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Buffalo Bills News - August 12, 2003

Marker Benched, but not forgotten [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The addition of Adams will certainly mean less playing time for Edwards and Bannan. Rather than thinking about that, however, they are focusing on what his presence will mean for the defense as a whole. “ I’m extremely excited. I think the sky’s the limit with us,” Bannan said. “ As long as we keep coming out every day and progressing, there’s no telling how good we can get. It’s really a joy to be with a great group of guys like that.”'

Marker Weir unwinds at Bills workout [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ All my relatives grew up in Niagara Falls, so they’re big followers of the Bills,” said Weir, who was born in Sarnia, Ontario, near Port Huron, Mich. “ I do like the Bills, and I’ve never been to training camp before, so it’s kind of cool.”'

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August 11, 2003

Marker Weir has a close encounter with Spikes [9:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Later, Weir was joined by Bills' Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who was also in attendance. After practice, Weir stuck around to have a conversation with Bills president Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams.'

Marker Bills expect good season from Coleman and Brown [9:28 PM]
AP reports: '''I'm real comfortable,'' said Coleman, who signed with Buffalo in 2002 out of Division II Ferris State University.'

Marker McGahee packing his bags in anticipation of deal [9:27 PM]
AP reports: '''We have him on standby,'' Rosenhaus said. ''I've told Willis to pack his bags and be ready because if things continue to progress, he's going to be taking an airplane as soon as tomorrow.'''

Marker Battles leaves Bills training camp [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams didn't seem concerned about Battles' departure. ''We've got six safeties,'' he said, ''because Scott Turner has been doing both safety and cornerback.'''

Marker Roll Call [6:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Safety Ainsley Battles, who was not at practice on Monday, has left the team on his own accord according to Gregg Williams. In addition, LB Angelo Crowell, WR Charles Johnson, TE Dave Moore, TE Ryan Neufeld and C Mike Pucillo were held out of practice today. DE Aaron Schobel was not able to attend due to personal reasons.

Marker Have the Bills Improved Enough to Beat the Patriots on Opening Day? [5:20 PM]
ESN reports: While the Bills obviously helped themselves defensively during the off-season, New England did, too. The Patriots couldn’t stop the run last year nor hold important leads in the fourth quarter, but look far more efficient in its new three-man front.

Marker Battles Leaves the Bills [5:17 PM]
ESN reports: Safety Ainsley Battles was not at practice today and has left the team of his own accord. Other Bills not practicing today were Angelo Crowell, Charles Johnson, Dave Moore, Ryan Neufeld and Mike Pucillo. Aaron Schobel also missed practice due to personal reasons.

Marker Gregg Williams Postgame Comments [11:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It was nice to see Brown take the punt and make a big play. On our special teams, we've been lacking in that for awhile, especially after he didn't fair-catch the one before that. I wasn't very happy when he gave up the ground…and he redeemed himself. He did a very good job. He's an aggressive kid. That was fun to see. His speed is very exciting. The fact that he almost popped a pretty good one on a kickoff return. He saw the crack, and he's so fast he stumbled. That's good to see.'''

Marker Brown scrambles Bills' wideout picture [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Behind those five include: Brown, who played last year in the Canadian league; James Jett, a 10-year veteran of the Raiders' organization and an experienced deep threat; second-year man Andre Rone, who was on the roster but inactive all 16 games last year; Rodney Wright, a seventh-round pick last year; and Sam Aiken, a fourth-round pick this year out of North Carolina.'

Marker Brown takes bulk of snaps [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"But he's got good awareness. He understands the offense well. I would have liked to see him make some more plays outside the pocket. When he came out of the pocket a couple times he played conservatively and tried to take it down the field when he probably could have pulled it down and run with it."'

Marker Better depth, special teams make Bills a contender [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But in Saturday's win at Baltimore, you could see clear signs that the Buffalo Bills are developing the sort of depth required to be a contender in an age of NFL parity.'

Marker Bills show off new weapons [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Well, I felt like we were sloppy,” Bledsoe said. “ Thankfully, our defense stepped up, turned the ball over for us and gave us a chance to score on the short field.”'

Marker Clements' takeaway is a good omen [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo also is the only AFC East team with a minus turnover ratio over the past three seasons (67 takeaways and 87 giveaways). The New York Jets were plus-17 (97-80), Miami plus-5 (99-94) and New England plus-3 (87-84).'

Marker Get Wilson off the sidelines, into the Hall [5:23 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'One more year would make four consecutive summers that the Bills have been represented in Canton, Ohio, and the next one should be Ralph Wilson. Like he was 10 years ago in training camp, the owner has been watching from the sidelines. It's time to get him on the main stage.'

August 10, 2003

Marker Bills hang on for exciting victory [4:28 PM]
Annapolis Capital reports: 'The interception, which came deep in Baltimore territory, was actually a take-away by Buffalo's Nate Clements from Ravens' Marcus Robinson, who caught the ball over the middle for an apparent first down only to collide with the Bills' cornerback who wrestled it away.'

Marker Ravens can't convert in the end [4:10 PM]
Carroll County Times reports: 'In terms of actual competition with the Bills' headliners, the Ravens achieved a stalemate with a tie score against the starters through one quarter.'

Marker Sanders suffers injury on his first catch [4:09 PM]
Carroll County Times reports: 'The veteran receiver acquisition caught a short pass in Saturday night's preseason opener and then got his foot twisted underneath Buffalo Bills defenders Takeo Spikes and Antwoine Winfield.'

Marker One mighty happy return for Bills [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' starting defense allowed three first downs in four series of action. Besides the interception, Takeo Spikes and Co. forced two punts and allowed the Ravens to march 42 yards for a touchdown eight minutes into the game.'

Marker Meeting with McGahee's agents ends upbeat [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donahoe said the Bills continue to be in contact with the trainers in Miami who are overseeing McGahee's daily workouts. "We've been speaking with the rehab people," Donahoe said. "He's making progress."'

Marker Demands of TV forced Joe D. to shorten speech [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Inductees were asked to limit their speeches to seven minutes and presenters to three minutes for television purposes. When the first speakers exceeded their time, both Joe D. and I (his presenter) were told to cut our speeches even shorter because the producers at ESPN were tearing their hair out trying to stay within their allotted time.'

Marker Bills edge Ravens on late return [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills defensive reserves failed in the final minute, allowing rookie quarterback Kyle Boller to drive the Ravens 59 yards in eight plays for what could have been the tying touchdown with 23 seconds to play.'

Marker Oddsmaker plays up beasts of AFC [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills were 8-8 last year and should improve by at least one victory.'

Marker Bills back up pre-season optimism [5:17 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo forced three takeaways, including interceptions by Clements and linebacker DaShon Polk, who also recovered a fumble. In addition, the Bills logged three sacks.'

Marker Ravens start on wrong foot [5:16 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'While all eyes were on the quarterbacks, special teams proved to be the difference. Antonio Brown's 87-yard punt return for a touchdown with 3:19 left in the broke a 13-13 tie.'

Marker First sack eludes Suggs in his debut [5:15 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'In the Ravens' preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills, quarterback Boller drew oohs and aahs from the crowd of 68,550 at M&T Bank Stadium, and linebacker Suggs received a cheer for one nice tackle and nothing else. Given ample opportunities to rush the passer, the sack specialist and 10th overall pick in this year's NFL draft was a non-factor.'

Marker Exuberant Boller adds to excitement [5:14 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'A play or two earlier in his highly anticipated, third-quarter debut, Boller had flicked a 30-yard pass down the middle of the field. It looked effortless - and a sign of times to come the way Boller hit Ravens tight end Trent Smith for a 39-yard gain.'

Marker R. Lewis returns to lineup, shows no signs of injury [5:13 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Billick did not muster up much of a defense on how the Ravens could allow a 87-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 13. "It needs to be a lot better, obviously," Billick said of the special teams play.'

Marker Ravens' QB Picture Still Fuzzy [5:12 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Redman's best series was his second, with the Ravens beginning on the Bills 42-yard line after a defensive stand left Buffalo to punt from its 8. The drive began with two runs, and then on third down and four, Redman took advantage of superior pass protection to complete a 13-yarder to Marcus Robinson.'

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