The Buffalo Bills have missed the playoffs the last 16 seasons for many reasons, but one reason stands out among them all: Buffalo simply wasn't good enough talent-wise. There's no better reminder of this than Aaron Schatz's ESPN Insider article that looks at the 10 worst wide receiver depth charts in the last 10 years. Buffalo's 2011 squad came in at No. 7 on Schatz's list.
7. 2011 Buffalo Bills
WR1 Stevie Johnson (46) / WR2 David Nelson (31) / WR3 Roscoe Parrish (20) /WR4 Donald Jones (18) / TE Scott Chandler (1)
It's hard to know what the Bills should have expected out of Johnson in 2011. Here's a seventh-round pick who had a few nice catches in his first two seasons and then exploded for 82 receptions opposite Lee Evans in 2010. Would Johnson prove to be a one-year wonder without Evans to draw the defense's attention? (Spoiler: no.) Behind Johnson for the 2011 Bills were the always-disappointing Parrish and three different second-year players (Nelson, Jones, and Marcus Easley).
The Bills also had no idea what they would get from their tight ends. Chandler had one career reception in three years with three teams, and Lee Smith was a fifth-round rookie who couldn't even crack the roster for the team that had drafted him (New England).
Looking back, this was a unit that lacked star power and depth. Johnson and Nelson combined for 135 receptions, but Parrish and Jones combined for 24 total receptions. Chandler's first full season in Buffalo saw him thrive in the red zone (six touchdowns). Here's a look at how the players above fared in 2011.
Johnson 74 rec. 1,004 yards, 7 TD
Nelson: 61 rec., 658 yards, 5 TD
Parrish: 1 rec, 16 yards
Jones: 23 rec., 231 yards, 2 TD
Chandler: 38 rec., 389 yards, 6 TD