Bills WR Brad Smith promoted to WR2

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The Buffalo Bills have waited -- and waited -- for Brad Smith to provide a return on investment since making him one of their marquee free agent additions in the offseason.

In his homecoming Sunday against the New York Jets, Smith had his biggest impact of the season, finishing with four catches for a team-leading 77 yards and a touchdown.

With the season-ending injury to Donald Jones, Smith will have a new role the rest of the season: that as the No. 2 receiver. Gailey said this week there was "no question" Smith had shown him enough to stay in that role.

"For him to be able to practice all [last] week and really get a chance to understand the game plan and run those routes in practice, and for me and him to get on the same page, that was big for us," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "It's the first time he's gone into a game knowing he was going to get extensive time at receiver and that was a positive for us. As you saw, he's a playmaker. He's a guy that, being a quarterback, he's very quarterback-friendly. He's smart. He understands defenses and how to get open. That'll help us in the long run."

Fantasy Impact: 

Smith is filling Donald Jones's role on the outside, while David Nelson will stay in the slot. We're expecting the Bills to throw the ball more with Fred Jackson out for the season, so Smith is worth a look in deep leagues.

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