The Buffalo Bills are in the market for a wide receiver this offseason, but an under the radar name to keep an eye on throughout training camp could be Kevin Elliot. The team signed the 24-year old to a three-year deal towards the end of the 2012 season, meaning the 6’3” 215 pounder should be able to fight for some significant playing time.
An undrafted free agent, Elliot is not one to shy from competition, having played 10 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year, despite having starters such as Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts ahead of him on the depth chart.
Elliot caught 10 passes for 108 yards in his limited action last year, and the newest Bills wide receiver was kind enough to answer some questions with BillsMafia.com.
Do you feel that playing for a small school (Florida A&M) and going undrafted has helped you as a player?
It definitely helped me in many ways. I don’t think I would have the drive or the work ethic that I have now if it wasn’t for FAMU. Getting drafted or going undrafted was really irrelevant to me; I just wanted the opportunity to get in somebodies camp.
What is your biggest strength as a player and why?
My athletic ability to play anywhere on the field, as well as the physical part of my game. I’m a physical wide receiver that doesn’t mind blocking or getting dirty.
Prior to signing with the Buffalo Bills, you were with the Jacksonville Jaguars; What was your first impression of the fans here?
I love the fans in Buffalo. Even when we played them while I was still with Jacksonville, I noticed how into the game they were! Since I’ve been here, I’ve seen how loyal they are too, which makes me even more anxious to go out and perform in front of the “BillsMafia”
Right before we signed you, the Bills GM Buddy Nix said the team needed a big wide receiver that was “open when he’s covered.” Do you feel that you fit this mold?
Yes sir! I’ve felt that way since high school!
What is the most important trait a wide receiver must have in his game?
He must be a technician. Everyone is a great athlete in the NFL, but whoever has the best technique and the discipline to trust that technique will excel at this level.
What are your favorite three things to do when you’re away from the football field?
Playing Call Of Duty, playing Spades, and mentoring our youth.
You have to pick one song to get you pumped up before a game; what is it?
Work – Young Scooter
Kevin Elliot certainly has the height-weight-speed requirements Buddy Nix described, and according to most Jaguars fans, he certainly has the ability. As always, be sure to follow Kevin on Twitter (@CatchinMyDreams) and show your support for one of the newest wide receivers of the Buffalo Bills!