With all the injuries the Bills have dealt with at wide receiver this season, there have been plenty of chances to bring Dez Lewis up from the practice squad. Each time, the Bills’ 2015 seventh-round pick was passed over.
That changed Tuesday when Walt Powell was placed on injured reserve and Lewis was promoted. But Rex Ryan a message for Lewis Wednesday.
“He’s got to poop or get off the pot, so to speak,” Ryan said, in a classic Rex-ism. “It’s going to be an opportunity for him. Don’t 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 could play in this league, and now he has to prove it.”
Lewis, a Central Arkansas product, played in one game at the end of last season and didn’t have a catch. He said he heard Ryan’s message loud and clear.
“It’s time to go. They look forward for me to go out and contribute to the team, that’s the main thing. Stuff like that, I understand it,” he said of Ryan’s quip. “Some other people may take it as a negative comment, but I don’t. It’s my time to step up, my time to go out and make plays so that’s what I’m going to go out and do.”
Lewis, who’s tied with Justin Hunter for the tallest receiver on the team at 6-foot-4, credited his teammates with helping him stay motivated when other players were called up ahead of him.
“That’s the main thing, you can’t get bothered by it,” he said. “You gotta stay confident mentally and that’s where I tip my hat to Marquise (Goodwin), Robert (Woods), Sammy (Watkins), the whole receiving group, they motivated me along the way and I just stayed positive, didn’t get down about it. I finally got the call and I’m ready to go.”
With Robert Woods not expected to return from his knee injury this week and Percy Harvin still dealing with migraines, Lewis could play this week against Oakland. The Bills' other active receivers are Sammy Watkins, Marquise Goodwin, Justin Hunter and Brandon Tate.
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