Bills Quick Hits: Losman speaks

Jauron wants fast start, Edwards is day-to-day, Losman speaks and much more...

--- Head coach Dick Jauron has worked meticulously on getting the Bills to grasp the significance of a good start. Jauron knows that for his team to legitimately contend in a loaded AFC the team can ill-afford stumbling out of the blocks like recent years. Since the turn of the century the Bills are a paltry 10-22 over their first four games. Over the last eight seasons of opening month play they've went winless twice, won two games twice and have yet to start 3-1 or better. The last time the Bills started the first month with a winning record (3-1) was in 1999 and no coincidence the last time they made the playoffs.

Buffalo has a reasonable chance to get off to a winning start. Seattle's a demanding team to open with but the game is at home. Jacksonville figures to be murder in week two but Oakland at home and St. Louis on the road are two games the Bills should and likely will need to win to confirm themselves as contenders.

--- The Bills were given a scare they didn't want Tuesday night at practice when starting quarterback Trent Edwards went down with a bruised quad muscle. He suffered the injury after colliding with running back Marshawn Lynch during running drills. He walked off the field under his own power with the help of a trainer but was unable to return to practice. Lynch also suffered a bruise but returned to the field Wednesday and looked fine. Edwards was forced to a spectator role.

How long Edwards will be on the shelf isn't known and Jauron labels it a day-to-day injury. His status for Sunday night's preseason game at Indianapolis is in doubt. Given the third preseason game is typical for starters to see their most action, Edwards would obviously like to be on the field.

"I haven't even thought that far ahead," Edwards said Wednesday. "Sunday is still a long way away and we still have three or four more practices until that game day."

If Edwards can't go, J.P. Losman will start and likely play the entire first half while Gibran Hamden and Matt Baker then continue their battle for the third spot in the second half.

--- Speaking of Losman, he did something Tuesday night he hadn't done in nearly 10 months: speak to the media. After taking the bulk of the first-team reps following Edwards' injury, Losman finally chatted up reporters, including this one after practice.

"It was very difficult," Losman said in reference to losing his job to Edwards. "It was very difficult to get motivated, but with the help of friends, family and my agent, we just keep pressing on. You have to keep looking at that light. You have to keep saying something could happen; you have to be ready for it."

To Losman's credit he hasn't attempted to divide the locker room. While he's unmistakably frustrated he's no longer the starter, he still considers Edwards a "great friend."

"Trent's great," Losman said. "No situation has changed there as far as the friendship. Regardless, it's not his fault the situation is the way it is. It's not his doing by any means. It's not his fault."

Losman knows any chance he gets to perform this year, whether in preseason or when the games count is basically an audition for 31 other teams after he becomes a free agent next March.

--- Training camp ended following Wednesday's practice at St. John Fisher with no sign that Jason Peters reporting is imminent. With Steven Jackson ending his holdout with the Rams (Jackson shares the same agent as Peters, Eugene Parker), Peters is the league's only notable holdout this close to the start of the season.

The standstill appears more capable than ever of dragging on, and nobody has heard Peters' side of the story because neither he nor Parker is talking to anyone.

ESPN.com's Tim Graham reported Buffalo remains more committed than ever to not even speak to Peters regarding a new deal until after he reports to the team.

--- Donte Whitner missed the last four practices of training camp with excused personal reasons according to Jauron. No further information was given. Derek Schouman (knee), Jon Banks (hamstring), John DiGiorgio (calf), Roscoe Parrish (knee) and James Hardy (thigh) also missed Wednesday's final practice.

--- Eric Moulds expressed a recent interest in joining the Miami Dolphins. Unfortunately for the 35-year old former Bills star receiver, Miami showed no interest in having him. The Bills second all-time leader in receptions (675), yards (9,096) and touchdowns receptions (48) is unemployed and may be finished. Perhaps he'd have been wise to accept a pay cut in 2006 instead of forcing a trade. In his two years post-Buffalo, Moulds caught 89 balls but for only 899 yards and but one touchdown with Houston and Tennessee. Barring a team depleted with injuries reaching out, Moulds' career could be finished after 11-years.

--- Jon Corto has been moved from safety to linebacker and the team is hoping to replicate what Coy Wire brought to the defense over the past few years. Corto looked strong in run support against Pittsburgh last Thursday and has made plays in camp. Still, the undrafted free agent from 2007 will have a hard time cracking the final 53-man roster. To do so he'll probably have to beat out Donnie Spragan, a versatile defender who can play all three linebacker positions and contribute on special teams. It's probable Corto will end up on the practice squad.

--- The Bills have little excuse to not look proficient with their first team on both sides of the ball at Indianapolis Sunday night. The Colts will be playing the game without three of their best players; quarterback Peyton Manning, defensive end Dwight Freeney and safety Bob Sanders.

--- Buffalo may also catch a break on the injury front for their home opener against Seattle. Starting tackle Sean Locklear (knee) and Chris Spencer (shoulders) are on the mend right now and may not be available by September 7.

patmoran2006@aim.com


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