COMMENTARY | The Week 12 Bye Week might be just what the doctor ordered for the Buffalo Bills.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that he expects Johnson and Woods to return for the team's next contest, a Week 13 meeting in Toronto with the Atlanta Falcons. Still, he was encouraged from what he saw in the absence of his starters.
"Marquise Goodwin is a very dynamic player," Marrone said Monday. "Coming out, he really didn't play that much in college at Texas, because he missed all the spring [practices due to track and field commitments], so a lot of people didn't really know about him, except obviously for his speed. I'm always impressed by his toughness in making tough catches and being able to catch the ball extremely well for someone who has that type of speed. For TJ -- TJ has had a little bit of ups and downs. We've just got to keep going to him and keep playing. Again the consistency is starting to come with him, so from that standpoint it's exciting. Chris Hogan, I really didn't know. He went in there yesterday and caught three balls; I think two of them were for first downs, which were good catches and good yards after the catch. All three of those players, in my opinion, played extremely well when you have Stevie out and you have Robert out."
"When it comes down to it, just stepping up when your name is called," Goodwin added. "As you said, we've got a few guys on the injury side, but they're working to get back. We just have to step up and make plays."
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