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The "Wild Card" in the offense is Brad Smith. Signed away from the New York Jets, Smith brings a multi-skill set to the Bills that gives them a wide range of options for third down conversions, red zone opportunities, running the Wild Cat offense and even attempting to run out of punt formation, as they did in the preseason. Smith excelled at picking up first downs on third-down plays in the preseason, and if that form holds true, the Bills offense will be on the field more in 2011, keeping the defense fresher.
What Smith can do in the red zone is give the defenses some added dimension to be concerned with. The Bills will also use Smith as a wide receiver, so when you can split out talented and elusive athletes like Roscoe Parrish, Spiller and Smith, it causes bad matchups for the defense.
Then there is Steve Johnson, who exploded for a 1,000-yard plus season in 2010. Johnson is difficult for secondaries to contain due to his outstanding ability to pick up yards after the catch. Defenses will attempt to key on Johnson now that Lee Evans has been traded to Baltimore, but that is fine with the Bills. They are very high on Donald Jones and Marcus Easley, two young wide receivers that are waiting for their chance to explode on the scene, just like Johnson did last year.
We should also mention Roscoe Parrish, who had a very strong 2010 season posting a career high in receptions until he fractured his wrist against the Chicago Bears. Parrish will be back with David Nelson to round out the receivers.
On special teams, you have Brad Smith and C.J. Spiller returning kicks, and while the number of touchbacks will be much more commonplace, they are both a threat to take it back to the house. Roscoe Parrish is one of the all-time NFL leaders in punt returns, and he returns for another year as well.