Bills vs Jets preview

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In the first matchup of the season the Buffalo Bills were handled easily by the New York Jets 38-14.

Even though many of the Jets starters will see limited action the Jets still should handle them easily.

The difference is that the Bills defense has lost three starters in linebackers Andra Davis and Reggie Torbor, along with defensive end Dwan Edwards. Also, nose tackle Kyle Williams is banged up. That means the Bills defense is in for a heavy dose of the Jets running attack.

That won’t be a surprise as the last time the Jets rushed the football 49 times that game.

The strength of the Bills has been its offense, but it looks like starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will miss the game as he hasn’t taken a snap in practice all week due to a knee injury.  That means backup quarterback Brian Brohm will get his first start of the year. Also, the Bills are short on wide receivers as starting wide receiver Lee Evans is done for the year, Donald Jones will miss the game due to a concussion and David Nelson will most likely miss the game due to a rib injury.

In the end, hopefully the Jets will find a way to win as if they do the Bills will solidify themselves a top five pick in April’s upcoming National Football League Draft.

Surprise surprise

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The Buffalo Bills claimed outside linebacker Shawne Merriman off waivers to bolster their pass rush, but ended his season before he ever played a down. That led many to believe that Merriman would never play a single down for the Bills.

However, if you have read this site before the signing of Merriman to a contract extension is not a surprise at all.

It all started today with Merriman tweeting that he has a big surprise for Bills fans on his Twitter account.  After that ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, via Pro Football Talk, learned that Merriman signed a two year contract extension with the Bills that Bills general manager Buddy Nix then confirmed later. The contract is two years $10. 5 million contract with $2.5 million guaranteed and incentives that could push the value of the contract to $9.25 million per a year.

The move solidifies the outside linebacker positions as Merriman will most likely start at right outside linebacker and Arthur Moats will start at the left outside linebacker. Behind them two will be either Pierre Woods, Aaron Maybin, Reggie Torbor or Antonio Coleman.

So, that brings up the question what will happen with current outside linebacker Chris Kelsay?

What will most likely happen is that the Bills will move him down to the left defensive end position. That means Bills fans will most likely see a rotation at defensive end of Kelsay, Dawan Edwards and Marcus Stroud, who the Bills will most likely resign.  That rotation could include nose tackle Kyle Williams since they drafted Torell Troup this past April and signed Kellen Heard off the Oakland Raiders practice squad.

In the end, if healthy the Bills will have more than enough talent on defense to be one of the best units in the National Football League in 2011.