"We have a little bit of a feel" for what Dixon and Brown offer, from games and practice, respectively, Marrone said during his Monday news conference, per the team's official website.
While only time will tell how coach Doug Marrone intends to use his new backfield formation, Jackson spoke highly of Brown when asked specifically about the third-year back during an interview Monday with WGR Sportsradio 550.
"He is an every down back," Jackson said, per the team's official website. "He can do it all. He’s a guy who can carry the ball 20-25 times. He’s a guy who can pass protect his butt off and run routes well out of the backfield. We won’t miss a beat with a guy like him. He’s a guy who is going to come out and can produce. We know what he’s capable of doing. I’m excited to see him get his opportunity. It comes at a time when we’ve lost a couple of guys who were valuable to the team, but that’s why we have Bryce and Boobie. They can step in and shoulder that weight and we don’t expect to miss a beat."
With C.J. Spiller's season likely done and Fred Jackson dealing with a groin injury, Dixon carried the ball 13 times for 51 yards, while adding 15 yards on three receptions. He should see a bigger role than he has so far this season, but it might be Brown who has more value for Fantasy owners, since Dixon has never carried the ball more than 14 times in his five NFL seasons.
The Bills acquired Brown this offseason but have yet to use him. However, he has more potential than Dixon and figures to be a bigger part of the team's future anyways. Brown had thrived in limited opportunities in the past, rushing for 387 yards and four touchdowns on 71 carries over the course of four games late in his rookie season with the Eagles.
Whether Jackson will be sidelined moving forward remains to be seen, but Brown looks like the back to target on waivers this week. He should finally see the field and has enough upside to make him worth a flier.
Bradham and Kyle Williams were doubtful to play on the team's final injury report, and the absence of both key defenders could cause problems against the Lions offense. Easley and Chris Williams had already been ruled out Friday.
|8||10/26/14||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/13/14||@ MIA||8:25 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ NE||1:00 pm|
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