Losing out on both Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin earlier this offseason, the Buffalo Bills were staring down the barrel of an extremely thin receiving corps for next season. Already having issues last season due to injuries and depth, the Buffalo Bills looked set to see a regression at the position this offseason due to the loss of both Woods and Goodwin.
While Marquise Goodwin was a role player for this team, he did possess some amazing straight line speed. However, he was very frail and did nothing to really earn a new contract. Add into the scenario that he was more focused this past Spring on trying to make the Olympics and you had someone that was not fully invested in football.
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The other main loss so far through free agency has been Robert Woods. The only consistent player at the position last season for the Buffalo Bills, Woods really came into his own last year when both he and Sammy Watkins were on the field. A true number two wide receiver, his loss will be hard felt as the team moves forward into the 2017 season.
These two losses will have an effect on the Buffalo offense going forward. However, the Bills are figuring out ways to address the holes at the position. Signing two free agent wide receivers, the Bills may not have improved the position overall, but they are beginning to add depth to the unit, something this team really needs.
The first of these depth additions was former Panther receiver Corey Brown. Playing as Carolina’s third or fourth receiver on most snaps last season, Brown does have a solid track record for a depth addition. Recording 27 receptions last season, Brown also had 276 yards receiving and a single touchdown to his name.
Also added to the Buffalo Bills was journeyman Jeremy Butler. Playing two seasons in the league so far, Butler did see some success during his time in Baltimore but has since fallen off the radar. That said, he has proven that he can have success with few reps, something that will make him a great depth addition for this roster going forward.