Willis May Hit Career Milestones Vs. Bills

Willis McGahee downplayed facing his former team, but Sunday could be significant anyway.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 10:40 am | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens running back Willis McGahee downplayed playing the team that drafted and then traded him this weekend when the Buffalo Bills come to Baltimore.

But the game could still be significant for McGahee should he reach realistic statistical marks.

With only 12 receiving yards, McGahee would hit 1,000 for his career. Seventy rushing yards would put him at 6,000. Both of those milestones would make the Bills’ former first-round draft pick (2003) the NFL’s eighth active player with such prestige.

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McGahee said he won’t take any extra satisfaction in showing the team with which he spent his first four years what it’s missing.

“I don’t approach it different than any other game,” said McGahee. “Those are guys I played with, and I look forward to watching them play. Those are the guys I came into the league with.

“I wish them a lot of success, just not against us.”

In order for McGahee to gain his rare status among active players, he needs touches.

McGahee did not touch the ball in Baltimore’s 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots last week, a scenario Head Coach John Harbaugh chalked up to the way Ray Rice performed (28 carries, 88 yards) and the plays that were called.

McGahee, who scored a team-high 14 touchdowns in 2009, is taking his diminished workload in stride.

“When my number’s called, I’m going to play. I wasn’t tripping about it,” McGahee said of his spectator status in Foxboro, Mass. “We were winning. When my number is called, that’s when I step up. I’ve got a light switch. I can turn it on and turn it off.”

“I feel like I’m a playmaker. Everybody in this locker room feels like they’re a playmaker, but I feel like I can change the pace of the game. I still have that ability to be a starter. I’m not worried about it. My day will come.”

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