Five On Report: The Bills have five players on the injury report, two are questionable, two doubtful, and Constantin Ritzmann is out. For the first time J.P. Losman isn't on the injury report. Coy Wire and Josh Reed have been downgraded to doubtful. The Patriots have their two starting cornerbacks out and six other players listed on the report. Injury Page.
Youth Field Announced: The Bills announced that they will be dedicating a groundbreaking for a new youth football field on the grounds of the Ralph Wilson stadium complex. This ceremony will take place on Friday on 2:30pm. They will be the first team in the NFL to do this. Many players are representatives from the league are expected to attend the ceremony.
Ticket Update: The Bills updated the media on ticket availability for the final three home games. There are only single seats remaining for the next home game against the Rams a week from Sunday. There are approximately 8,000 tickets left for the final two home games against Cleveland on December 12th and Pittsburgh on January 2nd. The Rams game will likely be the fifth sellout of the season.
McGee Still The Starter: Coach Mularkey spoke to the media during his regular Wednesday press briefing. He gave Drew Bledsoe credit for not being consumed about all the criticism after the slow start. The improved play is because of a number of reasons. The ball has bounced their way lately and they have made few mistakes. The players are starting to get the type of play that they have been preaching. The coach said that despite his poor performance against the Jets, Terrence McGee remains the starter and the option remains to move Troy Vincent to safety when he's ready to go. He praised the team for never being influenced by outside sources and staying with the right mindset even after the 0-4 start. He called the team a real good group of guys.
Williams Fine: Mike Williams did not practice today but went through the walk through segment to loosen up a bit. He is sore and will try to practice tomorrow. All the precautionary tests on Monday came out fine. It will be up to the doctors to clear him to play, he is day to day right now. Josh Reed, Constantin Ritzmann and Coy Wire did not practice today. Troy Vincent had a light workout and remains day to day. J.P. Losman took a few snaps in practice today. Injury Page.
Playing The Game Bills Style: Drew Bledsoe addressed the press in his usual media day press conference. He said the type of offense that Mike Mularkey has preached is starting to show up including the power running game and the physical play of the offensive line. He is optimistic that the team is starting to play like they need to play. Bledsoe joked that he has to be careful when throwing the ball if WR Troy Brown is playing in the secondary since he has thrown a lot of balls to him in his career. The QB feels that he can rely on Lee Evans since the beginning but the balls just haven't gone his way. He feels the rookie made a step up this week since he made two beautiful catches in key spots against the Jets. The team feels they are finding their way but this week is a huge, huge challenge for the team. Bledsoe says going back to Foxboro is still a special game for him but it isn't the same as the first time he went back but it is a date still circled on his calendar. He is still disappointed that the team had a chance to win every game that they've lost this year.
Tucker Named Starter: The Bills made it official today by naming Ross Tucker the new starter at left guard. He took most of the snaps during the win over the Jets instead of Lawrence Smith. He graded out well but on Monday Mike Mularkey refused to name him the new starter. Depth Chart.
Can Momentum Be Sustained? The Bills are off and rolling now after putting a complete game together against the Jets. They still have a lot to prove, like beating another serious contender on the road like the Patriots this week. Tony Bogyo explores where the team is at, and where it is headed now. Complete Story.
Time To See How Far They've Come: The Bills have a lot of momentum now that they have won three of four. Those wins have come at home however, now the defending champs await in a tough prime time road matchup. The team will need a perfect performance to have a chance to win this week. Complete Preview.
Tuesday November 9, 2004
Bills Add Haddad: In an expected move, the Bills have re-added Drew Haddad to their practice squad. Haddad was released when they needed to activate a healthy receiver for Sunday's game. Once he cleared waivers, he was re-signed to the squad. When healthy, most likely he will be activated and Freddie Smith will likely head back to the practice squad. He must remain active for two more weeks however.
Mid Season Wrap: The season is now half over and the half has been a tale of two quarters for the Bills. They were 0-4 and miserable, the first quarter of the season but bounced back nicely for a 3-1 record the second quarter. Grading the first half is difficult based on what looked like two different teams this half. A round grade of a C seems appropriate with a chance to improve that the second half of the season. What do you think? Answer our poll question on the homepage.
Monday November 8, 2004
Kelsay To Get More Reps: Coach Mularkey said in his day after press conference that what they were doing scheme wise made Ross Tucker a better fit and he graded out well. He said he considers both Tucker and Lawrence Smith starters and it depends on the personnel groupings on who plays. The coach feels that Chris Kelsay will get more reps based on his production the past few weeks. The team is waiting on more tests to update the condition of Mike Williams. The coach considers Terrence McGee a "rookie" at cornerback. He knows that McGee hasn't played up to his best but there are a lot of options at the position and they are looking at them all.
Mularkey Looks For Right Moves: Coach Mularkey isn't afraid of doing things outside the box to win or to make lineup changes if he feels they will help. Willis McGahee is now 3-0 as a starter, a tough move to make but it has worked. Some thought Mularkey should have left Ross Tucker at center when Trey Teague was healthy. He didn't, but he did move Tucker over to left guard where he has seemed to have taken over the starting job from Lawrence Smith. Another move he's thinking about is moving Troy Vincent to safety when he's healthy. After the performance of Terrence McGee against the Jets, he may re-think that. He said in the post game press conference, that move isn't set in stone. He is flexible, and he may put Vincent back at corner. Depth Chart.
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