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Buffalo Bills News - August 11, 2003

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.'

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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.'

Marker Boller impressive in Ravens debut [5:11 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'The Ravens' first-team offense played 17 plays against the Bills and looked sharp on their second possession of the game. Redman marched the Ravens 42 yards on seven plays for a Jamal Lewis 1-yard touchdown. On the drive Redman went 2-for-2 for 32 yards.'

Marker Joe Burns: Still battling [5:10 AM]
Thomasville Times Enterprise reports: 'Joe Burns has been through this before. And chances are, the former Thomas County Central and Georgia Tech standout will have to go through it again.'

Marker Updates on local players in NFL camps [5:09 AM]
El Paso Times reports: 'Dorenbos is the first-team long snapper for the Bills. He's made a great impression in camp and has been written up several times in the Buffalo News for his accuracy. He's expected to make the team as the Bills have a long history of dedicating a spot solely to that position.'

Marker Smith broke left tibia in preseason opener [5:08 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Rookie tight end Trent Smith, a seventh-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens, suffered a broken left tibia in the team's preseason opener Saturday night and will likely miss the entire season.'

Marker Bills 20, Ravens 19 [5:07 AM]
AP reports: '``We came out and did some key things we wanted to do -- three-and-outs and turnovers,'' Clements said.'

Marker Buffalo 20, Baltimore 19 [5:06 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Bills got their other points on Olandis Gary's one-yard TD run late in the first quarter and a pair of field goals by Rian Lindell.'

Marker Bills Squeak Past Ravens [5:05 AM] reports: 'Rookie Antonio Brown returned a punt 87 yards for the winning points as Buffalo held off Baltimore in the Bills preseason opener.'

Marker The Bills Go To Baltimore And Leave 1-0 In The Preseason [5:04 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills are next in action Saturday in Tennessee. They return to St.John Fisher for practice on Monday at 2:45 which is open to the public.'

Marker Strong start, finish falls short [5:03 AM] reports: 'A rejuvenated and healthy Ray Lewis, a suffocating secondary and a pass-rushing burst was reminiscent of Ravens defenses of the past.'

August 9, 2003

Marker Hopes to have deal concluded by next week [5:07 PM]
ESPN reports: 'McGahee is making a remarkable recovery and Rosenhaus has insisted his client is ready to return to the field. Donahoe and the Bills have espoused a more prudent approach and could place McGahee on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list once he is signed.'

Marker McGahee's agent: deal close [5:04 PM]
AP reports: '``We made significant progress on a number of issues, including the term of the agreement, the signing bonus and the incentives,'' agent Drew Rosenhaus said. ``We're hopeful that we'll be able to iron out some details and close in on an agreement ... and possibly have a deal done by early next week.'''

Marker Bills vs. Ravens TV/Radio/Internet Information [2:04 PM]
TBD reports: We compiled a list of various ways to catch the action tonight. Don't forget to print out a roster if you are watching live!

Marker The Bills Are Ready To Open The Preseason [1:42 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Greg Williams says he'll play his starters about a quarter in Saturday's first preseason game from Baltimore. Williams says it could go longer if one unit stays on the field longer than the other.'

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