1. The additions of Greg Little and Jarrett Boykin on Tuesday continues a trend of what the Bills are looking for at wide receiver. Both Little and Boykin are 6-foot-2. Leonard Hankerson, who was claimed before the regular-season finale and is set to become an unrestricted free agent, is 6-1. Dez Lewis, promoted from the practice squad late in the year, is 6-4. The Bills are making a clear effort to get bigger at wide receiver. Don't be surprised if the team continues that effort in the draft. Outside of Sammy Watkins, the Bills don't have a sure thing at the position. Robert Woods has been a reliable player, but is entering the final year of his contract. After that, the depth chart is wide open. Marquise Goodwin has been a non-factor for two straight seasons, Chris Hogan is an acceptable fourth of fifth receiver, but shouldn't be counted on as more, and Marcus Easley is a special-teams contributor first, and is also rehabbing a devastating knee injury. All of the makes receiver one of the bigger needs on the team this offseason.
Little is a former second-round draft pick in 2011 who has two 50-catch seasons on his resume, while Boykin played three years in Green Bay, and was a collegiate teammate of Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor at Virginia Tech. Both players should have a real chance to compete for a roster spot in Buffalo.
2. I tweeted on Sunday that based on my mentions, the reaction to the Bills hiring Rob Ryan falls somewhere between the team drafting Mike Williams and Aaron Maybin on a list of terrible moves. BillsMafia has largely been against the move, for understandable reasons. Nepotism is never looked at fondly, especially when people feel the person being hired isn't qualified for the position. There is no doubt Rob Ryan has guided some truly terrible defenses in the past. But count me as one who doesn't think this move will make or break the Bills in 2016. Let's face it: This is Rex Ryan's defense. Rob Ryan is not going to come in and drastically change what the Bills do on that side of the ball. Mike Pettine wouldn't have, either. If the Bills are going to improve on the No. 19 defense in the league, it's going to be because Rex Ryan and Doug Whaley found players who better fit the scheme - or the ones who remain from 2015 are put in better positions. I view Rob Ryan the same way I view last year's defensive coordinator, Dennis Thurman -- as an inconsequential figurehead.
3. I'm impressed that Bills General Manager Doug Whaley kept a straight face at his end-of-season press conference when he said backup quarterback EJ Manuel is in the "top third and maybe top quarter" of backup quarterbacks in the NFL. If Whaley truly believes that, he should be on the phone with any of those teams he perceives to be in the bottom two-thirds, offering Manuel in a trade. It's clear the former first-round pick does not have a long-term future in Buffalo. Maybe he comes back to play out the final year of his rookie contract, but the Bills - and Manuel -- would be far better off with a change of scenery. A trade would get the Bills out of the guaranteed money remaining on Manuel's contract, allowing them to pursue a veteran backup for Tyrod Taylor. It's hard to imagine anyone on the offense having any faith in Manuel's ability to win a game -- or games -- if he's forced into the lineup in 2016.