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Competition for Jackson

Sounds like newly signed running back Dominic Rhodes has more than a backup role with the Bills in mind. In a Friday interview on Sirius NFL Radio, Rhodes said the Bills told him that he could start in the Sept. 14 Monday night opener at New England.

I imagine that's news to Fred Jackson, the projected starter while Marshawn Lynch serves his three-game suspension. Then again, what else are the Bills going to tell Rhodes. They needed to say something to entice him to join the team.

Whether he starts or not, the Bills are going to count heavily on Rhodes during the early part of the season. How he does in those first three games will determine whether his touches diminish or he steals playing time away from Jackson when Lynch returns.

---Allen Wilson

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