The Bills’ search for a No. 2 wideout to pair with Stevie Johnson will be one of the focal points at training camp. The competition gets a head start in OTAs, and Johnson’s absence due to groin surgery allows for the younger receivers to get a little more attention.
Last season, David Nelson was second on the team in receiving, going 61-658-5. Nelson is a prototypical slot receiver, as the other spot on the outside did not produce. Brad Smith, Donald Jones, Naaman Roosevelt and Derek Hagan combined for 75 catches — or one fewer than Johnson’s total.
Jones suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 11, and while some observers haven’t been wowed by Jones’ play, we hear the team still believes he has a high ceiling. Challenging Jones will be third-round pick T.J. Graham, a speedster who needs to add bulk.
The wild card, as it was last training camp, could be Marcus Easley. The 2010 fourth-rounder has yet to play in an NFL game (he missed his rookie season because of a knee injury and last season with a heart ailment), but he is back in OTAs looking to make an impact.
“I am just happy to be playing football again. This has been long overdue,” Easley told the Bills’ website. “Everyone knows the story, but I am just glad to be out here competing and to be back out there with the fellas.”
We heard last year that Easley was a player the team was hoping would produce big things. He has the size to be effective on the outside and joins the competition of players with upside looking to fulfill that and grab the No. 2 receiver spot.