In addition to having a quarterback problem, the Buffalo Bills also have a bit of an injury problem. At this point in the summer, LeSean McCoy, Robert Woods, Percy Harvin, and Sammy Watkins are all working their way back from injuries. All four players are expected to play pretty significant roles as offensive weapons for whichever quarterback that ends up winning the starting competition.
At least one injury, however, doesn’t appear to be all too serious. According to ESPN, when McCoy was speaking with reporters, he joked that Watkins’ injury is the “Allen Iverson injury” and that the Bills are “keeping the Ferrari in the garage.”
Watkins, the No. 4 overall pick in 2014, played in all 16 games last season, catching 65 balls for nearly 1,000 yards and six touchdowns. But he’s been sidelined with glute soreness lately and the team prevented him from playing in last Thursday’s preseason contest.
As for the other weapons, McCoy is dealing with a hamstring injury but — according to reports — he should be fine for the regular season. That’s good news for the Bills, especially considering the team is expected to place a heavy emphasis on the running game.
Earlier this offseason, Rex Ryan said that the Bills’ offensive playbook will feature the most running plays in “the history of man.“
Still, the eventual starting quarterback will need receivers. After Watkins, Woods and Harvin will be expected to produce. Woods is dealing with a bad hip and hasn’t participated in team drills since last week. And, Harvin, in addition to dealing with past off-the-field rumors, is also working his way back from a hip injury.
According to ESPN, Ryan said Harvin isn’t expected back until the Bills’ final preseason game.
While it’s still the preseason, the receivers could use reps with all three quarterbacks. And the quarterbacks competing for the No. 1 job — Tyrod Taylor, Matt Cassel, and EJ Manuel — could use reps with the team’s top three targets.
It’s nothing official, but McCoy’s joke about Watkins should at least ease the minds of Bills fans, even if Watkins spent Tuesday’s practice away from team drills.