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Brown’s Best Week 9

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2008 – 7:38 pm

There wasn’t a whole lot for the Bills to hang their hat on in this one, but we sift through the wreckage that was Sunday to bring you some of the better individual efforts.

BEST RUN AFTER CATCH: Marshawn Lynch – After catching a one-yard pass from Trent Edwards, he tacked on 41 more yards to put the Bills in scoring possession on their first possession.

BEST HAND WAVER: Derek Fine – The rookie tight end was flapping his arms like a bird to get Edwards’ attention and Buffalo’s QB found him for a nine-yard touchdown pass.

BEST RUN BLITZ: Bryan Scott – His blitz off the edge dropped Thomas Jones for a one-yard loss and it forced the Jets to punt.

BEST SERIES: Bills defense – Following a turnover by the offense at the Bills six-yard line, Buffalo’s defense got a pressure from Spencer Johnson on second down and forced an incomplete pass on third down to surrender just a field goal as the Jets lost two yards following the turnover.

BEST SERIES (INDIVIDUAL): Jabari Greer – The Bills cornerback had a pair of pass breakups on the Jets long second quarter drive that ultimately finished with a missed field goal.

BEST TACKLE FOR LOSS: Paul Posluszny – On a 2nd-and-10 Poz dropped Leon Washington for a two-yard loss to bring up 3rd and long.

BEST SHED: Terrence McGee – On that very 3rd-and-12 play, Jerricho Cotchery caught a receiver screen from Brett Favre and McGee shed his block out on the edge and tackled Cotchery for a three-yard loss.

BEST AWARENESS: Brian Moorman – Moorman knew exactly where the first down marker was on his fake punt play and made an acrobatic move to convert the first down. Unfortunately a penalty nullified the play.

BEST SAVE YOUR BACON PLAY: Rian Lindell – His 53-yard field goal bailed out after the drive stalled at the Jets 35-yard line following a false start penalty and a sack.

BEST CONVERSION: Marshawn Lynch – The Bills feature back got just enough on an important  3rd-and-4 carry to get the first down and a second half drive.

BEST PRESSURE: Paul Posluszny – His pressure on Brett Fare led to the errant throw that was picked off by Jabari Greer.

BEST TRANSITION: Jabari Greer- After making the interception, Greer quickly bolted down the sideline outrunning the pursuit for the touchdown.


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Fine to make debut

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2008 – 4:51 pm

With Justin Jenkins inactive, the player that essentially takes his place on the active roster today is rookie TE Derek Fine.

For the first time this season the Bills will have three active tight ends on the game day roster. I talked to Dick Jauron about a three tight end look last week and he said it was something they would strongly consider once Fine was fully healthy.

You have to wonder if Turk Schonert has an offensive wrinkle he’s ready to insert into the offensive game plan in which three tight ends are employed.

It will certainly be something the Dolphins haven’t seen on tape since the Bills have had just two healthy tight ends most of the year.


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Bills injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2008 – 6:13 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron could be without two starters and a valuable subpackage defensive back again this week. Aaron Schobel, Ashton Youboty and Brad Butler all did not practice for a second straight day.

“With Ashton, Aaron and Brad we’re not going to rule them out, but they haven’t practiced for two days and I don’t know if they will (Friday),” said Jauron.

If none of the three practice Friday, it would almost rule all of them out for Sunday’s game. Youboty and Schobel are battling foot injuries. Butler has a sprained knee.

Limited in practice Thursday were Melvin Fowler and Terrence McGee. But McGee did more than he did on Wednesday and got some first team reps for the second straight day.

The big concern with McGee was how he would feel and respond a day later to the level of practice activity he endured Wednesday. With him back on the practice field Thursday it’s an encouraging sign that McGee should be available to return to the lineup on Sunday.

Derek Fine has participated fully throughout the week and it appears he is finally 100 percent healthy and recovered from thumb surgery. However, being active on Sunday is another story.

“It’s just hard to get anybody up on the 45-man game day roster particularly when things are going okay,” said Jauron. “We’ll keep talking about it up until game time.”

But if Fine is inactive Sunday, he will be a healthy scratch.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2008 – 7:19 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron updated Buffalo’s injured Wednesday afternoon.

Not practicing were Brad Butler, Aaron Schobel and Ashton Youboty.

Limited in practice were Terrence McGee and Melvin Fowler.

Derek Fine was able to practice fully Wednesday.

When asked about Schobel, who is still in an immobilizer boot, and whether he’s improving, Jauron said he was getting better, but does not believe Schobel will practice Thursday. As for Schobel’s chances for Sunday Jauron said.

“I’m not overly optimistic, but I won’t totally rule him out. He’s a different kind of player.”


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Bills-Chargers inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2008 – 3:55 pm

Buffalo Bills
13-Steve Johnson
24-Terrence McGee
25-Xavier Omon
67-Melvin Fowler
77-Demetrius Bell
86-Derek Fine
94-Aaron Schobel
1–Gibran Hamdan – 3rd QB

San Diego Chargers
58-Derek Smith
67-Kynan Forney
75-Corey Clark
84-Buster Davis
88-Kris Wilson
89-Chris Chambers
94-Jyles Tucker
6-Charlie Whitehurst – 3rd QB

Lineup changes for the Bills:
75 Duke Preston will start at center.
28 Leodis McKelvin will start at left cornerback.
92 Ryan Denney will start at right defensive end.

Lineup changes for the Chargers:
80 Malcom Floyd will start at wide receiver.
92 Marques Harris will start at outside linebacker.


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Bills official practice report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2008 – 7:11 pm

Here’s the official report from the team for Wednesday

QB Trent Edwards participated fully on Wednesday and said he’ll start Sunday.

TE Derek Fine participated on a limited basis and is probably a longshot to play Sunday as he continues to recover from thumb surgery.

CB Terrence McGee (knee) did not practice, doing very limited work on the side early in practice.

WR Roscoe Parrish (hand) was listed as a limited participator, but head coach Dick Jauron said that Parrish participated fully Wednesday.

DE Aaron Schobel (foot) did not practice. Head coach Dick Jauron said Schobel’s foot is in the same condition it was leading up to the Arizona game. However, he does expect Schobel’s foot to improve at time goes on and doesn’t anticipate the foot injury to linger.

Schobel called himself “day to day.”

FS Ko Simpson (hamstring) practiced fully and told me that he didn’t pull his hamstring so much as he felt tightness in it. So he’s expected to be a go for Sunday.


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Fine ready?

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2008 – 4:10 pm

Bills rookie TE Derek Fine began participating in passing drills on Monday and is doing so again today in practice. When I spoke briefly to Fine leading up to the Arizona game he said, “One more week.”

There’s a decent chance that Fine may finally be ready to dress for a game this week, but we’ll wait on the official word from Dick Jauron and the release of the injury report this afternoon.

Of course even if he is ready for action it doesn’t mean he’ll be active on Sunday. But knowing he’d be a versatile addition to special teams he should get consideration.


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