Capers tries to write an expansion success story - again [6:14 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Long before Gregg Williams had his storied interview with Tom Donahoe. Even preceding Marvin Lewis and John Fox being rumored as the leading candidates for the Buffalo Bills’ head coaching job, there was Dom Capers.'
With Bledsoe at helm, Bills' receivers flex considerable muscle [6:13 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"In my mind, Eric and Peerless are playing as well as any receivers in the league," Bledsoe said this week during a break in preparation for Sunday's game against the Texans. "Teams are starting to focus on trying to shut them down, but they're still catching the ball and making plays. "I have supreme confidence in those two guys right now. I'll take some chances throwing the ball to them that I wouldn't take if they were other guys."'
Posey a steal at LB [6:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Utilizing anaconda-like strength with the quick-strike ability of a cobra, Posey has charmed his way to a team-high 3 1/2 sacks -- half a sack more than his total for the first four years of his career.'
Texans summary [6:11 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Texans coach Dom Capers and Bills coach Gregg Williams share a common bond as head coaches who were defensive coordinators, so Capers can sympathize with Williams, whose Bills have the 26th-ranked defense in the league, and have allowed an average of 36 points per game, the highest total in the NFL.'
Forming a new team [6:10 AM]
Raleigh News and Observer reports: 'Kelly's role is less about racing and more about profits. His monetary contribution was not revealed, but Cicci said the retired Buffalo Bills quarterback would try to attract sponsors and use his contacts to help market the team.'
Jim Kelly becomes owner in Busch series [8:32 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Kelly is teaming up Frank Cicci to form a team in the Busch Series. The team will be known as Frank Cicci Racing.'
Jim Kelly gets into racing [8:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Kelly said being involved in the Busch team will also give him another platform from which to generate support for the Hunter's Hope Foundation, established by Kelly and his wife, Jill, in honor of their 5-year-old son, Hunter, diagnosed shortly after birth with Krabbe Disease.'
Len Pasquarelli's Tip Sheet [5:23 PM]
ESPN reports: It looks like the Buffalo Bills are prepared to part with defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson and will seek to recoup a prorated share of his signing bonus and, after perhaps keeping him around for a week following the end of his suspension, waive him.
College Rivalry: Tennessee Volunteers (Trey Teague) at Georgia Bulldogs (Jonas Jennings) [4:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Jennings: "That's a no brainer. Georgia! Last two years we've beat Tennessee. We're going to keep it going. I'm definitely going to follow the game. We're looking to beat them by three touchdowns. If you talk to my Georgia boys tell them I said go out there and play ball."
Tops Game Ball of the Week: Peerless Price Q&A [2:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Eric (Moulds) has helped me a lot along the way. He's been a tremendous help. This year alone, Drew Bledsoe and Kevin Gilbride (have helped me). Drew from the standpoint of having confidence in me and believing in me. Coach Gilbride for the schemes and all the things he allows me to do."
Following Favre: Deals Still Have Impact [2:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Ten years ago, Ron Wolf pulled off one of the best trades in NFL history -- acquiring Brett Favre for the Green Bay Packers for a first-round draft choice. Meanwhile, everybody says "there are no more big trades in the NFL anymore." Well, the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins certainly would not agree with that theory. Trades that these clubs engineered this year are paying handsome dividends.
Old Nemesis, New Team [1:50 PM]
HoustonProFootball.com reports: 'This Sunday, the game will come down to how well the Texans offense performs against a Bills defense that can stop no one.'
First-Ever 'Public Service Advertainment' to Support NFL Stars' Charities [10:18 AM]
Biz Yahoo reports: Drew Bledsoe will be one of the contributors to first installment.
NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott announced today the debut of TiVo's first Public Service Advertainment campaign, which features a video showcase and website effort named "Champions for Charity" that seeks to raise funds for the worthy causes supported by some of the biggest stars in the NFL.
Newman frets over lesser role [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's been tough because I never know how much I'm going to play from week to week," said Newman, who made 189 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks the last two years. "Obviously, having just nine tackles is not good. But I can't control the decisions of the coaching staff. I just have to take advantage of the snaps I do get and maximize those opportunities to the best of my ability."'
Moore might play with broken hand [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's one of those things where it's going to take time to heal, so we're kind of playing it by ear," Moore said after practice Thursday. "The willingness to play is certainly there. The question is whether I can go out, physically do my job and be able to help the team rather than be a liability."'
Bills hope to pick off futility mark [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'There have been 5,145 pass attempts through the first five weeks of the NFL season and 167 have been intercepted. But none by Buffalo. Zero. Zip. Nada.'
Wright will be extra hand on deck for Texans against pass-happy Bills [5:19 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"They have good receivers and a great quarterback," Wright said. "They are passing the ball and putting points on the board. It's going to be a challenge for us as a secondary to come out and go against a good offense and contain them."'
Bledsoe's passing leads Bills' turnaround [5:18 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"I'm not surprised at what Drew's done," Palmer said. "After last season, I heard people saying `Drew's through,' but I knew they were going to be in for a shock. I knew how hungry he was. I knew what a sense of purpose he had about this season. I mean, we're talking about a talented, Hall of Fame quarterback who's been to the Super Bowl."'
Buffalo's Bledsoe fits the Bills [5:17 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"Eric Moulds and Peerless Price are playing as well as any tandem (of receivers) in the league right now," Bledsoe said. "I've been kind of energized by the move, to be honest. After being in one place for so long and then kind of having the job yanked away from me, it kind of gave me new appreciation for what it means to play in this league, and the opportunity I have to do that."'
Bills hope $1,500 pot ends interception drought [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'The linebackers and backs are anteing up $100 each heading into this weekend's game at Houston. Whoever gets the first interception collects the pot.'
Lary Bump: Moore injury could hurt special teams [8:16 PM]
Shout! reports: With a broken left hand, Moore can't snap for punts. We have seen problems with long snapping going back to last season, but Moore and punter Brian Moorman seemed to be working together well before the injury.
Texans Coach Familiar With QB Process [4:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Chris Palmer was New England's quarterbacks coach during Bledsoe's breakout season of 1996. Bledsoe led the Patriots to the Super Bowl that year while throwing for 4,087 yards and 27 touchdowns.
A touch of Texas [1:47 PM]
Beaumont Enterprise reports: 'With all of the former Lone Star State and Houston Oilers coaches and players populating the roster, you would think the Erie Canal was a football pipeline extending 2,000 miles south.'
Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Texans Preview [9:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Their defensive scheme presents some real problems from a pass protection standpoint. Trying to figure out who is blitzing and where they are coming from and how they are doing things- their defense looks really good. We have a challenge ahead of us."
Texans' zone blitz figures to dog Bledsoe [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Capers helped popularize the "zone blitz," which has been one of the most significant tactical developments in football in the past decade.'
Some familiar faces await the Bills in Houston [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've seen a lot of guys who it takes a while to learn the game," Flowers told the Chronicle. "It took Trent Dilfer a while. Now, he has a Super Bowl ring. It's too early to throw the bust tag on me. I know my abilities, and I know I'm not (a bust). I will be successful in this league, whether it's now or later on."'
Texans promise Bills a rowdy reception [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Aside from Williams, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive backs coach Pat Thomas were Oilers assistants. Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and defensive assistant Steve Jackson were Oilers defensive backs.'
Ex-Bills finding a home with Texans [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ex-Bills Jay Foreman, Erik Flowers, Avion Black and Matt Stevens are all members of the Texans. All but Flowers are playing key roles for the NFL’s newest team.'
Rookie Texan QB impresses Bledsoe [5:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"I remember warming up and seeing Bruce Smith coming out of the tunnel. ... I think I peed down my leg,'' Bledsoe recalled with a laugh yesterday.'
From Texas to Buffalo, Bills' Williams is coming into his own [5:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"Mike's paying better attention to detail than he was at first. He's getting better with his steps and getting leverage. He's getting his weight down. He's just not refined right now, but he will be."'
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