Whitner Number Switch: The first big purchase with his new contract was a number for Donte Whitner. He purchased the #20 from Shaud Williams for an undisclosed sum that is seven figures with the decimal point. Whitner did not want to wear his issued #36 because it belonged to his predecessor Lawyer Milloy. He also wanted #20 because many great safeties wear that number. He wore #9 at Ohio State.
Starter Soon At QB: Dick Jauron said yesterday he thinks he knows who will start at QB on Saturday against Carolina but that will not mean that person is the starter entering the season. A final decision was expected to be made last night after a meeting with the coaches but he doesn't plan on making it public until Thursday or Friday. He said the starter this week may be based on seniority or reverse seniority. Expect Kelly Holcomb to get the nod for the first preseason game.
Vincent In The Slot: Troy Vincent embraced the move to free safety over a year ago, now he finds himself playing some corner as well. During some formations he has lined up in the slot to take advantage of his cover skills. No word yet on if he will play there at times during the season.
Linebacker Shuffle: The release of Jeff Posey helped bring about a bit of a shuffle at linebacker. Josh Stamer is now backing up Angelo Crowell on the weakside while Mario Haggan remains the prime backup to Takeo Spikes on the strong side. Stamer is a better fit than Posey since he fits the mold of smaller, quicker players. In the middle of the defense Courtney Watson appears to have passed Liam Ezekiel as the number two middle linebacker behind London Fletcher. We already had him as the #2 on our depth chart.
Monday August 7, 2006
Monday Practice Notes: The offense was victim of too many penalties and three dropped passes during today's workout. Other than that, both QBs performed well according to the team's official website. Special teams did some work on onside kicks and the defense had some bright spots including big plays from Aaron Schobel and Ko Simpson.
Evans Returns: Three injured Bills were back on the practice field today. Lee Evans, Ashton Youboty and Dylan McFarland returned to the field. Evans and Youboty participated fully while McFarland was limited. Heading to the locker room during practice was Brad Cieslak with an undisclosed injury. Kiwaukee Thomas misses some practice time with tightness in his leg and LaWaylon Brown did not practice at all because of a leg injury that doesn't appear to be serious. Injury Page.
Whitner Hits The Field: Donte Whitner hit the practice field today for the first time as a Bill. He worked out with the second unit in the team's lone practice of the day today. He felt he did pretty well despite being thrown a curve ball and having to tweak a few small things on the field. Coach Jauron said the running that Whitner did on Saturday and Sunday helped him out. DB coach George Catavolos said you can tell he missed 12 practices as he forgot a few things on the field. No decision has been made on whether or not Whitner will play in Saturday's preseason game.
Release In His Best Interest: After practice today Dick Jauron said he released Jeff Posey now, rather than later, so he has a chance to catch on with another team. The move was in the best interest of the team and Posey. Jauron said Posey is a player that represents the NFL well.
Bills Release Posey: The Bills announced today that they have released Jeff Posey. It is surprising that this move was made at this time although his eventual release would not have been a surprise. Posey lost his starting job to Angelo Crowell at the beginning of camp because Posey is considered too big and not fast enough for the new defense. It was thought that Posey would compete for a backup spot and as a situational pass rushing end. His inflated salary made keeping him not cost effective in the long run. Depth Chart.
Linebacker Shuffle: Anyone following camp closely knows the Bills have made moves with the linebacker corps. As we reported over a week ago, Angelo Crowell has moved into the starting lineup in place of Jeff Posey. The surprise of this move is that Crowell is remaining at the weakside linebacker spot (the non-tight end side) he held last year when Takeo Spikes was out with his Achilles injury. Spikes moves to the strongside spot. He played on that side in Cincinnati and doesn't expect the move to pose a problem. In the Bills new attacking style cover two defense, it doesn't matter too much which side a linebacker plays since they have similar responsibilities.
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