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Stevie Johnson's spot as the Bills' top receiver is set in stone, but the depth chart after him is a whole lot more fluid.
Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin were drafted to potentially slide in as the second and third guys at the position, but undrafted free agents Da'Rick Rogers and Brandon Kaufman have also made statements the last few weeks. Rogers and Goodwin have the looks as the most physically-gifted players out of the group, but inconsistency is a concern for both players coming into the offseason.
Woods missed the first week of of OTAs because of USC's academic calender, but he has come on strong since joining the veterans the last two weeks. His strong suit coming into the NFL was being ready to run a full route-tree, but he did struggle with drops from time to time. His knowledge of spacing on the field has shown during OTAs and likely gives him the heads-up for the starting spot opposite of Johnson.
After last Monday's practice veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb was glowing about the young receiver's showing so far.
“I was really impressed with was a move that a lot of young guys make a mistake on and he didn’t make it,” Kolb said, according to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com. “He beat the guy off the line and he continued to run his route and continued to push and was patient with it. He understood the timing of the offense and my footwork and we were able to hit a big play and keep the integrity of the pocket. That was good to see and I complemented him on it. A lot of young guys don’t do that. He’s somewhat complex in his route running ability".
News about Rogers' development has been non-existent after a few long plays with EJ Manuel during the first week of OTAs, but Goodwin has transitioned nicely into the Bills' watered-down offense. According to Chris Brown, Goodwin received the praise of the coaching staff after taking a pair of intermediate passes and turning them upfield for big plays.
Goodwin showcased the straight-line speed during Senior Bowl practices in January, but he has displayed the ability to run shorter routes over the middle of the field in limited opportunities this month. His skill set transitions so closely to second-year receiver TJ Graham that Goodwin will need to do something other than just run fast to differentiate himself from the pack.