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Filling Jordan Matthews’ shoes might be tough for Bills

Photo of WR Jordan Matthews from ATOP.com.

The Bills scored one of the more impressive victories in recent years on Sunday when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons in their new stadium.  The defense continue to dominate their side of the ball by making big plays at critical times.  The offense looked no worse than serviceable, and at teams good.  Despite not being able to get the run game going as well as many expected, the team has been able to sustain drives.  Tyrod Taylor and Charles Clay have been the biggest reason for that, but other guys have made big catches when the team needed them most.

One of those guys is Jordan Matthews.  Matthews isn’t exactly lighting up the box score on a weekly basis, but he did come away with a couple of deep receptions last week and the team’s only offensive touchdown this week.  

Unfortunately for the team, just as Matthews appeared to be finding some rhythm with Taylor, he sustained an injury that will keep him out for at least a month.  The Bills can ill afford any injury, especially at the wide receiver position.  This is the time of the year when veterans find themselves being added to depleted rosters.  Who are some potential targets for the Bills?

Stevie Johnson

Photo of WR Stevie Johnson from stripehype.com.

It’s inevitable.  You can’t discuss free agent wide receivers and the Buffalo Bills in the same breath and not mention Stevie Johnson.  I would worry about his ability to stay healthy.  I worry that his skill set and athleticism may be diminished.  One thing I do not worry about is his commitment and work ethic.  This is a guy who would fit in seamlessly with this new Bills regime. The team can only benefit from the mindset that Stevie brings on the field. Furthermore, signing Stevie would definitely bring back some wandering fans who have all but given up on the team.

Dorial Green-Beckham

Photo of WR Dorial Green-Beckham from csnphilly.com and the Associated Press.

The story on DGB is that the work ethic just never matched up to the skill set.  Maybe it’s too late.  Maybe DGB has shot his last shot in the NFL and is just destined to be one of those “what if” guys.  At this point, there is no harm in bringing him in to find out.  Green-Beckham is a 6’5” monster who has had big games in his short career.  The fact that nobody else has signed him to this point probably says all you need to know, but this is still a name to watch for.

Vincent Jackson

Oct 5, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) runs after a catch against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson is not a guy that can be relied on as a number one option.  None of these guys are.  Last year, however, Jackson played 5 games and caught at least 3 passes in all but one of them.  If the team is okay with consistent production of 3-4 receptions for 30+ yards, then he is a good bet to give them that.  Looking at our offense to this point, that might be good enough to duplicate what our wide receivers have done.

Tavon Austin

Photo of WR Tavon Austin from latimes.com.

There is no way that Tavon is still in Los Angeles when the new league year starts in 2018.  The team will likely drop him, however, I’m on board if the Bills want to try and add him via trade.  Obviously you don’t want to see the team give up many valuable assets to get a guy who may be a one year rental, but it’s an option if he’s cheap enough.  The backfield in Buffalo would be incredibly dynamic with Austin, LeSean McCoy, and Tyrod Taylor on the field together.  Austin is still young enough to be enticing, and could help open up the offense.

Hopefully Jordan Matthews injury doesn’t keep him out much longer than the expected one month.  Hopefully Zay Jones continues to take positive steps forward.  This isn’t a season crushing injury for the team, but they should respond accordingly by giving Tyrod Taylor some help.

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6 thoughts on “Filling Jordan Matthews’ shoes might be tough for Bills

  1. Good morning..

    Mathews was hurt on his first practice and now this, it will be tough for him and TT to find a rhythm…. Z. Jones needs to get his Mojo back so he can be helpful.

    I’m in Tampa and V. Jackson had a great career but he is done, his last 2 years he couldn’t stay on the field.

    It would be odd that the Bills end up with Austin, the Rams traded with the Bills so they could move up and draft him. He is a playmaker and is dangerous in the return game.

    Stevie J.–he last played in 2015 and hasn’t played a full season since 2012… He needs to enjoy his retirement.

  2. “Mathews was hurt on his first practice and now this,”

    Guess he was able to fill Watkins’ shoes after all…

    • Lmao!!! Matthews was relatively healthy before he came to Buffalo, now he’s been injured twice.

  3. Is today “Nick Folk Day” in New England? Lol! His three missed FG’s cost the Bucs the game. It would have been great seeing the “almighty” Patriots at 2-3.

  4. yes it sure would have been great but the damage is already done. the bucs ain’t that great and they should have beat the patriots who still haven’t gotten it in gear.
    the bills would have a strong chance of beating either team.

    i wonder if sammy is going to blow the diva whistle and complain about his lack of targets . guess being a decoy is one way to avoid injury.

    • Speaking of Sammy: http://billswire.usa…s-selfish-rams/

      “Watkins went on to acknowledge that he was selfish during his time with the Bills as he was dealing with a foot injury and that it hurt relationships with his coaches and fellow teammates. He even went as far to say that at times, he cared more about his own individual production than the team winning games.”

      After reading this, I’m glad Sammy got traded. There’s no place for a person on a team who cares more about themselves and their stats, vice doing whatever it takes to help their team win.