Bills: Desperation Move or Smart Business?

When the Buffalo Bills added former St. Louis defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, the immediate question is why him? Fined, benched and then traded, Hargrove has done enough to prove he wasn't worthy of a roster spot on a team that needs defenders. Mired at 2-4 sitting behind the Patriots and Jets, the Bills may be making moves out of desperation at this point.

The Bills don't believe they've added a problem child in trading for St. Louis Rams defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who last month was fined, benched one game, and lost his starting job for skipping two days or practices and meetings without an excuse.

"We were concerned enough to investigate all of our sources and we were satisfied with everything we found out," coach Dick Jauron said. "We feel pretty good about it."

Hargrove, a third-round pick of the Rams in 2004, was acquired for a fifth-round pick next April. He has 19 starts in 35 games but has played in just three games this season, recording three tackles and a half-sack.

Although Buffalo's pass rush has produced just six sacks the past four games, Jauron said he was pleased with the play of defensive ends Aaron Schobel, Chris Kelsay and Ryan Denney. Schobel and Kelsay combined for 10 tackles, two sacks and three QB hits in Sunday's 20-17 loss at Detroit.

Where Buffalo is hurting is at defensive tackle. Rookie first-round pick John McCargo has been lost for the year with a broken foot and free agent Larry Tripplett has not played as well as expected. So why trade for an end?

"It wasn't so much that we felt we needed to, it was an opportunity to," said Jauron, who said he liked the fact Hargrove is just 23 years old and has a history with defensive line coach Bill Kollar, his position coach with the Rams. "It's hard to find enough of those guys with the kind of ability we're looking for, with the speed and work ethic we're looking for. We like our guys, we like the guys we have. We just thought this was too good of an opportunity to pass up."


--LB Josh Stamer, a key special teams performer, was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Coach Dick Jauron indicated Stamer may need surgery after "some bone issues" are addressed. "It's more severe than a sprain," he said.
--WR Roscoe Parrish has a hamstring pull but the team is hoping it's not severe and there's an outside chance he could play this week against New England.
--C Melvin Fowler is day-to-day with a thigh injury that forced him from Sunday's loss to Detroit.
--QB J.P. Losman completed a career-best 11 consecutive passes at one point in the second half of Sunday's loss to Detroit. He had his third multi-TD game of his career with two scoring tosses.
--PK Rian Lindell has connected on 201 consecutive extra points, just the third kicker in NFL history to start his career with a 200-plus streak. Tommy Davis (234, 1959-65) and Todd Peterson (219, 1994-2001) are the others.
--RB Willis McGahee, who gained just 66 yards on 17 carries at Detroit and who had just six carries in the second half, still leads the AFC in rushing with 505 yards. He's halfway to his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.
--WR Peerless Price needs one more TD catch to hit 30 for his career and 30 more yards to hit the 5,000-yard milestone.
--KR Terrence McGee's five returns for 152 yards, including a long of 72, in Sunday's loss to the Lions was his 16th career game with 100-plus return yards.
--DE Aaron Schobel's third sack of the year at Detroit gave him 49.5 for his career.


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