3 Bills Veterans Fighting for Their Jobs After 2022 NFL Draft
The 2022 NFL Draft was a successful three-day event for the Buffalo Bills, who left the festivities with eight new exciting rookies at their disposal. Now, attention will be turned toward the remainder of the offseason.
The Bills are counting on their new crop of rookies to challenge for jobs once training camp begins. That's going to put a lot of pressure on some veterans to step up — specifically those who may have underperformed last season.
Here's a look at three Bills veterans that are fighting for their jobs following the 2022 NFL Draft.
Buffalo Bills Roster Rumors
1. Zack Moss, RB
One of the Bills' biggest underperformers last season was Zack Moss. The 24-year-old rusher failed to meet expectations in 2021 to the point where he was a healthy scratch multiple times and received eight carries or fewer from Week 6 onward. Now that the Bills used a second-round pick on Georgia RB James Cook last week, the writing could be on the wall for Moss. After Moss didn't give fans anything to be excited about last year, his job could be up for grabs over the upcoming months.
2. Jamison Crowder, WR
Yes, the Bills signed Jamison Crowder to a one-year contract this offseason, but that doesn't mean his role is safe. For starters, he needs to prove his health after missing at least four games in three of the past four seasons. The Bills also just drafted Boise State's Khalil Shakir, who many experts project to be a slot receiver in the NFL — the same position as Crowder. Shakir looked fairly impressive at BSU last season and it'll be interesting to see how he does with an NFL MVP candidate like Josh Allen throwing passes his way. Adding in the fact that Gabriel Davis and Isaiah McKenzie will be looking to take the next step forward and Crowder's role and target share in Buffalo's offense might not be as secure as some think.
3. Matt Haack, P
After signing a three-year deal with the Bills in 2021, punter Matt Haack averaged a career-low 42.9 yards per punt last season. With Haack potentially on the decline, Buffalo used a fourth-round picking on San Diego State punter Matt Araiza last week. Araiza is easily the more explosive of the two after recording an NCAA record-breaking 39 punts that went at least 50 yards and another 18 that went for 60 last fall. Araiza earned the nickname 'Punt God' for a reason, and his arrival could put an end to Haack's tenure as the Bills' punter.
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