Wide receiver Robert Woods, who is battling to regain his position in the starting lineup, had a productive practice Wednesday, and it caught the eye of coach Doug Marrone.
Woods did not start in Sunday's preseason opener against the Giants, and in practice this week he has been behind Mike Williams in the base offense two-receiver set, and is watching Chris Hogan taking reps in the slot when the Bills go to three wideouts.
"I talked to Robert, and we know he can play three positions for us, and we're just trying to find what's the best combination for us out there," Marrone said.
Woods, who was considered the starter opposite rookie Sammy Watkins when camp opened at St. John Fisher College, has had some ups and downs, and it cost him reps. But in the game, he led the Bills with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown, and he made several nice plays in practice the past two days.
"When Robert first came to camp, he didn't do that," Marrone said. "Not to say he was complacent, but I told Robert today when he plays with that little chip on his shoulder he's a darn good football player."
Woods said he understands what's going on, and he welcomes the competition.
"It brings out the best in everybody," he said. "You just have to accept the challenge, challenge each other to be better and more consistent. The more competition, the better the team is."
Spiller not concerned about contract: Running back C.J. Spiller is going into the final year of his first contract, and he was asked about his status with the team moving forward given that the Bills re-signed Fred Jackson to a one-year extension last week.
"I'm under contract," he said. "I knew that was going to come up. I don't really pay any attention to that. I'm a Buffalo Bill through and through. I love this place, this organization loves me. I'm here until further notice."
McKelvin still out: Cornerback Leodis McKelvin continues to be sidelined as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. What's worrisome about this is that McKelvin, after sitting almost all of the OTA work, began training camp full speed, but the team has pulled him back and he hasn't practiced more than a week.
"We have a plan that we've talked about, and we're going to rest him," said Marrone.
Elsewhere on the injury front, tight end Scott Chandler (groin) is back to work full time and he expects to play Friday at Carolina. Tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring) is back part-time as he hasn't worked in team drills and probably won't play Friday.
Safety Da'Norris Searcy has been excused the last two days due to a family situation he is tending to. Marrone said Searcy thinks he can be back in time for the game, but, "I told him to make sure he has everything in order before he does."