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Bills Bubble Watch: T.J. Graham

6/26/2014

(Continuing a monthlong series analyzing players who are on the roster bubble and where they potentially fit in 2014.)

Name: T.J. Graham

Position: Wide receiver

Age: 24

2013 stats: 16 games (six starts), 23 catches, 361 yards, two touchdowns

Chance of making 53-man roster: 45 percent

Why he should make it: After starting last season as the Bills' No. 3 receiver, Graham will be fighting for his roster spot this summer. The Bills have eight wide receivers with a realistic shot of making the 53-man roster, and Graham is near the bottom of that list. He'll need to fend off Chris Hogan, Kevin Elliott, and potentially Marcus Easley for a roster spot. Graham is faster than any of those players but Hogan and Easley are both special teams contributors. If Graham can make his mark as a returner this preseason, it will help his cause. Otherwise, he'll need to leapfrog Mike Williams or Marquise Goodwin for a role in the offense, which is a tall task.

Why he shouldn't make it: Trading Stevie Johnson helped clear up some of the logjam at wide receiver, but Graham still could get stuck in a numbers game. Unless there are injuries at the position, the Bills might not need Graham on their roster. They already have Goodwin as a speed threat and returner, while Hogan and Easley were first and third, respectively, in special teams tackles last season. It's unlikely that the Bills keep seven receivers, especially if they want to keep four tight ends or a fullback, lessening Graham's chances of making the cut.

Closest competition: Hogan, Easley, Chris Gragg