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Buffalo Bills News - September 12, 2003

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Takeo Spikes [3:01 PM] reports: 'Q: How much of a factor was the Bills home crowd noise in helping the Bills defense and confusing the Patriots offense last Sunday? - Buck Smith (Amherst, NY) Spikes: It was big. (Tom) Brady couldn't get some of the checks out that he wanted to. At the same time he was kind of prefixed as far as where he wanted to go. So that right there, along with the home field crowd advantage making that much noise, kind of threw them off a bit.'

Marker Bills Featured On Sports Illustrated Covers [3:00 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine 12 times since 1969...".

Marker On top of the world [1:24 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Henry is also an able receiver, catching three balls for 37 yards against New England. Fumbling is his kryptonite. Henry lost a league-high eight fumbles last year and lost another versus the Patriots.'

Marker Bills vs. Jaguars Preview [12:21 PM]
TBD reports: 'The team the Bills will face has undergone a big transformation. The Jaguars year's roster has 26 new faces – just under a 50% turnover. There is a new head coach. But like the Bills, they too signed some big name free agents, including defensive end Hugh Douglas and LB Mike Peterson. They also kept their veteran leadership, players like QB Mark Brunell and DE Tony Brackens, intact.'

Marker The new guard dog [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was tough not playing my first year, but I just tried to be patient and work to get better every day," Pucillo said. "The offseason workouts were very important, of course. I prepared myself and waited for the opportunity. When it came, I just went out and tried to do the best I could."'

Marker Brunell's not ready to hand over reins [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills certainly don't think Brunell is fading. "From what we saw on film, it doesn't look like Brunell has lost anything," free safety Pierson Prioleau said. "In my opinion, he's still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL."'

Marker Jacksonville Like Any Other Team to Shaw [8:06 AM] reports: '"They are just the next opponent," Shaw said. "You have to prepare the same no matter who you're playing. Once the game is over, if we come out on top, then bragging rights with old buddies will kick in. But during the game you have to have the same preparation."'

Marker Jaguars won't use youth as an excuse [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I want to win in anything I do and be competitive in anything I do,” said Del Rio, who coaches with the same intensity he played linebacker in the NFL for 11 seasons with. “ I wasn’t forced to make those decisions to get rid of those guys. We’re doing what we think we can to be competitive.”'

Marker Buffalo's new `great warrior' [5:19 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"I'm not proclaiming to be the best linebacker to ever play the game," said Spikes, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound hulking specimen that toiled in relative obscurity for five seasons with the Bengals. "But I really don't think the city of Buffalo knew what they were getting when they got me. And it's real ... it's real."'

Marker Bledsoe to Brunell: Change is not bad [5:18 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"He's shown that you can go through some difficult times and still have things work out great for you," Brunell said.'

Marker Bills at a glance [5:17 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Minuses: The Bills averaged just 3.2 yards on 33 rushing attempts against New England. ... Henry fumbled again on Sunday, raising his total to 16 over the past three seasons.'

Marker Jaguars notebook [5:16 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, who visit Alltel Stadium, have played only 10 games in their history -- including preseason games -- in temperatures above 87 degrees.'

Marker Home opener to be blacked out [5:15 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'With more than 8,100 tickets unsold, the Jaguars didn't even wait until the 72-hour deadline at 1 p.m. yesterday to make the blackout official for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills at Alltel Stadium.'

Marker The blackout blame falls squarely on... [5:14 AM]
St. Augustine Record reports: 'The thing that kills me is that not only do we not get the Jags game, but they won't show any other game. Instead we get re-runs of "Joanie loves Chaci."'

Marker Morris prepared to help the Bills any way he can [5:13 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"I know I could do it," the former Jay and Texas Tech standout said. "Over the past few years, I've learned a lot about how to prepare physically (for the season) and how to take care of my (6-foot, 220-pound) body. I've also improved as a runner since my rookie season."'

Marker Thomas says he'll play [5:12 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins denied a caller's report on a Buffalo television station that there have been talks about moving the Sept. 21 home game to Buffalo and having the Bills come to Miami on Dec. 21 because of Hurricane Isabel. ''We haven't talked to the league or the Bills or discussed it at this point,'' Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said.'

Marker A winning game plan [5:11 AM]
Jackson Clarion Ledger reports: 'Jasper eats, drinks and bleeds Buffalo red, white and blue because of a chain of loyalties that leads back to Mississippi: Jasper likes the Bills because he likes Eric Moulds because he likes Moulds' alma mater, Mississippi State.'

Marker Fond Memories for Gilbride [5:10 AM] reports: 'Gilbride was the Jaguars first ever offensive coordinator under Waterloo native Tom Coughlin, helping build the expansion team into an instant success. "We took a program that was just starting, and within two years climbed on number eight's back and he took us to the AFC Championship game," Gilbride said of his time in Jacksonville with quarterback Mark Brunell.'

Marker Buffalo Bills run round the outside [5:09 AM] reports: 'Besides the penalties the Bills did have a couple of minor hic-cups. Receiver Josh Reed dropped a well worked flea-flicker and had a disappointing game, punt returner Antonio Brown failed to live up to his pre-season promise (but that should be put down to first game nerves), and the running game never really dominated like it should have done until late in the game. But these were minor glitches in an overall superb performance. The Bills are back looking like the great teams they had a decade ago (is it really that long ?) and can now be considered genuine contenders.'

Marker Jags seek to cool off torrid Bills [5:08 AM]
AP reports: '"We stayed to the plan," Williams said. "It pained me to see some of those great defensive players leave here, but that's what we had to do."'

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September 11, 2003

Marker Bills sign WR Myers to practice squad [10:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Myers was initially signed last April as an undrafted rookie free agent out of LSU, where he was a teammate of Bills receiver Josh Reed.'

Marker Milloy quickly settling in with Bills [6:09 PM]
AP reports: '''I'm going to be able to have fun in this defense,'' Milloy said. ''This defense is one that allows the playmakers to make plays, and forces everybody to get to the ball. And it was evident last Sunday.'''

Marker Blacked out [5:04 PM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"We are disappointed that many of our fans will not get to see our home opener," said senior vice president /sales and marketing Dan Connell in a statement released by the Jaguars. "So we encourage them to come to the stadium and be there in person to experience the first home game under Jack Del Rio."'

Marker Myers Joins Bills Practice Squad [5:01 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has signed wide receiver Jerel Myers to its practice squad.'

Marker Bledsoe, Brunell meet up in key AFC battle [4:06 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills didn't get a lot of opportunities in the return game for Antonio Brown to show what he could do. The WR/KR returned two kicks for touchdowns in the preseason. He should get a chance to shine this week. Jacksonville was awful on special teams against the Panthers. They had a punt blocked for a safety, the potential winning FG was blocked, and they allowed a 36-yard punt return to set up Carolina's winning score.'

Marker Brunell, Bledsoe linked [3:32 PM] reports: 'Brunell and Bledsoe, two veteran quarterbacks linked by their college football roots and, possibly, by their late-career fates, will face each other this Sunday for the fourth time since they were college rivals at Washington and Washington State.'

Marker Spikes Gets An AFC Honor [1:28 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Only one Bills is on the injury report for Sunday's game in Jacksonville. Sam Aiken is questionable with a sore hamstring.'

Marker Adams' INT Return Named NFL Play of the Week [1:25 PM] reports: 'Adams' interception topped Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Joe Jurevicius' 7-yard tipped touchdown reception against the Philadelphia Eagles, in fan voting on For details and video of this week's nominees and the results of fan voting, please visit'

Marker Fresh beer delivery [1:21 PM] reports: 'Budweiser, Bud Light and the Jacksonville Jaguars have designated Sunday, September 14, as “Freshness Day” offering thousands of adult football fans in the area an opportunity to taste Budweiser Family products the same day they are packaged. The Jaguars host the visiting Buffalo Bills that day at 1 p.m. ET. Stadium vendors will offer Budweiser and Bud Light draught beer, packaged and served bearing the same “Born On” date – September 14, 2003 – allowing consumers to try the freshest beer available.'

Marker Bills set for their future [1:20 PM] reports: '"The ability to get Drew Bledsoe speeded everything up for us," Donahoe admits. "We're very young and we'd like to think our team will grow and get better. Our scouts have done a good job of getting the roster turned over. We've had three good drafts in a row. You need free agency and you have to sprinkle guys in, but the draft is still the life blood of your team. The young guys fit better under the salary cap."'

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