The Buffalo Bills are clearly heading in a new direction with their receiving corps. Earlier this month the team announced they would not be re-signing Donald Jones, and now it looks as though they will be parting ways with David Nelson as well.
Nelson’s 2012 season came to an abrupt end when the fourth-year wide out suffered a torn ACL in Week 1. He had been thought of as a major part of the offense prior to that have caught 92 receptions for 1,011 yards over his first two seasons with the team. His eight touchdowns during that span were third among tight ends and receivers, and had proven himself as a reliable option for Ryan Fitzpatrick to target whenever the Bills had to have a catch.
As of now, Stevie Johnson and T.J. Graham are the only real options left on the Bills roster. They obviously plan on making moves this off-season to replenish the position, the question is which route they will choose to go and this is actually a good year to re-vamp a wide receiving crew.
If the Bills choose to look in the draft they could possible take Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round, or look for reliable talent in deeper rounds. This draft class is extremely deep, and there should be plenty of options for the Bills to take their pick from.
The NFL free agent pool should be equally deep this season, with several talented receivers looking for a new home in 2013. Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe and Greg Jennings are the three biggest names hitting free agency this off-season, and if the Bills were able to secure one of these three to play alongside Stevie Johnson, the results could be disastrous for the rest of the AFC East.
Buffalo made it clear they were making drastic changes this off-season when they fired Chan Gailey and brought in a new coaching staff. The next step is to increase the talent on the field and the Bills appear to have committed to receiving corps first. Stay tuned to see who they bring in and if these moves pay off.