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Jets practice DJ Brian Mulligan likes to play music related to the city the team is playing in.

The songs played early in practice on Wednesday were "Shout" from the Isley Brothers and "Buffalo Soldier" from Bob Marley. "Shout" has been adopted by the Bills as a theme song of sort. It's played after every touchdown. So you can imagine, it hasn't been played much this year . . .

The Bills will start rookie quarterback Trent Edwards this Sunday. Some people would assume this would be a big dropoff going from injured J.P. Losman to Edwards, but that isn't necessarily the case. While Losman does have more experience, he still plays like a rookie at times – making bad decisions and having trouble reading defenses. The super smart Edwards has a better upside than Losman. He seems to have a better feel for the game.

The Bills coaches love how quickly the 6-4, 230 pound Edwards delivers the ball.

"We like his quickness of delivery," said the Bills classy coach Dick Jauron.

The Jets really liked Edwards in the draft. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was sent out to Stanford to work him out and visit with him . . .

This will be the Jets first plane trip of the year. They didn't fly in the preseason with road games at the Giants and Eagles. And for their Week Two game in Baltimore, they took a train . . .

Eric Mangini was asked if Justin McCareins playing time was cut against Miami after his huge drop against Baltimore.

"Justin actually played more (against Miami) than he did in Baltimore," said Mangini.

He might have played more, but he only had one pass thrown to him . . .

The Jets struggling run defense could have some major issues in Buffalo. The left side of the Bills offensive line is huge and talented with tackle Jason Peters and guard Derrick Dockery.

Peters, who was a tight end at Arkansas, is very strong and has the feet of a dancing bear.

Dockery, a former Washington Redskin, signed a 7-year, $49 million contract this past off-season in free agency.

Expect the Bills to pound the Jets on the left side with Marshawn Lynch and his talented backup Anthony Thomas . . .

Jets fullback Darian Barnes seems to be nursing some kind of shoulder injury. . .

The Bills special teams are tremendous, and Buffalo might have the edge in this area.

"Their kick returner (Terrence McGee) and punt returner (Roscoe Parrish) can score on any play," said Mangini.

The Bills also have perhaps the NFL's best punter in Chris Mohr.

The Bills lost talented free safety Ko Simpson for the season, but there isn't that big a dropoff to his replacement – Jim Leonhard, a scrappy, tough undrafted free agent who had picks in the Bills first two games. Don't sell this kid short.

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