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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/28

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Bills acquire QB Jackson in trade with Seattle -
"Jackson arrived in Buffalo Monday morning after catching a red-eye flight from Seattle. He was meeting his new teammates at One Bills Drive during the late morning and early afternoon hours after finishing all of his paperwork."

Bills Roundup: Jackson Arrives in Buffalo -
"The newest Bills quarterback Tarvaris Jackson arrived in Orchard Park on Monday and took part in his first practice with Buffalo."

Bills release Young; Trade for Jackson
Bills release QB Young -

"He looked like a viable option to back up starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick when he was signed last spring as a free agent. Veteran signal caller Vince Young had a 39-19 record as a starter in the NFL and still possessed uncommon athletic ability. Unfortunately for Young he couldn’t effectively execute Buffalo’s offense with enough consistency to earn the job and the club released him Monday."

Nix: Jackson may play Thursday night -
"We think he can maybe play some this week," said Nix, who has a speaking engagement at his alma mater West Alabama University. "They’re meeting now and he’s going to practice. So we’ll see how far along he is and if he’s ready to play Thursday night we’ll give him some time."

Transcript: GM Buddy Nix on QB Tarvaris Jackson -
Buddy Nix tap dances around questions about Vince Young and answers them about Tarvaris Jackson.

Transcript: HC Gailey, QB Jackson & WR Johnson -
Chan Gailey explains why the Bills traded for Jackson, and then Jackson explains his last few days.

Tarvaris' cram session -
"Jackson has three practices this week before the Bills preseason finale at Detroit, counting Monday’s session where he just watched plays and examined the play call sheet during the team segments. He then has another practice Saturday before Week 1 of the regular season begins in earnest on Labor Day at which point the starters get almost all the reps."

Buddy Nix on Acquiring Tarvaris Jackson - AUDIO -
"The Bills general manager talks about acquiring quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in a trade with Seattle."

Tarvaris Jackson Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The newest Bills quarterback talks with the media after his first practice in Buffalo."

Chan Gailey on Adding Tarvaris Jackson - VIDEO -
"The Bills head coach talks about adding Tarvaris Jackson to the roster, and about injury notes from practice."

Inside The Bills | How many QBs will Bills carry now?
"The reason why is with Jackson so new to the Bills offensive system, it might be hard to ask him to effectively execute the offense in two weeks time should there be an injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 1. It may very well force the Bills to carry all four quarterbacks on their roster to make sure they have a signal caller that can execute all aspects of the offense in a very important division game."

Inside The Bills | Jackson jersey number
"Jackson will wear number 7, the same number he wore in Seattle and Minnesota on his previous two NFL stops."

Inside The Bills | Nix on Young: "It just didn’t work out."
"Vince I don’t want to get into what he can do and can’t do, it just didn’t work out," Nix said. "Vince did everything he could. He worked hard at it and did everything we asked him to do. It just didn’t work so we go another route. It’s not like we’re thinking (Jackson) can do something that Vince couldn’t do. We just needed to move on and give this guy a try."

Inside The Bills | Nix has had eye on Jackson for a while
"We’ve always kept an eye on him," said Nix. "I was at his workout when he came out. He worked out at Auburn and I remember very well standing there and watching him throw and go through the workout. So I knew he was talented. Sometimes those guys where they are means a lot. So timing and maybe getting in the right place in the right system he’ll blossom and I hope he does."

Inside The Bills | Thigpen’s future
"We’ve got four now, but Brad is working as a wide receiver right now," said Nix. "He will be the third quarterback according to what Chan has said so I’m sure that’s right. Probably you can’t carry four."

Inside The Bills | Nix on Jackson’s strengths
"He’s a strong-armed guy, good athlete," said Nix. "He’s played good like I say at times. He throws the deep ball well and a big, strong guy that we think athletically can do what we need to do."

Inside The Bills | Jackson’s whirlwind day and a half
"My agent called and he told me (about Buffalo), and I actually talked to the GM from Seattle and he said Buffalo gave him a call and said there was some interest there," said Jackson. "So he said, ‘It’s a possibility, we’ll let you know tomorrow.’ So I went through a regular day going to meetings, lifting and stuff and while I was in a meeting my agent gave me a call and said, ‘Go home and wait for me I’ll give you a call. You’ve been traded.’ That’s how it went down."

Inside The Bills | Chan doesn’t rule out carrying 4 QBs
"You never know," said Gailey. "We’re going to do what’s best for the team, I know that, and it’s not going to be an easy call whatever direction we have to go."

Inside The Bills | Stevie on T. Jack
"We will be able to build a relationship in about a week," said Johnson. "We will have each other down as far as chemistry goes and everything will be smooth. As of now, it is just him getting into the playbook and learning as quickly as possible."

Inside The Bills | Spencer glad to see former teammate
"He’s elusive. He’s a great athlete," Johnson told "He’s got a great arm. He’s going to be a good addition to the team. He can extend the plays with his legs. Don’t ask me how far he can throw the ball with the zip he has on it."

Two spot in flux for Bills - The Buffalo News
"Dressed in his red No. 7 jersey, Jackson took part in a few individual drills, but mainly studied the play sheet and worked with quarterbacks coach David Lee during practice in the team's field house. Just how quickly the Bills can get him up to speed - and they don't have a lot of time - will determine which direction the team goes Friday, the deadline to set its 53-man roster."

Video: Bills release Vince Young - The Buffalo News
Tim Graham and Jay Skurski break it down.

Bills release Young, give Thigpen brief reprieve - The Buffalo News
"Thigpen, meanwhile, can use Thursday night as a public demonstration for the other 31 NFL teams. That's about the extent of it."

Thigpen, Young prove knowing playbook overrated - The Buffalo News
"Maybe it's not that big of a deal how quickly new Buffalo Bills backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson learns the playbook. Bills coach Chan Gailey pointed out this afternoon Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen know the offense. What good has that done the Bills? Apparently, not much."

Tarvaris Jackson fought through injury in lone season in Seattle - The Buffalo News
"Obviously I wanted to play better. I didn’t want to get hurt," Jackson said. "I was limited in practice. I probably practiced like once a week, maybe, on limited throws."

WGR 550 - Bills' Nix Not Taking The Bait On QB Controversy Talk
"Well, I know what you guys are fishing for. You're not going to get that. So I'll just say exactly how it is and you can either accept that or make up something," Nix said coyly. "We've spent a lot of money in the off-season. We've put a lot of money in this football team and we think we've got good players and a chance to be competitive. I wouldn't want one guy to get hurt and couldn't play and everybody else be helpless to get it done. It's a protection."

WGR 550 - Bills Trade For Tarvaris Jackson
"The pick, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS, is a seventh-round selection that can turn in to a sixth if Jackson is active (dressed) for 6 or more games this season."

WGR 550 - Bills Release Vince Young
"From favorite to win the backup job to out of work in just two days, that's how Vince Young's time as a member of the Buffalo Bills will be remembered."

WGR 550 - Bills' Jackson Ready To Help Any Way He Can
Jackson has been both a starter and a backup in his career, he now will back up Ryan Fitzpatrick. He said, "Right now I’m just trying to learn as much as possible, just trying to get familiar with everybody to show my teammates that I’m here to work so I’m not looking too far ahead, I’m just trying to get ready in case I play Thursday night. I feel like I’m a pretty quick learner. It’s different terminology, but pretty much the same concepts so I’ve just got to erase all that stuff I had in my head the last six years."

Buffalo Bills land Tarvaris Jackson, release Vince Young | Democrat and Chronicle
"Maybe getting in the right place and the right system, he’ll blossom," Nix said. "He’s bounced around a little bit, but who knows, we’ll give it a try. We know he’s got the ability to do it, and we’ll see if he can produce."

What's difference between Young, Jackson? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"But there is something about cutting Vince Young and trading for Tarvaris Jackson that feels like the Buffalo Bills are spinning their wheels. What is the difference between Young and Jackson? Is either player really an upgrade over the other? They are similar in playing style, age and, in my opinion, talent."

Seahawks Trade Tarvaris Jackson To Buffalo -
Check out SB Nation's StoryStream on the Tarvaris Jackson trade.

Young added - Windsor Star
"The Montreal Alouettes added quarterback Vince Young to their negotiation list."

Toronto Sun - Why the Bills dumped Vince Young for Tavaris Jackson
"Yup, the deposed Seattle Seahawks starter, who this month wasn't remotely good enough to hold off a 5-foot-11 rookie (Russell Wilson) or a glorified career ball-cap wearer (Matt Flynn). The same guy who in the final two minutes of halves last season tossed zero touchdowns against six interceptions, and was sacked nine times."

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First Impressions: Steelers @ Bills |

"For Buffalo, the first half was a mixed bag as the front-7 of the defense showed their potential, but the offense was extremely inconsistent. Still, the Bills’ offseason moves revolved around building a presence on the defensive line and they will be tough to beat if they continue to control the line of scrimmage as they did against the Steelers."

John Clayton: Bills Playoff Drought Ends This Year -
"For Bills fans who crave national praise (which is all of us) then tonight’s broadcast of the John Murphy show was as good as it gets. John Clayton from ESPN proclaimed that this is the year that Buffalo goes back to the playoffs. He said the schedule and upgraded defense play in their favor, and Ryan Fitzpatrick’s good decision making will put the offense in good situations every week." He also likes Tarvaris Jackson.

Inside The Bills | Anderson, Pears declared out this week
"Mark is going to sit this week," said head coach Chan Gailey. "We made the decision he and Erik (Pears) are both going to sit this week."

Stars must align for Bills - The Buffalo News
"That's why I was actually encouraged by what I saw Saturday night against the Steelers - at least when the Bills starters were still on the field. In the big picture, there were two major reasons to be optimistic about the team's chances: defensive tackle Kyle Williams and tailback Fred Jackson."

Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure says he wouldn't play football again - The Buffalo News
"If I could see a picture of this when I was 28, and somebody said, 'Here's you sitting with a reporter at 61 with a card donating your brain to science because all the guys are messed up, would you still play?'"

Erik Pears, Mark Anderson ruled out for Thursday - The Buffalo News
"They did not practice Monday, nor did linebacker Bryan Scott, although Gailey expects him to return to practice Tuesday. Also sitting out Monday from team drills was defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who's suffering from a minor wrist injury, Gailey said."

AFC East preseason Stock Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Mario Williams' stock is rising, according to James Walker, thanks to his two preseason sacks, but the real culprit may have been Kyle Williams.

Report: Raiders agree to deal with veteran returner - Inside the Oakland Raiders - Bay Area News Group
"Raiders coach Dennis Allen apparently wasn’t kidding when he said Monday that, yes, it’s possible that his kick returner wasn’t yet on the roster. A few hours later, reported that the Raiders agreed to terms with return specialist Roscoe Parrish."

Report: Raiders agree to terms with Roscoe Parrish - Silver And Black Pride
"Raiders reportedly agree to terms with wide receiver Roscoe Parrish."

It's time for Bills' fans to be concerned - Olean Times Herald
"If we weren’t worried before, as the Bills opened the preseason 0-2 with a 7-6 home loss to Washington and a 36-14 defeat by the Vikings in Minneapolis, Saturday night crystallized our escalating concerns."