When we saw WR Donald Jones leave the Bills’ win over Philadelphia early, you had to figure he was going to be out for a while. Today, those fears were confirmed as the Bills announced Jones will miss 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Jones had been putting together a decent season in his second year in the NFL, recording 16 catches for 174 yards and a touchdown.
So, yeah…remember when this team almost had too much depth at wide receiver? Heck, the Bills traded away Lee Evans because the team was worried there wouldn’t be enough playing time for all their young receivers. Double heck, the Bills actually cut Naaman Roosevelt after the preseason because there was so much depth!
Well, the Bills have the opposite problem now, and it’s really a problem.
Here’s Buffalo’s list of healthy receivers right now: Stevie Johnson, David Nelson, Naaman Roosevelt, Ruvell Martin. You can put Brad Smith in there as well.
So to sum up: the Bills receiving corps consists of a star (Johnson), two guys who have been cut already this season (Roosevelt and Martin), an undrafted rookie from last season (Nelson) and a quarterback (Smith). Awesome.
In all seriousness, the real concern here is that I’m not sure that this team has a deep threat at receiver any more. Much to the frustration of every Bills fan watching Sunday, Buffalo did not even attempt to throw a deep pass against the Eagles. Granted, the Eagles have a talented secondary, but you have to at least threaten a deep ball once in a while. We’ll see if this group can threaten anyone further than five yards downfield.
In positive news, maybe Smith or even C.J. Spiller will get some more playing time since the Bills need someone to line up out there.