Thursday, November 7, 2013

Goodwin looks good, Woods not out of woods


For the second straight day, things are trending up for one Buffalo Bills rookie receiver and not trending anywhere for another.

Marquise Goodwin, who sustained a hamstring ailment in the second half of the Bills' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week, reportedly practiced in limited fashion Thursday. He participated in individual drills, as Bills coach Doug Marrone predicted Wednesday.

Marrone is optimistic Goodwin will be on the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.

”I think he’ll be ready to go from what I’ve seen today," Marrone said Thursday, via "Marquise Goodwin did practice today and I like what I saw and I feel good about that right now.”

Goodwin's fellow first-year wideout Robert Woods, however, didn't practice for the second straight day. Woods is nursing an ankle injury, and Marrone hasn't been as positive regarding Woods' status compared to Goodwin's.

Marrone addressed his options at wideout Wednesday assuming neither player is certain one way or another.

“There are a couple of things you can do personnel-wise,” he said. ”It all depends on whether we want to do something on the inside or the outside. Goodwin coming back would obviously help and we’ll be fine. If not then we’ll have to look at Marcus Easley playing a little bit more, who is a little bit more of an outside player.

"Chris Hogan is a little bit more of an inside player for us right now. So those are the type of things that we would be looking at.”

Woods has hauled in 26 receptions this season to Goodwin's eight. Both players have a pair of touchdown catches and have flashed home-run ability.

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