Williams, Urbik Sit: Kyle Urbik was a non participant in practice today with a foot injury. It was in a walking boot and he will be a gametime decision. If he can't go J.J. Unga will get the start in his place. Doug Marrone said on Monday he wants to get Unga more work anyway. Kiko Alonso was limited in practice with a knee injury but is expected to be fine for Sunday. Kyle Williams took his usual day off as he did not practice. He is resting his Achilles that still bothers him after offseason surgery. Injury Page.
Young Player Development: With the Bills all but officially eliminated from the playoff race it is time to evaluate the young players. That evaluation began last week and Doug Marrone liked what he saw from J.J. Unga and Ty Powell. The coach said Unga will get more of a look over the last three games. He is more comfortable at left guard so that means he will eat in to Kraig Urbik's playing time even though he is much better than the always struggling Doug Legursky at left guard. Powell did some good things but it will be harder to get him more reps, according to Marrone, because of the quality of play ahead of him from Manny Lawson and Jerry Hughes. The coach also said the need to get the ball in the hands of Marquise Goodwin more. He would also like to get T.J. Graham more involved but he has to show more consistency first. Depth Chart.
Roster Moves: The Bills made some roster moves today as they released Jamaal Westerman and activated S Johnathan Meeks from the injured reserve designated to return list. The team also swapped wide receivers on the practice squad by releasing Tommy Streeter and bringing back Brandon Kaufman. Westerman was inactive for the first time all year last week and doesn't fit into the future plans of the team as Ty Powell is getting his reps. Meeks was a fifth round draft pick who is now healthy. Kaufman was with the team during the summer and did some good things. Front Office Page.
Was The Optimism Warranted? This week Tony Bogyo takes a look at what the pathetic loss to the Bucs means. Does it mean the team isn't heading in the right direction and are the same old Bills? Or is it just growing pains that happens with a team with a rookie QB and rookie head coach. Complete Story.
Marrone To Simplify Things: A dejected Doug Marrone said after the game that it is time to simplify things for EJ Manuel. They had been giving him more and more and going faster with progressions but they now need to re-evaluate that. The coach stressed they will not be starting over but just getting him re-started.
Post Game Meeting: Doug Marrone got to the podium after the game later than usual as the team captains addressed the team following the game. The coach allowed the captains and other players to speak and clear the air about what has happened and what they need to do going forward. They talked about accountability and needing to improve. Coach Marrone spoke after the players and wrapped everything up.
Gameday Grades: The final score doesn't even begin to tell the story of how badly the Bills were beat. They basically destoryed themselves because Tampa Bay didn't do too much themselves but they didn't have to. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: The Bills played their worst game of the season as the Buccaneers blew out Buffalo 27-6 in a very ugly game in Tampa Bay. Third string running back Bobby Rainey ran 80 yards for a touchdown :18 into the game and it went downhill from there. Mike Glennon threw a 38 yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson and a 5 yarder to Timothy Wright to give the Bucs a 24-3 halftime lead. EJ Manuel could get nothing going offensively as he faced heavy pressure all day and was sacked seven times. He threw four interceptions although two of them were the fault of his receivers. Regardless it doubled his interception total for the season as he only had four picks all year coming in. The game was real ugly for both teams in the second half as there were more penalties than points after the intermission as both teams managed just a field goal. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update: Ron Brooks got hurt covering a first quarter punt. He was down and not moving for several minutes but got up under his own power and was ok. He returned to the game. Brian Moorman got banged up momentarily when he was hit while punting. He was ok and finished the game. Robert Woods was banged up on an interception after a big hit by Darelle Revis. He seemed ok as well. Injury Page.
Inactives: Once again the Bills are totally healthy heading into today's game. That means every scratch is a healthy one, the inactives are: Jeff Tuel, Antoine McClain, Frank Summers, Tony Moeaki, Jamaal Westerman, Mark Asper, and Brandon Smith. Doug Marrone said earlier in the week that Moeaki would be inactive since there wasn't enough time to get him ready to play. Westerman, Summers, and Asper are new in recent weeks to this list. With the bigger Wingo active at running back the team will go with Evan Rodriguez at fullback. J.J. Unga gets the nod over Asper to backup at guard as the team begins to evaluate some young players for the future. Vincent Jackson will play for the Bucs after being listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.
Bills Prepared For Heat: The Bills practiced with the heat turned up in the fieldhouse on Thursday and Friday to prepare them for the heat of Tampa. That is just what they will get for today's game. It will be sunny and warm at kickoff with a gametime temperature of around 80°. Winds will be light out of the South Southeast at 7mph.
Everyone Practicing: The Bills had every player on the practice field today as Marquise Goodwin and Scott Chandler returned to practice. Goodwin left practice early yesterday as a precaution when he tweaked his calf. Chandler missed yesterday because of the birth of his third daughter. Goodwin and Kyle Williams are the only people on the final injury report and they are listed as probable. Injury Page.
Goodwin Leaves Practice Early: Marquise Goodwin left practice early today with a minor calf injury. He was taken out as a precaution but is expected to be fine for the game on Sunday. Kyle Williams returned to practice after sitting Wednesday as he usually does to rest his Achilles. Scott Chandler missed practice because his wife is expecting a baby today. The coaches turned up the heat in the fieldhouse to get the team ready for the hot weather in Tampa. Coach Marrone said he doesn't think newly signed Tony Moeaki will play on Sunday, he doesn't think he will know enough of the offense. Injury Page.
Bounce Back in Tampa? The Bills look to make a quick recovery from the devastating loss in Toronto last week. They have a chance to do just that on Sunday against the 3-9 Buccaneers. Look for the Bills defense to try and bounce back from their worst performance of the year last week. Game Preview.