Last April, the Bills drafted receiver James Hardy in the second round, expecting he would develop quickly and contribute to their offense. Instead, Steve Johnson, a seventh-round pick, is emerging as the immediate impact player.
Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle explains:
- Monday night in the loss to Cleveland, the Bills opened the game in a three-receiver formation and Johnson — not Hardy — started along with Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish and went on to catch three passes for 41 yards.
- “He has a good grasp overall of what we’re trying to do and we think he gives us the best chance of going in there and making some plays,” receivers coach Tyke Tolbert said with a burst of honesty. More