The second overall pick in 2003 doesn't expect to wear No. 80
for Detroit again.
"It would be hard for me to believe I'll still be here after
this situation," Rogers said. "I think my days are numbered."
Rogers and fellow first-round pick Mike Williams, who have been
trying to impress new coach Rod Marinelli enough to make the final
53-man roster, didn't see action in the first half and played
sparingly after halftime.
Rogers caught one pass for 3 yards and Williams had no
receptions. The pair spent much of the first half standing on the
sideline, chatting away.
"We'll wait 'til Saturday, but it don't look too pretty,"
Rogers was surprised at how little he played after coaches said
he would play a lot, reinforcing the belief that the Lions don't
want him on the team.
"I think everyone is seeing the same thing," he said. "I'm a
little bitter. Their minds are already made up and after what
happened today, it signifies it."
Marinelli defended his decision to barely play Rogers against
"If he plays two more series, is that fair? If he catches
another ball, is that fair? It comes down to what is fair to the
team. What is right for the Detroit Lions? When does that count?
That's the most important thing," he said.
Losman completed all five of his pass attempts and McGahee
scored on a 1-yard run during their only series together. Losman
threw for 52 yards, and McGahee ran for 29 yards and the TD on the
opening 13-play, 85-yard scoring drive. Losman, who won the
starting job earlier this week, also played in Buffalo's second
series but didn't attempt a pass.
"We go out there with a plan and we try to execute it every
week. Today we were able to come out from the get-go and do that,"
Losman said. "We've showed peaks and valleys throughout the
preseason. But to come out and do it on the first drive is
Detroit and Buffalo each ended the preseason 1-3.
"We've improved every week so far," McGahee said. "The first
two games were shaky. We had a lot of mental errors, and that was
killing us. We tried this week to start out fast and finish strong
without any errors. You see what happened out there."
Many of the teams' top players were held out of the game,
including Lions starting quarterback Jon Kitna.
Josh McCown played the first half in Kitna's place and improved
his chances of earning the backup job, completing 11 of 14 passes
for 96 yards. His 7-yard TD toss to Eddie Drummond tied the game at
7 five minutes into the second quarter. The scoring drive covered
93 yards on 14 plays.
Kelly Holcomb distinguished himself in the competition to be
Buffalo's No. 2 quarterback. He went 4-for-4 for 81 yards and
directed a drive at the end of the second quarter that resulted in
Rian Lindell's 21-yard field goal that put the Bills ahead 10-7.
Buffalo's other quarterback, Craig Nall, also played well,
connecting with Andre Davis on a 70-yard touchdown pass midway
through the fourth quarter to give the Bills a 20-10 lead. Nall
finished 7-of-11 for 119 yards, one TD and one interception.
Davis, who signed as a free agent, may have solidified his
status with the team. He had been vying for a job with George
Wilson and Jonathan Smith.
The Lions sat more than half their starting lineup on offense.
Wide receiver Roy Williams, running back Kevin Jones and offensive
linemen Jeff Backus, Rex Tucker and Ross Verba joined Kitna on the
The Bills sat starting linebacker Takeo Spikes.
The teams had good reason to rest those players, considering the
Lions lost Jeff Garcia to injury against the Bills in the final
preseason game a year ago, and running back James Stewart was hurt
against the Bills during the 2003 preseason.
This was the fifth consecutive season Detroit and Buffalo
closed out each other's preseason schedules. ... Buffalo owner
Ralph Wilson, who lives in the Detroit area, attended the game. ...
Detroit rookie RB Brian Calhoun played much of the game and gained
58 yards on 15 carries. ... Jauron went 1-4 as Detroit's interim
coach at the end of last season. ... Detroit WR Shaun Bodiford
limped off the field in the second half. Marinelli would only say
that the injury was in the lower part of Bodiford's leg.