Another week, another affirmation that 33-year-old running back Fred Jackson is, arguably, the most important piece of the Buffalo Bills' passing offense.
Jackson has now accomplished something that Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas never did in his illustrious career with the Bills: caught six or more passes in three consecutive games. He currently leads the Bills in total receptions on the young season, averaging just over five per game.
As is our weekly custom, here is our updated table, ranking Bills receivers by the percentage of time they are targeted in the passing game when they're on the field. The order you see below did not change much in the first game with Kyle Orton under center, so this should give you a good idea of the major players in Buffalo's passing attack for the foreseeable future.
|RB||Fred Jackson||187||33||17.6%||19.1%||26 rec, 228 yds, 1 TD|
|WR||Sammy Watkins||314||44||14.0%||25.4%||24 rec, 284 yds, 2 TD|
|WR||Robert Woods||300||33||11.0%||19.1%||14 rec, 156 yds|
|WR||Mike Williams||167||18||10.8%||10.4%||8 rec, 142 yds, 1 TD|
|RB||C.J. Spiller||136||14||10.3%||8.1%||13 rec, 106 yds, 1 TD|
|WR||Chris Hogan||20||2||10.0%||1.2%||2 rec, 27 yds|
|TE||Scott Chandler||230||19||8.3%||11.0%||13 rec, 137 yds|
|WR||Marquise Goodwin||43||3||7.0%||1.7%||1 rec, 42 yds|
|FB||Frank Summers||83||4||4.8%||2.3%||3 rec, 8 yds|
|TE||Chris Gragg||73||3||4.1%||1.7%||2 rec, 16 yds, 1 TD|