Along with the rest of the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills don't have the strongest group of talent at the receiver position. With training camp right around the corner, there are still a few viable options for the Bills to improve that part of the roster. As is stands now, the top three guys are Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and Jeremy Kerley. Not the strongest group of guys for potentially starting your rookie quarterback for the future. Four veteran receivers are still available that could help the Bills on the field right away.
Inman is a lengthy receiver who would be going into his fifth NFL season at the age of 29. His 2017 campaign wasn't one to remember as he jumped from the Los Angeles Chargers to the Chicago Bears. In 2016 with the Chargers, Inman was one of the better options for Philip Rivers. During what was his best season in the NFL, Inman reeled in 58 catches for 810 yards and four touchdowns as the second and third option for the team. He lacks eye-popping speed but he would be a nice threat for the Bills to target.
Before a season-ending shoulder surgery in 2016, Decker was one of the most productive players at the position while he was with the Broncos and the Jets. Three of the four years prior to his injury, he reached 80 or more catches and over 1,000 yards for the season. Decker spent last year with the Titans in an offense where throwing the ball always seemed to be the second option. Despite that, he managed to catch 54 passes for 563 yards and lead the team’s receivers in receptions. Decker would be another set of reliable hands for the Bills and could be a good mentor for younger guys like Zay Jones.
Just a year ago, it seemed as if Maclin was for sure going to sign with the Bills over the summer after being taken on a visit and recruited by his friend LeSean McCoy. A few days later he surprised many and signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Maclin had a down year with the Ravens with 40 catches for just 440 yards. Maclin just turned 30 in May and likely will be able to perform at a quality level in the NFL as a third option. Much like Decker, Maclin could also play a mentor role for the younger receivers.
Bryant doesn't seem like the type of person off the field that Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane would normally target. He has had legal trouble in the past and always seems to be in the spotlight for something. Maybe that has to do with being a part of one of the most, if not the most advertised team in the NFL. The past few years, Bryant hasn't put up the numbers we are used to seeing — part of that heavily falls on the shoulders of an injury in 2015 and the transition to a rookie quarterback and a heavy run game the following year. Bryant has made it clear that he is only looking for a one-year deal, so at the worst the Bills give him a shot to prove himself to the team and the rest of the NFL.
Having a group of talented receivers is important for any rookie quarterback. Although Josh Allen continues to be listed third on the depth chart, we won't find out where he will stand until training camp and the preseason starts. If Allen happens to start right off the bat, adding one of these guys would be doing him a favor.