Losman wins battle for QB

The Buffalo Bills three way battle for the starting QB position has apparently ended. Bills head coach Dick Jauron ended speculation by anointing JP Losman the winner- he will be the team's starting QB under center when the Bills open in Foxboro, MA vs. the New England Patriots.

Jauron made the announcement after practice, saying Losman clearly had performed best during training camp to earn the No. 1 job in a three-way competition that included veteran Kelly Holcomb and free-agent addition Craig Nall. "I told him he should feel good about it, he earned it," said Jauron, shortly after he informed the quarterbacks of his decision.

J.P. Losman was named the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback Tuesday, coming out on top following a competition to reclaim the job he lost last year. In 2005, after back to back 75 yard efforts, he was pulled from the lineup in favor of veteran Kelly Holcomb for the second half of the Bills' 5-11 campaign. Arguably Losman's biggest problem was his inability to stay cool in the pocket and throw passes with accuracy. Last season, the QB completed just 49.6 percent of his passes and appeared fidgety in the pocket. This year, however, he's poised in the face of the opposing pass rush.

Losman was inconsistent in his first preseason start in a 44-31 loss to Cincinnati on Aug. 18. He went 7-of-11 for 134 yards passing and a touchdown, but committed three turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown.

Losman was more efficient in last weekend's 20-17 loss to Cleveland, going 15-of-22 for 184 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception. Overall this preseason, he's gone 37-of-57 for 462 yards passing with two TDs and two interceptions for a respectable 87.0 quarterback rating.

There was no greater example of Losman's newfound maturity than a 54-yard touchdown toss in this past Saturday's exhibition matchup against the Cleveland Browns . With the pocket closing in on him, the 6-foot-2, 217-pounder stepped up and fired deep to receiver Peerless Price. Losman hit his target in stride, and Price waltzed into the end zone for an easy score.

Jauron, who as recently as Monday declined to name his starter, said there was no point delaying the decision any longer with Buffalo preparing for its preseason finale at Detroit on Thursday and with the regular-season opener fast approaching on Sept. 10 at New England.

"We just wondered why there was any reason not to say it if we all thought it," Jauron said. "It gets him used to hearing it and getting the team used to hearing it. There it is.'' The news did not come as a big surprise after Jauron named Losman the front-runner two weeks ago in training camp. Ever since, Losman has taken the majority of snaps in practice and started the past two preseason games.

"It's good for him to actually say it, but I've been getting kind of comfortable here the last couple of weeks," Losman said. "It's exciting times but it's time to really go to work now.''


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