In case you missed it over the weekend, we held a discussion about the very distinct possibility that the Buffalo Bills may only be keeping five wide receivers on the active roster heading into the regular season. Sparked by commentary from Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com, it's worth a read (or a re-read) this morning.
For the sake of this discussion, let's assume that Chan Gailey and his offensive coaching staff are, indeed, planning on keeping only five wide receivers on the active roster. How does that affect the perceived job security of players vying for a major role this year?
Looking through the five-receivers lens, I think you can pinpoint a trio of receivers - Donald Jones, Derek Hagan and Marcus Easley - that each could land somewhere between a starting job and the unemployment line this fall.
The Bills have three wide receivers on the team that, barring injury, are 100 percent locks to make the team. Stevie Johnson is an established star and just got a $36 million contract extension this off-season. David Nelson has developed into a reliable slot target in his first two years in the NFL. Aside from Johnson, the Bills haven't invested as much in any receiver as they have rookie third-round pick T.J. Graham.
Meanwhile, Jones and Hagan are competing for a starting job, as both have received first-team reps this spring (and will likely continue to this summer). That's a competition that Easley may very well jump into if he can stay healthy and on the field this pre-season, as he may very well be the team's most athletically gifted receiver on the roster.
Yet with the aforementioned three roster locks in the fold, it's conceivable that one of Jones, Hagan and Easley may not have a job with the Bills once we hit early September. Our question for you: in a hypothetical scenario wherein the Bills keep five receivers and all options are fully healthy, which of the on-the-bubble trio is the most likely to be looking for work?