Plenty on the line in preseason opener [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'So while Bledsoe and just about every other starter on both sides of the ball will be relaxing on the sideline by the start of the second quarter, the big boys up front will still be banging heads with the Cincinnati Bengals, probably right up until halftime.'
Jackson in a tight spot [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'He hears the scuttlebutt that Donahoe, who has already replaced 75 percent of Butler's team in just two seasons, won't be happy until it's more like 85 or 90. Will being one of Butler's boys hurt his chances of making the team this year?'
Bills' voice recalls Hearn [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've always had very high regard for Drew Bledsoe when we had to play against him," said Levy, who visited Bills camp Wednesday afternoon. "I believe he's 30 years old which is really a prime time in a quarterback's career. He's experienced, he has great work ethic, he has confidence, and I think the Bills made a magnificent off-season move being able to sign Drew."'
Fan of the day [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm very optimistic. I think an 8-8 or maybe even 9-7 season is possible if the offensive line comes around. We've got to put some points on the board so the defense isn't out there so much."'
Jim Kelly to wave green flag Sunday [5:45 AM]
Corning Leader reports: 'Last weekend, Jim Kelly was sporting a gold jacket in pro football’s holy land. This weekend, he’ll be waving a green flag at one of American auto racing’s most storied tracks.'
Bills ready for Bledsoe's debut [8:53 PM]
AP reports: '"We're very confident. Everybody has the same mindset: "We're not giving a back 100 yards." Whether Cincinnati's Corey Dillon, who finished seventh in the NFL in rushing last season, plays or not, Bills defenders believe there's no better time than now to begin establishing a new reputation.'
Legitimate optimism [1:59 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The biggest worry, with the lack of depth, is injury. The Bills must stay relatively healthy to have a realistic shot at 9 or 10 wins, which may be optimistic based on last year's 3-13 record.'
Jenkins seeks redemption [1:24 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Despite his success in St. Louis, Jenkins saw his career take an unexpected turn when the Rams released him following their Super Bowl season. He spent a season in Denver, but was released by the Broncos after just six games last year, and finished the season with the Green Bay Packers.'
Williams Announces Friday's Playing Time [11:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe will play the first quarter, Alex Van Pelt will play the second quarter and Travis Brown will play the third quarter and most of the fourth before giving way to David Priestley for the final two drives or so, depending on the length of plays the offense accumulates throughout the game.
Shuffling Out of Buffalo [11:07 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '"I wanted out a year before that," he said, referring to when the Bills were weighing whether to keep him or Doug Flutie. "When they were dragging the process out, I called them and said, 'Listen, I don't want to be there. If this is that tough of a decision for you, let me go.' But when they said they wanted to keep me, I wanted to be there."'
Polk's transition coming along nicely [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Based on his hard work in the offseason and a good showing early at St. John Fisher College, the Bills think Polk will be a quality backup to Keith Newman at strong side linebacker this season. Just as importantly, Polk is one of the leaders of the Bills special teams units.'
Training Camp Billboard [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tyrone Robertson will start at left end and Ron Edwards will start at left tackle against the Bengals. Robertson had worked at left tackle most of camp.'
Football is never far from Schobel family [9:06 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'That's because nearly everyone at the table has a story to tell. This is a football-loving family, from Andy down to his sons Ryan, Aaron and Matt and from Bob to his son Bo. All of them are or were fine players, but Aaron upped the ante in 2001 when he was Buffalo's second-round draft pick, becoming the first to play in the NFL.'
Bledsoe's snub hasn't riled Bengals [9:05 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The last time the Cincinnati Bengals played a team led by a quarterback who snubbed them in free agency, there were fireworks. Not so this time.'
Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day [9:02 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalo Bills player with fan of the day.
Gregg Williams Learns From First-Year Lumps [8:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: This summer, Williams is taking a different approach at the Bills' St. John Fisher College camp. He has cut back on the number of two-a-day practices. He also has curtailed some of the physical contact and no longer makes his players run punishment laps for mistakes on the field.
London Fletcher Diary: Entry #4 [8:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Fletcher "Isn't this weather gorgeous? The temperature here is almost too good to be true! When it's 70 degrees out there, sometimes it gets hard to work up a sweat."
Prioleau a fine find [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '"He got his chance, he took advantage of it, and we're happy he did," said Tom Modrak, the Bills' assistant general manager who made a positive recommendation to general manager Tom Donahoe on Prioleau's behalf. "I thought he had a good workout, and from there Tom pulled the trigger."'
Irons has great football pedigree [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"Football is definitely a love (of my family). My father played 10 years in the NFL and to follow in his footsteps is a dream come true. Now I want to pave my own way and make the most of this opportunity."'
A mentor with deep pockets [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'While at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a degree in business management and information systems, Irons became close friends with investment wizard Warren Buffett, recognized as the world's second-richest man.'
McDonnell a 'puppy' who works like a dog [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Converted to tight end last year by the New York Giants after signing as a free agent, the Bills also believe he's better suited for the offensive line.'
Flowers returns to practice [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flowers, the former first-round draft pick in 2000, suffered what was termed a ''chip fracture'' in his neck during the practices with the Cleveland Browns last Friday and did not work until Wednesday's pad-less practice at St. John Fisher College.'
Preseason play is a tough call [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'How much should Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe and the rest of the team's starters play in Friday night's preseason opener against Cincinnati?'
Fan of the Day [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '''I think Drew Bledsoe is a great addition to the team, now they just need to get (New York Yankees shortstop Derek) Jeter. The offensive line looks a lot stronger and I like the new uniforms. Now I have to go out and buy my three sons all new hats."'
Jim Kelly To Wave Green Flag [9:16 PM]
Watkins Glen International reports: '"I am incredibly honored to have been selected as the honorary starter for the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen," said Kelly. "I am a big fan of NASCAR racing and I'm excited to play such an important role in the weekend. To be here on behalf of Hunter's Hope Foundation, makes it even more special."'
Kelly Honorary Starter at Glen [9:15 PM]
WROC-TV reports: '"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Jim Kelly to Watkins Glen International," said track president Craig Rust. "Jim is a true football icon and has a wide following of fans that stretches outside of the State of New York. His work with Hunter's Hope Foundation is truly an inspiration and we are very pleased to have him join us for New York State's largest weekend spectator sporting event."'
Kelly to wave green flag [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Kelly, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last week, will wave the green flag for the 43-car field in the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen event at Watkins Glen.'
Bills cautious with Ostroski [8:28 PM]
AP reports: '"He's coming along very well," Williams said, without providing a timetable on when Ostroski might be cleared for practice. "We want to make sure that once he gets out there, there's not going to be any setbacks."'
Rookie Reed quickly catching on with Bills [8:27 PM]
AP reports: '"I think Larry Centers has put it well," coach Gregg Williams said, referring to the veteran fullback's assessment of Reed. "He's walked by me in practice and said, 'It's pretty safe to go ahead and put (Reed's) name on his jersey."''
Brown expected to miss Bills' preseason opener [8:25 PM]
AP reports: '"Ruben is progressing real well, but it's doubtful that he'll play," coach Gregg Williams said Wednesday. "He's made a lot of progress the last few days, but I'm just not going to rush him."'
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