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Bills Struggle For Second Presason Game

Big Week Ahead: The Bills have a big week ahead as it is the closest to a regular season week in the offseason. The third preseason game tha takes place on Saturday night is the one where the starters play the longest, usually into the third quarter. The Bills have a lot of work to do after struggling in their first two preseason games. The Defense needs work and may not be as good as advertised right now after struggling Friday night. The offense also still needs a lot of work as well. Injury Page.

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Saturday August 18, 2012

Who Helped Themselves: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Vince Young both helped themselves with their performance last night. Fitz completed 8 of 11 passes including a touchdown pass to Donald Jones who likely wrapped up the number two receiver job with his performance. Young was 8 of 14 for a team high 123 yards. Fred Jackson looked like his old self with a nice 20 yard run and three catches. Stephon Gilmore had a nice pass breakup in the end zone and T.J. Graham had the big 64 yard catch on a bomb from Young to solidify his spot in the lineup.

Who Hurt Themselves: Tyler Thigpen was awful as he had an interception returned for a touchdown and fell behind Young in the battle for the number two spot. Cordy Glenn struggled getting called for two penalties. Kelvin Sheppard was caught out of position a couple of times but got plenty of playing time with the first and second units. C.J. Spiller touched the ball three times for -8 yards.

Bills Lose To Vikings 36-14: The Bills struggled for the second straight preseason game in a 36-14 loss to Minnesota. The starting defense gave up an 80 yard touchdown drive on their opening possession and a field goal on Minnesota's second possession. The Vikings did not punt in the first half as they had drives end in a missed field goal and one end in a fumble. Kicker Blair Walsh hit five field goals in all for the Vikings. The Bills starting offense ran 18 plays in four series. Punting three times but also connecting on a 61 yard touchdown drive in five plays including a 31 yard catch and run for a score by Donald Jones. The Bills started the second half well as Vince Young hit T.J. Graham for a 64 yard bomb on the first play after intermission setting up a Tashard Choice one yard TD plunge. 7th round pick Audie Cole intercepted passes on back to back plays from two different quarterbacks late in the game and returned them both for a touchdown. Tyler Thigpen and Brad Smith were the victims. Check back later as we right who helped themselves and who hurt themselves.

Friday August 17, 2012

Wood, Pears To Play: Chan Gailey told the team's website that both Eric Wood and Erik Pears will play tonight against Minnesota. Both players were given the all clear to play and will likely see about 10 snaps. It had been thought that Wood would not play until the third preseason game while Gailey held out hope that Pears would be play tonight and that is going to happen.

Bills Looking For Improvement: The Bills take on the Vikings at 8pm tonight looking for improvement from a poor offensive performance in their preseason opener against Washington. The starters are expected to get 20 plays and there should be a concentration on running the football after the first team offense didn't run it once last week. Interesting battles to watch will be the number two quarterback race, the battle for linebacker spots, and the battle for the final wide receiver slot.

Thursday August 16, 2012

Starters To Go A Bit Longer: Chan Gailey said the starters are expected to go 20 plays tomorrow night against Minnesota. Vince Young will go second and Tyler Thigpen third this week. Gailey would like to get them 20 plays apiece. The coach expects both Kellen Heard and James Carmon to be available after getting banged up in practice this week. X-rays were negative on both players' injuries. Erik Pears was rested for the final day of camp but has a chance at playing. Injury Page.

Wednesday August 15, 2012

Bills Hold Closed Practice: The Bills officially finished up camp at St. Johns Fisher College today with a closed brief practice before everyone headed back to Buffalo. Not participating in the workout were Justin Rogers, Josh Nesbitt, Robert Eddins, James Carmon, Erik Pears, and Kevin Brock. Kellen Heard barely practicing take part in some individual drills at half speed according to the team's website. Injury Page.

Bills Wrap Camp: The Bills finished training camp at St. Johns Fisher College with another night practice. Chan Gailey said it was a good camp where they evaluated a lot of players and the team got better. George Wilson called it the most productive camp since he's been with the Bills. His first camp was in 2005. The Bills got out of camp relatively healthy but did suffer three injuries last night. Kellen Heard left with a right leg injury. OT James Carmon suffered a wrist injury. They both had x-rays on their injuries. Johnny White did not finish practice as well. Robert Eddins was a new name to the non-participant list. Justin Rogers, Josh Nesbitt, Mike Caussin, and Kevin Brock remained sidelined. The team has a morning closed walk through on Wednesday at the College before they head back to Buffalo to finish preparing for the season. The team heads to Minnesota to take on the Vikings Friday night.

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Monday August 13, 2012

Last Day Practice: The Bills held their final day practice of training camp. Tomorrow night will be the final practice before they finish preparing for the season back in Orchard Park. Tashard Choice got layed out two plays in a row. Kirk Morrison hit him hard after Da'Norris Searcy did. Choice is a big trash talker so he vowed to get the players back as the players were very physical today. Spencer Johnson was a full go today and Terrence McGee continues to make progress. Shawne Merriman got a day off but did have his knee wrapped. Chan Gailey said they don't plan on filling the open roster spot created when they released Mike Jasper. They just want to give him a chance to catch on elsewhere. The team did 7 on 7 drills and they gave Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young a chance to work with the first team.

Bills Release Jasper: The Bills announced that they have released OL Mike Jasper. He was a 7th round pick last season and was a project player who moved over from the defensive line to the offensive line last year and spent most of the season on the practice squad. He was struggling in training camp and the team has decided to let him go. Depth Chart.

Sunday August 12, 2012

Bills Practice In The Rain: The Bills practiced today at St. Johns Fisher College and the last part of it was in heavy rain as the team tried to work in the elements. They ran goal line drills in the rain and Fred Jackson scored on three straight runs down there. Chan Gailey said that Donald Jones still leads the race for the number two receiver job but it is still up in the air and the team will be counting on several receivers each game. Justin Rogers, Josh Nesbitt, Kevin Brock, and Mike Caussin were the only non participants. Caussin remains on the PUP list and the other three have already been ruled out of Friday night's game in Minnesota. Rogers may return to practice later this week but not in time to be ready to play. Derek Hagan left the field briefly with a leg contusion but returned. Spencer Johnson missed team drills again with a bruised shoulder.

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