Big-play wideout will be on Bills' radar

Posted Jan. 11, 2012 @ 4:48 p.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

During the Bills' second-half collapse, the offense that was high-octane to start the season was stalling. The absence of a big-play threat opposite Stevie Johnson was apparent. "We could use another big time receiver," GM Buddy Nix told reporters when asked about the team's personnel needs. Johnson is set to be a free agent, and if the Bills cannot re-sign him, Nix said they would need two new receivers. Donald Jones was supposed to be the team's No. 2 wideout, and we heard the Bills were high on him, but he didn't produce at a high level and joined WRs Roscoe Parrish and Marcus Easley on injured reserve. The injury-prone Parrish hasn't played a full season since 2007, and despite flashing his potential in Chan Gailey's offense in 2010, Parrish may not be re-signed. Outside of Johnson and WR David Nelson, the most productive wide receiver was Brad Smith, who did most of his damage in the last month of the season. The need for Smith at wideout kept the Bills from using him in "Wildcat" packages. The Bills also need a new WR coach, as Stan Hixon is reportedly leaving for Penn State.

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