NOTEBOOK: Losman Hasn't Forgotten His Time In Buffalo

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Never has a former first-round draft pick at the quarterback position managed to go virtually unnoticed in the locker room as the one presently on the Miami Dolphins.

JP Losman doesn’t seem to mind the dramatic change from his rookie year with Miami’s opponent this Sunday, the Buffalo Bills. After being taken 22nd overall in the memorable 2004 NFL Draft that yielded Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers, he spent five not-so-fun seasons in Buffalo. The lone exception was 2006 when he started all 16 games and completed 268-of-429 passes for 3,051 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

“You just learn the business side of things,” Losman said. “It was an exciting time when I came out. We had a great opportunity there in Buffalo and we just couldn’t get things going the way we wanted to from an organization standpoint for many different reasons. We had lots of change and it’s very hard to win when you have lots of change and there are a lot of things that play a factor. Now I’m just waiting for that next opportunity and you’ve got to work hard. It’s hard when you’re used to playing all the time, but that’s something you learn how to deal with.”

When the Bills take the field at Sun Life Stadium for the first of two divisional meetings with Miami, Losman will be wearing the headset on the sideline signaling plays into starter Matt Moore. He has attempted a total of one pass since the end of the 2008 season and that was with Oakland in 2009.

Last year he was in Seattle but never saw the field with the Seahawks, so when the phone call came from the Dolphins after they placed Sage Rosenfels on the Non-Football Injury List, Losman was pleasantly surprised.

“You think that next opportunity’s going to come quick and here I am three years later and I still haven’t been on the field,” said Losman, who has gone through seven different offensive coordinators in his career. “You’re just waiting and waiting and waiting, but the last thing you can do is let it get to you. Seriously, you cannot fall into a trap of taking one play off, one week off because you can be in there any second or any play. That’s hard to do but that’s the scenario I’m in right now and I knew something was going to pop up when I got the call just because of the lockout.”

Head Coach Tony Sparano had taken a look at Losman one time before he worked him out again in October and put him on his short list of backup quarterbacks behind Moore.

Now that Losman has been on the practice field for close to three weeks, Sparano has a better feel for what he brings to the position. He likes what he has seen so far.

“He understands the offense, he’s growing each day out there and he gets limited reps, which is not abnormal for a backup quarterback,” Sparano said. “I think the biggest challenge he has is keeping himself in it mentally because he doesn’t get those reps and he didn’t have training camp. I think from that part it makes it just a shade harder with J.P., but he’s done a nice job to date so far of understanding what we’re doing and he works hard at it.”

Losman knows the only way he’d get a shot at taking the field against his former team and the team that drafted him is if Moore were to sustain an injury. He was adamant at pointing out he would not wish that on anybody and also is cognizant of the fact that Moore is starting now because Chad Henne suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

Still, you could see a little twinkle in his eye when he talked about the Bills, even though it’s been three years since they cut him loose. There are very few players left on the team from Losman’s time there but he will always have an emotional connection to the city of Buffalo.

“Of course there are memories and they’ve been able to string a couple of wins and it’s great for them and for the city,” he said. “I love the city of Buffalo but now we’re the opponent so obviously you want to win. … You would love to play against your old team and for that scenario to play out where you go in there, but I’ll be ready either way.”

INJURY UPDATE: Tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle) returned to practice today for the Dolphins, albeit on a limited basis. … Cornerback Nolan Carroll (hamstring) once again practiced in full. … For the Bills, kicker Rian Lindell (shoulder), wide receiver David Nelson (illness/ankle), center Eric Wood (knee), linebacker Chris White (knee), safety George Wilson (neck) and defensive end Spencer Johnson (calf) did not practice. … Offensive tackle Erik Pears (groin), wide receiver Stevie Johnson (shoulder), offensive tackle Demetrius Bell (shoulder) and linebacker Chris Kelsay (calf) were again limited.
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