J.P. Losman - Buffalo Bills - 2006 Fantasy Football Player Profile, News, and Stats

J.P. LOSMAN - BUFFALO BILLS - 2006 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER PROFILE, RANKINGS, NEWS, AND CUSTOMIZED ADVICE

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J.P. Losman
#7 - QB - Buffalo Bills

Height: 6'2'' Weight: 217
Born: 03/12/1981
College: Tulane
2006 Projections
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241267112AVG (101%)
 
ANALYSIS

Player Analysis: Holcomb's main opposition for the job as starting quarterback, J.P. Losman has struggled in his young career with 8 touchdowns, 9 interceptions and a paltry 5.9 yards per attempt. However, by using a first-round pick on him and giving him the starting job, Losman must live up to those expectations. The team has catered to these needs by not re-signing Eric Moulds, who criticized Losman, and refocused its receivers around the speedy Lee Evans to stretch the field and take advantage of Losman's arm strength. In addition, he has above average mobility to escape from the pocket and make up for a below average offensive line. Since much of his strong arm relies on deep routes, the offensive line does need to improve from the 43 sacks allowed in '05 to give Losman time to throw. He will most likely assume the starting job eventually, whether opening day, mid-season, or '07.

Fantasy Football Impact: Until proven otherwise, Losman is correct in assuming that he is the future of this franchise. The hard-throwing, mobile youngster has to improve his efficiency and give his teammates something to be confident in.


 
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Bills stifle Miami 21-0 to keep hope alive - 12/17/2006
Source: NFL.com

J.P. Losman kept Buffalo's slim playoff hopes alive and provided further proof why he's earned the Bills' starting job beyond this season. Losman overcame wet and blustery conditions, throwing three touchdown passes in a 21-0 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Buffalo (7-7) has won five of its last seven, rallying from a 2-5 start to the season. The Dolphins (6-8), coming off a 21-0 win over New England, were eliminated from postseason contention despite losing for only the second time in seven weeks. The Bills defense was solid, forcing two interceptions while limiting the Dolphins to 118 yards through three quarters and 212 overall. It was Buffalo's first shutout since a 2003 season-opening 31-0 win over New England, and first against the Dolphins since a 29-0 win in November 1987. Bills cornerback Nate Clements continued a string of strong games against Miami, registering his ninth interception against the AFC East rival. It came on Miami's first play of the second half, and on the next play after Jason Taylor had forced a Losman fumble to give the Dolphins the ball at the Bills 44. Losman was otherwise efficient in finishing 13-of-19 for 200 yards passing. He rebounded from the fumble by hitting Josh Reed over the middle for a 27-yard TD catch and run to put the Bills up 14-0 midway through the third quarter. Losman also hit a wide-open Robert Royal for a 33-yard touchdown to open the scoring, and sealed the win with a perfectly placed 21-yard touch pass to Lee Evans early in the fourth quarter. It was a performance that came after Bills coach Dick Jauron announced this week that Losman had earned the right to be the team's starter going into next season. Losman was twice benched last year and forced to regain the starting job during a three-way offseason competition before this season. The second of Buffalo's two 2004 first-round draft picks, Losman has now thrown 10 touchdowns and four interceptions in his past seven games. Miami's Joey Harrington went 5-of-17 for 20 yards passing and two interceptions before being pulled in favor of Cleo Lemon in the fourth quarter. Sammy Morris had 71 yards rushing.

 

Losman earns right to remain Bills starter going into next season - 12/16/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

J.P. Losman can stop looking over his shoulder. He's won the right to be the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback beyond this year. Citing Losman's improved performance as this season progressed, coach Dick Jauron said Thursday he intends to keep Losman as the team's starter going into next year. "He's earned it," Jauron told The Associated Press. "Nothing's been handed to him. He's done it the hard way. And I really believe he'll keep working if not as hard, but harder. I think it's important to him. It's important to all of us." While Jauron has backed Losman throughout this season, his statements Thursday were the most definitive on the quarterback's long-term status. They come with three games left in Buffalo's season and after Losman helped the Bills win four of their past six to improve to 6-7 heading into their game against Miami on Sunday. For Losman, it's a flip from last season when he went 1-7 as a first-year starter and twice lost his job to journeyman Kelly Holcomb. Losman didn't regain the No. 1 role until August after winning a three-way competition to beat out Holcomb and former Green Bay third-stringer Craig Nall. The competition was Jauron's idea after he took over as head coach in January. "We're really pleased with what he's done to this point, and he knows and we know, he's got a long ways to go and we've got a long ways to go," Jauron said. "But we're working at it and going in the right direction." Losman, the second of Buffalo's two 2004 first-round picks, was pleased to learn of Jauron's faith in him.

 

Bills zoom past Jets, 31-13 - 12/10/2006
Source: NFL.com

Erik Coleman knew the New York Jets had just blown a great opportunity to improve their playoff chances, so he couldn't hide his frustration. "This is a big hiccup right here," the Jets safety said softly. "We'll see what kind of team we are. We'll see if we bounce back." Three big plays by the Buffalo Bills put a huge crimp in the Jets' postseason plans. Willis McGahee scored on a 57-yard run, Lee Evans had a 77-yard TD catch and Nate Clements returned an interception 58 yards for a score in the Bills' 31-13 victory. "It definitely hurts to get beat like that at home," Coleman said. "It hurts to get beat like that anytime, but especially at home." Buffalo (6-7) looked more like the playoff contender than the Jets (7-6), winning for the third time in four games. "The season is not over," Bills quarterback J.P. Losman said. "We have a long way to go. If we keep winning, you never know what will happen at the end." It was the third time in Bills history, and first since Sept. 24, 1989, at Houston, that they had three plays of over 50 yards in a game. It was also the first time since 1965 that the Bills had a rushing TD and passing score of over 50 yards in a game. "It wasn't the plan to come out and pound them," Losman said. "The plan was to come out firing, come out throwing. The way the game went, getting on top early and taking the crowd out of it, we just had to go with it." McGahee, who playfully told Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma during the week that he couldn't be stopped, had 125 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries -- despite missing the second quarter because he was sick on the bench. He has gained 100 or more yards in each of his last five games against New York. "Willis was really sick," coach Dick Jauron said. "I don't know why. It's not very often, in an NFL game, you see a player sitting on the bench eating a sandwich. We had to get some food in him. He came back and obviously played really well." The Jets, who began a season-ending stretch of four games against teams under .500, failed to take advantage of AFC East-leading New England's 21-0 loss to Miami. New York remained two games behind the Patriots -- and just a game ahead of the surging Bills and Dolphins. "Today was almost like a step back," linebacker Victor Hobson said. "Especially with the way we've been playing and the way we know we can play and the way we expect to come out and play."

 

Tomlinson, Chargers hold off Bills 24-21 - 12/04/2006
Source: NFL.com

If Mother Nature couldn't slow down LaDainian Tomlinson, what chance did the Buffalo Bills have? Tomlinson was the Chargers' ideal tonic for a blustery winter afternoon in the Buffalo area, producing 178 yards rushing and two touchdowns in San Diego's 24-21 victory against the Bills. To hear Tomlinson put it, the weather -- blowing winds and persistent flurries -- got him excited. "You know, every once in a while it's actually fun to play in weather like this," Tomlinson said, noting these are the type conditions he enjoyed seeing on TV as a kid growing up in Texas. "You see NFL games like in Chicago ... and the guys playing in snow and it's cold. And it kind of looks cool," Tomlinson said. "You look forward to games like this because they don't happen much." Neither do seasons such as what Tomlinson's putting together. With 1,324 yards rushing, Tomlinson joined Eric Dickerson as the second NFL player to reach 1,200 yards rushing in each of his first six NFL seasons. The two scores gave Tomlinson 26 for the year, inching him within two of matching the single-season record by Seattle's Shaun Alexander last year. Best of all, he's got the Chargers (10-2) on a six-game winning streak and -- combined with Indianapolis' loss to Tennessee earlier in the day -- now sitting in a tie with the Colts for first place in the AFC. The Bills (5-7) were denied a three-game winning streak in a game not as close as the score indicated. Buffalo took advantage of ideal field position to score twice in the third quarter to cut San Diego's lead to 17-14. Tomlinson then sealed the victory, scoring on a 2-yard run to cap a 13-play, 80-yard drive that consumed 8:06 of the fourth quarter. The Bills made it close again when J.P. Losman hit Peerless Price for a 6-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left, but Buffalo failed to recover the onside kick. "We just didn't do enough offensively in the first half to give ourselves a chance," Bills receiver Lee Evans said.

 

Lindell boots Bills to victory over Jaguars - 11/27/2006
Source: NFL.com

From awful to awesome: In a matter of weeks, J.P. Losman has taken the bumble and stumble out of the Buffalo Bills' offense. Delivering on the patience his coaches and teammates have provided him all season long, the second-year starter produced his second straight last-minute, game-winning drive in a 27-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Jaguars, meanwhile, continued their bewildering inconsistency. Showing poise in avoiding the rush, Losman stepped up in the pocket and threaded a perfect pass to Roscoe Parrish, who kept both toes inbounds at the left sideline for a 30-yard catch. Two plays later, Rian Lindell hit a 42-yard field goal as time ran out. The last-minute dramatics came a week after Losman hit Peerless Price for a 15-yard touchdown with 9 seconds left in a 24-21 win at Houston. This was an equally clutch performance, with Lindell's field goal coming 28 seconds after the Jaguars tied the game when David Garrard hit Matt Jones for a 3-yard touchdown pass. "You have to call it momentum," said Losman, who finished 21-of-28 for 169 yards passing. "We're feeling really, really tight." That's quite a change for the Bills' offense, which two weeks ago was labeled as "awful" by receiver Lee Evans. "Certain things are going our way now that didn't go our way earlier in the season," Evans said with a smile. "You can start to see the consistency starting to come along." Bills running back Willis McGahee had 63 yards rushing and two touchdowns in his first game after missing the past two with broken ribs. Parrish also scored on an 82-yard punt return. The Bills (5-6) won consecutive games for the first time since October 2005, and tied their win total from last season. The Jaguars (6-5) dropped to 1-4 on the road, continuing a streak of up-and-down outings after what appeared to be a convincing 26-10 win over the New York Giants last Monday. The loss hurt all the more considering Jacksonville had an opportunity to catch Denver and Kansas City, both 7-4, in the AFC wild card hunt.

 

Evans' yards, Losman's rally saves Bills - 11/19/2006
Source: NFL.com

Lee Evans set the team record, then Peerless Price won the game. J.P. Losman hit a diving Price in the back of the end zone for the 15-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left, giving Buffalo a 24-21 win over the Houston Texans. The play was reviewed, but upheld by officials as Price dragged both feet inbounds. Price, an eight-year NFL veteran, doesn't mind that Evans is the go-to receiver. He just wants to help out. "I feel like I can make plays to help us win ballgames," he said. "But when Lee was having the type of day he was having, keep feeding him. I'm all for it ... but when your number's called, you've got to be able to make a play and I was able to do that." Evans had 11 receptions for 265 yards to break the franchise single-game receiving mark of 255 yards held by Jerry Butler since 1979. "It's truly special," Evans said of the record. "It's good to celebrate it with a win." David Carr tied the NFL record for consecutive completions with 22 in the loss. Losman was unstoppable in the first quarter, throwing for 209 yards, but managed just 76 yards after that until the winning drive. On that march, he completed six passes for 55 yards. "As a kid that's your dream," Losman said of throwing the winner. "The game is on the line and you practice as if it's your last play -- that no matter what happens we have to get this ball." The game marked the first time the Bills' offense scored three touchdowns since Dec. 4, 2005. Peerless Price was able to drag both feet inbounds for the game-winning score. Peerless Price was able to drag both feet inbounds for the game-winning score. The catch by Price was just his second of the game and he finished with 21 yards receiving. "It was a great catch," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "He's a professional, he works at it and he doesn't complain. I like to have him around."

 

WR Evans sums up Bills offense by calling it `awful' - 11/14/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

Add wide receiver Lee Evans to the growing number of critics of the Buffalo Bills offense. "It's awful," the Bills receiver said after practice Monday. The usually soft-spoken Evans provided the blunt assessment a day after the Bills increasingly inept offense failed to produce a touchdown in a 17-16 loss at Indianapolis. "It's just been bad. And until we get that fixed, it's going to continue to be bad," Evans said, specifically referring to the Bills coming away with six points -- two field goals -- on three trips inside the Colts 20. "When you're down in the red zone like that with opportunities to go up in the game and you don't do anything? It's bad," he added. "It's just bad all the way around." Evans singled out the offense as the unit that held the Bills back in a game where defense and special teams put Buffalo (3-6) in a position to hand the Colts (9-0) their first loss of the season. "Yeah, I'm mad," Evans said. "People talk about, 'Oh, you all played an 8-0 team.' It means nothing. Moral victories at this point in the season mean absolutely nothing. "Right now, either you win or you're going home, period," he added. "It's too late in the season for moral victories. I think coach (Dick) Jauron said it best. He said: 'I love where we're going, not where we're at." The Bills, who play at Houston on Sunday, are likely to miss the playoffs for a seventh straight season. Against a banged up Indianapolis defense, Buffalo mustered a season-low 162 yards on offense -- the fourth time this year the Bills have been held under 200. The Bills managed just five yards on nine plays inside the Colts 22. They were held without a touchdown for the second time in three games. And after generating four first downs on their opening drive, the Bills managed six more the rest of the game. The defense scored Buffalo's lone touchdown on Terrence McGee's 68-yard fumble return. That means the Bills offense has scored as many touchdowns -- two -- as its defense has produced in the past three games. What bothers Evans is how the Bills squandered their scoring opportunities, including settling for a field goal after McGee's 88-yard kickoff return gave Buffalo the ball at the Colts 12. "We were playing from their side of the field and couldn't do anything," Evans said. "That's what's frustrating. It was right there for us to take and we couldn't get it done." Evans, recently named a Bills offensive co-captain, was careful to not single out any coach or player. And it's evident the problems go beyond J.P. Losman, who has been inconsistent at best in his second year as a starter. Buffalo's offense is hampered by a patchwork line, which now features first-time starters at both tackles, with Jason Peters on the left side and rookie Terrance Pennington on the right. Buffalo is also minus running back Willis McGahee, out indefinitely with three broken ribs, and slot receiver Josh Reed (bruised kidney). Losman backed Evans' comments, saying they're shared by the offense as a whole. "If he feels like it's now his turn to be vocal about it, maybe he's just giving everyone else a break," Losman said. The important thing is for the Bills to correct their deficiencies. "We know what we need to fix," Losman said. Jauron also spread the blame. "J.P. is part of some of the problems that we have, but he's certainly not the only person," Jauron said. "It seems like people take turns and the mistakes hurt us. ... We need to score. It's hard to win football games on field goals."

 

Colts survive scare by Bills, 17-16 - 11/12/2006
Source: NFL.com

Just call him Patient Peyton. With Buffalo content to slow down the Indianapolis Colts' up-tempo offense, a restrained Peyton Manning relied on short throws, an effective ground game and a time-consuming final drive to lead the Colts past Buffalo 17-16 -- and into the NFL record book. Indy is the first team ever to have consecutive 9-0 records. "They just stayed real deep and double-covered the outside receivers," Manning said. "When a team does that, taking away the deep patterns, you've got to be able to run the ball and you've got to be able to throw underneath and get yards after the catch. We were doing that." A few years ago, an impatient Manning may have been tempted to force balls deep. Not now. In Week 10, he played with his customary accuracy -- completing 27 of 39 passes for 236 yards with one touchdown -- and was determined to make the Bills pay for their tactics. But the Colts still needed some help from Rian Lindell, who pushed a 41-yard field goal attempt wide right -- a play that would have given Buffalo the lead with 6:22 left. The miss ruined a near perfectly executed game plan for the Bills (3-6). "We tried to reduce the time they had the ball and when they had the ball, we tried to bleed them for everything we could," coach Dick Jauron said. "We just didn't do it well enough." As Manning looked like himself making reads and picking apart the Bills, his teammates adjusted.

 

Bills beat Pack to snap three-game skid - 11/06/2006
Source: NFL.com

When Willis McGahee went down, London Fletcher and the Buffalo Bills defense stepped up. The linebacker scored on a 17-yard interception return and keyed a four-takeaway outing in Buffalo's 24-10 win over the Green Bay Packers. It didn't matter to Fletcher that the Bills offense generated just 90 yards and four first downs through three quarters, or that Buffalo was minus its most potent threat, McGahee. The running back hurt his ribs 4 minutes in and didn't return. "We put an emphasis on not worrying about what happens on the other side of the ball," said Fletcher, who finished with a team-high 14 tackles and broke up five pass attempts. "We knew if we didn't allow them to score, our offense would be able to do something." The offense did just enough in ending a three-game losing streak and helping the Bills improve to 3-5. Not that the final outcome was reflected on the stat sheet, which weighed heavily in Green Bay's favor.

 

Patriots cruise past Bills, 28-6 - 10/22/2006
Source: NFL.com

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have become so accustomed to winning -- and particularly against Buffalo -- that even lopsided victories are no longer satisfying. Take Brady, the perfectionist, for example: The Patriots had just routed the Bills 28-6, a game in which Brady methodically engineered four scoring drives. And yet the quarterback was kicking himself for a pass that he insists he shouldn't have thrown. "Stupidity by me," Brady said. He wasn't referring to an interception or incompletion. Rather, Brady was discussing a 5-yard pass on the run that found Doug Gabriel open in the end zone with the game already out of reach in the fourth quarter. "Lucky," Brady said. The Patriots (5-1) remain atop the AFC East after Corey Dillon scored two touchdowns rushing, Brady added two TD passes, and a stingy defense did the rest to get New England off to its second-best start since 1997. And the Patriots continued their domination of Buffalo, winning their seventh straight and 12th in their last 13 meetings against the AFC East rivals. The Bills (2-5) continue to unravel, having lost three straight headed into their bye week. "Our performance out there was embarrassing," linebacker London Fletcher-Baker said. "It's just not good football. ... It's the same mistakes over and over again." New England has won three straight since a 17-7 loss to Denver, and five straight on the road, a stretch in which the Patriots have outscored their opponents 156-64.

 

Without the cherry (shutout), Bears defense not so cheery - 10/09/2006
Source: Daily Southtown

With 1:06 to play, Buffalo's Lee Evans scored on a 5-yard pass from J.P. Losman and the Bears ended up winning 40-7. Cindy Crawford could have proffered a stem, tied into a knot, on her tongue, but the damage would have still been done. Besides, that chick has a mole. "Yeah, it was disappointing," Brian Urlacher said. "We thought we had a shutout, but it didn't work out. "We did beat them 40-7. That's pretty good." Pretty good? The Bears limited Willis McGahee, who entered the game as the NFL's leading rusher, to 50 yards on 14 carries. They had a linebacker, a lineman and a cornerback intercept Losman and sacked him three times. Two of those sacks went to rookie Mark Anderson, leading one press box wag to label the Pro Bowler he replaced "Wale Pipp." Of course, it was that kind of day for press box cutting-up. Considering two pigeons spent as much time on the field as the Bills offense, it was wondered at one point if Buffalo's best play might be a squab kick.

 

BREAKING NEWS: CHI DE Ogunleye & DT Scott OUT - 10/08/2006
Source: MyFantasyBall

Chicago Bears starting DE Adewale Ogunleye and DL Ian Scott are OUT.

 

Early MVP? Bears' Grossman, hands down - 10/06/2006
Source: ChicagoSports.com

Rex Grossman and J.P. Losman both will be starting their 13th NFL game Sunday. Grossman was the 22nd pick in the 2003 draft; Losman the 22nd pick in 2004. To Chicagoans, Grossman seems so much older, so much more advanced, so much better than Losman, who happens to be the quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, in case Bears fans didn't know. In Buffalo, Losman represents every bit as much hope as Grossman represents in Chicago. He has completed 64 percent of his passes, slightly better than Grossman's 62.4. Losman's passer efficiency rating of 90.6 is below Grossman's 100.8, mainly because he has thrown only three touchdown passes to Grossman's eight. Both have beaten the Minnesota Vikings by similar scores, the Bears 19-16 and the Bills 17-12. Both are right-handed and both weigh 217 pounds. Dick Jauron has coached both. Their names almost rhyme. Yet Losman is definitely "the other quarterback" in Sunday's matchup. The 2-2 Bills are 10-point underdogs to the 4-0 Bears, and the reason is mainly Grossman.

 

Bills' Preston savors difficult mission - 10/05/2006
Source: Rochester Democrat

Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Duke Preston never attended a Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field while playing five seasons (including a redshirt season) at the University of Illinois. On Sunday, the second-year pro will make up for that missed opportunity. And he can't beat the seat. Preston, a fourth-round draft pick in 2005, will most likely make just his second NFL start at right guard in place of an injured Chris Villarrial when the Bills (2-2) try to become the first visiting team to beat the Bears (4-0) since Cincinnati more than a year ago. Chicago has won eight straight at home, holding each opponent to fewer than 10 points and allowing just two touchdowns overall. Preston couldn't ask for a tougher assignment as he'll be part of the mayhem in the middle of the field trying to block Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris, underrated nose tackle Ian Scott, and behind them, middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year.

 

Bills hold on to beat Vikings 17-12 - 10/01/2006
Source: NFL.com

J.P. Losman and the young Buffalo Bills were efficient and composed, if unspectacular. Against the sputtering Minnesota Vikings offense, that was good enough. Losman played mistake-free in a 17-12 victory over the Vikings, and the Bills showed enough poise -- while getting a good bounce or two -- to prevent another Minnesota last-minute comeback. "It's a crazy game," Losman said. "At this level, it's amazing how teams can come back so fast and so quick." The Buffalo defense shut down the Minnesota offense and several stars made plays in a Bills win. Almost too quick for the second-year starter, who completed 23 of 32 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown. Just as important for Losman is he didn't commit a turnover after his three in last week's 28-20 loss to the New York Jets.

 

NY Jets 28, Buffalo 20 - 09/25/2006
Source: Yahoo

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Chad Pennington made up for the New York Jets' lack of a running game. Pennington capped three drives of 58 yards or more with touchdowns, and linebacker Victor Hobson's 32-yard fumble return for a score helped the Jets to a 28-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

 

Jets play complete game in 28-20 win - 09/24/2006
Source: NFL.com

Chad Pennington made up for the New York Jets ' lack of a running game. Pennington capped three drives of 58 yards or more with touchdowns, and linebacker Victor Hobson's 32-yard fumble return for a score helped the Jets to a 28-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills. The Jets (2-1) won despite allowing 475 yards of offense, while managing a mere 256 of their own, including a meager 74 yards rushing. They overcame career outings by running back Willis McGahee, who had 150 yards rushing, and J.P. Losman's 328 yards passing. The Bills started strong -- scoring on Roscoe Parrish's 51-yard touchdown reception on the second play from scrimmage -- but then progressively kept making costly errors. Their next three drives ended with a failed fake field-goal attempt, when holder/punter Brian Moorman 's shovel pass fell incomplete at the Jets 35; a sack of Losman and fumble at the Jets 27; and a failed fourth-and-3 attempt at the Jets 28. "It's just the little things, the penalties, the turnovers, that hurt us," McGahee said. Notes: Jets RB Kevan Barlow also scored on a 3-yard run. ... McGahee had his fourth straight 100-yard game against the Jets, but the Bills have lost the last two. ... Bills FB Daimon Shelton (head injury) was hurt in the first half and didn't return.

 

Bills clamp down on Dolphins 16-6 - 09/17/2006
Source: NFL.com

Shortly after kickoff, the Buffalo Bills started knocking Daunte Culpepper around. Around halftime, the quarterback's new fans in Miami started adding to his misery. The Bills sacked Culpepper seven times -- five in the first 15 snaps -- plus blocked a punt and survived a paltry passing effort in beating Miami 16-6 and sending the Dolphins to 0-2 for only the second time in the past 37 seasons. "Our defense really played big today," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "Pressure when we needed it. Got him down when we needed to. That's not easy. Contained the run, too." Rian Lindell had three field goals and Josh Reed caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from J.P. Losman, who was 11-for-18 for 83 yards. Willis McGahee had 91 yards on 25 carries for Buffalo (1-1).

 

Losman's time is now - 09/10/2006
Source: democratandchronicle.com

Second chances. Tackling adversity. Persevering. Getting mad, then getting even. Losman may have lost his starting job to veteran Kelly Holcomb twice last season, but it's his job again. He earned it during an open competition with Holcomb and free agent Craig Nall that began last spring under a new coaching staff.

Fantasy Impact: Losman has a tough challenge in the first week of his second stint as starter, but in the future Losman may be able to demonstrate the ability to be a backup fantasy QB.

 

Holcomb Named #2 Quarterback - 09/08/2006
Source: BuffaloBills.com

Bills head coach Dick Jauron brought an end to the battle for the number two quarterback job after practice Thursday. "Kelly (Holcomb) will be our two and Craig (Nall) will be our three," said Jauron. "That's how we'll go and we'll just keep moving along like that. I feel pretty good about both of them."

Fantasy Impact: Although J.P. Losman has nailed down the starting quarterback job, early in his career he already has a reputation for inconsistency. If he falters during the season, then Holcomb may get to see some time as starter.

 

Bills' first stringers excel in preseason-ending win - 09/01/2006
Source: DemocratandChronicle.com, ESPN.com, FoxSports.com

The Buffalo Bills' final tuneup for the NFL's regular season couldn't have gone much better for the team's first stringers — and backups — against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. Quarterback J.P. Losman took the opening drive and drove the Bills 85 yards in 13 plays to a touchdown. The first-unit defense hit the field and forced a quick Lions' punt, thanks to a thunderous sack delivered by end Aaron Schobel. Turnovers and penalties were drastically reduced in the win.

Fantasy Impact: It is the preseason, and the Lions did rest 10 of their starters, but it is good to know that the Bills are capable of winning at all. All three quarterbacks (Losman, Nall, and Holcomb) looked good though, and McGahee gave a solid effort.

 

Losman Named Starting Quarterback - 08/29/2006
Source: BuffaloBills.com, RealFootball365.com

Head Coach Dick Jauron has officially announced J.P. Losman as the team's starting QB.

Fantasy Impact: Although J.P. Losman's career thus far has been less than stellar, there have been bright spots in the preseason in 2006 and Losman could be an intriguing pick as a late-round backup in the new offense.

 

Bills improving despite loss - 08/28/2006
Source: Scout.com, FoxSports.com, FoxSports.com

Bills fans welcomed back Takeo Spikes, who played his first game in 11 months since tearing his right Achilles' tendon. The two-time Pro Bowl linebacker played in two series and had one tackle stopping Ruben Droughns for 2 yards on the Browns' first play to a loud and appreciative home crowd. Receiver Peerless Price caught his first pass this preseason, a 56-yard touchdown reception, while quarterback J.P. Losman all but secured the starting job with an efficient outing. Late in the first half, Losman hit Lee Evans on strikes of 14, 9 and 16 yards to move Buffalo to the Cleveland 7.

Fantasy Impact: The Bills' preseason game against the Browns demonstrated the abilities of Takeo Spikes, J.P. Losman, Peerless Price, and Lee Evans. Although Willis McGahee struggled, he remains the best pick on the Bills and the only cause for concern is the offensive line in front of him.

 

Practice observations - 08/17/2006
Source: buffalobills.com

LOSMAN SNAPS: It looks like the coaching staff wants to give Losman every opportunity to succeed in nailing down the starting job Friday night. He got all the snaps in which offensive plays for the game were executed. Holcomb and Nall ran a good number of scout team plays for the first team defense in practice.

Fantasy Impact: At the rate that things are going in Buffalo, it seems as though Losman will surely win out the starting job barring complete futility for the remainder of the season. Regardless, at this point Losman's value would only be as a sleeper pick in 2 QB leagues.

 

QB Holcomb to start for Bills in preseason opener - 08/10/2006
Source: ESPN.com

Kelly Holcomb will start Buffalo's preseason-opener at Carolina on Saturday, but coach Dick Jauron said his decision to go with the nine-year veteran is based on seniority. Jauron made the announcement after practice Thursday night, adding that J.P. Losman will likely start the Bills' second preseason game at home against Cincinnati next week.

Fantasy Impact: While round one of the quarterback battle will seemingly go to Kelly Holcomb, round two will most likely belong to J.P. Losman. Little can be decided at this point and it doesn’t appear as though either QB has distinguished himself as of yet.

 

Bills QB Nall injures hamstring - 07/29/2006
Source: ESPN.com

Bills quarterback Craig Nall hurt his left hamstring in practice Saturday, and said it was too early to determine the severity of the injury because of potential swelling. "It feels OK, just going to play it smart," Nall told The Associated Press. "It's just doing everything we can so I can get back out on the field as soon as possible."

Fantasy Impact: Considered as the third option for starting quarterback this season, Nall needs every snap he can get to make a good impression. However, if Nall is going to get playing time this season then it will be due to the poor play of Holcomb and/or Losman and should be little affected by this injury.

 
RECENT CAREER
  Passing Rushing Fumbles
Year Team G Rating Att Comp Pct Yds YPG YPA Int TD 300+
Yd G
Sacks Sack
Yds
Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
Lost
2004 BUF 4 39.2 5 3 60 32 8 6.4 1 0 0 1 0 2 15 7.5 3.8 0 0 1 1
2005 BUF 9 64.9 228 113 49.6 1340 148.9 5.9 8 8 0 26 197 31 154 5 17.1 0 0 7 3
 
CURRENT SEASON
  Passing Rushing Fumbles
Week Opp Rating Att Comp Pct Yds YPG YPA Int TD 300+
Yd G
Sacks Sack
Yds
Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
Lost
1@NWE 86.1 23 15 0 164 0 7.1 0 0 0 3 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2@MIA 90.7 18 11 0 83 0 4.6 0 1 0 2 17 2 10 5 0 0 0 0 0
3NYJ 84.1 38 22 0 328 0 8.6 1 1 1 3 22 3 14 4.7 0 1 0 2 2
4MIN 101.3 32 23 0 222 0 6.9 0 1 0 3 21 4 17 4.3 0 0 0 0 0
5@CHI 35.8 27 14 0 115 0 4.3 3 1 0 3 28 3 8 2.7 0 0 0 1 0
6@DET 86.3 34 21 0 207 0 6.1 1 2 0 5 50 3 16 5.3 0 0 0 1 1
7NWE 70.9 25 16 0 193 0 7.7 1 0 0 2 12 3 13 4.3 0 0 0 3 2
8Bye
9GNB 97.1 15 8 0 102 0 6.8 0 1 0 5 38 3 2 0.7 0 0 0 0 0
10@IND 86.4 13 9 0 83 0 6.4 0 0 0 4 32 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
11@HOU 111.7 38 26 0 340 0 8.9 1 3 1 2 7 2 14 7 0 0 0 0 0
12JAC 74.9 28 21 0 169 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
13SDG 65.6 37 21 0 184 0 5 2 2 0 3 17 6 26 4.3 0 0 0 1 1
14@NYJ 140.8 15 10 0 157 0 10.5 0 2 0 3 13 1 -1 -1 0 0 0 0 0
15MIA 142.5 19 13 0 200 0 10.5 0 3 0 3 14 2 11 5.5 0 0 0 1 1
16TEN 68.5 33 19 0 266 0 8.1 2 1 0 3 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17@BAL 63.6 35 20 0 237 0 6.8 2 1 0 3 23 1 10 10 0 0 0 0 0
2006To Date 84.9 429 268 62.5 3051 190.7 7.1 14 19 2 47 332 38 140 3.7 8.8 1 0 13 7
 

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