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Buffalo Bills News - August 15, 2003

Marker Departure leaves Jets hurting up front [1:23 PM]
ESPN reports: Six-year veteran guard Tom Nutten, abruptly announced his retirement, leaving the team puzzled but also perilously thin on the offensive line. Nutten who got a Superbowl ring with Rams started in the league as a Buffalo Bill in 1995.

Marker Training camp billboard [1:22 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Most likely, McGahee will go on reserve/NFI once the regular season starts. Then the Bills would have the option of having him start practice between Weeks Six and Nine, if he's ready. The other alternative would be to keep him on the roster as one of the final 53 players and make him inactive each week.'

Marker Reese looking to turn heads in battle for a starting job [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: "It's hard to tell where you stand out there, but it's good to get reps with both teams just to get a feel for it," Reese said. "So when they do name the starters, if they've already named the starters, whatever the case may be, if somebody gets injured, it's good to be able to play with the first team and know what it feels like to play with the first team."

Marker Morris commands teammates' respect [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ He very quickly gets the attention of his teammates, which tells you a lot.”'

Marker Future rests in Jett's hands [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Eric Moulds and Josh Reed will start, and Bobby Shaw was signed as a free agent from Jacksonville to be the No. 3 receiver. Jett and veteran Charles Johnson will battle with youngsters Sam Aiken and Rodney Wright for the other spots.'

Marker Walla Walla natives will meet on Nashville field [5:17 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''Drew was what a quarterback should be in high school — he's always been a good guy, everybody liked him. He always handled himself well and he still does,'' Sirmon said. ''Everybody looked up to Drew, but I think I wore 12 just because that's a generic high school number.'''

Marker Bills will make trip despite blackout [5:16 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''We have checked and everything, as of right now, is still on with our charter,'' Williams said. ''Now, we may be re-routed in some way, but we have extra time built into our schedule.'''

Marker Mickelson turning into a Buffalo soldier [5:15 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' training camp is only a couple of miles down the street from the site of this PGA Championship, so Phil Mickelson made a visit there Wednesday. You can fill in the punchline. Both are notorious, of course, for failing to win the big one.'

Marker Mickelson, Bills share misses as mates in misery [5:14 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Maybe the best approach with Mickelson is to expect nothing. And then bet on the Bills.'

Marker Williams faces team he helped shape defensively [5:08 AM] reports: '“There are a lot of guys I have a lot of strong feelings for Jeff (Fisher), my best friend in coaching, and some of those players that were there that I was a part of drafting and teaching and coaching,” Williams said. “It’ll be a fun deal.”'

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August 14, 2003

Marker Mickelson: golf's version of the Buffalo Bills [9:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Phil Mickelson spent the day before the PGA Championship visiting the nearby training camp of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. He must have felt right at home. They've never won a major championship, either.'

Marker Bills' Williams returns to Nashville [4:30 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Williams spent 11 years with the Titans from 1990-2000 in various positions, including defensive coordinator, special team and linebackers coach.'

Marker Bills expect packed house for Saturday game [1:37 PM]
AP reports: '"We're expecting it to be loud down there," Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe said Thursday. "That's why we've been practicing our silent counts. One of the things that makes it so hard to win in this league is that crowd noise."'

Marker Bills, PGA Championship sharing same ground [1:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“One of the things we think is kind of nice is that the fans have a chance to come out here and see the Bills,” he said, “plus the chance to see some of the best athletes in the world in that sport ... and that’s really neat. There’s a lot of golf fans on our team and on our staff, and we invited (the pros) to come over and watch practice.”'

Marker Williams looks forward to return visit to Nashville [11:42 AM] reports: 'I feel real good about the direction. I’ve got really good people here I’m working with again and quite honestly would not have left that situation down there, which I think is an outstanding situation, had it not been for the opportunity to work for and work with Tom Donahoe, who’s another person for me to learn from, and Ralph Wilson, another AFL original owner like Mr. Adams. I think that was appealing to me to take that step, and I feel real good about where we are right now."'

Marker A Tennessee homecoming for Bills RB Travis Henry [11:41 AM] reports: '“It was surprising because they have Travis, but that’s no knock on him,” four-time Pro Bowler Eddie George said about the Bills decision to draft McGahee. “His future is going to be fine. All he has to do is stay focused and keep working hard.”'

Marker Bills bring revamped defense into Coliseum [11:40 AM] reports: 'Titans C Tom Ackerman agreed. “Takeo Spikes,” he declared when asked which Buffalo off-season acquisition would have the most impact. “He is a great player, plays hard. He is one of the top linebackers in the league. I think he’s going to bring in energy for them, a name, and leadership. He’s going to bring that whole defense to another level."'

Marker Bills WR Moulds to provide stiff test for Titans secondary [11:39 AM] reports: '“I think anytime you loose a good player like Price, it can change things,” Walters said. “But I don’t know if it will make him any less effective. I think he is one of the best in the business. He was over at the Pro Bowl with us and I can see why he is a good player. He’s a big guy and fast with great hands.”'

Marker McGahee thinks he can play in 2003 [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He has rare power, speed, big-play ability," coach Gregg Williams said. "It's hard to find guys like that at any level of football that can dominate the game the way he was dominating it before he got hurt. There's no doubt in my mind he'll get back to that level."'

Marker Pucillo a true jack of all trades [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's good they had me out there to get some reps with the "ones' and see how I do," said Pucillo, a 6-foot-4, 311-pounder. "It felt good to be out there. They're just taking a look at me at different positions, center and guard."'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A crowd of several hundred sat through the hottest day of camp so far and saw starters Josh Reed and Nate Clements get into a brief fight, with both tumbling to the ground after a rush around right tackle. It's not too common to see two starting skill players tussling.'

Marker Bills' McGahee proving he's worth it [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ He needs to be in training camp,” said coach Gregg Williams, who hasn’t seen or spoken to his prize rookie since June 13. “ Everybody adjusts from their first camp to their second camp drastically, so it’s good that he’s here before this camp is over and he can see what goes on. I was impressed where he was at when he left in June and knowing his work ethic (I’m sure he’s further along). But we’ll evaluate it, take it slow, and be smart.”'

Marker Football, it gives Bills' Witczak his kicks [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ If things don’t work out with the Bills, I feel my capabilities are good enough to play for someone else. If that’s the case, preseason is an audition for 31 other teams,” Witczak said. “ I know four hot spots right now I think that’s going to be a little circle for kickers going in and out this year."'

Marker Bills' Pucillo gets shot to earn top spot [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I’m feeling pretty good out there, it’s where I played in college,” he said of the guard position. “ Playing center is a chance for more reps, but we’ll see how this goes.”'

Marker McGahee arrives at training camp [5:22 AM]
AP reports: '``I feel good. There is no pain, no swelling,'' McGahee said. ``The first thing we've got to do is let (the team's) doctors and my doctors get together. Then we'll see when I can play.'''

Marker Bills Entertain Special Camp Visitors [5:20 AM] reports: '"I love what the Buffalo Bills have done turning weaknesses into strengths, said the PGA Pro. I think the Bills are going to show up in the Super Bowl against the Rams."'

August 13, 2003

Marker Training Camp Report 8/13/03 by zacgriffi80 [10:40 PM] reports: Brief Observations:
Pierson Prioleau - Was very impressive. Seems to react the fastest of the safeties. He also was running so fast towards the fence he jumped it. Clarence Coleman - Looked like the best receiver on the field. Caught everything thrown to him including a pass that was way behind him.

Marker Training Camp Report 8/13/03 by BillsGuyInMalta [10:36 PM] reports: Tim Krumrie scares me. There I said it. That man looks like he could benchpress a Ford truck if he so desired.

Marker RB Willis McGahee Reports To Bills Camp [8:23 PM] reports: '"I think it's important to have the focus on one thing - that's worrying about the Bills winning and doing what we have to do, not just worrying about the Bills and worrying about what I'm doing. The pressure is off the whole organization about what I'm going to do and how I'm going to turn out. We can just concentrate on one thing right now. I'm just happy to be here.'

Marker Spikes prepared for new challenge [8:02 PM] reports: "We expect to set records on Defense," Spikes said. "Right now, we're developing great chemistry. Expect a lot of plays and a lot of excitement by this years Buffalo Bills defense."

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