Great Opportunity Ahead: Drew Bledsoe re-iterated to the media that the team needs to eliminate the mistakes and play more consistently. He said that has been addressed and playing the defending champions is a great opportunity to get things back on track. Bledsoe called the winning streak for the Patriots very impressive and his hat is off to them. He says the most impressive thing about the Patriots defense is that they bend but never give up the game breaking play. He called them a physical and very smart defense. He knows the offense will have to be precise in their execution to be successful.
Peters Working At Tackle: Practice squad tight end Jason Peters has changed his number and now appears to be working exclusively at tackle. Coach Mularkey confirmed that Peters has gotten some looks at tackle all year but now is working more with that group.
Mularkey Knows Adjustments Will Be Necessary: Mike Mularkey held his normal media day press conference today and said he did not read or thumb through the book just released in New England that seems to be the focus of the media this week. He said if the book will give the team extra incentive that is fine with him. It is up to each individual if the book will motivate him. On the Patriots, Mularkey says he has an idea of where Belichick will attack the Bills on offense and doesn't expect to be too surprised. The coach knows they will get something that they haven't prepared for from Belichick and he must be ready to adjust. On the Patriots winning streak, he said he's not emphasizing it, he's more concerned about the Bills own streak. He knows it is an important game because they need a win and it is a division game but he won't put more pressure on the team than there already is.
Pucillo, Villarial, Williams On Report: Mike Pucillo and Chris Villarial are on the injury report as questionable. Pucillo has a back injury and Villarial has an abdominal injury. Villarial only practiced on Monday this week, they will see how he is tomorrow before making any determination about him but coach Mularkey doesn't know how significant the injury is. Shaud Williams joins J.P. Losman and Lawyer Milloy as out for this game. Injury Report.
Belichick Has Motivation: Bill Belichick told the Western New York media that his team will be motivated for the game because of last year's season opening loss in Buffalo 31-0. He said his team will not dwell on their winning streak since the Bills will be a tough opponent. Belichick also declined to talk about a book that is out in New England in which Belichick talks about Drew Bledsoe has a player that has lost it. He said that book has comments that are two years old.
Losman Running: J.P. Losman actually did some running at half speed yesterday and sounded very optimistic about his recovery today. His went 100 yards, three times at half speed and simulated some passing drops at half speed. He said the bone is growing much faster than anticipated and the swelling is way down. Losman feels he can return as early as three weeks from now. Empire is reporting that he feels he can practice after the Jets game on October 10th. He is listed as out this week obviously along with Lawyer Milloy. Injury Report.
How Negative Are You: After a terrible 0-2 start, many Bills fans have a doomsday scenario surrounding the team. Bills Daily correspondent Tony Bogyo has been looked at by some readers of this site as a pessimist. Well, he has created a quiz to see where you stack up regarding your opinions about the 2004 Bills. Complete Story.
Tuesday September 28,2004
Three Healthy Players Miss Practice: The Bills had a full practice yesterday but were without Willis McGahee, Shane Matthews, and Troy Vincent. McGahee and Matthews couldn't get a flight in from Florida because of Hurricane Jeanne. Vincent was excused once again for personal reasons. He missed all of last week also. He is expected to rejoin the team today.
Losman May Return In 5 Weeks: As we reported yesterday, J.P. Losman is progressing ahead of schedule. His agent told AP that he believes his client will be back on the practice field in five weeks. He's aiming for a return on November 1st. He praised the Bills decision for Losman to have surgery to insert pins in his broken leg as aiding in the recovery time. In other injury news, Shaud Williams missed practice with the knee injury he suffered last week. Injury Page.
Bills Have Tough Test: The Bills have their toughest test of the young season so far when the Patriots come to town on Sunday. Both teams are coming off of byes and have had two weeks to get ready. The Patriots are looking for an NFL record tying 18th straight victory while the Bills are looking to salvage their season with a monumental upset. Game Preview.
Monday September 27, 2004
Bills Back To Work: The Bills went back to work today preparing for the Patriots. This will be a normal game week with one exception. Today normally would have been a film review day, thanks to the bye the team was able to get that out of the way last week and had a full practice today.
Losman Progressing: Tom Donahoe told the media that J.P. Losman is ahead of schedule in his recovery from his broken leg suffered in the preseason. He will have another MRI this week to see how much he has progressed. Injury Page.
Bills Move Up: The Bills were off yesterday but managed to move up a tick in the AFC East standings. The Dolphins lost in rain soaked Miami last night to the Steelers 13-3. The loss makes the Dolphins 0-3 and moves the Bills a 1/2 game ahead of Miami and out of the cellar. The Bills get back to work today after having the weekend off as preparations for the Patriots begin in earnest. The team had three practices last week to shore up some of the shortcomings on the team, specifically on offense.
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