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Buffalo Bills News - July 30, 2003

Marker Lofton intense, but a gentleman on the field [4:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Lofton didn't dance or get in any Raiders' faces after the first of his two touchdowns that day. He just came off the field as he always did, Bills coach Marv Levy recalled. ``You could read it in his face, but he was too much of a gentleman to give them the finger or anything,'' Levy said.'

Marker Williams No Deal No Big Deal [4:22 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The players like Gregg Williams. But they aren’t out there on the field trying to get the coach a new contract. They know if they do their jobs, this team will win. If this team wins, Gregg Williams will be around for a long time. That is why I think come January, this question about the coach will answer itself.'

Marker Coach Pataki gives the Giants a pep talk: 'Go get 'em!' [4:19 PM]
NY Daily News reports: Later, and well away from the hulking players, the governor conceded that “growing up, I was a Jets fan” (even though that team wasn’t even founded until Pataki was 15 years old) and that “obviously, I love the Bills — the only real New York team right now.

Marker Still hungry [2:12 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Veteran DE Chidi Ahanotu, who started for the Bills last season, is at home in Toronto, taking care of his three young kids and hoping to make it to somebody's training camp. After eight years with the Buccaneers, Ahanotu was a late signee with the Rams in 2001 and ended up starting for the eventual NFC champions. Last year, he signed with the Bills on Aug. 19. "I think I'm being typecast," Ahanotu says. "Now teams see me as a guy they can bring in at the last minute and stick right in there. I would've loved to have signed early on (in the free-agency period). It's frustrating." Ahanotu received an early offer from the Bills, and the Broncos and 49ers have also shown interest.

Marker Patriots sign fullback Centers [1:20 PM]
AP reports: 'Fullback Larry Centers signed with the New England Patriots on Wednesday after spending the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Training camp billboard [1:16 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe wanted to clear up a report in Tuesday's News that stated Willis McGahee will open the season on the physically unable to perform list. He still might, but the Bills will not make a definitive decision until he signs and joins them for training camp. McGahee will likely start training camp on the non-football injury list because his knee injury happened while he was at the University of Miami.'

Marker Filling In The Blanks [1:10 PM]
Morgan Messenger reports: 'Miami (12-4), Jets (10-6), Buffalo (9-7), New England (8-8).'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Dave Foley [1:07 PM] reports: '"The greatest thing that I can say about being on the Bills during the time that I was there was when O.J. ran for all the yards. The notoriety that the whole offensive line got as a group. That being, we went to banquets as a group and so forth. And our picture is in the Hall of Fame as a group. There are some neat things about that just because O.J. was the first running back in football to really bring his offensive linemen along with him. The deal is - everybody got something out of the experience."'

Marker The Don of NFL broadcasters to get his due [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Criqui, who along with Enberg is the co-host of the Hall of Fame Festival Parade on Saturday, is pleased that he is being honored the same weekend that two former Bills, James Lofton and Joe DeLamielleure, are entering the Hall of Fame. "I am a blown away Bills fan," he admits. "If I have one regret about the Hall of Fame, it's that (Bills owner) Ralph Wilson isn't in it."'

Marker Ballhawk Thomas learning to fly [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Thomas was overwhelmed and confused for weeks, if not months, and for most of last season it showed.'

Marker Gash a lineman at heart [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ People ask me if I would like to get the ball more, and I say, ‘ No way,’” says Gash, who has a total of four carries the past four seasons and only 120 during his 11-year NFL career. “ Those running backs have targets on their backs. They got 11 guys after them. I’d much rather be the guy doing the punishing. I love knocking a linebacker off his feet and watching a back like Travis Henry run down the field for a big gain.”'

Marker Bills' Maytag repairman [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ He can play center or guard and that makes him a valuable commodity in the NFL,” offensive-line coach Pat Ruel said. “ Trey Teague (the starting center) will be a better center because he has Mike behind him.”'

Marker Bills aren't in a rush to ink draftee McGahee [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Another possible stumbling block in talks is Buffalo’s plans for McGahee once he does sign. Donahoe is giving out signals he may place McGahee on the non-football injury list, meaning the Bills would not be liable for his base salary until he’s ready to play. Apparently the non-football designation can be used since McGahee was hurt while still in college.'

Marker Takeo Spikes is seen as key to improvement [5:16 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '"I know a lot of people expect a lot of great things out of me," he said. "I expect a lot of great things out of myself. That's why I feel there's no pressure."'

Marker Spikes is a ready, able Buffalo soldier [5:15 AM]
USA Today reports: '"I could have gone anywhere and visited a lot of teams," he says. "This is where I wanted to be. I felt this was the best shot for me."'

Marker Bills try once-is-enough approach [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The drive from Albany to the Rochester suburb got me thinking: How do the folks in this portion of New York and the New York City area vote on things that affect each other? Granted they are considered the same state, but anyone who has ever driven in upstate New York knows that the area has about as much in common with the Big Apple, Long Island and Westchester as Alabama does. We don't have places that boast, "Mo's Truck Motel $15.99 per night" in New York City. They don't have subways packed with people who talk to themselves.'

Marker Rolling the dice [5:13 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Either way, I admire the confidence Williams has in himself and his team. He believes the Bills are going to be winners this season, and he believes his big payday will result. And he doesn't seem bothered in the least this season by his lack of job security.'

Marker Bills nab former Jaguar Battles [5:12 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Battles was released by the Jaguars on June 30, along with four other players.'

Marker Buffalo Bills & Cleveland Browns Scrimmage [5:11 AM] reports: 'This year marks the third straight year that the Bills and Browns are meeting for preseason workouts.'

Marker Tuesday's Bills Training Camp Report [5:10 AM]
Bills Report reports: 'Things went fairly smooth in Rochester today as the team only held an afternoon practice open to the public. The most notable play of the day was cornerback Marcus Floyd’s bone-crushing hit on speedy wideout James Jett. Both of these players are fighting for a spot on the team at their respective positions and the hit was mostly a result of both trying thier hardest to make a play.'

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July 29, 2003

Marker Pictures of Tuesday Afternoon Practice [10:39 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: Some very nice shots taken by a Stadium Wall veteran.

Marker New Bill In Town [8:36 PM] reports: '"We had a lot of options on the table, took visits to a couple different teams," Battle said following his first practice with the Bills. "Just on paper and the free agent acquisitions, Buffalo seemed like a very good fit for me."'

Marker Bills Add Ainsley Battles [4:33 PM] reports: 'Battles will wear jersey #30 and is expected at this afternoon’s practice.'

Marker Bills sign S Battles [4:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Battles is a three-year veteran who spent the last two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Pittsburgh in 2000.'

Marker Reed not passing up chance to replace Price [3:21 PM]
AP reports: '''It's like a dream come true,'' Reed said, following a recent training camp practice. ''Having a guy like that (Moulds) root you on, and having your coaches having the belief in you that you can do it, and getting a year under my belt, it's just a lot of confidence.'''

Marker Bills Camp, Fun for All Ages [11:28 AM] reports: Interactive is the perfect word to describe Bills training camp. After the fans walk through the camp pro shop they come to the interactive area adjacent to the practice field. There are games and obstacles from field goal kicks, and catching passes, to quarterback throws to entertain the kids.

Marker Bills hope Campbell is good fit [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He can be as good as he wants to be in our system," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "We're going to give our tight end a lot of flexibility on running vertical routes, but we want to be able to knock defensive ends off the ball in the running game."'

Marker Agent sees progress from McGahee [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Drew is an excellent negotiator, but he didn't go to medical school," Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said after practice Monday. "We will go with what our doctors say. Our No. 1 priority in this whole situation is Willis' health and his future."'

Marker Feeding the frenzy [5:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: Just two years removed from the misery of a 3-13 season, Bills fans are excited about their team. They figure there will be a better balance between the run and pass on offense, and the defense was greatly bolstered with the off-season acquisitions of linebacker Takeo Spikes and defensive tackle Sam Adams. Dan Metzger, Chris Schultz and Pat Smyton — all students at Rochester Institute of Technology who are from Tonawanda — wedged their way into an open space along the fence so they could watch last night’s practice.

Marker Marcus Jones is game for anything [5:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills had just 31 sacks and a National Football League-low 19 turnovers last season. If they are going to become a playoff team this fall, they will need to turn up the heat on the quarterback, and that’s where Jones could factor in. He will turn 30 on Aug. 15, and if he can regain his health, he’ll be penciled in at the left defensive end spot vacated by Chidi Ahanotu.'

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