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Buffalo Bills News - July 23, 2004

Marker Wire to get chance now [7:37 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: '"For the short time that I've been around Coach Mularkey, I feel that he is a man of integrity and character," Wire said. "He has the respect of the players, and everybody is optimistic about the season. With the players we brought in, especially on defense, we should be even better."'

Marker Bills sign Gildon to boost pass rush [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Gildon was due to earn $3.65 million with the Steelers this season, but the Bills awarded him a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.25 million with a $500,000 signing bonus. It's believed, however, the deal is closer to $1 million with a $100,000 bonus plus incentives.'

Marker NFL referee reveals his human side to sports editors [4:51 AM]
Russellville Courier reports: 'This time, it was a November 1998 contest against Buffalo with a playoff berth on the line, and the Patriots scored on the last play of the game — a touchdown pass from Drew Bledsoe to Ben Coates — for a 25-21 victory. Two calls that were made in the final drive that made Buffalo fans enfuriated: a pass that was ruled complete and a pass interference call in the end zone to set up the winning score...“I got to the office, and the receptionist wanted to know what I had done,” he said. “The phone had been ringing off the wall, and the fax machine had been going crazy. I found out that a disc jockey in Buffalo had found out the dairy’s number and fax number and told Buffalo fans to call or send their fax to me.”'

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July 22, 2004

Marker Gildon Ready for Any Role with Bills [2:43 PM] reports: '"I definitely feel like I'll be given the opportunity and all I'm after is the opportunity to compete," Gildon said in a news conference with the Buffalo media. "I definitely have something to offer."'

Marker Some tips on going to Bills’ training camp [1:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Two other key training camp dates are consecutive Wednesdays, Aug. 4 and 11, when the Bills will conduct night practices. Both are free, but tickets are required.'

Marker Gildon moves to comfort zone [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gildon, who turns 32 on July 31, said he believes he has plenty of football left in him. What remains to be seen is how the Bills plan to use him. "I talked to (defensive coordinator Jerry) Gray and he definitely said he has some things that he feels I fit in," Gildon said. "I'm looking forward to working with him and he assured me that he's looking forward to working with me."'

July 21, 2004

Marker Bills Introduce Jason Gildon [9:36 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Interest in the free agent LB wasn't all that high, but Gildon says he understands, "They tend to have an idea...'well maybe he can only play in a certain defense'...I'm a linebacker. I feel I can play in any defense given the right situation and so I think that was one of the factors that maybe kept people away from pursuing me...but other than that, I still feel that I have a lot of football to play."'

Marker Bills sign Gildon to one-year deal [8:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Gildon had narrowed his choices to Buffalo, Green Bay and Cincinnati. He chose Buffalo not only because of his familiarity with Mularkey and Donahoe, but also because he thinks the Bills can make the playoffs this year despite their disappointing 6-10 mark last season. ''I think (we) have the potential to definitely challenge for a championship,'' Gildon said.'

Marker Gildon Officially Signs with Bills [5:12 PM] reports: '"They're very optimistic on the upcoming season," Gildon told the media. "Not only did I talk to Takeo Spikes, but I talked to Travis Henry. He shared with me some of his thoughts from last year and he thought they definitely will be better this year, offensively."'

Marker Tickets For Browns Scrimmage and First Night Practice Available Next Week at Tops [5:12 PM] reports: 'Tickets for the scrimmage will go on sale July 26th at 9:00 AM and cost $2.00 for kids and $6.00 for adults.'

Marker Undrafted Free Agent Process Can Be Hectic [4:22 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills also have found success in the undrafted pool. Defensive tackle Pat Williams never heard his name called in 1997, but the Bills signed him to a deal and the rest is history. Williams has been one of the NFL's most dominant run stoppers over the past few seasons, and at 31-years old, he has shown no signs of slowing down.'

Marker Rookie hopes to crack Bills' roster [1:20 PM]
Niagara Falls Review reports: '“Mike Mularkey seems like he has got these guys headed in the right direction,” Graham said. “These guys really believe in him and that’s where it begins. You have to follow what the coach says.”'

Marker Camp questions [12:56 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Are reports of Drew Bledsoe's demise greatly exaggerated?'

Marker Vincent Already Showing Leadership [12:27 PM] reports: '"I'm a leader by nature," Vincent said. "I have evolved as a leader, but football is a constant team sport. I've always been the guy, so to say, that go to guy. I am only as good as the person that I am next to. I like to lead by example."'

July 20, 2004

Marker Wyche Returns After Nine-year Absence [8:46 PM] reports: '"The game evolves, but I did keep up with it but I haven't been out on the field with the guys and in meeting rooms discussing and discarding ideas," Wyche said. "Those things will take a little bit of time to get used to, but by the time we enter the season I will be a lot further along and ready to go."'

Marker Bills Wide Receivers Ready for Big Year [8:46 PM] reports: '"I'm hoping to get this offense back to where it was before," Evans said. "I feel like I can really help out this team and make some big plays down the field."'

Marker Those Bills Teams were Overrated [5:20 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Buffalo had no rival in the AFC -- it beat four different teams in its four AFC championship game victories. And, simply, Buffalo's defense was never good enough to win a Super Bowl. But they managed to get there four straight years. And that's no reason to put them in the same sentence as Ryan Leaf.'

Marker Bills hope to speed up talks with No. 1 picks [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Signing first-round picks is never easy," Donahoe said. "But we're very optimistic that we can get something done. Fortunately, we have two good agents to deal with and two players who understand the importance of being in camp on time."'

Marker Gildon could give boost to sack total [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But signing Jason Gildon, an aging rush linebacker, is a clear sign that the GM is worried about the Bills' rush.'

Marker LB Gildon passes on the Packers [8:15 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'But because of Gildon’s age — he turns 31 on July 31 — the Packers were willing to pay him only the NFL minimum of $760,000, whereas Buffalo outbid both the Packers and Cincinnati Bengals. Buffalo also appealed to Gildon because he and the Bills’ new coach, Mike Mularkey, worked together in Pittsburgh, where Gildon was a player the last 10 years and Mularkey an assistant coach the past eight.'

July 19, 2004

Marker No More Tickets Being Sold For The Bills First Three Home Games [10:12 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Only a few thousand seats remain for the Jets game November 7th.'

Marker Limited Tickets Remain for the Jets Game [5:07 PM] reports: 'Only a couple thousand tickets remain for the Jets game on November 7th at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It is anticipated that this game will very soon become the fourth 2004 Bills home game in which tickets will be unavailable. The three games that currently do not have tickets available are September 12th against Jacksonville, October 3rd against New England and October 17th against Miami.'

Marker Thoughts on British Open, Bills’ late start [1:55 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In fact, the Bills’ pre-season opener — Sunday, Aug. 15 against Denver at “The Ralph” — is the latest exhibition start in franchise history.'

Marker Bills reach oral agreement with Gildon [12:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Gildon, a three-time Pro Bowler with 77 career sacks, is expected to be used as a pass rusher.Gildon recorded six sacks last season, his lowest total in six years. He will be 32 on July 31.'

Marker Patriots will have tough time defending AFC East title [6:38 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The question: Is Drew Bledsoe over the hill?'

Marker Inside slant [4:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie first-round pick J.P. Losman showed enough during offseason drills to conclude that it's not inconceivable to think he can challenge for the primary backup job as a rookie. "I feel great in this offense," Losman said. "I think I'm very prepared heading into camp and I look forward to the competition. Some people may think that's arrogant, but actually I'm just very confident in my abilities."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'In Buffalo, McNally will get back to his roots, and not just because he's a Buffalo native. Right tackle Mike Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, is a player in dire need of some serious coaching to hit his potential.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [4:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'New defensive backs coach Dave Szabo inherits a unit that intercepted just 10 passes each of the past two seasons, tying the team record low. The big addition is veteran CB Troy Vincent, who has 42 career picks. How do you get turnovers? "You have to practice it," Szabo said. "You have to emphasize it and you have to get a little luck. Sometimes turnovers are just happenstance ... but interceptions are a direct byproduct of putting pressure on the passer. I would say a vast majority of interceptions are from poorly thrown balls more than from the defensive back making a good break on the ball."'

July 18, 2004

Marker Hopes are high for better Bills attack [3:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The big interest with their fans is the offense. Why not? Buffalo finished 30th in the 32-team NFL in overall offense last season. The Bills scored fewer points than any team in the AFC. Drew Bledsoe threw just 11 touchdown passes. In the last three seasons they were 2-25 when they trailed after three quarters.'

Marker Gildon set to join Bills [4:43 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Gildon, who will be 32 next week, has verbally agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Bills. The deal includes a signing bonus of $500,000, and an additional $500,000 in performance incentives.'

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