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Bills consider Josh Gordon as WR supplement

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills were one of 21 teams to check out Baylor receiver Josh Gordon's pro day in Houston. Gordon will be available in Thursday's supplemental draft, and the Bills wouldn't mind upgrading their receiving corps.

The Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and New York Jets were there, too. So if the Bills don't take Gordon, perhaps they'll have to defend him twice a year.

Gordon is an outside receiving threat -- an all-around specimen with speed, size and hands. The Bills, who unsuccessfully courted Robert Meachem in free agency, drafted T.J. Graham in the third round as an outside option.

But in a league with no guarantees, they might take a shot at Gordon, too.

Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio was all over it today, tweeting details of Gordon's workout in the Houston Texans' practice facility.

Gordon -- measured a tad over 6-foot-3, 228 pounds and with a remarkable 82-inch wingspan -- ran the 40-yard dash in a slightly disappointing 4.52 seconds, but several reports proffered favorable reviews.

Some analysts think Gordon could be drafted as high as the second round, but most predictions have him being taken in the third round.

Gordon strained his left quadriceps during the workout and skipped some of the drills prospects normally would do at the NFL scouting combine in February. But he did run routes and didn't drop a single pass thrown by former Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead.

Gordon posted a 36-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-1 broad jump.

Compared to's data on prospects at this year's scouting combine, Gordon's 40 time, vertical jump and broad jump would have ranked just outside the top 15 receivers.

Caplan reported scouts from every AFC East team were in attendance.

Also there with the Bills: the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins.

After his workout, Gordon told Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain the reason Baylor booted him off the team last year was because of marijuana. Gordon transferred to Utah but had to sit out last season because of NCAA rules. He was allowed to enter the supplemental draft as a financial-hardship case.

His last year was as a sophomore in 2010, when he caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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