Yesterday, we discussed the fact that the Oakland Raiders are entering their Week 2 matchup with the Buffalo Bills very thin at wide receiver. Two of the team's top three receivers, Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy, have already been declared out of the game due to injury. A third, Darrius Heyward-Bey, is listed as questionable with a knee injury - so even if he plays, his effectiveness may be limited.
Yes, the Raiders do have some depth. Derek Hagan is a veteran player, and rookie Denarius Moore has a ton of talent. On a run-first team, however, the Bills may end up being more concerned with two secondary receiving targets that are flying under the radar: tight end Kevin Boss and fullback Marcel Reece.
Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell has been heavily reliant on tight ends throughout his career, and Boss - a free agent signing from New York - was missed while out due to injury in Week 1. He has a chance to quickly become one of Campbell's favorite targets. Reece, meanwhile, has developed into a dangerous weapon as a fullback, where he already has a receiving touchdown this year, and where he caught 25 passes for 333 yards and three scores in 2010.
The Bills have bigger fish to fry against Oakland - namely stopping the run - but if they're not cognizant of these two threats, the likes of Nick Barnett, Chris Kelsay, George Wilson and others could be giving up scores on Sunday.