The Bills and Hankerson agreed to a one-year contract Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Hankerson opened his tenure with the Falcons last fall with 22 catches (on 39 targets) for 291 yards and two touchdowns over the first six games, but injuries soon whittled his snap counts on game day to next to nil. By early December, he was a resident of injured reserve and waived by the middle of the month. Before season's end, both the Patriots and Bills took a look at the wideout, but he was unable to produce with either organization. Nevertheless, Hankerson will get another shot in a Bills receiving corps that's populated by intriguing, yet flawed options behind clear No. 1 Sammy Watkins.
The Bills have claimed Hankerson off waivers from the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Hankerson bolsters the Bills' depth at wideout in advance of Week 17, but it remains to be seen how much of a role he might have in Sunday's season finale against the Jets, considering that he needs to absorb the Bills' offense on the fly.
Hankerson was waived by the Patriots on Saturday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Hankerson's brief stint with New England came to an end Saturday after playing just 10 snaps in the team's Week 15 win over Tennessee. However, Rapoport noted in his report that the Patriots would likely attempt to re-sign Hankerson should he clear waivers, so this may not be the last we see of Hankerson in a New England uniform.
Hankerson was on the field for 10 of 66 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-16 win over the Titans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. Hankerson didn't see any targets in his debut with the Patriots, but that could change this Sunday against the Jets, with both Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola banged up heading into Week 16.
Hankerson has been activated and will play Sunday against Tennessee, Mass Live reports. Hankerson, who has two practices under his belt since being claimed off waivers from Atlanta earlier this week, joins Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell and Keshawn Martin as wide receivers. Realistically, we don't expect too much from Hankerson this week, but he could see a bigger role going forward, particularly if LaFell continues to drop passes.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|4||10/02||@New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|5||10/09||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|6||10/16||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|17||01/01||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|3 Year Avg||31||19||234||2||13||12.32||35|