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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Bills' game plan is to rattle Sanchez


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
 
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  The Bills are impressed with Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

The Buffalo Bills spent a week analyzing New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on film and came away impressed.

They know Sanchez won't beat himself Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Yet, the Bills believe they can beat him.

"We know that Sanchez has had his ups and downs," Bills safety Donte Whitner said. "We want to force him into some of those interceptions. We want to go out there and actually have him look like a rookie quarterback. That's how we approach this game. We want to put the pressure on him."

By the sounds of it, the Bills intend to come after Sanchez. Some inexperienced quarterbacks you can slack off on and let them make a mistake on their own. Sanchez is more composed than a typical rookie, but he can be messed with.

Sanchez has as many interceptions as touchdowns and has lost a pair of fumbles. In a Week 4 loss to the New Orleans Saints, he committed four turnovers, two the Saints pounced on for touchdowns.

"If you blitz him, just like any other quarterback, you hope he makes a bad throw and we capitalize on it," Bills left cornerback Terrence McGee said. "We can't just sit back there and have seven-on-seven [drills] like practice. You definitely have to force him to make mistakes."

McGee has been impressed with Sanchez in general.

"He can make all the throws," McGee said. "I like his footwork. He's just a real good quarterback.

"You can also see some of the rookie stuff like in the Saints, but even that game he made some great throws. Overall, he's given an outstanding performance."

Whitner and McGee are Buffalo's only healthy defensive backs who started opening night. But because the Bills' run defense has been so awful, their pass defense hasn't been tested much. The Jets have preferred to run, and injuries at receiver could urge them to hand off more than pass Sunday.

Sanchez's options have changed. Braylon Edwards has his first full week of practice behind him, but Jerricho Cotchery, the No. 1 target just two weeks ago, almost certainly is out with a hamstring injury. David Clowney will replace Cotchery.

The Jets announced Saturday they had summoned fan favorite Danny Woodhead from their practice squad and have converted the NCAA record-setting running back into a receiver.

An interesting wrinkle in the Bills' preparations for this mysterious array of receivers is they've been watching Edwards on game film for two weeks.

The Bills played his old team, the Cleveland Browns, last week. They've been studying his mannerisms and what he likes to do against press coverage and Cover 2 -- all projected in Cotchery's old role as the team's No. 1 wideout.