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Buffalo Bills News - June 28, 2004

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:45 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills, who had little depth at center, are giving Dan Koons a shot to backup Trey Teague, signing the University of Louisville standout earlier this month.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [4:44 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills still have about 1,000 indoor club seats left unsold for the upcoming season, with many fans telling officials the environment is "too antiseptic for what they want to experience going to a football game," GM Tom Donahoe said during a radio interview. Jacksonville recently lowered the price on 2,000 club seats but the Bills aren't ready to take such drastic measures yet.'

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June 27, 2004

Marker Most Bills foes face quarterback problems [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If offensive coordinator Tom Clements is going use both Travis Henry and Willis McGahee in some of his formations, I hope sufficient time is spent in training camp on picking up blitzers. Foes are sure to test the willingness of both backs to protect Bledsoe when those human Humvees come crashing toward them.'

June 26, 2004

Marker Bills Pre-Camp Preview [2:40 PM]
Fox Sports reports: Travis Henry has quietly emerged as a productive workhorse for the Bills the past couple of years. He's tough, breaks tackles and plays hurt. At the same time, he puts up good numbers. Now add a hopefully healthy Willis McGahee to the mix. McGahee provides more athleticism and versatility blended with the tools to become an outstanding feature back himself. It's going to be interesting to see how the Bills blend these talents together.

June 25, 2004

Marker McGahee ready to make his comeback complete [5:05 PM]
AP reports: '“I'm anxious for the first game,” McGahee said. “I've got the jitters. I want to play.”'

Marker Labatt, Bills tap marketing deal [2:55 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and Labatt USA have signed a three-year marketing agreement that will bring the Canadian beer to the stadium. Under the terms of the agreement, the brewery will have the Labatt Blue Zone just outside the stadium, almost underneath the main scoreboard. In addition, Labatt beers will sold inside the stadium.'

June 24, 2004

Marker Hawkeyes Reunite in Buffalo [12:27 PM] reports: 'That was the case for Bills 2003 fifth round pick Ben Sobieski who saw two of his fellow offensive linemen from Iowa also get drafted as guard Eric Steinbach went to Cincinnati, and Carolina took center Bruce Nelson. Also on that Iowa line was Robert Gallery who still had a year to play before being drafted by Oakland this past spring, and a relative unknown who went undrafted by the name of David Porter.'

Marker Bills 2004 Training Camp Schedule [6:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 2004 camp schedule includes seven days of double practices, including a joint practice session with the Cleveland Browns on Friday, August 6th. In addition, the Bills will host a full scrimmage on Saturday, August 7th.'

June 23, 2004

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Phil Hansen [4:06 PM] reports: '"I wasn’t there for the building blocks of what propelled the Bills to those four Super Bowls," Hansen said. "The building blocks of those teams were the same guys, the continuity, and that happened in the late ‘80s. I got to experience the best part of it which were the Super Bowls. One thing that I remember in all of those years, with all the core guys being together, is no matter how far we were down, there was always something extra. ‘Ah, don’t worry. We’ll come back and we’ll win.’ It was just a sense. It was nothing I could write down on paper. It was just a feeling that we always knew we’d win. And we did most of the time."'

June 22, 2004

Marker Coy Wire Answers Fan Questions [12:15 PM] reports: 'Q: Last year, who was the biggest proponent and orchestrator of the blitz package: Coach Gray, Coach LeBeau, or Coach Williams? Do you see our "D" being more or less aggressive with the blitz this year?
CW: Coach Gray is definitely the orchestrator. He loves the aggressive style of play and I believe we will be just as, if not more, aggressive this year because Jerry Gray is back. Also Mike Mularkey is a firm believer in aggression on the football field, so I think we're are going to be even tougher this year than we were last year.'

Marker Kelly, Schumer join in fight for funds to test newborns [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If Hunter's disease had been detected at birth through a program like newborn screening, he would have had access to life-saving treatment," Kelly said during an appearance at the new Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus at Virginia and Ellicott streets. "Children who are born with Krabbe Disease who are identified pre-systematically have had their lives saved and are now growing up and are expected to live productive lives. Unfortunately, for my son, this was not available back then."'

Marker Bills Team Report [9:01 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Pierson Prioleau, who started at free safety in 2002 and in four games last season, practiced at strong safety in minicamps. At 5-11, 188, he doesn't have great size for the position, but he's tough and physical. At strong safety, Prioleau would back up Lawyer Milloy.'

June 21, 2004

Marker Jim Kelly, Schumer push for newborn health screening [4:59 PM]
AP reports: 'Kelly said he will lobby lawmakers in Albany next month to improve New York's performance. The state currently screens newborns for 12 diseases, compared to Hawaii, which screens for 48. ''New York state needs to immediately put in place a plan to provide all children with the newborn screening tests that are currently available,'' he said.'

Marker Happy to Have a Chance [1:16 PM] reports: '"I came in for a tryout with 127 other guys," said Koons of the en masse player call out. Of those 127 players Koons was the only one who got a call back from the team.'

Marker Bruce Smith lends name to Hampton restaurant [5:20 AM]
Norfolk Virginian Pilot reports: 'The restaurant will have a sports-related theme, playing off Smith’s two-decade career as a defensive end with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.'

Marker Inside slant [4:38 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"I told them this morning and after practice they do need to get away, to be around family and friends," Mularkey said. "And I know they're all going to work out, lift and be in condition. But the thing they need to focus on and is hard to do is stay up with the football part of it. As coaches, we're going to stay in contact with them. Whatever it is (we do), they won't get away from football because that level, as much as conditioning, is important and we don't want to (lose) what we've accomplished to this point."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:37 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills' interest in former Pittsburgh Steelers' All-Pro LB Jason Gildon isn't surprising - he was drafted by Buffalo GM Tom Donahoe when Donahoe was the Steelers' director of football operations and played all during coach Mike Mularkey's eight seasons on Pittsburgh's offensive staff. What is odd, however, is that Gildon came in for a visit just four days after Donahoe said, "He's not really a good fit in our defense."'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [4:36 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'LB Takeo Spikes has no use for people patting him on the back for Buffalo finishing with the NFL's No. 2 ranked defense last year. "Winning, that was the whole objective," he said. "Nobody's going to say, 'Man, Buffalo had the No. 2 defense in the league.' Shoot, the first thing they mention is, 'You were 6-10.' That's the only thing people remember."'

June 20, 2004

Marker Losman's a safer bet than shopping in 2005 QB market [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'None of the players currently rated at the top of the quarterback list entering the 2004 college season has the great mobility of Losman. The top three draft prospects at quarterback currently look like Leinart (presuming he leaves USC a year early), Arizona State's Andrew Walter and Purdue's Kyle Orton.'

Marker Getting the house in order [4:56 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'While the Bills' offensive line wasn't very good last year -- "some of the plays just took too long to develop and we were asking our offensive line to protect for a long time," said Bledsoe -- he believes new line coach Jim McNally is going to make a difference with his protection schemes.'

Marker UB To Have Eight Players in NFL Camps [4:55 AM]
University of Buffalo Athletics reports: 'The latest to rejoin the NFL ranks is all-time UB great Drew Haddad, who signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills on Friday, rejoining the team that drafted him in 2000 and returning to the city that has been his second home since coming to UB from Cleveland's St. Ignatius High School in 1996.'

June 19, 2004

Marker Aiken won't plead the fifth as Bills wide receiver [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't see myself competing for the fifth wide receiver spot," Aiken said this week. "I'm competing for third, second. Those are my goals coming to the season."'

Marker Bills bring back Haddad [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While with the Bulls, Haddad became the most prolific receiver in team history.'

Marker Catching up with ex-WNSA personalities [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One of the live games being carried by The NFL Network this summer involves the Bills. However, the 7 p.m. Aug. 15 date with Denver in Ralph Wilson Stadium will be blacked out in Western New York unless there is a sellout.'

Marker Bills among Gildon's options [5:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”We’re negotiating with four teams,” agent Peter Schaffer said on Friday, confirming that the Bills are among them. “When we find what we feel is the best situation for Jason, we’ll have a decision. But there’s no timetable.”'

June 18, 2004

Marker Bills sign Haddad [6:53 PM]
AP reports: 'Most recently, he led the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in receiving with 28 receptions for 455 yards.'

Marker Bills Sign Drew Haddad [6:51 PM] reports: 'A standout wide receiver from University at Buffalo, Haddad most recently played with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe where he led his team in receiving with 28 receptions for 455 yards. Prior to his NFL Europe experience, Haddad spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before being released prior to the 2003 season.'

Marker Haddad Comes Back to Buffalo [6:49 PM] reports: '"I was extremely excited to find out that Buffalo was interested in me," Haddad said. "Coming back to this area is a great feeling and I just want to get out and put that jersey on and make plays for this team."'

Marker Brown Welcomes New Addition to Family [1:32 PM] reports: '"When I get home, I try to relieve my wife of some of the duties she has to partake in while I'm gone," Brown said. "I'll just try to clean up the house or take the kids somewhere just to give her a chance to relax."'

Marker Bills want to tackle contract changes [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”We felt that right now we have some (cap) room with what Drew did and we made some offers to see if the guys were interested, but it’s not a case of where it’s going to drag through the whole summer. Either they are interested or they’re not."'

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