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Buffalo Bills News - October 11, 2003

Marker Two worst running teams square off [6:39 PM]
AP reports: '"This past game we progressed a lot, especially in the running game," Henry said. "That was the area we were kind of soft at the first four games. I feel very confident and comfortable going into this week."'

Marker Bills also feel frustrated [12:07 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Part of the problem has been the lack of a running game, something they obviously will try to correct against a Jets' defense ranked last in the league against the run. Travis Henry is averaging only 2.7 yards on 78 carries, although he had his best game this season against the Bengals with 85 yards rushing on 25 carries. He had missed the game against the Eagles because of a rib injury.'

Marker Jets odds and ends [12:06 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'The fact that Abraham has been practicing leads one to believe that he will play Sunday, at least for part of the game. When asked why he hasn't announced a decision, Edwards intimated that gamesmanship could have something to do with that, as he attempts to keep the Bills guessing.'

Marker Jets hold to flight plan [9:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"All I can do is be positive, like I generally am every day, and let them know we can get out of this," Edwards said during a conference call with the Western New York media. "It's a long season. Things happen. But we have to win games to get out of it."'

Marker Moulds looks doubtful, for now [9:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He did more working out on the side today, and we will work him out on Sunday morning," Williams said of Moulds. "He's a remarkable athlete (considering) what he's been able to do this week. . . . I wouldn't hesitate to play either one of those guys if they can answer the bell on Sunday."

Marker After a Fast Start, the Bills Are Singing a Different Tune [5:30 AM]
New York Times reports: '"We understand the hype, especially after you win two games right off the start," Spikes said recently. "The thing is, as a pro athlete, you deal with expectations every day. But what we're trying to do, what we're doing, is dealing with our own expectations."'

Marker Jets look for Carter's warp speed [5:29 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The second-year wide receiver is being moved into the offensive scheme for a planned 10 to 15 plays this week because he's probably the fastest man on the team. With wide receiver Santana Moss moved into the starting lineup, the Jets are looking to stretch out their offense with speed.'

Marker Ellis stands out [5:28 AM]
New York Post reports: '"Shaun Ellis . . . wow, he's playing good football now," Herman Edwards said. "He's fun to watch. He's the guy that's flashing. Shaun is very consistent. He's playing well in the run game, too. He is playing his heart out."'

Marker Light in the Dark [5:27 AM]
New York Newsday reports: ' In five games against Bledsoe, Ellis has 3 1/2 sacks.'

Marker Brien is on firm footing [5:26 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"He kicking well," coach Herman Edwards said. "I think (special teams coach) Mike Westhoff has done a good job with him, getting his confidence up. He feels comfortable here. I think he has been a good fit for us. It's hard when you're trying to get a kicker now. Kickers are a different breed of cat."'

Marker Ferguson has plans to test Henry [5:25 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"His ribs hurt so we're going to test them out," Ferguson said with a smile, "see how those ribs are."'

Marker Deep thoughts [5:24 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'After being inactive for the final 11 regular-season games and two playoff games a year ago and the first four games this year, wide receiver Jonathan Carter is expected to make his Jets debut this week. A former fifth-round pick of the Giants, Carter will be counted on to help Moss spread the field for quarterback Vinny Testaverde.'

Marker Stadium to crack down on roadside scalpers [5:23 AM]
AP reports: 'But the full blitz is to begin this Sunday when the Jets host the Buffalo Bills, with those selling ticket subject to more serious scalping charges.'

Marker Hit or miss [5:22 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We lean on Eric fairly heavily with our offense," said Drew Bledsoe. "He's one of the best players in the league and generally when we take the field we feel like he's the best guy out there. If Eric is not able to go that does hurt us offensively but we have to have guys step up. That's the name of the game in this league. No team goes through this season with all their guys healthy the entire season and when guys get hurt guys have to step in and make plays."'

Marker Coleman Ready for the Challenge [5:21 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Clarence had a tremendous camp, a tremendous pre season and because of that he has been able to be on the field for us," said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "We haven't used him a ton but he's been on the field for us on our four wide receiver sets."'

Marker Moulds Consecutive Game Streak In Jeopardy [5:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We will work him out Sunday morning," said Williams. "He's a remarkable athlete on what he's been able to do. Would I play him if he could go? Yes."'

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October 10, 2003

Marker Run-stuffer set to duel with Mawae [12:00 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just made my mind up I'm going to stop the run," Williams said of his eight-tackle performance against Cincinnati. "I wanted to go out and dominate first down, second down, third down. I feel I've been playing all right this year. I've been playing average, but I've got to play above average."'

Marker Jets still dangerous on kickoff returns [11:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Jets rank fourth in the National Football League on kickoff return average. Michael Bates, a five-time Pro Bowler signed as a free agent on Sept. 10, is averaging 29 yards on 10 returns this season. His longest is 42 yards.'

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.'

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