"Bryce is doing what he has to do right now, taking care of his family in the offseason," Lynn said, per ESPN. "But yes, it will set him back. I mean, he's five, six weeks behind everyone else. Once he gets here it's going to be hard to slow down and catch him up. That's one of my biggest concerns.
"But he's got the playbook and hopefully he's taking care of his business and he'll come in in great shape and we'll see what happens."
Although coach Rex Ryan called out Brown in March about his fumbling issues, general manager Doug Whaley has implored the coaching staff to give Brown a "clean slate."
"Rex has a way of motivating guys and getting his point across. I think Bryce got the point," Lynn said. "It's more mental than drills: just helping him know and feel where the ball is, just having an awareness of where the ball is.
"Runners naturally are going to swing the ball, when you try to maintain your balance and fall and all those types of things. But when you have that awareness of where the ball is, then you can protect it more times than not."
Speaking at the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday, coach Rex Ryan talked a bit about his deep running back group that features LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon. The fourth running back in that stable?
"[T]he fast dude. Brown is it?" Ryan said, via ESPN.com. "I'm not gonna learn his name until he holds on to the football. And if he does, he'll have a chance to play. But until we feel comfortable with it, he won't."
It should be noted that Brown only fumbled once in 2014 with the Bills, though he appeared in just seven games. He didn't fumble at all in 2013 but coughed the ball up four times in 2012 with the Eagles.
Ryan has a reputation of being beloved by his players so this may not irk Brown too much once they become better acquainted. But if Brown wants a shot at playing time, or even a 53-man roster spot, he'll need to prove his fumbling ways are a part of the past.
The following players have been deemed inactive for the
Dareus was listed as out after Friday's practice. He finishes his season with 48 total tackles and 10 sacks for the Bills.
The only player on the inactive list dealing with an injury is reserve tight end Gragg, who was listed as probable, leaving the Bills as one of the healthier teams in the league heading into Week 16. They are a 6 1/2-point favorite in Sunday's road matchup with the Raiders.
Jackson led the way with 71 yards on 20 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per attempt. He caught a team-high three of six targets for 27 yards. Jackson has been held out of the end zone in each of the past three games.
Dixon took six handoffs for 26 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per attempt. He caught his only target for a gain of 5 yards. Brown carried the ball four times for 20 yards and caught one pass for a gain of 40 yards.
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