Losman To Act Like A Captain: J.P. Losman addressed the media after practice today to talk about being officially named the backup quarterback for the team. He called it a disappointment as a competitor and all he will do is support the move, the quarterback, and the teammates as the captain he is. He is going to stay positive in his new role. It will be a challenge to prepare as a starter even though he isn't one but he's doing ok with it at this time. When asked if he got a raw deal, he chose his words carefully and called it a tough situation and will let the situation sink in before he analyzes it, he will just ride it out. He expects to be ready to play if he needs to get in there.
Five Held Out Of Practice: The Bills had several players that did not practice today because of injuries. Not on the field were Chris Kelsay, Leon Joe, Ryan Denney, Jim Leonhard, and Josh Stamer. Dick Jauron said it doesn't look like Kelsay will practice until Friday at the earliest making it unlikely he will play this week with his ankle sprain. On the positive front, Sam Aiken practiced fully after missing last week's game with a hamstring strain. Ryan Neufeld and Ashton Youboty both practice on a limited basis. Neufeld has a quad injury that wasn't reported earlier, Youboty is still battling his ankle injury. Injury Page.
Edwards Is The Starter, Not Just This Week: Dick Jauron called this week a tough game since both team's have their backs against the wall and have had some tough losses. He said they will have to play their best game to win it. He confirmed that Trent Edwards is the starter, not just for this week. He will be treated like any other starter and it is his job until someone takes it from him. Jauron said he likes both of his young guys. He feels Edwards has gotten better every week although he acknowledged they haven't scored too many points behind either guy. He also said it isn't fair to J.P. Losman but life isn't fair. He feels J.P. is ready to play if needed and did a nice job on gameday last week. It was hard for him to tell Losman he has lost his starting job. He feels he has the ability to be a good QB in the league and he works hard.
Jets Stick With Pennington: The Jets have decided to stick with Chad Pennington at quarterback. There has been talk of them switching to former 2nd round draft pick Kellen Clemens. Coach Eric Mangini said he liked his decision making process during last week's loss to the Bengals when looking at film. He also feels comfortable with this decision. Many Jet fans have been clamoring to see the young player.
Jets Could Be Dangerous: The Bills seem to be on the way up while the Jets are wallowing in a really bad year, worse then the Bills. That doesn't mean a Bills victory however, as the Jets should be desperate as they are on notice that no job is safe, that will make them dangerous on Sunday. Complete Preview.
Bills Add Two: The Bills added two players to the practice squad today to fill the open spots. WR Felton Huggins and LB Blake Costanzo are the newest players on the taxi squad. Huggins was with the team this summer before being released in late August. Costanzo was with the Jets this summer and was originally an undrafted free agent signee by the Jets in 2006. He received All-Europa honors this year playing for the Rhein Fire.
Owners Meeting Goes Well Bills Owner Ralph Wilson feels the owners meeting went well and that the Bills playing games in Toronto is a real possiblity. In a statement Wilson said that the discussions were constructive and encouraging. He expects the matter to be finalized. The owners will vote on the plan most likely at their next meeting within two months. The Bills are looking to play a regular season game in Toronto starting next year and going through the end of the lease in 2012 and a preseason game there in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
Tuesday October 23, 2007
Edwards Move Appears Final: Although Dick Jauron didn't say it exactly, it appears Trent Edwards is now the starting quarterback and it is not a week to week thing. He released a statement through the team's website saying, "We are naming Trent Edwards as our starting quarterback, I have spoken with both Trent and J.P. Losman and want to get the word out to our fans." He said he will address the issue further in his usual Wednesday media day press conference.
Edwards Again: The team's official website reports that the coach has decided to stick with Trent Edwards this week against the Jets. No word yet on if this is a permanent move or if the decision remains on a week to week basis. The offensive coaches were very impressed with how Edwards ran the no huddle offense against the Ravens. They were also happy with how his cadence kept the aggressive defense off balance and forcing them to jump offsides on several plays.
League Owners Talking About Toronto: The owners meeting is taking place in Philadelphia today and tomorrow. Not much is expected out of it except that the owners will talk about the Bills plan to play in Toronto. WGR is reporting that the team is only looking to play one regular season game over the next four or five years in Toronto. Ralph Wilson is not adverse to playing a preseason game there as well to save the season ticket holders some money. Erie County has approved the plan as has the state.
Players Off: The players were given an extra day off yesterday to celebrate the win. It is the first time this year that Dick Jauron has given the players an extra day off. There are two big QB issues for next week's game against the Jets. We should know later today or tomorrow on who will QB for the Bills. Eric Mangini has also yet to decide if he will bench Chad Pennington for Kellen Clemens.
Monday October 22, 2007
Monday Injury Report: Dick Jauron updated the media on the Bills injuries from the win over the Ravens. The injury to Chris Kelsay is to his ankle, he'll be re-evaluated today. Leon Joe has a bone bruise. Those are the most serious injuries and neither appears to be too bad but there is a chance the Bills will be without them this weekend in the Meadowlands. Kiwaukee Thomas suffered from cramps and is ok. Josh Stamer played through a calf strain. Injury Page.
QB Decision Wednesday: Dick Jauron isn't ready to annoint Trent Edwards as his starting QB for next week's game against the Jets. He said he will evaluate everything and let the players know before practice on Wednesday. It will be hard to hide behind the knee injury of J.P. Losman in this controversy for one more week. Edwards numbers were pedestrian in the win but he does have two wins under his belt.
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