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Bills reportedly eye a pair of wide receivers

By Jay Skurski

Two veteran wide receivers reportedly visited One Bills Drive today for workouts.

Mike Florio at profootballtalk.com reported on his website this afternoon that Donte' Stallworth was one of them, while Adam Caplan tweeted earlier this afternoon that former Rams receiver Danario Alexander also came through Orchard Park.

Alexander, 24, does not have any practice squad eligibility left. He dealt with injuries for much of his time with St. Louis, including a hamstring problem that forced the Rams to let him go during training camp.

At 6-foot-5 and 217 pounds, he's an intriguing physical prospect. He had 113 receptions for an NCAA-best1,781 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior in 2009 at Missouri, but went undrafted because of a left knee injury. He's made 46 catches for 737 yards and three touchdowns over his two seasons with St. Louis.

Stallworth, 31, is a former first-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2002. After spending his first four years there, he's been well-traveled, playing for five different teams. He was most recently let go by New England during final cuts Aug. 27. Stallworth previously played one season with the Patriots in 2007.

Stallworth has a checkered past that includes a one-year suspension that forced him to miss the 2009 season after he pleaded guilty to DUI manslaugher in Florida.

The visits raise a few interesting questions for the Bills. One regards the condition of receiver Ruvell Martin, who missed Sunday's game against Cleveland because of an ankle injury.

Another centers on their faith in the team's options at receiver. No Buffalo wideout is in the top 40 in the NFL in receptions or receiving yardage. Stevie Johnson leads the team in both categories with 13 for 172, but those totals rank just tied for 41st and tied for 42nd, respectively, in the NFL.

Third-year veteran Donald Jones is second on the team with 11 catches for 82 yards, while rookie T.J. Graham has four receptions for 31 yards.

It also brings into question how much faith the Bills have in the two receivers they have on their practice squad, Kamar Aiken and Marcus Easley.

And of course there is the none-of-the-above option and is simply the Bills' front office doing its due diligence on available players.

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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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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

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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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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