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Buffalo Bills News - July 21, 2003

Marker New additions bulk up Bills' defense [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think we have everything it takes to be a great defense," Wire said. "The offense will do its part. We just have to do ours, and I think we will. We have a defense that, to me, is going to wreak havoc on opposing offenses."'

Marker Anticipation grows for Joe D. [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Hall of Fame will indeed be a family affair for DeLamielleure, who expects nearly 200 immediate family members. That includes a new granddaughter, who he will see for the first time in Canton.'

Marker Pittsford Prepares For Crowds [8:55 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Each day about 6,000 people will be in the area for the Bills camp and 30,000 are expected to attend the PGA.'

Marker Wire Foundation Gets Start From Apparel Line [8:54 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: "It's training the mind and the body," Wire says. "It's an entire mindset, just a relentless desire to be the best."

Marker Expectations rise for Bills, Sabres [5:25 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The prevailing sentiment is that coach Gregg Williams is the guy on the hot seat -- and entering the final year of a contract, he is most definitely on the spot.'

Marker Previewing the preseason: AFC East, NFC East [5:22 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Camp battle to watch: The free-safety spot will be a battle between Pierson Prioleau and Izell Reese, who was signed as a free agent. Neither is a great player, but both are decent. Tony Driver could also factor.'

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July 20, 2003

Marker Balance of power [11:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm very optimistic the offensive line is going to prove to be one of the strengths of our team," said coordinator Kevin Gilbride.'

Marker Bills help the wrong fans [10:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: The recent announcement of having only single game tickets left for three of the first four home games shows poor public relations. When Bills fans who aren't season ticket holders got their first crack at tickets, most of their choices were already reduced. Thousands were sold to the visiting teams fans prior to Bills fans having any shot.
The writer, Mark Burr, is a frequent participant on the Stadium Wall.

July 19, 2003

Marker Former Spartan set to join Hall [1:36 PM]
Lansing State Journal reports: 'DeLamielleure credits his durability to a strict workout regimen that he still follows, including 1,000 pushups and skipping rope each day. He played at 254 pounds. Last week, he weighed in at 253.'

Marker Bills aren't among 'everyone' coming to play Monday night [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All kidding aside, Michaels said: "It would be nice to have the Vikings. The Bills are an emerging team. And with Drew Bledsoe there, clearly they're a team . . . let's put it this way, if we had gotten Buffalo or if we had gotten Minnesota, we would have said that's fine. Off the top of my head, I can't think of anybody else, really, that we're missing that we'd like to have."'

July 18, 2003

Marker Wire Is Making A Difference On and Off The Field [8:14 PM] reports: 'In July 2003, Coy launched the Coy Wire Foundation. A charitable fund affiliated with the Buffalo Community Foundation, the mission of the Foundation is to encourage spiritual awareness by instilling hope and faith in youngsters, promote the value of education, and support underprivileged children and families.'

Marker On the defensive in Buffalo: [3:57 PM]
ESPN - John Clayton reports: Bills coach Gregg Williams doesn't fear going into the last year of his contract. Why? His defense is so much better than last year, and Drew Bledsoe enters his second season as the Bills quarterback. The key of training camp is making sure no injuries happen to the front seven of the defense. With Sam Adams and Pat Williams at defensive tackle, no one will run on the Bills. Linebackers London Fletcher, Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey will be chasing down players all over the field. The defensive players have bought into Williams' scheme. A big season could earn Williams a big contract.

Marker Simonton aims for top billing in Buffalo [9:58 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: '"It's pretty obvious what I'll have to do (to make the team)," Simonton said. "I'm not sure how many chances I'll get in the backfield, so I'll just try to make the best of whatever opportunity comes along. Travis Henry is the man there, and I doubt that I'll be able to cut into his time. But I want to make their decision (of whether to cut him) as difficult as possible."'

Marker Hadl, Kemp share history [5:26 AM]
Lawrence Journal World reports: '"We had this crazy rule," Gillman, who died earlier this year at the age of 91, told USA Today. "If you waived somebody a week before the weekend games, you couldn't reclaim him. We were short of money, so I thought I'd waive Jack and reclaim him."'

July 17, 2003

Marker Dick's Sporting Goods Makes Additional Night Practice Tickets Available [7:43 PM] reports: Additional tickets for the first of the team's two Monday evening practices during the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp will be available to the public at the three Rochester Dick's Sporting Goods locations - Greece, Henrietta, and Victor - beginning on Thursday, July 24th. Shoppers will get two tickets with a purchase. Visit Dick's Sporting Goods for details.

Marker How The Bills Were Built [9:27 AM] reports: The Bills roster consists of 29 of the team's original draft picks, 49 players signed as a free agent, two players acquired via trade, and three players claimed off of waivers. In addition, 14 of 22 (64%) starters last season were drafted by the Bills: 8 on offense, 6 on defense.

Marker Bills give Moorman some hang time [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When I look back at where I was a couple of years ago, I realize how lucky I am because there was so much uncertainty at that time," Moorman said. "Two years ago, I never thought we'd be looking at a long-term contract, but that was always one of my goals. The Bills' confidence in me made me more confident that I could step on the field and get the job done. I always knew I could, but to know that they knew really made a difference."'

Marker Bills give punter 7-year contract [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'While Moorman’s deal is for seven years, the final four years are contingent on the Bills exercising an option payment of between $300,000 and $1 million based on the number of Pro Bowls Moorman makes.'

Marker Sabres use Bills model to draw Rochester fans [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '“I’ve watched how the Buffalo Bills have done a tremendous job becoming part of the marketplace here,” Golisano said. “When they moved their training camp to the St. John Fisher College campus, it really heightened awareness and interest in the Buffalo Bills.”'

Marker Moorman signs contract extension [5:15 AM]
Pittsburg Morning Sun reports: 'At Pitt State, Moorman was the football program's first four-time All-American. From 1995-98, Moorman boasts Pitt State's best career average with 44 yards a punt. In 1997, he set the school's season record with 46 yards a punt. He also holds the record for most punts in a career with 157.'

Marker Bills' training camp preview [5:14 AM]
MSNBC reports: 'Josh Reed is being counted on to replace deep threat Peerless Price, who was lost to Atlanta in a trade forced by salary cap issues. Reed lacks Price’s explosive speed but the Bills believe his quickness and ability to run after the catch can lead to the same results. Buffalo needs the second-year man from LSU to burn defenses the way Price did when he faces single coverage.'

July 16, 2003

Marker Bills P Moorman agrees to 6-year extension [8:41 PM]
AP reports: 'As part of the deal, the Bills restructured the third and final year of Moorman's existing contract, giving him an $870,000 raise over the $380,000 he was scheduled to make this season. The extension will pay Moorman an average of $900,000 a season, not including bonuses.'

Marker Bills agree to long-term contract with P Brian Moorman [8:41 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Buffalo Bills apparently have rewarded punter Brian Moorman handsomely for two strong seasons.'

Marker Bills agree to contract extension with Moorman [8:40 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The 27-year-old product of Pittsburg State signed with the Bills as a free agent before the 2001 season.'

Marker Bills, Winfield in no rush to get contract extension done [6:58 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: This season is the final year in Winfield’s contract, and the way we hear it, there’s no rush on either end to get an extension done. It’s not because of dissatisfaction though. The Bills certainly want to re-sign him, but they may let it slide until next offseason, under the belief that Winfield or his agent won’t be pushing to get a deal done either. Winfield has been a fine cover corner for the Bills and an even better run supporter. He’s part of the team’s up-and-coming tandem of Ohio State corners along with Nate Clements, and there’s little doubt Buffalo would like to keep that intact, especially after this year’s overhaul on defense. However, one thing about apathy that could bite the Bills in the long run is, if the pass rush improves, Winfield’s numbers could spike, and that could cost the Bills more money to keep him.

Marker Bills And Moorman Agree On Contract Extension [2:20 PM] reports: The Bills announced that the team has agreed to terms on a new long-term contract with punter Brian Moorman. In accordance with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. His 84-yard punt at Green Bay on 12/22/02 was the NFL’s longest of 2002 and ranks as the longest in Bills history.

Marker Moorman Looks To Build On Last Season [1:20 PM] reports: '"This team has a great attitude throughout the locker room," Moorman said. "Everyone is excited and anxious to start the season. This is going to be a big year for us. Anything less than making some damage in the playoffs is going to be a big disappointment."'

Marker Bills kick in seven years for punter Moorman [10:28 AM]
ESPN reports: 'But in choosing to instead sign Moorman to a long-term contract, the Bills hope to gain the kind of stability they had at the punter position before 2001, when Chris Mohr owned the job for a decade. For his part, Moorman nearly trebles what he was scheduled to earn in 2003, and also gets future security.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: George Flint [9:49 AM] reports: Even though he was named All-Border Conference three times at Arizona State University, when the AFL and NFL drafts took place in December 1961, George Flint, who played both offensive and defensive tackle, was not selected. As a free agent, he could have seemingly tried out with any of the 22 teams in the two leagues. He choose the Bills.

Marker New Roster numbers [8:10 AM] reports: Kicker Jason Witczak now has #7, NFLE star RB Ken Simonton now has #40 and former Redskins/Cowboys Ross Tucker has #65. Ronald Boldin is no longer listed on roster although he was not a recent cut (previously was not assigned a number). Eighty-Four players are now listed on roster.

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