If you’ve been following the Bills recently, you would know that most of the talk has centered around Rex and Rob Ryan shenanigans, Sammy Watkins‘ leg injury and the potential breakout for second-year receiver Dezmin Lewis.
For some background, Lewis is a 2015 seventh-round pick by the Bills that stands at a towering 6’4″ and weighs 214 pounds. He also ran a 4.46 40-yard dash with a 37-inch vertical jump at his pro day. Obviously, just by looking at him and seeing his measurables, he a physical specimen that should be able to outmatch smaller corners.
The few knocks on Lewis a year ago were the poor level of competition he faced at Central Arkansas, his route running, and he didn’t always use his size to his advantage.
All those issues were written a year ago, and now an entire year later it seems the former seventh-round pick has really upped his game.
“For my money, Dez Lewis is the guy,” that has stood out at WR, Rex Ryan said. He said he’s taken off. #Bills
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) June 16, 2016
With Sammy Watkins still nursing his foot injury, Lewis’ competition has come from Leonard Hankerson and Greg Salas in the battle for the third receiver job. I’m assuming that Robert Woods has the number two job locked up and that Marquise Goodwin and Kolby Listenbee won’t see many snaps.
So, with Dez Lewis performing so well, are we looking at someone that could potentially be worthy of a spot on your fantasy? Probably not, but you should at least take notice of him.
The Bills aren’t the Steelers or the Cardinals with potentially three receivers worth starting at any given week, but I don expect the Bills to be more pass-heavy in 2016.
Even though the Bills had the best rushing attack in the NFL in 2015, Tyrod Taylor showed more than enough promise that could potentially change Greg Roman’s play calling a bit in 2016.
If the Bills are throwing the ball more and if Sammy Watkins does wind up missing a game or two earlier in the season, Dez Lewis could be someone that gets five to eight looks per game with plenty of red zone potential.
It’s still too early for Dez Lewis to be anointed a legit fantasy sleeper, but if he can fend off Leonard Hankerson and if the Bills ramp up their passing offense, Lewis could be worth something.