PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) - One of the best positions battles at Bills training camp involves the wide receivers, where several players are battling for only a couple open spots.
Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, and TJ Graham likely have roster spots locked up, leaving the rest of the players in camp scrambling for the final spots.
Chris Hogan, Da'Rick Rogers, and Marcus Easley have all shined in camp. Veteran Brad Smith has missed the last few practices with an injury, but he has been a key special teams contributor in the past. That area could ultimately decide those final spots.
"Right now, there’s a lot of good things going on with that group, and there are going to be a lot of tough decisions," said Head Coach Doug Marrone. "So how does someone separate themselves? Probably how they are going to contribute to the team outside of being a wide receiver."
Marrone and Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett both had high praise for Hogan today.
"He has been very consistent for us. A big thing about it is availability. He’s been available all the time. And he’s gotten better. He’s progressed. He’s had a very good camp," said Marrone.
"We call him 7-11. He’s always open," said Hackett. "He’s done a really good job. He’s one of those guys, from a quarterbacks standpoint, you know right where he’s going to be. He runs very good routes."
With Graham and Smith both likely out this Friday with injuries, the preseason matchup against the Vikings could be a good chance for some of these wide receivers to separate themselves from the pack.
Brandon Kaufman, Kevin Elliott, DeMarco Sampson, and Terrell Sinkfield are the other receivers in camp.
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