Vote of CONFIDENCE for ROB

At this point, it doesn't seem likely that the Bills wouldn't protect Rob Johnson during the Houston Texans expansion draft after the season is over. Johnson is the long-term man for the job still. "We think we did that when we made the decision last year," said general manager Tom Donahoe. "Rob was the quarterback we decided to do that with." . . .

 

The Bills today put rookie kickoff returner/coverage man Tony Driver on Injured Reserve with a knee tear. Driver hurt himself against the Colts Sunday and recently had surgery. The Bills signed defensive back Pierson Prioleau, a former fourth-rounder from the 49ers a couple of seasons ago. Prioleau is practicing today. He may play in the Bills' nickel and dime packages and will probably begin on special teams. Prioleau's presence seems to be an indication that Keion Carpenter (cracked rib) may not play this weekend and that the team doesn't have full confidence in backup Travares Tillman . . .

Jonas Jennings may start at left tackle this week for John Fina, who in Gregg Williams' opinion, is enduring "more of a rest thing for him . . . (he's in) more of a fatigue state than a hurt state . . . (it has to do with the right knee) injury and our own evaluation of his performance."

Fina probably developed atrophy in his knee after the surgery and hasn't been able to strengthen it since then. He's got a dead leg in other words. Jennings played left tackle in college. That means that Jon Carman will likely be the starting right tackle again . . .

Second-year defensive end Erik Flowers hasn't set the world on fire with his play, but he also has been used interchangeably from right end to left end in a defense that is totally new from the one operated last year. It's been acknowledged by Bills insiders that Flowers hasn't developed as fast or as well as they would have liked, but they still seem to be patient with him.


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