The Buffalo Bills needed a tremendous injection of talent on offense, specifically at the wide receiver position. After relying on lumbering players like Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes to little success, the Bills decided they would use smaller, quicker players to gain separation in space. In just a little over a calendar year, the Bills have brought in 12 new receivers, leaving only Zay Jones as a wideout who was on the roster prior to April 2018.
While the team has certainly emphasized smaller receivers lately, that doesn’t mean they haven’t sought some size at the position. In today’s edition of “90 players in 90 days,” we profile one of the biggest receivers on the current roster.
Name: David Sills V
Height/Weight: 6’3” 211 lbs.
Age: 23 (24 on 5/29/20)
Experience/Draft: R; undrafted
College: West Virginia
Acquired: Signed as UDFA with Bills on 4/27/19
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Sills signed a three-year deal with the Bills in April as an undrafted free agent. The total value of the contract is $1,790,000. What separates his deal from many UDFA contracts is the fact that it contains a signing bonus in the amount of $35,000, which will be the dead-cap charge to the team if Sills doesn’t make the 53-man roster.
2018 Recap: In his second season as a wide receiver, Sills continued to be a touchdown machine for the Mountaineers. He caught 65 passes for 986 yards, an average of 15.2 yards per catch, and added 15 touchdowns—bringing his career total to 33 touchdown receptions over two seasons as a full-time receiver (he added two more as a freshman quarterback-slash-receiver in 2015). He was second in the NCAA and first in the Big 12 conference in touchdown catches in 2018.
Positional outlook: Sills joins a crowded field at receiver, as he is one of 13 players trying to squeeze into five to seven roster spots. Also on the roster are Zay Jones, John Brown, Cole Beasley, Robert Foster, Andre Roberts, Isaiah McKenzie, Victor Bolden Jr., Duke Williams, Cam Phillips, Da’Mari Scott, Ray-Ray McCloud III, and Nick Easley.
2019 Offseason: Sills has participated in all offseason activities to date. He has found himself working mostly with the third team (with some second-team reps sprinkled in during mandatory minicamp).
2019 Season outlook: Sills is a great story—he was offered a scholarship to play quarterback at USC by former head coach Lane Kiffin when he was only in middle school—and he has developed into a very good wide receiver. Still, it’s hard to project him as someone who will make the roster out of camp given the talent the Bills have at the position and the way coaches have divided reps to date. His performance in training camp and preseason games could go a long way towards changing that, however, and it’s very possible that he sneaks onto the roster as the sixth or seventh wideout as a result. However, it’s more likely that Buffalo will try to sneak him on to the practice squad when final cut downs are made in the first week of September.