If Buffalo Bills fans are looking for another reason to tune in to their upcoming game against the Indianapolis Colts (outside of the team’s minor chances of making the playoffs), look no further than the addition of wide receiver Brandon Reilly to the active roster. These next four games will serve as a sort of extended preseason for Bills players, as the front office and coaching staff will soon decide who has a future with the team and who will be shown the door. The Colts are starting at least two backup cornerbacks, and if Reilly manages to get himself noticed he may be able to solidify a role as a backup receiver for next year.
One of the darlings of the 2017 preseason, Reilly wasn’t the biggest or quickest receiver on the field, but his sure hands and ability to high point the ball allowed him to record 11 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown in very limited action. The rookie undrafted free agent also showed a clear rapport with quarterback Nathan Peterman, who might get the start this Sunday against the Colts.
When Bills safety Micah Hyde was interviewed after practice on Wednesday, he offered some positive comments regarding Reilly’s effort and play style and included some glowing praise.
“I don’t want you guys to run away with this, but I feel like he’s that (Adam) Thielen from Minnesota type guy,” Hyde said. “He doesn’t look like he’s going to beat you over the top. He doesn’t look like he’s going to go up and get a ball on you. But when the ball is thrown, he’s going to make plays.”
Thielen is currently fourth in the NFL with 1056 receiving yards.
If the former Nebraska walk-on can put up even a tenth of Thielen’s yardage output over the next three games, both he and Bills fans should view it as a victory.