The Buffalo Bills' seemingly endless list of injuries at wide receiver have caused them to reach into their practice squad more than once this season.
The latest call-up is Dez Lewis, who joined the team last year as a seventh-round draft pick from Central Arkansas. Lewis wasn't able to make the roster in training camp, despite enthusiasm the team had expressed about his combination of size (6-foot-4 and 214 pounds) and athleticism. He played in one game as a rookie, but has yet to demonstrate the ability to overcome the major competitive leap from a small college to the NFL.
"This is going to be an opportunity for him," coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday. "He's got to poop or get off the pot, so to speak.
"And don't just assume opportunities come around all the time, because they don't. We'll see. He's got the size. We drafted him because we thought he had that kind of ability that he can play in this league and now he has to prove it."