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Buffalo Bills News - August 8, 2005

Marker Inside slant [6:33 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo's defense, meanwhile, shut down the run as the Bills held a whopping 305 to 65 edge in yards when adding up segments (regular down-and-distance, red zone and goal-line) of the scrimmage. The Packers had 23 yards rushing on 16 attempts, with veteran Ahman Green held to 11 yards on three carries and backups Derrick Johnese and Tony Fisher gaining just one yard on a combined nine carries.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [6:32 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Rian Lindell vs. himself at PK - Lindell, who was just 1 of 3 from beyond 40 yards last season, wasn't given a field goal opportunity during the Packers' scrimmage. He figures to get more opportunities in the Colts preseason game.'

Marker Notes, quotes [6:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Durability was never an issue for RB Shaud Williams in college, where he amassed 4,659 all-purpose yards at Texas Tech and Alabama. The rigors of a 16-game NFL season are another story, which is why the rugged 5-7 ball carrier packed more weight on during the off-season. "I sat down with the coaches at the end of last season and they felt that it would help me hold up," said Williams, who's in the mix for the Bills' backup running back job behind Willis McGahee now that Travis Henry has been traded. "I put on about 8 pounds. I'm up to about 198, 199. I can tell the difference. I'm still getting used to carrying it but hopefully by the end of camp, I'll be ready to go."'

Marker Leonhard trying to beat odds [5:11 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: '"On the tape measure, height, speed, all that, he's not going to wow you," Bills defensive backs coach Steve Szabo said. "There's plenty of guys in this league that are way better than him physically. But he's instinctive. Makes plays. He's smart."'

Marker Marino takes time to honor Kelly's son [5:10 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"To Jim and Jill Kelly, they've been friends a lot of years," Marino said. "I can't imagine what you've been going through. Our prayers are with you."'

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August 7, 2005

Marker Kelly's biggest loss [9:36 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"In some respect, I'm happy for Hunter. His suffering is over," Esiason said. "It may now allow Jim and Jill some normalcy. They are still young, have a whole life in front of them. They can move on in life in memory of Hunter and still make a difference in the lives of other people. But your stomach is tied up in knots. This is very sad."'

Marker Rodgers or Losman: Who’ll be better? [9:28 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'Donahoe said the Bills might have taken Rodgers this year had they not drafted Losman. “We really thought Aaron Rodgers was the quarterback who was most ready to play,” Donahoe said. “We liked Alex Smith, but we felt the type of offense Aaron had been in, he’d probably have an easier transition. He just has a sense of knowing where to go with the ball.”'

Marker Peters adds massive benefit [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A year ago he was the long-shot curiosity of Buffalo Bills training camp. Today he is the Bills' secret weapon.'

Marker Bills' Losman showed he can be a leader [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I guess they felt they had to get their money's worth out of us. It was good work, a good change of pace," said Spikes of the busy two days of joint practices and the three-hour scrimmage. "You get tired of beating up on each other, so this was great to come out here and get some work against Green Bay."'

Marker Packers won't accept invite [5:06 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: '"We can't give up our day," coach Mike Sherman said. "We're not going to go anywhere. Our fans plan to come here and plan vacations. We were never going to leave Green Bay, so to have a reciprocal process with somebody else is not going to happen."'

Marker Kelly's loss makes for heavy hearts at Hall [5:06 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'As someone who has known the Kelly family for nearly 20 years, I feel a very personal level of heartache for close friends. However, Hunter's death is something that has touched countless hearts throughout the world because his life counted for so much more than that of an incredibly brave little boy confronting such a horrific illness.'

August 6, 2005

Marker Hunter Kelly Coverage [6:45 PM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Hunter Kelly Was an Inspiration to Many (WIVB-TV)
Hunter Kelly's Eight Year Fight Against Krabbe's (WIVB-TV)
Hunter's Legacy (WGRZ-TV)
Public service for Hunter Kelly to be held on Tuesday (WKBW-TV)
Krabbe Disease Hits Nervous System (RNews.com)

Marker Bills Show Well In Green Bay Scrimmage [6:45 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team has the weekend off with two practices coming Monday at St.John Fisher beginning at 8:40 and 2:45.'

Marker Special Start for QB J.P. Losman [6:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"He really wasn't flinching," said head coach Mike Mularkey. "He looked comfortable in there. I'm sure there are some things we're going to have to watch the tape and we'll say he should have or could have. But for the most part I was pretty pleased watching him live."'

Marker Losman looks comfortable in start [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We use the term "doesn't flinch,' " said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "He really wasn't flinching. He looked comfortable in there. I'm sure there's some things after we watch the tape that we'll say he should have or could have done. But for the most part I was pretty pleased watching him."'

Marker Knee injury to Lawrence Smith weakens guard spot [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Smith was in a one-on-one, pass-blocking drill with a Packers defensive tackle when his knee buckled as he planted his feet against a bull rush. The injury looked like a hyperextension of the knee, at the least. Smith was standing up checking out the knee after the play, then was taken off the field on a cart. Smith did not play in the scrimmage Friday night.'

Marker A little boy, a local hero [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The family, like with any parents who have lost a child, is devastated," said John Dudek, interim executive director of Hunter's Hope Foundation. "While this was expected for some time, it wasn't expected today."'

Marker Reality bites for rookies [8:53 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: '"We have the skills. (But) we needed Kurt to get drafted to get more exposure for the school," Gudmundsen said. "So, now, I think things will get rolling and we'll get some more recruits in there and then we'll get some more pro prospects out of there."'

Marker Losman debut solid [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"This was special, as far as my first time goes, playing against my favorite player ever in Brett Favre," Losman said. "I had the jitters just watching him. You're in awe being in Lambeau Field, and you know you have to put it all together. But I still came out and was successful."'

Marker Gandy holds his own against old rival [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Packers director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie noted to Green Bay writers that Buffalo's beefy line is built for the running game, not pass blocking, and could struggle against quicker defensive fronts. "Their offensive linemen are built to be more maulers, that's their makeup. They have trouble with quickness," was McKenzie's take.'

Marker Packers pride inspires Hall of Fame plans for Bills [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'After experiencing full-blown Packermania the past two days and taking lots of notes, Bills owner Ralph Wilson and president and general manager Tom Donahoe said on Friday that they plan to proceed with long-discussed plans to build a Bills Hall of Fame on their stadium campus in Orchard Park.'

Marker Hunter Kelly dies at age 8 [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The boy was rushed to a hospital after he spiked a fever and stopped breathing, said John Dudek, spokesman for Hunter's Hope Foundation. He had experienced increased difficulty breathing the day before, and was scheduled to go the hospital Friday to be examined. "It's a very emotional day," Dudek said. "When you have a child with a terminal disease, you know that someday he will be gone. But this was a surprise."'

Marker Bills, Packers scrimmage at sold-out Lambeau Field [5:00 AM]
AP reports: 'There just wasn't much offense on either side.'

Marker Bills Dominate Pack in Scrimmage [4:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'But make no mistake, the Bills dominated the scrimmage on both sides of the ball, from the first unit down to the final reserves.'

Marker Hunter Kelly Leaves Ongoing Legacy [4:58 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Let’s not forget either, Jim has one heck of a teammate in wife Jill, who has proven to any doubters she is far deeper than the stereotypical beautiful blonde some might associate with an NFL star. Without ever meaning for it to happen, Jill became an articulate and passionate media star in her own right, often making personal appearances Jim couldn’t make without their message missing a beat.'

Marker Hunter Kelly Was 'So Tough' [4:57 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"He's taking it pretty tough, that's his little buddy. It's just not natural for a parent to outlive their children. Obviously this is a tough day for him."'

Marker Mularkey Pleased with First Joint Practice [4:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I think we got a lot of good work," head coach Mike Mularkey said at the conclusion of the joint workout. "We had a number of different sessions, the blitz, the inside run, and a simulated team period. We got a lot of things done and I liked the way we finished the practice. That was important because it was about as close to a game simulation as you can have."'

Marker Bills extend invite for next season [4:56 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: '“They’re welcome to come to our place next year,” Donahoe said. “We’ll invite them right now.”'

Marker Saturday's Green Bay Coverage [4:55 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
It’s too early to judge in QB battle (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Sander has up-and-down scrimmage (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Rookie Hawkins impresses Bates (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Bills extend invite for next season (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Family Night scrimmage attracts record attendance (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Kids out in full force for Packers Family Night (Green Bay Press Gazette)
On the fence with fan Mike Beck (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Not ready for prime time (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Competition at guard heats up (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Davenport leaves after injury to ankle (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Rough night for Rodgers (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Practicing patience (Wisconsin State Journal)
Packers fans, start to worry (Sheboygan Press)
"Family Night" Resembles Regular Season Game (Packers.com)
Family Night Training Camp Notebook (Packers.com)

Marker Corey Simon: His demands keep Birds from dealing him [4:54 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'A report in the Trenton Times on Friday said the Buffalo Bills are among the teams interested in Simon, but Eagles president Joe Banner said yesterday that the Eagles had not heard from them.'

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