Nall Re-Signed, Poz Out, Everett Improving

JP Losman will be out at least 2 weeks with his knee injury. In need of a backup QB for Trent Edwards, the Bills brought back Craig Nall. The 28 year old quarterback has been on the Bills roster before, and still lives in Buffalo. He had some impressive workouts before the season with some teams, so he was an easy pick up.

Rookie linebacker, Paul Posluszny, is indeed out for the season. In an effort to get enough players on the defensive roster, the Bills signed Jerametrius Butler. Butler is a 6 year veteran cornerback. In 2004 he played for the Rams and had his best season by far with 5 interceptions and 79 tackles. To make room for Butler on the roster, running back Josh Scobey was released. Scobey saw his most playing time with the Arizona Cardinals, and hadn’t seen any action with Buffalo. The Bills are luckily still pretty deep at running back.

Now for the happy ending. The latest Kevin Everett news continues to be good news. At the hospital in Houston, Everett was reported to have lifted his right arm slightly and sit up in bed for 4 hours this past weekend. I can’t imagine what it is like to only have that much movement, but right now that is a huge leap for Everett’s condition. His future is still looking much better than originally diagnosed. We’re cheering for you Kevin, keep it up!

Sources:Bills re-sign QB Nall; Posluszny is out for year
Bills sign CB Butler, release Scobey
Bills’ Everett continues to improve

Buffalo 7, New England 38

No surprises from yesterday’s game against New England. We saw more Patriot dominance, decent running by Marshawn Lynch, lack of Bills offensive production, another 38 point game for New England, and some more injuries to key Buffalo players.

Like usual, the Bills put together a great drive early in the game. It probably would’ve happened on their first possession, but JP Losman received a late hit, spraining his knee. He fumbled and gave New England the ball. On the next possession, rookie quarterback Trent Edwards led them down the field in an 80 yard drive that ended in an 8 yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch. Unfortunately, the game wasn’t over with that score that put Buffalo up 7-3. The Patriots needed to match their 2 previous scores of 38 points, and they did.

Tom BradyThe rest of the game saw New England constantly moving the ball well, scoring a pair of touchdowns in each of the second and third quarters, and one in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. Buffalo put up a frightening number of 3-and-out drives together, giving Brian Moorman a great punting workout yet again.

Rookie Paul Posluszny also sustained a bad injury, breaking his forearm. Surgery is scheduled for Monday. He will be out at least 8 weeks, possibly for the entire remainder of the season. And finally, offensive lineman, Jason Whittle, hurt his hamstring. There is a chance it’s torn, and if that’s the case, he’ll be out for the season as well.

This is the worst start to a season in Buffalo in many years, and they’ve had some pretty rough starts. The game plan to open up the passing game with a lot of 3 and 4 wide sets went out the window after the first play from scrimmage when JP got hurt. So who knows, maybe this will be a chance for Edwards to shine, even though he really didn’t yesterday. Next week is a game at home against the Jets, who will actually be the weakest team the Bills have faced this year.

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Notable 2007 Bills Games

Since the game against the Patriots may just leave us Bills fans wanting more, I figured I’d throw out some games to look forward to that still remain this season. So here goes.

  • Sept 23 at New England: Yes, I’ve pretty much written the Bills off on this game, but there still is a chance. And as we all know, stranger things have happened. I like to look at it this way. This is the first of 5 straight games against 2006 playoff teams. Even with a loss, they should be looking to improve quite a bit over that span to hopefully end the season well. So I’m going to be very optimistic to point out anything they do well this weekend.
  • Oct 8 vs Dallas: The first time the Bills will make a Monday Night Football appearance in 7 years! I was so excited when the schedule came out. Living in Utah, this is one of the only Bills games I’m sure to see. But why, oh why, does it have to be against Dallas? I remember a couple big games against Dallas that didn’t go too well. I think they were in January of 1993 and 1994. Well, at least this one’s in Buffalo.
  • Oct 21 vs Baltimore: This is a game against a tough opponent, but it should be closer than most would think for a couple reasons. It’s the third game in a 3 game home stand, which is the longest of the season. It comes after a bye week. So, the Bills will have been home for about a month, well rested, and coming off of a big Monday night game, I think they should be ready to contend with the Ravens. This is also Willis’ return to Ralph Wilson Stadium, but um, we all know he didn’t do all that great there in the past.
  • Nov 11 at Miami: Miami is the only AFC East team the Bills have been able to beat lately. On top of that, check out the prior 6 games: New England, NY Jets (twice), Dallas, Baltimore, and Cincinnati. All but the Bengals made the playoffs last year, and Cinci is was just on the verge of making it to the post season. The Bills will be used to seeing much stiffer competition, and if they can stay in the right state of mind, they should have a great showing against the Dolphins. This should be a good one.
  • Dec 2 at Washington: This marks the first time London Fletcher will face his old teammates. Chances are, he’ll do just fine against JP. It will also be Pierson Prioleau’s first time lining up against Buffalo since he went to the Skins. The Bills playoff hopes will probably be all but gone by now, so that should be what keeps us interested.
  • Dec 30 at Philadelphia: Another matchup with a former Bill – Takeo Spikes. Also like London Fletcher, I suppose the former Bill will have his way with the offensive line and JP. Could be a fun game to watch though. I actually think Buffalo may match up well with Philly.

I really hope that I’m underestimating the exciting moments of the season. Of course, whenever Lee Evans finally gets involved in the offense will be an exciting game. Marshawn Lynch’s first multi-touchdown game should be a good one. And if nothing else, we can watch those great special teams!

Week 3: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

Oh boy, here we go again. The Bills face their division foes, the Patriots. Let’s look at how things were the last time the Bills beat the Patriots. Drew Bledsoe was running an offense that carried most of the load for the Bills. He threw to Eric Moulds and handed off to Travis Henry. Their defense had been the weak point up until the 2003 season, which started out at Gillette Stadium. But this year was going to be different. The recent additions of London Fletcher and Takeo Spikes boosted the defense up front, and in the back it was disgruntled Lawyer Milloy, who had just been dropped by New England and picked up by the Bills. Bledsoe and Milloy were unhappy with their former team and wanted to show them a thing or two. Henry ran for 89 yards, scoring 2 touchdowns. Lawyer Milloy had a full speed, hard hitting, highlight making sack of Tom Brady and the Bills walked off the field with a score of 31-0. That was perhaps the greatest Bills game of this young millennium.

Bills vs PatriotsWell, it’s been 4 years since that game took place. The next time they met, the last game of that same season, the Patriots returned the favor and defeated Buffalo 31-0 on the Bills’ home turf. New England took that game and stretched it out to what is currently a 7 game winning streak against the Bills.

Now here we are in week 3 of the 2007 season. In what could possibly be the most dismal looking matchup so far for the Bills, there is some good news. The last time Buffalo visited New England, the Bills looked strong. They got out to a 10-7 lead thanks to London Fletcher’s interception which he returned for a touchdown. Anthony Thomas added another touchdown later to make it a 17-7 game. Then the inevitable happened. Tom Brady led the Pats to a couple scores, and then, worst of all, JP Losman got sacked in his own end zone for a safety. The game ended with Buffalo losing in a 19-17 heart breaker. Over the past few years, Buffalo has done better against the Pats on their own field than in Buffalo. Another bright spot is Aaron Schobel. He has sacked Tom Brady 10.5 times over the past 12 times he’s faced Brady’s offensive line.

There is also some bad news. The Pats are loaded this year and seem to be playing with a huge chip on their shoulder due to the recent video taping cheating scandal. Brady has more tools than ever before. The Bills defense not only lost some big names, but another handful of players have gone out with injuries. The offense isn’t clicking at all. The Pats defense has only gotten stronger with the addition of Adalius Thomas. Bill Belichick is showing the Bills a lot of respect. And Terrence McGee may be out, or at least limited, with a rib injury.

So what to expect? Well, Buffalo typically starts out strong. Not the first quarter, we’re just talking the very first drive here. So I expect them to start off with an early deep drive leading to a field goal, or maybe even a Marshawn Lynch TD. After that? Bills fans will probably want to turn off the tube. Tom Brady may get sacked once or twice, and may even throw an interception (Jim Leonhard needs another one this game), but he will throw for plenty of yards to Moss and Welker. Former Bill, Sammy Morris, will have a nice running game against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league. JP Losman will only spend a handful of minutes on the field as he will fail to get the ball to Evans or Reed again. The special teams will give the Bills good field position as usual, but that won’t mean too much.

I don’t figure it will be a pretty game, so I’ll just stop talking about it and give my prediction. Although, I must say, if the Bills manage to pull the upset of a lifetime, the confidence of the players will go through the roof and could lead to a nice little winning streak. Their next 3 games are at home, and who knows? If this game goes terribly wrong for New England, Buffalo could get some chemistry and roll with it. But really, I think I may sooner see a pig fly.

Prediction: Buffalo 10 | New England 31
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Everett Will Walk Again

Wonderful news has just been released about Kevin Everett. Doctors plan to have Kevin transfered to a Houston hospital on Friday where he will begin the next step in rehabilitation. Word is that Everett is recovering so quickly now that he is expected to walk within merely a matter of weeks now, possibly days.

This really is a miraculous recovery. At first, the matter of his injury was that of paralysis from the neck down, and now he is expected to walk maybe as soon as a month after his devastating injury. Everett lives in Houston during the off season, and will be near friends and family during his rehabilitation. He will still have a lot of work ahead of him just to get back to walking normally, but he is likely to get to that phase some time, which is amazing.

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Who is Jim Leonhard?

Here we are 2 weeks into the season, and Buffalo isn’t looking too great, at least on the offensive side of the ball. The defense is again looking pretty impressive, despite losing three of their great leaders and dominant players. Quietly, a certain Bills player has grabbed an interception in each of the season’s first two games. It’s the free safety who shares the back field with second year safety Donte Whitner. His name is Jim Leonhard, and he is already having a breakout year.

Why am I so excited about Mr. Leonhard? Well, after two games, he has tallied up 20 tackles and 2 interceptions with returns of 24 and 36 yards. Check the league stats and you’ll see that he’s tied for 6th spot with total number of tackles (Bills rookie Paul Posluszny is 3rd, nice work) and is currently atop the league (with a few other guys) in interceptions.

Jim LeonhardSo, who is this guy? Well, I wasn’t able to find too much about him, but thanks to Wikipedia, I was able to find out a little. He grew up in Wisconson, playing as the starting quarterback for Flambeau High School. He went on to play college ball as a member of the secondary at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He tied the school record with 21 interceptions, had 281 career tackles, and totaled 1,347 punt return yards. Buffalo picked him up in 2005 as an undrafted free agent.

He showed up in 25 Bills games in 2005-2006. This year in just two games, he’s already blown his old numbers away. He’s looking really good and is trying to help Buffalo fans forget about the loss of Nate Clements. So look out for number 42 in the Bills defense, he’ll be looking to take one of Tom Brady’s passes this Sunday! Player Profile – Jim Leonhard

Kevin Everett T-Shirt

The Bills have made a t-shirt that can be purchased to show your support for Kevin Everett. All proceeds from the shirt will go toward spinal cord injury research, treatment and programs. Those are the very things that helped to save Kevin from a dimmer future.

Kevin Everett T-ShirtThe front of the shirt has that picture in this post and the back has Everett’s name and number, just like the back of a jersey.

News came from the Bills medical staff Monday afternoon about Everett’s condition. Bills team medical director, John Marzo, said that Kevin is still in the intensive care unit, but is improving each day. On his latest condition, Mazro said:

“When examined Sunday evening, Kevin demonstrated increased strength in the muscles of his legs. In addition, he was able to show some movement in both hands. Supportive care continues for vital body systems while Kevin begins to focus on his neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.”

So far, not a day has passed without Everett improving a little. This continues to be great news. He’s coming along, and still has a tough road ahead of him, but he’s got the best doctors and support there for him. We’re all hoping the best.

Click here to buy the shirt.

Pittsburgh 26, Buffalo 3

Oh boy, there really isn’t much good to say of this game. Buffalo went out and played an almost identical game to the last trip they took to Pittsburgh in 2005. The Bills defense was impressive, holding every red zone possession of the Steelers to a field goal in the first half. The special teams provided the offense great field position for each drive with McGee averaging 28 yards per return. The problem was that the offense just failed to do anything.

2007-09-16.jpgAfter the first half, Marshawn Lynch (38 rushing yards) had more offensive yards than JP Losman (23 passing yards). The one field goal that Buffalo managed to get came only after Terrence McGee’s 63 yard kickoff return put the Bills just outside of Rian Lindell’s range. They moved the ball a little, and set up a 24 yard field goal.

There really isn’t much more that needs to be said about the game I suppose. More positive notes all relate to clothing. The Steelers were wearing some throwback uniforms that looked great! The yellow helmets and old school styling on the clothing was a great change I think. The Bills, to show their support for recovering teammate Kevin Everett, each wore a shirt under their uniforms with Everett’s name and number. Kevin Everett was last reported as being able to move a few fingers. Just a week after the injury, that is a great sign. This year may turn into following Everett’s recovery and trying not to get to excited about watching the Bills defense and special teams try to get all the positive yardage for Buffalo.

Bills Record: 0-2
Buffalo vs Pittsburgh Box Score

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Week 2: Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers

Well, week 2 puts Buffalo back in Pittsburgh. I remember the last time the Bills played against the Steelers in 2004. It was the 15-1 year for Pittsburgh and the year of the late playoff push by Buffalo. The Bills had to win in order to have any chance at getting in the playoffs, and the Steelers were just resting their key players for most of the game. Even with those circumstances, Pittsburgh still dominated the game, it was heart breaking.

week02.pngThis year’s match up is too early in the season for either team to be resting. The Bills have a battered defense though, so they’ll be playing plenty of reserves anyway. That won’t help stop Willie Parker, who has improved both years so far in his short career. The Bills are weak against the run, and that has always been the strong point of Pittsburgh’s offense. Roethlisberger had a great game last week, but if his form from last year shows up at all, look for the Bills secondary to grab a ball or two. Even though they are thin back there, Terrence McGee is still lurking, and we all know if he gets the ball, he’s tough to catch.

On offense, Marshawn Lynch should be able to pound is way to another decent game. This is a tough rushing defense, but I think he’ll again show that he’s the real deal. The Bills need to get their passing game going this time around. Lee Evans only caught 2 passes last week, and I don’t expect him to stay at that level. He should be looking to take advantage of going up against some coverage that, at least, isn’t as good as the Bailey/Bly combo from last week.

Again, the special teams and red zone defense must show up big for this game. The special teams should put the offense in great position to start each drive, and the red zone defense has got to contain Pittsburgh to field goals. It’s a very tough task, but it can be done.

One bright spot is rookie Paul Posluszny. He had a great week one and will be playing in front of his home crowd. He grew up in Pennsylvania and played college ball at Penn State. He will have some locals cheering him on. Look for him to have a great game. With the Bills players trying to get a win for Kevin Everett, they will be trying their best, but I’m not sure if it will be good enough. I’m looking for another low scoring affair.

Prediction: Buffalo 10 | Pittsburgh 17
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Bills Add 3 Defensive Players

Due to the injuries of Coy Wire, Jason Webster, and Ko Simpson, the Buffalo Bills have signed three defensive players – Leon Joe, Bryan Scott, and Copeland Bryan. Jason Webster and Ko Simpson have both been placed on the injured reserved list and will be out for the entire season. Coy Wire is set to be out for 3 – 5 weeks.

Leon Joe, Bryan Scott, Copeland BryanHow about those new guys? First we have linebacker Leon Joe. He played college for Maryland and was drafted by Chicago in 2004. He has played in the NFL for Arizona and Chicago. He has yet to really do much in the league.

Safety Bryan Scott was a second round pick in 2003 with Atlanta. He played his college ball at Penn State. He had a few great years with the Falcons, averaging 78 tackles per year, and grabbing 4 interceptions over a 3 year span. He was traded to New Orleans in 2006, but played a reserve role. Hopefully he can bring his Atlanta form to Buffalo.

Copeland Bryan is a big guy at 6’4″, 253 lbs. He is a defensive end who has yet to see any NFL in-game action. He has been with Tennessee and Chicago, just seeing time on the practice squad. He gives the Bills some good size and athleticism on the defensive line.

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