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Over the past two seasons, it’s been a difficult time to be a Buffalo Bills wide receiver. For parts of the 2017 season, the unit was mentioned among the least-productive units in league history. The team was 31st in passing yards per game, averaging 176.6 yards per game. They were 27th in passing touchdowns, averaging exactly one per game.

The 2018 season didn’t pan out much better. General manager Brandon Beane jettisoned Tyrod Taylor for a preseason battle of Nathan Peterman, AJ McCarron, and Josh Allen. Peterman won the three-way battle, and ultimately took control of the offense.

Unfortunately, the team, along with Peterman, imploded during the first week of the season, and the position was passed along to the inexperienced Allen. The growing pains were apparent, especially through the first half of the season. While it did get better down the stretch, the view of the entire season still left quite a bit to be desired.

The Bills held down the 31st spot in yards once again, this time averaging 174.6 per game. The myriad of Bills quarterbacks could only muster 13 passing touchdowns, worst in the league. The group ended up throwing the second-most interceptions in the NFL, 23 (mostly) ill-advised balls.

Yet, there is a reason for the team to hold their head’s high.

Josh Allen’s improvement as the rookie season continued gives hope for an offensively-starved franchise.  Yes, he hopped linebackers and ran wild at times. However, the decision-making, while still a work in process, was ripe with better choices down the stretch. He didn’t take as many wild risks while throwing the football. Allen was less jittery behind the line and more confident.

All of this adds up to benefit…Zay Jones.

Yes, the third-year receiver should be the most likely player to emerge on the Bills’ offense.

Buffalo added John Brown and Cole Beasley to their receiving corps. It may cut down on his targets. Still, Jones can still thrive.

Entering his third season with Buffalo, Jones has the seventh-most catches amount receivers drafted in the 2017 draft. He has gained 968 receiving yards during his two years in the NFL, also good for seventh among the draft class. He is fourth among the group with nine touchdown receptions.

 

https://billswire.usatoday.com/2019/06/07/zay-jones-buffalo-bills-most-likely-emerge-offense-josh-allen/

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Fake news!!  I read right on this web site that Zay won't be on the Bills roster this season.

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Here’s to Foster, Brown, and Zay being the top 3 WR’s. :beer:

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6 minutes ago, Forward Progress said:

Fake news!!  I read right on this web site that Zay won't be on the Bills roster this season.

is the opinion of the blog more relevant somehow?

 

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2 minutes ago, BullBuchanan said:

is the opinion of the blog more relevant somehow?

 

Not it isnt, not at all.  100% correct.  

 

I dont have a great amount of hope in Zay's "emergence".

 

And what about this brilliant line from that blog, "Buffalo added John Brown and Cole Beasley to their receiving corps. It may cut down on his targets."

 

Seriously, it MAY cut down on targets to Zay?

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12 minutes ago, NewCastleFanBills said:

Between Zay, Foster and Sills we may have to many good WRs and not enough spots.

Very refreshing compared to last year. :)

 

 

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1 hour ago, Rico said:

Here’s to Foster, Brown, and Zay being the top 3 WR’s. :beer:

 

Beasley.......?

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I think Zay, Brown and Beasley will be 1, 2 and 3. Robert Foster will slowly be developed behind them. Praying to God we keep a spot for McKenzie. Last spot goes to best special teams player.

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Bills may keep 7 WR's with Kroft having health issues at TE.

 

Josh Allen needs someone who can bail him out on a regular basis. All QB's do.

 

Will Zay be that guy? We shall see?

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This wouldn't surprise me in the least. He's obviously motivated. 3rd year WR? I think Knox will also be a pleasant surprise -- excellent size/speed combo. Looks like he'll get his chance right away whether he's ready or not.

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I'd prefer investing more in Foster than in Zay Jones, but I think those two will be sharing snaps all season. Brown is the #1 and Beasley is the slot receiver. That leaves Jones and Foster sharing time opposite Brown.

 

Or I suppose they will rotate all three of Brown, Foster, and Jones and all three will get close to an equal share. Guess we'll see. I just think Foster and Brown provide more upside because they at least have elite speed and Foster has decent size too. Jones is just average in everything. He'll always have a job in the NFL, I think, but I don't see any upside.

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He should be better this year. 

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Would think in that case Zay would still trail Allen in the breakout player race. 

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2 hours ago, Rico said:

Here’s to Foster, Brown, and Zay being the top 3 WR’s. :beer:

 

If Beasely isn't in their top 3 then something very wrong has happened.

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1 hour ago, njbuff said:

Bills may keep 7 WR's with Kroft having health issues at TE.

 

Josh Allen needs someone who can bail him out on a regular basis. All QB's do.

 

Will Zay be that guy? We shall see?

 

Do any of the WRs play special teams?  If we keep 7, teams play will probably be essential to the selection.  

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32 minutes ago, Mr. WEO said:

 

If Beasely isn't in their top 3 then something very wrong has happened.

Beasely is our slot receiver but I wouldn't be shock if Jones, Foster, and Brown all have more yards than him.  

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It's interesting, there's not even a consensus here as to which WRs are the top 3 this season, yet, the guys that we brought in were a massive upgrade.  

 

That's interesting given the talk about Foster and Jones being among the starters.  

 

Of course popping the narrative by stating the reality that the guys brought in are nothing more than average NFL starters, on a good day, understandably isn't very popular.  

 

We'll see if the guy whom last year was trying to jump thru a 30-story window to "fight for Jesus" can get it done.  

 

I gotta tell ya tho, I feel sorry for Allen.  These charade "upgrades" aren't going to help him nearly to the extent that he needs the help.  

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