New No. 7 shines

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

ORCHARDPARK, N.Y. -- A fleet-footed quarterback who wears No. 7 brought some exciting playground-style football to Ralph Wilson Stadium last night.

No, ex-Argo Doug Flutie has not returned to the Buffalo Bills. The current No. 7 in town is J.P. Losman and he doesn't resemble his predecessor -- the snail-like Drew Bledsoe, who was released by the Bills in the off-season and then signed with the Dallas.

In his debut as a starter at the Ralph, Bledsoe's backup from last year wasn't afraid to use his feet and usually looked good doing so in front of a sellout crowd of 71,323. The 6-foot-2 Losman carried the ball five times for 36 yards and scored on a one-yard touchdown rush as Buffalo beat the Green Bay Packers 27-7 in the second pre-season game for both teams.

"That guy (Losman) may be stealing our blocks," said Bills running back Willis McGahee, who eased concerns about his minor knee tweak from last week with a six-yard touchdown run. "Keep watching him ... You don't know what he can do at any point of the game."

While he needs to learn to go down faster and to throw the ball away at times -- an illegal contact penalty wiped out a Packers safety after Losman was tackled in the end zone -- at least the second-year player has the potential to make things happen when his receivers aren't open. Losman, who struggled in a pre-season opening 17-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts last week, carried his team to a 17-7 halftime lead last night before Kelly Holcomb replaced him.

"All 80 guys, trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, everybody gave me the heads-up to get down," Losman said. "I'm trying to get down, it's just not fun right now."

Losman was part of two touchdown drives, including the Bills' first offensive series of the game when he rolled right, faked a pass and eluded a Packer defender for a one-yard score.

"It goes to show you he's got some talent running the ball," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "I don't want him to make a habit of it. With a first-year quarterback, the thought process speeds up. Typically, the first instinct is to run. Hopefully you've got the legs to do it and he did."

The Bills play their penultimate pre-season game Friday in Chicago against the Bears.


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