Lane could follow Rucci out the door [7:16 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: 'Max Lane's anger at the Patriots decision to release longtime friend and teammate Todd Rucci may have had more to do with Lane's future than Rucci's.'
Milloy doesn't buy Flutie support or flakes [7:14 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'With the Patriots (2-6) sinking again after a brief turnaround, some fans may be cheering when Flutie does well. "He shouldn't be a crowd favorite at our stadium," Milloy said. "If I have the chance, I'm going to drag his butt into the ground. It's kind of sickening to me."'
Matchup runs big in middle [2:44 PM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'But Washington's weight is the subject of some debate with the 330 total considered an understatement of sorts. Just how much does the big fellow actually weigh? Inquiring offensive linemen want to know.'
Bjornson looking to fit in [2:42 PM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'Eric Bjornson had the look on his face this week of a player hanging onto his job by his fingernails. Is he the New England Patriots tight end? Or new wide receiver?'
Johnson blames Flutie for comments [2:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Johnson told Rome he talked to Flutie about it and the popular veteran told him he only talked to the magazine about quarterback ratings and never mentioned Johnson by name. Johnson said if Flutie did make the comments, it's only going to make a strained relationship worse.'
Johnson talks some smack about Flutie [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"For someone to go anonymously and say those things is kind of, I don't know, cowardly," he said. "It's not typical of football players. . . . If a lot of guys feel that way, they should come to me and say it to my face," he said. "I'm a man. They're men, and I can take it. I'd rather hear about it from them than hear about it on the radio when I'm driving home, from an FM channel when I'm trying to listen to Limp Biskit."'
Treading water [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Halfway through the 2000 season, it has become obvious that a team doesn't lose that many veterans - including seven starters - without feeling the pinch.
Buffalo voters can't get enough of this election [8:24 AM]
National Post reports: 'This is what the great Buffalo quarterback controversy has come to: walking toward Ralph Wilson Stadium before the Jets game last Sunday, fans stopped by a radio booth to pick up an election sign for their candidate.'
Bills' QB spat takes a turn [7:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Yesterday on Jim Rome's syndicated national talk show, Rob Johnson -- who has refused to speak with the local media this week -- insinuated that it was Flutie who gave derogatory remarks about him anonymously to a Sports Illustrated writer.'
Morris surprises even himself [7:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, even the confident Morris couldn't have envisioned that by the midway point of his rookie NFL season he would be the primary running back in the Buffalo offense.'
Flutie, Johnson in war of words [7:12 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Flutie confronted Johnson at practice after Johnson went on Jim Rome's nationally syndicated radio show and accused Flutie of taking shots at him in Sports Illustrated.'
Faulk heading back to the starting block [7:10 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Once again, it looks like Kevin Faulk will be asked to carry the Patriots' running game.'
Belichick: Milloy has point [7:09 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"I don't think there's any lack of respect for Doug Flutie on our football team - I don't think that at all. Nobody has said that. Would we like to play well against him? Yeah. Would we like to hit him a couple of times and slow him down and keep him from running around? Sure. Every team in the league would probably want to do it. That's my take on the comments."'
Pats rule Eric idle for Bills [7:07 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'After watching Eric Bjornson for eight games as the Patriots' No. 1 tight end, coach Bill Belichick shifted the veteran to a new position - the bench.'
Flutie Magic Lives [7:05 AM]
Patriots Football reports: 'John Hannah may be the best Patriot ever, or someday Bledsoe will be. But Flutie is the most revered New England football player ever.'
2 Bills worry Pats [2:05 PM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: 'Every time Patriots coach Bill Belichick tries to look at Buffalo linebacker Sam Cowart, he sees Bills nose tackle Ted Washington.'
Pats not flustered by Flutie [2:02 PM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '"They're cheering for Flutie, but not really for the Bills," Eaton said with a smile. "They'll go 'Nice hit, uh, tough for Doug'. They'll get over it.''
`Belichop' back to the Patriot's cutting room [1:38 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'This week, amiable, approachable, snuff-dippin' offensive guard Todd Rucci got whacked as Bill Belichick continued his scorched-earth approach to revamping his roster.'
Buffalo at New England Preview [1:37 PM]
Patriots Football reports: '[Patriots Coach Bill Belichick says that] "I think once [Flutie] gets out of the pocket and can really improvise and can scramble to run or scramble to throw that he is really at his best element, and defensively you're probably in your worst, that's probably the worst case scenario because he's so much better at that, then defenses are at defending it."
Weekly Predictions [1:30 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'After a murderous first-half schedule, the Buffalo Bills get a break of sorts, starting Sunday in Foxboro.'
Bills Report Card: Room For Improvement [1:29 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Halfway through the 2000 season, the Buffalo Bills stand 4-4, looking up at the co-leaders in the AFC East. Breaking down their performance over the first half of the schedule position by position, that looks about right.'
Still can't trust this little QB [10:18 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Coaches should know enough to play this guy without always harping against his size. They should just shut up and give him the ball. Nope. After all these years, he still must deal with coaches who feel that a 5-foot-10, 180-pound quarterback can't be trusted.'
Bills count on Moulds [10:17 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"Starting in '98 was when he really crashed on to the scene," New England coach Bill Belichick said. "It just seemed like coaching against him it was just a matter of time, because he's big, he's fast, he's tough and he can really catch the ball."'
Johnson not ready as a backup [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills coach Wade Phillips confirmed the obvious on Thursday by finally admitting Doug Flutie will be his starting quarterback for Sunday's 1 p.m. game against New England at Foxboro Stadium.'
Moulds hopes to stay with Bills [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: '"We're trying to work something out," owner Ralph Wilson said yesterday. "We're so tight to the cap still, but the cap will go up $5 million next year at least. Every salary on the team goes up automatically so it's not like we've got an extra $5 million to spend. But we've talked to Eric's agent and we're working now on a plan to keep him and as many other players as we can. He's a great, great receiver and we certainly want to keep him."'
Wilson wants Miami in AFC East [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson is confident his team's 35-year-old rivalry with the Miami Dolphins will be preserved when the NFL realigns its divisions in 2002.'
Eaton has a nose for action [5:39 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'It's not a sexy position. Lined up against the opposing center, the nose tackle must possess a certain ferociousness. Tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Meet Chad Eaton.'
Rutledge hoping his new role catches on [5:37 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'With Eric Bjornson used more as a wide receiver, Rod Rutledge will get his big opportunity to be the team's primary tight end for the first time since Ben Coates was sent packing after last season.'
Patriots look to Rutledge [5:36 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Where is the Patriots tight end of the future? Apparently, he's not on the current roster.'
Center sizes up his competition [5:35 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'It's not often that 320-pound Patriots center Damien Woody lines up opposite a player larger than himself, but it will happen Sunday. Woody will stare across the line at vaunted Buffalo Bills nose tackle Ted Washington, who is generously listed at 6-foot-5, 330 pounds.'
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