Already down Sammy Watkins for the last month, the Buffalo Bills’ already-thin receiving corps will be without its next-best player today at Miami.
Per Adam Schefter, Robert Woods will miss today’s game with a foot injury. Justin Hunter is expected to start in his place, with Brandon Tate expected to serve a greater role as the team’s fourth wide receiver. Walt Powell and Marquise Goodwin round out the Bills’ receiving corps for the day.
With only four receivers to choose from, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn may need to be creative in terms of who lines up outside and in the slot. With LeSean McCoy expected to be limited today, he probably won't line up outside, but Reggie Bush may be in line for some snaps as a receiver. Charles Clay’s athleticism will also come in handy, as he could see time split out wide or in the slot.
Woods’ absence is less about the quantity of receivers and more about the quality. He has put together a solid season thus far, so his presence will certainly be missed.
Two of Buffalo's former Dolphins (Hunter and Bush) should have greater opportunities than they would have to sick it to their old team. Hunter has only two receptions for 34 yards this season, but both of his catches went for touchdowns. His snap count increased tremendously from his first game against Los Angeles to his second against San Francisco and should balloon more today. Bush has been used sparingly, carrying six times for 5 yards in four games. He has not caught a pass this season.