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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/29

May 29, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyler Thigpen (4) passes during organized team activities at Ralph Wilson Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
May 29, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyler Thigpen (4) passes during organized team activities at Ralph Wilson Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

McGee suffers setback -
"Terrence had a setback yesterday," said Gailey following Tuesday's practice. "His knee got a little weaker in practice yesterday so we’re sitting him and seeing where he goes looking into the future. He’s not going to play this week so we’ll have to see where that takes us."

WGR 550 - Bills' Thigpen Knows What's At Stake Thursday
"It is definitely a big game for me," Thigpen said. "I just wanna go out there and play the football that I'm capable of playing, and let the rest take care of itself."

Game preview - Bills-Lions -
"The final preseason game for the Bills will take place in the Motor City as Detroit plays host to Buffalo for a 7 pm kickoff Thursday night at Ford Field (WKBW-TV – Channel 7). The game will feature more players fighting for roster spots than the starters on offense and defense, but head coach Chan Gailey does want his starters to get a bit of hitting in."

Chan Gailey Tuesday Press Conference -
"The Bills head coach talks about how much the starters will play on Thursday, how Eric Wood is coming along, and if Tarvaris Jackson will play against Detroit."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Tuesday Press Conference -
"The Bills quarterback talks about how he's getting Tarvaris Jackson comfortable, wanting to play well against Detroit, and how the team is already preparing for the Jets."

Johnson and Hagan talk Madden 2013 -
"Stevie Johnson and Derek Hagan talk with Hannah Buehler about the new version of Madden, who is better at playing the game and more."

Inside The Bills | Broadcast Hall of Famer-and real fan
"When Roethlisberger was totally rattled, it brought a smile to my face," Calderone said on the radio show. "I remember how loud the stadium was at that time, we were totally getting under his skin. The atmosphere is always good, but I did like the fact that the twelfth man was alive. It was rocking in our section, you could just tell, we got under his skin."

Inside The Bills | Bills already working on Jets
"Yeah, we have been watching them in the film room," said Fitzpatrick. "We did in the offseason as well, but kind of throughout preseason here keeping an eye on them and what they are doing with personnel and those types of things. We have played against them, their scheme and the same guys for a while now. It will be a great match-up; especially defensively they are really tough. It is a good one for us to open with and see where we are at."

Inside The Bills | Wood expecting to be full go Wk 1
"I think I’ll do everything next week in all the team reps leading up to the game and all the reps in the game," said Wood in reference to the season opener against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. "We’ve stayed cautious for that reason so in Week 1 I could do that kind of stuff."

Easley trying to secure spot on Bills' roster - The Buffalo News
"He does everything you want him to do," Bills receivers coach Bob Bicknell said. "He's a hard worker, a great kid. He knows what he's supposed to do. He just needs the opportunity to play, he really does. He needs to get those chances to play the game. That's kind of been his situation; it's an uphill battle coming back from the time he's missed."

End of Favre's legendary streak marked by two Bills - The Buffalo News
"The date was Dec. 5, 2010. On the third play of the game, Bills rookie linebacker Arthur Moats nailed Favre in the back, sending the future first-ballot Hall of Famer to the Metrodome turf. Favre sprained his shoulder and left the game. He couldn't play the next week. His replacement for both games was Tarvaris Jackson."

Poll: Which WRs make Buffalo's 53-man roster? - The Buffalo News
Homer alert. Naaman Roosevelt leads the voting on this poll, well ahead of Derek Hagan.

Press Coverage record reveals Bills QB concern - The Buffalo News
"Nevertheless, they're backup quarterbacks. When fans are comfortable with their starting quarterback, retread reserves remain afterthoughts -- not web-traffic-record-breaking personalities."

First cuts not kind to ex-Bills - The Buffalo News
"By my count, eight former Bills were either released, placed on injured reserve or waived/injured. The list is highlighted by the release of wide receiver Terrell Owens by the Seattle Seahawks."

Terrence McGee has setback with knee injury - The Buffalo News
"You always are," Gailey said. "Until a guy can go out there and play consistently and have no setbacks, you get worried. I've got a lot more confidence where Eric Wood is than I do with Terrence McGee, because Eric's had no setbacks [from offseason ACL surgery]."

Video: Jackson gets in first practice with Bills - The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski's chin stubble recaps Tarvaris Jackson's first day practicing with the Bills. Sorry. It was the first thing i noticed and couldn't get it out of my head.

Bills starters to get about 10 plays in Detroit - The Buffalo News
"We are thinking in that 10-play area," he said, referring to how much time his starters can be expected to get. "If you are going to put them out there for four plays, why even put them out there? You want to be able to go out there and play enough to get a feel for the game. Hit a little bit because it will be a little while before they do it again."

WGR 550 - Bills' Have One More Freebie
Jackson took plenty of reps Tuesday in practice and will play after Ryan Fitzptraick and Tyler Thigpen on Thursday. Gailey is comfortable with what his new QB knows, "We’re going to get him in. We got him full reps in practice and we’ll get him into the game unless something funky happens with the clock and they keep the ball the last 10 minutes of the game or something crazy like that, but our plan is to get him into the game and let him play. Tyler needs to play and he needs to show what he’s got. This is his shot, then we’ll play Tarvaris at the end."

WGR 550 - SIMON: Fitz On The Fritz
"The starting offense has had 15 possessions through the first three games. I'm throwing out the one play, kneel down at the end of the first half last Saturday against Pittsburgh. In those 15 possessions, Fitzpatrick and company have produced 2 touchdowns and 1 field goal. There was 1 turnover(CJ Spiller fumble) and 11 punts."

Pete Metzelaars back with Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"Yes, a lot has changed, but the city hasn’t changed all that much," Metzelaars said recently with a smile regarding his homecoming in Buffalo. "I’ve been finding my way around pretty good, and it’s been a lot of fun being back here and reconnecting with a lot of good friends."

Revisiting AFC East over/under projections - AFC East Blog - ESPN
ESPN readers think the Bills will be second in the AFC East, topping nine wins.

Herm Edwards: Jury still out on Chan Gailey - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"He's a great offensive mind. He'll take the players he has and put them in a position to have success. Offensively, this team will be fun to watch. And defensively, they should be much better. Chan understands there are raised expectations for this team, and the Bills have improved every year he's been there."

Blogger Blitz: Teaching Buffalo Bills QB Tavaris Jackson - ESPN
"AFC East blogger James Walker wonders how successful the Buffalo Bills will be if Tarvaris Jackson is called into action."

Scouts Inc. on Bills QB Tarvaris Jackson - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Jackson had a much better year than many realized. He played with a torn pectoral to finish the season and it showed. But he’s very tough with a big arm and great speed. But Jackson has poor accuracy and tough. He’s a real good backup for [Bills coach] Chan Gailey and an upgrade over Vince Young."

Roethlisberger’s rant at Ralph Wilson Stadium turf missed the mark | ProFootballTalk
"Roethlisberger is one of many NFL players who have expressed concerns about the safety of NFL playing surfaces, and that’s an issue that the league and the union should continue studying. But if Roethlisberger has a problem with the surface at Ralph Wilson Stadium, his problem is with A-Turf Titan, not with FieldTurf."

Bills GM Buddy Nix is through talking about Vince Young | ProFootballTalk
"Young has fallen far, and fast. It’s not like the Bills traded for a guy with a long history of winning football (Jackson has a 17-17 career record as a starter), so for Young to have been deemed so deficient that Jackson’s a no-brainer upgrade should tell you what you need to know about his prospects for future employment."

Vince Young leaves with $350,000 from Bills | ProFootballTalk
"Cut today by the Bills after the team traded for Tarvaris Jackson, Young leaves with the $350,000 signing bonus he received after signing with the Bills on May 14, according to a source with knowledge of the contract."

Daring to Hope Again Guest post by Nick Bakay | Bills Mafia -- #BillsMafia
"Today, Nick Bakay, Buffalo-born writer, actor, comedian and sportscaster shares his thoughts on the team’s recent past, and its immediate future."

Week 1: GIFs of Jets - Buffalo Rumblings
Check out a couple of nice GIFs from the Jets.

Bills face decision about backup QB - Times Union
"The No. 2 quarterback job is among several unsettled positions before the Bills set the 53-player roster Friday. Gailey said about 80 percent of his roster is already set, leaving about seven players on the bubble."

Bills’ latest move throws up red flags - Wellsville Daily Reporter
"It seems an awful lot like the Bills got rid of one player just to trade for someone with a similar skill set, only with less NFL success. Say what you will about Young’s deficiencies as a player, he has won a lot of games in the league (31-19 as a starter with two playoff appearances)."

Bills need to hope that Jackson is the answer - Olean Times Herald
"Gailey is adamant that Fitzpatrick is his guy and isn’t worried, despite the preseason struggles, and the QB maintains his confidence is high. Only a cynic would suggest they’re both in denial. The certainty is, given what happened last season against Washington, the Bills had best hope that Jackson — 17-17 as a starter — is the answer as No. 2 quarterback or those playoff hopes could be poof."