QB, receivers worth watching for Buffalo tomorrow

By Connor Byrne  |   Thursday, August 24, 2006  |  Comments( 8 )

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On Saturday, the Buffalo Bills will play their third preseason game of 2006, taking on the AFC North's Cleveland Browns. Some of the Bills' burning questions upon entering training camp late last month have been answered by now, but there's a couple that have not. Particularly, they rest on the offensive side of the ball, and that's why tomorrow's game will be important for Buffalo.

The first area of concern this weekend is, of course, the quarterback position. With veteran Kelly Holcomb possibly on his way to finding a pink slip in his locker in the not-so-distant future, the race seems like it's coming down to J.P. Losman and Craig Nall.

In the first two games of the Bills' exhibition season, Losman has gotten the bulk of the playing time and, thanks to that, has been the most productive. However, the 27-year-old Nall is quite intriguing, considering he led Buffalo to a pair of late scoring drives in his debut last Friday. Granted, those two touchdowns stemmed from great field position and playing against defensive backups, but he was still impressive nonetheless.

"The spotlight will be on him," said head coach Dick Jauron, referring to Nall.

When it's all said and done, look for Losman to officially earn the No. 1 job, with Nall, a former Packer, trailing behind. Holcomb? Well, he could be looking for a new city soon, unless Jauron retains him as a No. 3.

Secondly, the wide receiver position jumps to mind. Behind No. 1 stalemate Lee Evans is a group of players vying not only to be the other starter, but make the roster, too. Jauron has to decide on his first official roster cuts by this coming Tuesday, which makes tomorrow a crucial contest for a few different wideouts. Peerless Price, Andre' Davis, Sam Aiken, Josh Reed and Roscoe Parrish are currently competing for the No. 2 job.

Of that group, only Aiken (five grabs, 91 yards) has been truly impressive, while Price (zero catches) and Reed have been virtually nonexistent. Parrish, a 2005 second-round pick, only has two catches, but he's more apropos for the slot position/punt returner role anyway.

Reed, a fourth-year man, seems to have reverted to his old, below-average ways when it comes to catching the football. Davis, meanwhile, has made a couple of memorable special teams plays, but the speedster has only two receptions for 20 yards in the preseason.

If Jauron was to cut one of the above pass catchers right now, the most obvious option would likely be Price. Though he had his moments during Buffalo's almost month-long camp, he's been invisible during preseason and missed a practice last week. Price misread the camp schedule, causing him to miss a morning workout for the Bills. Jauron, though understanding of it, wasn't necessarily sympathetic, fining the 29-year-old an undisclosed amount of money.

Thus, these are likely the Bills' top six receivers in order from safest to possibly released: Evans, Parrish, Aiken, Davis, Reed, Price. For Buffalo, it should be interesting to see how everything goes down tomorrow evening against the Browns. These wideouts will be giving everything they have, that's for certain.

--Got feedback? Connor J. Byrne would love to hear from you: cbyrne@realfootball365.com.

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10:34 AM
They cant cut Price, I just picked him in the last round of my fantasy draft!!!! If he is cut, what am I going to do in Week 6...
Amir FaSaad
11:18 AM
As much as I liked him here the first time; Price is not the same receiver. I think Losman's bounch-pass last game was because he...
Amir FaSaad
11:25 AM
P.S. How does a player not know when practice is !?! Doesn't Price have one friend on the team ? Guess he talks to nobody. Can't...
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