Training Camp Preview: WR & TE

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Buffalo Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) makes a catch during the team’s NFL football minicamp in Orchard Park, N.Y., Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Plenty of questions and concerns remain when it comes to the Bills wide receiver group.

Kelvin Benjamin is by far the team’s top receiver, but his production has dropped steadily since his rookie season in 2014 whe he had over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns.  Last season he dealt with injuries and the adjustment of being traded mid-season. 

Benjamin looked healthy during off season workouts and should be the focus of the Bills passing game. 

“He’s a difficult matchup because he does have size, strength, obviously the length, among other areas that he brings to the table,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said.  “It’s a matchup concern for defenses, it’s a matchup concern for defensive coordinators and one that we need to use wisely on our side.”

But, outside of Benjamin, there’s a lot of unknown.

Zay Jones struggled at times during his rookie year, and followed that up with off-season issues.  Jones is recovering from knee and shoulder injuries which kept him out of minicamp.

Besides Benjamin and Jones, Andre Holmes was the only other receiver on the roster to have a catch for the team last season.

Then there are the rookies, Ray-Ray McCloud, Austin Proehl and Robert Foster.  They will all get a chance to win playing time, but how much can fans really expect.

” You know, it’s like learning a whole new language for you or going to a different place to live. There’s so many things going on for these guys. They’re good people, and they’re smart guys, but they have a long way to go like all of us right now”, said Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll.

For the Bills passing attack to improve, even just a little bit, Daboll will have to find a way to get tight end Charles Clay the ball on as regular basis.

Last season when Clay had four or more catches the Bills record was 6-1.  When he had three or fewer catches Buffalo was 1-6.
 

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