New RB Gary faces crash course in Lions’ offense [5:13 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Instead of backing up Bills running back Travis Henry, however, Gary found himself as the No. 3 running back with the possibility of rookie Willis McGahee getting off the reserve/non-football injury list in mid-season. So when the Lions approached the Bills with a trade, Gary didn't mind making the move to a team that had lost its own starting back -- James Stewart -- indefinitely to a shoulder injury.'
Bills comfortable opening season with two QBs [5:12 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills are trying to reach an injury settlement with the four-year veteran, opening the possibility of re-signing him after Week 10 of the season.'
Henry Expects To Be Ready For Opener [5:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Olandis was probably going to have a hard time making this team," said Bills President/General Manager Tom Donahoe. "That's not a knock against Olandis. Some people just did really well this summer. Sammy Morris had a great camp, Joe Burns, Travis and obviously the two full backs. We felt that when we looked at the final numbers we could only keep five running backs."'
Bengals cut Neil Rackers [9:04 PM]
AP reports: The Bengals replaced him with Shayne Graham, claimed off waivers from Carolina. Graham lost a preseason competition with John Kasay for the Panthers' kicking job. Graham went 6-of-8 on field goal tries for Buffalo in 2001, then filled in last season when Kasay missed 14 games at Carolina because of a hernia.
Playoffs or bust for Bledsoe's Bills [6:03 PM]
AP reports: '``Across the board, we're a big step ahead of last year,'' Bledsoe said. ``We're ready to roll.'''
QB Johnson lands on Bills practice squad [6:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Initially released during training camp, Johnson was re-signed last week to fill in for injured third-stringer Travis Brown. An undrafted free agent, who established several passing records at Arizona last year, Johnson was released again on Sunday when the Bills pared their roster to the 53-player limit.'
The Bills Sign Five For The Practice Squad [4:01 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have brought back five players that they cut in training camp to make up their practice squad.'
Gary ready to step in with Lions [3:43 PM]
AP reports: '``Everything has been going pretty fast in the last few days,'' Gary said. ``It never entered my mind on Thursday that I was going to be a Lion, but that's what the NFL is all about. You have to learn to adjust in a hurry or you will be out of the league.'''
Bills Sign Five To Practice Squad [3:42 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Jerton Evans DB Virginia
Jason Johnson QB Arizona
Richard Seals OL Utah
Ken Simonton RB Oregon State
Rodney Wright WR Fresno State
Addition and subtractions [2:43 PM]
Oakland Press reports: 'In Buffalo's 22-16 victory over the Lions Thursday night, Gary rushed 16 times, all in the second half, for 57 yards and a one-yard touchdown. He also fumbled twice, but both were recovered by the Bills. It's probably not mere coincidence that Gary saw so much second-half action after Stewart went down for the Lions in the first half. Gary had carried 20 times total the previous three Bills preseason games.'
Last Hurrah [2:42 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'I'm picking a Rams-Bills Super Bowl. Regarding the Bills: New additions Jeff Posey and Takeo Spikes will make the linebackers group a premier one. Cornerback Antoine Winfield will emerge as a real star. The offense will be more balanced, by far, than any in its division. Running back Travis Henry will be reliable and great. An anonymous offensive line will hold up.'
Gary trade helps Bills make cut to 53 [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"As good as drafting McGahee was for the franchise, it obviously wasn't going to be good for Olandis' playing time, whenever Willis comes back," said Gary's agent, Frank Murtha. "Olandis' goal through all this was to go somewhere to get playing time. Detroit is an ideal situation. They have an immediate need."'
Bills' receivers coach catches new challenge [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cancer hasn't killed Graves. If anything, it helped spring him back to life.'
Bills trade Gary for draft pick [5:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Olandis Gary, we hardly knew you.'
Lions get Gary as insurance [5:37 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'In the three years since then, injuries and the Broncos' ability to turn out productive running backs have worked against him. By the time he returned to health in 2002, the Broncos had uncovered two more productive runners -- Mike Anderson and then-rookie Clinton Portis -- and he became expendable.'
Lions acquire Gary in anticipation that Stewart may be out longer than they hope [5:36 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: '"Olandis Gary is a player we brought in in the off-season and considered signing him as a free agent. He's a veteran who has played well in the league," Mariucci said.'
Bills Trade Running Back Gary to Lions [5:34 AM]
Reuters reports: 'The Lions were desperate for a running back because starter James Stewart is expected to be out for six weeks with a dislocated right shoulder.'
Bills trade Olandis Gary to Lions [5:33 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills already have an emerging star in the backfield in Travis Henry, a capable backup in fourth-year player Sammy Morris, and should be activating injured rookie first-round draft choice Willis McGahee later in the season.'
Bills adjust roster [5:33 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo parted ways with defensive ends Grant Irons and Marcus Jones, quarterback Jason Johnson, running back Ken Simonton, defensive back Scott Turner and wide receiver Rodney Wright.'
Lions aquire Olandis Gary for future draft pick [5:32 AM]
LionsFans.com reports: 'Gary has never been able to recapture that magical season and has been plagued by a number of injuries that led to his exodus from Denver.'
Big jump in record unlikely in today's NFL [8:21 PM]
ESPN reports: So, which teams will leverage their last-place schedules into a breakthrough season? The most likely candidates are a pair of 8-8 teams from the competitive AFC East and AFC West Divisions. Buffalo, at 8-8, was last in the AFC East, while Kansas City was 8-8, last in the AFC West. Some experts feel they both have the opportunity to execute an instant replay of the Baltimore Ravens, who went 8-8 in 1999, then won SB XXXV the next year.
The funny thing? Because they both finished last, the Bills and Chiefs play each other in one of their two positional games. In the parity-leavened NFL, that Oct. 26 game could be the difference.
Quoting Steve Mariucci On the roster transactions [7:08 PM]
DetroitLions.com reports: On the trade for RB Olandis Gary: “Olandis Gary was a player that we brought in during the off-season and considered signing him as a free agent acquisition. He’s a veteran, he’s played in the league and he’s played well. Given the health of our situation at tailback, a trade was a possibility so we pursued it. Matt (Millen) worked on it for the last day or two and ended up getting it done. He gives us another veteran back on board. Shawn Bryson is really the only other one that’s played a little bit. Avon Cobourne is a rookie and we don’t know quite how long James will be out so we felt to sure up that situation a little bit, adding a back like Olandis Gary gives us a bit of a security blanket there.”
Gary Is Traded To Detroit While 6 Are Cut To Get The Bills To 53 [5:24 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'None of the Bills draft picks this season got released. Chris Kelsay is pushing Ryan Denney to start at LE. Mario Haggan and Angelo Crowell both looked very good in camp providing depth at linebacker. Guard Ben Sobieski looked very good against the Lions. CB Terrence McGee showed great return ability and improved quite a bit in his coverages. Lauvale Sape looks undersized to me at defensive tackle so I was surprised he made it over Irons.'
Updated Buffalo Bills Depth Chart [5:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Updated as of 53 man roster cuts.
Bills trade RB Gary to Lions [5:12 PM]
AP reports: 'In other moves, the Bills placed third-string quarterback Travis Brown on the injured reserve list, meaning he will miss the season.'
Lions complete several transactions on final cut-down deadline [5:08 PM]
DetroitLions.com reports: 'The Detroit Lions announced today that they have completed a trade with the Buffalo Bills to acquire RB Olandis Gary for an undisclosed future draft pick.'
Bills Reduce Roster To 53 [4:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills gamble and go with 2 QBs - Grant Irons DE, Notre Dame; Jason Johnson, QB, Arizona; Marcus Jones, DE, North Carolina; Ken Simonton, RB, Oregon State; Scott Turner, DB, Illinois; Rodney Wright, WR, Fresno State. In addition Travis Brown went on IR. The team also announced that it has traded RB Olandis Gary to the Detroit Lions in exchange for an undisclosed future draft pick.
RB Olandis Gary traded to Detroit for draft pick [4:11 PM]
ESPN reports: According to the ESPN ticker, RB Olandis Gary was traded to Detroit for undisclosed draft pick.
Saturday roundup: Redskins release Wuerffel [9:37 AM]
ESPN reports: Falcons LB Newman was suspended for 4 games Saturday for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. Newman played his first 4 seasons in Buffalo. Former Bills coach Wade Phillips, now in his second year as Atlanta's DC, selected Newman in the fourth round of 1999 draft.
A question of identity [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You hope you find a grouping that gives you a personnel advantage," said Gilbride. "Then you develop your package within that. You have to have enough going on so there's diversity. The defense can't say, "This is all they do.' There has to be some change-of-direction plays. There has to be play-action passes. You have to be able to threaten them in a variety of ways."'
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