Josh Allen’s accuracy has been a discussed since he declared for the NFL draft and was selected No. 7 overall by the Bills in the draft. He’s had some good throws and some bad — but would his and the receivers’ numbers be better with better talent at the skill position?
Tim Graham took a deep dive into the numbers on Buffalo Kickoff LIVE.
By: Tim Graham, The Athletic
To say the Bills’ receivers have been a disappointment infers that we expected anything from them in the first place. We didn’t. We knew back in training camp general manager Brandon Beane had left the Bills shallow at wide receiver, and that’s what we’ve seen through five games.
But just how poor has the production been? Through five games, the Bills wide receivers rank dead last in the NFL with 33 catches for 368 yards and one touchdown. And, keep in mind some teams have played one fewer game.
Maybe dead last doesn’t surprise you. But what if I told you seven teams have tight end groups that have outperformed the Bills’ wideouts? Or if I added that three teams have running backs with more
receiving yards than the Bills’ receivers have gained.
IT’S BEEN THAT BAD.
The Bills rank 28th in pass attempts to their wideouts, meaning some teams have produced more on fewer throws. And Josh Allen’s accuracy issues don’t help but, wideouts with better
talent would manage a few of those difficult catches other teams seem to make. Two or three extra receptions a game would make a difference, but the Bills can’t do it.
Supposed No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin has been pitiful. Zay Jones turns invisible for large chunks of games. Andre Holmes is on the roster for special teams, but he’s the third-busiest receiver with six catches for 51 yards.
More frustrating about the situation is that there really is no solution. There aren’t any receivers hanging out down at the unemployment office. And, do you want Beane to trade away draft choices
to add a receiver this year? When the playoffs are a long shot?
No, this is what the Bills — and poor Josh Allen — have to work with.