WR Isaiah Hodgins makes claim for Bills’ roster spot after long and winding road

If there is one thing we know about the preseason: it is to not overreact to one game or play, but for Bills’ wideout Isaiah Hodgins it was a breakout performance years in the making in the 27-24 win over the Colts on Saturday. The 6th-round pick in 2020 has had anything but a normal career in Buffalo so far. After being selected by Brandon Beane, the Oregon State product has appeared in one game seeing four snaps and recording zero receptions. To be honest none of this has been of his own doing. Hodgins was placed on IR on September 6th of his rookie year and eventually missed the entire season due to shoulder surgery. The following year he was waived before the start of the season and immediately re-signed to the practice squad. That led to the two-year vet signing a reserved/futures contract at the beginning of this year. This is a long way to say that his nine-catch, 77-yard outing against the Colts was a long time coming. Bills’ head coach Sean McDermott praised Hodgins’ heart after the game this weekend “Two years of injury and fighting back. That resilient nature he has and he’s just a great human being. Great to see him work himself back in the position to make those plays and for him to make those plays and come through for us was outstanding.” As for the wide receiver, he also embraced the opportunity: “It was surreal. It was a blessing to be out there with my teammates. Got to get a good connection with Matt (Barkley) over there. It was great to get that feeling to catch the ball again. Faced some injuries the past couple of years, so it was great to be out there,” said Hodgins.