Much attention has been paid to the weaknesses throughout the Buffalo Bills’ defense during the 2015 NFL season, but heading into the 2016 offseason the team will need to make upgrades along the offense as well. Under Greg Roman, wide receiver Sammy Watkins has emerged as a game-changer at the wide receiver position, but injuries suffered to Percy Harvin, Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods have exposed the lack of depth and sure talent the Bills have on their depth chart. Today, we’ll take a look at Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo and how his speed sets the table for him on offense.
Over the four years Carroo spent at Rutgers, he amassed 122 receptions for 2,373 yards and 29 touchdowns receiving. The 6’1, 205 pound receiver set records for Rutgers despite missing games in his senior year to injuries to his shoulder and ankle and suspensions for violating team curfew and an arrest.
Previous Prospect Breakdowns
Leonte Carroo Physical Attributes
In terms of run blocking, Carroo’s frame won’t allow him to be the next Hines Ward or Anquan Boldin out there, but he is willing – though his mileage will vary in terms of effectiveness.
His frame also comes into play with contested balls, as you’ll see below:
Leontee Carroo Route Running
Looking at Rutgers games, it was apparent that the best way to use Carroo was either on fly routes, posts, quicks or drags.
While Carroo will need to work on his route running, his speed is going to make it impossible to ignore any smoke screens installed into the Bills offense:
Leontee Carroo Ball Skills/ Hands
Carroo is dependable catching the ball, but as previously mentioned, when there is traffic/physicality over the middle he’s not a “my ball” guy – which is more frame than mindset based in my opinion:
When on his deeper routes, Carroo will go back to the ball on errant passes, which is always appreciated by a qb:
Potential Fit with the Buffalo Bills
If you looked at my Coleman report from a few weeks ago these players are similar in that their speed forces defenders to fear them. However, one area Carroo suffered in comparison to Coleman was press coverage. If Carroo were jammed hard enough, he was out of the play. Coming into the NFL that means he either has to play in the slot (which eliminates some of the sideline bomb fear Tyrod creates) or he has to learn to hand fight better getting into his routes. The Bills will want to investigate Carroo’s suspensions as well.
An NFL strength and conditioning program coupled with some solid coaching would lead me to believe it’s possible, but for his first year in an offense I wouldn’t want to weigh him down with expectations of John Brown rookie year.