In case you had any lingering doubts whatsoever, make no mistake about it: Sammy Watkins is the unquestioned top target in the Buffalo Bills' passing offense. After a nine-catch, 122-yard, two-score performance in a 17-16 win over Minnesota, Watkins now leads the Bills in receptions, has a commanding team lead in receiving yardage, and is the only Bills receiver to score multiple touchdowns this season.
But for a second straight week, the little-known Chris Hogan continued to emerge as a favorite target of veteran quarterback Kyle Orton, as well. Now firmly entrenched as the team's third receiver - ahead of Mike Williams, for certain, and Marquise Goodwin in most situations - Hogan has seen his playing time increase dramatically in the last two weeks, and has made his opportunities count to the tune of 10 receptions, 135 yards, and a touchdown in those contests.
Still, on a per-snap basis, no Bills receiver is targeted more often than veteran running back Fred Jackson - though Hogan has made a strong run for that honor. Here is the breakdown of the Bills' passing game targets heading into a Week 8 road matchup with the New York Jets.
|RB||Fred Jackson||249||42||16.9%||16.7%||33 rec, 261 yds, 1 TD|
|WR||Chris Hogan||87||14||16.1%||5.6%||12 rec, 162 yds, 1 TD|
|WR||Sammy Watkins||452||61||13.5%||24.2%||35 rec, 433 yds, 4 TD|
|WR||Robert Woods||426||48||11.3%||19.0%||25 rec, 244 yds, 1 TD|
|WR||Marquise Goodwin||57||6||10.5%||2.4%||1 rec, 42 yds|
|TE||Scott Chandler||324||34||10.5%||13.5%||22 rec, 278 yds|
|WR||Mike Williams||172||18||10.5%||7.1%||8 rec, 142 yds, 1 TD|
|RB||C.J. Spiller||157||16||10.2%||6.3%||14 rec, 109 yds, 1 TD|
|RB||Anthony Dixon||66||4||6.1%||1.6%||3 rec, 15 yds|
|FB||Frank Summers||107||5||4.7%||2.0%||4 rec, 7 yds|
|TE||Chris Gragg||114||5||4.4%||2.0%||4 rec, 35 yds, 1 TD|