No one can accuse Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson of not wanting to share the ball. In an attempt to bring some needed talent to complement him out wide, the outspoken star has publicly pined for the recently released ex-Oakland Raider Darrius Heyward-Bey to join him in Buffalo.
#Bills WR Stevie Johnson to me on Darrius Heyward-Bey: "Tell DHB come be a Bill. He was stepping into that role of playmaker for his team. With me opposite him the game will be simplified a ton so he can ball out. Not that I think he needs that wide receiver opposite him anymore, but given the situation I think it'll benefit us all."
Theoretically, it does make sense. Johnson is one of the best underneath and short-to-intermediate route-runners in the NFL. DHB's field-stretching speed and big-play ability would seem to be a great balance for Johnson's talents.
That said, we must realize this is only the desire of a player, not the front office or coaching staff.
The Bills released starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Tuesday, according to Bills lead journalist Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com, so they need to find a signal-caller more than anything. The team also lost free-agent guard Andy Levitre to the Tennessee Titans, per Cathal Kelly of The Toronto Star.
Even though a receiving corps headed by Johnson and DHB sounds exciting, with so many gaping holes on the Bills' roster, it would be far-fetched to say that receiver automatically trumps the other areas in need of improvement.
DHB regressed a bit in the 2012 season. After racking up 64 catches for 975 yards in 2011, the former first-round pick from the 2009 draft fell to 41 catches for just 606 yards last season.
Still, he has proven himself to be a dangerous downfield threat. At just 26 years old, it shouldn't take long for teams to show major interest in him.
We'll soon find out if the Bills' front office is as interested in DHB as Johnson is.