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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 9/28

Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both practiced on Thursday. Hear their reactions and much, much more in today's Buffalo Bills links.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Powell focused on opportunity -
"If I can have half the career that Moorman’s had it’ll be successful," said Powell. "Two-time Pro Bowler and all that kind of stuff. He was a role model when I was here and helped me out to get better. I’m grateful to him."

Gailey: Barring setback Jackson will play -
"Fred worked and worked well today and didn’t seem to have any residual effect negatively from yesterday," said Gailey. "He was in at the very end of practice so I think if we make it through the next couple of days and things continue to improve then he’ll have the opportunity to play."

Stevie Johnson on Pats Matchup - VIDEO -
"Bills Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson talks about facing the Patriots this weekend. "

Fred Jackson Thursday Update - VIDEO -
"Bills Running Back Fred Jackson updates the status on his knee and whether he thinks he can play Sunday. "

Kyle Williams on Pats Matchup - VIDEO -
"Bills Defensive Tackle Kyle Williams talks about the matchup against the Patriots this weekend."

Kelvin Sheppard faces former teammate - VIDEO -
"Bills Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard talks about facing a former teammate on the New England Patriots this weekend."

In the Trenches with Andy Levitre - VIDEO -
"In this week's episode of In the Trenches, guard Andy Levitre is joined by wide receiver Stevie Johnson and they talk about his collection of hats and what the 'yeevie' is."

Inside The Bills | Hull, Reed, Tasker on HOF nominee list
"Cornelius Bennett, the late Kent Hull, Andre Reed, Steve Tasker and Darryl Talley are among the 127 nominees for the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Former GM Bill Polian is also on the list. Other former Bills that are nominees include Sam Adams, Drew Bledsoe and Ted Washington."

Inside The Bills | McKelvin back
"McKelvin missed Wednesday’s practice with what he called a minor twinge. He was listed on the team report with a groin injury."

Inside The Bills | Buddy on how Fred looks
"I don’t know what the odds would be (of Jackson playing), but I tell you he looked good to me," said Nix. "You could tell he had fresh legs. I think he’s got a good chance."

Inside The Bills | C.J. update
"I’m just taking it day by day," he said. "We’ll see how it goes. The main thing we don’t want to do is rush it. It’s Week 4 and we’ve got 16-plus if we get to the postseason so we’ll do day by day and see what Sunday holds."

Inside The Bills | Fred update
He said he was sore on Thursday morning but practiced anyway.

Inside The Bills | Spiller post-practice update
"He did okay," said Gailey. "He took a few reps. He didn’t take a lot, but he took a few and he got back into the swing of things. We didn’t go out there and do tackling drills with him, but it looked like he was moving well. It looked like all of his range of motion was there. We’ll see where it takes us."

Washington, Adams join Reed as HOF nominees - The Buffalo News
"Defensive tackles Ted Washington and Sam Adams are among the 13 first-year eligible players among the 121 total nominees for induction, announced Thursday."

Bills have their work cut out for them vs. Pats - The Buffalo News
"The Bills need to start winning games in the AFC East. They lost to division-rival New York in Week One. Buffalo is 4-21 in division since 2008. New England is 18-6 in division over that span. The last time the Pats lost as many as three straight was a four-game losing stretch in 2002, a season in which they went 9-7."

Video: Thursday update with Gaughan, Graham | The Buffalo News
The two writers talk after practice.

Stephon Gilmore girding for his first Tom Brady experience | The Buffalo News
"It's crazy, growing up and watching him do all the things he did. Now you're playing against him," Gilmore told me today in front of his locker at One Bills Drive. "It'll be a good opportunity to show what we can do as a defense."

Fred Jackson looking likely to play Sunday versus Patriots | The Buffalo News
Jackson went directly from the practice field to the trainer's room after practice, but told reporters, "I feel good," as he walked off the field.

Is it a big deal that Rian Lindell lost his holder? | The Buffalo News
Tim Graham spoke with two kickers who say Powell's experience shouldn't affect Rian Lindell too much.

Steve Christie: Bills pursuing Chris Mohr redux | The Buffalo News
"What they want is Chris Mohr again," Christie said by phone from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. "They want another Chris Mohr who is consistently going to give you a low 40-yard net every time. A special teams coach will take that, especially in Buffalo."

AccuScore likes Bills long-term, not so much Sunday | The Buffalo News
Through AccuScore's 10,000 season simulations, the Bills came out with the sixth-best chance of making the playoffs out of the AFC. Six teams get in. As for this Sunday's game against the Patriots in Ralph Wilson Stadium, the AccuScore computers didn't calculate much success for the Bills.

Bills' new punter Powell gets tough first test - Democrat and Chronicle
"Shawn Powell has sizable shoes to fill as he takes over the Bills' all-time greatest punter, Brian Moorman."

WGR 550 - HAMILTON: Can The New D Stop Welker And Gronk?
Paul Hamilton wonders if the Bills can cover the top two receiving threats on the Patriots.

WGR 550 - CAPACCIO: Football Friday Flurry Week 4
Sal Capaccio put some YouTube clips together from bars when the Bills ended the streak against the Patriots. It's pretty neat. He also picks the Patriots to win.

WGR 550 - Bills' Jackson Seems Good
When asked if he took contact Spiller said, "Nobody did, you pretty much don’t hit during the season." When I asked him for a second time if doctors have cleared him for contact he said, "I didn’t know I wasn’t cleared."

WGR 550 - CAPACCIO: How To Attack The Patriots Defense
Sal Capaccio breaks down where the Patriots' Pass D is vulnerable based on data from the season.

AFC East Stock Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
After a solid outing against the Cleveland Browns, the Bills defensive line is rising.

Patriots Vs. Bills Practice Reports: Brady Taken Off, Love Added; Spiller Returns - Pats Pulpit
"Tom Brady, who was listed on Wednesday's practice report with a right shoulder injury, was taken off of Thursday's version of the list."

NFL Picks, Week 4: Patriots vs. Bills - SB Nation Boston
"NFL pundits favor the Pats over the Bills on Sunday."

Patriots vs. Bills: Know Their Quarterback - Pats Pulpit
"Ryan Fitzpatrick is a talented quarterback who has good size, arm strength and vision. He can execute his second and third reads, and when he gets hot, he is actually one of the NFL's better quarterbacks. But that's the thing: Fitzpatrick is one of the NFL's more inconsistent quarterbacks and when he plays poorly, he really unwinds. "

Moorman Signs with Dallas; Speaks to 2 On Your Side |
Brian Moorman got on the phone with the folks at WGRZ after signing with the Cowboys.

Fitz Plays Like Fitz. Is that Enough? -
"I get asked about Ryan Fitzpatrick more than any Bills quarterback since Doug Flutie. My answer is always the same. I believe he is good enough to win games in the league and with the right amount of help (and a relatively easy schedule) he can get the Bills into the playoffs." - NFL Shawn Powell signs deal with Bills is expected to start on Sunday
After the workout, Powell said he was told by the Buffalo officials to "go ahead and call your agent, and tell him that you’ll be here (in Buffalo)."

WGR 550 - SIMON: Playing With The Big Boys
"But now its time to find out if the 2012 Bills can play with the big boys. Sunday’s game with AFC East kingpin New England kicks off the toughest part of the schedule."