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Spotlight on Bills WRs Jones, Graham in Nelson's absence

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By Kevin Fishbain

WR Donald Jones will have more of an opportunity to prove the Bills’ brass right for showing such confidence in the third-year wideout. It didn’t take long for Jones to win the No. 2 WR spot in the preseason, and he led the team with five catches in their Week One loss to the Jets. However, Jones still would have likely deferred some targets to slot man David Nelson. With Nelson now out for the year (ACL), Jones is expected to spend some time playing in the slot, and likely assume the role as the No. 2 receiving target. “He can go inside and play inside. I do not have problems with that,” Chan Gailey told reporters about Jones. “I think he proved to us in the offseason and preseason that he can go do that if need be.” 

The way we hear it, the Bills like Jones' toughness and blocking ability. That toughness will be challenged if he is playing the inside receiver role going over the middle. On C.J. Spiller’s 56-yard touchdown run, Jones motioned into the backfield and put a solid block on Jets S Yeremiah Bell. Nelson was a key blocker at times for the Bills last season, moving from the slot to backfield on certain plays.

Jones potentially moving inside also opens the door for third-round WR T.J. Graham, who, to the surprise of observers, was inactive in Week One. “T.J. is going to get a chance to show what he has,” Gailey said Monday. The speedster opened eyes in training camp and is expected to stretch the field for Buffalo.

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