Shaq Lawson is expected to miss at least Buffalo's first four games in 2016. Sammy Watkins should be a full-go by Week 1, but if he suffers another injury during the season there isn't much depth at the position. Buffalo Bills fans are worried about generating pressure and the talent at wide receiver. For that reason, fans have been clamoring for the Bills to add veterans such as Dwight Freeney and Anquan Boldin.
Both veterans were mentioned by name on Tuesday to Bills GM Doug Whaley. Although he's not closing the door on adding either veteran down the road, the Bills are looking to see how their younger players perform.
Whaley said the following on WGR-550, courtesy of BuffaloBills.com:
“We always keep our options open. We never say never,” said Whaley. “We haven’t reached out and contacted anybody right now. We’re looking at the development of the guys we have on the roster and some of the young guys. But we always keep our options open and our pro personnel department headed by Rob Hanrahan, those guys always keep me abreast of who is out there and we continually update what we call our short list.”
If Buffalo's younger players don't meet expectations, that's when Whaley said he'd look into adding a veteran.
“We want to see what we have and the development of the guys on the roster in the OTAs,” he said. “Guys like that we look at as consummate professionals. They’re always going to be in shape and if the time comes where we think the guys aren’t progressing like we need them to that’s when you look at a guy like Anquan Boldin or a Dwight Freeney, but right now we want to develop some young guys with an eye on the future saying those guys are out there if for needs sake we need to pick them up.”null