Tag:Buffalo Bills
Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:35 pm
 

Jags release Bouman, promote Edwards to No. 2 QB

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Tuesday that they released quarterback Todd Bouman.

This move was previously reported by Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union and means that Trent Edwards, recently claimed by the Jags after getting cut by the Buffalo Bills, gets a promotion to the No. 2 quarterback spot.

No, this is not surprising, considering that Bouman, on his fourth tour with the Jags, didn't bring anything to the table.

And yes, this is depressing, if you're a Buffalo Bills fan, because on the same day, you got a double punch to the stomach reminding you how awesome the "future" of your franchise -- Marshawn Lynch got traded to Seattle today and now Edwards is a backup -- was a few years ago. (Read: Not awesome, and even less awesome now.)

Garrard's probably keeping his job as long as the Jags keep winning, but Jack Del Rio's on thin ice in Jacksonville as well , so if his starter falters, there's no reason to think he won't make a move and put Edwards under center.

It's why they claimed him after all.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 2:26 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Report: Seahawks acquire Marshawn, cut J Jones

Posted by Will Brinson

Marshawn Lynch's name has surfaced with a number of teams in possible trade talks (most specifically the Packers and Eagles) but now this afternoon a report surfaced that the Seahawks made a play and acquired the former first round pick for a fourth-rounder in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012.

That's according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and if it's true, it is indeed a great move for the 'Hawks.

It's puzzling on a few fronts, though.

First, where did Seattle come from? While they've been involved in seemingly every rumor this offseason (Pete Carroll's just zany like that), it's surprising to see them acquire a running back (although at this price, and more on that in a second, how can you blame them?) when they have Justin Forsett, Leon Washington and Julius Jones already on the roster.

Jones was set to be cut before he restructured his deal, so the move likely ended his tenure in Seattle -- Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported shortly after the Marshawn trade report that, per a league source, Seattle cut Jones.

And Washington is more of a specialist with explosive return ability, a skillset which he's openly said the Seattle staff understands. Forsett, though, seemed to be taking on the role of "feature back" as recently as last week, but it's pretty obvious that Carroll doesn't trust him entirely.

Then again, as mentioned, that's a silly price for Lynch (silly good, that is), considering that the Bills have been essentially stood pat that they wouldn't take less than a second- or third-rounder for the former California Golden Bear. Clearly, they needed to deal Lynch, who was unhappy in Buffalo, after drafting C.J. Spiller in the first round, though.

Which leads us to the Packers -- they clearly didn't think that Lynch was worth anything more than a fourth-rounder, otherwise they could have acquired him earlier than the Seahawks did. In fact, Adam Schefter reports that the Bills and Seahawks had a deal in place last week , with a press release drawn up and everything, but the Bills pulled back.

So, yeah, the winner here is Seattle, because it got a talented running back on the cheap (even if they didn't necessarily need the depth), while the Bills -- for failing to get more than a fourth round pick in exchange for Lynch -- and Packers -- for continuing to stick with Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn -- are the losers.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 4:14 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 4:20 pm
 

Eagles interested in trading for Marshawn Lynch?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Reuben Frank of the Burlington County Times reports that the Eagles have contacted the Bills about the status of running back Marshawn Lynch. This indicates that the outlook for LeSean McCoy and his fractured rib might be bleaker than hoped.
M. Lynch (US Presswire)
Lynch has been the No. 1 runner in the Bills’ crowded backfield this season, though many believe the team is simply showcasing the fourth-year pro in an effort to increase his trade value. (Such a tactic is common in baseball but not common in the short-seasoned, win-now-at-all-costs NFL.)

Despite being Buffalo’s top runner, Lynch has just 37 carries for 164 yards on the season. He lost a fumble Sunday in the disaster against the Jets and finished the day with only eight yards on four carries. Lynch, a first-round pick out of Cal, rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons as a pro.

It’s possible the Eagles could be looking at Lynch as a backup to McCoy. Former Saint Mike Bell has been essentially a non-factor in that role so far. And the team has not found a replacement for injured Leonard Weaver, who used to be the primary ballcarrier in two tight end sets.

Lynch, unlike all of Philly’s current running backs not named LeSean McCoy, has the versatile receiving prowess that the screen pass-loving Eagles covet.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:37 am
 

Welcome back, suspended stars!

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Roethlisberger (US Presswire)
With the first quarter of the NFL season in the books, several big name players will be returning from league-mandated four-game suspensions. The headliner, of course, is Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers relied on three different quarterbacks and wound up going 3-1 without their star.

Santonio Holmes returns to a Jets offense that’s riding a three-game winning streak and has put up big passing numbers in two of those games. Holmes will replace Jerricho Cotchery in the starting lineup and instantly become Mark Sanchez’s primary deep target. (Holmes is also a spectacular route runner who can play underneath.)

Brian Cushing returns to a Texans defense that is 3-1 but getting gashed through the air. Cushing is an assertive blitzer who can defend tight ends in the flats. He won’t fix Houston’s problems, but he could at least alleviate them.

There are also two smaller name players of significance coming back. The Titans will have brash outside linebacker Gerald McRath bolster their linebacking depth. McRath is a tad inconsistent in the open field but he’s a better athlete than veteran Jamie Winborn at this point. Expect McRath to start at some point, if not right away.

Supple second-year tight end Shawn Nelson returns to a Bills offense that pretty much hasn’t existed through four games. Nelson, thanks to fluid agility, has star potential, though it’s a question whether he can stay focused and be properly utilized in Chan Gailey’s offense.

The underlining story of these suspension is that the teams of the three stars – Roethlisberger, Holmes and Cushing – all went 3-1 during this early stretch.

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 11:19 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 11:20 pm
 

Kelly changes mind about Trent Edwards - again

Jim Kelly wrote that Buffalo's move to release T. Edwards was the right move (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You’ve got to love Jim Kelly’s ability to flip-flop-flip when it comes to talking about the Bills starting quarterback.

In July, Kelly talked about how he wanted Trent Edwards to beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm to grab the Buffalo starting job. Which would have been fine, except for eight months earlier when Kelly told USA Today, "I like Trent personally. He works hard. But he's had three years. It's time to find somebody who is the future of the Buffalo Bills. If I'm the owner, that's what I'm thinking."

So the Jim Kelly of 2009 was in complete disagreement with the Jim Kelly of 2010 about whether Edwards was the right fit for the Bills. Until, rather predictably the Kelly of 2009 reemerged today and said the decision to replace Edwards with Fitzpatrick – and I assume the decision the Bills made to release Edwards entirely – was the move that had to be made.

Writing for the Bills official site, Kelly pens the following in his lede paragraph:

“They had given Trent (Edwards) many, many opportunities and it just didn’t work. I tip my hat to Chan Gailey for doing it and not waiting until later on. Trent is a good guy and a friend and unfortunately it just didn’t work out for him. I wish him nothing but the best of luck, but sometimes players need a fresh start and a different atmosphere. Hopefully this is something that will benefit Trent moving on to another team.”

Kelly continues by praising Fitzpatrick, though he admits he doesn’t know if the Bills new starter is the team’s quarterback of the future. Then, by complimenting Fitzpatrick he manages to insult Edwards – who’s now in Jacksonville.

“I definitely saw positive things that I wasn’t seeing from Trent. The good thing is Ryan is not afraid to throw the ball in there and take chances. Unfortunately two of those chances he took at New England didn’t work out for him and they resulted in turnovers. But at least it’s the right approach where he’s not afraid to stick the ball in there and take a chance to make a big play. You have to get defenses to respect you arm and respect your passing game before you can even be successful.

"Any time defensive backs are hunkered down and they don’t have to worry about the deep throw, they’re going to be right on the ball every time. They’re going to be making breaks on the ball and defensive backs won’t be in their full backpedal. Unfortunately for the Bills the opposing defensive backs weren’t worried about the deep throw much. They were making quick breaks on the ball and taking advantage of it.”

And just in case Kelly changes his mind, he hedges his bets later in his post by writing that it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to get Brohm some playing time as well.

Now we wait for the Jim Kelly of 2011 to dismiss Fitzpatrick and endorse Brohm as the starter. 

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jets at Bills

There’s no need to worry about Jets CB Darrelle Revis this week, because he’s out (though it looks like he could return in time for Week 5). But C Nick Mangold has been limited in practice all week and is questionable. Mangold, though, has never missed a start in his career, and considering how much the Jets need him, expect him to be on the field.

We also could see the return of LB Calvin Pace. But it sounds like coach Rex Ryan might want to rest Pace’s foot another week – in part, because the Jets most likely won’t be tested much vs. Buffalo’s offense.

Not having Bills DE Marcus Stroud, LB Andra Davis and CB Terrence McGee in the lineup will be tough for Buffalo. But the good news is LB Paul Posluszny – who’s missed the past few weeks with a knee injury – is probable to return.

UPDATE (4:47 p.m.): Calvin Pace has been downgraded to out for this game. He did not travel with the team.

Bengals at Browns


In the tepid Battle of Ohio rivalry, three important Bengals pieces are questionable to play – LB Keith Rivers (foot), DE Antwan Odom (wrist) and WR Jordan Shipley (shoulder). Rivers missed Week 2 and Odom were out last week, so their return would bolster a Bengals defense that ranks ninth in the league.

Meanwhile, Cleveland somehow has 15 players on this week’s injury report. That’s nearly 1/3 of the active roster. Considering six of those players – including RB Jerome Harrison and OT Joe Thomas – are probable, the situation isn’t quite as dire as it appears.

WR Joshua Cribbs was limited earlier this week with an ankle injury (he was also forced to wear a walking boot), but he should play. It’s still unclear if QB Jake Delhomme will make his return. He’s listed as questionable, but he’s been spotted limping around the locker room this week. It looks like Seneca Wallace should get the start again.

Ravens at Steelers


Ravens RB Ray Rice (knee) practiced Friday without wearing a no-contact jersey, and though he missed Wednesday’s practice – and was limited Thursday and Friday – he said he’ll play vs. Pittsburgh. Coach John Harbaugh is a bit more cautious and said Rice will be a gametime decision. Expect Rice to play, though.

Baltimore LB Cory Redding, who suffered a concussion last week, is questionable. As of Friday, he hadn’t passed his concussion test, and he probably won’t play. It’s unfortunate for the Ravens, because Redding, coming off the worst season of his career last year in Seattle, has played solid run defense this year.

Not much new coming from the Steelers. QB Dennis Dixon, OG Trai Essex and WR Donte Stallworth are all out for this week’s game.

Broncos at Titans


We’ve already talked about starting RB Knowshon Moreno and who will replace him against Tennessee (in case you’ve forgotten, Laurence Maroney will get the bulk of the carries with some help from Correll Buckhalter). LB Wesley Woodyard also is out with a hamstring.

OT Ryan Harris, who’s questionable with an ankle and who’s missed all season, should be back, and for the first time this season, the entire Denver’s starting offensive line will be on the field together. Yes, Denver ranks No. 2 in the NFL in offense, but the return of Harris should help.

Tennessee doesn’t have any major problems. Starting CB Jason McCourty is still out after undergoing forearm surgery, but there shouldn’t be a big dropoff with Alterraun Verner playing in his place. DE Jacob Ford and and DT Tony Brown are questionable.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 11:08 pm
 

Trent Edwards could start within' 2 or 3 weeks'?

Posted by Will Brinson

Only two teams put in claims on Buffalo outcast Trent Edwards -- the Jets (who admittedly only wanted him to help gameplan for their game against the Bills this weekend) and the Jaguars (who eventually got him, primarily because Todd Bouman is their backup and, well, that's just not good news).

Jason La Canfora reported on the NFL Network Friday night that Edwards, who's likely to be listed as the third quarterback this week, could start within "two or to three weeks."

This is highly indicative of just how bad the Jags quarterback situation has become. Originally, there was no controversy (AND HOW DARE YOU ASK?!?), then David Garrard blew up in Week 1, then he faltered, then Luke McCown entered the game, then McCown got hurt and then Jack Del Rio realized he the whole thing was a total nightmare.

So they grabbed Edwards. However, there's little chance he'll be acclimated to the offense immediately, but because the situation is so dire in J-Vegas, as soon as he gets a grasp on how Jacksonville's offense works, there's a good chance he gets his shot as a starter, especially if Garrard continues to falter.

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 3:42 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 3:53 pm
 

Darrelle Revis: 'I'm not going to play this week'

Posted by Will Brinson

Darrelle Revis has been somewhat of a disappointment in 2010, having spent the entire offseason holding out and most of the regular season injured after securing a new contract. That trend will continue on Sunday, as Revis told reporters today that he'll miss the Jets' matchup against the Bills.

"I'm not going to play this week," Revis said, according to Rich Cimini on Twitter , mentioning that the hamstring is "worse than he originally thought."

"I'm taking my time, it's day to day, and hopefully I can be back as soon as possible," Revis also said, according to Jenny Vrentas .

Revis also said that the hamstring is "worse than he originally thought" and that he resumed running today at half speed.

The good news for the Jets is that they don't really need Revis against a Bills team that's just not good. Kyle Wilson has been torched repeatedly, but he's (most likely) getting moved to nickleback, with Drew Coleman stepping in opposite of Antonio Cromartie.

Because stopping the Bills passing game only requires shutting down Lee Evans, it shouldn't be a tremendous issue to lose Revis for the week. In fact, allowing him to rest and still moving to 3-0 against the division (and 3-1 overall) is the best possible scenario for Ryan's crew.

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