The Bills didn’t miss starting wide receivers Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods when they blew out the Jets in Week 11, but it’s always nicer to have a full complement of offensive weapons at your disposal.
Buffalo took a step in that direction on Monday when both Johnson and Woods took part in the team’s return to practice after their bye week. Coach Doug Marrone said that both players “looked good, looked fresh” as they got back to work.
Woods has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, opening the door for Marquise Goodwin to show off his speed in an expanded role. Goodwin’s probably earned a continued role in the offense, although it’s unclear what kind of role that would be.
Johnson was out with a groin injury against the Jets, the second time he was out of the lineup this season. Marrone said Monday that “you’ll see [Johnsons] numbers go higher and higher” over the remainder of the season because of his increased chemistry with rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. The Falcons are up next for the Bills and their defense has enabled some big performances from offensive foes this season.