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Players can only hope

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2011 – 6:57 am

When it comes down to roster decisions it lies in the hands of the Bills coaching staff. That’s what makes final cuts so nerve wracking for the players. They’ve hopefully done all they can on the field to make their case, but in the end they know it’s not up to them.

Bills WR Naaman Roosevelt explained what the players are usually doing come cut down day, which is today (Saturday).

“Hope for the best, pretty much,” said Roosevelt. “There’s not much we can do right now.  Hope for the best. It’s in God’s hands right now.  So just hope for the best, that’s pretty much it.”


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WR decisions won’t be easy

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2011 – 7:45 am

The wide receiving is steeped in talent, which is a good thing. What isn’t good is the likelihood that the Bills may have to part ways with a receiver capable of playing in the NFL.

Naaman Roosevelt, who did not make the 53-man roster coming out of camp, was on the team’s practice squad as a rookie before being called up for the final six games last season. He knows how stiff the competition is at the position.

“It’s good competition,” he said. “It makes you work harder and gets you better.  I definitely think all around, from all of the receivers, they’re definitely great receivers.  It’s definitely going to be hard, and we’ll definitely compete just to make the team, so that’s all I’m trying to do is compete.”

Roosevelt is not expected to play in the preseason finale due to an ankle injury suffered against Denver.


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TE Nelson to get some time

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2011 – 3:03 pm

Bills TE Shawn Nelson will dress for tonight’s game against the Lions, but how much playing time he gets will be another story.

Nelson only returned to practice this past Monday from an injury that had him miss most of training camp and the first three preseason games. As much as the coaching staff wants to see him get as much game action as possible, two days of practice is not enough to jump into a game and play three quarters without risking re-injury.

So Nelson will see time, but it figures to be limited in nature.


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Kyle Williams won’t play

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2011 – 12:00 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams missed practice on Monday and Tuesday this week, and as a precaution he’s going to be held out of tonight’s preseason finale against the Lions.

“Kyle is simply precautionary,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “We’re resting him. He’s played hard and practiced hard. He’s had a little nagging injury and we’re just protecting him and letting him get completely healed before we play Kansas City.”

Torell Troup is expected to get the start with the starting defense in Williams’ place tonight.


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Easley expecting to play a lot

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2011 – 11:01 am

Knowing the starters are going to be playing very little, WR Marcus Easley is expecting to play a whole lot. What’s ironic is that Easley might be lining up with the starters again tonight with Donald Jones not expected to play.

“I’m pretty sure the starters are not going to play too long,” he said. “I’ll probably get extensive amount of time from missing so much time last year and not having OTA’s, so I’m sure I’m going to play a lot. I kind of want to keep the ball rolling and build upon everything that happened last week.”

Easley is coming off a five-catch 51-yard performance that included his first NFL touchdown in last Saturday’s overtime win over Jacksonville. While he was pleased with the plays that he was able to make, Easley is hoping he can do even more in tonight’s game against the Lions.

 

It was definitely a confidence booster, but at the same I didn’t play a perfect game “left a few balls out there and a few plays that I could have made.  Like I said before, I want to learn from the mistakes and correct the assignments that I did miss.  Hopefully repeat the performance and play even better.”

If he does turn in another big performance he will put himself squarely in the mix for the number two receiver job opposite Stevie Johnson on the outside with Donald Jones and others. Head coach Chan Gailey said a decision on that role will be made by the coaching staff after tonight’s game.


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Hairston to play LT Thurs.

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2011 – 7:50 am

Bills fourth-round pick Chris Hairston played mainly right tackle in training camp. He missed some practice time with an undisclosed injury as well as the first two preseason games. But he played extensively against Jacksonville at both right and left tackle and fared well. Head coach Chan Gailey intends to get him a lot more time in Thursday’s game, but only on one side.

“He played left tackle in college so he had a comfort level at left tackle,” said Gailey in reference to Hairston playing on the right and left side last Saturday. “I think it’s worked out well for him to be able to play both. The way we sit right now he needs to know both so it helps us from a depth perspective as well. We’ll keep him at left this week just so he can hone in on that for an extended period of time and see how he does.”

It makes one wonder if Hairston is gaining an edge on the all important swing tackle job behind Demtrius Bell and Erik Pears. If so, Hairston’s performance Thursday night is of huge significance.


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Brad Smith won’t play QB Thurs.

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2011 – 4:58 pm

Bills QB/WR Brad Smith is going to serve a number of different roles for the team this season, but on Thursday night in the preseason finale, his role will be singular.

“Brad (Smith) we’re going to try to get him back as soon as we can,” said head coach Chan Gailey in reference to Smith’s foot injury. “We probably will not play him in this game at the Wildcat anyway. If we play him it’ll probably just be at receiver in this game.”


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Jones, Parrish unlikely to play

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2011 – 4:55 pm

Bills WRs Donald Jones (concussion) and Roscoe Parrish (hamstring) are not looking good to suit up for Thursday night’s preseason finale.

“We probably will not play Roscoe or Donald Jones in this game,” said head coach Chan Gailey.

Knowing the starters are only going to get 6-10 snaps in the game, the staff obviously feels it’s not worth the risk to dress the two receivers. Felton Huggins will also miss the game after sustaining a concussion in practice Monday.


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Starting LT named this weekend

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2011 – 4:50 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey will huddle with his staff this weekend after the preseason finale against the Lions and make a final call on a couple of starting positions.

Left tackle has been a position of competition between Demetrius Bell and Andy Levitre. Coming out of Thursday night’s game against the Lions Gailey said they’ll have a final decision and not let it drag into Week 1 of the regular season.

“It’ll be after this game,” said Gailey. “We want to practice the way we’re going to play the whole practice time (leading up to Kansas City).”

Gailey said they’ll take a similar approach to the #2 WR job.


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Merriman to play Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2011 – 4:47 pm

For the first time since the preseason opener, Shawne Merriman will play with his fellow starters on Thursday night against the Lions.

“He’s going to play,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “He needs to play. He hasn’t played in a couple of years. He wants to play. He seems to be physically fit, if he wasn’t we wouldn’t put him out there. We’re going to let him go try a few plays.”

Gailey said the starters will play anywhere from six to 10 plays at the beginning of the game and then be done for the night, as is typically the case. Kickoff on Thursday will be at 6:30 pm.


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Non-participants

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2011 – 2:58 pm

Here’s the rundown for Tuesday’s non-participants for practice.

Felton Huggins
Naaman Roosevelt
Jammie Kirlew
Arthur Moats
Ed Wang
David Martin
Kyle Williams


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Bills preseason finale blacked out

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2011 – 10:03 am

The Bills preseason finale against the Lions has been blacked out.

Thursday’s game is set to kick off at 6:30 pm and can be heard on the Bills Radio Network. The game will also be re-broadcast on Friday Sept. 2nd at 8 pm on WKBW-TV (channel 7) in Buffalo.


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Brad Smith injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2011 – 5:03 pm

Bills QB/WR Brad Smith was not on the practice field Monday after sustaining an injury in Saturday’s game.

“He twisted his foot,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “I don’t know if we could call it an ankle, but he hurt his foot in the ball game the other day and finished the game. It just kind of got sore on him so we’re being precautionary and holding him out right now.”

No word at this point as to whether the injury will keep him from participating in the preseason finale against the Lions on Thursday.


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No final call on left tackle

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2011 – 5:01 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey indicated there was a lot riding on last Saturday’s preseason game with respect to the starting left tackle position. Here was his response when asked if he had made a final decision on who his starting left tackle would be.

“No,” said Gailey, who praised both Demetrius Bell and Andy Levitre for their effort on Saturday night.

“(Demetrius) played better,” he said. “He played better in this ball game and Andy did a good job too.”

Gailey said he wants consistency at that position first and foremost. Bell and Levitre were both successful in keeping Ryan Fitzpatrick clean in the game.


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Brad Smith not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2011 – 3:00 pm

Brad Smith is a new non-participant at Monday’s practice. Here are the non-participants for Monday’s practice.

Naaman Roosevelt
Jammie Kirlew
Arthur Moats
Ed Wang
David Martin
Kyle Williams

Rookie Aaron Williams was out at practice and dressed, but went to the training room. He did not return to practice during the media viewing portion of practice.


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Several players back

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2011 – 2:53 pm

Several Bills players are back practicing from injury. Here’s the rundown.

Roscoe Parrish
Donald Jones
Johnny White
Shawn Nelson
Chris Kelsay
Chris White


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Poz on getting booed

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2011 – 12:49 am

Former Bills LB Paul Posluszny was asked about how it felt to get booed upon his return to Ralph Wilson Stadium as a Jacksonville Jaguar.

“You know what, that’s why the fans here are so great, if you’re one of them, they cheer for you, if you’re not, they don’t,” he said. “That’s why in my four years here they were great fans, but it was different being on the opposite end of that.  I was surprised I thought it was going to come faster, when I was coming out of the tunnel everyone was cheering and saying hello.   I thought I was going to get booed more quickly than that, so it worked out OK.”

Posluszny explained what led him to sign with the Jaguars was the chance to be a middle linebacker in a 4-3 defensive scheme.


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Hairston debut goes well

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2011 – 12:26 am

Bills fourth-round pick Chris Hairston saw his first NFL action Saturday after missing the first two preseason games due to a nagging injury and got more work than he thought.

Hairston not only played right tackle with the second unit where he’s been lined up for most of the summer, but also saw time on the left side and performed well for a pro debut.

“It was a bit of a surprise to me,” said Hairston of playing some left tackle. “Coming into the game it wasn’t a sure rotation, I hadn’t worked a whole lot of left tackle during practice but I was ready when the time called. Whatever I needed to be I’m ready for, I’ve got to be.”

When asked about his overall performance, Hairston thought he did okay.

“I think I did alright,” he said. “I just wanted to come out, play with intensity, play fast and most of all not make any mental errors. I kept them to a minimum and I just wanted to play hard and I felt like I did that.”


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Dareus wasn’t 100%

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2011 – 12:21 am

Bills top pick Marcell Dareus wasn’t 100 percent going into Saturday night’s preseason game against Jacksonville, but wasn’t going to let it keep him out of his preseason home debut.

Dareus had been kicked in the back of his leg in practice earlier in the week and did not practice on Thursday leading up to the game. But he still dressed and played Saturday night with the first team defense as he had all preseason.

“It was pretty sore but you have to play through those, it is part of the game getting little bumps and bruises,” he said. “You go get it treated and get well. I kind of had a feeling that I could play and I tried to go at it 100 percent but I’m going to come back next week and probably be better.”

Dareus had a single tackle in the game.


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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2011 – 5:31 pm

Here’s the rundown of players not in uniform for tonight’s game.

Roscoe Parrish
Naaman Roosevelt
Donald Jones
Johnny White
Arthur Moats
Kelvin Sheppard
Shawne Merriman
Ed Wang
Kellen Heard
David Martin
Chris Kelsay
Chris White


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