Buffalo Bills Claim Ex-Patriots’ WR Leonard Hankerson Off Waivers

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Jason Getz-USA Today Sports

 

The Buffalo Bills will surely be looking to upgrade its wide receiver corps in the offseason as the once-heralded unit has been beleaguered by injuries this year. As fans have grown accustomed to, General Manager Doug Whaley is wasting no time in improving the roster.

On Monday, NFL insider Adam Shefter reported that Buffalo have claimed wide receiver Leonard Hankerson off the waiver wires, per league source. The former 2011 3rd-round pick and Miami Hurricanes’ standout was most recently signed with the New England Patriots for a brief stint after spending time with both the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins.

While also reporting the news, NFL insider Ian Rapoport mentioned that the Patriots were hoping to re-sign Hankerson. New England head coach Bill Belichik recently called the receiver a player that’s “hard to find“, most likely alluding to his mixture of size (6’2) and speed (4.40s 40-yard).

Additionally, Hankerson worked his way up the depth chart to the Falcons no. 2 WR spot this season, until injuries forced him out of action and eventually off the team. He’s a threat when healthy and has recorded 107 receptions for 1,408 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns in 39 career games.

This move may not make waves right now, but it’s definitely an upgrade to the Bills receiving corps and could pay dividends in 2016 and beyond.