Bills Get Set For Regular Season
Evans, McGee Practice: The Bills did get some good news on the injury front heading into the season opener. Terrence McGee and Lee Evans returned to practice today and should be fine for Sunday's game against Denver. Evans sat out the preseason finale as a precaution after suffering from a sore calf muscle. McGee missed the Lions game after suffering a concussion against the Titans. Injury Page.
Starters Named: Dick Jauron announced starters at two positions after the first regular season practice of the year today. In a surprise move the coach named Brad Butler as the starter at right guard. He missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury but the coaches were very high on the second year pro as he beat out Duke Preston and Jason Whittle who were splitting time at the position. Jauron said he played well once he was healthy which was for the Lions game. The other starter named was not a surprise, Paul Posluszny has won the starting middle linebacker job. Depth Chart.
Ellison Out: Keith Ellison is out indefinitely with the dreaded high ankle sprain. He suffered the injury in the first half against Detroit. Dick Jauron immediately said it wasn't broken but didn't look good. Coy Wire will start in his place at weakside linebacker. Jauron said they don't know how long he'll be out but it doesn't look good. It is hard to put a timetable on that type of injury. Injury Page.
Regular season practices start: The Bills got a day jump on starting their regular season practice mode. The team got an extra day of work today. They will practice every day this week except their usual day off which is Tuesday.
Seven Added To Practice squad: The Bills gave a reprieve to seven of the players they were with them all summer. All seven players added to the practice squad today were released either yesterday or last week. Headlining the list is Orchard Park native Jon Corto and 7th round pick Derek Schouman. Not on the list was the other 7th rounder released, C.J. Ah You. The team still has one opening left on the squad, maybe for a quarterback since they are only carrying two on the depth chart right now. The team put two wide receivers and two offensive linemen on the squad.
Saturday September 1, 2007
Bills Get Roster To 53:The Bills made some shocking moves as they got their roster down to 53 men. Among the players released on Saturday were QB Craig Nall, TE Brad Cieslak, OT Terrence Pennington, and LS Mike Schneck. The team also had to place Al Wallace on injured reserve with a shoulder injury suffered in the 16-13 win in Detroit on Thursday. The moves left the team with just two quarterbacks as Trent Edwards one the backup job. Two draft picks were also released as both 7th rounders C.J. Ah You and Derek Schouman are gone. Some of the cut players will be added to the practice squad on Sunday. Anthony Hargrove will be placed on the reserved-suspended list and not count on the roster. Ryan Denney is being kept on the active roster. The release of Cieslak and Schouman leaves Matt Murphy on the team. George Wilson and John Wendling both made the team at safety. Brad Scobey and Fred Jackson both made the team at running back as Shaud Williams was released. For the first time in memory, the team did not keep any undrafted college free agent signees. Which cut was the most shocking? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know! Depth Chart.
Friday August 31, 2007
Ellison Hurt: The Bils suffered one significant injury in the short time the starters were on the field last night. Keith Ellison left the game with a sprained ankle. They took an X-ray and it showed there was no break. Dick Jauron did say that the injury wasn't good and they don't know how long he'll be out. If he can't play in the opener, and it appears that is likely, Coy Wire would start in his place. Injury Page.
Players Who Helped Themselves: Many players battling for positions helped themselves with the second half comeback against Detroit. Trent Edwards probably solidified the number two QB spot as he led the team on four long drives including two nice two minute drills to field goals before the half and at the end of the game. Kevin Everett helped himself with three catches in the game. Dwayne Wright ran hard with 51 yards on 12 carries for his best performance of the summer. Fred Jackson probably made the team with another touchdown despite only gaining 2.6 yards per carry. The run defense has a whole did a nice job holding the Lions backups to just 3.3 yards per carry.
Who Hurt Themselves: Marshawn Lynch did nothing to establish himself as the undisputed starter when the season begins. He once again struggled gaining just 9 yards on six carries. That means he finished the preseason with just 37 yards on 22 carries. The offensive line has not gelled as they have not opened up any holes for the ground game and that is a real concern. John DiGiorgio touched a punt that was recovered by the Lions at the six yard line but he was instrumental in holding them to a field goal. Shaud Williams got a chance to play but he only gained 24 yards on seven carries meaning his days in Buffalo may be over although he did out gain Fred Jackson.
Thursday August 30, 2007
Bills Beat Lions 16-13: The Bills wrapped up a lackluster preseason with a come from behind 16-13 win in Detroit to even their record at 2-2. The starting unit struggled once again and fell behind 13-0 before the backups scored 16 unanswered points to win the game. Trent Edwards was impressive once again leading the team on a three long scoring drives in the second half including a 90 yard drive to the game winning 21 yard field goal by Rian Lindell with 1:46 to play. Edwards was 18 of 24 for 182 yards as the third QB in the game and led the Bills to all their scoring drives. John Wendling recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to wrap up the game. Marshawn Lynch struggled once again gaining just 9 yards on six carries. Fred Jackson scored the lone touchdown for the Bills on a five yard run in the third quarter. J.P. Losman finished 5 of 6 for 43 yards in his two series of work.
Bills Ready To End Preseason: The Bills will wrap up the preseason tonight with a game at Detroit at 7pm. It will be nationally televised live by the NFL Network. The Bills admit to needing a lot more work and look to end the preseason on a positive note. Starters will play only a series or two for the Bills. The Lions are resting many starters including QB Jon Kitna and WRs Roy Williams and Mike Furrey.
Manning Heads To Jaguars: One of the players cut by the Bills this week has already found a team. LB Roy Manning signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday.
Wednesday August 29, 2007
Starters To Play Sparingly: As is usually the case in the final preseason game the starters will play sparingly. Dick Jauron said that J.P. Losman will probably play two series. He will be followed by Craig Nall for a couple of series with Trent Edwards getting the rest of the playing time.
Merz Has Torn Labrum: It was confirmed last night that Aaron Merz has a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He will have surgery and that is why he has been placed on season ending injured reserve. Some positive injury news, Sam Aiken and Josh Scobey should be back in action tomorrow night. Injury Page.
Tuesday August 28, 2007
Bills Release Three: The Bills got down to the 75 roster limit by releasing three players this afternoon. Gone are WR Felton Huggins, OT Walter Stith, and S Jon Corto. Stith was on the practice squad last year and may be a candidate this year. Corto is an Orchard Park native and his feel good story comes to an end unless he ends up on the practice squad. The team actually has 76 players on the roster but Daniel Watts does not count since he will be on the practice squad as an international allocation but he's not eligible for the active roster. Depth Chart.
Merz On IR: The Bills made a roster move by placing Aaron Merz on injured reserve ending his season. Merz has missed almost all of training camp with a shoulder injury. The MRI had come up negative but he has been unable to get back on the field. The move now leaves the Bills with three roster moves needed by 4pm today to get down to the 75 man roster limit. In other injury news, Lee Evans is bothered by a sore calf and that will likely be enough to have him sit out the preseason finale. Angelo Crowell may end up sitting it out as well as his sore knee continues to bother him. Injury Page.
Coaches Upset: It was obvious that the coaches were upset about the team's performance against Tennessee on Friday night. They showed their displeasure with a hard two hour practice yesterday. The coaches were very vocal in the session as they worked on specific areas that need fixing. Dick Jauron is especially not pleased with the running attack saying they have a long way to go in a short period of time.
Monday August 27, 2007
Thomas Injures Finger: Kiwaukee Thomas dislocated a finger on his left hand during practice today. He went to the hospital to have it re-set and is fine, he should play on Thursday night. Melvin Fowler returned to practice and Langston Walker left early because of a stomach ailment. Injury Page.
Bills Release Six: The Bills got a jump start on the first cuts by releasing six players. They need to release four more by Tomorrow's 4pm deadline to get the roster to 75 players. NFL Europe exemptions no longer apply after Tuesday. The cuts are: LB Roy Manning, WR Donovan Morgan, QB Kevin Eakin, CB Reggie Lewis and Chris Thompson, and P/K D.J. Fitzpatrick. Morgan is a slight surprise since he performed fairly well in the preseason but he did get banged up in the second game against Atlanta. Manning was on the team late last season and it is a bit of a surprise he would get cut this early. Depth Chart.
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