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NEWS ARCHIVES - AUG 15TH - AUG 21ST, 2005 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Win 2nd Preseason Game In A Row

AP photo - J.P. Losman Losman Pleased With Strong Peformance, Win: J.P. Losman addressed the media following the 27-7 win over the Packers yesterday. He called it a great feeling to get his first touchdown out of the way even though it was a preseason game. He said his touchdown run was suppose to be a pass to Mark Campbell but it was an easier run than pass. He felt the move to bury his head down and barrel forward for a first down on one scramble wasn't smart since it was preseason but it's hard not to do. He had fun scrambled around and doesn't like to lose even one play, that is why he kept plays alive so long tonight. One play lasted a whopping 13 seconds before he threw it away. It was nice for the young quarterback to have many family members and friends in town for the game. He thinks they definitely got better this week as they corrected the mistakes they made last week. He was a little upset by his apparent safety but got over it when he knew they were getting called for a penalty. He said he needs to learn to get rid of it quickly when they are backed up by their own goal line. He called it a strong performance this week and learned a lot from the 15 play field goal drive. He was getting tired and plans to run more conditioning drills this week. He knows he needs to stop taking the shots he's been taking and everyone in the organization is harping on it. He said he's trying to get down but it isn't fun and he is thinking about getting the first down. He knows he needs to get it in his head to get down once he gets the first down.

Mularkey Pleased With Offense: Coach Mularkey talked about the win over the Packers after the game. He said the offense did something with the big plays made by the special teams and the defense. He was very happy with the way the offense held onto the ball and their third down conversion rate. They had the ball for more than 36 minutes and were 9 of 16 on third downs but were 6 of 8 in the first half. The coach was especially pleased with how the offense overcame some penalties to keep drives alive, like a holding penalty on the first field goal drive. He thinks the team was better in all three phases than they were last week. He doesn't want J.P. Losman to make a habit of running the ball but his talent shows in that part of his game. With a first year starter his first instinct is to run and he succeeded. He took what they gave him and that was the run. He will continue to work with Losman to go down instead of taking hits like he did once again tonight. He was glad Losman had another chance of running the two minute offense but mistakes were made in that drill that will be worked on. The coach wants to see Lionel Gates take the ball inside more and was happy to see him do that on his 14 yard touchdown run. He liked how they had a good kickoff return and turned it into seven points. They wanted an opportunity to see Rian Lindell on the long range field goal kicks, after he hit the 54 yarder in the third quarter they wanted to give him another chance at it in the fourth quarter when he missed it a bit wide right. The coach was pleased that the team got three points off of the Jabari Greer interception. He liked how Greer got a great break on the ball and made the pick for the second week in a row.


Saturday August 20, 2005

Moulds Ok: Coach Mularkey said after the game that Eric Moulds is ok, he just took a shot to the ribs. He left the game, but he was about to come out anyway since he was at the end of his rotation. Moulds said it is nothing major and that he just got the wind knocked out of him. The injury to Tim Euhus will be looked at further tomorrow. Right now it appears to be a strained pectoral muscle to the head coach but they will no more after he is re-evaluated tomorrow. Other than that there are the normal bumps, bruises, and dislocated fingers. Injury Page.

Backup RB Job Muddled: Many players helped themselves in the win over the Packers tonight. Lionel Gates got the majority of the running tonight in the battle for the backup RB spot. He carried the ball seven times for 36 yards including a nice touchdown run. ReShard Lee struggled running the ball gaining just 15 yards on 9 carries. He had a 29 yard run called back because of a holding penalty and he had a huge 69 yard kickoff return to help his case. Shaud Williams didn't carry the ball tonight. Coach Mularkey wanted to give others the opportunity to fight for the backup job and Williams was nursing an undisclosed injury which cost him practice time this week. He did play however. Joe Burns also kept pace with a healthy 7.3 yards per carry average. He gained 29 yards on four carries.

Reed, Haddad Shine: The battle for the third wide receiver job heated up tonight. Drew Haddad and Josh Reed both had ample playing time tonight and both performed well. Reed led all receivers with 35 yards on three catches. Haddad had 26 yards on three catches and the 37 yard punt return to his credit. Haddad also had an 18 yard reception called back because of a penalty. George Wilson tried to keep pace with two catches for 30 yards.

Holcomb Sharp: If J.P. Losman goes down the team may be ok. Kelly Holcomb was sharp as he completed 7 of 9 pass for 79 yards as he started the second half. Losman played the whole first half. Shane Matthews saw some time in the fourth quarter and Tory Woodbury finished the game off at QB.

Ritzmann Plays Well: Besides the above mentioned players, others helped themselves as well. Constantin Ritzmann had his second two sack game in a row with two late takedowns of the Packers backup QBs. Jabari Greer has pretty much locked down the nickel job with his second interception in as many weeks. Rian Lindell showed why he doesn't need any competition at kicker as he drilled a 41 and a 54 yard field goal. He did barely miss a second 54 yard attempt late in the game. Nate Clements continued to make his case for a big contract as he made some nice hits in run support. Who do you think helped themselves the most? Take our poll on our homepage.

Geisinger Struggles: Rookie 6th round draft pick Justin Geisinger may be the lone player that really hurt himself in the game. He was called for two big holding penalties in the third quarter. The first one brought back a third down conversion. The second one kept the Bills from entering the red zone.

Bills Get Win: The Bills got three touchdown runs and two Rian Lindell field goals enroute to a 27-7 win over the Packers. Green Bay got things going first as they took the opening kickoff and took it 75 yards in 13 plays to make Brett Favre's only series a success on a touchdown pass to Ahman Green to give them a 7-0 lead. It was all Buffalo after that, the offense got off to the fast start they coveted as they scored on their first three possessions to take a 17-7 lead. A J.P. Losman one yard touchdown run and a Willis McGahee six yard scramble were sandwiched around a Rian Lindell 41 yard field goal. The two touchdowns were setup by two fantastic returns. ReShard Lee took the kickoff back 69 yards following Green's score. Drew Haddad had a 37 yard return after having a fumbled punt nullified by a Packer penalty. Lindell added a 54 yard field goal in the second half to go along with a 14 yard touchdown run by Lionel Gates to wrap up the scoring in the rout. Losman did more with his feet than his arm. He was tied with Gates for the team lead with 36 yards rushing, he did it on just five carries. He threw for 59 yards on 7 of 14 with no picks. He was sacked for a safety but that was also nullified by a Packer penalty.

Moulds, Euhus Leave Game: Eric Moulds and Tim Euhus left tonight's game with injuries. Moulds suffered bruised ribs and the injury isn't considered serious. Euhus hurt his shoulder, no word on his condition yet. He was listed as questionable to return but did not. Injury Page.

Bills, Packers Set To Battle: The Bills and Packers meet again, just two weeks after hooking up in Lambeau Field for a scrimmage they battle tonight at 6pm at sold out Ralph Wilson Stadium. As we reported yesterday, the Packers have spent more time working on the Bills blitz scheme to be better prepared than they were two weeks ago. The Bills will be looking for a fast start offensively and to see if there is any more separation in the battle for the second running back spot. Other big battles to watch for are the third wide receiver spot and the fourth defensive end job.


Friday August 19, 2005

Packers To Be Ready: The Packers took extra time in yesterday's practice to prepare for the Bills exotic blitz schemes. One report says that their coaches were a little annoyed that the Bills defense blitzed so much in the scrimmage two weeks ago. Coach Mike Sherman said he wasn't upset and wasn't about to ask the Bills not to play the type of defense they always play. He did say that he didn't expect them to blitz as much as they did two weeks ago.

Losman Excited: J.P. Losman told the media after yesterday's practice that he's excited about his first home preseason game as a starter. Since it's sold out there are a lot of people showing support and playing against Brett Favre again is going to be fun. He hopes to be more settled down then he was at the beginning of the Colts game last week. He doesn't want it to take a whole quarter to warm up. He says he will do what the coach's ask, it doesn't matter how little or how much he plays on Saturday night. A huge point for the offense is to start off fast this week after the slow start last week.


Thursday August 18, 2005

Decisions On Playing Time To Be Made: Coach Mularkey said the coaching staff will finalize tomorrow night how much the first team will play Saturday night against Green Bay. He expects the Packers to respond from what was perceived to be a poor outing against the Bills during the scrimmage two weeks ago. Marv Levy was at camp today and he told Coach Mularkey he liked what he saw in the first preseason game. He had a lot of nice things to say about the team. Mularkey said Levy's one of the best to ever coach in the NFL and told his players to respect what he had to say.

Injury Policy Under Fire: There seems to be a growing issue between Coach Mularkey and the media over the team's release of injury information. As we reported last week, the club's policy is to have nobody talk about injuries except for Mularkey and he has been extremely vague, not giving exact information. An article in the Buffalo News today by Jerry Sullivan also struck out at the team for their secrecy. He opened his press conference after today's practice by going over the entire injury report including players that have been on IR or PUP for a while. He also quipped that Lauvale Sape had the sniffles but they turned his air conditioning down and Bennie Anderson has an upset stomach from eating too many vegetables. On the true injury front, Willis McGahee practiced fully for the second straight day and Shaud Williams returned to practice after missing the past two days for undisclosed bumps and bruises. Rod Trafford also returned after missing all week with a bruised knee. Injury Page.

Negotiation Window Small: The Bills have a small window to negotiate a new deal for Nate Clements. Both sides say they will not negotiate once the season starts. Clements is looking to become the highest paid corner that would be in the range of the 7 year, $63 Million deal signed by Champ Bailey this off season. That deal included an $18 Million signing bonus. That price may be too steep for Tom Donahoe who never likes to pay that much money for a player. He said it helps that Clements wants to stay but he adds you never know once you start throwing numbers around. He described his meeting with agent Todd France as cordial as they laid the parameters and timetable for negotiations. France spoke with WGR radio and said the will take the approach of looking for top dollar like you always do with a player of Clements' caliber. He said it's too early too tell if he's confident or not that a deal can be reached. He feels it depends on how bad the Bills want him and if it works for both sides. France has six clients on the Bills and says he has a good relationship with the team. Do you think the Bills will be able to pull of an extension? Let us know what you think by answering the poll question on the homepage.

Moulds, Losman Connect: Eric Moulds and J.P. Losman have had trouble connecting in camp but that seems to be behind them now after the two connected for two touchdown passes in the morning session yesterday. Other players that shined yesterday were Drew Haddad, Brad Cieslak, and Rian Lindell who hit a "pressure" 47 yard field goal.


Wednesday August 17, 2005

Tom Clements On The Field: Coach Mularkey spoke to the media today after the two-a-day sessions. He said that offensive coordinator Tom Clements will be on the field this year instead of in the press box. The reason being is that he feels more comfortable there and they think things will run smoother with good play calling flow. He feels Willis McGahee got through both workouts fine and ran well, he expects it to happen again tomorrow. He will let J.P. Losman get his first start at home jitters out of the way. The last three days have been good hard, physical practices with lots of reps but the coach plans to cut back tomorrow and Friday as they get ready for Saturday night's game. The players have a "bring it on" mentality in practice and it is carrying over into the games, he doesn't expect that to stop.

Clements Wants Top Dollar: Nate Clements would not talk about his contract negotiations when he spoke to the media today. He said he can only control what he does on the field. He said he loves Buffalo and wants to stay here. He feels he's the best cornerback in the game and wants to be compensated like that because he won't settle for less in anything. He said his agent's main reason for being in Buffalo is to visit with his clients. His agent said negotiations are in their preliminary stages but their mentality is to make him the highest paid corner in the game.

McGahee Practices: Willis McGahee returned to practice this morning and told WGR radio that he's 100 percent. He was held out of practice the past two days but took part in all the workouts today and seemed to go full speed with no problems. Injury Page.

Preseason Opener Sold out: Thanks to Turkey Hill Dairy Saturday's kids day is a sellout and the preseason game against the Packers will now be televised in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. The ice cream maker bought the remaining tickets for the Kids day festivities that includes the 6pm preseason home opener. Turkey Hill is re-launching their Bills Stampede Sunday flavor ice cream today at St. John Fisher.

Clements Contract Talk: The agent for Nate Clements arrived at training camp last night and will meet with Tom Donahoe today to begin what is expected to be lengthy negotiation on a new long term deal for the all-pro defensive back. We reported a few weeks back that his agent was expected at some point in camp. Donahoe said they will talk throughout the preseason to try and get something done but they don't know if that is possible until they begin discussions. Clements has stated publicly that he wants to remain a Bill. His initial five year contract ends after this season and a big pay day awaits in free agency if a deal doesn't get done.

Losman Wants Fast Start: J.P. Losman said after yesterday's practice that he is ready to tear it up on Saturday night and get off to a fast start. He said the team is still installing the offense and will continue to install when they are game planning for an opponent. He feels the other defenses he's faced so far are slow compared to their own defense. He thinks the more looks he gets in practice will help him out when the season starts. He feels it will be awesome to start at home, he will feed off of the crowd and their energy, but he will try to calm himself down. He thinks the jitters he has will be gone after one play.

Parrish On Sidelines: Roscoe Parrish returned to the sidelines during last night's practice. He was wearing a cast on his wrist and his arm was in a sling. He did not talk to reporters about his injury.

McGahee Says He's Ok: Willis McGahee did talk to reporters but wouldn't elaborate on his injured leg. He said nothing at all is wrong and said he would not go against the coach's decision to hold him out of practice. It appears he felt he could workout yesterday afternoon. He did some light running on the sidelines but did not participate in drills last night. Injury Page.


Tuesday August 16, 2005

Offense Bounces Back: Coach Mularkey said today's session was very good and they got a lot of work done and were very competitive. He feels the offense responded in 11 on 11 drills with a very good tempo. They got a lot of good physical work in and it was nice to see the offense bounce back from a bad practice last night. The coach feels real good about the backups at the running back spot, he feels all of them have been productive and have shined in some form when they had their opportunities. On Chris Kelsay, he said he's confident and goes 100mph on every play. The coach thinks he will be a force to be reckoned with. He would be shocked if Kelsay doesn't have a good year. Drew Haddad has seen his reps increased because of his performance on Friday and he may get in earlier on Saturday night, as the coach tries to rotate the slot receiver more often to get a good look at all of them. The coach remains very happy with what they have accomplished in this camp. They didn't start from scratch this year, so they have been able to not go full tilt all the time. He did add that the practices have been very up tempo.

McGahee Expected To Play: Willis McGahee sat out today's practice once again but Coach Mularkey expects him to play on Saturday night. Shaud Williams was given a blow today because he's worked very hard and the coach wanted to give him a breather. McGahee was in pads but didn't do any work. They will make a judgment tomorrow and whether or not he'll take part in either of the two practices. Rod Trafford was working a bit today and they will see how he makes it through after getting swelling on his knee. Injury Page.

Position Battles Shaping Up: As camp hits the midway point there are many position battles shaping up causing us to shuffle our depth chart a bit. There is a strong battle between two undrafted free agents fighting for the fourth defensive end spot if there is one. Last year's undrafted signee Constantin Ritzmann and this year's version George Gause are fighting it out. The other battles are well chronicled by us including the backup running back job, which Shaud Williams seems to have the early upper hand. The third wide receiver role is now up for grabs and we reported on that earlier today. The nickel back job seems to be in the bag for Jabari Greer as Kevin Thomas recovers from off season surgery. What is nice is that no starting jobs appear to be on the line except for the battle for the starting defensive tackle spot next to Sam Adams. The battle between Ron Edwards and Tim Anderson is now a three-way race as Justin Bannan has performed very well in camp. Depth Chart.

Losman Vents Frustration: During a poor performance in last night's practice, J.P. Losman vented some frustration and cursed within earshot of some youngsters. He later would go over to them and apologize for using foul language. Coach Mularkey had nothing to do with that, he wasn't even aware that Losman apologized. Losman said the coaches are working on his problem of letting his emotions out. He called it the toughest practice so far as the offensive performance goes. There were many penalties but they did finish off strong. He said he has no favorites in the battle for the third receiver spot but praised Drew Haddad for always being in the right place. The QB also talked about his performance against the Colts after seeing the films. He didn't think nerves played a part in his first start. He said he could have made better throws and it took a while to get warmed up. He didn't blame it on mechanics, saying he's not a mechanical type guy when it comes to playing, he is a natural type of player. He knows players struggle at sometimes but the good ones bounce back. He is happy he found his groove in the 2nd quarter, sometimes you don't find it until the 4th quarter.

Offense Lacks Crispness Under The Lights: Coach Mularkey told the media that they had an up and down offensive practice last night. In certain periods they weren't efficient in other periods they weren't. On Greg Jerman the coach feels he's done a real nice job for being signed later in the offseason. He has shown flexibility and will get some work at left tackle. On Constantin Ritzmann, he feels he may get some more reps with the first team since he had good production on Friday night. His problem is he isn't great at the point of attack against the run. The team is questioning some of the 19 penalties called on Friday night. They need not to put any doubts in the refs minds, that would make them call penalties.

Third Receiver Open: The coach told the media that the third receiver slot is wide open now that Roscoe Parrish is out at least into the season. The coach said the team needs to get better at that position to help third down conversions improve. Drew Haddad will be seeing his reps going up after a strong performance against the Colts. He has shown some worth as an inside slot receiver according to the coach. Josh Reed is also in the mix and will get his opportunity but it doesn't appear to be his job to lose.

McGahee Held Out: Coach Mularkey held Willis McGahee out of last night's practice. McGahee came up limping during Friday night's scrimmage. He came back for one more series and the coach said he wasn't injured, just near the end of his scheduled rotation. McGahee did not come out of the locker room for the second half. He was in pads and his right leg was heavily taped last night. The coach said he was being cautious with him and he was being smart about it as McGahee doesn't need the work. He refused to say he was hurt but said he may have a tweak in the leg. He hasn't decided yet if he will practice this afternoon. In other injury news, Rod Trafford was held out with some swelling on the knee that showed up on Sunday. Kevin Thomas will start working a little bit more after a flare up a couple of weeks ago with his surgically repaired knee.

Parrish Out Until Season: Roscoe Parrish will not begin practicing until sometime during the season, the coach said. He would not elaborate on the nature of the wrist injury but ruled him out for the rest of the preseason. This is the first time the coach gave even a hint of a timetable for this return. If the wrist is broken, it normally takes between 6 and 8 weeks to heal. Injury Page.


Monday August 15, 2005

Kelly Working With Losman: Jim Kelly was in Watkins Glen to be the grand marshal of an auto race. He took time out to speak to reporters about football. He said J.P. Losman has all the skills needed to be successful. He even quipped that he wishes he had his talent. Kelly has started mentoring Losman saying he has shared his experiences with him and has watched some film with the young quarterback.

Bills Vague On Injuries: There seems to be a new unwritten rule at One Bills Drive this year. The team has become more vague when talking about injuries. Coach Mularkey has forbidden players from discussing their injuries with the media and Mularkey has not given any specifics on player injuries. He wouldn't tell reporters the exact injury suffered by either Lawrence Smith or Roscoe Parrish. The team has always been vague on timetables for player returns but they are really vague this year as they won't even give a preliminary time for Parrish to return.



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