2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Wide Receivers

Marquise Goodwin

Recently the Jacksonville Jaguars began listing former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson as an “OW,” standing for offensive weapon, on their official roster. The Bills should consider doing the same with Goodwin.

Goodwin didn’t put up monstrous stats as a wide receiver at Texas. As a senior, he had 26 catches for 340 yards and three touchdowns, while he also added 13 rushing attempts for 140 yards and three rushing touchdowns.

That said, Goodwin displayed scary speed at the NFL Combine running a 4.27 40-yard dash. He can be given looks as a wide receiver, used on end-arounds and if the team uses the Wildcat package at all, he can be lined up alongside C.J. Spiller in the backfield. He could also contribute as a kickoff returner.

Goodwin’s main job in 2013 should be to cause headaches for opposing defensive coordinators. While Goodwin isn’t likely to catch as many receptions as the names mentioned before him, he has the ability to score anytime he touches the ball.

Da’Rick Rogers

My expectations for Rogers may be unrealistic. I compared Rogers to former Bills receiver Eric Moulds in February and stand by that comparison. Had Rogers not had character concerns, he likely would have been a Day 2 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. His size, speed and hands helped him lead the SEC in receptions in 2011.

The Bills are going to be hesitant to throw Rogers into the starting lineup, but by midseason don’t be surprised if Rogers has taken the X-receiver job from Graham. Over the second half of the 2013 season, Rogers could be Buffalo’s second most productive receiver.

Battle To Be The Bills’ Sixth Receiver

Brad Smith will be fighting for a roster spot on the Bills’ revamped wide receiver depth chart during training camp. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

I expect the Bills to carry six wide receivers. The Bills currently have six candidates on the roster to earn the final spot at the position.

Brad Smith

Smith is the safe bet to win the sixth wide receiver job. He brings a veteran presence to a young roster and is a decent wide receiver. He has also been the team’s Wildcat quarterback and is possibly the team’s best special teams player. He brings the most to the table.

Kevin Elliott

Elliott practiced very well during the team’s OTAs, according to Mark Armstrong of BuffaloBills.com. If Smith isn’t given the nod as the Bills’ sixth wide receiver, it will likely be Elliott who takes his job. Elliott is a physical wide receiver whose 6’3″ frame helps him bring down jump balls. Training camp is Elliott’s next big test, but he has a legitimate chance of landing a spot on Buffalo’s roster in 2012.

Brandon Kaufman

Kaufman has an outside chance of making the roster as he has very good hands. At 6’5″, he is also a large target. Kaufman won’t blow anyone away with his speed, but his style of play is reminiscent of David Nelson. That said, Kaufman will have to have a great training camp to make the roster.

Marcus Easley

Then-general manager Buddy Nix said the Bills were “excited” about Easley at the pre-draft luncheon, but let’s be honest, his odds are against him. The former 2010 fourth-round draft pick has the same amount of career NFL receptions as yours truly: zero. Easley did show some ability as a kick returner in 2012, with two kick returns for 75 yards, but Easley isn’t likely to be on the roster come September.

Chris Hogan and DeMarco Sampson

Both are currently on the roster, but I don’t give either a realistic shot of making the team. Best of luck to both in your future endeavors.

Additional Positional Previews:


Running Backs

Tight Ends/Fullbacks

Offensive Line

Defensive Line


Defensive Backs


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Tags: Brad Smith, Brandon Kaufman, Chris Hogan, Da'Rick Rogers, DeMarco Sampson, Kevin Elliott, Marcus Easley, Marquise Goodwin, Positional Preview, Robert Woods, Stevie Johnson, T.J. Graham, Training Camp, Wide Receivers

3 Responses to “2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Wide Receivers”

  1. Glenn Gifford says:

    Another great article Ryan. Sadly, I agree with your Easley sentiments. So much hope that just never panned out. Good work as usual…

  2. Duncan says:

    Awesome article! My prediction for the starting WRs are: #1 Stevie Johnson, #2 Robert Woods Slot, T.J. Graham/Stevie Johnson
    #3 Da’Rick Rodgers #4 Marquise Goodwin #6 Brandon Kaufman

  3. Ryan Talbot says:

    I really appreciate the kind words guys! I’m really excited about this group of wide receivers. Buffalo not only has a legitimate 1-2 punch, but also plenty of talent behind them.

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