It’s debatable whether or not the Buffalo Bills overpaid for the right to move up in the 2014 NFL Draft and select wide receiver Sammy Watkins fourth overall. However, there should be no debating that with Watkins in the fold, the Bills now have a formidable group of wide receivers that will give them a chance to have a dynamic passing attack in 2014.
Obviously, it all starts with Watkins, who is a special talent with the chance to make an immediate impact as a rookie. Watkins has the versatility to line up anywhere on the field, and his ability to make plays after the catch will allow the Bills to find ways to get him the ball and let him run. If Watkins lives up to the billing of the fourth overall pick, Buffalo will have one of the most unique offensive weapons in the NFL, giving its offense an asset few teams have.
Buffalo’s other wide receiver acquisition this offseason was Mike Williams, who is talented enough to give the Bills a true No. 1 receiver. Despite some character concerns and an injury-plagued 2013 season, Williams averaged 64 receptions during his first three years in the league and scored 23 touchdowns over that span. Had he made 64 receptions with Buffalo last year, he would have been the team’s leading receiver, and the Bills could certainly use Williams’ size on the outside and in the red zone.
The Bills also have a trio of young receivers who could become dangerous targets in the passing game, especially if they’re able to play complementary roles to Watkins and Williams. Robert Woods had a solid rookie season with 40 catches for 587 yards, and would be a perfect fit as Buffalo’s third wide receiver, especially if opposing defenses have to focus on Watkins and Williams.
Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham are a couple of wildcards in Buffalo’s receiving corps as they are young receivers who are still developing, but the Bills can definitely use their speed, especially as a complement to the added size that Williams brings to the table.
With this group of five receivers, the Bills no longer needed Stevie Johnson, and they were right to trade him. They’ll miss Johnson’s consistency and veteran presence, but what Buffalo has now is a contingent of receivers that is loaded with talent and high on potential. With a creative offensive-minded head coach like Doug Marrone, they could be tough to defend in 2014.