AFC East: Justin Jenkins

Wendling, Fine among seven Bills cuts

February, 16, 2010
The Buffalo Bills released a member of the 2009 All-AFC East squad that you, the readers of this blog, selected two weeks ago.

The Bills cut seven players Tuesday. Among them was All-AFC East special-teamer John Wendling, who led the Bills with 26 coverage tackles.

Also jettisoned were receiver Justin Jenkins, tight end Derek Fine, center Marvin Philip, defensive ends Jermain McGhee and Marcus Smith and linebacker Ashlee Palmer.

The moves come a week after new head coach Chan Gailey and his finalized coaching staff convened at One Bills Drive to begin roster evaluations.

Fine was the most notable player aside from Wendling. He started six games last year and made nine catches for 64 yards. Fine was a fourth-round draft choice in 2008. Jenkins played 36 games over three seasons with Buffalo but didn't register a reception.

Palmer started a pair games at linebacker for the injury-plagued Bills.

Philip, Smith and McGhee spent the entire season on injured reserve.

Bills scrounging for offense

November, 1, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

Terrell Owens had his best day as a Buffalo Bills.

Five catches for 39 yards. But he also had a 29-yard run for a touchdown.

That's the way it had to be for the stalled-out Bills offense in a 31-10 loss to the Houston Texans in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
 AP Photo/Dean Duprey
 The Bills continued to struggle on offense despite Terrell Owens' 29-yard run for a score.

The Bills were forced to trick their way for yardage. Owens' end around was their only touchdown. Late in the game, Bills coach Dick Jauron used the punt unit as an offensive surrogate. The fake failed and gave the Texans a short field.

"The reason why, clearly, we tried to fake it just because we weren’t getting anything done," Jauron explained.

In other words, he wanted to give his punt unit a shot at getting yards the offense couldn't. The play resulted in a 3-yard loss for Justin Jenkins.

The Bills gained 204 total yards -- hey, almost twice as many as the Miami Dolphins! -- but could hold onto the ball for only 20:52. They converted only two of their 10 third downs. Four of their 11 possessions were three-and-outs, not counting the failed fake punt.

"I can honestly say we work hard in practice, but what we show out on the field is not indicative of what we’re doing in practice," Owens said. "As an offense we’re not doing what we're supposed to do, especially with the weapons we have in the backfield with [Marshawn] Lynch and [Fred] Jackson and me, [Lee] Evans and [Josh] Reed. We're just not getting it done on the offensive side of the ball, period.

At least the Bills got the ball to Owens on Sunday.

His five catches are the most he's had for Buffalo. But he had a bobble in the end zone and miscommunicated with Ryan Fitzpatrick on what turned into a Texans interception.

He's on pace to finish with 46 receptions for 562 yards and two touchdowns. That would be his worst season since he was a rookie in 1996.

"In order for us to move the ball, we need to get first downs, and we're not converting on any of those," Owens said. "When you're going three and out every time and you need the defense to make a play, it's tough because they're spent.

"Offensively, we need to take it personally to the point of taking pride in everything we do. That's receivers catching and blocking, the O-line blocking and allowing the quarterback to drop back and get into his reads.

"We're not getting it done offensively, and that's the key thing. The defense has shut down a lot of offenses that can put big numbers on the board. You look at the scores can be misleading we’ve put the defenses back against the wall."

Salutations from Orchard Park, N.Y.

September, 27, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The flags are flapping at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but the rain has held off since the grounds crew peeled tarps off the field around noon.

Conditions shouldn't hamper New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees much at all for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. Skies are overcast, and temperatures will be in the low 70s.

The locals were hoping the steady rain that fell Saturday night and early Sunday morning might bog down the Saints' aerial assault, but the only detriment appears on the inactive list. Out are receiver Lance Moore and running back Mike Bell.

No major surprises on the Bills' inactive list.

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Bills promote Stupar, cut Jenkins

September, 14, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Buffalo Bills have made two roster moves before Monday night's season opener against the New England Patriots here in Gillette Stadium.

The Bills activated tight end Jonathan Stupar from the practice squad and released receiver Justin Jenkins.

The Bills waived Stupar at the end of training camp despite a marvelous preseason in which he led the NFL with 19 receptions for 184 yards and a touchdown. That's a full year for most of the Bills' recent tight ends. Stupar cleared waivers and the Bills brought him back for the taxi squad.

Jenkins was a special-teams player who was buried on the receiver depth chart beneath Terrell Owens, Lee Evans, Josh Reed, Roscoe Parrish, Steve Johnson and James Hardy.

Bills free-agency dossier

January, 16, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have a healthy number of free agents in every category, but not many regular starters among them.

Buffalo's priority free agents appear to be cornerback Jabari Greer, linebacker Keith Ellison, center Duke Preston, third-string quarterback Gibran Hamdan and not much else.

The Bills are about $27 million to $30 million under the salary cap.

Unrestricted (free to negotiate with any team beginning Feb. 27)

Restricted (Bills have right to match offer from other team)

Exclusive rights (cannot negotiate with other teams if tendered qualifying offer)

A new definition of Christmas Bills

December, 24, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

To get you in the holiday spirit, here is an entertaining video clip of the Buffalo Bills (mostly) singing the "12 Days of Christmas."

In the latest episode of Langston Walker's "68 Seconds" show on, the players attempt a stirring rendition of the yuletide classic.

Linebacker Blake Costanzo tackles six geese a laying with the fervor of a man standing in line at the grocery checkout.

Rookie cornerback Leodis McKelvin clearly has never heard the song before.

Running back Marshawn Lynch probably should have offered one more "no comment."

But the star of the show is receiver Justin Jenkins, who landed the prize line of all carol lyrics.

Bills should cope with Parrish injury

September, 24, 2008
 AP Photo/David Duprey
 Roscoe Parrish is an explosive kick returner, but the Bills have plenty of options at their disposal until Parrish recovers from injury.

Posted by's Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have lost receiver and dangerous punt returner Roscoe Parrish for four to six weeks after undergoing thumb ligament surgery.

His loss will be felt, but the Bills should be fine without him.

Parrish has been a slick weapon for the Bills and produced perhaps the season's most scintillating play so far, spinning his way through the Seattle Seahawks for a 63-yard touchdown return in Week 1.

Parrish was instrumental Sunday in helping the Bills score 10 fourth-quarter points to beat the Oakland Raiders. He suffered the injury earlier in the game but made a 14-yard touchdown reception and a 16-yard catch on the Bills' final drive to set up Rian Lindell's field goal as time expired.

But the Bills have an embarrassment of riches in the return game.

Cornerback Terrence McGee is a former Pro Bowler for his kick-return abilities. Rookie cornerback Leodis McKelvin, the eighth overall draft pick, is a blistering punt returner who broke all sorts of NCAA records at Troy. Backup running back Fred Jackson also might be considered.

The Bills will need another receiver to emerge until Parrish gets back, but their passing game has been balanced with Lee Evans and Josh Reed. Parrish is not the go-to guy.

Rookie James Hardy and second-year reserve Justin Jenkins could become more frequent targets, but the Bills also love seventh-round draft pick Steve Johnson, who has been inactive. This could be his break.

Reed is coming off a stellar game. He had a game-high six receptions for 72 yards Sunday. Not to be overlooked in the Bills' come-from-behind victory, Reed caught five of his passes for first downs in the fourth quarter.