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Nathaniel Hackett isn’t stressing about finding a No. 2 wide receiver

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The Bills’ lack of a consistent threat opposite Stevie Johnson at wide receiver has been an issue over the last few years and it seemed during the draft that the team was prioritizing finding a player to fill that hole.

They drafted Robert Woods in the second round and Marquise Goodwin in the third round and signed the troubled but talented Da’Rick Rogers as an undrafted free agent, adding three new bodies to the group and setting the stage for a competition at camp. According to offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, they won’t just be competing with T.J. Graham, Brad Smith and others for snaps, however.

Hackett downplays the need to find a No. 2 receiver, choosing instead to talk about how the team has to find the best skill position players on the team regardless of whether they are receivers, backs or tight end.

“I think when you look at the wide receivers it’s not just the wideouts, it’s a competition for everybody on the team,” Hackett said, via the team’s website. “It’s who are the best five skill players that we have? It’s my job to take those five best players and put those guys out there a whole bunch and be very multiple with that. If it’s a lot of wide receivers then you might have a lot of wide receivers. If it’s more tight ends, more running backs, whichever one dominates and does a better job out on the field that’s who we want out there. So I think it comes down to who excels in training camp. So it could be a lot of wideouts. It could be more tight ends, more fullbacks, more halfbacks. We just want the best players out there so I think that will always kind of fluctuate.”

While the Bills, like all teams, are going to want to put their best players on the field whenever they can, there would be logistical problems with formations featuring just one receiver. The Bills would be much more limited in what they can do offensively and the uptempo pace that they’ve been trumpeting all offseason would be less likely to take defenses by surprise if their personnel grouping eliminated certain plays from consideration.

Finding a No. 2 receiver might not be a panacea for the Buffalo offense, but it is definitely a position they’ll need to fill to boost their offense to its maximum potential.

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11 Responses to “Nathaniel Hackett isn’t stressing about finding a No. 2 wide receiver”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Jul 18, 2013 3:46 PM

    top 5 playmakers for buffalo:
    1) cj spiller
    2) stevie johnson
    3) fred jackson
    4) scott chandler
    5) robert woods (most likely)

    this has the making of a pretty good offense if the QB play is stable! we shall see

  2. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 18, 2013 3:47 PM

    Screw the receivers, get CJ the ball, the man is a beast.

  3. ccjcsr says: Jul 18, 2013 3:59 PM

    Why should he? The last time the Bills were relevant and interested in winning was the 90’s era.

    #NFLEuropeFranchise

  4. bmorepositive123 says: Jul 18, 2013 4:05 PM

    …but he should be

  5. citizenstrange says: Jul 18, 2013 4:30 PM

    I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Perhaps God will be a little more kind to the Bill’s #2 receiver.

  6. allnflfan says: Jul 18, 2013 6:52 PM

    Da’Rick Rogers is going to surprise a lot of people.

  7. flipola says: Jul 18, 2013 7:20 PM

    I’d like to see a 5-fullback offense.

  8. theryanfitztragics says: Jul 19, 2013 8:29 AM

    Da’Rick Rogers needs to start. He’s extremely talented and fast… as long as he stays out of the clubs (which there are no true clubs in Buffalo) and trouble he should be a starter… Go watch his footage, the young man is a beast!

  9. zor9999 says: Jul 19, 2013 1:00 PM

    “Nathaniel Hackett isn’t stressing about finding a No. 2 wide receiver”

    That’s because Stevie Johnson is a solid No. 2 wide reciever. He needs to stress about finding a No. 1 wide receiver.

  10. EJ says: Jul 19, 2013 2:51 PM

    Woods- WR2 /Smith
    Graham- WR1 /Goodwin/Kaufman
    Johnson- Slot /Rogers

    My guess is that Buffalo keeps 6-7 receivers on the roster of 53. Unfortunately I believe this will be Easley’s last training camp as a Buffalo Bill. Injuries have killed what looked like a promising career for him. If I were Hackett, I don’t think I’d be very worried either. The Bills have talent, they just need direction.

  11. dtjano says: Jul 19, 2013 6:09 PM

    Robert Woods probably will end up starting. T.J. Graham is one of the worst players in the league.

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