So that pile of schoolwork I left by the wayside yesterday? Well, it's had its way with me this morning - so in lieu of anything creative, here's what I've been reading about our Bills over the past 48 hours. You should check this stuff out.
You know what? I knock Jerry Sullivan a whole bunch, but he had two articles I very much enjoyed this week. The first discusses WR Josh Reed:
"Whether the safety hit me or not, I was going to catch it," Reed said. "That's what I do, man. I'm not usually one of those guys who stretches the field. But I can do it when they ask me. I can make those tough catches over the middle and take the pressure off the other guys."
You know why I like Josh Reed? He does what all offenses need: moves the chains. No, he's not a starting wideout, nor should he ever be. But he's got "ideal slot receiver" written all over him, and he's one of a very limited number of skill position players that Steve Fairchild uses to their fullest potential. He's got a large role to play in this team's future.
The second Sullivan article discusses Trent Edwards' big play:
Edwards calmly stepped up in the pocket and delivered a perfect strike beyond the lunge of a linebacker and into Josh Reed's welcoming arms. It went for 30 yards, giving Edwards exactly 200 yards passing in the second half, and setting the stage for a dramatic finish.
I'm trying not to get overly excited about that throw - yes, it was great, but we've seen J.P. Losman make throws like that as well. Trent's got ability, but the kid has a very long way to go. Still, he deserves praise for that throw. Very gutsy, and potentially a season-saver.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com has a nice write-up on Fred Jackson - our reserve runner is quickly becoming a bit of a celebrity.
Connor Byrne, a favorite here, doesn't like the lack of playmaking from Donte Whitner:
This is something we've discussed here. Byrne isn't wrong, but I don't know if he's going to see a rectification to his beef before the end of the season. Whitner isn't ball-hawking because he's not in a ball-hawking role; once Buffalo gets healthy in their front seven and adds a little more talent up there, then I think we'll start to see Whitner blossom. For now, he's a great young leader on a scrappy young defense, and I'm glad we have him.