Tag:Buffalo Bills
Posted on: September 28, 2010 4:23 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 4:31 pm
 

Jaguars claim Trent Edwards

Posted by Will Brinson

Trent Edwards is a Jaguar, according to reports, after Jacksonville was awarded the ex-Bill on waivers, in a move that should work out well (relatively speaking) for both the Jags and Edwards .

Adam Schefter first reported the news on Twitter and it's since been confirmed by several different outlets.

And it makes sense, too. As we mentioned earlier , Todd Bouman is an unacceptable backup for the Jaguars -- if he wasn't, Jack Del Rio would have replaced David Garrard by now.

After all, he tried to put Luke McCown in for Garrard earlier in the year, but an injury forced him to put Garrard back in, and then the team had to sign Bouman for the fourth time, a fact alone that should tell you he's not cut out to actually take snaps there.

It is surprising that no winless teams claimed the recently cut Edwards, given the need for quarterback help in Cleveland, Carolina, San Francisco and, um, Buffalo, but once those teams were removed from the equation, the Jaguars got first crack at Edwards' services.

Now the fun really starts for the Jags, though, since Del Rio gets to try and pretend there's no quarterback controversy on his team for the third time this year.

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:52 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: Wither Trent Edwards?

Dey Took Er Jobs takes a look at the various job controversies around the league. If you don't get the title, you don't watch enough South Park .

Posted by Will Brinson


The Buffalo Bills, probably the most quarterback-desperate team in the NFL over the past 10 or so years, made the surprising decision to cut Trent Edwards yesterday. He is jobless and homeless right now, but -- thank goodness for that Stanford education! -- certainly not unemployable.

Still, don't feel that sorry for him. After all, by 4:00 PM EST today, when the NFL process all the waiver claims on Edwards , he's going to have a new job and it will likely be in a place that is less like Buffalo potentially more productive for his future.

That's the beauty of getting kicked out of Buffalo: the grass is always greener, even once you've been on the other side for 10 years. Of course, if you're Edwards, you have to be disappointed that the gig didn't work out -- after all, he was drafted by the Bills out of Stanford and given plenty of opportunities to win the starting job and resurrect the franchise. Clearly, that didn't happen.

So knowing that he'll end up somewhere, the question becomes "Where does he get his second chance?"

According to the NFL, the teams with the worst record this year will have priority on waiver claims, and assuming that multiple teams with the same record make a claim on Edwards, a tie will be broken "based on current strength-of-schedule of the involved clubs or by lot if a tie still exists."

Let's say that all the 0-3 teams make a claim as well as the Vikings, Seahawks and Jets. The order would be thus: 49ers/Browns (7-2 opponent record), Lions/Bills (6-3), Panthers (5-4), Jaguars (4-5), Vikings (4-5), Jets (6-3) and Seahawks (2-7).

According to Jason LaCanfora , though, "no winless teams" made a claim on Edwards, thereby eliminating six teams from consideration and wasting about 15 minutes of my time, primarily because I'm horribly bad at math.

Out of those teams, the 49ers are most surprising (see below), but, considering that LaCanfora has a knack for being correct and also happens to work for a media outlet owned by the organization who takes the waiver claims in from the teams, it seems that one fo the 26 other squads will be going after the former team captain in Buffalo.

The Vikings haven't been rumored insofar as I can tell but they still make sense, especially if you buy into the theory that Brett Favre might get hurt. (Oh, and the theory that everyone's scared of having to put Tavaris Jackson into the game.)

The Jets are considered a team that would be heavily interested in having Edwards on board -- but probably only to steal secrets from the Bills in anticipation of their upcoming ... HAHAHAHA, sorry. Okay, actually because they'd prefer to have someone more lively than Mark Brunell to step in if Mark Sanchez is injured or falters.

And the Seahawks make absolute sense because Edwards is a cheap third option when should Matt Hasselbeck suffer an injury and they realize that Charlie Whitehurst isn't cut out to run their offense.

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Why the Niners didn't make a claim is beyond me -- they're a team who needs to find an offensive identity, having been continually perplexed by the inconsistency of Alex Smith, who looked to have "arrived" during a close loss to the Saints in Week 2, only to have "checked out for the duration" against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Oh, and they're the only 0-3 team,

Edwards would provide them an option that's not David Carr to either push or replace Alex Smith. And look, Mike Singletary just fired his offensive coordinator only a few days after publicly defending him and acting outraged that anyone would question whether Raye knew what he was doing (um, he didn't, duh).

Plus, they could've claimed Edwards and Singletary could have done the whole "just for depth" and "Alex is our starter" dance, only to put him in the game after Smith's second interception in the first quarter against the Falcons in Week 4.

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The Cleveland Browns decision not to pursue Edwards isn't as odd, I suppose, although Jake Delhomme hasn't looked great when he's been healthy, and while Seneca Wallace is a Mike Holmgren favorite, outside of tossing a bomb past an out-of-place Eric Berry, he hasn't been that great (370 yards, two TDs and a pick in two games).

But the decision not to spend a roster spot on adding a potentially gimpy donkey to their stable of already ugly horses is understandable, except that unless Delhomme can stay healthy, Cleveland's one bad break away from putting McCoy under center and really slapping a postage stamp to the season.

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An argument could be made that the Panthers need to at least make a run at Edwards as well, but he's really nothing more than Matt Moore sans familiarity with the team and coaching staff.

The bigger problem for Carolina might be that John Fox already regrets his blatantly panicked decision to put Jimmy Clausen under center after an 0-2 start that only got uglier in a home loss to Cincinnati.

The good news is that the Saints -- as shown by Atlanta plowing through them in the Bayou -- are vulnerable against the run, and if there's one thing the Panthers should do well, it's pound the rock. They haven't been great about it thus far, but that's because they're staring down stacked boxes on nearly every play as teams refuse to respect whoever's under center.

That could change this weekend -- weather won't be a factor (see: three fumbles by Jim-Jim), and if Clausen can take his progression blinders off, quit staring down his receiver every play, the Panthers could be primed for a "where did that come from oh right it's the matchup" upset. You heard it here first.

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The Jaguars would actually be an ideal situation, at least for Edwards. He'd face relatively limited competition -- by all accounts, Jack Del Rio wants to replace David Garrard in the starting lineup, he just doesn't have the bodies to do it after Luke McCown went down with an injury ... immediately after replacing David Garrard .

And let's face it, that offensive line has been putrid thus far; putting Todd Bouman, who is either 18 or 45 years old and who has backed up big names like Kyle Boller, Jamie Martin, Gus Frerotte and Quinn Gray en route to being signed by the Jaguars FOUR DIFFERENT TIMES , won't end well.

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The notion that Ben Roethlisberger might not start when he returns from suspension following the Steelers' bye in Week 5 has been tossed around in the media. Like, kind of a lot.

And Charlie Batch has been very good in replacing Ben, at least, you know, relative to what everyone expected from Charlie Freaking Batch. But let's not lose our minds just because we (read: you) kind of want to see Roethlisberger punished by karma and riding the pine. He's by far and away the best quarterback option for Pittsburgh, and Mike Tomlin is going to start him as soon as he's allowed to.

If the Steelers happen to be undefeated at that point in time, well, watch out NFL.

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Quickly ...

- Peyton Hillis didn't just put the whole "Eric Mangini hates  Jerome Harrison" conspiracy theory to bed, he shoved about 15 Ambien in its mouth and then wrapped it in a Snuggie.

- Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles, as much as I'd like to think so, aren't in a battle for a job. They're just two running backs with different style co-existing in a system that just so happens to make one of them less valuable. And the less valuable guy just happens to be Charles, who's more talented.

- The only awesome thing about drafting Kevin Kolb in fantasy leagues is that you had to pick up Michael Vick. That's worked out quite well.

- I really thought that Chan Gailey was trying to showcase Marshawn Lynch to increase his trade value. And even if he was, in the process, Lynch has just become the best running back in Buffalo (once again).

- Kevin Smith returns this week and Jahvid Best is injured ... it shouldn't matter, but that's what Wally Pip probably said too.

- Yeah, I'm really pumped about the "Garrett Hartley versus John Carney" lede in this column next week too, thanks for asking.

Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: September 28, 2010 11:56 am
 

2010 records determine waiver order for Edwards

Posted by Will Brinson

Don't laugh, but NFL teams will be lining up for Trent Edwards' services this afternoon, just a few days after the Buffalo Bills decided to release him from their roster . Or, more accurately, they may have already lined up and are shuffling around trying to figure out who might be in front of them for his services.

See, if a player is dumped in the first three weeks of the NFL season, the prior season's records determine the waiver order. If it's after the first three weeks, the current season's records determine the order. Edwards was dumped on Monday, after the third Sunday of the season but not before the entire week was completed.

However, according to the NFL's clarifying statement to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk , 2010 records will matter in this instance, because Edwards' contract is being awarded on Tuesday (which is today and which is after Week 3, obviously).

A quick glance at the standings reveals a few teams that stink this season, primarily because of quarterback problems: the Panthers, the Jaguars, the 49ers, the Browns and the Lions are all 0-3 and have either a) had a quarterback get injured, b) replaced their starting quarterback for poor performance at some point this season or c) been fooled for the 500th time by Alex Smith playing well in one game.

Oh yes, and the Bills. But it's at least "improbable" that they would release him and then claim him. ("Impossible" seems like a stretch, given the absurdity of releasing him this early in the season without even seeking some sort of trade with a quarterback needy team.)

Also in the mix -- according to Chris Mortensen -- are the Seahawks, Chiefs and Jets, although it seems pretty unlikely that, given their back-of-the-line status, any of those three would have a shot at landing Edwards.

But yeah, Trent Edwards is really popular, which is why it makes absolutely no sense that the Bills just cut him outright.
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:22 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 12:46 pm
 

Bills release Trent Edwards

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Bills have erased some of the cloudiness at the quarterback position. The team announced Monday that Trent Edwards has been released. T. Edwards (US Presswire)

Chan Gailey will be available for comment later in the day. Edwards was demoted to second-string duties early last week. His replacement, Ryan Fitzpatrick, led the Bills to 23 points at New England Sunday (a C.J. Spiller kick return touchdown added seven more).

The end of the Edwards era in Buffalo marks the end in one of the great all-time displays of mediocrity. In his three-plus years with the team, Edwards completed 60.9 percent of his throws, threw 25 touchdowns vs. 27 interceptions and generated a passer rating of 76.8.

Edwards was a third-round draft choice out of Stanford. Thanks to a strong endorsement from the legendary Bill Walsh, many thought he’d evolve into a fantastic system quarterback. That, obviously, never materialized. Edwards’ inability to make multiple reads and push the ball downfield proved to be far more than simple youthful inexperience.

It wasn’t always a bleak outlook for the touch-passer. Edwards led the Bills to a 4-0 start in 2008. But he suffered a nasty concussion in a Week 5 loss at Arizona. He came back for the next game (a Week 7 matchup against the Chargers) but was never the same that season. Since then, Edwards hasn’t been willing to hit the check-down receiver – he’s been eager to hit the check-down receiver.

Some team will undoubtedly sign the veteran as a backup. (And we’ll assume the Raiders will, at some point, give him a shot to come back to Cali and be the long-term franchise quarterback.) Edwards’ NFL career is only over in Buffalo.

Fitzpatrick will remain the Bills starter in 2010. Brian Brohm is now the backup (or, as they should call it in Buffalo, the next trial starter).


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Posted on: September 26, 2010 6:07 pm
 

Ref admits mistake in BUF-NE game

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In case you were confused why the officials in the Buffalo-New England game allowed the Bills to take back-to-back timeouts at the end of the first half, referee John Parry said his crew made a mistake and that the second timeout should not have been granted.

ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss served as pool reporter and interviewed Parry after the Patriots 38-30 win.

Here’s the transcript:

Q: I was asked as the pool reporter to ask you a question as it relates to the back-to-back timeout calls by the Bills. What was the ruling on why the Bills weren’t penalized for calling their second timeout?

JP: There is no foul for calling a second timeout in the rulebook. We shouldn’t have granted it. … But, there is no penalty. There is no 5-yard penalty for what we did. [The procedure is to] get the players reset, the second time out is not allowed, resume play, which is what we did.

Q: I think you answered the question, but just so I’m clear, can you review the procedure as to how it all went down?

JP: It was actually an interesting play when you think of all of the things that led up to it. On third down we had a run play where we ruled a first down, so we have a running clock. Buffalo called their first timeout to stop the clock. Replay now gets involved because they want to review the spot to determine if it is a first down or [is] not a first down. Through replay, we ended up moving the ball back about a half-a-yard, to the 16-and-a-half [yard line], which now makes a fourth down, but because we didn’t change it to a stopped-clock scenario, Buffalo is still charged with the timeout that they called. They come up to the line of scrimmage and the play clock is moving down from 25. I don’t know exactly where it was, but it was close to zero, probably one, two or three seconds, I suppose. I think a wide receiver turned to the wing official and asked for a timeout, which should not have been granted. What we do mechanically if that does happen, which it obviously did, we bring the players out, we reset play and we go.

Q: Do I have it right that the timeout shouldn’t have been granted?

JP: Correct.

Q: So if it had not been granted, the play clock would have just wound down?

JP: He could have potentially taken a delay of game, that’s correct. I don’t know that he would have taken it, but I think he could.


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Posted on: September 26, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Bills to trade Edwards?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, the Bills are ready to move on without QB Trent Edwards. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Buffalo has placed Edwards on the trading block.

Coach Chan Gailey benched Edwards after a terrible first two games for the Bills, and Ryan Fitzpatrick will start today against the Patriots.

Apparently, this isn’t the first time Buffalo has talked about trading Edwards. Schefter writes the organization debated it during the offseason.

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 11:57 am
Edited on: September 25, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Week 3 injury report & analysis - early games I

Titans @ Giants

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

DE

Jason Babin

ELBOW

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DT

Tony Brown

KNEE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

CB

Cortland Finnegan

THIGH

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Jacob Ford

KNEE

OUT

08/15/10

LB

Gerald McRath

Suspension

 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

LB

Chase Blackburn

KNEE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

TE

Kevin Boss

CONCUSSION

PROBABLE

09/26/10

LB

Phillip Dillard

HAMSTRING

OUT

09/26/10

S

Michael Johnson

BACK

OUT

09/26/10

WR

Mario Manningham

ILLNESS

PROBABLE

09/26/10

C

Shaun O'Hara

ANKLE, ACHILLES

DOUBTFUL

09/26/10

CB

Aaron Ross

FOOT

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Justin Tuck

SHOULDER

QUESTIONABLE


Michael Johnson helps the Giants D most by not playing – the guy has really struggled in coverage the past year and a half.
O’Hara’s leadership and grittiness would be sorely missed. His replacement, Adam Koets, is inexperienced, undersized and has spent most of his young career as a backup offensive tackle.

Brown is one of the quickest players off the snap in all of football. Ford brings length and athleticism on the edge as a pass-rusher, though the Titans can live without him. 


B
engals @ Panthers

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

DE

Jonathan Fanene

HAMSTRING

OUT

09/26/10

DT

Tank Johnson

TOE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

CB

Adam Jones

SHOULDER

DOUBTFUL

09/26/10

RB

Brian Leonard

FOOT

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Antwan Odom

WRIST

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

WR

Terrell Owens

BACK

PROBABLE

09/26/10

LB

Keith Rivers

FOOT

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Frostee Rucker

TOE

QUESTIONABLE

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

TE

Gary Barnidge

RIBS

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Tyler Brayton

ANKLE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Charles Johnson

CALF

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

WR

Brandon LaFell

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DT

Louis Leonard

ELBOW

PROBABLE

09/26/10

T

Jeff Otah

KNEE

OUT

09/26/10

LB

Jordan Senn

ANKLE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

WR

Steve Smith

THIGH

PROBABLE

Jones won’t be missed because the Panthers have such poor receiving depth.

Carolina needs Otah in the worst of ways. Even with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, the team has just 208 yards rushing on the season. (Of course, it’s not like opponents have had to worry about getting burned through the air by Carolina’s passing attack). Still, Otah is the primary source of run-blocking power on the right side.

Steelers @ Buccaneers 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

QB

Dennis Dixon

KNEE

OUT

09/26/10

NT

Casey Hampton

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

G

Chris Kemoeatu

KNEE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

T

Max Starks

ANKLE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

WR

Hines Ward

CALF

PROBABLE

09/03/10

QB

Ben Roethlisberger

Suspension

 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

C

Jeff Faine

CALF

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

QB

Josh Freeman

RIGHT THUMB

PROBABLE

09/26/10

RB

Kareem Huggins

GROIN

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

LB

Niko Koutouvides

ANKLE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

CB

Myron Lewis

KNEE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

RB

Carnell Williams

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

TE

Kellen Winslow

KNEE

PROBABLE

09/22/10

DB

Tanard Jackson

Suspension

 

The Bucs are averaging barely over three yards per carry on the ground. Don’t expect them to get anywhere near that amount if Casey Hampton is back. Hampton outweighs center Jeff Faine by at least 60 pounds.


Bills @ Patriots

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

LB

Keith Ellison

KNEE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

S

Cary Harris

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

G

Andy Levitre

NECK

PROBABLE

09/26/10

LB

Paul Posluszny

KNEE

OUT

08/20/10

TE

Shawn Nelson

Suspension

 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

QB

Tom Brady

RIGHT SHOULDER

PROBABLE

09/26/10

WR

Taylor Price

ANKLE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

RB

Fred Taylor

TOE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

CB

Terrence Wheatley

FOOT

OUT


Posluszny has been used at outside linebacker early this season, which goes to show how thin the Bills are in their pass-rush. Because of this, expect Buffalo to play a coverage-based defense against the New England offense and focus on stopping the run.

With Wheatley out, struggling corner Darius Butler gets to keep his starting job at least one more week.


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Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Gailey says Marshawn Lynch will 'play a lot'

Posted by Will Brinson

Oh, Chan Gailey. You fickle son of a gun, you.

Before the season started, Gailey named rookie C.J. Spiller his starter. Hence, he got most of the carries early. But then the Packers got really interested in acquiring a running back Spiller didn't play so well and suddenly Marshawn Lynch was the Week 2 starter who got most of the carries for the Bills.

And he did so well that Gailey wants to keep showcasing him for a trade making sure he gets his best back the most carries, so surprise, it's Beast Mode time again this week .

"He started last week and he’ll play a lot this week," Gailey said. "He ran the ball pretty good. You could tell he was rusty from last year not having played a ton and getting back into it this year. He didn’t play in the preseason as well, so he’s just now getting back into it and as most everybody knows you can never have enough quality running backs in this league."

Gailey also discussed Spiller's status, saying that it was "probably unfair to throw him in there" as the starter that early into his career.

He added that Spiller is "still going to be a dynamic player and he's going to make a lot of big plays for us in the future."

Just not until, you know, he can get Marshawn's value cranked up to about that of a second-rounder and ship him out of town for something worthwhile in the future.

And yeah, I realize that he keeps saying he's not going to trade Lynch and that it makes sense to hold onto a talented player who doesn't cost a ton of money, but when NFL coaches get really loud about really denying something, that's a classic case of smoke/fire.

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