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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2004

Marker Lawton tries to earn job with Buffalo [5:31 AM]
Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports: '“One thing you love about him is his energy,” Studesville said. “He’s going to sacrifice his body. He doesn’t care who’s standing in front of him, he’s going straight ahead."'

Marker Battle on the Left Side [5:30 AM] reports: '"They told us coming in it was going to be a competition," said Kelsay. "They're going to give us both opportunities and whoever makes the most of it and produces is going to earn that job. He (Coach Mularkey) gave Ryan the start last week. He's going to give me the start this week and it comes down to whoever's playing better."'

Marker Punter Brian Moorman to [5:29 AM] reports: '"Being an education major myself, I think it's important for kids to put a lot of emphasis on staying in school," said Moorman, a history education major and one-time substitute teacher. "If I can help motivate kids to stay in school then I'm happy to help out anyway I can."'

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August 18, 2004

Marker Not so happy trails [9:20 PM]
CNN/SI reports: '"No back in the league gives me as much trouble," says the Dolphins' MLB Zach Thomas. "I'm short, and I can get leverage on the backs, but not Henry. I can't get under him. And he runs so hard. I hate trying to tackle him."'

Marker Bills Shuffle O'Line Again [9:11 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Villarrial's absense just adds to the continuing shuffle of players along the offensive line. Ross Tucker took reps with the first team as did Mike Williams who's still walking with a slight limp after straining his right arch last week.'

Marker Offensive line door continues to revolve [9:10 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"It's everybody's dream to be a starter in the NFL -- not so much a star but a starter," said Smith. "To play in the NFL and to come from a year of playing NFL Europe, being on a practice squad for two years, you can't ask for anything more."'

Marker Bills P Moorman limps off during practice [8:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Moorman, who also serves as the Bills holder, was hurt while trying to run with the ball following a botched snap during a field-goal drill. He appeared to trip and came up limping before being escorted to the locker room.'

Marker Bills' Sundae Stampedes Into Town [4:51 PM] reports: 'It hits stores next week.'

Marker Bills rookie QB Losman drawing attention [4:08 PM]
AP reports: '``That's our next Jim Kelly,'' another person is overheard saying, referring to the Bills Hall-of-Famer.'

Marker Bills Themed Ice Cream Flavor Now Available [1:25 PM] reports: 'The first ever Bills themed ice cream flavor, Stampede Sundae, features vanilla flavored ice cream spiked with tasty Gertrude Hawk chocolate peanut butter footballs. Smooth swirls of peanut butter and chocolate fudge enhance the premium ice cream taste.'

Marker Bills in marketing deals for ice cream, snow plows [8:53 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"Bills Stampede Sundae" is the creation of Turkey Hill Dairy, based out of Pennsylvania. The ice cream flavor is vanilla with chocolate peanut butter football and fudge swirls.'

Marker Smith joins Bills' O-line shuffle as clock ticks [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The move underscored the fact that the front five is the big worry on the team.'

Marker Smith wants to show he's ready [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Smith was a tackle with the Ravens, so moving inside has been a slight adjustment in Buffalo, but one he's having no problem with. "The guy is really strong, and one of his assets is that guys don't push him back," said center Trey Teague. "He's plenty strong to play that position."'

Marker Posey heard boos but kept playing [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I heard the criticism, but the media and the fans don't know what's going on with the team, and I don't fault them for that," Posey said the other day. "I know what I had to do and what my role was on this team. I did my job, and as long as the coaches were satisfied, then I'm satisfied."'

Marker Ex-NFL player held in contempt [5:30 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'A first-round draft pick for the NFL's Buffalo Bills in 1993, Thomas L. Smith has not played for a while, but it was not paying for a while that got him in trouble in Chester County Court.'

Marker Bills Back to Work, Marcus Price Sidelined [5:29 AM] reports: 'Mularkey said Price injured his toe on Sunday and will be held out of this weekend's game against the Titans.'

Marker Offensive Line Changes [5:28 AM] reports: 'Lawrence Smith, who signed with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in January, has replaced Mike Pucillo at left guard. "Whatever I've been doing to get their attention," said Smith, "it must have been good enough. I'm just going to have to continue to do that and step up even more."'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2004 Season Preview [5:27 AM] reports: 'Last year was discouraging but this year brings new hope. The offense has more weapons, and the defense has remained virtually intact. I really think Bills football will be exciting again. However, this is Mularkey’s first year at the helm and the AFC East is, arguably, the toughest division in which to play offense.'

Marker Bills OL Price out with toe injury [5:26 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills offensive lineman Marcus Price missed practice Tuesday and will be out for at least a week with an injured toe on his left foot.'

August 17, 2004

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [9:06 PM] reports: 'On Lawrence Smith playing with the first unit:
We just tried to get another combination in there. Lawrence has played well, and I've given him an opportunity to compete for that spot. I still feel like there's ample time to get a feel, and a clear evaluation of him.'

Marker Bills O-line shuffle continues [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'And Smith was promoted to the starting unit, taking over for Mike Pucillo. ''We're trying another combination,'' coach Mike Mularkey said of elevating Smith. ''Lawrence has played well and we're giving him an opportunity to compete for that spot.'''

Marker Nice problem to have [5:06 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'But I would be shocked if Buffalo traded Henry this season.'

Marker Losman debut surprisingly strong [3:29 PM] reports: 'But in the context of a preseason game, it didn't matter. What mattered was how Losman threw the ball, how he saw the field, how he reacted to what the Broncos' defense showed him, and how he carried himself.'

Marker Calling All Youth Athletes – Free Mouthguards [3:29 PM] reports: 'Dentists from the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility, will be providing free mouthguards and proper fittings for amateur athletes that will be attending Buffalo Bills training camp in Rochester.'

Marker Bills’ problem remains offensive line [12:51 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Eric Moulds took the blame for the interception, telling Bledsoe, “I’ll make that play during the regular season,” but the Bills’ malfunctioning starting offense wasn’t the fault of its QB, wideouts or Travis Henry. This was totally on the offensive line.'

Marker Dolphins should show interest in Bills' Henry [12:50 PM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: Henry, a Frostproof native, would be highly motivated for a return to his home state, given all the attention and adulation being showered on second-year pro Willis McGahee and his phenomenal comeback from a devastating knee injury.

Marker J.P.'s a two-way threat in debut [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He got tattooed pretty good by the defenders," Mularkey said. "I think it was a wake-up call that this is a different level and a big deal of hits are at a greater speed with more velocity and strength."'

Marker Start Time for Detroit Game Changed [7:12 AM] reports: 'Please be advised that the start time of the Bills final preseason game on Thursday, Sept. 2 at Detroit has been changed from 8:00 PM (ET) to 7:00 PM (ET).'

Marker After that first hit, Losman shows he has what it takes [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There was a method to Mularkey's madness in calling a quarterback draw for the first play of the NFL career of the young man who could end up being Buffalo's quarterback for a very long time. “He got tattooed pretty good by the defenders, and I think it was a wakeup call that it is a different level and they do hit at a greater speed with more velocity and strength,” Mularkey said.'

Marker Coach liked win but seeks to improve [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We stayed persistent with the run game, and I think our defense held up pretty well. I can tell there are things we need to work on, just from the naked eye, and there may be more after the film. But for the most part, it's a good win all the way around.”'

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