Dion Dawkins was beaming following the Bills 41-10 win over the Jets on Sunday.
Not just because the team snapped a four game losing streak but because he was a key playmaker in the offense getting back on track, catching his first career touchdown.
“Get Dion in the endzone on one,” the left tackle joked after the game. “That was it. And, that’s exactly what happened.”
“We’ve been holding onto that play for quite a while,” added running back LeSean McCoy. “Happy he got a chance to score. Knowing him, he thinks he’s a wide receiver anyway.”
“I scored once on defense in high school, but this is big to score a touchdown in Jersey,” Dawkins said. “After the game I went to my mother and she was crying. It was a big deal.”
Dawkins, who is from New Jersey, said the team has had that play all year, it was just a matter of getting into the right position to use it.
Facing first and goal from the eight yard line, and looking to extend their 17-0 lead, Brian Daboll dialed up Dawkins.
“We had the look, and they were even calling out this ‘tackles eligible’, this ‘tackles eligible’. So I almost canned it but it ended up being a good hard sell,” quarterback Matt Barkley said of how the play unfolded. “I couldn’t find him at first but when I whipped my head around he was kind of in the mix but then just popped open, he looked like a tight end out there. It was a fun play.
And now, everyone seemingly wants to get involved in the offense.
“I said something last week, I told them I want to throw it,” safety Micah Hyde joked. “I don’t care about catching it. I wanna throw it. I wanna show them I’ve got this arm and it’s on the sideline for no reason.”