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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2003

Marker NFL 101: Football Clinic for Women [2:47 PM] reports: NFL 101 is specifically designed to teach women the X's and O's of football and find out what happens behind the scenes in the NFL. Wear your comfortable clothes and be prepared to participate! Along with the classroom session, there will be interactive football drills led by former Bills as well as a tour of the training facility. Food will be provided.

Marker Youth Football Players Visit Bills Camp [2:47 PM] reports: Approximately 200 youth football players from the NFL’s Junior Player Development program (J.P.D.) in Syracuse attended the Bills afternoon practice on Tuesday, July 29 at training camp. The kids, which are 12-15 years old, all wore their Bills J.P.D. jerseys.

Marker Campbell's Soup and the NFL Tackling Hunger [2:47 PM] reports: In 1997, Campbell's Chunky soup established "Tackling Hunger," an annual hunger relief program. This program weighs each selected NFL team's "chunkiest" linemen and "hungriest" up-and-coming players during training camp to generate donations on behalf of their team.
"I forget how many years I've been doing this, I've done it for a couple of years," said Ruben Brown. "Last year we had Pat Williams help us, this year I got Mike Williams."

Marker Bills tight end Campbell anxious to face former team [11:52 AM]
AP reports: '''I'd be lying to you if I said it didn't mean anything,'' Campbell said after Thursday's practice in suburban Rochester. ''It's only a scrimmage and you try to be smart. But at the same time, I want to play well.'''

Marker Training camp billboard [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You gotta have game to wear red shoes," Moulds agrees. "If you're a guy on the team who can make plays, then you can earn the red shoes. Kevin Thomas came to me last year at the Green Bay game and asked me if he could wear red shoes. I told him, "You've got to get an interception first.' So he got an interception and got the right to wear the red shoes."'

Marker Massive tackle Williams striving for flexibility [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Mike does not have an eating problem and never really has," Jones said. "You'd be amazed how little he eats. He's not a gorger or anything like that, where you're trying to fight the demons. That's not a problem at all."'

Marker Training Camp Report [7:41 AM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'Clements and Toine looked casual, almost as though they were going at 50%. Toine had an opportunity for a pick and Clements got lost in the sun on a left field underthrown bomb from Bledsoe to Moulds. Eric caught it as clements held and then dragged him down, perhaps the most exciting moment of the day.'

Marker Focus on free safety [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Reese, who started 15 games for the Broncos last year after four seasons with Dallas, knows what he needs to do. “ I need to make some plays and make some things happen and make my presence felt,” he said. “ I have to separate myself. That’s what training camp is for. You don’t know who’s going to start and that’s what it takes each time I step out here.”'

Marker Tight end psyched for visit [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I was kind of like dumbfounded,” he said. “ There’s two sides of it. One side, you’re not wanted. The second side, you are wanted. You have to decide which side is stronger."'

Marker Ticket sales brisk for scrimmage with Bills [5:15 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'More than 20,000 have bought tickets for Saturday’s 10 a.m. scrimmage against the Bills. The club expects a crowd of 30,000, maybe more, in Cleveland Browns Stadium.'

Marker Call came at right time [5:14 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'He said his release from the Bills caught him by surprise. He thought he had heard Buffalo general manager Tom Donahoe tell him he was returning for another season.'

Marker In short, Centers did his homework [5:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Drew Bledsoe likes to throw long. Tom Brady likes to throw short. Centers is the most prolific pass-catcher out of the backfield in NFL history. Do the math.'

Marker Centers thinks the system is real good catch [5:12 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"The system fits well," said the NFL's all-time leader in running back receptions (808 for 6,691 yards). "It gives me an opportunity to catch a lot of footballs."'

Marker Another Big Grab [5:11 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'A three-time Pro Bowl choice, most recently for the 2001 Bills, Centers turned 35 June 1. He said several teams were interested in him, but the Patriots, who signed him to a one-year contract for the veterans' minimum of $750,000, seemed the best fit because Centers likes their coaching staff and the way they use their running backs.'

Marker Patriots sign vet Centers [5:10 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"That's not to knock or criticize anyone, and it was just a deal where Drew was much more comfortable and much more successful going down field than the quarterback the previous year."'

Marker Center of attention [5:09 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"Two years ago, I was in the Pro Bowl and was very productive on a not-so-good team," Centers said. "When we got the new offensive coordinator in, and Drew Bledsoe, the combination of the two probably kept me from being as productive as I was before."'

Marker Bills Defensive Backs Starting To Ball Hawk [5:07 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It's a good thing for Driver he showed well today, because Battles could put Driver off the roster.'

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July 30, 2003

Marker Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills Exhibition [8:49 PM] reports: 'Gates open at 9:00 a.m.'

Marker Free at last [8:19 PM]
CNN/SI reports: '"It was like a dream coming true, like I was coming into the league all over again," said Spikes, who was the Bills' centerpiece addition in free agency this offseason. "It was almost like hearing the commissioner call your name again on that stage. That's the way I felt. Just to see it, man, I don't know. It was almost like, and I know I shouldn't say this because it sounds so harsh, but it was like I was a slave getting his slave papers."'

Marker Longshot Quarterback [8:16 PM] reports: '"I'm just trying to enjoy this experience and give it my all everyday," Johnson said following a recent practice. "I understand the Bills have three great quarterbacks, everyone's confident. I'm just trying to learn and give myself the best chance."'

Marker Henry intent on showing he's still Bills' No. 1 back [8:11 PM]
AP reports: '''Willis is a rookie and I'm competing with guys that are on the field,'' Henry said. ''And until Willis gets out here, I don't know. I'm having fun right now and trying to get better every day.'''

Marker A Closer Look at… Brian Moorman [7:19 PM] reports: What do you do on your free time?
"During training camp, I just go back to the room, maybe watch a movie. If I can get on a golf course I'll try to get on a golf course maybe play a few holes, but we really don't have time for that. I play some Tiger Woods golf on play station, kick back and maybe take a quick nap before practices."

Marker Wednesday camp report [7:11 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'Wire was hitting everything that moved. Just squaring off and popping people. Not to hurt them, but to condition himself and the recipient. I looked at it as toughening both players. Simonton would square off and pop him back. It was fun to watch! On another play Wire ran in untouched and said hello to Drew (no contact on that one)...'

Marker Lofton intense, but a gentleman on the field [4:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Lofton didn't dance or get in any Raiders' faces after the first of his two touchdowns that day. He just came off the field as he always did, Bills coach Marv Levy recalled. ``You could read it in his face, but he was too much of a gentleman to give them the finger or anything,'' Levy said.'

Marker Williams No Deal No Big Deal [4:22 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The players like Gregg Williams. But they aren’t out there on the field trying to get the coach a new contract. They know if they do their jobs, this team will win. If this team wins, Gregg Williams will be around for a long time. That is why I think come January, this question about the coach will answer itself.'

Marker Coach Pataki gives the Giants a pep talk: 'Go get 'em!' [4:19 PM]
NY Daily News reports: Later, and well away from the hulking players, the governor conceded that “growing up, I was a Jets fan” (even though that team wasn’t even founded until Pataki was 15 years old) and that “obviously, I love the Bills — the only real New York team right now.

Marker Still hungry [2:12 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Veteran DE Chidi Ahanotu, who started for the Bills last season, is at home in Toronto, taking care of his three young kids and hoping to make it to somebody's training camp. After eight years with the Buccaneers, Ahanotu was a late signee with the Rams in 2001 and ended up starting for the eventual NFC champions. Last year, he signed with the Bills on Aug. 19. "I think I'm being typecast," Ahanotu says. "Now teams see me as a guy they can bring in at the last minute and stick right in there. I would've loved to have signed early on (in the free-agency period). It's frustrating." Ahanotu received an early offer from the Bills, and the Broncos and 49ers have also shown interest.

Marker Patriots sign fullback Centers [1:20 PM]
AP reports: 'Fullback Larry Centers signed with the New England Patriots on Wednesday after spending the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Training camp billboard [1:16 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe wanted to clear up a report in Tuesday's News that stated Willis McGahee will open the season on the physically unable to perform list. He still might, but the Bills will not make a definitive decision until he signs and joins them for training camp. McGahee will likely start training camp on the non-football injury list because his knee injury happened while he was at the University of Miami.'

Marker Filling In The Blanks [1:10 PM]
Morgan Messenger reports: 'Miami (12-4), Jets (10-6), Buffalo (9-7), New England (8-8).'

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