Earlier this week, Bills general manager Doug Whaley said that the team was “really close” to inking Hankerson to a new deal. Hankerson, 27, first joined the Bills in late December after they claimed him off waivers from the Patriots. The veteran was only active for one game with the Bills, just as he was only active for one game with the Pats.
Prior to his forgettable walk through the AFC East in 2015, Hankerson appeared in eight games for Atlanta before being waived, compiling 26 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns in that span. Hankerson will look for a rebound year in 2016 with an eye on replicating his production from 2012 with Washington when he caught 38 passes for 543 yards and three touchdowns.
Thanks to the departure of Chris Hogan, Hankerson has a shot at weekly relevance once again. As it stands, he could find a nice role for himself behind top Buffalo receivers Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. Last year’s No. 3 wideout Chris Hogan joined up with the Patriots in free agency this offseason and Percy Harvin is still toying with the idea of retirement.
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