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Buffalo Bills News - October 10, 2003

Marker Slump wears on Reed, but he won't succumb [11:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Plagued by a terrible case of butterfingers during Buffalo’s 3-2 start, Reed’s confidence has been plummeting faster than a can of Bud from the third deck of the Ralph. He has 11 receptions and half as many drops so far, prompting media and fans to call for his benching.'

Marker Jets Simplify Defense and Add Youth to It [11:57 AM]
New York Times reports: 'With the run defense in shambles, Edwards has been lukewarm in his assessment of how the linebackers have played, and the Jets could undertake a complete overhaul at the position after this season. This is the first opportunity to gauge who, other than Hobson, will remain with the team.'

Marker LBs go on defensive [11:56 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Herman Edwards announced last week that Cowart, Jones and Lewis will rotate with their respective backups and, judging by the way practice is unfolding this week, the Jets' coach intends to stick with the plan when they face the Bills (3-2) at Giants Stadium.'

Marker Chad fits scout Bill [11:55 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"It was good to see him in the huddle and throwing the football," said Herman Edwards, confirming that Pennington may participate in full-scale team drills next week.'

Marker Youth will be served [11:54 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It is very ironic," Wright said. "I'm going to have to calm myself down. It'll be like the little brother-big brother factor. I'm going to want to beat those guys."'

Marker Chad's throwing out good vibes [11:53 AM]
New York Post reports: '"Every day is exciting for me, because I get the chance to do what I love - play football," Pennington said yesterday in a statement released by the team's PR department. "Right now, it is in the best interest for our team and my teammates that the focus be on the Jets and our challenge versus Buffalo. We, as a team, need to do everything we can to get ready for a very good Bills team."'

Marker 'Big-Picture' Guy [11:52 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"You've got to look at the big picture," Cowart said. "We're 0-4. We're giving up a ton of yards. So if the idea is that we need to rotate the linebackers, whatever the coach feels is best for the team, I'm for it ... I don't take it as an insult. I take it as a challenge."'

Marker Chad Mimics Bills' Bledsoe [11:51 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Posing as Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe for the scout-team offense, Pennington worked mostly out of the shotgun to mimic the Buffalo offense. His throws were crisp and sharp, but he appeared to have trouble getting a handle on the ball with a bulky brace and glove on his left hand.'

Marker Jets searching for answers [11:50 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"Trying to figure it out myself,'' Edwards said while on the topic of run defense yesterday. "I don't know. Like I say, if it's still happening there are a couple of things you've got to do. You can't ask them to do a lot. And sometimes you've just got to, you know, you've got to look at what you're asking a player to do. Maybe he can't do it."'

Marker Pennington nearing return to drill work [11:49 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"Maybe next week,'' Jets coach Herman Edwards said when asked when Pennington might do regular drills. "He'll definitely have a big red jersey on. I don't know if we have one, but we'll get one.'''

Marker Back to basics [11:48 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Defensively, the Jets rank last in the NFL in run defense, yielding an astounding 174 yards per game.'

Marker Pennington looks sharp in drills [11:47 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'LB Sam Cowart is second on the team in tackles with 39, but looks nothing like the sideline-to-sideline tackling machine he was during his four-year stint in Buffalo. And he's healthy. Cowart is expected to rotate with Jason Glenn in the base defense as Edwards looks for someone to spark the struggling unit.'

Marker Turnpike ready to blitz Giants Stadium scalpers [11:46 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"If you went to East Rutherford municipal court, you'd see the same names 200 times," Aramini said. "I can tell you the names of the people out on Route 3. It's the same people all the time."'

Marker Young linebackers get a shot [11:45 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I worry about it a little bit," Edwards said of the danger such rotations will have on the continuity of the position. "But then again, I don't worry about it. We're trying to get better, we've got to find a way to get better. Just put them in there and they've got to go play, that's how they've got to do it."'

Marker Jets odds and ends [11:44 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'But actually, things may be changing rapidly. Pennington's return has unofficially been advanced from Game 10 at Indianapolis (at the time of his Aug. 23 surgery) to perhaps Game 7 at Philadelphia. Is it out of the question to ask whether Pennington, making progress by leaps and bounds, will be available if needed for the Jets' next game after Buffalo, at Houston? That's the question Edwards will have to tackle beginning Monday.'

Marker Awkward position for heir apparent [11:43 AM]
Middletown Times Herald-Record reports: 'Jordan is a guy who was tabbed for stardom when the Jets nabbed him in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft, a guy who is the all-time leading rusher at the University of Maryland, one of only four ACC players to run for over 4,000 yards. Yet he only has 10 carries in the Jets' first four games this year.'

Marker Isn't That Special [11:42 AM]
Amarillo Globe News reports: '"I wish I knew as much about special teams when I was with the Buffalo Bills as I do now," he said. "It's such an important area that I decided to take it over after last season."'

Marker Bills face prospect of facing Jets without Moulds [11:41 AM]
AP reports: '''Drew Bledsoe is one of the better quarterbacks. They have a good group of receivers and an excellent runner,'' Edwards said. ''They're fine. They have enough weapons, believe me.'''

Marker Bills OL Sullivan unhappy over demotion [11:40 AM]
AP reports: '''You have to sit back and take it.'''

Marker Jets ready for infusion of younger players [11:39 AM]
AP reports: '''Whenever your job is threatened, the pressure is on,'' Cowart said. ''You have to play well. Not just the linebackers, the team in general. We know as a unit we have to make more plays. ''I know I can play better. I know I have the skills to do it.'''

Marker Pennington throws during practice [11:38 AM]
AP reports: '''Every day is exciting for me because I get a chance to do what I love, play football,'' Pennington said.'

Marker Winless Jets welcome Bledsoe's Bills to the Meadowlands [11:37 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'With a week to prepare, expect the Jets to finally mean it when they say that they will stick with the running game. The Bills give up an average of 122 yards per game on the ground.'

Marker A Closer Look at Antonio Brown [11:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: What are you goals for after professional football?
AB: I see myself in some type of charity event raising money for the innocent kids in Miami.'

Marker Bills Games Played On October 12 [11:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Monday Night, October 12, 1981 - Bills 31, Dolphins 21...The Bills beat Miami for the second year in a row at home, taking a 31-7 halftime lead on Monday Night Football.'

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October 9, 2003

Marker Moulds unlikely to play against Jets [12:00 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It may take a minor miracle for Moulds to play. He didn't practice Wednesday and appeared to walk stiffly around the field. He went directly into the training room for treatment after practice and did not comment.'

Marker Practice is on the horizon for McGahee [11:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When our doctors say he's cleared, I'm anxious to watch him practice," coach Gregg Williams said Wednesday. "But he's got to be cleared first."'

Marker No-huddle offense could return on limited basis [11:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills tried to run no-huddle on the first series versus the Bengals but were chased off the field too fast to keep it up. Bledsoe likes it. Expect them to do it again on a limited basis.'

Marker Moulds doubtful; Coleman is ready [11:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'No, Moulds did not practice, yes, he is feeling a little better, and yes, he’s going to take it day by day and see what happens. It made for great comedy, but when the laughing stopped, the cold reality remained that it is not likely that Moulds will play Sunday in New York against the Jets.'

Marker Schobel lives for a sack [11:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It was good to get a turnover and we scored on it, so that was good, but I’d trade it in for a sack/forced fumble,” said Schobel, who picked off Jon Kitna’s deflected pass because the Bills were in a zone blitz with Schobel in pass coverage.'

Marker McGahee's return is up to Bills' doctors [11:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo Bills running back and top draft pick Willis McGahee has received medical clearance from his personal surgeon to start practicing next week. The Buffalo Bills said hold everything.'

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