Hackett: It's Too Soon to Evaluate Pennington [5:12 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"We didn't know that there would be a quarterback change, but hey, there's been a quarterback change," Hackett said yesterday. "After he's played 50 [games], then we can sit and say, 'OK, what do you think about this quarterback? Now let's evaluate him.'"'
Jets defense cuts to chase [5:11 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Henry, a powerful and quick 5-9, 220-pounder, repeatedly burned the Jets on a misdirection play in which he would get the ball, take a step or two one way and then go back the other way, following the fullback. Henry also victimized the Jets with cutback moves once he reached the hole.'
Campbell has emerged on special teams [5:10 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Bledsoe has been sacked 36 times, second-most in the NFL, and it's often his own fault. "Sometimes Drew, and he has already admitted it, he'll hold the ball a little bit too long looking for the play down the field," Bills coach Gregg Williams said.'
Jets' specialists on the prowl [5:09 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Buffalo special teams coordinator Danny Smith surely has introduced some wrinkles for his kick-cover unit. It could be that all the Bills will bunch up and then scatter at the kick as Miami did. They could jump lanes running downfield, something the Jets do. Kicker Mike Hollis could shorten his kickoffs, or kick it to LaMont Jordan. Whatever they do, said Morton, "They've got to be kind of nervous and scared. I would be."'
Jets notes [5:08 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Buffalo coach Gregg Williams was Josh Evans' coordinator his first six seasons with the Titans, which is why the Jets' defensive tackle loves him. "Gregg's a motivator. He's the reason I'm here now," said Evans, who signed as an unrestricted free agent in July.'
Jets' Morton eyes encore performance [5:07 AM]
Asbury Park Press/The Home News Tribune reports: '"I think they would be kind of nervous and scared, at least I would be if a team returned a couple against us," Morton said before the Jets practiced at Hofstra University on Thursday. "You kind of want revenge, but they have to be careful, too, that they don't break another one."'
Szott makes quick comeback from knee injury [10:01 PM]
AP reports: 'Szott, who signed with the New York Jets as a free agent in March, tore the ACL in his right knee during non-contact drills on May 29. He underwent surgery on June 19, but never doubted he'd play this season even though such surgery usually requires a far longer recovery period. Now, after two weeks of light practice, Szott is getting repetitions on the offensive line. He's likely to slide in at right guard at some point for the inconsistent J.P. Machado, although not this Sunday against the Bills.'
Great Start Could Be Just the Beginning [1:33 PM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: '“Chad has prepared himself to do that,” New York Coach Herman Edwards said. “When you prepare yourself and you surround yourself with players who are fulfilling their roles, it makes your role a lot easier. That is how he has gone about his business and how he is running the football team right now. It is good for him, and it is good for the guys that are around him. They are playing a lot better right now.”'
The Other Side: A Buffalo View [1:29 PM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: '[Q:] What kind of mental state are the Bills in after a disappointing loss in Kansas City? [A:] Frustrated more than anything. It was a game they probably should have won. And maybe pretty handily.'
Testaverde in ‘Drew’s role’ with the Jets [1:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“When Vinny had to have surgery this spring,” Pennington recalled, “I was able to take reps with the No. 1 team. That was what started my development on the field and gave me added confidence I could run the show.”'
Bills have to disrupt Pennington [1:16 PM]
ESPN reports: ESPN's Merril Hoge says: "The best way to break Chad Pennington's rhythm is to combine pressure up front with pressure outside on the receivers. Sometimes, to disrupt a quarterback, defenses have to throw off the receivers. Getting pressure on Pennington is only part of the equation. The Bills can force Pennington to hesitate by changing coverages, challenging the receivers at the line of scrimmage and affecting how the receivers get in and out of their routes."
Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Jets Preview [1:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In the Red Zone: "Really, the thing that allows you to be ultimately successful is your ability to run the ball down there. You get down there and force them to spread out to be conscious of your guys then you run the ball in. "Sometimes you just have to put the ball in Travis (Henry's) hands and make that extra guy that they bring in miss."
Alumni Update: J.D. Williams [9:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: How fast was cornerback J.D. Williams? He could run 40 yards in about the same length of time it took to read these two sentences. It didn’t him too long to stand out on special teams either. Buffalo’s 1990 first-round draft pick blocked a punt in that year’s season-opener, a 26-10 victory over Indianapolis.
Bills - Jets Series History [9:17 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills' 46 wins over the Jets are the most Buffalo has against any other NFL team (the Patriots are next at 39). The last four games in the series have been decided by six points or fewer, including the 2001 season opener. The Bills are looking for their second straight win over the Jets in New Jersey after a 14-9 win there in game 15 of 2001.
New life on the line [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"After 10 weeks, we have a quarterback over 3,000 yards and Travis is close to 1,000 yards, so I think that speaks for itself," left tackle Jonas Jennings said.'
Bledsoe tops AFC quarterbacks in Pro Bowl voting [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe leads the AFC in the fan voting for the Pro Bowl and is second behind only Green Bay's Brett Favre in overall votes.'
A Chad counts big time for Jets [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'In his six starts, Pennington has thrown for 1,394 yards, completed an astounding 75.3 percent of his throws, hit for 10 touchdowns, and thrown just 3 interceptions.'
Favors says he can help Bills now [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'He also thinks he can excel on special teams, an area where the Bills are always looking to improve. “That’s a very important part of the game, it can dictate the outcome of the game,” he said. “I take pride in that because I know how important it is. I know games can come down to that.”'
Bills failing in red zone [5:25 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In their past two games, the Bills have made it inside the red zone a total of nine times and have walked out with just two touchdowns and three field goals. That's leaving 40 of a possible 63 points blowing in the wind.'
Bills look for a way to regain their edge [5:24 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'In last Sunday's 17-16 loss in Kansas City, the Chiefs' defence did an excellent job of allowing Bledsoe to complete short passes in place of deep strikes for big gains. It's a "bend but don't break" defensive philosophy that has grown in popularity among Buffalo's opposition.'
On Same Page Without Opening a Book [5:23 AM]
New York Times reports: '"We both see the same things when we're on the field," Coles said. "When I line up outside, it's like he'll look at me, and I look at him, it's almost like we know what each other is thinking just by looking at the defense. Chad can tell me what he sees. I can tell him, `Look out for this in case I get this type of coverage.' When Chad wasn't playing, I would come off at practice and Chad would say, `Did you see this?' He would say, `I'm going to tell Vinny about this.' He's always had that leadership role even though he wasn't at the controls."'
Coles catches a break [5:22 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Since Pennington replaced Vinny Testaverde, Coles has 44 receptions for 614 yards and two touchdowns. In the same span, the Bills' Eric Moulds, whom the Jets face Sunday at Giants Stadium, has 41 for 595 yards and four touchdowns. Moulds, tied for third among the AFC receiving leaders, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.'
Reality show fits the Bill [5:21 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Buffalo's high-octane offense has developed some knocks and pings the last two weeks. Bills coach Gregg Williams said that's because they're having problems in the red zone. But it is still a dangerous game for the Jets.'
Namath apologizes for shots at Jets [5:20 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Basically, I said I was sincerely surprised when I learned they had the highest payroll," he added. "I didn't rip into the Jets. I'm a Jets fan and I want to see them win."'
Coles catching on [5:19 AM]
New York Post reports: '"He's having a good year, he really is, but quietly," Herman Edwards said of Coles yesterday. "I think a lot of people don't really take note of him, because there are so many good receivers in our conference. Sometimes, he kind of goes overlooked. But the more he plays, the more people will understand he's having a good year."'
Win over Bills led to slump [5:18 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Several Jets players yesterday acknowledged they came out of the season-opening, 37-31 overtime win over the Bills in Buffalo with an inflated sense of how good they were. "It was an overconfidence," DT Josh Evans said. "We came out of that game thinking we were a pretty good team. Then we came back the next week against New England and got our brains beat in."'
Coles Is Connected [5:17 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"Our goal is to be a Jerry Rice and Steve Young type of combination," said Coles, selected in the third round of the 2000 draft, in which Pennington was one of the Jets' four first-round picks. "... We came in together and we wanted to be a duo, and I think we're working very hard toward that."'
Cowart Admits Week 2 Knee Injury Slowed Him [5:16 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'When linebacker Sam Cowart was struggling early in the season, some people from his former team, the Bills, speculated that his Achilles injury still wasn't completely healed. Actually, Cowart revealed yesterday that he hyperextended his right knee in Week 2 against New England and was slowed by the injury for several weeks.'
Coles pointing them in right direction [5:15 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'In Pennington's six starts, Coles has 36 catches for 517 yards and two touchdowns.'
Morton's film flashback is a satisfying one [5:14 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"It was fun watching it again, watching both the return and how good everybody blocked," Morton said yesterday. "It brought back memories. It seemed like it was a long time ago."'
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