The Buffalo Bills‘ need for a legitimate second option on their receiving squad is a problem that has plagued them for years. Buddy Nix looked to solve that problem in the 2011 NFL draft when he selected former track star TJ Graham in the third round. In Graham’s rookie season, he performed reasonably well during what little game action he saw but hardly stood out as an All-Pro caliber talent. He caught 31 passes for a modest 322 total yards and a single touchdown on the season.
This was obviously not enough to convince the Bills that their lack of receiving depth was no longer an issue, and the team added Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin through the draft in addition to signing undrafted free agent Da’Rick Rogers. Despite these new additions, there is still no certainty surrounding the Bills receiving depth chart. Behind Stevie Johnson, the number two spot is vacant, and if Doug Marrone is serious about open competition in camp, any one of these talented young receivers could claim the spot as their own.
It looks as though TJ has wasted no time in giving himself a leg up. His performance stood out during OTAs, as the second-year speedster showed off the results of a great work ethic and an improved grasp of the pro game. “TJ Graham has been one of the most consistent performers through these OTA practices. Coming into year two of his career, he looks bigger, stronger, and faster…much more comfortable than he did in his rookie season,” Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reports.
All of the pieces are in place for TJ Graham to make an impact in his second season. Let’s see if he can get it done.