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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski has served as an editor and reporter at The Buffalo News since 2009. In addition to the Bills beat, he also writes a local golf column and strives to be a single-digit handicap.


The Buffalo Bills get a break this weekend from those famous 16-hour workdays put in by NFL teams.The Bills made a mad dash to the airport following Friday's practice, eager to enjoy some down time on their bye weekend and regroup from an 0-5 start to the season."Everybody needs a chance to get home, relax, spend time with family and get the mind off football for a…

Riverside's Mike Williams has become a viable fantasy option in his rookie season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.He's got 19 catches for 238 yards and three touchdowns -- all impressive totals -- and has established himself as the Bucs' No. 1 receiving threat. But for all his early success, Williams faces a tough go of it this week. For starters, he was limited …

Marshawn Lynch's trade from the Bills to the Seahawks this week altered the fantasy fortunes of four different players.The first, of course, is Lynch. He immediately becomes a No. 2 or 3 RB on almost any fantasy roster. He's expected to get feature-back type carries for the Seahawks, and with even average production in that role he can prove to be one of the season…

Shawn Nelson is ready to atone for his mistake.Just when he'll get that chance, however, remains to be seen. Nelson, the Buffalo Bills' second-year tight end, is eligible to return to the Bills' lineup having served his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.Just when that return will come, though, is complicated by the fact Nelson had …

The Buffalo Bills' offensive line is taking on a decidedly Georgia Tech flavor.The Bills on Monday released tackle Jamon Meredith and promoted Mansfield Wrotto from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.Wrotto, 25, played under Bills coach Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech, joining undrafted rookie free agent Cordaro Howard as former Yellow Jackets with the Bills.Wrott…

If you're a wide receiver wearing an Indianapolis Colts uniform, quarterback Peyton Manning will find you.The Colts' Austin Collie is the latest beneficiary of Manning's brilliance. Collie was the breakout fantasy star of Week Three, catching 12 passes for 171 yards, both career highs, and two touchdowns in a win over the Broncos.Collie leads the NFL in receiving t…

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards is taking his talents to north Florida.And in 11 days, he'll be bringing them right back to Buffalo.Edwards, who was released by the Bills on Monday, was claimed off waivers Tuesday afternoon by the Jacksonville Jaguars.Coincidentally, the Jaguars visit Ralph Wilson Stadium to play the Bills in Week Five.To fill Edwards'…

The Buffalo Bills' run defense should receive a boost Sunday with the return of inside linebacker Paul Posluszny."I think he'll make it back this week," coach Chan Gailey said of Posluszny, who has missed the last two games because of a sprained knee.It will be a welcome addition for a unit that gave up 200 yards on the ground in Sunday's 38-30 loss to the Patriots…

It's just two weeks into the fantasy football season and already the quarterback carousel is spinning out of control.Whether due to injuries or inconsistency, seven teams will have new starters at quarterback for Week Three.Just one of those -- Philadelphia's Mike Vick -- is an elite fantasy option. Vick has the second-most fantasy points among quarterbacks in ESPN…

The big boys will hog the spotlight starting tonight when Week Four of the Western New York high school football season kicks off.There are marquee matchups in Class AA -- both North and South. Starting in the Southtowns, Orchard Park (2-1 overall, 2-1 Class AA South) visits rival Frontier (3-0, 2-0) at 7:30 p.m. The host Falcons have been flying high this season, …

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey was decisive Monday in announcing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would assume the starting duties from Trent Edwards.When it comes to who will start at running back, however, not so much.Gailey was noncommittal when asked if Marshawn Lynch would remain in the starting role he filled Sunday at Green Bay."It depends on the package," Gail…

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey did not wait long in making a big change to his woebegone offense.Following an 0-2 start that's featured two clunkers by the offense, Gailey announced Monday that quarterback Trent Edwards has been sent to the bench, with Ryan Fitzpatrick to take over the starting job."We're going to make a change at quarterback," Gailey said. "We're…

The first week of the fantasy football season showed just how quickly fortunes can change.If you drafted Green Bay running back Ryan Grant in the first or second round (my hand is raised), you're scrambling to come up with an alternative. And if you drafted Texans back Arian Foster in the middle rounds, your roster suddenly looks a lot deeper.There's simply no way …

There may come a day when NFL teams will consider starting three cornerbacks.If that day comes, the Buffalo Bills are prepared.Coming into the season, the team's secondary was thought to be its strength. That played out Sunday, as Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne completed 21 of 34 passes for 182 yards but did not throw a touchdown.A big reason for that is the play …

The Buffalo Bills' already-thin linebacker depth slimmed down some more Monday with the announcement that Paul Posluszny will miss two to three weeks with a right knee sprain.The injury, which occurred on the first play of the third quarter when Posluszny helped tackle Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown along the sideline, was not as bad as the team initially feare…