Posts Tagged ‘Wide Receivers’

2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
DeVante Parker is set to be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, but is he worthy of comparisons to the draft's other top wide receivers?  (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

DeVante Parker is set to be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, but is he worthy of comparisons to the draft’s other top wide receivers? (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

DeVante Parker’s senior season didn’t start out the way he wanted it to. Coming off a great 2013 season, he broke a bone in his foot that caused him to miss the first seven weeks of the season.

However, when he returned, Parker made an instant impact and finished with impressive numbers—43 receptions, 855 yards, and five touchdowns—despite appearing in only six games. He was extremely productive and proved to be valuable, providing help to the Louisville offense in multiple facets of the passing game.

Parker has good measurables and a lean frame. He measured in at 6’3″ and 209 pounds, and ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.

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Buffalo Bills Taking a Chance on Enigmatic Playmaker Percy Harvin

Friday, March 13th, 2015
Looking to add some much-needed sparks to their offense, the Buffalo Bills have decided to take a chance on Percy Harvin. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

Looking to add some much-needed sparks to their offense, the Buffalo Bills have decided to take a chance on Percy Harvin. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills hired Rex Ryan in January, one thing was for sure: the Bills weren’t going to play it safe with their acquisitions this offseason. That certainly hasn’t been the case so far—especially Friday—when the Bills agreed to terms with former New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

At his best, Harvin can be one of the NFL’s most dynamic playmakers. A 5’11″, 184-pound offensive weapon who ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, Harvin has a combination of speed and agility that makes him a big-play threat as not only a pass-catcher, but also as a runner and kickoff returner.

These qualities could make Harvin a big asset to the Bills. As a player who can create yardage for himself with the ball in his hands, Harvin could be highly valuable for an offense that has no great options at the quarterback position, and will therefore struggle to be prolific throwing the ball downfield.

With that being said, Harvin has often been more trouble than he is worth, and certainly qualifies as a high-risk, high-reward type of signing for the Bills.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Torrey Smith

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
If the Buffalo Bills look to add a wide receiver in free agency, Torrey Smith could be a target. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills look to add a wide receiver in free agency, Torrey Smith could be a target. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

With all of the talent in the 2015 NFL free agent class, the wide receiver position provides numerous options for a team looking to add depth and improve its offense. Pending Baltimore Ravens free agent Torrey Smith is one of those players.

Because the position is top-heavy, as the likes of Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Randall Cobb could all potentially hit the market (although Bryant and Thomas are both expected to receive franchise tags), receivers such as Smith, Kenny Britt and Michael Crabtree are flying under the radar.

Ever since his rookie campaign in 2011, Smith has produced for the Ravens. In his first four seasons, he has played in all 64 of their regular-season games and accumulated 30 receiving touchdowns.

Coming off his rookie contract having put up good statistics, Torrey Smith is in line for a pay raise this offseason. Regardless, the Buffalo Bills are in a position to spend and signing a productive player like Smith would add another speedy weapon to their offense.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Kenny Britt

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Coming off a redeeming season with the Rams, Kenny Britt is an intriguing free-agent option this offseason. (Photo: Brad Mills — USA Today Sports)

Coming off a redeeming season with the Rams, Kenny Britt is an intriguing free-agent option this offseason. (Photo: Brad Mills — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

The Buffalo Bills enter the 2015 season in need of improving their offensive attack, both on the ground and through the air. Since offensive coordinator Greg Roman has already been brought in to re-establish the running game, procuring help for the yet-to-be-named starting quarterback seems like the next logical move.

Kenny Britt, a pending free agent of the St. Louis Rams, is one receiver that may be on the Bills’ radar in the coming weeks.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Michael Crabtree

Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Michael Crabtree would add size and physicality to the Buffalo Bills' receiving corps. (Photo: Kelley L. Cox — USA Today Sports)

Michael Crabtree would add size and physicality to the Buffalo Bills’ receiving corps. (Photo: Kelley L. Cox — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

The 2015 free agency class is stocked full with talent and out of all the positions, wide receiver may be the deepest. The Bills already have a duo of outside receivers in Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, but after the Mike Williams project was a complete failure, they could look to add another target to their aerial attack in the upcoming signing period.

Pending free agent Michael Crabtree from the San Francisco 49ers is a wide receiver that could be available at a price Buffalo would be willing to pay. Wide receiver is not one of the Bills’ biggest positions of need, but adding a player with Crabtree’s physicality and talent would make the Bills offense a more dangerous unit.

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