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Long drives an encouraging sign

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2013 – 11:14 pm

The Bills had their longest scoring drive of the season when they marched 94 yards on nine plays midway through the second quarter to tie the game at 10. But it wasn’t the only as Buffalo did something on offense they’ve done just one other time this season.

EJ Manuel and the Bills offense had three scoring drives in the game that covered more than 70 yards. The aforementioned nine-play 94-yard touchdown drive that ended with the seven-yard Robert Woods touchdown grab. That was followed by the eight-play 72-yard drive capped by EJ Manuel’s eight-yard quarterback draw touchdown. And then the critical nine-play 80-yard drive that put the Bills ahead for good on Frank Summers’ one-yard TD catch.

It was a notable step for Buffalo’s offense to put together long scoring drives as they demonstrated a measure of consistency en route to putting points on the board.

“I think that’s a part of our maturation as an offense, especially as young guys in the skill positions,” said Manuel. “Understanding the situations and definitely on third downs, I felt we converted a lot better on third down than we did last week, so that was huge for us to keep those drives and make them longer.”

The only other game in which the Bills had three scoring drives covering 70 yards or more was in the Week come from behind win against Carolina.


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Jones-Drew, Shorts both inactive

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2013 – 12:10 pm

As expected Jaguars top RB Maurice Jones-Drew and top WR Cecil Shorts are both inactive for today’s game against the Bills. Ere are the rest of the inactives for Jacksonville.

QB Ricky Stanzi
RB Maurice Jones-Drew
S Johnathan Cyprien
WR Cecil Shorts
TE Allen Reisner
DT Brandon Deaderick
G/C Will Rackley

With Short out 13 Kerry Taylor will start. With Jags starting LG Will Rackley inactive 60 Mike Brewster will start at LG.

With Jones-Drew out 30 Jordan Todman starts at RB. Starting SS Johnathan Cyprien is out too so 22 Winston Guy will start at SS

42 Chris Posinski will start at FS.


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Report: WR Shorts out for Jags

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2013 – 10:51 am

The inactive list will be out in an hour, but there is a report that WR Cecil Shorts will not play today for the Jaguars against Buffalo.

Shorts was listed as questionable for today’s game. He’s been dealing with a groin injury for most of the season and the Thursday night game last week didn’t give him much time to recover from the previous game. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning that Shorts won’t dress for the game. He also reported that Maurice Jones-Drew, who is listed as doubtful, will test his ailing hamstring one last time today pre-game.

Shorts is Jacksonville’s leading receiver and he and Jones-Drew account for 40 percent of the Jaguars total net yards on offense this season and are responsible for 40 percent of their touchdowns.


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Addition to Jags injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2013 – 4:22 pm

The Jaguars added an offensive lineman to their injury report on Saturday.

Starting LG Will Rackley was added to the injury report as questionable with a concussion. No word from the team on how the injury surfaced so late in the week.

If Rackley can’t go Sunday, swing guard Jacques McClendon would step into the starting lineup for Jacksonville.


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Jags make roster moves

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2013 – 4:20 pm

The Jacksonville Jaguars made a pair of roster moves Saturday bringing a player back off injured reserve who was designated to return.

Jacksonville activated second-year TE Allen Reisner and rookie LB LaRoy Reynolds to the 53-man roster, the club announced.  Reisner returned from the injured reserve/designated to return list and the club lifted the roster exemption for Reynolds from the reserve/suspended list.

Reisner played in the first five games of the season and made three starts before he injured his knee at St. Louis in week five.  He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 8.   Reisner has five catches for 40 yards this season.

Reynolds saw action in the first 10 games before he was suspended four games by the NFL on Nov. 12 for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.  He is tied for second on the club with six special teams tackles.

Reisner wears jersey number 87 and Reynolds number 56.


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MJD not practicing for Jags

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2013 – 12:49 pm

The Bills have a question mark in LB Kiko Alonso, but the man he is chiefly responsible to stop on run plays might not be playing for the Jaguars either.

According to Jags beat reporter Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, RB Maurice Jones-Drew is not practicing again on Friday.

Jones-Drew was supposed to test his ailing hamstring today after not practicing on Wednesday and Thursday.

Safety Johnathan Cyprien is also not practicing due to a thigh injury. He was limited in practice, Wednesday, but now has not practiced on Thursday and Friday.

WR Cecil Shorts, who did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, apparently was prepared to participate Friday.

We’ll have the full report from Jacksonville after they conclude their practice.


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Jones-Drew, Shorts likely game time decisions

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2013 – 10:07 am

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew and WR Cecil Shorts have yet to practice this week with hamstring and groin injuries respectively. Friday’s practice for both will be a big determining factor in their availability for Sunday, but Jaguars coach Gus Bradley isn’t sure he’ll know any more until Sunday morning.

“The guys we’re still waiting to see is MoJo (Maurice Jones-Drew) and Cecil Shorts,” said Bradley. “That might go all the way up until game time with those guys.”

Jones-Drew and Shorts collectively represent 40 percent of the team’s total net yards on offense and 40 percent of Jacksonville’s 20 touchdowns scored this season (8).


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Bills could face backup RB again

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2013 – 10:19 am

For the second straight week the Bills could be squaring off against a backup running back. Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is trying to come back from a hamstring injury suffered late in their game last Thursday night, but won’t practice until late in the week.

According to multiple reports Jones-Drew will test his ailing hamstring on Friday. If he can’t go Jordan Todman, a first-year player, will step into the starting lineup. Todman has 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Jags this season in his backup role.

Jones-Drew is averaging 3.5 yards per carry this season.

Buffalo faced a third-string running back in Bobby Rainey last Sunday. Rainey finished last week’s game with 127 yards on 22 carries including an 80-yard TD.


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Improved run ‘D’ had simple solution

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2012 – 11:49 am

When Buffalo’s run defense was having problems all you heard from the players and coaches was they needed better gap responsibility and better tackling fundamentals. And that’s exactly what they attribute to their improved run defense numbers the past two weeks in which they’ve held both the Dolphins and Colts to less than 90 yards rushing.

“It is that simple,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “We’ve said all along the early part of the year the most important thing was that we had consistency from our defense and that was gap fits and consistency in our tackling. We’ve gotten so much better at that in the last four or five weeks. Really it started back in Arizona. Our run defense started getting better there. I feel very good about where we are, but we’ve got to step it up even more.”

If the Bills can hold the Jaguars to under 90 yards rushing Sunday,  it would be the first time the Bills have posted three straight games of allowing fewer than 90 rushing yards since the 2003 season.


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Blackmon, Shorts probable for Jags

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2012 – 2:48 pm

Here’s the official injured player status report for the Jacksonville Jaguars heading into their game Sunday against the Bills. As previously reported, WR Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts are expected to play as both are listed as probable.

OUT
CB Derek Cox – hamstring
RB Maurice Jones-Drew – foot
DE Austen Lane – foot

PROBABLE
WR Justin Blackmon – groin
WR Cecil Shorts – hamstring
DT Tyson Alualu – calf
FB Greg Jones – thigh
CB Rashean Mathis – groin
C Brad Meester – foot


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Jags WRs Blackmon, Shorts will play Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2012 – 1:58 pm

According to the Florida Times-Union, Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey has said both WR Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts will play on Sunday against the Bills despite their injuries.

Blackmon is dealing with a groin injury that forced him to miss practice Thursday, while Shorts has a hamstring ailment that also kept him sidelined Thursday.

Mularkey also said RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot), DE Austen Lane (foot) and CB Derek Cox (hamstring) are all out for Sunday’s game.


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Bills full injured player status for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2012 – 1:47 pm

Here’s the full rundown of Bills injured players and their status for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.

OUT
DE Mark Anderson – knee
DE Chris Kelsay – neck

QUESTIONABLE
WR Donald Jones – calf
CB Justin Rogers – foot
CB Aaron Williams – knee
DL Spencer Johnson – ankle/illness
FB Corey McIntyre – ankle

PROBABLE
WR Brad Smith – hamstring
LB Nick Barnett – knee
G Kraig Urbik – knee
S Da’Norris Searcy – hand
RB C.J. Spiller – shoulder
DE Mario Williams – wrist
C Eric Wood – knee
FS Jairus Byrd – back
G Andy Levitre – knee
DT Marcell Dareus – shoulder
OT Chris Hairston – knee
CB Leodis McKelvin – groin
TE Scott Chandler – groin


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Jags Thursday injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2012 – 5:17 pm

As we’ve already reported, the Jaguars top two receiving targets failed to practice on Thursday in Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts. Here is the rest of the Thursday practice update for Jacksonville’s injured players.

Did not practice
WR Justin Blackmon – groin
WR Cecil Shorts – hamstring
CB Derek Cox – hamstring
RB Maurice Jones-Drew – foot
DE Austen Lane – foot

Limited in practice
FB Greg Jones – thigh
CB Rashean Mathis – groin
DT Tyson Alualu – calf

Full practice
C Brad Meester – foot


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Top 2 Jags WRs do not practice

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2012 – 5:11 pm

Jacksonville has had enough offensive problems this season as they rank last in the league in total offense. Now their top two receivers are injured as both Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts failed to practice Thursday.

Neither Blackmon nor Shorts were on the Jaguars injury report Wednesday, but both were added Thursday. Blackmon has a groin injury, while Shorts sustained a hamstring injury.

Blackmon leads the team in receptions with 38, while Shorts is the Jaguars’ leader in receiving yards (747), receiving average (20.8) and receiving touchdowns (6).

More will be known about their status for Sunday’s game following Friday’s practice.


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Bills Thursday injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2012 – 4:26 pm

Here’s the full rundown of injured players and their participation in practice Thursday.

Did not practice
DL Spencer Johnson – ankle, illness
DE Mark Anderson – knee
DE Chris Kelsay – neck

Limited in practice
CB Justin Rogers – foot
CB Aaron Williams – knee
FB Corey McIntyre – ankle
WR Brad Smith – hamstring
LB Nick Barnett – knee
G Kraig Urbik – knee
WR Donald Jones – calf
DT Kyle Williams – ankle


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Bills prepping for the wind

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2012 – 4:19 pm

While the weather for Sunday is supposed to be relatively mild for the Bills-Jaguars game, with forecast highs of 50 degrees, it is supposed to rain and be windy. That’s why Bills head coach Chan Gailey has his team practicing in the stadium Thursday.

The biggest weather element that Gailey wanted his players to get accustomed to Thursday in preparation for Sunday was the wind.

“It is a benefit,” said Gailey. “We need to do that. It’s supposed to be windy this weekend. It was not for the cold as much as it was for the wind.”

Winds are forecast to be steady at 20 miles per hour Sunday.


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Mularkey has no hard feelings

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2012 – 10:53 am

Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey returns to Buffalo to face his former team for the first time as a head coach Sunday. Mularkey, who chose to resign after the 2005 season harbors no hard feelings about his time with the Bills.

“No, don’t try to make anything out of that,” Mularkey told the Buffalo media via conference call. “I have very good memories from there, but not incentives or motivation to do this or that. I have very good memories it was part of my NFL career. I’ve been in the league for 28 years. I’m very proud of the things that were accomplished there especially in 2004. It was one of my most memorable seasons as a coach to do what we did. And again the disappointment is just like the disappointment my three years in Atlanta where we didn’t win a playoff game. Those are things that are memories, but there are no hard feelings at all. You talk about a place that’s passionate about football it’s hard not to like it. Just like Pittsburgh and the fans that are passionate here (in Jacksonville).”

Mularkey is referring to the 2004 season when the Bills started the season 0-4 only to put together a six-game winning streak down the stretch, needing just one win to qualify for the playoffs in the season finale against Pittsburgh, but lost 29-24 to finish 9-7, the only winning season for Buffalo since 1999.

“Where we were to start and what we had to do to get to that point,” said Mularkey of the 2004 season. “The Jacksonville game to open that season, if we stop Jacksonville any one of the three fourth downs that they convert on the last drive of the game we don’t have to beat Pittsburgh to go to the playoffs. And I’ve used the example of how one play in a number of plays in that 2004 season there were a number of one plays that changed the whole scenario in that Pittsburgh game where we would not have had to win it. We would’ve been in the playoffs. Yeah, I still talk about a lot of the things in that season. Getting over the adversity of starting 0-4. That’s a very memorable season for me.”


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Poz not focused on return to Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2012 – 10:10 am

Jaguars MLB Paul Posluszny is making his first return to Buffalo in a regular season game Sunday. But he’s determined to focus on the game rather than the venue or memories of his first four years in the league.

“I have to approach it just like any other high-powered offense, just like any other opponent. the only difference is, I’ll have a lot of guys after the game that i want to say “Hi,” to, a lot of guys to see after the game,” said Posluszny. “As far as the approach during the week, it’s got to be just like any other opponent, because I can’t be nostalgic, say, ‘Man, great group of guys over there.’ Iknow so many of them, but I have to concentrate on the job at hand.”

Posluszny, whose first two seasons in Buffalo were cut short by injury, has not missed a single game since signing with Jacksonville.


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Jags injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2012 – 4:38 pm

One of the Jaguars best defensive players did not practice on Wednesday. Here’s Jacksonville’s full Wednesday injury report.

Did not practice
DT Tyson Alualu – calf
CB Derek Cox – hamstring
RB Maurice Jones-Drew – foot
DE Austen Lane – foot
C Brad Meester – foot

Limited in practice
CB Rashean Mathis – groin
FB Greg Jones – thigh


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Jags claim DE Babin

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2012 – 4:32 pm

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a move to bolster their pass rush. The club was awarded DE Jason Babin on a waiver claim Wednesday.

Babin was released by the Eagles in a surprise move on Tuesday. The veteran pass rusher joins a team that is tied for last in the league with 13 sacks on the season.

A former first-round pick by Houston, he has 53.5 sacks in 109 career games. This season he had 5.5 sacks in 11 games for Philadelphia. He’s coming off an 18-sack season in 2011.


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