Henry's Leg Not Broken: Travis Henry is out for this week, while Troy Vincent and Josh Reed are listed as questionable until further notice. The MRI proved that Henry does not have a fracture, there is no time frame for when he returns. Jonas Jennings did not practice today but is not on the injury report. He will practice tomorrow and will play on Sunday. Vincent took more reps today then he did at any point since being injured. They will see how he progresses during the week. Both Vincent and Reed will be gametime decisions. The coach isn't rushing to get either player back since those positions have performed well without them. He will use them in proper situations when they are healthy enough to play. Injury Report.
Cheeseburgers On The Menu Again: Coach Mularkey said that the Bills signed Luke Lawton to the practice squad to handle some reps in practice with Travis Henry being out. Coach Mularkey talked about how Mike Williams has been overpowering the past several weeks and has had a real good year. He talked about that everything feels a lot better after a win. He even got in the trenches to teach a blocking technique to the tight ends. The coach knows it will be a bit tougher to shutdown Jason Taylor this time since he is moving around more along the line. The team needs to be aware of where he is at all the time. Mularkey also is originally from South Florida but he is stressing that it is a business trip and all the players need to take responsibility to not let outside distractions effect their play. When asked about the menu on Saturday, he hesitated to admit that the players will eat cheeseburgers again but he did admit to keeping the menu the same.
Blue Print Offense Rounding Into Form: Drew Bledsoe spoke to the media in his usual Wednesday press conference. He talked about how encouraging it is that the team has started to play with the blueprint that the coaching staff had developed over the offseason. He talked about how great the offensive line is playing and not getting the positive press that they deserve. Their play has helped Willis McGahee gain his yards. He feels that Mike Williams is playing at such a high level you don't even notice it. He thinks Williams is becoming dominant and is having a very good year. The play of the defense and special teams allowed the offense to overcome the three turnovers last week calling it part of being a team. He praised the Dolphins as a team playing very hard with passion and aggressiveness. They don't look like a team that his struggling like their record indicates. He expects a low scoring defensive struggle and it will be a hard game to win for the Bills.
McGahee Homecoming: Willis McGahee is coming home to South Florida this week and he says it is an opportunity he has been waiting on but he will not focus on it. He expects to come out and do what he has been doing. He has 80 tickets for his family for this game but that number may rise when he accounts for some high school friends. It will be pretty good to go back and play in the area where he played in college. He called this year, his introduction year and people will see the real McGahee next year as his knee becomes 100%. He once again praised his offensive line and Daimon Shelton for their great blocks in given him the success he has achieved so far.
Bills Add Lawton: The Bills added Luke Lawton to the practice squad. Lawton was an undrafted free agent and signed with the Bills in April but was released before the start of the season. To make room they released WR Kahlil Hill.
Letdown Can't Happen: The Bills should beat a Miami team that has won only two games all year. They got the road monkey off their backs last week and should go down South brimming with confidence. The trap is, that they need to avoid a letdown because on any given Sunday, any team can win. The Dolphins are an injury riddled team that will be without Zach Thomas along with other defensive injuries. That should help the Bills run the ball against the 29th ranked run defense. Complete Preview.
Tuesday November 30, 2004
Recent Success Can Hurt Development: The Bills have been successful recently and that has Bills fans excited. Tony Bogyo takes a look at the recent success and does have a lot of good things to say about the team. He is cautious however about the winning streak and the threat that it will hamper the development of next year's team. Complete Story.
Henry's Future: The future of Travis Henry gets cloudier by the day. He obviously is not in the Bills long range plans making a trade in the off season inevitable. The fact that he hasn't played much has hurt his trade value. Now add his latest leg injury and that can further reduce the draft pick the Bills receive in any trade. If Henry returns to action this year as expected and gets some legitimate playing time that can help his trade value. The fact is, with the way Willis McGahee is playing that is unlikely. Tom Donahoe re-iterated the team's stance yesterday when answering questions on the team's website. He said they have not explored any trade and like having two high quality running backs. If Henry's trade value dips further, they may actually keep him next year. Of course, Henry may not be the good soldier he is this year, if he has to spend another year as a backup when he definitely good enough to start on most teams.
Monday November 29, 2004
Offense Executed Very Well: Coach Mularkey thought execution from start to finish yesterday was very good offensively. The tape showed there are still areas that they can work on and learn from, as it always is. He praised the young defensive players who have played well in the scheme and haven't tried to do too much. He thought Willis McGahee played his best game yesterday, he used an extra gear that he hadn't seen earlier in the year. He said they have the unconventional plays in the gameplan every week the situation has to be right to run them and they had those situations yesterday. He said the start of the season was disappointing but there is nothing they can do about that now. They need to attack each game and do the best the can and not worry about what other teams do.
Henry's Injury Not That Serious: Coach Mularkey said today that after further evaluation the injury to Travis Henry may not be season ending. It appears he may not have a broken bone in his leg as originally feared. The team is doing a further examination and we should know more on Wednesday. Also on the injury front, Jonas Jennings is expected to miss a day of practice after separating his shoulder yesterday. He did return to the game. Injury Report.
Bills Finish Game: Drew Bledsoe said it was nice to see the team finish a game on the road. They changed it up a bit by coming out of the no huddle and throwing a bit more on early downs. He thought it was great to overcome the three turnovers. Coach Mularkey fired up the troops by telling them it was their responsibility to be ready to play on the road and the players took it to heart. It was the first time all year they were really ready to play on the road. Bledsoe praised the offensive line and backs for picking up the blitzes very well. They also got over the achilles heel on third downs as they were able to convert to keep drives alive. They were 8 of 10 on third downs into the third quarter. He felt it was great to perform well in front of 200 friends and family and that meant a lot to him. He was in a real comfort zone as the team is taking it one game at a time. The team is already looking ahead to playing in a tough environment next week in Miami who got some momentum with a win yesterday.
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