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Quick Hits: Hauschka and Jones look healthy for Sunday

Posted Nov 17, 2017

Bills K Stephen Hauschka and WR Zay Jones are looking healthy, Head Coach Sean McDermott is expresses confidence in running back Travaris Cadet and more.

1 - Hauschka and Jones look healthy for Sunday

After a slight scare on Thursday, all signs indicate that Stephen Hauschka will suit up on Sunday against the Chargers. Another positive sign is with Zay Jones, who will practice in full for the third-straight day.

Head coach, Sean McDermott, addressed the media on Friday morning. He was quick to answer when asked if Hauschka was in jeopardy of missing Sunday’s game. The kicker did not practice on Thursday.

“No. He looks good. He’s moving in the right direction, just a little bit of soreness on Thursday,” McDermott said.

Jones missed the first game in his rookie career against the Saints in Week 10. The week prior against the Jets, Jones posted career highs across the board. He reeled in six catches for 53 yards and notched his first career touchdown.

“Zay looks good,” said McDermott. “He should be full today.”

It will be interesting to see how well Jones fits in with the addition of Kelvin Benjamin. It should work in his favor that Nathan Peterman’s getting the start at quarterback. Jones and Peterman connected on multiple occasions during the 2017 Senior Bowl.

Hauschka has started all 16 games in a season dating back to 2011. He should add another start to that streak on Sunday. If he boots a 50-plus yard field goal against the Chargers, he’ll set a new NFL record of 13 consecutive 50-plus yard field goals made.

2 - Glenn out for practice

For the second straight week, Cordy Glenn was unable to get out on the practice field. His nagging foot/ankle injury has a good chance of preventing him from playing on Sunday.

Head coach, Sean McDermott, spoke about Glenn during Friday’s press conference. He never officially ruled him out for the Chargers game.

“At this point he’s going to be out [of practice]. We’ll see, he’s not going to practice Friday,” said McDermott.

Glenn’s presence has benefitted Buffalo’s running game this season. He’s been healthy for six of the nine games this year. In those games, the team’s averaging 123 yards on the ground. In the three games he’s been absent, the Bills average 87 rushing yards per game.

Glenn most recently missed the Saints game when his injury resurfaced. Though, he did make consecutive starts in Weeks Seven, Eight, and Nine.

Assuming Glenn misses Sunday’s game, rookie Dion Dawkins will get his second-straight start and will protect Nathan Peterman’s blindside. According to Pro Football Focus, Dawkins performance in Week 10 was the third-best among offensive tackles in the NFL.

3 - Confident in Cadet

Backup running back, Mike Tolbert, has played in all nine games this season. That streak is in jeopardy as he’ll miss his third-straight practice on Friday with a hamstring injury. If he has to miss Sunday’s game, Travaris Cadet will most likely be active for the first time as a member of the Buffalo Bills.

Cadet’s the most recent addition to the 53-man roster. There was a chance he’d make his debut against the Saints, but the coaches opted against making him active. Head coach, Sean McDermott, has confidence in his newly acquired running back.

“He looks very comfortable in the system, in the scheme from a running standpoint and the passing game,” he said. “He’s got a wealth of knowledge from that standpoint and looks very comfortable.”

Tolbert has rushed for 179 yards on 50 attempts this season, but as of late has taken a step back. Cadet’s abilities could bring a nice change of pace to Buffalo’s backfield.