Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Stevie has taken notice of Bills' speedy additions


When Stevie Johnson was asked Wednesday just how impressed he was with the speed that the team has brought in at the wide receiver position, he summed it up in one word: "Very."

The Buffalo Bills surrounded the No. 1 receiver with speedsters this offseason, which could dramatically alter the look of the team's passing game from a year ago. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

Headlining that group is former track star Marquise Goodwin, who ran a 4.27 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine and said recently he's 100 percent committed to football.

Second-round pick Robert Woods and undrafted free agent Da'Rick Rogers are no slouches either, posting a 4.51 and 4.52, respectively, in February. Then there's T.J. Graham, the speed demon acquisition from last year, who feels he's gotten even faster in preparation for the upcoming season.

Johnson illustrated his excitement with the young squad while on the sidelines at One Bills Drive, though he wasn't ready to admit that any of them could take him in a foot race.

"You know, with me being the fastest of the group, it feels good having guys that can keep up with me," he joked with reporters, via the team's website.

"It's exciting having the new guys come in. I saw Marquise (Goodwin) today, I watched the film on everybody else from the rookie mini-camps and I liked what I saw. We have a lot of talent and I think we'll be a problem come Sundays."

Johnson is not taking part in the team's OTAs this week, as a back injury is currently keeping him off the field. He assured reporters Wednesday that he'd be "ready to go" whenever he was given the OK from the medical staff, however, and he is currently focusing on studying the playbook and his duties in the weight room.

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