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Buffalo Bills: Week 2 Film Session

  • Posted on September 22, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Week 2 of the 2009 NFL regular season is in the books, and your Buffalo Bills are 1-1 - though they should be 2-0.  Before we move on to take a look at the Bills’ next big game - and yes, it is very much a big game - we’ll take one last look back today on the Bills’ 33-20 triumph over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.

We did this last week after the Bills’ opening week loss, and we’ll do it every week - so mark your calendars, folks, because Tuesdays are film sessions at Buffalo Sports Daily & Buffalo Rumblings.

Trent Edwards deserves a bit more praise.  Buffalo put up 20 points and took a 20-14 lead into the half, but Trent Edwards didn’t have a particularly great first half.  True, his interception came in the second half - and for the record, that was just a ball that got away from Trent, and that’s a difficult throw to make when you’re on the money - but Edwards completed 15 of his 18 throws in the second half.  Those plays went for 145 yards, and most importantly, they came in the face of very solid Tampa pressure - Brad Butler was out of the game at that point, and the Bucs were blitzing a bit more frequently as they played catch-up.  “Poise” is one of the most over-used cliches in football, but our quarterback has it.

On our new starting right tackle…  Jonathan Scott got into the game very late in the second quarter and, obviously, the rest of the first half.  Folks, Brad Butler he is not - and though his performance was solid enough given the circumstances, the Bills’ offensive line now has a clear weak link.

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Bills Ink OT Meredith

  • Posted on September 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm’s Jason La Canfora is reporting via Twitter that the Buffalo Bills will sign OT Jamon Meredith off of the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers.

Meredith, a rookie out of South Carolina, was the second of Green Bay’s two fifth-round pick this season (No. 162 overall). The 6′5″, 304-pound tackle is regarded as a very athletic, very raw prospect, and the fact that Green Bay - which just surrendered five sacks to Bengals DE Antwan Odom - had him on the practice squad as a fifth-round rookie speaks volumes. Athleticism was a priority for the team in finding a reserve tackle because of the physical demands of the team’s up-tempo, no-huddle offense.

Buffalo needed a tackle after learning on Monday that starting right tackle Brad Butler’s season is over. Meredith will be the team’s emergency tackle and likely will not be active - unless one of the team’s top three tackles (Demetrius Bell, Jonathan Scott, Kirk Chambers) succumbs to injury as well.

The Bills generally go into games with seven active linemen.  This move cements Scott in as the Bills’ starting right tackle for the immediate future, and Chambers - a key reserve in 2007 and 2008 that has not yet been active this season - becomes the team’s top backup at both left and right tackle.

Buggs Squashing The Skeptics

  • Posted on September 22, 2009 at 10:49 am

At 5’10” and 223 pounds, Marcus Buggs has heard all the naysayers.  “He’s too short.”  “He’s not fast enough for the NFL.”  “He’ll never be more than a practice squad player.” 

The skeptics were wrong.  This past week and for the foreseeable future, this underdog is the starting middle linebacker for the Buffalo Bills. 

Seeing Buggs on the field draws comparison to former Bills linebacker London Fletcher.  Although not quite as athletic as Fletcher, the stature is near identical.

So is their pedigree.  Fletcher went on to become a NFL star but was anything but a can’t miss prospect on his road to stardom.  He attended John Carroll University and entered the league undrafted before catching on with St. Louis and launching a successful career that’s still going strong with Washington today.

Heading into the 2008 NFL draft, Buggs wasn’t projected to be selected by a club either.  He wasn’t, but the disappointment was soon washed away after Buggs was scooped up by the Bills as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2008.   He played well in camp but with John DiGiorgio already backing up starter Paul Posluszny it became a numbers game. Buggs was released by the team following the preseason on August 31, 2008,  but then  re-signed the next day after clearing waivers to the team’s practice squad.

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Morning Links for September 22

  • Posted on September 22, 2009 at 8:30 am

* Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News says that Fred Jackson has shown he belongs

* Among other things, Nigara Gazette writer Tim Schmitt wishes Trent Edwards would go down a little more quietly

* In this article, the Rochester D&C wonders if the Bills are on course for a playoff birth

* Pro Football Talk’s Tom Curran says that recent incidents at Bills player homes have highlighted player vulnerability

* WGR-550 reports that the Sabres held on to defeat Washington last night, 2-1

* Medaille College’s soccer team is off to a 7-0-1 start and Alexander Rouse, the AMCC Player of the Week is a big reason why

* Mary Jo Monin of the Buffalo News says the sport of field hockey is changing dramatically and the evidence is under your feet.

Bonnies Finish Second at Leo Keenan Invite

  • Posted on September 22, 2009 at 6:58 am

The St. Bonaventure golf team came up just four strokes shy of claiming it 14th team title at the Leo Keenan Invitational on Monday, as Drexel stormed back from six shots down to take the 21st annual event at Bartlett Country Club.

The Bonnies entered the final round two shots behind Binghamton after carding a four-man score of 290 on Sunday. Led by senior Nathan Peck’s one-over par 71, the Brown and White posted the second-best final round of the day with a 297 on Monday. Unfortunately, Drexel bested the Bonnies by eight strokes with a 289 to pull off the come from behind win.

“The guys put together a good effort and I’m proud of the way they battled,” said head coach Andy Whalen. “It’s never a good feeling to finish second, but I know we didn’t play our best. We kicked away some shots out there and you just can’t do that on your home course.”

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Tori Beckman Named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week

  • Posted on September 22, 2009 at 6:48 am

Freshman Tori Beckman (Kansas City, MO/Park Hill) picked up her first conference accolade on Monday afternoon as she was named the Mid-American Conference East Defensive Player of the Week. Beckman tallied 72 digs on the week, helping the Bulls to the title at the Cornell Invitational.

Beckman averaged 5.14 digs per set as she began the week with a 24-dig performance against Syracuse. Beckman then went to the Cornell Invitational where she recorded at least 15 digs in all three of UB¹s three-set victories as the Bulls have won seven of their last eight contests.

“I am glad to see Tori recognized for her outstanding play this past week,” said head coach Todd Kress. “She has made a huge difference on this team since the first match and continues to be a big reason for our success.”

Beckman currently leads the Bulls with 208 digs on the season and her 4.73 digs per set rank second in the conference. She is also currently second on the team in service aces and assists.

The Bulls begin MAC play this weekend as they head to Miami (OH) on Friday night. UB will then face Bowling Green on Saturday.

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Bulls Tennis Report

  • Posted on September 22, 2009 at 5:30 am

Bulls Successful on Two Fronts
The University at Buffalo men’s tennis team took four of its top players to the Farnsworth/Princeton Invitational while the remainder of the squad competed at the Niagara Doubles Shootout. The Bulls reached championship matches at both venues. There was no team scoring at either meet.

Kalinin Makes Finals at Princeton
At the Princeton meet, the Bulls were led by sophomore Alex Kalinin (Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia/Naberezhnye Chelny School 11) as he reached the championship round of the E singles. In his first competition of the fall, Kalinin opened play with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Binghamton’s Andreas Danielsson and then picked up a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Princeton’s Parker Preyer in the second round. Kalinin advanced to the championship match with his 6-4, 6-3 win over Jeff Karsh of Penn. However, Kalinin’s run was stopped on Sunday as he fell in the championship match to Matt Schimmel of Yale, 6-2, 6-3.

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