Weaver: Jaguars fans still excited [5:17 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: ''He added, "It's not a lack of fan passion for the Jaguars. It's a large stadium, a small market, a tough economic environment and less disposable dollars. When you put all those things in the mix, we just have to work harder."'
Donahoe can't deflect credit for the bounce-back in Buffalo [5:16 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"The reaction's been a little bit too giddy, but that's good," Donahoe said in a telephone interview last week. "We suffered the past couple of years, and our fans deserved to be enthusiastic. We're trying to keep it in perspective on the team."'
Bledsoe says Spikes at home in Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"I remember flying up with him from Atlanta - we were coming up for the first mini-camp, and somehow I got routed through Atlanta - and we were sitting there on the airplane," Bledsoe says. "He was like a kid at Christmas. He's a tremendous player, stuck in a tough situation (five years with the Bengals) for a long time, and now he's got a team, a defense around him where he can run around and make plays. I expect him to continue on and have a huge year."'
Big game upcoming for Plummer; how to attack Bills' offense [5:14 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'The interior offensive line is the first area one scout said he would attack. “Ruben Brown hasn’t been Ruben Brown for more than one season,” he said. “If you have the bulk, you can push the pocket. (ORT) Mike Williams is tough to rattle out there, but I’d bring the kitchen sink at (OLG) Brown and (OLT Jonas) Jennings.”'
Bills in search of happy returns [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He ain't fast," said special teams coach Danny Smith, "he's real fast."'
Coach perfects role as music man [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Blaring loud music over big speakers on the edge of the field has become a weekly Friday tactic for coach Gregg Williams. Coaches have been doing it for years in preparation for games at particularly loud venues. But Williams began doing every week last season because it forces players to be more precise in communicating calls and in concentrating on getting the proper call.'
Morris steps up, does the job [5:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ My approach to the game is I want to do everything I can to make myself a better ballplayer, and for two years I had a chance to learn from probably the best third-down back in history.”'
Jaguars angry over CBS decision [5:35 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Local CBS affiliate WTEV TV-47 learned late yesterday that the station will broadcast the Miami-New York Jets game from the CBS network at 1 p.m. tomorrow, the same time as the start of the Jaguars game with Buffalo. With more than 8,000 unsold tickets on Thursday, the league mandated that the Jaguars' home opener would be blacked out in Jacksonville and a 75-mile radius of city limits. WTEV had informed its viewers that the station would air the movie Goodfellas from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. But station general manager Susan Adams Loyd received word yesterday afternoon that the network will feed the Dolphins-Jets game to all CBS affiliates in Florida and South Georgia.'
Jaguars notebook [5:34 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Jaguars announced yesterday that they sold 1,500 tickets yesterday for tomorrow's home opener against the Buffalo Bills, the day after they made it official that it'll be the first home opener in the team's history to be blacked out.'
7 Buffalo Bills Fans Back Team At Season Opening Bash [5:33 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Ron VanHall, club president, said the club ``started last summer with just a few die-hard fans, Tony and Mary Lou DeMarco and Stacey Kelley. But after the local Brandon paper printed a story, the membership quickly swelled.'' There are now more than 100 members, and the club is seeking other Bills fans to join the group.'
Bills' Adams in Unfamiliar Territory [9:31 PM]
Reuters reports: 'It is not often that a 335-pound defensive tackle is among the NFL's scoring leaders, but that is where the Buffalo Bills' Sam Adams finds himself as the NFL enters its second week Sunday.'
Missing rule in CBA could hurt NFL's case [9:31 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo Bills president/general manager Tom Donahoe is credited with rebuilding a roster than was definitely in decline when he arrived. But two things Donahoe doesn't get nearly enough credit for are his excellent handling of the salary cap and his relationship with Bills owner Ralph Wilson
Bills Face a Test [9:30 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The Bills are coming off an emotional division win. A week from Sunday they have another AFC East game at Miami. If they walk on to the field at Jacksonville with anything other than the Jags on their mind, they could give away the momentum they gained this past Sunday. I say that will not happen. But it will not be easy.'
Blackout and '10 things' [3:04 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'Get a body on Takeo Spikes--The Patriots didn't.'
Tops Game Ball Winner: Takeo Spikes [3:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: How much of a factor was the Bills home crowd noise in helping the Bills defense and confusing the Patriots offense last Sunday? - Buck Smith (Amherst, NY) Spikes: It was big. (Tom) Brady couldn't get some of the checks out that he wanted to. At the same time he was kind of prefixed as far as where he wanted to go. So that right there, along with the home field crowd advantage making that much noise, kind of threw them off a bit.'
Bills Featured On Sports Illustrated Covers [3:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine 12 times since 1969...".
On top of the world [1:24 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Henry is also an able receiver, catching three balls for 37 yards against New England. Fumbling is his kryptonite. Henry lost a league-high eight fumbles last year and lost another versus the Patriots.'
Bills vs. Jaguars Preview [12:21 PM]
TBD reports: 'The team the Bills will face has undergone a big transformation. The Jaguars year's roster has 26 new faces – just under a 50% turnover. There is a new head coach. But like the Bills, they too signed some big name free agents, including defensive end Hugh Douglas and LB Mike Peterson. They also kept their veteran leadership, players like QB Mark Brunell and DE Tony Brackens, intact.'
The new guard dog [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was tough not playing my first year, but I just tried to be patient and work to get better every day," Pucillo said. "The offseason workouts were very important, of course. I prepared myself and waited for the opportunity. When it came, I just went out and tried to do the best I could."'
Brunell's not ready to hand over reins [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills certainly don't think Brunell is fading. "From what we saw on film, it doesn't look like Brunell has lost anything," free safety Pierson Prioleau said. "In my opinion, he's still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL."'
Jacksonville Like Any Other Team to Shaw [8:06 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"They are just the next opponent," Shaw said. "You have to prepare the same no matter who you're playing. Once the game is over, if we come out on top, then bragging rights with old buddies will kick in. But during the game you have to have the same preparation."'
Jaguars won't use youth as an excuse [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I want to win in anything I do and be competitive in anything I do,” said Del Rio, who coaches with the same intensity he played linebacker in the NFL for 11 seasons with. “ I wasn’t forced to make those decisions to get rid of those guys. We’re doing what we think we can to be competitive.”'
Buffalo's new `great warrior' [5:19 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"I'm not proclaiming to be the best linebacker to ever play the game," said Spikes, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound hulking specimen that toiled in relative obscurity for five seasons with the Bengals. "But I really don't think the city of Buffalo knew what they were getting when they got me. And it's real ... it's real."'
Bledsoe to Brunell: Change is not bad [5:18 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"He's shown that you can go through some difficult times and still have things work out great for you," Brunell said.'
Bills at a glance [5:17 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Minuses: The Bills averaged just 3.2 yards on 33 rushing attempts against New England. ... Henry fumbled again on Sunday, raising his total to 16 over the past three seasons.'
Jaguars notebook [5:16 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, who visit Alltel Stadium, have played only 10 games in their history -- including preseason games -- in temperatures above 87 degrees.'
Home opener to be blacked out [5:15 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'With more than 8,100 tickets unsold, the Jaguars didn't even wait until the 72-hour deadline at 1 p.m. yesterday to make the blackout official for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills at Alltel Stadium.'
The blackout blame falls squarely on... [5:14 AM]
St. Augustine Record reports: 'The thing that kills me is that not only do we not get the Jags game, but they won't show any other game. Instead we get re-runs of "Joanie loves Chaci."'
Morris prepared to help the Bills any way he can [5:13 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"I know I could do it," the former Jay and Texas Tech standout said. "Over the past few years, I've learned a lot about how to prepare physically (for the season) and how to take care of my (6-foot, 220-pound) body. I've also improved as a runner since my rookie season."'
Thomas says he'll play [5:12 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins denied a caller's report on a Buffalo television station that there have been talks about moving the Sept. 21 home game to Buffalo and having the Bills come to Miami on Dec. 21 because of Hurricane Isabel. ''We haven't talked to the league or the Bills or discussed it at this point,'' Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said.'
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