Hunter hauled in two of four passes for 25 yards during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins while seeing the field for 53 of 57 offensive plays.
Hunter picked up a start in this one due to the banged-up nature of the rest of the receiving corps, something that might continue with Marquise Goodwin (concussion) being yet another add to that list. It's worth noting that starter Robert Woods (foot) could come back this week, so Hunter's situation remains fluid.
With Robert Woods out against the Dolphins Sunday, Hunter is listed as one of the team's starters, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Hunter has caught touchdowns in consecutive weeks, and his snap count is trending upward. If you're desperate at WR, Hunter is a low-floor, high-ceiling play given his combination of size and speed.
On the good side of things, Hunter is quickly becoming the size guy the Bills have been looking for, and after landing on the roster just a few weeks ago, he's instantly become arguably the team's best red-zone factor. Hunter was also on the field for 58 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday after getting just 11 the week prior. On the negative side, the Bills don't have much of a passing attack, and even though Hunter has quickly become part of the picture, he still has just one catch each of the last two weeks. Keep an eye on him and see if he can start doing more between the 20s, as Marquise Goodwin and Walter Powell don't offer much there for the Bills.
Hunter, who caught his first touchdown as a Bill in last week's win over the Rams, could see his role increase as he gets more familiar with the team's offense, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Justin is playing faster," offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said. "He's played faster all week because he's been here. He understands the terminology and the system and what we're doing now. So we're definitely going to get him more involved, and he'll have an opportunity to make some plays this week. More plays, let's just say."
The Bills don't have much of a receiving corps, with Sammy Watkins injured, Robert Woods having a low ceiling, and Marquise Goodwin more of a home-run threat, so they're looking for a guy with a size/speed combo to have more of a role in the offense. While Hunter has failed to meet expectations before, he's at least worth keeping an eye on, while noting he did just have the one catch and target last week.
Hunter was targeted just once in Sunday's win over the Rams, but he made it count by hauling in a four-yard TD from Tyrod Taylor.
The Bills are decimated at receiver, and while Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin were used far more throughout the afternoon, Hunter provided the red-zone target the Bills have lacked for most of this season and last. He'd be an incredibly deep dart to even begin to think of using, but given his pedigree as a former second-rounder -- not to mention his size-speed combo -- he's at least worth monitoring.
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