ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Bills will be shorthanded at wide receiver for their third preseason game on Saturday night against Jacksonville.
Head coach Chan Gailey says his starters will play through the first series of the third quarter, but it's unclear who will line-up to start at receiver.
"It's never good. I'm not as worried about this game as much as I am worried about the Kansas City game," said Gailey. "Getting the work that we need to get ready for that game. If we could have them in practice and they didn't get to play in the game I'd feel a lot better about it. But not having the guys out on the field that I think are going to be in there when we line up against Kansas City does hurt your timing and you need to work with them.
Donald Jones and Naaman Roosevelt were both hurt in last Saturday's game against Denver and are expected to miss the remainder of the preseason. Roscoe Parrish has missed the Bills first two preseason games and has not practiced with the team this week. Craig Davis missed the Denver game and only returned to practice on Wednesday.
Through the first two preseason games, the Bills starting offense has struggled scoring just two field goals.
"The more time we get with each other, the better we will be able to connect with each other," said Bills receiver Steve Johnson. "You know last week we didn't look too good as long as we don't have the mental errors I think the connections will come."
With several receivers likely on the sidelines for the Jacksonville game the Bills younger receivers will have a chance to prove they deserve a spot on the roster. "Now it's time to take that next step," said receiver David Nelson. "With the injuries we've had, with the unfortunate trade of Lee Evans, it's put me in a situation where I can make more plays."
Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick says he's comfortable with any of the receivers on the Bills roster. Despite the injuries he hopes the Bills offense will be more productive against the Jaguars.
"We definitely would like to get in the end zone," said Fitzpatrick. "You know we haven't with the limited time in the preseason so far. With the way that we're working this week and the way that we're preparing, it'd be nice for the offense to go out there and really show a spark.