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Buffalo Bills News - September 1, 2003

Marker Gary trade helps Bills make cut to 53 [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"As good as drafting McGahee was for the franchise, it obviously wasn't going to be good for Olandis' playing time, whenever Willis comes back," said Gary's agent, Frank Murtha. "Olandis' goal through all this was to go somewhere to get playing time. Detroit is an ideal situation. They have an immediate need."'

Marker Bills' receivers coach catches new challenge [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cancer hasn't killed Graves. If anything, it helped spring him back to life.'

Marker Bills trade Gary for draft pick [5:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Olandis Gary, we hardly knew you.'

Marker Lions get Gary as insurance [5:37 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'In the three years since then, injuries and the Broncos' ability to turn out productive running backs have worked against him. By the time he returned to health in 2002, the Broncos had uncovered two more productive runners -- Mike Anderson and then-rookie Clinton Portis -- and he became expendable.'

Marker Lions acquire Gary in anticipation that Stewart may be out longer than they hope [5:36 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: '"Olandis Gary is a player we brought in in the off-season and considered signing him as a free agent. He's a veteran who has played well in the league," Mariucci said.'

Marker Bills Trade Running Back Gary to Lions [5:34 AM]
Reuters reports: 'The Lions were desperate for a running back because starter James Stewart is expected to be out for six weeks with a dislocated right shoulder.'

Marker Bills trade Olandis Gary to Lions [5:33 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills already have an emerging star in the backfield in Travis Henry, a capable backup in fourth-year player Sammy Morris, and should be activating injured rookie first-round draft choice Willis McGahee later in the season.'

Marker Bills adjust roster [5:33 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo parted ways with defensive ends Grant Irons and Marcus Jones, quarterback Jason Johnson, running back Ken Simonton, defensive back Scott Turner and wide receiver Rodney Wright.'

Marker Lions aquire Olandis Gary for future draft pick [5:32 AM] reports: 'Gary has never been able to recapture that magical season and has been plagued by a number of injuries that led to his exodus from Denver.'

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August 31, 2003

Marker Big jump in record unlikely in today's NFL [8:21 PM]
ESPN reports: So, which teams will leverage their last-place schedules into a breakthrough season? The most likely candidates are a pair of 8-8 teams from the competitive AFC East and AFC West Divisions. Buffalo, at 8-8, was last in the AFC East, while Kansas City was 8-8, last in the AFC West. Some experts feel they both have the opportunity to execute an instant replay of the Baltimore Ravens, who went 8-8 in 1999, then won SB XXXV the next year.

The funny thing? Because they both finished last, the Bills and Chiefs play each other in one of their two positional games. In the parity-leavened NFL, that Oct. 26 game could be the difference.

Marker Quoting Steve Mariucci On the roster transactions [7:08 PM] reports: On the trade for RB Olandis Gary: “Olandis Gary was a player that we brought in during the off-season and considered signing him as a free agent acquisition. He’s a veteran, he’s played in the league and he’s played well. Given the health of our situation at tailback, a trade was a possibility so we pursued it. Matt (Millen) worked on it for the last day or two and ended up getting it done. He gives us another veteran back on board. Shawn Bryson is really the only other one that’s played a little bit. Avon Cobourne is a rookie and we don’t know quite how long James will be out so we felt to sure up that situation a little bit, adding a back like Olandis Gary gives us a bit of a security blanket there.”

Marker Gary Is Traded To Detroit While 6 Are Cut To Get The Bills To 53 [5:24 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'None of the Bills draft picks this season got released. Chris Kelsay is pushing Ryan Denney to start at LE. Mario Haggan and Angelo Crowell both looked very good in camp providing depth at linebacker. Guard Ben Sobieski looked very good against the Lions. CB Terrence McGee showed great return ability and improved quite a bit in his coverages. Lauvale Sape looks undersized to me at defensive tackle so I was surprised he made it over Irons.'

Marker Updated Buffalo Bills Depth Chart [5:18 PM] reports: Updated as of 53 man roster cuts.

Marker Bills trade RB Gary to Lions [5:12 PM]
AP reports: 'In other moves, the Bills placed third-string quarterback Travis Brown on the injured reserve list, meaning he will miss the season.'

Marker Lions complete several transactions on final cut-down deadline [5:08 PM] reports: 'The Detroit Lions announced today that they have completed a trade with the Buffalo Bills to acquire RB Olandis Gary for an undisclosed future draft pick.'

Marker Bills Reduce Roster To 53 [4:30 PM] reports: Bills gamble and go with 2 QBs - Grant Irons DE, Notre Dame; Jason Johnson, QB, Arizona; Marcus Jones, DE, North Carolina; Ken Simonton, RB, Oregon State; Scott Turner, DB, Illinois; Rodney Wright, WR, Fresno State. In addition Travis Brown went on IR. The team also announced that it has traded RB Olandis Gary to the Detroit Lions in exchange for an undisclosed future draft pick.

Marker RB Olandis Gary traded to Detroit for draft pick [4:11 PM]
ESPN reports: According to the ESPN ticker, RB Olandis Gary was traded to Detroit for undisclosed draft pick.

Marker Saturday roundup: Redskins release Wuerffel [9:37 AM]
ESPN reports: Falcons LB Newman was suspended for 4 games Saturday for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. Newman played his first 4 seasons in Buffalo. Former Bills coach Wade Phillips, now in his second year as Atlanta's DC, selected Newman in the fourth round of 1999 draft.

Marker A question of identity [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You hope you find a grouping that gives you a personnel advantage," said Gilbride. "Then you develop your package within that. You have to have enough going on so there's diversity. The defense can't say, "This is all they do.' There has to be some change-of-direction plays. There has to be play-action passes. You have to be able to threaten them in a variety of ways."'

Marker Bills have taken some steps forward [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'These Bills now believe in themselves.'

Marker Brides [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'David M. White, a fullback/linebacker with the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football League who played for the Buffalo Bills for two years, and his bride, Monica J. Brown, multicultural affairs director for Fredonia State College, will be at home in Depew. The Rev. Ronald P. Sadjak performed their marriage ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church.'

Marker Bills are eager for shot at Patriots [5:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ It’s a big-time game for us,” said guard Ruben Brown, who will be playing in his ninth opener as a Bill. “ We have a lot of stuff riding on it. We don’t want to end up like last year, losing the opener. We want to get off to a good start.”'

Marker Venison program to benefit from dinner [5:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sportsmen can help “Hunt Out Hunger” and get a shot at a hunting trip with former Buffalo Bills All-Pro center Kent Hull.'

Marker Carroll will officiate Bills game to open his 9th season [5:36 AM]
Elmira Star Gazette reports: 'His first regular-season game of the year could create some anxious moments, as Carroll gets the Buffalo Bills against the New England Patriots next Sunday in Buffalo. Those two teams could end up battling for the AFC East championship.'

August 30, 2003

Marker Ray Thomas now a Ticat [6:59 PM]
Hamilton Spectator reports: 'Thomas, who grew up in Hamilton and played high school football at Glendale, Barton and St. Thomas More, went on to star at Wake Forest University in North Carolina before signing with the Bills, who liked him but already were deep at his position.'

Marker Fearless forecast [4:42 PM]
CNN/SI reports: wasn't that sold on them until I visited their camp. Then I got a lively swashbuckling feeling that they really think they have something special going. I'm not wild about their D-line, but I think the linebacking set, with new additions Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey, will be so good that it'll cover for the deficiency.

Marker AFC Race is Wide Open Again [4:42 PM]
SportsTicker reports: "The Buffalo Bills finished last in the East in 2002, but at 8-8, were one game behind the Patriots, Dolphins and New York Jets. The Bills lost receiver Peerless Price and his 1,252 yards and nine touchdowns, but Josh Reed will be counted on to complement Pro Bowl receiver Eric Moulds."

Marker Big Blue might lose Hollis, Kuehl for year [11:22 AM]
New York Daily News reports: Giants coach Jim Fassel strongly hinted yesterday that his new kicker, Mike Hollis is headed to season-ending injured reserve. And the Giants have a reason to worry that they could be out a long time. Hollis, who signed a five-year, $4 million contract with a $500,000 signing bonus during the offseason, had back surgery in 2000, causing him to miss four games. Hollis kicked for Buffalo in 2002.

Marker Bills' coaches face tough roster decisions [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills kept six a year ago. How many they keep this season will depend on the status of Olandis Gary. According to sources, the Detroit Lions have contacted the Bills about Gary, who is the top backup behind Travis Henry.'

Marker Third-string QB Jason Johnson turns heads in preseason victory [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This whole time I've been begging for a chance," he said. "The window opened up, and I just had to take advantage of it. I just felt so comfortable out there. I'll just leave that in God's hands. Every day is so exciting. I'm praying for Travis, obviously, for his finger to heal, but I'm just excited to be a part of this team right now."'

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