The Bills receiving corps has been dramatically thinned due to injury since the midway point of the season. Week 17 has proven no different.
“We might have to make a move before the game,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “We could do that, and if we don’t we’ll go with what we’ve got.”
What they’ve got right now is Stevie Johnson, Naaman Roosevelt and Paul Hubbard healthy. Donald Jones (head) and David Nelson (rib) have not practiced all week and are expected to be questionable at best for Sunday’s game against the Jets.
Knowing how much the Bills like to spread defenses out and use their four wide sets, it’s likely that they add another wideout from their practice squad. Bobby Williams and Rod Windsor are the receivers on that eight-man unit.
Williams however, was not at practice Friday. Windsor did participate, but was just signed on Tuesday.
It’s also possible that Gailey and his offensive staff could use other skill position players like running backs or tight ends to help fill the void at receiver in the passing game.
“I think this is going to be one of those situations where we have to use everybody at a lot of different positions,” said Gailey. “The injury bug gets you at certain positions. On offense this season it was receiver. On defense it was linebacker. So we’ve been massaging lineups it seems like for the last five or six weeks.
“You just make sure that guys know where they’re supposed to go and get them on the same page as the quarterback.”
Should the Bills choose to add a receiver that move would come either late Friday or Saturday after the team’s walk through practice.
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