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Buffalo Bills News - August 5, 2005

Marker Bills Maybe Interested Eagles Simon [10:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The report goes on to say that the Bills are looking to get Simon to agree to a contract and then would have to come up with compensation for the Eagles.'

Marker Parrish becoming deep threat [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Every period was pretty much successful," Losman said. "The first couple periods we had problems with the cadence. The linemen and defensive linemen both were so antsy and so quick to get off the jump. They wanted to hit each other so fast they forgot about the cadence. We corrected that definitely in the second team period."'

Marker The billboard [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'NFL umpire Jim Quick, entering his 18th season, led a seminar for both teams concerning new rules and points of emphasis the league officials have this season. They include a new, streamlined pocket, which relates to illegal contact penalties that became so prevalent last season; elimination of peel-back blocks that tend to occur on screen passes; illegal contact fouls against receivers; and minor changes in operation of the play clock.'

Marker Bills have more answers than questions [8:25 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'There’s a lot more boxes checked in than empty boxes. Still, tonight’s scrimmage against Green Bay will be used as an extra preseason game to get Losman more exposure. And what he does starting Sept. 11 will be his ultimate measuring stick.'

Marker Anderson, Edwards duke it out at DT [8:24 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Anderson, in his second year in the league and standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 307, has taken note of the veteran players around him. “You’re always trying to learn from the guys around you. Especially Sam, Ron and Justin (Bannan). They’ve been here longer than I have so obviously they bring more stuff to the table that I haven’t seen,” he said. “I do watch what they do and what I do — for better or for worse.”'

Marker Coaches pleased with productive practice [7:53 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: '“I liked the way we finished the practice,” said Mularkey, referring to the scrimmage portion conducted over the final 30 minutes. “That was important. That was as close to a game simulation as you can have. It will be very close to what (tonight’s) scrimmage will be like. There’s a lot of positives coming out of this, especially for some of the younger players.”'

Marker Former UW stars enjoy homecoming [7:52 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'For three former University of Wisconsin players on the Buffalo Bills’ training camp roster, receiver Lee Evans and safeties Troy Vincent and Jim Leonhard seem headed in vastly different directions.'

Marker Titletown tour awesome [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' training camp at St. John Fisher College has evolved into one of the top experiences for fans and players in the NFL over the past six summers, but let's be honest. Comparing Rochester to Titletown is comparing Seabreeze to Disneyland.'

Marker Packers had their eye on Losman [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We had very high interest (in him)," Sherman said. "We thought he was a very talented young man, and he is. He'll be one of those surprises, like a (Ben) Roethlisberger-type surprise this year to a lot of people."'

Marker Dr. Z says Bills need fast start [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"If they get off to a fast start, they have a shot," Zimmerman said. "If they can pick up from that streak they had last year, certainly they have a shot. I don't know why they put on a spurt like that and scored all of those points, but something lit them up."'

Marker Evans fits the Bills [4:56 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: '"I know I have come a long way and it just makes me appreciate where I am now a lot more," Evans said. "Before, you kind of take things for granted and everything else. But every day you get up and every day you're privileged enough to come out here and play this game, it's a blessing. It's something that I don't take for granted."'

Marker Bills' Leonhard believes he can beat the odds - again [4:55 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: 'So while the former University of Wisconsin safety acknowledges the challenge of making the Buffalo Bills' roster is "definitely" the biggest of his life, Leonhard doesn't seem fazed by it. "It's a lot alike," Leonhard said Thursday night following the Bills' joint practice with the Green Bay Packers. "You start at the bottom and work up. And you just hope it goes as quickly as possible."'

Marker Simon shuffling off? [4:55 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'According to a very reliable league source, the Buffalo Bills have been looking into the possibility of acquiring franchise-tagged defensive tackle Corey Simon from the Eagles.'

Marker Thurman Thomas to help great causes today in Ottumwa [4:55 AM]
Ottumwa Courier reports: '"I've had a lot of family members in the last three to four years I've lost due to cancer," Thomas said. "Even though I do a lot of charity events, I'll always try to do more cancer events for the rest of my life. This hits home for me, and I'm very proud to be here."'

Marker Bills in Packerland [4:55 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"I think we got in alot of good work," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "We had a number of sessions. The blitz, the inside run, we simulated a team period moving the ball, we got a lot of different things done. I like the way we finished the practice. That was important. It was about as close a game simulation as you can have, very close to what the scrimmage will be like."'

Marker Scrimmage at Lambeau a homecoming for Wisconsin trio [4:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Vincent was one of three former Badgers who drew cheers from the green and gold faithful during a two-hour joint workout Thursday night, the first practice the Packers shared with another NFL team in 14 years. Wide receiver Lee Evans and safety Jim Leonhard also are former Badgers who got plenty of praise from the crowd.'

Marker Friday's Green Bay Coverage [4:54 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Coaches, fans get first look at the defense (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Rodgers impressive in scrimmage (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Coaches pleased with productive practice (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Former UW stars enjoy homecoming (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Rule changes protect players (Green Bay Press Gazette)
On the fence with fan Carrie Reed (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Sherman champions homeless shelter (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Scrimmage to be good test for test Rodgers, defense (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Hamstring injury may shelve Bedell (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Battle is on for return jobs (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Packers, fans gear up for Friday night party (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Evans fits the Bills (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Irwin, McGee return to airwaves (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Rookie QB Rodgers shows his stuff (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Packers' defense solid (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Sander meets challenge (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Bills' Leonhard believes he can beat the odds - again (Wisconsin State Journal)
Rodgers strong to start (Wisconsin State Journal)
Die-hard Packers fans line up for practice (Appleton Post Crescent)
Sander's second chance starts Friday night against Bills (AP)
Bills Stampede Into Green Bay (Packers.com)
Referees Explain New Rules For 2005 NFL Season (Packers.com)
Rodgers Shreds The Bills Pass Defense (Packers.com)
Restaurants Score with Packers-Bills Practice (WBAY-TV)
Oneida Street Closing for Packers-Bills (WBAY-TV)

Marker Mularkey Pleased with First Joint Practice [4:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I think we got a lot of good work," head coach Mike Mularkey said at the conclusion of the joint workout. "We had a number of different sessions, the blitz, the inside run, and a simulated team period. We got a lot of things done and I liked the way we finished the practice. That was important because it was about as close to a game simulation as you can have."'

Marker Losman Led Bills Set to Face Packers [4:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I want to see what he's got," Rodgers recently said on Packers.com. "I'll definitely be watching him pretty close."'

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August 4, 2005

Marker Packers host another team for practice for first time in 14 years [10:02 PM]
AP reports: '"I thought it would be a great change-up," Sherman said. "Going against a different colored jersey will spice things up a bit for a coup le days." Mularkey said the same thing before the Bills boarded their plane for Green Bay: "Just listening to these guys as we were finishing up practice, they need somebody else to beat on. It's been a pretty good week worth of practice. I think it's just a change-up. It's good for them."'

Marker Catching up with ... Takeo Spikes [10:01 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'So how do you look in blue and red compared to orange and black?
Spikes: I look like a winner.'

Marker Skeptics lack what Losman has aplenty: confidence [5:07 PM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'So let’s make it official: I predict Losman will start the season solid, evolve into good and proceed to outstanding.'

Marker Bills' high hopes hinge on Losman [5:05 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'I think 9-7 is attainable, but a slow 1-5 start like last year could force a quarterback change on a week-to-week basis. A 2-3 start or better and the franchise will not look back as the Losman era is born. I think Losman stays on the field all season and the team scrambles to an 8-8 record with their sights clearly set on 2006 as the year they make their big move.'

Marker Bills to get close-up look at Favre [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Friday, teams will work from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Practice will include individual drills, seven-on-seven and a two-minute drill simulation. The teams will then warm up from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., with the scrimmage kicking off at 8:05 p.m. at Lambeau Field. The first-team offenses will face the first-team defenses on two separate sets of possessions.'

Marker The billboard [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the afternoon, the first teams ran a spirited four-play goal-line drill in a full-pads, thanks due an inducement by Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "Whoever won was going to get some more time off tonight," Mularkey said. "So that sort of stirs up the competition. They take a lot of pride in their side of the ball."'

Marker Running back battle heats up [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Lee, returning veterans Joe Burns and Shaud Williams, and rookie Lionel Gates are the candidates competing for the important No. 2 role behind superstar Willis McGahee, a spot created by the pre-training camp trade of Travis Henry to the Tennessee Titans. It's a race too close to call, with every practice, every scrimmage, every preseason game scheduled for heavy scrutiny by the coaching staff and front office.'

Marker Bills sweat in the heat, try to stay cool [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When I played for Bud (Grant in the early 1980s), there was no water on the field," Mularkey remembers. "But if there was a cattle warning on the radio and the farmers were warned to bring their cattle in, we'd get a water break."'

Marker Losman thrilled he will oppose Favre at Lambeau [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm a big, big fan, just the way he handles himself off the field," Losman said of Favre, 35, who is entering his 15th season needing just 266 yards to join John Elway and Dan Marino in the 50,000 Club. "It's going to be awesome to play against a guy like that. There probably hasn't been another quarterback other than Brett Favre that I want to take more from."'

Marker Bills eager to hit someone else [5:01 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“I know the guys are tired of hitting each other and tired of blocking each other — probably more so than me it’s good for them,” Bills quarterback J.P. Losman said. “They’re not able to hit people as hard as they want to. They don’t want to hurt teammates. It’s going to be good to get some different looks and see some different colors on the helmet.”'

Marker Losman taking hints from Favre on, off the field [5:00 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“I try to take things out of all types of quarterbacks throughout the years that I liked. (There are) certain qualities that I want to add to my game but there probably isn’t another quarterback that I want to take more from than Brett Favre.”'

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