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Buffalo Bills News - August 27, 2004

Marker Bills Break Training Camp at St. John Fisher [5:06 AM] reports: '"We had great fans through morning practices, afternoon practices, and Wednesday night practices. I want to thank St. John Fisher. What a great job these guys have done year-in and year-out. This is really my first experience with it and it's second to none. There as big as part of making our camp as productive as it was."'

Marker Nate Clements Interview [5:05 AM] reports: 'Well, my mindset going into a game is that I am the best and I am going to beat this guy flat out lined up across from me. That is how my feelings are going into every game.'

Marker Vincent's last laugh will be on the field [5:04 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Vincent signed a six-year deal with the Bills this offseason. He'll likely play half of that...'

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August 26, 2004

Marker AFC East Preview [7:59 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Won't go to the playoffs if ... Travis Henry and Willis McGahee don't grow up and realize that starting isn't everything.

Marker Jaguars sign veteran kicker Christie [7:51 PM]
ESPN reports: The most successful run of Christie's career came from 1992-2000 as a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he scored over 100 points in eight of nine seasons and played in two Super Bowls.

Marker Mort Online Report [7:50 PM]
ESPN reports: Just his weekly chat session but he comments on Losman and getting another QB due to his injury, Henry as RB starter, resurgance of Bledsoe - amongst othre NFL news and notes.

Marker Bills Break Camp [5:51 PM] reports: '"There was no hidden agenda coming in," said linebacker Takeo Spikes. "We knew what to expect because of his background. I think what we benefited most is that he's an ex-player. He knows the response he gets from his players as far as how far he's going to push us."'

Marker The Bills Release Six Players Early [4:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Coleman was so good in preseason last year he forced his way on to the roster. He could never get open once he faced better players. He caught eight passes for 69 yards. Coleman has a very bad camp this season. He short armed the ball twice on Wednesday which may have spelled his demise.'

Marker Bills break camp with lingering questions about offense [1:51 PM]
AP reports: '''Consistency,'' receiver Eric Moulds said. ''I think we lacked a lot of consistency last year. And I think at times this year, in the first two preseason games, we haven't been really consistent.'''

Marker Battle over for Travis Brown? [1:09 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Brown has gotten a reputation of being a better quarterback in a game than he is in practice. It’s not something he denies. “That’s what our job is, to go out and play the game,” he said. “They don’t keep stats on practices. If other people consider me a gamer, that’s great. I’m just going to go out there and try to help this team win.”'

Marker AFC East [11:46 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'There will be no honeymoon for Mike Mularkey, whose bosses believe this team has playoff talent.'

Marker WR Coleman among six Bills cut [11:30 AM]
AP reports: 'Coleman spent two years with the Bills and had eight catches for 69 yards in 14 games last year. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002, Coleman hurt his foot in minicamp that year and spent part of the season on Buffalo's practice squad.'

Marker Bills Release Six Players [11:29 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have released the following six players...'.

Marker Losman's hard knock is Brown's gain [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although Losman's injury is a setback in terms of his development, it won't have a major impact on the depth chart. Brown is entrenched as the No. 2 QB. He has had a good training camp, earning praise from the coaching staff. "He's done well," Mularkey said. "I like his field presence. I think the players feed off of his emotions. They believe he can move the ball."'

Marker It's Q&A time for NFL fans [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If you have a question on the Bills or the NFL in general, Question Mark and he'll respond to several questions each week.'

Marker Bills weigh their options [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Doctors will insert a plate into Losman's leg to stabilize the fracture and speed up the healing process. Still, the team has indicated the first-round pick from Tulane — who signed a five-year contract with $5.6 million in guaranteed money — could miss eight to 12 weeks.'

Marker Van Pelt not an option for Bills [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I couldn't play now," Van Pelt said. "It's not an option."'

Marker Losman feels down, but not out [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I told him last night it's eight or 12 weeks, whatever it is, but it's a very small portion of what his career is going to be all about," Brown said. "Don't dwell on it, come back as strong as ever and stay plugged in mentally. That's what I told him."'

Marker Bills Resume Practice without Losman [5:07 AM] reports: 'The Bills currently have three additional quarterbacks on their roster: starter Drew Bledsoe, five-year veteran Travis Brown, and undrafted free agent Greg Zolman, who competed in NFL Europe this past season playing with Rhein. "Travis has played well and we'll still go (into the season) as we were before the injury," Mularkey said. "I don't think there is going to be a change there."'

August 25, 2004

Marker Opportunity for Zolman [8:58 PM] reports: '"When I do get the reps I get a little more now than I did. Just do the best I can with them and try to learn from any mistakes that I do make," Zolman said.'

Marker Student Leaders to Give Back to Community [5:31 PM] reports: 'This year, 26 local students were selected to participate in the year-long program, started by Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe. The Bills received well over 100 applications that require the students to write an essay describing examples of when they have shown leadership skills in their high school and community.'

Marker Tutors emphasizing mechanics, techniques [5:30 PM]
ESPN reports: '"Hey, a lot of teams have one (assistant) who coaches the (offensive) tackles and another one who works with the interior linemen," noted Bledsoe, who has been sharper in camp than he was a year ago. "Teams will have a coach for the safeties and another coach for the cornerbacks. So why not have a separate coach for your quarterbacks? It's a position where, definitely, the demands of the job keep getting tougher."'

Marker Vincent upset over Losman's injury [5:29 PM]
AP reports: '''There's nothing I could do to change it,'' Vincent said. ''I know his importance to this football team. ... He's a fiery young guy, the sky's the limit for him. No one wants to be in a cast at this point in time in their career.'''

Marker Partnership, Bills ready to kick off season [5:29 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The 4th annual "Taste of the Season -- Buffalo Bills Style" will be held Monday, Aug. 30 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The event, scheduled for 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., will be held inside the Jim Kelly Club.'

Marker Bills Notebook [12:46 PM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: 'The Colts are expected to play their starters into the third quarter against the Bills. "If you want to get your dress rehearsal week in, Week 3 is kind of the way to go,” Colts coach Tony Dungy said. “It’s really the week we like to get geared in and playing well."'

Marker Teague Not Worried About O-Line [12:43 PM] reports: '"These things happen in camp all the time," Teague said. "People get banged up over the course of the four weeks here and coaches constantly rotate guys to get a look at how they play. It's a physical sport, especially up front. It's all part of the game and I don't think there's anything to worry about."'

Marker Bills QB Losman to have surgery on broken leg [12:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills president Tom Donahoe said it's premature to discuss whether the team will bring in an additional quarterback or determine whether to end Losman's season by placing him on the injured reserve list.'

Marker The billboard [11:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I look at it as taking advantage of an opportunity," McGahee said Tuesday. "Really, it's just another game. I've started in practice with the (first team) before, but it wasn't nothing. But this is a game, and the only difference is this is more competitive."'

Marker Losman out with fractured fibula [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The injury is similar to the one suffered last year by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who fractured his right fibula during the preseason. Vick missed 12 games.'

Marker Losman breaks leg in practice [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It was an accident," Mularkey said. "Troy isn't going to try and hurt anybody, and J.P., he loosened up at the end (of the play), and you can't do that."'

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