Buffalo Bills followers have yet to see a connection between the name Eric Moulds and the words "game-breaker" this season.
The Bills' second-year receiver, widely viewed as a breakaway threat, has done little for the team's offense through six games.
His disappointing receiving numbers: five catches for 51 yards.
"There has been some disappointments with Eric," said offensive coordinator Dan Henning. "Eric has dropped some balls. Eric has made some errors in route running. And he has allowed himself to get a little heavy here lately, which he's been working on the last two weeks.
"He has blocked better the last two weeks than he had earlier in the season," Henning said. "So we see progress back to the avenue we think he should ride on."
Moulds, who entered training camp at 204 pounds, admits he has added some weight lately and conceded it may have hindered him in the team's loss at New England.
"I dropped a couple passes, probably because I was a little more fatigued from doing kick returns," said Moulds, the Bills' No. 1 draft choice last year. "But I'll keep working and hopefully I'll get better and get the opportunity. The one (drop) was an important first down, and it was a lack of concentration and fatigue. I just have to get my body in better shape to prepare myself to get ready to play."
Moulds dropped a tough but catchable ball deep over the middle on a third-and-8 play on the Bills' first series. On a first down play in the third quarter, he was more open and dropped a shorter pass over the middle.
Moulds caught 20 passes for a 14-yard average last season and showed flashes of his big-play ability late in the year, when he caught a 37-yard TD pass in Seattle and ran 47 yards with a screen pass at Indianapolis.
Over the offseason, he stayed in Buffalo, and the Bills coaches praised him for his conditioning work.
Of course, there are some valid reasons beyond Moulds' control why he has not been a regular go-to guy. He has Andre Reed and Quinn Early playing in front of him, and the Bills are using their three-receiver formation less than last year.
"It's been frustrating for me," Moulds said. "But I think it's a matter of time and opportunity. Andre and Quinn have more than 20 years' experience put together, so it's kind of hard for me, being in my second year, to come in and try to move one of those guys out of their position."
Nevertheless, the Bills use three receivers on many passing downs, and they could use better production from Moulds.
"I think as far as (using Moulds on) three wides or on two wides when Andre or Quinn are not in there, he's gotten those opportunities," Henning said.
Moulds has made a few plays on kickoff returns. He had a 53-yarder against Detroit and a 38-yarder against the Patriots. But overall kickoff returns have not been special. The Bills are 14th in the NFL in average drive start (their 25-yard line) after kickoffs. Sunday they got past the 25 on just one of eight returns.
"They did a good job of making plays on us," Moulds said. "And I take a lot of responsibility for that. I tried to make something happen by reversing field instead of just steaming it up and getting what I could."