Inside the Bills - Aug 5

Trent getting positive feedback
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 11:29 PM ET

TRENT GETTING POSITIVE FEEDBACK: It happened again in practice Tuesday as Bills offensive coordinator Turk Schonert has been complimentary of Trent Edwards decision making.

During 7-on-7 Tuesday night, Edwards quickly scanned the field and hit Derek Schouman in stride.

"Nice read," said Schonert. "I like it."

Granted not everything has been perfect. In fact Dick Jauron thought Tuesday's practice was lacking a little bit on the offensive side in terms of the choices that were made presumably by the quarterbacks.

"The decision making at times was a little bit ragged," said Jauron. "It's still early, but we've got to correct those things."

But for the most part Edwards' decision making has been good and has been getting positive feedback from Schonert, who doesn't blow smoke.

NFL issues Fan Code of Conduct
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 3:21 PM ET

NFL ISSUES FAN CODE OF CONDUCT: Many NFL clubs have had their own policies like this in place, but today the league issued a fan code of conduct. Here it is.

"The National Football League and its teams are committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for all fans, both in the stadium and in the parking lot. We want all fans attending our games to enjoy the experience in a responsible fashion. When attending a game, you are required to refrain from the following behaviors:

· Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal in nature

· Intoxication or other signs of alcohol impairment that results in irresponsible behavior

· Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures

· Interference with the progress of the game (including throwing objects onto the field)

· Failing to follow instructions of stadium personnel

· Verbal or physical harassment of opposing team fans

"Event patrons are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of their guests and/or persons occupying their seats. Stadium staff will promptly intervene to support an environment where event patrons, their guests, and other fans can enjoy the event free from the above behavior. Event patrons and guests who violate these provisions will be subject to ejection without refund and loss of ticket privileges for future games."

Here is more information on additional fan conduct policies specific to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Former Bills OT not happy
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 2:04 PM ET

FORMER BILLS OT NOT HAPPY: Former Bills LT Jonas Jennings certainly got paid in 2005 when the 49ers signed him to a 6-year $36M contract, but injuries gave him a bad rap in the Bay and that criticism has morphed into rumor and conjecture.

Not surprisingly, Jennings, a proud player, is tired of it. He said as much in an interview with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Some pretty volatile stuff from Jonas, who was known in Buffalo as a straightforward guy that gave good and sometimes creative answers.

WRs Kelly and Thomas out for Skins SaturdayPosted By: Chris Brown | Time: 1:38 PM ET

WRS KELLY & THOMAS OUT FOR SKINS SATURDAY: The Buffalo Bills will not two players that made pre-draft visits to One Bills Drive this spring as rookie wideouts Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas are not expected to play against the Bills in Buffalo's first preseason game Saturday.

Kelly underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Monday and will miss two weeks. Meanwhile Washington head coach Jim Zorn said he doesn't believe Thomas will be recovered from his hamstring injury in time to play Saturday either.

These injuries make you understand why the Bills have been so cautious with their rookie receiver James Hardy, who only Monday began to participate in practice during individual position drills.

Def. radio communication coming alongPosted By: Chris Brown | Time: 7:06 AM ET

DEF. RADIO COMMUNICATION COMING ALONG: With Paul Posluszny and John DiGiorgio working their way through using the radio communication in their helmet with the sideline for the first time, thanks to the new rule this year, they've found that the radio device isn't always clear, due in part to the contact their helmet receives on every play.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell spoke with a lot of offensive coaches around the league to get their feedback on how much they use it, rely on it, and just how much information they can deliver by radio before the device is shut off with 15 seconds left on the play clock.

Fewell believes that all 32 teams in the league will continue to use their other means of delivering the play call to the defensive signal caller because the radio device is new and not 100 percent reliable.

"I spoke to a lot of defensive coaches as well as offensive coaches during the offseason to ask the questions that you're asking me," Fewell told me. "And we all, the 32 teams in this league, we were all sharing our concerns or ideas about this system, and we think we still need other forms of communication besides relying on one form of communication."

I think he genuinely believes that with offensive play callers knowing there's the 15 second shut off in the helmet for the radio, that offensive coaches will run their personnel grouping on late forcing the defensive sideline to go back to signaling in a play call or using a wristband.

But if the defensive coach can give his defensive signal caller to play calls in the radio (one for base personnel and one for nickel in case the offensive personnel grouping changes) that might be a way around not only switching your personnel last second, but having to get the new call in as well.

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