Helps replace Logan Thomas
Bates caught three of five targets for a career-high 46 yards in Sunday's 35-33 win over the Broncos.
Bates and Cole Turner shared TE snaps after Logan Thomas left with a concussion late in the second quarter. Turner is known more as a pass catcher and Bates as a blocker, but it was the latter who surprisingly drew five targets on 18 routes and finished with a career high for receiving yards. Neither Bates nor Turner will make for a trustworthy fantasy option if Thomas misses Week 3 against the Bills.
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Samuel missed Friday's practice because of an illness and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Thomas (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Buffalo, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Thomas (concussion) officially didn't practice Thursday.
Thomas (concussion) wasn't spotted during the open part of Thursday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Thomas (concussion) isn't practicing Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Turner caught both of his targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 35-33 win over Denver.
Samuel caught each of his three targets for 19 yards and took one carry for 13 yards in a 35-33 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
Dotson finished with three receptions on five targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 35-33 win over Denver.
Gibson had two carries for nine yards while catching all three of his targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 35-33 win over Denver.
Howell completed 27 of 39 pass attempts for 299 yards and two touchdowns while adding 13 rushing yards on two attempts in Sunday's 35-33 win over Denver.