By Tim Graham
PITTSFORD -- Much has been said about how the Buffalo Bills' flashy-yet-untested receiving group should be able to stretch the field this year.
An ability to catch the ball in traffic, however, could be the ticket to making the roster.
Bills coach Doug Marrone smiled when he talked about one of his favorite traits for a reliable receiver.
"To me," Marrone said, "I kind of value who's going over the middle."
Marrone mentioned Stevie Johnson, Brad Smith and Robert Woods by name as players who can make a play in traffic.
"I think, basically, what we're looking at is that type of consistency and toughness out of that position," Marrone said.
Sophomore T.J. Graham, third-round pick Marquise Goodwin and undrafted free agent Da'Rick Rogers can blow the top off a defense.
"On the outside, we have the guys that have quite a bit of speed," Marrone said. "We have Graham on the outside. Goodwin can go play on the outside. We got some younger guys behind them that can get on the outside with some speed, and they can run the fades and you guys have seen them run the go routes."
But, as Marrone pointed out, the ones who can go underneath might stick around the longest and get the juicier opportunities on Sunday afternoons.
taggedBrad Smith | Da'Rick Rogers | Doug Marrone | Marquise Goodwin | Robert Woods | Stevie Johnson | T.J. Graham