When we ran our poll for the leading wide receiver of the decade, it wasn’t hard to find a winner. Stevie Johnson ran away with 82% of the vote, as of this writing. But a starting offense needs at least one more receiver, so let’s pick the best of the rest!
To review, here are your options:
A second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Woods was a dependable, if unspectacular, receiver for the Buffalo Bills. He had three games with 100 receiving yards, one game with ten receptions, and no games with more than one touchdown catch. Still, for Bills receivers, his totals put him second in receptions and in a dead heat for second in receiving yards during the decade.
Since joining the Los Angeles Rams as a free agent in 2017, Woods became a much brighter star. Maybe it was the return to his hometown, maybe the more talented teammates, and maybe it was the better offensive system—but we’ll regret that we never saw him play like that in Buffalo.
Overall stat line: 345 targets, 203 receptions, 2,451 yards (7.10 Y/Tgt), 58.8 catch percent, 12 TDs.
Watkins was always as talented as his draft position showed—just think about his tip-drill catch-and run against the Detroit Lions in his rookie season. If it weren’t for his injuries and poor work ethic, he could’ve become one of the game’s stars. He was the team’s leading receiver in 2014 (his rookie year) and 2015, and in that 2015 season, averaged 80.5 receiving yards per game.
Overall stat line: 276 targets, 153 receptions, 2,459 yards (8.91 Y/Tgt), 55.4 catch percent, 17 TDs.
Brown earns his spot on this list despite only playing for the team in the final year of the decade, because that season was one of the five best performances for any wideout who played with the Bills since 2010. In his first year with (the much maligned) Josh Allen, Brown delivered with 72 catches, 1060 yards, and six touchdowns. In the playoffs, he added four more catches for 50 yards. He’s a major reason why Allen could play so well in his sophomore season.
Overall stat line: 115 targets, 72 receptions, 1,060 yards (9.22 Y/Tgt), 62.6 catch percent, 6 TDs (plus 1 passing TD)
Which of these three players deserves a roster spot? The runner-up will also be valid as the 11th man on offense, going up against LeSean McCoy and Charles Clay.
Buffalo Bills 2010s All-Decade team: Wide receiver 2
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