Big hits, plays expected from upgraded defense [11:47 AM]
ESPN reports: Since the Bills play in the AFC East, arguably the most evenly contested of the league's eight divisions, there is no guarantee that 2003 will bring a welcome end to a three-year playoff slump. What seems certain, though, is that the Bills will bring the wood. And will bring it with a front seven that is not only stouter, but also quicker to the ball, than those units the franchise has recently fielded.
Monday Night Training Camp Report [10:06 AM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'The defense completely dominated the offense in the 11 on 11 drills. It came to the point where Bledsoe seemed to pull his offense aside and cuss them out for their poor performance.'
Buffalo return puts a smile on Gash's smash-mouth [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If you went into the dictionary looking for old-school football, you'd find Sam Gash's picture," Bledsoe said. "He brings an attitude, an aggressiveness, a physical style of football that can be infectious through your whole team. It's always fun when your on the field with Sam. When he runs through the line of scrimmage and runs into a linebacker, you don't have to see the impact; you can hear it."'
Training camp billboard [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills invited Sam Dana, the NFL's oldest living player, to today's practice. The Kenmore resident will celebrate his 100th birthday on Thursday. Dana played for the NFL's New York Yankees in 1928 after playing for Canisius College and Columbia University. At Columbia, he was football teammate of baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig.'
Johnson's woes proves Bills wuz robbed [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson might be the nicest guy in the world, as many local charities will assert, but the five-year, $25 million deal he got from the Bills ranks among the great heists in NFL history.'
Bills move around the X Factor [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Jeff Posey, to be quite honest, is better than I thought he was,” coach Gregg Williams said. “ Takeo and London (Fletcher) are getting a lot of the publicity right now, but if you were picking up sides in the backyard, you’d pick him, too. He’s quiet and does his work, and I like those kinds of guys.”'
Tackle Mike Williams returns to practice after injury [5:20 AM]
AP reports: 'Leg injuries can devastate players carrying 370 pounds. But Williams' current injury isn't related to the leg ailments that kept him out of two games as a rookie. Buffalo's first-round draft pick in 2002 started the other 14 games.'
Bills Defense Holds Upper Hand In Night Practice [5:19 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"The defense got the upper hand," said head coach Gregg Williams. "It was obvious. It was good in one respect but the offensive has to bounce back."'
Bills report: Strategy and personnel [11:15 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Bills' quest for a starting left DE is still high on the team's agenda. But on passing downs, at least, the team appears to have found a solution.
Free agent strong-side LB Jeff Posey, who played DE in college, is lining up at left DE on pass rush plays. On 1st and 2nd down, he's at his normal right outside spot. Or he could wind up in the middle. The idea is to move the versatile 6-4, 250 pounder around and keep OC's up nights.
Bills report: Inside slant [11:12 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Van Pelt isn't expected to play at all against the Ravens, with Bledsoe playing one quarter, Brown for two, and free agent rookie Jason Johnson finishing up.
Bills report: Notes, quotes, anecdotes [11:09 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Linebacker Takeo Spikes is spreading the gospel of coach Dick LeBeau's zone blitzes. LeBeau is the creator of the scheme noted for disguising where pressure on the quarterback is coming from, utilizing such techniques as defensive ends dropping into coverage.
"When it's working right, you'll see defensive linemen getting interceptions," said Spikes, who played for LeBeau in Cincinnati. "Crazy things, stuff you don't think will happen. The key is having athletic guys, not just straight-forward guys who fit the stereotype of a nose guard or an end. We have guys who can move (here)."
Learning from Experience [11:05 PM]
Colts.com reports: Four ex-NFL standouts with a combined 42 seasons NFL experience – Cedrick Hardman, Pete Metzelaars, Reggie Brooks and Ray Roberts – are working with the Colts as assistant coaches during training camp. Metzelaars began his career with the Seattle Seahawks in 1982, but it was as a member of the Buffalo Bills that he made his biggest NFL impact. He played with the Bills from 1985-1994, playing on all four Buffalo Super Bowl teams from 1990-1993. He is working with the Colts’ tight ends during training camp.
Monday Night Practice Report [9:30 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'Josh [Reed] slipped awkwardly trying to catch one of many horribly thrown Travis Brown balls. It looked like his knee twisted. I bit my lip and winced. He got right up and literally sprinted back to the huddle. A loud 'whew' was heard. It was me...'
Joe DeLamielleure enters Pro Football Hall of Fame [9:28 PM]
Macomb Daily reports: 'Joe, the youngest of the DeLamielleure boys, was the sports nut of the family. He was the one who could run through a baseball team's batting order and then imitate each player's batting stance. Once, when Vic Wertz stopped by the Victory Inn as a salesman, Joseph DeLamielleure called over his son. Only when Joe broke out in a smile and pointed to the former baseball great was the sale made.'
Center Line native joins Allen, Lofton, Stram and Bethea as honorees [7:15 PM]
Macomb Daily reports: "Joe D. was just a tremendous all-around football player," said hall of fame offensive lineman Dan Dierdorf. "Run blocking. Pass blocking. Joe D. did it all."
Bucs may be hungry enough to do it again [7:08 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Pete Prisco's first power rankings of the year has the Bills at #4. (No kidding.)
The improved defense will make this a serious contender in the AFC East. As long as they don't try to get too conservative on offense, this team can be a Super possibility.
TV Listings August 9th [1:28 PM]
Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic reports: '8:00 pm NFL Pre-Season: Buffalo Bills @ Ravens' (repeats Sunday the 10th)
Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens [1:20 PM]
Directv reports: Saturday, August 9th, 8:00 p.m., Ch. 629.
Sculpting Joe DeLamielleure's Hall of Fame Bust [11:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Mike Hamby, a rookie defensive end in 1985, DeLamielleure's final season, sculpted the bust of Joe D. that will be displayed forever in the Canton, Ohio, shrine.'
NFL gives Lofton his due [11:04 AM]
Grren Bay Press Gazette reports: “It’s too bad he wasn’t playing when the Packers were going to the Super Bowls,” said Jerry Rembleski of Cadott, who was visiting Lambeau Field Sunday with his wife, Carol. “He was one of the few shining points.”
DeLamielleure, Lofton enshrined [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My mother taught me two things: teamwork and how to pray. Teamwork came from this: one bathroom, no lock and 10 kids."'
LeBeau lands on his feet after Bengals tenure [8:46 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'LeBeau has the title of assistant head coach under Gregg Williams. He describes his job as overseer and adviser for the defense, with emphasis on implementing his specialty - the zone blitz.'
Lofton soaks up moment in the sun [7:11 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: '"When a quarterback first comes into the league, he's normally labeled cocky. As he gets a little older, he's labeled confident. I can think of another 'C' word, and it's controlled," Lofton said. "Jim Kelly could control a football game."'
Balanced diet [6:59 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Speaking about the prospects of playing behind beefy defensive tackles Adams and Williams, Spikes said, "I always say we got 700 pounds of pork up front. They're going to hold guys down and allow us linebackers to make a lot of plays. Even in practice. I'm loving it, man."'
Joe D. finally busts in [6:16 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"My dad had a bar for 43 years, working from 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., open seven days a week except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter," he said. "He taught me the meaning of work."'
Enshrinees honor families for helping them reach hall [5:26 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'DeLamielleure grew up reading sports and hanging around people who played sports. Sports always was the topic of conversation at the Victory Inn, the bar his father built to support the family. “If you didn’t talk sports, you got thrown out,” DeLamielleure said. “That was my life.”'
Teammate recalls enshrinee’s intensity [5:25 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“We were lining up for an extra point in an exhibition game — I mean, come on, it was an exhibition game,” Van Pelt said Sunday prior to DeLamielleure’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “I look across the line at him and say, ‘Hey, Jo-Jo.’ “He picked his head up and put it right back down. I just thought, ‘Oh, God,’ because I knew I was going to get it.”'
DeLamielleure got congrats from O.J. on induction [5:24 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'DeLamielleure said the ''Electric Company'' will reunite and be honored before Buffalo's season-opener vs. New England.'
DeLamielleure's family matters [5:23 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``We are all so lucky to be here, I never thought this day would come,'' said the blue-collar DeLamielleure, dubbed ``Mr. Middle America,'' by his presenter, former Buffalo sportswriter Larry Felser.'
Lofton's big catch [5:21 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Of Levy, he said: "A coach and scholar. And I don't throw that scholar label in there lightly because surely under Marv Levy I expanded my vocabulary and more importantly I learned what it felt like to win."'
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