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Buffalo Bills News - August 20, 2003

Marker Patriots trade pick for DT Washington [7:59 AM]
ESPN reports: This will be Washington's fourth team, but he's been a part of taking three different franchises to the playoffs -- San Francisco, Buffalo and Chicago. Washington has been to the playoffs in seven of his 12 years

Marker Bills linebackers boost quality of special teams [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'From 1 to 9, it’s not a stretch to say that the linebackers have been the most impressive unit in training camp for the Bills. Translation: The team’s special teams stand a chance to be better.'

Marker Unheralded but talented [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ He’ll get enough attention when he produces on the field,” said defensive line coach Tim Krumrie. “ All my guys are going to have a big impact. They’re all going to play and they’re all going to roll.”'

Marker Henry's run quiets McGahee hoopla [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I think everybody knows I can play,” Henry said. “ Ripping off that run, what people will say is, ‘ I knew he had the speed, I knew he could do it.’ There are people who will jump on the bandwagon. But I don’t feel (I was shutting people up).”'

Marker Bill-ed for a challenge [5:12 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Thomas has spent most of his time with second- and third-teamers but has dressed for the Bills' first two pre-season games where he has seen most of his time on special teams. There has been the odd bullet coming his way from Bledsoe in practice, though, for a real taste of the big leagues.'

Marker Steckel shuffles off to Buffalo [5:11 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '''Fred Graves is our wide receivers coach,'' Steckel said. ''What happened is he came down with prostate cancer. Gregg came to me and said 'I know you can coach wide receivers.' So now I'm coaching the wide receivers and trying to look out the corner of my eye for the running backs and fullbacks. We've asked an intern coach to help oversee things until Fred comes back, but I'm busy with meetings. It's been a challenge, but a good one. It speaks for the character guys Buffalo has.'''

Marker Bills hope to ease Bledsoe's load [5:10 AM]
USA Today reports: '"A huge offseason factor for us was, 'How do we get better around Drew Bledsoe?' " coach Gregg Williams says. "He's proven year after year he can play in this league. We had to get players around him to do their jobs so that we're not just depending on him to win ballgames. Defense is a big part of that."'

Marker Former Bills Star Launches SLT [5:09 AM] reports: 'Thurman Thomas will be at Eastview Mall Friday evening to introduce "Sports Legends Telecom.” Its top service provides home telephone service with unlimited local and long distance calls.'

Marker FB Gash leaves the running to others [5:08 AM]
AP reports: '''If you went in the dictionary and looked under 'Old-school football,' you'd find Sam Gash's picture,'' said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. ''The guy just loves to hit. When he's on the field, linebackers know he's on the field. And a lot of times, if they're smart, they'll try to kind of duck and hide a little bit because he brings it when he comes to hit.'''

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August 19, 2003

Marker Matawan's Rogers finds new life with Dolphins [2:54 PM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: '"(The Bills) definitely didn't spend enough time on special teams even though they thought they were putting in enough time," Rogers said. "I was on special teams that were No. 1 in the league in Seattle, so I know what it takes. I was always going to the coaches for more special teams practice, and they didn't use the best players they could on special teams. That kind of hurt."'

Marker Bills Join Campaign To Tackle Prostate Cancer [2:53 PM] reports: '“I’m very glad to be a part this campaign,” said Reed. “All of us learned first-hand how common prostate cancer is when Coach (Fred) Graves was diagnosed last month. We’re all thankful that it was detected early and because of that he’s well on his way to a full recovery. Hopefully this program leads to more education, more screenings, and more successes in the battle against it.”'

Marker Balanced Attack Hurt By Penalties [2:53 PM] reports: 'In order for the Bills to maintain a more balanced offensive attack this year they must avoid the yellow flag, something that Williams chalks up to inexperience in the preseason. "When you take a look at the guys that had them, especially in the second half, many of those guys that had them won't be here," said Williams. "They won't be here by the time we have to play a regular-season game."'

Marker Bills' McGahee continues his rehabilitation [2:42 PM]
Elizabethton Star reports: 'Although the odds are still stacked against him, he's just happy to be in a program with a new-found emphasis on running the football. "These guys did a real good job tonight," he said. "Travis Henry did a good job with the long run he had, Olandis had two touchdowns and it was all nice. I'm just happy to be here with these guys. We'll see how things work out."'

Marker Empire Sports cuts staff, programming [2:25 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Also remaining up in the air, is its post-game coverage of home Buffalo Bills games.'

Marker McKenzie believes he's close to old form [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've got some good speed at the ends and we're going to have some good battles overall with how many ends we keep on this team," said Bills coach Gregg Williams. "Keith does a very good job and he elevates his play on game day. He does a good job practicing, too, but he brings some speed to our end positions, and the fact that he can play both sides is helpful to him."'

Marker Training camp billboard [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I really don't look at the "gassers' (wind sprints) as punishment for penalties. I think we needed the conditioning more so than anything else. I remember in Cincinnati we ran a streak without any penalties and we still ran gassers." - Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes, who sat out Saturday's game and still ran wind sprints following practice.'

Marker Bills hustle to fix flaws [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Gregg’s just trying to find a way to drive home the point,” said Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown, who had a holding call against Tennessee. “ Is this how you fix it? We’ll see. But I’m behind whatever he decides to try.”'

Marker Talley makes a visit to camp [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I guess times have changed, the game has changed, but you still have to play between these lines,” Talley said. “ As long as they can keep their minds between the lines and not on the hoopla, they should be in good shape.”'

Marker Bills sweat over silly penalties [5:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It's been a while," veteran Bills offensive guard Ruben Brown said when asked the last time he was put through such post-practice penance. "If that's what it takes for this team to be a winning team, I'm going to do it. Gregg's trying to find a way to drive home the point. Hey, is that going to be the answer? We'll see. But I'm behind him."'

Marker Bills End Final Night Practice [5:15 AM] reports: 'The Bills will conduct a one hour special teams practice Tuesday morning. The entire team will return to practice in the afternoon. Both sessions are at St. John Fisher College, and opened to the public.'

Marker Scouting the Bills [5:14 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'This could be a very competitive group heading in the right direction. The defense should be stabilized, but could be another year away from truly becoming a true contender. Buffalo will push for a playoff spot with eight to ten wins if they avoid injuries.'

Marker NFL PREVIEWS: Buffalo Bills [5:13 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Bills won’t win the division. But they won’t finish at the bottom the way they have the past few seasons, either.'

Marker Bledsoe To Hold Parenting Program [5:12 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Tuesday's event starts at 5:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.'

August 18, 2003

Marker Williams: Bills had too many penalties in preseason loss [10:05 PM]
AP reports: '''I talk every week about penalties,'' said Williams. ''But if you take a look at who had them, many of the guys who had them in the second half won't be here for the first regular-season game."'

Marker A Closer Look at… Josh Reed [9:55 PM] reports: 'What's one of the first concerts that you went to?
"I have never been to a concert."'

Marker Mike Pucillo Talks About His First Start [9:54 PM] reports: 'It's all about chemistry and us working together. If we get together and we fuse as a unit, whoever the first team will be, we can be good. We have a lot of really talented people, we have a pro bowler, and we have two great tackles. We have a chance to be really good it just depends if we come together and play well.'

Marker Bledsoe's To Host "Parenting With Dignity" Event [9:52 PM] reports: 'The event is part of the Bledsoe’s “Parenting with Dignity” program, which is a parent education organization that provides information on all aspects of raising children capable of making responsible decisions. Its mission is to improve the lives of children by promoting and teaching effective parenting skills.'

Marker Exhibition football lacks flavor [9:34 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'While Tennessee's 37-24 win over Buffalo offered enough big plays and big hits for a mid-October contest, any sense of drama was completely overshadowed by one inescapable fact -- it just didn't matter.'

Marker Veteran cornerback was trying to return from surgery [9:28 PM]
ESPN reports: Bills officials continue to be impressed with the progress that tailback Willis McGahee has made in rehabilitating from the catastrophic knee injury he suffered only seven months ago, but reiterated their first-round draft choice is not close yet to being able to get on the practice field.

Marker If You're Gregg Williams, What Do You Do About the Penalties? [9:28 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: Post your opinion on what Gregg Williams should do to about the double-digit penalties so far this preseason.

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