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Bryant Johnson or James Hardy?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2008 – 6:27 pm

Bills fans will be able to get an up close look at a player a lot of them felt could answer Buffalo’s need for size at the wide receiver position when Bryant Johnson comes to town with his 49er teammates Sunday.

Through 11 games he’s been a bit disappointing for San Francisco. The 49ers offense has its share of problems. Johnson was starting, but now rookie Josh Morgan does opposite ageless veteran Isaac Bruce. He’s the third leading receiver in terms of catches (27) and the second leading receiver in terms of yards (337). He also has 2 touchdowns.

It stands to reason that Bills rookie James Hardy, who is still grasping the NFL game and Buffalo’s playbook (9 catches, 87 yards, 2 TDs), would have comparable, if not better numbers than Johnson if he were given the same amount of playing time. He has just as many TDs now despite being used sparingly.

It may take a little longer, but Hardy should wind up being better than the free agent so many Bills fans wanted this past offseason.  

I also find it a little funny that many felt that a big outside receiver was needed because Josh Reed is ideally suited for the slot. While that may be true, Reed’s numbers are better than Johnson’s despite running significantly shorter routes and missing three and a half games to injury (31-338, 1 TD).

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