Anthony Dixon expects backfield 'combination' with Bryce Brown

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are seemingly at the center of the fantasy football universe this week.

Their precise usage in Sunday's game against the New York Jets remains an unknown, even to Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone.

"You know, I don't really know that yet," Marrone said Wednesday. "It's not like we sit down and we say that. We're going to look at practice and set the plan and see where it goes. A lot of times that's dictated by the things that go on in the game also, depending on what your plan is.

"I really can't say how we want to do it right now. Hopefully whatever way we do it is productive."

It will be the first appearance of the season for Brown, who has been a healthy scratch each of the first seven games, while Dixon could potentially make his second career start after running with the first team in practice Wednesday.

"I ran out there first today, but me and Bryce are gonna kinda do it together, as a combination," Dixon said Wednesday. "That's pretty much how we're going to get it down. We gonna compete this week and see who got feel for the plays that coach want to run, and then on Sunday we gonna go with it."

Dixon is known more as a bruising, short-yardage back but said he can has experience as a receiver. In 71 career games, Dixon has 12 catches, including three this season.

"I got a little experience," Dixon said. "My last year in San Francisco, I played a lot of fullback, and you play flanker when you play fullback in that offense. So you split out, all the little types of stuff like that."

Meanwhile, Marrone praised Dixon and Brown's abilities Wednesday.

"I know there's been a lot of talk about it, but I feel comfortable with the guys we have back there. I think Bryce Brown is a threat, either receiving, catching the football, doing all those things. He's a home-run threat from that standpoint," Marrone said. "And then we've seen Anthony a little bit and his style of running, running downhill.

"So I don't really think I'm as concerned maybe about that situation. They're two players, guys that have played. So they'll get in there and play."