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Bills starters to get about 10 plays in Detroit

By Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey outlined his plan for Thursday's preseason finale in Detroit following practice Tuesday.

"We are thinking in that 10-play area," he said, referring to how much time his starters can be expected to get. "If you are going to put them out there for four plays, why even put them out there? You want to be able to go out there and play enough to get a feel for the game. Hit a little bit because it will be a little while before they do it again."

Gailey said about 80 to 85 percent of the roster decisions have been made, but that still leaves a significant opportunity for players on the roster bubble.

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick knows how well the final few auditions can be.

"The fourth game is one that for me has been big in my career when I was young, just in terms of getting out there, getting the time, being able to perform, show what you have learned and your handle of the offense or defense," Fitzpatrick said. "This is for those guys that are kind of on the edge and the young guys to get out there and kind of showcase what they can do. As a guy who has been in that situation, and was in that situation a lot early in my career, I understand how important it is for them."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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