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Buffalo Bills News - September 6, 2005

Marker Reed looking to raise his level of play [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Had the Bills decided to keep six receivers — which is normal — instead of seven, perhaps Reed wouldn't have made it. But here he is, and the former LSU star is mighty happy.'

Marker Bills cheerleaders to appear at rally [4:57 AM]
Elmira Star Gazette reports: 'Members of the Buffalo Jills, cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills, will join Mansfield University cheerleaders at a rally today for the Josh Palmer Pigskin Classic at Dick's Sporting Goods in Consumer Square.'

Marker J.P.'s Here & Drew's There: Good, or... [4:54 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Two big concerns with Losman right off the bat, starting with the opener against the Houston Texans Sunday. He must not get overly excited with the big home crowd and try to do too much. It’s a cliché’, I know, but he doesn’t have to win it, but he sure could lose it. The other concern is everybody else. Willis McGahee must get some help from the offensive line and have a strong day. The defense can’t give up the big play, which David Carr is capable of, and a turnover or two would be big.'

Marker Inside Slant [4:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Such errors are the kind of growing pains associated with young quarterbacks, and the Bills are prepared to deal with them. "We have to be careful, not just with him, but the whole team," Mularkey said. "We need to be more consistent and we have to be smart how we handle the game plan with him early. And we will."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Lee's release is indicative of the strong competition for the Bills' No. 2 job and even a 69-yard kickoff return against the Packers couldn't buy Lee more time.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'QB J.P. Losman is learning that game tape is a great healer. After being outwardly dejected after a 9-of-18 performance with two sacks against Chicago, he was upbeat two days later. Why? "I feel fine after watching the tape," he said. "You always realize it's never as bad as you thought it was. There's still a lot of work to be done and I know the better I do, the better I get, the better our chances of winning are. I'm not satisfied at all."'

Marker Bills scouting report [4:45 AM] reports: 'Last week, head coach Dom Capers said that everything this Sunday will start with the Bills’ defense. The unit returns 10 starters from last year’s squad. After four preseason games, the Bills’ defense hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.'

Marker Tuesday's Houston Coverage [4:44 AM] reports:
The toe that beat four foes (Houston Chronicle)
Texans' thoughts are with evacuees as team prepares for season opener (Houston Chronicle)
Veteran of Texans secondary is quiet leader (AP)
Inside slant (The Sports Xchange)
Strategy and personnel (The Sports Xchange)
Notes, quotes (The Sports Xchange)
Practice report (
Bills scouting report (
Food donation safety tips (
Season's greetings (

Marker Bills vs. Texans Preview [4:27 AM] reports: The Bills have turned the reigns of the team over to J.P. Losman. He will have the luxury of a power running game, a great defense, and solid special teams units. Optimism runs high in Houston as the Texans finished last year with their best record ever, 7-9.

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Marker Season's Greetings [11:48 PM] reports: That doesn’t mean the Texans are going to sit back and make Losman’s first start a comfortable experience. “We’re going to do everything we can back there to confuse him,” free safety Marcus Coleman said. “We’re going to try to make it rough on him. We’re not going to try to make it where he can just drop back and just let it go. We’re going to try to make it as hard as possible.”

Marker Bills CB Clements misses practice; TE Euhus out for opener [8:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Cornerback Nate Clements did not practice Monday because of a shoulder injury and his status is uncertain for the Bills' regular-season opener Sunday against Houston.'

Marker Leonhard Beats the Odds, Again [7:29 PM] reports: '"It is a huge motivation," he said. "There are a lot people that tell me, 'you're too small to play, you are not going to be able to play there because of your size'. You just have to take that personally and have that chip on your shoulder everyday that you go out there to prove that you can play at this level."'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [7:29 PM] reports: 'How exactly do you plan on feeling secure this season with only four backups at O-line, three of whom are listed as second with one third string? I'm just curious, especially with the multitude of receivers shown on the depth chart...'.

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [7:28 PM] reports: 'We were fortunate enough to sign Constantin back to the practice squad to give us our fourth defensive end and in case of a need he's here working with us and working with the defense.'

Marker Bills Complete Practice Squad [7:17 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills signed eight players recently released by the team to their practice squad. Among the players signed include undrafted rookie free agents: tight end Brad Cieslak, linebacker Liam Ezekial, fullback Jon Goldsberry, defensive backs Rob Lee and Evan Oglesby.'

Marker Giddy optimism abounds in Buffalo [7:14 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'And two, anybody who thinks Losman isn't going to make mistakes, and plenty of them, has apparently watched, or at least paid attention to, very little football over the years.'

Marker Bills Start Houston Preparations. Name Practice Sq [7:08 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Nate Clements didn't practice. Mike Mularkey says his shoulder in not serious and they'll evaluate him Wednesday to see if he'll workout. LB Angelo Crowell is in the same situation with a leg problem. Tim Euhus will miss the Texans game with a strained pectoral muscle.'

Marker HS Football 'Coach of the Week' - Week 1 [7:05 PM] reports: 'Coach Tony Truilizio of Riverside High School has been named the Buffalo Bills high school football “Coach of the Week” for the first weekend of the 2005 season (September 2-3).'

Marker WR Reed determined to show Bills were right in keeping him [7:01 PM]
AP reports: 'Reed's role is still not entirely secure. His future will depend on how quickly rookie second-round draft pick Roscoe Parrish returns after having surgery to repair a right wrist injury he hurt in training camp. Parrish, who turned heads with his speed and catching ability before he was hurt, is expected to miss at least the first month of the season.'

Marker OT McFarland among eight players signed to Bills practice squad [1:44 PM]
AP reports: 'McFarland, who appeared in two games last year, was among the final players the Bills cut on Saturday. Other notables making the squad were guard Jasen Esposito and defensive end Constantin Ritzmann, who both spent time with the Bills last year and were also among the players cut Saturday.'

Marker Bills Announce Practice Squad [1:43 PM] reports: 'The Bills have signed the following players to its practice squad...'.

Marker Coaches believe J.P. can succeed in Bills' offense [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think we're better up front than we were last year," Clements said. "There's more depth at receiver. I think the backs will be better than last year. Tight ends are doing well. Then you have essentially a rookie quarterback. The fortunate thing for him is a lot of rookie quarterbacks who play are with teams that don't have that kind of talent surrounding them. So we think we can have a very good offense. It's just going to be a matter of hopefully starting off fast."'

Marker Real pressure falls on Bills' running game [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Losman appears to suffer from sensory overload, which happens when a kid spends too much time in the classroom, not enough on the playground. He looks shaky at best, like many a rookie starter. Bledsoe might be better today, but the Bills are convinced Losman, with more playing time, will take them farther tomorrow.'

Marker Weighty matters [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's definitely a concern," Teague said. "I plan on losing weight when I'm done. There aren't a lot of old men walking around at 300-something pounds. You try to stay in good shape and watch your diet but you've got to be big to play this game. But hopefully when I'm done I'll lose some."'

Marker If Losman falters, don't forget Holcomb [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Unloading veteran Drew Bledsoe was the right move for the Bills. He had taken them as far as he could in three seasons but wasn't going to improve. It was time to make Losman the starter and hope for the best. Based on Losman's preseason performance, Buffalo fans should be doing more than hoping. They should be praying.'

Marker Bills have a gem in Leonhard [4:59 AM]
Sheboygan Press reports: 'Safety Jim Leonhard made the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent. After watching him emerge as a walk-on from tiny Tony to three-time All-American, this development shouldn’t shock any Badgers fans. The only questions about him are how soon will he lead the NFL in punt returns, and why didn’t the Packers sign him to return kicks?'

Marker Tucker playing waiting game [4:58 AM]
Reading Eagle reports: 'Tucker, 27, was ready to play Friday in the Bills' preseason finale against Detroit. He feared something was wrong when he didn't get in the game.'

September 4, 2005

Marker Lessons from Buffalo [2:00 PM]
AP reports: '``He was a great head coach, but I couldn't get my hands on him,'' said ex-Bills safety Pierson Prioleau, who joined the Redskins as a free agent this year. ``Having him in the meeting room with you, having him teaching you things on the field, having him teaching you 100 percent of the time on defense, I love that as a player.'' Williams says he has learned his lesson. He is at his best when he is hands-on, and he wasn't in Buffalo. Next time, he'll hire someone else to handle the offense so he can work one-on-one with his defensive players.'

Marker Bills release Berks products Tucker, Esposito [1:37 PM]
Reading Eagle reports: '“It's really out of my control,” said Esposito, 24. “Obviously I'd like to be on a roster somewhere, but if I'm not I'll still be here in Buffalo.”'

Marker Citizen Losman [1:34 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Losman didn't wait for us to ask. He tells all who will listen how much he likes Buffalo and Buffalonians. He says that's why he lives downtown year-round. And he sounds sincere - as if this kid from California really gets us.'

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