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Buffalo Bills News - September 1, 2004

Marker Final preseason game important for Lions QB McMahon [4:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Even though Matthews will have only one full practice in Buffalo, he is expected to play against the Lions. ''If I was at training camp or not, I would look the same,'' Matthews said. ''I'm not real big or real strong, but I usually know where to throw it.'' Bills coach Mike Mularkey said Bledsoe would start the game and play a couple of series before being replaced by Greg Zolman.'

Marker Buffalo Bills preview [3:59 PM]
CNN/SI reports: "New coach Mike Mularkey has some tricks up his sleeve for an offense that has a couple of new weapons, but first he has to straighten out the line."

Marker The Music City Miracle [10:32 AM] reports: 'So it's a sore subject in Buffalo, to say the least.'

Marker Mularkey sticks to party line on front five [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I have total confidence that it will come together," Mularkey said. "If you're looking for excellence the first game, I think it's a pipe dream. But I think they'll get better and better as they play."'

Marker Matthews aims for game action [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Everybody runs the same plays in this league," Matthews said. "You just have to learn how they call them. I'm pretty smart, at least I think I'm pretty smart. I just have to learn how to translate the plays."'

Marker Bills QB taking a crash course in offense [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I don't have the strongest arm, but that's not the main part about playing quarterback," said Matthews, who has started 22 games in his 11-year career. "It's knowing the offense, don't kill your team, don't turn the ball over, have a quick release and throw it accurately. If you do that, you'll be OK."'

Marker Thomas fights with one hand to keep his job [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'While Thomas has been somewhat hindered in the first two preseason games by the broken bone just below his left thumb, he has nonetheless impressed new defensive backs coach Steve Szabo. "In our camp to date, he's probably the most improved player," Szabo said. "He's playing pretty good. He's playing doggone good."'

Marker Bills Cut Eleven [5:07 AM] reports: 'NFL teams are required to be down to 65 players. NFL Europe players are exempt accounting for the extra three players on the Bills roster. Teams cut to 53 on Sunday.'

Marker Zolman might not last for long [5:06 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'This could be his last chance to do so. But most likely, the next time you see Zolman you could be ordering a Happy Meal for your kids.'

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August 31, 2004

Marker Buffalo Bills Scouting Report [10:09 PM] reports: 'No one has any delusional Super-Bowl-or-Bust predictions for the 2004 Bills -- unlike last year. But in the end, this year's team may fare far better than their predecessors, a pleasing thought to the extremely loyal (even in the winter) fan base. Bottom line: With Miami and the New York Jets stuck in neutral, the Bills should be the world-champion Patriots' only competition for the AFC East crown. But Drew Bledsoe must remain healthy for that to happen.'

Marker Buffalo (1-2) at Detroit (1-2) [7:55 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bledsoe is expected to play just one or two series against the Lions, leaving Matthews and third-stringer Greg Zolman to handle most of the duties behind center.'

Marker Reserve Players Need to Step-Up [7:46 PM] reports: 'The offense hasn't been able to put the ball in the end zone yet this preseason. I think it's cause for slight concern, but I don't think there's any reason to panic. The game-planning hasn't been in-depth yet. You're just getting a group of plays called that you've been working on in camp. There's only a little bit of actual game-planning that goes on. For the most part, you're just looking at a group of plays that are being picked out of a hat to try and beat the defense in that situation. I think that's the reason they haven't scored once they get into the red zone, but I don't anticipate that being a problem in the regular season.'

Marker Banged-up Bills present Matthews with opportunity [7:42 PM]
AP reports: '''Teams try to call old guys and I'm an old guy,'' said the 34-year-old Matthews, who did not take a snap last year. ''I'm excited to be here and ready to do whatever they need me to do.'''

Marker Bills Waive 11 Players [2:47 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills now have 68 players on their roster, including three NFL Europe exemptions. NFL rosters must be reduced again to 53 players by Sunday, September 5th.'

Marker Brown Not Part of Return Game Plans [12:57 PM] reports: 'Brown was the victim of others playing well around him. McGee broke out some big gains early in the preseason and showed how dangerous he can as a return man.'

Marker KR Brown among 11 players cut by Bills [12:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Brown, who averaged 21.8 yards per kickoff return last year, was sparingly used this preseason, managing just one return for 18 yards. Receiver Josh Reed and cornerback Terrence McGee had more impressive preseason performances, and were considered to be the favorites for the job.'

Marker Bills Waive 11 Players [12:20 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have waived the following 11 players...'.

Marker Wire May Get Chance to Start [10:57 AM] reports: '"If the situation does come up where I'm going to have to fill Lawyer's shoes, then I'm going to do the best I can," Wire said. "I have a responsibility to this team to fill some pretty big shoes but I'm going to do the best I can to do that."'

Marker Ultimate Tailgate Party [10:56 AM] reports: 'For each Bills home game, Brian Moorman's PUNT Foundation and Meyers' RV Superstores will auction off the "Ultimate Tailgate Party". Each party provides ten (10) fans with the use of a luxury RV in the Meyer's RV Camper Lot at Ralph Wilson Stadium along with great food and beverage and ten (10) game tickets. To place your online bid or further detailed information, visit or call Jeff Ginn at 888.330.7529 x14.'

Marker Bills sign Matthews as backup to Bledsoe [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' backup for most of his NFL career, Matthews has started 22 games, 15 in his four seasons with the Chicago Bears. The other seven starts were in 2002 with the Washington Redskins under Steve Spurrier, his coach at Florida.'

Marker Bills sign QB Matthews [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With Matthews on board, it looks as if the Bills will open the season with quarterbacks taking up four of their 53 roster spots, and only two will be healthy — Bledsoe and Matthews.'

Marker Trafford thrilled by chance with Bills [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Without making any promises, Mularkey wasn't afraid to pay Trafford a strong compliment. "He should be able to play in this league, I think that right now," said Mularkey, who played nine seasons in the NFL at the same position. "If desire's not enough, you've seen flashes that he's got talent enough."'

Marker Around the Northwest [5:03 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'An ownership group headed by former Seahawks player Sam Adams has filed an application with the National Indoor Football League for an expansion franchise in Everett starting in 2005, league officials said yesterday in a news release. Adams plays defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills.'

August 30, 2004

Marker Bills backup QB out 4-to-6 weeks [9:58 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We're not going to go into the first regular season game with just one experienced quarterback," said Donahoe. "We would not think that's a fair position to put the team."'

Marker Brown's Injury Just A Sprain [9:57 PM] reports: '"In my 20 years in the NFL I can't remember a situation like this in this short a time frame with the quarterbacks," said head coach Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Bills Receive Some “Good” Injury News [9:56 PM] reports: 'In related injury news, starting safety Lawyer Milloy underwent successful surgery Sunday on his broken forearm. Milloy seems confident he will be able to play in the Sept. 12 opener against Jacksonville.'

Marker Matthews Signs. Brown Out 4 To 6 Weeks [9:55 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He watched practice on Monday standing next to quarterbacks coach Sam Wyche talking about plays.'

Marker Bills sign Matthews to replace injured backup QB [9:55 PM]
AP reports: 'It's possible that Matthews could make his Bills debut in the team's preseason finale, at Detroit on Thursday. The Bills, who open their regular season hosting Jacksonville on Sept. 12, have only two other healthy quarterbacks on their roster: Bledsoe and Greg Zolman, who opened camp as the team's fourth-stringer.'

Marker Bills QB Brown out 4-6 weeks with sprained knee [9:54 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"The news is better than we expected," Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said. "Travis has a sprain of the knee. His anterior cruciate ligament is fine. It's a four to six week injury, but it could be sooner or a little longer."'

Marker Injury a sprained MCL, not a torn ACL [5:21 PM]
ESPN reports: In the meantime, the Bills on Monday added journeyman Shane Matthews, who was with Cincinnati in 2003, but did not appear in a single game. The 10-year veteran certainly meets the requirement of being able to get into camp with the Bills, quickly assimilate the offense, and serve as a stopgap of sorts.

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