Bills Dominate Seahawks For Opening Day Win
All Three Phases: The Bills were able to get a dominating victory yesterday against the Seahawks thanks to solid efforts from all three phases of the game. The special teams scored twice and setup another score. The offense struggled at times but made the big plays when needed. The defense dominated an injury depleted Seahawks squad and shut them down. Obviously the first grades of the season are very good. Rian Lindell hit two field goals in the win. Gameday Grades.
Peters Passes Physical: Dick Jauron commented on Jason Peters who finally reported to the team on Saturday. Jauron said Peters passed the team's physical and will be on the field when they practice tomorrow. The team has a two week exemption for Peters but if he picks up the new scheme quickly he may play as early as this Sunday against the Jaguars.
Team Comes Out Healthy: It looks like the Bills came out of the win against Seattle healthy. Bryan Scott and John DiGiorgio both got banged up but would quickly return. Nobody else appeared to suffer any real injuries in the win. Injury Page.
Bills Beat Seahawks 34-10: The Bills special teams scored two touchdowns and setup a third on a fumble recovery as the Bills blew out the Seahawks on opening day at Ralph Wilson Stadium 34-10. Roscoe Parrish had a punt return for a touchdown and Brian Moorman threw a touchdown pass to Ryan Denney on a fake field goal attempt to help lift the Bills to victory. Marshawn Lynch had a touchdown run of 21 yards and finished with 76 yards rushing. Rian Lindell hit two field goals in the win. Complete Story.
Weather Should Be Good: It appears the opening day game will have real nice weather for the tailgaiting and for at least most of the game. With Tropical Storm Hanna heading out of the country while sparing most of Western New York the weather is much better on gameday. At gametime it should be around 68° with partly cloudy skies. It looks like there is a chance of showers late in the fourth quarter as some showers will move into the area. Winds will be out of the west northwest at just under 10mph.
Saturday September 6, 2008
Peters Reports: Jason Peters officially reported to the team today. He took his physical and declined to talk to reporters. The Bilsl won't release any information on his physical or have any comment on his situation until after the game tomorrow.
Costanzo May Play: It's been a whirlwind week for Blake Costanzo. First, he was cut in the last round of cuts a week ago today. Then he was re-signed because of the shocking turn of events involving Angelo Crowell. Now, Dick Jauron said there is a good chance he'll be active and play tomorrow. Bobby April must have had a say in this move. Now that Keith Ellison is starting, April lost a key member of his coverage and return units. Costanzo was a standout for those units when he was activated late last year and he will really replace Ellison instead of Crowell.
Friday September 5, 2008
Branch Out: There was some talk that Deion Branch would play against the Bills but he has been ruled out as the injury report returns to the normal out, doubtful, questionable, probable format on Fridays. For the Bills, Paul Posluszny is officially listed as questionable but says he's ready to go. Spencer Johnson is probable with a sore back. Injury Page.
Crowell Saga: Dick Jauron said the timing of Angelo Crowell's decision to have surgery had a lot to do with the team placing him on injured reserve. They thought worst case scenario he would miss more than half the season and they couldn't take a chance of just having five healthy linebackers so they placed him on injured reserve. This is the opposite of what they did with Ryan Denney last season who missed the first half with a foot injury. Jauron said every situation is different. He also said that Crowell is now getting a second opinion and has not had surgery as of yet.
Peters Ending Holdout: Jason Peters is ending his holdout and will report to the Bills tomorrow according to various reports. He will obviously not play on Sunday and the team is expected to get a two game roster exemption for Peters. He could play as early as next week however. He does not receive a new contract with the team but Adam Schefter reports on NFL.com that the teams will keep dialogue open during the season in hopes of getting a new deal done.
Poz Back: Paul Posluszny returned to practice today after missing yesterday's session. He turned an ankle during Wednesday's practice causing him to sit out yesterday. He should be ready to go for Sunday. Derek Fine and Matt Murphy remain out. Injury Page.
Bills Sign Costanzo: The Bills have filled the open roster spot created when Angelo Crowell went on injured reserve. They re-signed Blake Costanzo. He played appeared in three games for the team last year and was one of the final cuts last week. Costanzo is considered a solid special teams player. Front Office Page.
Thursday September 4, 2008
Crowell Goes On Injured Reserve: Last year things went downhill injury wise for the Bills on opening day. Just when you thought they were turning a new leaf a major injury has come out of nowhere three days before the start of the season. Angelo Crowell went from practicing yesterday, to getting arthroscopic surgery today, to now being placed on injured reserve ending the season for the soon to be free agent. It appears the team was unhappy that he decided to have surgery this close to the start of the season on an injury they didn't think was that serious. The team may have decided that they didn't want to wait for him to get healthy so they ended his season. This makes Keith Ellison a starter once again and leaves the team with two backups who started the week banged up in John DiGiorgio and Jon Corto. Look for the Bills to sign someone quickly, possibly Donnie Spragan who was released last week. Injury Page.
Crowell Elects For Surgery: In a shocking move Angelo Crowell has decided to have surgery on his troublesome knee just three days before the season is set to start. Crowell will obviously be out this week and will likely miss 2-4 weeks. The knee has bothered him the past two training camps and the coaches were shocked he elected to have surgery. The timing of it is especially shocking. Keith Ellison will replace Crowell in the lineup. Further complicating things at linebacker is the new injury to Paul Posluszny. He turned his ankle in practice on Wednesday and did not practice today. Dick Jauron feels he will be fine for Sunday though. Injury Page.
Wednesday September 3, 2008
Bills Fairly Healthy: The Bills only list two players on their injury report and they are both listed as out. As we have known for a while now, Matt Murphy and Derek Fine won't play on Sunday. John DiGiorgio, Derek Schouman, and Jon Corto were the only other banged up players but they all practiced fully today and will play. Injury Report.
Captains Named: The Bills announced the team captains for this season today. Lee Evans and Trent Edwards are the offensive captains. Chris Kelsay and Donte Whitner are the defensive captains. George Wilson and Brian Moorman are the special teams captains. Evans, Kelsay, and Moorman were all captains last year as well. The captains were voted on by their teammates.
Rodd To Play Tackle: Brandon Rodd is the newest and final member of the practice squad. The team continues to try and build up depth at tackle. This position has been hit hard by injuries and the holdout of Jason Peters. Rodd is a left tackle who was an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State. He spent the summer with Oakland before being released last week.
Tuesday September 2, 2008
Practice Squad Player Added: The Bills filled out their practice squad by adding another offensive lineman. Brandon Rodd is the latest player on the squad.
Williams Starts: As expected, Kyle Williams won the starting defensive tackle job next to Marcus Stroud. The backups are Spencer Johnson and John McCargo who will see plenty of playing time thanks to the defensive tackle rotation. Depth Chart.
Tough Opponent On Opening Day: The Bills are off today and will continue preparing for opening day tomorrow. The Seattle Seahawks come to town on Sunday and will be a tough opponent as they are a perennial playoff team. The Bills know they need to get off to a fast start of the season if they will reach their goal of making the playoffs. Complete Story.
Monday September 1, 2008
Murphy Looking To Return: Matt Murphy said today he's looking to begin practicing again on Monday in hopes to get back on the field by week 2. Murphy has been rehabbing a torn rotator cuff and is holding off on surgery until the end of the year. He is using the down time to study up at two positions as he's expected to take some snaps at his old position, tight end along with tackle.
Youboty Is The Nickel: The official team website is reporting that Ashton Youboty has been named the starting nickel back. This isn't a surprise after the strong preseason he had and the release of Will James. It wasn't likely the Bills would want to use one of their rookies in the slot right off the bat.
Four Remain Sidelined: The same four players sidelined with injuries yesterday remain sidelined as the team took the practice field today. John DiGiorgio, Derek Fine, Jon Corto, and Matt Murphy are still on the bench. The coach is hopeful DiGiorgio and Corto will be able to play this week but Murphy and Fine will definitely be out for the opener. Injury Page.
Two More On Practice Squad: The Bills added two more players to the practice squad this morning leaving only one open spot. Added were WR C.J. Hawthorne and TE Jonathan Stupar. Hawthorne was signed during the summer and was involved in the first round of cuts. Stupar becomes the first player on the squad that was not with the team at all in the offseason. He comes from the University of Virginia and the undrafted free agent was with New England this summer. He adds depth to a banged up position.
Team Getting Healthy: The Bills are getting healthy just in time for opening day. Derek Schouman returned to practice yesterday taking part in individual drills. The team is hopefull he will be able to play on Sunday. He has been out with a strained knee. His recovery was a reason why the team was able to release two tight ends on Saturday. John DiGiorgio and Jon Corto missed practice yesterday but are approving and there is a chance they both will be available on Sunday. Matt Murphy and Derek Fine remain out. Injury Page.
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