Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bills' all-purpose Smith has more purpose

It should be Brad Smith time for the Buffalo Bills.

With wide receiver Donald Jones out for four-to-six weeks to a high ankle sprain and fellow wideout Roscoe Parrish already done for the year, the Bills are getting dangerously thin at wide receiver.

Naaman Roosevelt made five catches Sunday filling in for Jones, but Buffalo is going to need more to continue with some of their spread receiver sets. The team is certainly doing its due diligence in the free agent market, but Buffalo will likely look in house for the short-term fix – Smith.

“We’re going to have to,” Bills’ coach Chan Gailey told the media Wednesday about the prospect of using Smith more. “It’s all hands on deck this week and maybe for the next few weeks.”

Smith, who is categorized as a QB/WR on Buffalo’s roster and is the third quarterback listed on the depth chart, is plenty familiar with the wide receiver position.

The converted quarterback from Missouri recorded a career-high 32 receptions for 325 yards and two touchdowns for the New York Jets in 2007. He’s had 66 catches in his five-and-a-half-year career and made two receptions for 25 yards this season.

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