ESPN's Field Yates and Adam Schefter are reporting that the Buffalo Bills have been awarded wide receiver Leonard Hankerson on waivers. He had been waived by the New England Patriots on Sunday, and the Patriots had only claimed Hankerson on waivers from the Atlanta Falcons two weeks prior.
Source: the Bills have claimed former Falcons & briefly Patriots WR Leonard Hankerson.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 28, 2015
Hankerson, a 2011 third-round pick of Washington, appeared in eight games for the Falcons this season, catching 26 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns. He was placed on Injured Reserve by the Falcons after Hankerson suffered a hamstring injury that he was slow to recover from; Atlanta released him from IR on December 15, and the Patriots picked him up a day later.
His one week in New England was not particularly fruitful; he appeared in one game, logging 10 snaps, but was waived this past Saturday. He now joins the Bills, who, according to Yates, placed receiver Marcus Easley on IR in a corresponding move. (Easley suffered a terrible knee injury yesterday.)
Hankerson, who will turn 27 next month, is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason, so it's entirely possible that his Bills career will last all of one game. In his five-year career, the 6'2", 211-pound Hankerson has 107 receptions for 1,408 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Bills have now added four new receivers to their active roster within the past week, with Hankerson joining the likes of Greg Salas, Dezmin Lewis, and Walter Powell down the stretch.