With Donald Jones expected to miss up to six weeks because of a sprained ankle, the Bills’ No-Name group of receivers is prepared to add another layer of anonymity.
Naaman Roosevelt, anyone?
In the latest installment of what’s become a near weekly “Who’s Next?” succession plan at receiver, the Bills are trading one 2010 undrafted rookie free agent in Jones for another in Roosevelt. The former University at Buffalo star has in six short weeks gone from being one of the team’s final cuts to stepping into a potential No. 2 spot Sunday when the Bills (4-1) travel to play the New York Giants (3-2).
Roosevelt already has Ryan Fitzpatrick’s trust.
Filling in after Jones was hurt Sunday, Roosevelt had five catches for 41 yards in a 31-24 win over Philadelphia. Three of his receptions came in the second half, including a nifty 20-yard gain with Buffalo nursing a 31-24 lead and facing first-and-15 at its own 5-yard line in the fourth quarter.
“That’s just how we play. That’s my style,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m going to throw to the open guy.”