Pro Football Focus' positional rankings continued on Wednesday and for the first time, the Buffalo Bills were ranked in the bottom-third of the league. According to PFF, the Bills have the 26th best wide receiver unit in the NFL. The analytics site said the following about Buffalo's WR corps:
26. Buffalo Bills
Projected starters: WR Sammy Watkins, WR Robert Woods, WR Marquise Goodwin, TE Charles Clay
Key depth: WR Greg Salas, WR Kolby Listenbee, TE Jim Dray, TE Chris Gragg
Key stat: Charles Clay tied for the league-lead among tight ends with 16 missed tackles forced last season.
Right now, injury might be the only thing keeping Sammy Watkins from pushing himself into the NFL’s top-tier of wide receivers. Averaging 17.5 yards per catch in his second year in the league, he has now racked up 2,029 yards as a receiver since entering the NFL. Reports about his recovery from offseason foot surgery are good, but the rest of the Bills’ receivers leave a lot to be desired. Robert Woods has never really improved since entering the league, and with four dropped passes from 51 catchable, is coming off his lowest-graded season as a receiver. Charles Clay is one to watch at tight end, with 16 missed tackles on 51 receptions a year ago, tied for the most at the position.
It's hard to argue with PFF on their rating for the Bills. The team has a star in Sammy Watkins, a quality tight end in Charles Clay, and a decent No. 2 option in Robert Woods, but no one knows what to expect after this trio of players. Can Leonard Hankerson stay healthy and win the No. 3 job? Will Greg Salas emerge as Buffalo's slot receiver? Can Dezmin Lewis make a big leap in his second year in the league? These are just a few of the questions that will need to be answered before the Bills receiving corps can get more respect around the league.null