A dozen youngsters put Bills in middle of age bracket [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The average age of the 53 players on the Bills' active roster is 26.4 years, which is tied for 12th youngest in the 32-team league.'
History isn't on Bills' side when playing champions [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But if history is the teacher, expect a long night Sunday when the Bills face the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. This will be Buffalo's 13th road game against a defending Super Bowl champion and the first dozen have been mostly horrid.'
Yards from scrimmage constitute best career barometer [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I don't look upon all-purpose yards as a very significant statistic. Yards from scrimmage are more important because rushing and receiving yards are much harder earned than kick return yards.'
Can Bills Win Sunday? [8:52 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Patriots 17 Bills 10.'
49ers sign Pittsburg's Simonton to practice squad [6:47 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, with Travis Henry and Willis McGahee in their backfield, cut Simonton just before this season. "I thought I'd stay in Buffalo, and after this season one or two (Henry or McGahee) would be gone, I'd be there and it would be an ideal situation," said Simonton, who signed with the Bills in 2003.'
McGahee is truckin' [6:23 AM]
Orange County Register reports: '"When people tell me I can't do something," McGahee told reporters this week, "I like to go out and prove them wrong."'
Drew not the same old Bledsoe [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In recent weeks, the 32-year-old quarterback has been more nimble of foot and mind. More decisive. More confident. More like the Drew of old than an old Drew.'
Milloy makes difference [4:55 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: "He's tough and he's always around the ball. He looks like the old Lawyer to me."'
Pats expect tough test [4:55 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Bills were the victim of a bad game plan the first time, as they blitzed Tom Brady on 42 plays and the Pats quarterback responded by repeatedly torching them downfield.'
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).'
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