Coutu joins the Bills after being released from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad on December 17th. The 5-11, 194-pound Georgia product entered the NFL as a seventh-round (235th overall) draft choice of Seattle in 2008. He spent his rookie season on the team’s roster, but was inactive for all 16 games. Coutu was released prior to the 2009 regular season and re-joined the Seahawks on July 31, 2011 before being released on August 22nd. Coutu will wear No. 10. In 43 games at Georgia, Coutu converted 51-of-64 field goals and all 109 extra point attempts for 262 points – the sixth-best total in school history.
Buffalo placed K Dave Rayner on Injured Reserve.
— Due to a scoring change from Saturday’s game, Bills LB Chris Kelsay was credited with another sack, giving him a career-high three in the game. The play was originally ruled an interception-touchdown by LB Spencer Johnson, but due to the scoring change, Johnson is now credited with a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. The fumble recovery is the fifth of Johnson’s career. Kelsay’s three sacks in the game are the most by a Bill since 2009 (Aaron Schobel 12/27 at Atlanta).
Thursday, December 29
Practice: 2:00 PM / Open to Media at Approximately 2:00 PM (Stretch & Individual only)
BuffaloBills.com – Bills sign K Coutu; Rayner to I-R
BuffaloBills.com – George Wilson is Bills-Man of the Year
BuffaloBills.com – Johnson closing in on 1K, wants to stay
Buffalo News – Bills’ O-line holds down sack total
Buffalo News – Rookie year an education for Dareus
Buffalo News – Safety Wilson gets Payton Man of Year award
Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills O-line hanging tough
Associated Press – Bills sign PK Coutu; place Rayner on IR
Associated Press – NFL takes away Tebow interception against Bills
Associated Press – Buffalo (6-9) at New England (12-3)
Associated Press – Bills rookie Dareus’ presence felt on defense
Bills Roundup: Focusing on New England
Stevie Johnson on Patriots, Next Season
Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference
Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference
NFL.com – Sound FX with Marcell Dareus
Inside the Bills Blog
Belichick wary of Stevie, Pats began practicing day early, Bills injury report, Arrington – Light – Welker limited, Kelsay awarded 3rd sack, Brady’s issue is non-throwing shoulder, Whitner feels George “got robbed”, Chan on the move at kicker, Urbik to be good by mid-Feb., Byrd & Levitre make PFF Pro Bowl, Rayner the latest to IR
Bills Beat Blog (WGR) – Bills’ Brad Smith Not Practicing
Pro Football Weekly – Patriots-Bills matchup of the day: Wednesday
QUOTES FROM MEDIA DAY
Head Coach Chan Gailey
On what would it mean to sweep the Patriots this season:
It’d be great. The biggest thing about it is we’d finish the season with two wins (against them). And they’re a good football team. If you can beat a good football team then that gives you confidence going into the offseason. There are a lot of positives for winning this game other than just sweeping a team.
On switching guys in and out on the offensive line all year long and still playing at a high level:
I give a lot of credit to Joe D’Alessandris and Bobby Johnson and the way they work with those guys. Those guys spending time learning and getting fundamentally sound in their position. It’s not easy to move people around the way we’ve had to move them around. Fitz does a good job of getting the ball out and that helps a lot, but we’ve been able to run the football consistently no matter who’s been in there and that’s been good.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On the difference in the roster from the first Patriots game to this one:
In just watching the first game, the differences from what we were like then, who was on the field, the speed we were playing with, all that stuff. It’s so different then now. A lot of that is new guys in new spots and all that, and obviously the situation, our record. Those kinds of things are very different as well. For both teams, they’ve got a lot of different guys out there, too. It’s almost as if you can’t watch that first game and base anything for our game plan on that.
WR Stevie Johnson
On this possibly being his last game in a Bills uniform:
Since last week playing at the Ralph I thought about it. Walking on the field, walking off the field, looking around and looking at the crowd was kind of crazy because it seemed like four years went by pretty fast me, playing really only two years of it. But just how being in the city and they’ve adopted me I thought about it. I don’t think I’ll be somewhere else next year. I’m still pretty sure that I’ll be here next year. But if not it’s a pretty crazy feeling.
RB C.J. Spiller
On running better inside the tackles:
Exactly, and you know a lot of people think we do a lot of outside zones and we really don’t. Most of our stuff is inside, so you know it’s definitely encouraging from the guys up front that did a great job Saturday and hopefully we can build off that. Of course we know there will be something totally different. These guys have big guys up front and like I said we just have to prepare well.
OL Michael Jasper
On the journey from college to the NFL:
It’s been a heck of a ride. It’s been a learning experience everyday just really trying to hone in on technique and becoming a better football player. At the end of the day it’s still football. I’ve been playing since I was five years old so it’s better speed and adjusting to great athletes and great . You know everybody’s good on this level so it’s been a great experience.
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
December 29, 1996 – BRUCE SMITH NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DE Bruce Smith was named the NFL’s defensive player of the year, becoming the second consecutive Bill to win the honor.
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