At the conclusion of the 2015 season, most people would have assumed that Chris Hogan would be the No. 3 wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills in 2016. It was a role that Hogan had earned and he was coming off of back-to-back years with at least 400 yards receiving. This won't be the case as the restricted free agent was signed away by the New England Patriots.
After losing Hogan, Greg Salas seemed like a candidate for the job. The wide receiver wasn't with Buffalo long in 2015, but he picked up the playbook very quickly. In the season finale, Salas caught three passes for 41 yards, and every reception went for a first down. He seemed like a wide receiver who just needed an opportunity.
Leonard Hankerson seemed like another option for the job. Injuries have limited him over his career, but he's productive when he's on the field. Other veterans, such as Jarrett Boykin and Greg Little, were also discussed for the role.
Olivia Merrill wrote, "Second-year WR Dez Lewis was the talk of the spring practices. Making sizable strides with his personal game, Lewis has the inside track on the No. 3 receiving role."
At 6-feet-4-inches tall, Lewis would provide Tyrod Taylor with a large target on the field.
“It’s always good to be big and use my size to my advantage, so that’s the main thing. Just trying to stay big,” Lewis said. “My main thing is to give (the coaches) options, so that’s why I continue to stay in the weight room over the offseason and workout.”
To win the job, Lewis knows he'll need more than just his size. In the offseason, the second year wide receiver put a lot of work into route running.
“That was my main thing over the offseason. My coach gave me a lot of tips and stuff to work on every day,” Lewis said. “I’m not perfect yet, but more work and I’ll get there.”
Lewis will need to continue to make the most of his opportunities at training camp, but right now he may be the favorite for Buffalo's No. 3 wide receiver job.null