Three of our four polls so far have been close races, with no candidate eclipsing 50 percent of the vote. The exception was at wide receiver, where Eric Moulds stood head-and-shoulders above every other player on the list. Our roster needs at least two starting receivers, so we’ve taken Moulds off the list to run another poll. Of the remaining candidates, which wideout is the best?
A second-round pick in 1999, Price played three seasons for Buffalo during the drought, was traded to Atlanta, then returned for two more years in 2006 and 2007. His best season was in 2002 when he caught 94 passes for 1,252 yards and nine touchdowns. He never made a Pro Bowl in his career but caught 288 passes for 3,772 yards and 25 touchdowns with Buffalo. He ranks eighth in Bills’ history in career receiving touchdowns and 10th in receiving yards.
Evans demonstrated his value as a deep threat from his very first season in 2004. He caught 48 passes for 843 yards and nine touchdowns that year, a whopping 17.6 yards per catch and the most receiving touchdowns by a rookie in franchise history. Evans and his speed worked well with the strong-armed J.P. Losman, and over seven years he caught passes of 87, 85, 83, 83, 77, and 70 yards. He ranks third in franchise history with 5,934 receiving yards and 43 touchdowns, and his 377 receptions rank fourth.
Johnson was a seventh-round pick in 2008 who developed into Buffalo’s top receiver during the Chan Gailey era. Johnson’s shifty basketball-movement style and unpredictable route running made him a great combo with Ryan Fitzpatrick, and he put together three consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards, something that had never been accomplished in franchise history. He was one of the only receivers to get the better of Darelle Revis during the prime of his career. Johnson ranks seventh in career receiving touchdowns, eighth in receptions, and ninth in receiving yardage. After six years in Buffalo, Johnson was traded during the 2014 NFL Draft.
Watkins had a short career in Buffalo but flashed serious talent during his early years. He set the franchise rookie record for receptions and yards in a 65/982/6 season. He played even better in 2015, converting 96 targets into 60 receptions, 1,047 yards, and nine touchdowns. A foot injury derailed his career in Buffalo, leading to a poor 2016 season and an offseason trade to Los Angeles in 2017. While he doesn’t have the career production of a guy like Josh Reed, his peak was much better, which is why he earned a place on this list of candidates.
Choose the second starting receiver for this Bills squad. Next time, we’re going to start selecting the offensive linemen for the team.
Who was the second-best wide receiver of the Buffalo Bills playoff drought?
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