Bills Get Off To Fast Start
Game Moved To San Antonio: It's official, the Bills game on October 2nd against the Saints will be played in San Antonio at the alamodome. The Saints will play three games in all in San Antonio, the other four home games, after next week's game in New Jersey, will be played on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge, LA.
Villarrial Gives Way: Chris Villarrial gave it his all but couldn't continue on with his injury. He did start despite suffering from a sprained ankle that he hurt on Wednesday in practice. He left the game late in the second quarter and did not return. Rookie Duke Preston finished the game in his place and there was no dropoff in production. Angelo Crowell was inactive with a groin injury. Nate Clements played without any problems from his shoulder injury. The team came through the game rather unscathed. Willis McGahee had the wind knocked out of him but quickly returned to action. Injury Page.
High Grades In Rout: In the dominating 22-7 victory over the Texans there was a lot of good, and little to no bad. There were no goats given out in our review article. So you can imagine that our exclusive gameday grades are very high across the board. Gameday Grades.
Bills Win Big: It was a dominating performance by the defense as they look to get to the elite status they covet. The offense had an effective game plan that started out wide open and finished with the solid running of Willis McGahee. The team knew they had to get off to a great start, and they did in a dominating way. Game Review.
Saturday September 10, 2005
Villarrial, Crowell Questionable: Chris Villarrial and Angelo Crowell will workout with their position coaches today to determine if they can play on Sunday. Both players are listed as questionable. Crowell injured his groin muscle during last week's preseason game against Detroit. Villarrial sprained his ankle during practice on Wednesday. Nate Clements and Josh Reed are ready to play. Injury Report.
Friday September 9, 2005
Villarrial Uncertain: Chris Villarrial missed practice again today and his status for the opener remains up in the air. Coach Mularkey says he thinks Villarrial has a chance to play. Rookie Duke Preston would start in his place if he can't go. Nate Clements practiced fully today and will play on Sunday. Injury Report.
Bills, Saints Game Likely In San Antonio: Nothing is official yet, but it appears the Bills game against the Saints on Oct. 2nd will now be played in San Antonio. The Saints are expected to play four home games in the Alamodome and the Bills game is one of them as a building expo that was scheduled for that weekend has agreed to move to a different date. The deal is waiting final NFL approval which isn't expected to be a problem. The Saints first "home" game will be played at Giants Stadium. Chances are their other three home games would be played at LSU in Baton Rouge.
Clements Workout On Side: Nate Clements did not practice for a third straight day yesterday. He did some working out on the side and still expects to play on Sunday. Also joining him on the sidelines was Angelo Crowell who has a groin strain. As we reported yesterday, Chris Villarrial also missed practice yesterday and is now questionable with an ankle injury. Injury Report.
Thursday September 8, 2005
No Progress: The AP is reporting that there is no progress in negotiations for a new long term deal for Nate Clements. His agent told the AP that he plans on meeting with Tom Donahoe on Sunday when he's in town for the game. Both sides of stated that if a deal wasn't done before the season started they would suspend talks until after the season. At this point it appears very likely that Clements will become an unrestricted free agent in 2006.
Game Soldout: As expected, Sunday's game is officially a sellout and the blackout in Western New York has been lifted. This is the 16th sellout in the past 17 home games for the Bills. They are also down to single seats for the next five home games with tickets only available for the last two dates against Denver and New England.
Villarrial Added: As expected the Bills added Chris Villarrial to the injury report. He is listed as questionable. He turned his ankle during yesterday's practice and did not practice today. Injury Report.
Mularkey Wants Them To Play All Out: Coach Mularkey held his normal in season Wednesday media day press conference today, he knows that the Texans like to blitz, but he doesn't think they can show anything that J.P. Losman hasn't seen in training camp, video, or the preseason. The coach told the team he doesn't want any hesitation and wants the team to play aggressive in the opener. Mularkey said not count numbers in the preseason game, he said that Lee Evans is ready to go. He called Eric Moulds a physical specimen who works really hard even when he's not in Buffalo. He said he's lighter, leaner, and stronger while adding leadership for J.P. He thought the inconsistency in the long snapping affected the kicking game of Rian Lindell. The new long snapper should help Lindell. On Jim Leonhard, he feels he made the team because he never gives up besides being undersized. Mularkey feels Carr has improved every year and makes some great throws. They try to get the ball out of his hands quickly and let the receivers make plays. The Texans offense is built to frustrate the defenses and he warned his defense to keep bringing it and not get frustrated.
Wednesday September 7, 2005
Villarrial Twists Ankle: Chris Villarrial twisted his ankle in practice today and will be added to the injury report after they evaluate the injury. He will not practice tomorrow. The other walking wounded all missed practice today. He kept Nate Clements out because it was a physical practice today. If he can't go on Sunday, Duke Preston will take his place. Injury Report.
Losman Looking Forward To Opener: J.P. Losman was able to look at the script last night for Sunday and he's trying to memorize it now, it is a great feeling getting ready for his first start. He says he's excited and pumped up, he will feed off of the crowd on Sunday but needs to force himself to calm down. He admitted to falling back a bit in the preseason but now that they are actually gameplanning, things will be more aggressive and faster. The team has been talking about a great start since last season ended and they now need to do it and get better fast and stay better fast. He's not sure how much he'll be blitzed against Houston. He thinks they may not blitz early to see if he can beat them. Losman was adamant that the reason that they are there is to get the big, diamond super bowl ring in the end. On Lee Evans, he said he's glad he's had a quiet preseason because he may sneak up on some teams. He and Evans are very close since they came into the league together. He called Eric Moulds an elite receiver and special which makes it a good position for him to walk into. When Moulds is in one-on-one coverage he will throw him the ball.
Clements Expects To Play: The official injury report for the opener has been released and the Bills have two players out, one questionable, and two probable. Nate Clements shoulder injury isn't serious as he's listed as probable on the report. He said he's fine and will most definitely play on Sunday and do what he can to help the team. He didn't plan on practicing today and said it's up to Bobby April whether or not he returns punts on Sunday. As expected Tim Euhus and Roscoe Parrish have been ruled out of the opener. The Texans also have five players on the report. Injury Report.
Bills Swap Long Snappers: The Bills made a roster move late yesterday by releasing long snapper Jon Dorenbos and signing long snapper Mike Schneck. Dorenbos has been the Bills long snapper the last two years and his job was in jeopardy when they tried Drew Preston in that role during the preseason finale against Detroit. Schneck has held the same position with the Steelers for the past six seasons and knows Coach Mularkey very well. Tom Donahoe told 97 Rock that the team hasn't been happy with the long snapping throughout training camp which led them to tryout snappers on Monday. Frontoffice Page.
Tuesday September 6, 2005
Tough Game Sunday: Opening days are always tough to predict. It looks like it will be a close game on Sunday between the Bills and Texans. The Bills have been harping all year on getting off to a fast start after last year's 0-4 debacle. It will be a tight game with fans wondering how J.P. Losman will fare in his first start. We normally release our game preview on Wednesdays but for the opener we figured we'd put it on our gameday homepage on Tuesday. Game Preview.
Monday September 5, 2005
Losman Calmer As Season Approaches: J.P. Losman said that the gameplan and critiquing means a little bit more now that the regular season is here. He had fun knowing it is for real. He got the gameplan for Houston last night and they reviewed it today. Normally during the season, he'll get it on Tuesday night and then go over it with Sam Wyche. He said it has been a natural progressing and he is becoming much more calmer as the season approaches because he's more comfortable with the situation and the starting five on the offensive line. He singled out the effort and the impressiveness of Mike Gandy at left tackle.
Mularkey Notes: The coach talked to the media after today's practice and said that the coaches took a lot of time yesterday to talk about the scheme and it felt good since they haven't been in that atmosphere during the preseason. He feels the team has put J.P. Losman in the right situation to succeed and they hope he sees things before they happen because of his film study. On the release of Ross Tucker, he said it had nothing to do with injury, they just decided to go in a new direction. On Jim Leonhard, he said he has good instincts, is very smart and has a knack for the football. On the offensive line, he feels much better about them then he did last year since they have had time to jell. The young guys they are using in the backup roles are very talented and he feels he can finish games with them. He doesn't appear to be concerned about their youth. The coach feels Josh Reed performed well overall this summer and has been consistent. The fact that he plays the slot well and is a solid blocker factored into the decision to keep him.
Clements To Be Re-evaluated: Nate Clements did not practice today but will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. The coach re-iterated it is nothing serious but they held him out today. Tim Euhus will not play with his strained pectoral muscle. Angelo Crowell tweaked his leg and did not practice today. They will see how he is on Wednesday. The coach said today wasn't a day to push banged up people. Injury Page.
Bills Create Practice Squad: The Bills announced the signing of eight players to the practice squad today. All eight were with the team in training camp, many were among the final cuts. Signed were: TE Brad Cieslak, OL Jasen Esposito and Dylan McFarland, LB Liam Ezekial, FB Jon Goldsberry, CBs Rob Lee and Evan Oglesby, and DE Constantin Ritzmann. Esposito, McFarland, and Ritzmann were with the team and/or practice squad last year. The other five were undrafted free agents in camp this summer. The one surprise not on the squad is DE George Gause, many thought he'd make the 53 man roster.
Regular Season Is Here! The blood, sweat, and tears of the offseason and training camp are behind us. The regular season is here. The Bills begin their regular season routine today with a holiday practice. They will have off tomorrow, which is the normal day off for NFL players. Wednesday is media day when players and coaches talk to the opposing media as well as the hometown media. In preparation for the season we have launched our 2005 edition of our exclusive gameday homepage. This page will have our game previews on Wednesdays and the game review with gameballs and goats after each game. It will also have links to the gameday grades for each week and links to all games from this and previous seasons. 2005 Gameday Homepage.
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