Hankerson was released by the Bills on Monday. After dropping three balls in Friday's preseason opener it didn't take long for the Bills to part ways with Hankerson. He wasn't expected to make the final roster to begin with given the already crowded receiving corps. The Miami product spent his first four years with the Redskins before bouncing around with three different teams last season.
Hankerson caught one pass for five yards but dropped three balls in Saturdays preseason loss to the Colts. "He had a horrible game," coach Rex Ryan told The Buffalo News. Hankerson probably isn't going to make the final roster, as it was a crowded scene to begin with and he hasn't done much of anything to impress all summer.
Hankerson, who's listed with "other" after the first three receiving pairs on the team's initial depth chart, appears to be falling behind in the race for a roster spot. He also had a drop in the end zone during Wednesday's practice, The Buffalo News reports. If your league runs deep and you're throwing darts to try to guess the Bills' third receiver, Hankerson should not be your choice. Marquise Goodwin, Dez Lewis, Greg Salas, and Greg Little (and perhaps others) appear to be comfortably ahead of him at this point.
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.
|* 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|