Patriots running back Fred Taylor made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon and indicated he will be ready to go Sunday vs. the Bills. "I feel good," he said of his condition.

 

Asked if his role would change in Kevin Faulk's absence, Taylor said his role is to do what is asked of him. "My role is the same, and it's going to always be the same," he said. "Whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to try my best to do it. I'm going to give 110 [percent] at it."

 

Here are 10 things we’ll be keeping an eye on in Sunday’s Patriots-Bills game:



Sports Illustrated NFL columnist Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday morning. Asked if the Patriots' collapse vs. the Jets was indicative of a bigger problem, King said: "No, I don't think so. You always have to be careful about a small sample size when you look at a season." King said the biggest factor was how important the game was to the Jets. "That was a desperate, desperate New York Jets team," King said.

 

FOXBORO -- In a show of support for fallen teammate Kevin Faulk, Randy Moss wore the No. 33 at Patriots practice inside Gillette Stadium on Friday. 

 

Faulk tore the ACL in his right knee last Sunday and will be lost for the season.

 

WR Taylor Price [ankle], OL Nick Kaczur [back] and CB Terrence Wheatley [foot] were the only active players other than Faulk missing from the open media portion of Patriots practice.

 

Stephen Neal joined the Dale & Holley show for his weekly interview and talked about the loss to the Jets and Friday preparations. First and foremost, however, is the Buffalo Bills. "They have a good team," Neal said. "I don't care what anybody says. They have a good powerful hard-working front. They have good linebackers and they got a great secondary. They're a good challenge for us this week. We're going to have to do everything right." 

 

NFL insider Adam Schefter from ESPN joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly visit and broke down the likelihood of a Logan Mankins trade. "Here's the deal there," Schefter said. "I've spoken to teams around the league that a have an interest in having Logan Mankins play for them. They love the player. The problem is, in a case like this, you have to compensate the player and the team.

 

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about Sunday's game vs. the Bills, as the Patriots try to rebound from last Sunday's collapse vs. the Jets. "We're trying to get that bad taste out of our mouths, and we're ready to go," Mayo said.

 

Here come the Week 3 picks, and I'm just trying to get back to .500. Not a great Week 2 (6-9-1) and since Week 1 was my bye I stand three games under for the season as we head into this weekend. Somewhere Stu Feiner is shaking his head in disgust.

So let the march to mediocrity begin. Here are the picks (home team in caps) …

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FOXBORO — Bills safety Donte Whitner is sick of living life as a punchline.



Bills Practice Report for Thursday
Did Not Practice

LB Paul Posluszny (knee)

Limited Participation
LB Keith Ellison (knee)
G Andy Levitre (neck)

Full Participation
S Cary Harris (hamstring)