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Craig Nall Can’t Keep a Job

  • Posted on September 24, 2009 at 9:54 pm

One of Marv Levy’s first moves as GM of the Bills in 2006 was to find a quarterback in free agency equipped to compete with a young JP Losman and veteran Kelly Holcomb. Levy came up with Craig Nall. Even gave him a $1.3-million signing bonus.

In what turned out to be one in a long line of dreadful Levy team mouthpeice GM moves, Nall was out of the league within three years.

The plate of humiliation fed by not sticking in the NFL is nothing compared to what he was served up today. Now, Nall can’t even stick on an UFL roster.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Nall was cut by the Florida Tuskers. The final nail came when Florida inked Brooks Bollinger to a deal. Yes… that Brooks Bollinger.

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With Schouman Out, Bills’ Nelson Must Step Up

  • Posted on September 24, 2009 at 8:17 pm

When the Buffalo Bills selected Southern Miss TE Shawn Nelson with their fourth-round pick (No. 121 overall) this past April, many draft experts applauded the selection.  Nelson, at one point projected to go as soon as the second round, presented the Bills - a team that hasn’t had a legitimate tight end threat in years - with a tremendous value selection that could contribute immediately, and more importantly, who wouldn’t need to start right away.

That time has quickly come to an end.  Starting tight end Derek Schouman has been put on season-ending Injured Reserve, and although second-year man Derek Fine is a very capable blocker, he’s still vastly unproven as a receiver.  On a Bills team full of receiving talent, however, it is crucial that their rookie tight end - who is currently dealing with an injury himself, by the way - pick up the slack at tight end.

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Fantasy Football: Jackson Will Still Get Lots of Action

  • Posted on September 24, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I read a comment today that said something along the lines that Buffalo Bills players are never good fantasy starts.

It was at least partially tongue-in-cheek, but truth is, that’s been the case more often than not in recent years.

However, this is the year that changes.

Fred Jackson has been a windfall to his fantasy teams so far. He has one more week with the Bills’ backfield all to himself, and you can’t ask for much more than what he’s done with that golden opportunity. He’s accounted for over 44 percent of the Bills’ total yards from scrimmage. He’s fifth among all running backs in standard fantasy scoring, and that’s not counting PPR numbers.

But will it continue this week against New Orleans? The Saints have yielded few yards on the ground, largely because opponents have to pass all day to try to keep up (a futile endeavor so far).

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Injury bug bites Portland; and look who’s coming to town

  • Posted on September 24, 2009 at 11:14 am

Before a single puck has even been dropped in Portland Pirates training camp, they’re already dealing with injuries on the blueline as Matt Generous is expected to be out for at least a month with a cut to his right ankle that resulted in a sliced tendon.

The Cheshire, Connecticut native was expected to see more of a prominent role on the Pirates this season, but while practicing in Sabres camp, he suffered a cut above his right ankle that sliced the tendon about 20% through and will need to be in a walking cast for about four weeks.

Generous, who played for St. Lawrence University, signed last season with the Buffalo Sabres and spent the end of the year in Portland. In eight games, Generous scored a single goal with 13 penalty minutes.

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Bills Have Contained High-Profile Offenses Before

  • Posted on September 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

buffalo bills logoI’ve written “Drew Brees is coming to town” so often (and so ominously) over the past few days that I feel a little bit as if Brees will show up at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday - when his New Orleans Saints take on our Buffalo Bills - donning hood and toting scythe rather than wearing Saints colors.  It’s true - the Saints’ offense, orchestrated by Brees, is excellent, and they present a tremendous challenge for Buffalo’s No. 28-ranked defense this week.

Under Dick Jauron, Buffalo has played high-octane offenses at home early in the season before.  The most recent example came in Week 7 of 2008, when the 3-3 San Diego Chargers visited a 4-1 Bills team fresh off of its bye week.  Though they were struggling as a team at the time, the Chargers’ offense had been dominant to that point in the season.  Buffalo handled them well in beating the Chargers 23-14 - a win that would be their last for quite some time.

Though the situations aren’t precisely the same - this Saints team is a much more dangerous foe than that Chargers team - many of the principles the Bills game planned and employed in victory translate well to a potential victory over New Orleans as well.

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Erie golf team wins second-straight tournament

  • Posted on September 24, 2009 at 8:52 am

The Erie Community men’s golf team claimed their second-straight golf tournament on September 23 in their own Invitational, held at Harvest Hill golf course.

The Kats tied for the top spot with Daemen College at 320 but won based on the NCAA tie-breaker which includes the fifth player.

The Kats were led by Jim Merriman (South Wales/East Aurora) who claimed medalist honors for the second-straight tournament with a five-over 77. Kyle Harman (Orchard Park/Orchard Park) was second on the team with an 80.

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Morning Links For September 24

  • Posted on September 24, 2009 at 8:42 am

¶ Sal Maiorana of the Rochester D&C says there is nowhere for Bills tackle Jonathan Scott to go but up.

¶ New Orleans Saints corner Jabari Greer is well acquainted with the Bills in this Baton Rouge Advocate report.

¶ Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post says Terrell Owens fits in as Buffalo’s secret weapon.

¶ New Orleans head coach Sean Payton is wary of the upstart Bills in this feature.

¶ Jochen Hecht’s new attitude takes wing for the Sabres, according to John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

¶ Matt Speilman of The Post-Journal takes a peak into what the Sabres final roster will be.

¶ Passion radiates from UB tight end Jesse Rack in this Buffalo News commentary by Bob DiCesare.

Who Turned Off The T.O. ?

  • Posted on September 24, 2009 at 8:40 am

Terrell Owens is mad … or at least I think he is.

He’s not mad at you. To my knowledge, he’s not mad at me either. Other than ESPN, I don’t think he’s generally mad at the media. He’s certainly not irate at his teammates or the fans. In fact, he regularly describes the Buffalo fans as “fantastic.”

But something is altered when it comes to Terrell Owens. Until now, I’ve only heard and seen his legendary interviews from afar. Throughout his career, he’s been a living, breathing quote machine. On Wednesday, I got a chance to see Owens up close as he conducted his team-required weekly press conference.

I wasn’t expecting him to do sit-ups at the podium, throw Trent Edwards under the bus or take a shot at Marques Colston ahead of his visit here with the Saints. But I expected something, anything out of him to engender excitement and perhaps some juicy column material.

Instead we got a very restrained Terrell. Hell, Edwards’ press conference was more lively. Even Dick Jauron’s media gathering rivaled the energy of Owens on the stand.

It seems so far this experience in Buffalo has done something that publicists Kita and Mo failed to do on his TV show; turn T.O. into merely Terrell.

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Ryan Miller Excited About Upcoming Olympic Challenge

  • Posted on September 24, 2009 at 8:00 am

Buffalo Sabre Ryan Miller is expected to be one of the elder statesmen of Team USA’s 2010 Olympic hockey squad, turning 30 next July.

The goalie is going into his seventh NHL season and has been one the league’s best the last three years. He is likely to man the nets alongside fellow Michigan native Tim Thomas, who won the Vezina Trophy last year as the NHL’s top netminder with the Boston Bruins.

That tandem could be USA’s greatest asset.

“That’s going to be the position we probably stack up best,” General Manager Brian Burke said. “A Vezina winner (Thomas), and then if Ryan Miller played in a bigger market, he’d be a household name in the United States. He’s a real accomplished goaltender.”

Even though Buffalo and Boston are division rivals, Miller said he’s gotten to know Thomas fairly well through the NHL Player’s Association, and he looks forward to the opportunity to be teammates.

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Meredith Brings Potential, Athleticism And Maturity Issues to Bills

  • Posted on September 24, 2009 at 7:00 am

Two words began running through a majority of Buffalo Bills fans heads even before Brad Butler made it to the sideline this past Sunday, “Jon Runyan.” It didn’t take an Andrew Cappuccino diagnosis to know Butler was through for the year. Runyan may arguably be the biggest free agent out there, both in literal and figurative senses. Ironically, he also happens to exclusively play right tackle. In fact, he’s done that 192 consecutive times in his career. He’s also viewed as one of the toughest and most intelligent offensive linemen in the National Football League; a component the Bills could use.

As useful as Runyan might be to the Bills his best days are clearly behind him. He’s 35-years old and coming off microfracture surgery in his knee. He has suffered the wear and tear of 13 NFL seasons. The Bills brought him in for a workout on September 11 as prospective insurance in case of an injury to Butler or rookie Demetrius Bell. The fact that he has not been signed yet says a lot about the Bills lack of faith in him.

The Bills, instead, have elected to go the project route by signing Jamon Meredith from the Green Bay Packers practice squad. This means Jonathan Scott will occupy the starting right tackle spot for the rest of the season. Kirk Chambers was inactive the first two weeks, but will now be the backup at both tackle positions.

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