NFL News: Bills' Isaiah Hodgins Impressing Team

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Tristin McKinstry

If you are a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, there is a ton of competition in front of you as the 2022 NFL season approaches. The wide receiver position has seen some under-the-radar candidates impress in training camp.

One name is Isaiah McKenzie. McKenzie has impressed Bills' brass despite a few inconsistent years previous.

The Bills are seeing another receiver step up as well. And he may be making things tough for the higher-ups in Buffalo.

A Resilient Nature

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The receiver in question is Isaiah Hodgins. The former sixth-round pick caught nine passes for 77 yards for the Bills in their preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Hodgins is hoping for consistent action for the first time in his career. He missed the entire 2020 season with a shoulder injury. He, unfortunately, suffered a shoulder injury in the team's 2021 preseason opener that caused him to miss most of that season.

“Yeah, two years of injury and fighting back,” coach Sean McDermott said of Hodgins' performance Saturday night. “That resilient nature that he has; he’s a great human being, his teammates love him. Great to see him work himself back in a position to make those plays, and for him to make those plays and come through for us was outstanding.”

'It's A Real Blessing'

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Hodgins is not taking this time on the field for granted. And he is happy to be in a position to potentially contribute and compete with his teammates.

“Oh, man, it was a real blessing to be out there with my teammates,” Hodgins said. “It was just great to get out there in an actual ballgame. I’ve faced some injuries the past couple years so it just felt good to be out there.”

An Impressive Catch

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One of the grabs Hodgins had was a rather big one in the flow of the game. Backup quarterback Matt Barkley threw a ball deep to the 23-year-old receiver, who grabbed the ball near the goal line for a 27-yard gain.

Hodgins said he had an idea the pass was coming his way. “I knew it was a deep route and it was press coverage,” Hodgins said following the win. “Me and Matt (Barkley) and Case (Keenum), we’ve been throwing balls like that all camp. I kind of had a feeling he was coming to me.”

An Uphill Battle

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As mentioned earlier, the battle for a roster spot among Bills receivers is a tough one. He is fighting with veteran Tavon Austin and Jake Kumerow for the final spot.

Hodgins, however, isn't too concerned. “I don’t try to look at the camp battles and who’s making team and who’s not, I just take it day by day and just go out there and do my best and have fun with my teammates,” Hodgins said.