Bills Notes and Quotes

Lee Evans returns favor to Bills immediately, Bills believe hit on Edwards was excessive, Parrish continues rehab, and more inside...

--Coach Dick Jauron planned to practice three days during his team's bye week but gave them Thursday off. The deal? They all line up and get a flu shot. In past years, many NFL teams have been decimated by the flu. "Coach Jauron is kind of a creature of habit and it kind of surprised me a bit that he did do that, but he knows what's best for this team, he knows what we need, and rest is one of them," defensive end Chris Kelsay said.

--WR Lee Evans began paying immediate dividends on his new four-year contract extension worth $37.3 million. Despite a poor overall performance by the offense in a bad loss at Arizona, Evans recorded his 11th career 100-yard game and hauled in a career-long 87-yard TD pass from backup QB J.P. Losman. Evans' deal was in the works for months. "I think both sides came together and we're both happy about the deal and I think that's the most important part," said Evans, the Bills' top draft pick in 2004. "Both sides feel like it was a win-win situation. That's just how I feel about it and I know they're very excited about it as well." Evans is leading the NFL with a 27.0 yards-per-catch average.

--The Bills feel the hit by Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson on QB Trent Edwards in last Sunday's loss was excessive. Wilson hit Edwards square in the numbers on a blitz and landed on top of him hard. "I'm not going to respond," Jauron said. "It's going to the league office."

--WR Roscoe Parrish, who has missed two games after undergoing thumb surgery, is getting closer to returning to practice but he still can't put a timetable on it. "Everything's going pretty good right now," he said. "The rehab is trying to get that strength back. Right now, I'm just taking it day by day. I don't want to say I'll be back on this day, I'm just taking it day-by-day. The bye will help me out a lot."

--The Bills defense had a long day in Arizona but still ranks a respectable 10th overall in yards allowed, 15th against the run and seventh against the pass. After Kurt Warner blitzed them for 33 completions -- none more than 18 yards long -- Buffalo is concentrating on its defense against the short pass in preparing for the Chargers. "It'll be something we address this extra week of practice, getting back to the fundamentals and really focusing on it,'' linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "They did that well against us and other teams can see that on film. But we'll correct that in practice."

--Buffalo has sold out all of its games, doing so by the end of September, the earliest they've done that in club history.

BY THE NUMBERS: 6 -- Touchdowns Lee Evans has scored of 70 yards or longer, most in the NFL since 2000.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He was a little woozy but his hair was perfect. That's one thing. If Trent's hair was off, I'd be worried. But his hair was on point." -- OT Langston Walker, commenting on QB Trent Edwards and his recovery from a concussion.

Strategy and Personnel

J.P. Losman, who has started more than 30 games for the Bills, isn't happy being a backup for 2008 after losing his starting job to Trent Edwards. But to his credit, he's making the best of it, knowing that any playing time he receives is an audition for 2009 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Against Arizona last week, he was 15 of 21 for 220 yards, one TD, one interception and a 101.3 rating. He hooked up with WR Lee Evans for a career-long 87-yard TD, throwing the ball 60 yards in the air, and later scored on a QB draw. The big benefit for Losman and the Bills is that he won't be as rusty should he get the call again to replace Edwards, who has durability issues. "I felt the whole game I rushed it a bit," said Losman, who last played in a regular-season game last Nov. 25 in Jacksonville. "I hadn't been under fire like that in a while but I'm glad it happened early in the season. Now I'll be more prepared as the season goes on for that same situation." Losman was sacked five times by the Cardinals and wound up with three turnovers. Pocket presence has never been his strength, the key reason Buffalo's coaching staff turned to the quick-thinking, quick-reading Edwards.


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