This week's waiver wire feature focuses on the Bills' receiver position. Through two games, Tyrod Taylor has completed a total of 33 passes, and only 11 of those have been to wideouts.
That's on everyone involved – Taylor, the receivers themselves, and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.
Although he returned for the final drive of the game, Andre Holmes tweaked his shoulder on a special teams tackle against Carolina, so there could be some injury concern there, even if it only momentarily showed Buffalo's decision-makers what the team's receiver depth chart would've looked like had Holmes been out for the rest of the game.
Last week, the Bills tried out a few receivers and ultimately signed rookie Malachi Dupre to their practice squad, so they've indicated an interest in bolstering the wideout group. Here's a look at a few available receivers and other options Buffalo could explore to improve its pass-catching corps:
- Robert Davis, Washington practice squad: If you've followed me on Twitter for at least a month, you've probably seen at least one tweet pertaining to Davis. He's a 22-year-old rookie from Georgia Southern who just happens to have almost identical size and athleticism to that of Julio Jones. Take a look.
- Robert Davis (Julio Jones)
- Height / Weight: 6-foot-3 / 219 (6-foot-3 / 220)
- Hand size: 9 5/8" (9 3/4")
- 40-yard dash: 4.44 (4.34)
- Vertical: 41" (38.5")
- Broad: 136" (135")
- Three-cone: 6.82 (6.66)
It's not every day that a player with a Julio Jones-esque size and athleticism combo is just sitting on a club's practice squad. Also, Davis was a mainstay on special teams for Washington during the 2017 preseason, so he offers value there, as well.
Beyond all that, Davis isn't simply a freakish athletic specimen. He had 222 receptions for 3,391 yards with 17 touchdowns in four collegiate seasons. That equates to 56 catches, 848 yards and 4 touchdowns per year. He'd bring the size the Bills' brass likes at receiver, and the speed Buffalo could use at that position.
- Marlon Brown, free agent: The veteran Brown actually worked out with the Bills last week, and he has a tie to the Bills 'offensive coordinator. While Dennison was in Baltimore in 2014, the 6-foot-4 wideout had 22 catches for 255 yards.
- Cayleb Jones, Vikings practice squad: Zay Jones' brother is a viable option for Buffalo right now. In two seasons at Arizona, Jones had 129 receptions, 1,926 yards, and 14 touchdown grabs. He's yet to make a catch in a pro game. This past preseason, Jones had 12 snags for 153 yards with one score.
It isn't a necessity that Buffalo makes an outside addition. Brandon Reilly and the aforementioned Dupre can be promoted from the practice squad. On the speed front, Dupre ran a 4.52 at the combine and Reilly was clocked at 4.47 at his pro day, but pro- day 40-yard dash times aren't official and are typically faster than combine times. Both Reilly and Dupre are taller than 6-foot-1 and thrived in contested-catch situations in college.