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Bills Use Bye Week To Regroup

AP Photo - Drew Bledsoe Bills Resting: It's the bye week and Bills fans and the players get to relax and watch some football without the pressures of rooting for the Bills. The only AFC East team in action is the Miami Dolphins and for the second time in four weeks their game has been moved because of a hurricane. They will now play at 8:30pm tonight.

Saturday September 25, 2004

Williams Injured: Shaud Williams injured his knee in Thursday's practice. No word on the extent of the injury but the team should know more on Monday. Takeo Spikes missed Friday's session with assorted bumps and bruises. As we reported yesterday, Spikes also missed Thursday's practice. Troy Vincent missed all three practices this week as he was excused by the team. Ryan Neufeld was back practicing on Friday after getting excused on Thursday. The team is off today and tomorrow and return to their regular in season weekly routine on Monday. Injury Page.

Friday September 24, 2004

Spikes Watches: The Bills continued their bye week practices yesterday. Takeo Spikes did not participate as he was watching from the sidelines. Troy Vincent was excused along with Ryan Neufeld. Everyone else participated. The team practices today before getting the weekend off. They will then begin preparing for specifically for the Patriots on Monday.

Thursday September 23, 2004

Bills Robbed? Empire is reporting on the Simoncast that sources from the league will tell the Bills that they should have had a safety against the Raiders on Sunday. The holding call on the one yard line should have been ruled in the end zone and the Bills should have been awarded two points. The league also is suppose to tell the Bills that the holding call on Angelo Crowell should not have been made and Nate Clements' long punt return should have held up. The source also says the Bills may be told that Travis Henry should have been awarded a touchdown on the fourth and one plunge. If these plays went Buffalo's way there is a good chance they would have won the game.

Milloy Latest: Lawyer Milloy now says he never told reporters that he won't be back for the Patriots game and will work hard to return although it is unlikely he will be ready in time to face his former team. Milloy suffered a broken forearm in the preseason and that is normally a 10-12 week injury. He would love to face the Patriots but that is still very doubtful. Injury Page.

Wednesday September 22, 2004

Bledsoe Wants More Consistency: Drew Bledsoe spoke to the media today and said it takes all eleven guys to make the offense work. He said what hurt them on Sunday was their were breakdowns. He said everyone needs to work harder to be more consistent to avoid mistakes in the game especially with the style of football they will continue to play. He kind of disagreed with Eric Moulds who made the statement that he, Bledsoe and Travis Henry have to take charge to lead the offense. As we reported earlier Henry feels the way Moulds does, Bledsoe feels the offensive playmakers that they are could lead by example and play consistently. When answering questions about his future, Bledsoe said he is the quarterback of this team and he will continue to be the quarterback. As we reported yesterday, Coach Mularkey emphatically backed his QB, saying no change will be made. Bledsoe admitted that they've talked about being very close as in offense for a long time but that is the case and they need to stop making the little mistakes that are killing them. He said he has to remain confident and that he always approach problems with figuring out how to fix it, and that is what he is doing now. He pointed to three throws that he made poorly against the Raiders.

Williams Expects OL To Be Fine: As a group Mike Williams feels they have some things that they need to get corrected. He spoke to the media before today's practice. He expects the line to be fine if they keep working hard. Personally, Williams will work on his technique and footwork over the bye. Williams said Drew Bledsoe has a great attitude and that he will go down fighting with his quarterback.

Henry Thought He Scored: Travis Henry told the media today that he thought that the team should have challenged his fourth down lunge for the end zone against the Raiders. He told the coach on the sidelines it was close, and then after looking at the films he thought he was in. On the psyche of the team, Henry says no. 11 will take them where they need to be. Henry feels that him, Drew Bledsoe and Eric Moulds need to take the team on their backs and get the offense moving. He feels the bye comes at the right time and that the team is real close so the off week will help them out. Mental errors continue because it is a new system according to the running back so they are going back to the fundamentals this week, as it becomes a sort of training camp week.

Mularkey Optimisitic: Coach Mularkey addressed the media yesterday as the players came back to work after having Monday off. He said he got a good feel from the team and they had a positive outlook. The locker room talk is that it is a special group and the coach feels good about them. The coach feels there isn't that much of a problem since they are getting into the red zone. They just need to correct the mistakes that are happening once they are down there. The coach did say he would have thrown the red flag on the failed fourth down touchdown run if he had to do it again, Travis Henry was real close to getting into the end zone. On Drew Bledsoe, the coach feels it wasn't as bad as he thought after watching the films. He said Bledsoe was the victim of some dropped passes. The coach showed complete faith and confidence in Bledsoe as his quarterback. The film study from the game pointed out everything that needs to be corrected and it was all addressed and the coach expects them to respond. The coach also thinks the offensive line is playing well despite only being together for four weeks.

Bills Healthy For Bye Week: Chris Villarial was walking around fine on Tuesday and should practice this week. Everyone with the exception of Lawyer Milloy and J.P. Losman should be available for the Patriots game barring any injuries in practice. Injury Page.

Tuesday September 21,2004

Mularkey Shuts Out Media: A day after the Bills fell to 0-2 Coach Mularkey did not make himself or any of his players available to the media like is normal on the day after the game. The Coach was in spin control after the game as we reported yesterday. He started sounding a bit like his predecessor Gregg Williams when talking about mistakes being correctable and his confidence in the offense. The team now has two weeks to correct all mistakes and they will need to as the world champs come to town looking for an NFL record tying 18th straight victory.

Monday September 20, 2004

Villarial Fine: As we reported yesterday, Chris Villarial was helped off the field with a leg contusion. The Bills said after the game he will be fine. Villarial said it was a nerve thing since he's leg went dead. His lower left shin was heavily wrapped after the game. Injury Page.

Bledsoe Knows Offense Didn't Play Well: Drew Bledsoe is a man under fire and he spoke to the media following yesterday's loss. The QB admits that offensively they didn't get the job done but they are a better offensively than they showed. He said they have two weeks to get it fixed and they need to get better across the board in that time period. The offense started very slow and the QB said they didn't execute well, they didn't throw the ball well enough, catch the ball well enough, or block well enough. He believesTravis Henry got into the end zone on the fourth down call but didn't have a great angle on it. There were plays called downfield but they were mostly covered so he had to dump it off. On the seven sacks, Bledsoe said a number of things contributed including missed assignment and holding the ball too long. On the interception, he said he threw it too hard and too high. Bledsoe says they need to go forward even though they are disappointed in the production they showed on the field yesterday. He is confident they can get it turned around and he is committed to this style of offense.

Coach Says Problems Are Correctable: Coach Mularkey called the loss disappointing and said he will use the two weeks to correct somethings that he called very correctable. The coach is not down on the offense and said he has total confidence in it, but admits they are inconsistent and they have to fix it. He admitted that Drew Bledsoe has thrown the ball better in the past and he needs to throw it better. He said Bledsoe also needs to get rid of the ball rather than take a sack but he stressed that protection needs to be better. Mularkey said going for it on fourth and one was the right move and he never questioned the call but the team needs confidence to punch it in the end zone. On the special teams penalties, Mularkey said the long returns being called back is almost impossible to make up.

Fletcher The Returner: The Raiders found a way from keeping London Fletcher from opening up big holes for the kick return game on special teams. They kicked the ball short and made him return two kicks. He didn't do a bad job though, he returned one kick 20 yards and another one 22 which gave the Bills decent starting position since they were short kicks to begin with.

Lineup Shuffle: The lineup remained pretty much intact with some minor changes. Tim Anderson made his Bills debut as he was active instead of Justin Bannan. He played some in a backup role at defensive tackle instead of Ron Edwards who was active but did not get into the game. Another active player who didn't play was Sam Aiken, he is finding it hard to get playing time at the receiver spot. Lee Evans got the start instead of Josh Reed. Rashad Baker saw the field more against Oakland than Pierson Prioleau. Based on his performance he's likely to see more time on the bench after the bye. The other healthy inactives were the same as last week: Shaud Williams, Jabari Greer, Mike Pucillo, Dylan McFarland, and Constantin Ritzmann. Depth Chart.

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