Friday's New England Coverage [4:54 AM]
Gay happy to get his chance (Boston Globe)
Milloy makes difference (Boston Globe)
Pats expect tough test (Boston Herald)
Prized possessions (Boston Herald)
Pats are running low on tackles (Boston Herald)
The legend (Boston Herald)
Scholarly Gorin Learns On The Job (Hartford Courant)
Holding the opposition at bay (Woonsocket Call)
Seymour on pace for career year after slow start (Woonsocket Call)
Pats' Neal is no longer grappling with his role (Providence Journal)
Belichick believer in trend toward two-way players (Providence Journal)
Former wrestler learning on job (Springfield Republican)
Tackle has home debut (Springfield Republican)
Turning heads, moving chains (Manchester Union Leader)
Pats can't rest (Nashua Telegraph)
McGahee emerges as a marked man in Bills' backfield (Brockton Enterprise)
Pats look ready to run the table (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Bill Belichick Press Conference (Patriots.com)
Bill Milloy making impact in return (Patriots.com)
Bill Burning questions revisited (Patriots.com)
Off and running [4:54 AM]
Freeport Journal Standard reports: 'As a coach, Beebe has found himself borrowing from the philosophy of two coaches that he played for, Hall-of-Famer Marv Levy and current Seattle Seahawks boss Mike Holmgren. Levy gave Aurora Christian a pre-game pep talk before its first-round game against Annawan. "If I knew one guy who was always prepared, it was Marv Levy," Beebe said.'
McGahee rushes to turn Bills around [10:14 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Making his first Foxboro visit Sunday night (8:30), McGahee has single-handedly transformed Buffalo from a limp NFL doormat to an energized franchise on the rise.'
Bills considering switching CB Vincent to safety once he returns [9:59 PM]
AP reports: '''We've tried certain things in the training room. We go out on the football field and my body only allows me to do so much,'' Vincent said. ''It's frustrating, it's disappointing. I don't think anybody wants to be injured.'''
Milloy making impact in return [5:27 PM]
Patriots.com reports: '"I know he is probably the happiest to be back," Buffalo head coach Mike Mularky said. "He never missed a game until this. I think he is such a positive [influence], not just Sunday afternoons, but when he is on the practice field there is a whole different atmosphere within the practice. He is that kind of guy."'
Buffalo's Bulldozer [5:26 PM]
RNews.com reports: '“He takes on the first hit, that’s one less hit I have to worry about,” said McGahee. “It’s good having somebody in front of you blocking, taking pride in what they’re doing and try and make something happen for the team.”'
Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots [5:26 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Patriots 20-17.'
Mike Williams Returned To Practice [5:25 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Troy Vincent didn't practice and he declared himself out of Sunday's game. He was trying to hold back his frustration while saying he's doing all he can to get his knee back to a point where he can play.'
Defense Steadily Progressing [4:20 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I've got some great assistant coaches. Those coaches are doing their job to make sure the backups are prepared to go. When you see that, those guys are going on the football field and not making mental mistakes and they are getting the job done. Like I mentioned earlier, we've got a pair of backups that have six sacks. To me, that means they are paying attention in the meetings and they are getting enough repetitions where we can still get the veteran guys their reps. Even with little to none reps they still go in and produce. To me, that makes the defense that much better.'
Bills to become first NFL team with youth football facility [4:15 PM]
AP reports: 'The first games to be played on the field will happen Saturday, when the Bills host four regional youth championship games.'
Healthy Milloy making presence felt with Bills defense [4:15 PM]
AP reports: '''He's a difference-maker,'' coach Mike Mularkey said. ''Your disguises are a little better. His experience is a big plus. Even in practices, you can tell there's a difference.'''
Home Away From Home for Boston Backers [2:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We were their biggest group sales of the season," he said. "It was pretty amazing. We brought five kegs of beer and other tailgate supplies on a Rider truck. The State Police were even keeping an eye on us because we had around 400 people together."'
April brings a special touch to the Bills [1:41 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“(The two Player of the Week honors) should give us the impetus to go on,” he admitted. “Nothing should keep us back except complacency. (When I got here) I thought we had good players (for the kicking squads) and a good team. We’ve got a bunch of overachievers — or at least an overachiever mentality — and they’re just trying to get better every game.”'
Bills starting to find out who they are [12:47 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'McGahee's emergence has been a godsend for Bledsoe. With rookie first-round pick J.P. Losman almost recovered from a broken leg, Bledsoe's days would have been numbered had the Bills slid further out of contention. Instead, McGahee's tough running has taken the onus off Bledsoe, allowing him to fill the complementary role that Mularkey designed for him.'
Price may be right man at tackle [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He went through the walk-through segment of practice, and we wanted to just loosen him up a little bit in the pool and give him a day to make sure everything is looser," Mularkey said. "I know he's sore. . . . Tests were fine. No nausea, no concussion, just a sore neck."'
Bills' 'D' zeroes in on Brady [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He reads the defense and finds the uncovered receiver," McGee said. "He's very patient back there. You have to stay with your coverage the whole time."'
Rookie Evans is catching on quick [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have completed 18 passes of 20 yards or more and five have gone to Evans. By comparison, Eric Moulds has eight such catches, but he has had probably three times as many balls thrown his way as his 47 receptions would attest.'
McGee down, but not out [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"If you replaced somebody every time they have a bad day at work, how many would be sitting in this room right now, including myself?" Mularkey said. "It was a day that if anybody could take back it would be Terrence McGee. I'm hoping that he's learned a lesson from some of the things that happened. But he's done a lot of good things ... and give the guy credit for some of the things he's done."'
McGahee bouncing back [5:03 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"The guy is a warrior, there's no doubt about it."'
Bills' patience paying off [5:02 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'While it's too soon to anoint him a star, he's certainly found the launching pad -- the Bills are 3-1 since he took over the starting job from Travis Henry.'
Pats know rival Bills pack punch [5:01 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'They're last in the AFC in yards per play on first down (4.22). They're 29th in the NFL in yards per rushing attempt (3.5). They're 27th in passing (170.4 yards per game). They're 27th in sacks allowed per pass play (23 on the season). They're 27th in points per game (17.1).'
Brady, Milloy still close [5:00 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``You definitely have to be aware of him,'' said Brady. ``He knows our personnel. He knows our play-calling as well as just about anybody. So he's going to have his input. He had a great game against us last year when we played them there. He seems to always find his way into the mix.'''
So Far, McGahee Giving Bills A Needed Boost [4:59 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Of course, part of the reason Williams failed as head coach was the players Donahoe gave him. After a boffo 2001 draft that yielded four starters - CB Nate Clements, DE Aaron Schobel, RB Travis Henry, OT Jonas Jennings - Donahoe has been under siege for his personnel decisions.'
Coverage in focus as Pats prep for Bills [4:58 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'With the Bills and Patriots set to meet again Sunday night at Gillette Stadium, the aftertaste of the coverage collapse in Buffalo has been revisited this week. "Nobody had more problems than we did with their kicking game," Belichick noted.'
Lately, at least, the Bills are getting it right [4:57 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"Sometimes it takes a few weeks to kind of get things to where you want them to be," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of the Bills. "Last week against the Jets [they] really pretty much played a perfect game. They had no turnovers, no interceptions, efficient passing, a good job running the ball by [Willis] McGahee, [they] got a couple of turnovers, [they had about] 38 minutes time of possession and held the Jets to 11 yards in five possessions in the second half, things like that. It was another solid day for them in the kicking game. That was probably their best effort of the year and best game of the year, especially after the Jets [were] coming off of a big win against Miami. [Buffalo] played the game the way that Buffalo wanted to play it."'
McGahee backing the Buffalo offense [4:56 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Although both Henry and McGahee have similar sets of skills, Mularkey felt McGahee was doing more with his opportunities. "The difference between the two of them at the time is that we were getting more yards after first contact with Willis," Mularkey said. "That’s been the case in the first three games. He’s making a lot of yards when there’s nothing there. He’s run the ball very well."'
Resurgent Milloy, Bledsoe no longer bogus Bills [4:55 AM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: 'Now, at the season's midpoint, the two former New England Patriots head back to Foxboro, their first NFL home, having contributed in major ways to the Bills' recent charge. Bledsoe?'
Thursday's New England Coverage [4:50 AM]
Against Clarett, Vrabel lines up alongside OSU (Boston Globe)
No taking offense with title defense (Boston Globe)
Bills' patience paying off (Boston Globe)
Pats know rival Bills pack punch (Boston Herald)
Brady, Milloy still close (Boston Herald)
Coverage in focus as Pats prep for Bills (Metro West Daily News)
Branch inches closer to return (Metro West Daily News)
So Far, McGahee Giving Bills A Needed Boost (Hartford Courant)
McGahee backing the Buffalo offense (Woonsocket Call)
New England signs Nimmo for practice duty (Woonsocket Call)
Lately, at least, the Bills are getting it right (Providence Journal)
Branch appears close to a return (Providence Journal)
Vinatieri's got plenty of game (Springfield Republican)
Vrabel backs ex-coach (Springfield Republican)
Dillon is the team MVP at this juncture (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Pats’ offense still clicking (Nashua Telegraph)
Miller throw on a fake punt? Well, certainly don't rule it out (Portland Press Herald)
McGahee rushes to turn Bills around (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
Key injuries don't stop New England (AP)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Two minute timing (Patriots.com)
Patriots sign OT Lance Nimmo to practice squad (Patriots.com)
Tom Brady Locker Room Interview (Patriots.com)
Injury report (Patriots.com)
Bill Belichick Press Conference (Patriots.com)
Bills' Willis McGahee Conference Call (Patriots.com)
Bills Head Coach Mike Mularkey Conference Call (Patriots.com)
Inside slant [4:49 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Counting this year's 0-3 mark, the Bills are 2-13 since midway through the 2002 season on the road. In that block of games, Bledsoe has been sacked 53 times and has thrown 22 interceptions and as a team the Bills are minus-34 in turnover ratio.'
Strategy and personnel [4:48 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills will consider moving DT Justin Bannan to offensive guard on a full-time basis next year, line coach Jim McNally said, and Bannan isn't opposed to the idea.'
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