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Buffalo Bills News - September 10, 2004

Marker Jacksonville (0-0) at Buffalo (0-0) [9:05 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Predicted Outcome: Bills 28, Jaguars 20.'

Marker Three Keys to Bills Win [8:50 PM] reports: '"We're going to continue to pound on people," said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "I think you'll see that at times it may not be efficient in the first quarter, it might not even be efficient in the second quarter. But as the game goes on, with the big dudes we have up front and with Travis Henry running the ball and pounding on people, late in the game that's where you can kind of start to wear them down." Jaguars second year quarterback Byron Leftwich can make things exciting, but stopping running back Fred Taylor is the key for buffalo's defense."

Marker Bills add Adams to injury list [8:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Adams was injured late Wednesday during practice. Adams did participate in Friday's workout and was slightly limited, but coach Mike Mularkey said he expected him to play Sunday.'

Marker Adams Injures His Toe [5:12 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mike Mularkey said he hurt it near the end of Wedneday's practice. He did not participate fully in practice on Friday.'

Marker Eric Moulds Interview on NFL Network [5:06 PM] reports: 'DH: Everybody knows what Travis brings to the table, but what about Willis—has he looked good in practice? EM: He’s looked great, I think he came in and he’s picked up the offense well and I think he’s going to do great things for us. I think right now we know Travis is our guy, but Willis is going to get some of the carries also. At the same time we feel that we have 2 quality backs and like I said before, it’s a long season and it’s very hard for guys to stay healthy.'

Marker Numbers for Reed shout Hall of Fame [5:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“They’re not strong enough to win the division ... I can see them going 8-8” he said, before hedging, “but they could get a wild card spot."'

Marker Mularkey eager to make debut [1:00 PM]
AP reports: '"There's no emotional high and low that you get that you can compare to any other job in the world," said Mularkey, who at 42 is the third-youngest coach in the league. "I know that no matter how many software programs I marketed, I didn't get any experience like I did on the football field."'

Marker 'Germanator' Tackles American Football [12:49 PM]
Deutsche Welle reports: 'As a first-year NFL player, Ritzmann will earn the league minimum of $230,000 per year, but said he knows he'll have to prove himself before he's able to command a salary comparable to the $98 million quarterback Peyton Manning will earn in seven years. "Of course it would be great if I could sack one of the big quarterbacks like Donovan McNabb or Peyton Manning," Ritzmann said. "And I'm sure that's going to happen in the future."'

Marker Bills Kickoff Weekend Memories [12:37 PM] reports: '"As a fan, the 1980 season opener when they beat the Dolphins and ended the streak of the 1970s stands out. They didn't beat the Dolphins in a decade - 20 straight losses. To beat the Dolphins in the season opener for most long-time Bills fans, that's everybody's most memorable opening game."'

Marker Kelsay, Denney Content with Sharing Time [12:37 PM] reports: '"Chris Kelsay and Ryan Denney have been doing a great job," defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. "They're real good friends but they know they need to compete against one another at a very high level. It's not like one is a good run stopper and one is a good pass rusher, it's not that at all. When you look at their production, it's about the same. They're both playing good enough to start, so they're both going to play."'

Marker Bills to get a test run against Jags' tackles [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They're guys who, if they catch you leaning a little bit, they're going to throw you down," said Bills guard Chris Villarrial. "You get off balance they're going to chuck you, throw you. . . . You have to be disciplined every time you set up against them. It's a great challenge for us and a good measure of where we're at."'

Marker Brown's brother supplies some perspective [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He could reach an injury settlement with the team and become a free agent. If no settlement is reached, he could be released after his knee is healthy. In the meantime, he's helping Drew Bledsoe in meetings.'

Marker Spikes ready to take out the trash [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm really fired up, man," Spikes said, "especially knowing what we could have been last year and how disappointed I felt looking at that tape."'

Marker Evans' speed should give Bills a new dimension [8:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rookie receivers - even first-rounders - usually only post average numbers. Evans should have a positive effect on the offense, even if his numbers are ordinary. Why? His deep speed will affect the way opposing coaches try to defend against the Bills.'

Marker Bills fans are warned not to drink and drive [8:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Beginning with the Jacksonville Jaguars game Sunday, state troopers will set up sobriety checkpoints on several entrance and exit routes.'

Marker Taylor a big test for Bills [4:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think it's going to be run Fred right, run Fred left, run Fred in the middle," Mularkey said.'

Marker Passed over [4:58 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"I was disappointed," Mularkey said of being the Jaguars' first runner-up to Del Rio after Weaver and Vance interviewed both coaches at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.'

Marker Friday's Jacksonville Coverage [4:57 AM] reports:
Passed over (Florida Times Union)
Zelenka's 15 minutes of fame over (Florida Times Union)
Taylor wants to be team's workhorse (Orlando Sentinel)
Scobee ready to kick (
Right from the gut (
Jags hope history repeats itself (Jacksonville Daily Record)

Marker Bills' McNally thrives with 'mushrooms' [4:56 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Not a lot of plays, not a lot of protections, not a lot of complications. In other words, keep it simple, stupid.'

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September 9, 2004

Marker Bills' sellout streak intact; TV blackout lifted [10:22 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The sellout means the game, scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff, will be televised in the Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse markets on CBS affiliated stations.'

Marker Confidence Hasn't Wavered [9:58 PM] reports: '"Drew's always been a guy that wants to win in the huddle, and he's showing the same things since he's been here to me," running back Travis Henry said. "He's just that much hungrier from last year i think. that's the difference I see as far as his attitude, the way he comes to work."'

Marker The Bills And Jags Will Be On Local TV [5:19 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This game marks the 9th straight sell out for the club.'

Marker Bills Open Season Against Jacksonville [3:38 PM] reports: '"Last year was one of the hardest ones for me to shake during the off-season," Bledsoe said. "I can't claim that I've done any more work or worked any harder this year than I have in years past, but during the off-season I spent a lot more time thinking about football because I was so frustrated by what happened last year. I do have a sense that this year is an opportunity for us."'

Marker Bills Opener Sold Out [3:37 PM] reports: 'Sunday will mark the fourth consecutive season and the 36th time in team history that the Bills have opened at home.'

Marker Bills rookie WR Evans confident he'll contribute [3:37 PM]
AP reports: '''I'm sure my time will come,'' said Evans, who was limited to two catches for 12 yards. ''But right now, I've got to do the things that I've got to do to help this team win, whatever it may be.'''

Marker Usually calm Mularkey fired up for opener [1:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I know he’s pretty fired up,” said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. “He was pretty fired up for the first pre-season game, too, but this is for real. (Still) I expect him to be the way he’s been all along on game day. He’s very calm and right in the moment all the time.”'

Marker Backers of Southwest Florida Gear Up [1:24 PM] reports: '"Our group meets on one side and the Patriots fans have their area on the other side," said Shirley Trippany, secretary/treasurer for the group. "And they complain and say we make too much noise," she said.'

Marker Guessing game begins for Bills, NFL [1:23 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: The key for Buffalo, as it figures to be most of the season, is to keep the Jaguars from launching a full-scale assault on the statuesque (and that’s not meant in the glamorous way it’s usually used) Drew Bledsoe by running early, often and then some more.

Marker Bills tighten their grip on pass rush [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm going to put pressure on myself because that's what motivates me," Schobel said. "There's always something to play for. You play hard for your teammates. I don't like looking bad on film. When everybody watches it together, I don't want to be the weak link."'

Marker Kelsay and Reed named starters [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Josh just looks a lot more comfortable," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "When he's on the field, he's ready to go play. There were times last year when I think some of the comparisons that were thrust on him were hard to deal with. But Josh had a great camp, he caught the ball very well."'

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