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Despite scrawny numbers, Bills wary of Dwayne Bowe

By Tim Graham

The numbers certainly don't look dangerous.

The player is.

Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe hasn't made much of a statistical impact this year. But he remains a significant concern for the Buffalo Bills' defensive backfield Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

"Sometimes they can lull you to sleep if they're not really throwing him the ball," Bills safety Jairus Byrd said. "He's just there, and then all of the sudden he gets hot, and he can go up and make some pretty big plays."

Bowe is tied for 71st in receptions and ranks 80th in receiving yards. He has just two touchdowns.

"He's a good receiver," Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore said. "They like to spread the ball around, not just give it to a certain person. But he's got the potential every week."

Bowe is Kansas City's top wide receiver with 26 catches, although running back Jamaal Charles leads the team with 41 receptions. Bowe is third in yardage behind Charles and Dexter McCluster. Third receiver option Donnie Avery has only two fewer catches than Bowe.

"They go with whatever's winning them games," Gilmore said. "They get him some deep balls every now and then. He's physical, strong.

"They run the ball and try not to turn the ball over and rely on their defense. I think that's what they'll do Sunday."


Jairus Byrd | Stephon Gilmore
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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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