Just days after the Philadelphia Eagles released WR DeSean Jackson on the same day that it was reported that he had ties to gang activities, which Jackson later denied, teams came a calling and the Buffalo Bills were one of them. Other teams that have shown interest in the veteran receiver are the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins.
The Bills are interested because he is one of the top receivers in the NFL but would the franchise be willing to put up with his off-field antics? The fact that Jackson is used to the quick pace offense that the Bills are now turning to is a huge plus. On the negative side, is there a quarterback that will be able to deliver the ball to such a player? Right now, no, there is not. E.J. Manuel completed less than 60% of his passes in 2013 where as Oakland’s Matt Shaub completed 61.2 of his passes and Washington’s RGIII 60.1. Add to that that Jackson is a “West Coast” guy and the odds are stacked against the Bills. But it’s worth the look.
Jones suffered the high ankle sprain in the first half of Sunday’s 31-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles that improved Buffalo to 4-1 and a share of first place in the AFC East with the New England Patriots.
“It’s going to be a while. It’s not season-ending but it will be a while, four-six (weeks) somewhere around there,” Gailey told reporters.
The loss of Jones, who has caught 16 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown this season, leaves Buffalo’s receiving corps with four healthy wideouts along with multi-faceted threat Brad Smith.
Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said the Bills would find a way to overcome the setback.
“Next guy in line’s got to step up,” he said.
“Naaman (Roosevelt) stepped up and did a good job, made some good catches for us. Next guy in line, I guess that’s what being in the NFL is about. You’ve got to take advantage of the opportunities when you get them.”
Roosevelt had five receptions for 41 yards in Sunday’s victory after Jones was sidelined including a pair of key catches in a third-quarter touchdown drive.
Next up for Buffalo is a trip to the Meadowlands to meet the New York Giants (3-2).
(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Gene Cherry)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills starting linebacker Chris Kelsay’s calf injury will keep him out of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3), and it could keep him sidelined for an extended period of time.
Kelsay was injured during Thursday’s practice, and coach Chan Gailey said Friday Kelsay would be “out for a little while.”
Starting cornerback Terrence McGee (hamstring) is expected to play after missing the past three games. His return would bolster a depleted Bills defensive backfield against an Eagles explosive offense led by quarterback Michael Vick.
Rookie cornerback Aaron Williams will miss his second straight game because of a chest injury for the Bills (3-1).