at WR than anything else. I have to think that most other teams would not value him the way we seem to, and if we dropped him today, is there another team in the NFL that would pick him up?

Short answer yes, he is in his second year and set the NCAA record for receptions, he is young enough and has enough potential. Think of guys like Alshon Jeffery, he took a couple years to make his impact. WR isn't a plug and play position, it takes time to develop.

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