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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2005

Marker Losman must be ready to answer the call [5:05 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'But Losman is the No. 1 quarterback, and he has to accept all the praise and criticism that comes with it. In a small city like Buffalo, Losman will have trouble escaping the limelight. Whether it’s going out to dinner, shopping at the Galleria Mall (I find it hard to believe he’ll be looking for bargains at the outlet mall), or enjoying the nightlife on the Elmwood Strip, Losman will be hard-pressed to be just another face in the crowd.'

Marker Green Bay plan to be ready for Bills this time [5:04 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: '"I was hoping that we wouldn't play them again," Packers quarterback Brett Favre said, only half-kiddingly. "We got whipped in the scrimmage. ... Had it been live, I might have been in trouble."'

Marker Injured Everett Benefits from “Participation” [5:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Whether you're taking reps or not, you're seeing what we call a mental rep," said tight ends coach Mike Miller. "That's very important to everybody learning. Even if you're not in the play you can still pay attention and get something out of it."'

Marker Much Ado About Nothing [5:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It wasn't all about football however, as quarterback J.P. Losman received a barrage a questions regarding the injury policy later. Losman seemed unconcerned about the policy. "I'm fine with it," Losman said. "That's his decision. Us as players, we're no medical examiners ourselves. So we don't know the technicality or the extent of our injuries more than they do. So we might as well have the doctors talk about it as opposed to a bunch of players who truly don't know what is wrong. That's just the way we're doing things around here and that's just the way it's going to be."'

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August 18, 2005

Marker Home Debut [10:40 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'A full house will be on hand to watch the Bills. And it should be a good experience for Buffalo's new starting quarterback. "If anything it's an adrenaline rush and I think it will be fun to watch him. That's going to happen. We're prepared for it and that's why he's getting as much reps as he's getting and that's why we went to Green Bay. There's a sellout crowd, so hopefully it will be a positive for him." Coach Mularkey said.'

Marker Bills' QB Losman pumped up for home preseason debut [4:19 PM]
AP reports: '``That's going to be awesome. I'll just kind of feed off the crowd,'' the Bills' quarterback said. ``I'm going to try to calm myself down. But we'll see if that's possible.'''

Marker Losman has strong supporting cast [3:35 PM]
ESPN reports: 'From Drew Bledsoe to Losman. Talk about opposite ends of the mobility spectrum. Losman is going to be a weapon for Mike Mularkey, especially on third downs. Defensive ends and outside linebackers, worrying about Willis McGahee, are going to forget to stay at home on the back side and honor the bootleg action, and Losman is going to make them pay.'

Marker Bills Place Emphasis On Starting Season Strong [2:41 PM]
ESPN reports: So the Bills are armed. But are they ready? They have the pieces in place, but do they have what it takes to at least earn a season split with the Patriots and Jets, to not just compete but beat teams like the Falcons, Chiefs, Panthers and Broncos? Even with a young quarterback, will they mature enough to win the games championship contenders do, like at the Jets in Week 17 with maybe the playoffs or perhaps the division at stake? Can they will themselves to victory and not wilt under pressure at key moments?

Marker Clements looks to lock down top dollar [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Obviously, he's very confident in who he is, and we're very confident in who he is, and his stats and his playing ability speaks for itself," France said. "That's the mentality we're going to take, and that's the approach we're going to take."'

Marker Wrist watch continues in Bills' camp [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Do the Bills really think the Texans will gain a competitive advantage if they know Parrish's wrist is broken? And do they really think other teams will go after the wrist when Parrish returns? "Are you kidding me?" Donahoe said. "In this league? Are you kidding me, asking that question? It's a competitive league and people will do anything."'

Marker Injury provides a break for WRs [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Tony Brown and Jonathan Smith are two young wideouts who are well aware that now is the time to shine. "There's a sense of urgency," said Brown, a 6-foot-2, 199-pound rookie free-agent signee out of Tennessee. "The coaches are looking for somebody to step up and fill the void."'

Marker Keeping Clements carries high price tag for Bills [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'France visited camp on Wednesday, and general manager Tom Donahoe said the sides would start serious contract discussions soon. "We visited a little bit today, and it was cordial," Donahoe said. "Nate wants to be here, but until you start throwing numbers, you never know."'

Marker Reed has to live up to expectations in a hurry [5:00 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'The only reason Reed is in a battle to be Buffalo’s No. 3 receiver is because of the wrist injury Parrish suffered last week in training camp. The fact that Reed is battling Drew Haddad for that spot screams out that Reed shouldn’t have been a second-round pick.'

Marker Clements Awaits New Contract [5:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We're definitely open for anything," Clements said. "All I can say is that I'm open and that I want to stay in Buffalo and I love Buffalo. If I was running the front office, I would take care of all of my guys."'

Marker Clements' Agent Speaks With WGR [4:59 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Once the season starts, I think we probably won't (negotiate) because it's a distraction to him and a distraction to the team."'

August 17, 2005

Marker Bills pre-season game to be televised [9:37 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Turkey Hill Dairy has purchased 5,000 remaining seats for the Bills game, ensuring a sellout and lifting the local television blackout. That means the game will be aired live on Channel 7 Saturday at 6 p.m. The Bills Kids Day preseason sellout last year drew 71,500 fans to Ralph Wilson Stadium and the atmosphere was electric. Turkey Hill Dairy donates a nickel for every carton of Buffalo Bills stampede sundae ice cream sold to Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The company will host an ice cream party for patients at the hospital on Friday of this week.'

Marker McGahee Returns [9:27 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'The team conducted it's final two-a-day session of training camp. The Bills break camp Tuesday, August 23.'

Marker On the Road: Buffalo [9:24 PM]
Yahoo Sports reports: 'In my travels during the week, I witnessed four AFC contenders and an NFC squad flying under the radar getting ready for the 2005 campaign. Though I saw only one workout for each, you can get a feel for the pacing, energy and spot the areas of concern. And, of course, you get to see fans at their most passionate. Why else would you be sitting in the oppressive heat to watch an early morning preseason practice?'

Marker Clements wants to be highest-paid cornerback [9:23 PM]
AP reports: '``I'm the best and I don't settle for nothing less,'' said Clements, a four-year veteran who's entering the final year of his contract. ``It's just like if you're the best at your job, you want to be compensated for being the best at your position.'''

Marker McGahee Back In Action [4:35 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After two days of watching from the sidelines, Willis McGahee got back out on the practice field this morning. McGahee practiced at full speed and says he's "100 percent".'

Marker Verizon Wireless back as Bills' sponsor [12:59 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The marketing sponsorship includes having Verizon Wireless as a training camp sponsor, the sponsor for the Bills' regular season home opener, as well as text messaging opportunities with team president Tom Donahoe.'

Marker Bills Kids Day a Sell Out - Again [12:57 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that Turkey Hill Dairy has purchased the remaining seats for the Bills Kids’ Day preseason game against the Packers at Ralph Wilson Stadium making the event sold out for the second consecutive year. The game will air live Saturday, August 20 at 6:00 pm on WKBW-TV in Buffalo, WHAM-TV in Rochester, and WTVH-TV in Syracuse.'

Marker AFC East: It's a little closer at the top [12:21 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'The Bills, a team on the rise in 2004, stood pat, but they will have a different look and personality at quarterback. Old and immobile Bledsoe is out, and young and cocky J.P. Losman is in, leading Buffalo into a new era. Expect some growing pains.'

Marker A moving target [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's a football player," quarterback J.P. Losman said of Haddad. "People want to talk about his size or that he's not as fast as the next guy. But that guy is always in the right spot, he's always going to catch it and you always know where he's going to be. That's a great thing at receiver that we're looking for."'

Marker Drew Haddad through the years [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '2004: NFL Europe with Frankfurt; led the Galaxy with 28 catches for 455 yards. . . . Signed from Bills practice squad in October, played in five-receiver sets in two games; waived Nov. 7, signed to practice squad Nov. 8.'

Marker Clements' agent arrives for talks [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Considering the going rate for top-flight cornerbacks, Clements could command a fat contract with an eight-digit signing bonus. France's visit is the first step in what could be a lengthy process. But Clements' desire to stay in Buffalo could help in the negotiation process. "Nate has expressed that publicly, and that's a key," Donahoe said. "We'll give it our best shot and see what happens."'

Marker Versatile Woodbury hungers to join Bills [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Quarterback is in my heart and I'll never give up my dream to play quarterback, but if you can do other things, that only helps you. I can do whatever they ask me to do — quarterback, receiver, special teams. I'll do anything to make the roster."'

Marker Bills keep McGahee out of practice [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I plan on him playing," Mularkey said, refusing to elaborate on the leg injury other than to say it was a "tweak." Affirmed McGahee: "I'm pretty sure I'm playing; that's the game plan."'

Marker The NFL preseason is just too long [5:02 AM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: 'The Bills should have a pretty good idea by the end of Saturday night’s game as to who should make the team and who should not. There’s no need to extend the preseason two more weeks in order to determine the third-string running back or the fifth wide receiver. Heck, I’m all in favor of increasing the roster by a few players in order to provide more depth in case of injury.'

Marker Versatile Woodbury Intrigues Bills [5:01 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"He'd certainly be a good addition to us," said special teams coordinator Bobby April. "He's smart, tough, hungry and athletic. He'd be a nice guy to add to what we already have."'

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