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Evans likes Fitz's mindset


Here's what Bills receiver Lee Evans said today about the Bills' quarterback change from Trent Edwards to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Evans said he likes what Fitzpatrick brings to the offense and made it clear he thinks Fitzpatrick plays with a more instinctive style.

The transcript:

Your reaction to the QB change? Obviously things weren’t moving the way we expected them to. So they felt like they had to make a change. I think it’s one of those things where we know what we have offensively and we’re trying to get there. The coaches are doing whatever they can to help us get there. They felt like this move was the key to doing it. I guess better early than late. We still have a chance to do a lot of good things and we’ve got a big one this week.

What do you think of what Fitz brings to the table? It’s completely different than Trent. Just a completely different quarterback. He does thing that sometimes you may not advise. But he just plays. He just sees the game and he plays. He’s very witty and just plays. With that, you have a chance.

So he’ll freelance more than Trent? He’ll freelance a little bit more. He’s not afraid to get in the huddle and trust what he’s seeing. Or tell somebody to do something else. However he feels it. He has a good feel for the game. He’s played under some very good quarterbacks in this league that he’s learned from. That’s just part of his game.

Does it help knowing you guys won five games last year with him? Absolutely. He’s no stranger to us. We know who he is, we know what he likes to do. At all times you just gotta be ready because he just plays and gives you a shot.

Can you give an example of doing something you might not advise? Against certain coverages sometimes he feels like he can fit a ball in and he’ll try. Its basically just that simple. He just feels the game and reacts off instinct.

---Mark Gaughan

Anderson to replace Bell on practice squad; Farr released

The Bills didn't wait long to fill the opening on their practice squad that was created when Joique Bell signed with Philadelphia. It was announced Tuesday that running back Andre Anderson will join the practice squad.

Anderson originally signed with the Bills on Aug. 16 as an undrafted free agent, but was released prior to the start of the season. He rushed for 2,009 yards on 444 carries and 17 touchdowns while at Tulane.

The Bills also announced that tight end DajLeon Farr has been released from Practice Squad, Injured.

---Jay Skurski

Pats lose Faulk

A big blow to the New England Patriots, and possibly a big break for the Bills, with the Boston Globe reporting that running back Kevin Faulk may be done for the season with a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament. Faulk, a 12-year veteran, is the longest-tenured Patriot. He has been one of their most important players, particularly on third downs with his skills as a receiver and his ability to pick up blitzes. He didn't start, but has gotten more snaps than any Patriots running back since 2007 because of the team's extensive use of three- and four-receiver packages.

Faulk has been a Bills killer over the years, coming up with a number of big plays that contributed to the Patriots' decade-long dominance in the series. He'll be one less thing for the Bills to prepare for this week.

Faulk's injury comes less than a week after the Patriots traded Laurence Maroney to Denver. The Pats are not down to Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis as well as Jets castoff Danny Woodhead, who was signed last Saturday. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Woodhead has experience as a running back and wide receiver.

---Allen Wilson

Bills lose Bell to Philly

As we reported here Monday, it appeared the Buffalo Bills were in danger of losing running back Joique Bell off their practice squad to the Philadelphia Eagles.

That turned out to be the case Tuesday, as the Eagles released a statement on their official team Web site announcing Bell's signing and the release of receiver Hank Baskett.

Bell, an undrafted free agent out of Division II Wayne State, rushed for 152 yards on 27 carries for the Bills in the preseason.

Buffalo now has one spot open on its eight-man practice squad.

---Jay Skurski

Levitre injury not serious

Bills guard Andy Levitre said his shoulder "stinger" was not serious, and that he expected to only miss a couple of days.

Coach Chan Gailey confirmed that, saying the injury was not as serious as initially feared and that Levitre would have a good chance to play Sunday in New England.

---Jay Skurski

Bills bench Edwards, Fitzpatrick named starter

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey did not wait long to make a big change on his woebegone offense.

Gailey announced Monday that quarterback Trent Edwards has been sent to the bench, with Ryan Fitzpatrick to take over the job permanently, starting Sunday in New England.

“We’re going to make a change at quarterback,” Gailey said. “He’s going to take the reins, and see where that takes us. We’re looking for a spark. We’re looking for something that gives us a new look, a new thought process. … We’re looking for the right combination. We haven’t found that yet.”

Edwards and the Bills’ offense rank dead last in the NFL at 176 yards per game through their first two games, both losses.

The team’s scoring average of 8.5 is 31st in the league, ahead of only San Francisco. Edwards in particular has been dreadful, completing 29-of-55 passes (55.1 percent) for 241 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

The protection up front hasn’t been much better, as Edwards has been sacked seven times, tied for third-most in the league. The Bills’ passing average of 89 yards per game is also last in the league. Gailey cautioned that the move was not made solely because of Edwards’ performance.

“The implication might be that it’s all Trent’s fault and that’s not the case. We’ve got a lot of things we’ve got to work on," the coach said.

Fitzpatrick, who started eight games last season for the Bills, was excited about the opportunity.

“Obviously we have a lot of work to do. We’ve got to correct a lot of things from the last few weeks,” he said. “We’ve got a tough opponent this week in New England, but [I’m’ really excited for the challenge.”

Both Gailey and Fitzpatrick said the Bills’ offense has lacked a spark in the first two games.

“Sometimes the best thing to do is just move the pieces around a little bit and see what combinations fit,” Fitzpatrick said.

Here is audio from interviews with Fitzpatrick (top) and Gailey (below).

---Jay Skurski

Bell sounds Philly bound

There's been no official announcement, but it sounds as if Buffalo running back Joique Bell is about to become a former Bill.

Bell joined the Bills' practice squad after being one of the team's final cuts. He posted the following to his Twitter page this afternoon: "On the plane Heading to Philly....ur boy is a "EAGLE" now.....haha ''MAGIC MAN"

The Bills are off today, but coach Chan Gailey will meet with the media at 4 p.m. We'll update the situation then.

---Jay Skurski

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Video: Postgame report from Green Bay

Nothing went right for the Bills during a rout by the Green Bay Packers. The Bills had trouble protecting quarterback Trent Edwards from Clay Matthews. They also had trouble getting the ball to star receiver Lee Evans. News football writers Mark Gaughan, Jerry Sullivan and Allen Wilson report from Green Bay.

Video: Bills-Packers preview

Don't forget to tune in for Bills Live beginning at noon Sunday and continuing throughout the Bills-Packers game -- and then after the final whistle. There'll be a live chat, live scoreboard from games around the league and game photos.

Get ready for the game with this video featuring Mark Gaughan, Allen Wilson, and Jerry Sullivan talking about Green Bay and sharing their predictions for the Bills’ first road game of the season:

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