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Bills' offense still has Smith, Dickerson in back pocket

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By Kevin Fishbain

The Bills slowly and surely have started to open up the playbook a bit, and we saw the “Wildcat” used in the past two weeks, albeit not too effectively. Brad Smith has four carries for 11 yards this season. After Week Two, head coach Chan Gailey said that it had “rust all over it. We have to polish it up and get it ready to go in the future.” It didn’t look much better in Week Three, and with Fred Jackson coming back, it might not be needed as much going forward, but Smith showed his potential with the Jets to make big plays out of the formation.

Another wrinkle fans are waiting to see is if TE-FB Dorin Dickerson gets involved. The Bills tried an end-around to Dickerson in the red zone in Week Two that got blown up for an eight-yard loss, and Dickerson did not see an offensive snap in Week Three. We heard that Dickerson showed some flashes and contributed on special teams in the preseason. The second-year player has not lived up to his potential — he was the sixth-ranked tight end in PFW’s 2010 Draft Preview book and showed exceptional speed for his size. Gailey is the type of coach who can find a way to get Dickerson involved, but we haven’t seen much of it yet. Both Dickerson and Smith have the intriguing offensive tools that can be utilized on a team that is thin at wide receiver, but through three games, their opportunities have been minimal. 

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