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Bills preseason finale won’t air live

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2009 – 9:52 pm

The Bills announced that a few thousand tickets remain for the Bills vs. Detroit Lions preseason game to be played Thursday ay 6:30 p.m., at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Per NFL rules, the game was not a sellout 72 hours prior to kickoff and will not be televised locally. 

The game will air on a tape-delayed basis on the official Buffalo Bills television station, channel 7 in Buffalo, Friday, September 4th at 7:00 p.m.  WHAM-TV in Rochester will air the game on Saturday, September 5th at 8:00 p.m.  WTVH-TV in Syracuse will air the game on Saturday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m.


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Bills offense already working against Pats scout team

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2009 – 9:50 pm

The Bills’ regular season opener is two weeks away, but the offense has already started to work against their scout team, which is giving them Patriots’ defensive looks.

“It was nice to go against the scout team and get some looks that we’re going to get in a game, and I’m anxious and excited for that game,” said Trent Edwards. “We did some of that today and we’ll do some again tomorrow, I believe. But again we’re not overlooking the Lions right now. We obviously need to get a lot of work done Thursday night, and obviously need to be ready to go against the Patriots, too.”

Buffalo’s offense had seen 3-4 looks daily through camp and the preseason in the walk thru portions of practice, but now they’re seeing more “live” playing speed looks in practice leading up to the opener at New England. The Patriots primarily play 3-4, but have also shown 4-3 looks in the past against Buffalo.


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Walker doesn’t see offense regressing

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2009 – 8:26 pm

Several players on offense were asked about the two most recent preseason performances, which have left something to be desired in terms of production. Langston Walker was asked if he sees the offense regressing since the preseason began. Here was his answer.

“I don’t think it’s regressing per se,” Walker said. “This is the preseason and this is a time when you work on your kinks and this offense is still evolving. I don’t think at least in this building anybody is particularly worried about it. We’re all working toward our first regular season game which is New England.”

One thing I believe Walker is dead right about is that the offense is evolving, simply because of all the changes personnel-wise. You’ve got five men manning new positions up front, three of whom are new to the team and two of them are new to the league. And you’ve had one series out of 15 with Owens on the field.

I’m not saying I’m thrilled with how the offense has looked either, but I’m willing to wait until the games start counting before passing judgment.


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Jackson practices Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2009 – 6:13 pm

Fred Jackson’s sprained thumb and wrist felt good enough to practice with his teammates on Monday. The joint however is still not 100 percent.

“Just wanted to go out and see what we could do with it,” said Jackson. “It’s still a little sore, but it’s going to be sore and just be something I have to play with.”


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Owens toe problem was shoe related

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2009 – 6:08 pm

After being full go in practice and apparently fully recovered from his sprained toe, Terrell Owens was asked if he was concerned about the injury lingering or resurfacing during the season. Owens did not think it would because of one reason.

“I’ve come to find out that it was really due to the shoe I had on,” said Owens. “It was not anything structurally or due to a tackle or anything like that. It had to do with the type of shoe that I was wearing. It was obviously a different shoe than I had last year so I had to switch shoes. It s**ks, but good that it happened earlier than later.”

Owens said he would like to play on Thursday night in the Bills preseason finale, if the coaches let him. Head coach Dick Jauron offered the following on Owens likelihood of playing against the Lions.

“We’ll cross that bridge later in the week,” said Jauron. “I would say there’s not a good chance of it at this point, but we’ll see how it goes.”


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Poz, Evans don’t practice, Schobel does

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2009 – 6:07 pm

Bills MLB Paul Posluszny and Lee Evans did not practice on Monday, and Dick Jauron provided details.

Apparently Posluszny took a good shot to the jaw on Saturday night against Pittsburgh.

“He has a jaw issue,” said Jauron of Posluszny. “He had some stitches in his chin. He remembers the play, but said it wasn’t anything that would look that (bad). He had a little bit of swelling in his jaw so he didn’t work today.”

As for Evans it was a rest day for the veteran wideout.

“Lee didn’t practice today, just trying to save some wear and tear on his legs,” said Jauron.

Meanwhile Aaron Schobel did return to practice Monday coming off a hyperextended elbow injury that kept him out of the Pittsburgh game.

“Aaron practiced and moved well,” said Jauron.


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Owens is practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2009 – 3:51 pm

Terrell Owens is practicing with his teammates today.

Regular season rules are now in effect for the media’s coverage of practice meaning we’re only exposed to the first 15 minutes each practice day. We’ll get full details from Coach Jauron after as to whether Owens practiced fully.


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Mitchell not worried about no huddle impact on defense

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2009 – 3:09 pm

Kawika Mitchell and his fellow starters on defense were on the field for almost 22 of the 30 first-half minutes of their game against the Steelers Saturday. When Buffalo’s no huddle attack can’t sustain drives it does come off the field that much quicker. But Mitchell doesn’t mind the offense’s approach in terms of how it might impact he and his fellow defenders.

“As long as we don’t turn the ball over I think it’s fine,” said Mitchell. “We’ll go out there and we’ll battle. If we have a sudden change after a turnover then we’ve got to go out there and do what we have to do. As long as we’re punting the ball we’ll get over there and we’ll get rest then we can stand up against any offense I think.”

When I asked Trent Edwards about the time of possession being impacted by the no huddle in a negative way when they’re not converting, he acknowledged that it can be a negative if the offense is not clicking.

“We talked about that when we first installed this style of offense,” said Edwards. “We’ve got to make sure we’re not throwing our defense out there for 35 minutes out of the game. I feel like we really weren’t out there too long. I don’t know how many plays we ran, but it can be a great benefit to you, but it can also hurt you a lot too. So we’ve got to find our balance and keep our defense off the field and keep our special teams out of bad field position, but also keep the opposing defense off balance with our no huddle.”

Buffalo’s first defense may have given up some third down conversions to Pittsburgh, but they got a takeaway in their own red zone and only surrendered 10 of the 17 points the Steelers scored. In any game that’s a good day for a defense.


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Reed says Edwards will get himself right

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2009 – 12:48 am

Though the faith in Trent Edwards among the Bills fan base might be wavering, it is certainly not the case in Buffalo’s locker room.

Josh Reed came to the defense of Buffalo’s quarterback after another subpar performance on offense. When asked if Trent will be able to pull himself out of the two-game funk he is in, Reed answered in the affirmative.

“He’s a professional and that’s one of the reasons he is our starter,” said Reed. “It’s times like this when you feel like you should be playing better that really makes you a pro. He’s going to pull through this. Everybody goes through this kind of thing. We just have to keep pushing.”


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Reed determined to right the ship

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2009 – 12:45 am

Talking to Josh Reed after the game on Saturday night, the veteran was frustrated.

He believes the Bills offense is too talented to be struggling in the fashion it has the past two preseason games. Having seen too many seasons in which the offense has had trouble scoring Reed does not want to witness a repeat performance in 2009.

“We still feel like we have a week to go to get things going and we have practice to do that,” said Reed who knows the starters won’t see much time in the preseason finale. “I would say it’s more a sense of urgency. We just have to make sure that guys are still on the same page, that nobody is down and we just have to keep everybody up and just keep pushing.”

Reed is also hopeful that the return of Terrell Owens will help to spark the offense come the regular season.


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LB Palmer to go

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2009 – 10:58 pm

After a couple of practices late this week undrafted rookie Ashlee Palmer will play tonight.

Though he’s only expected to see time on special teams coming off his ankle injury if his ankle holds up well I think he might see time on defense too.

This guy was Kawika Mitchell’s backup and was playing well before the ankle injury in the HOF game.


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RB Jackson will dress

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2009 – 10:20 pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson was questionable for tonight’s game, but he will dress.

How much he plays remains to be seen. It’ll be interesting to see if he takes the field with his sprained wrist and thumb.


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Owens getting treatment on toe

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2009 – 9:19 pm

Terrell Owens isn’t with the team in Pittsburgh, but he is taking care of his sprained toe late Saturday afternoon, which he says is completely healed.

Here’s one of his latest tweets and a photo of his toe getting treatment.

terrellowens Enjoying my afternoon gettin a lil treatment on my toe frm my man Dr. Kelly! Thanx Doc!

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Owens has said more than once his toe has healed. He’s expected to be full go in practice sometime early this week.


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First players on field warming up

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2009 – 9:14 pm

There are already a handful of players on the field warming up for tonight’s game.

Terrence McGee, Leodis McKelvin, Nic Harris, Reggie Corner and Marcus Buggs are among the first players getting loose a couple of hours before game time.


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Ochocinco says Brady shoulder is fine

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2009 – 2:35 pm

Chad OchoCinco is apparently an NFL insider as well. He left a message for Pats QB Tom Brady after he left last night’s game with a sore shoulder and Brady returned his call.

Here is OchoCinco’s tweet after he heard back from Brady.

OGOchoCinco Just got a call back from Tom Brady, says he’s fine and there’s nothing to worry about.

Now as much as OchoCinco believes he’s breaking news I’d like to think Tom Brady is smart enough to know to not discuss injuries in any capacity with those outside the Patriots organization. Especially one as publicly accessible as the Bengals receiver.

We may never know for sure just what the status of Brady’s shoulder is until the week leading up to the opener.


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Fan Friday 8-28

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2009 – 11:34 pm

Here’s the latest installment. Answered a bonus question this week. Slowly but surely catching up on your email here. Askchris@bills.nfl.net.

1. Chris,
we all know that Trent is very good at passing the ball in the intermediate range (15-25 yards) and that bring in T.O. means Buffalo wants to stretch the field.
Do you feel that Trent is ready (in terms of arm strength and nuances like looking off the safteies) to make the deep pass a potent weapon in their attack?
I truly believe that making defenses defend the whole field will give Trent and Buffalo a legitimate chance at winning many more games and having a better season than anyone thought they could.
 
Trent Johnson Rochester’s #1 Bills Fan

CB: This is the number one question regarding Trent’s game. He knows how to run an offense, knows how to make checks at the line of scrimmage and can make all the throws. But does he have the confidence in his own abilities to take more risk downfield?
It’s a step he has to take in his game this year. I think sometimes Trent’s intelligence fights his physical ability. He’s almost too smart and realizes what is and what is not a high percentage throw.

I’m not saying Trent has to be reckless in going downfield. I think it’s fine to play the percentages, but there are good risks that quarterbacks have to take. With receivers like Lee and T.O. that fight for the ball there should be more opportunities to take good risk this season. I’m confident Trent will take more risks this season.

 

2. There’s a chicken/egg debate going on among Bills fans about Roscoe Parrish and his lack of production as an NFL WR.  Some feel he could excel if the coaching staff gave him more opportunities, while others feel they would certainly give him more opportunities if he showed them he could handle it.
Where do you stand on Parrish as a WR?
Josh/ St. Louis, Mo.

CB:  I’m optimistic he will get more opportunities on offense. I think there is enough support on the offensive staff to put together a package of plays in which to take advantage of his best assets. I think this is a good idea. I think used the right way he could be a bigger offensive asset.

 

3. Chris
Will the blue throwbacks be worn at all this season?
 
Pat
(St. Catharines, ON)

CB: Yes, they’ll be worn for the home game against Miami on Nov. 29. The white throwbacks will be worn in the opener at New England and at Tennessee on Nov. 15.

 

4. Hi Chris,
 
Coming out of college as a cornerback, Ko Simpson was regarded as a “ball hawk”. Is there any way the Bills would work him out as a corner if he fails to make it on the team as a safety?
 
Chuck from
Williamsville

CB: I don’t see this happening. The team is pretty deep at cornerback. Simpson is one of those veterans that’s hearing footsteps with Jairus Byrd nipping at his heels. The Bills will likely keep four or five safeties at most. George Wilson and John Wendling are more valuable special teamers. Simpson is a good player, but could be in trouble with respect to the 53-man roster.

 

5. Chris, if the Bills wanted to change to the throwbacks on a full time basis. What is the process the NFL requires to do that???
Thanks Scott, East Syracuse, NY

CB: From what I have been told it involved a league application process that can take up to 18 months. That is what they went through when the created the new uniforms which were unveiled in 2002. I have been told there are no plans to make the retro jerseys their permanent ones. I do agree that the throwbacks are superior in look to the current jerseys. They are really, really sharp.

 

6. Hey Chris,
I was wondering about John Stupar? Where did he come from, I saw that he’s Jeff Hostletler’s nephew, and he seems to be making the high light reel? Is he a potential of making the 53 man roster?

Thank You,
Yasin Gunay
CB: I think he does have a chance. New England signed him as an undrafted rookie. He was on the Bills practice squad last season. He’s been productive in the preseason as an underneath pass catcher and has shown good hands.

With no fullback being used in the no huddle attack, I think that Corey McIntyre’s role is difficult to define offensively and thus could cost him a roster spot. If there’s one less back on the roster it could create an additional opportunity for Stupar to make the 53.

Under Dick Jauron the club has kept only 3 tight ends each of the past 3 years. But if they keep four this season, Stupar will make it.


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Owens says toe is healed

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2009 – 11:14 pm

Terrell Owens has shared on twitter that his toe is 100 percent healthy. Here’s his post from earlier today.

terrellowensYessss!! My toe is healed!! I’m sittin n charlotte airport on layover headed 2 dallas @ CPK! Tht’s california pizza kitchen if u dn’t kno!

In practice on Thursday I still felt Owens was rounding off his routes with a couple of gather steps so as not to push the toe too hard on his first day back on the practice field with his teammates.

That will probably not be the case on Monday or Tuesday when he’ll probably be close to or at 100 percent and have the go ahead to practice fully.


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Levitre and Wood autograph opportunity

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2009 – 4:06 pm

On Monday Aug. 31st Bills rookie offensive linemen Andy Levitre and Eric Wood, will be signing autographs for fans at Darien Lake from 6-7 pm.

It’s part of Darien Lake Theme Park Resort’s partnership with the Bills. Both guys are pretty personable so take advantage of the chance to get an autograph if you’re in the area.


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Monday QB club event

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2009 – 8:36 pm

Coming up on Sept. 2nd the Monday QB Club is having a new membership event.

This year it’s at Brennan’s Bowery Bar & Restaurant, at the Main & Transit Plaza, in Clarence, NY. The event will be held on Wed. September 2 starting at 6 p.m. and will feature Jeff Russo, Sports Director at WKBW Channel 7 as emcee, and Vic Carucci, National Editor for NFL.com as special guest speaker.

Other Bills alumni and guests will also be in attendance. Existing members are admitted free with a paid guest. The guest fee of $20 can be applied to membership dues. For more information just got to www.mondayqbc.com.


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Jackson better off sitting

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2009 – 8:29 pm

Head coach Dick Jauron hasn’t officially ruled Fred Jackson out of Saturday’s game yet because he may practice on Friday, but at best he’s doubtful and I have to say I’d rest a lot easier concerning the fortunes of the Bills in the regular season if I knew for sure that Jackson will be a spectator this weekend.

Pittsburgh is one of the most physical defenses in the NFL and you don’t need to put Jackson’s wrist and thumb in harm’s way. Jackson does not have to prove his toughness to his teammates or Bills fans, he’s done that already. Talking to Jackson on Wednesday it’s clear he wants to be out there with the first team offense knowing they’ll be getting their most extensive playing time on Saturday. It’s really the final live prep he’ll see before New England.

There’s no question it’s a tough call.

But with Jackson’s elevated status as the team’s number one running back for the first three weeks of the regular season I’d prefer to have him not worrying about his thumb or wrist at all come opening night in New England.

Dick Jauron usually errs on the side of caution with his players, so it’s probably easy to figure which way Buffalo’s head coach is leaning, but he also respects a player’s desire to suit up. I just see Jackson’s value to this team as something far greater from Sept 14 through Sept. 27th than on Aug. 29th.


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