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Buffalo Bills News - June 21, 2004

Marker Happy to Have a Chance [1:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I came in for a tryout with 127 other guys," said Koons of the en masse player call out. Of those 127 players Koons was the only one who got a call back from the team.'

Marker Bruce Smith lends name to Hampton restaurant [5:20 AM]
Norfolk Virginian Pilot reports: 'The restaurant will have a sports-related theme, playing off Smith’s two-decade career as a defensive end with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.'

Marker Inside slant [4:38 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"I told them this morning and after practice they do need to get away, to be around family and friends," Mularkey said. "And I know they're all going to work out, lift and be in condition. But the thing they need to focus on and is hard to do is stay up with the football part of it. As coaches, we're going to stay in contact with them. Whatever it is (we do), they won't get away from football because that level, as much as conditioning, is important and we don't want to (lose) what we've accomplished to this point."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:37 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills' interest in former Pittsburgh Steelers' All-Pro LB Jason Gildon isn't surprising - he was drafted by Buffalo GM Tom Donahoe when Donahoe was the Steelers' director of football operations and played all during coach Mike Mularkey's eight seasons on Pittsburgh's offensive staff. What is odd, however, is that Gildon came in for a visit just four days after Donahoe said, "He's not really a good fit in our defense."'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [4:36 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'LB Takeo Spikes has no use for people patting him on the back for Buffalo finishing with the NFL's No. 2 ranked defense last year. "Winning, that was the whole objective," he said. "Nobody's going to say, 'Man, Buffalo had the No. 2 defense in the league.' Shoot, the first thing they mention is, 'You were 6-10.' That's the only thing people remember."'

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June 20, 2004

Marker Losman's a safer bet than shopping in 2005 QB market [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'None of the players currently rated at the top of the quarterback list entering the 2004 college season has the great mobility of Losman. The top three draft prospects at quarterback currently look like Leinart (presuming he leaves USC a year early), Arizona State's Andrew Walter and Purdue's Kyle Orton.'

Marker Getting the house in order [4:56 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'While the Bills' offensive line wasn't very good last year -- "some of the plays just took too long to develop and we were asking our offensive line to protect for a long time," said Bledsoe -- he believes new line coach Jim McNally is going to make a difference with his protection schemes.'

Marker UB To Have Eight Players in NFL Camps [4:55 AM]
University of Buffalo Athletics reports: 'The latest to rejoin the NFL ranks is all-time UB great Drew Haddad, who signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills on Friday, rejoining the team that drafted him in 2000 and returning to the city that has been his second home since coming to UB from Cleveland's St. Ignatius High School in 1996.'

June 19, 2004

Marker Aiken won't plead the fifth as Bills wide receiver [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't see myself competing for the fifth wide receiver spot," Aiken said this week. "I'm competing for third, second. Those are my goals coming to the season."'

Marker Bills bring back Haddad [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While with the Bulls, Haddad became the most prolific receiver in team history.'

Marker Catching up with ex-WNSA personalities [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One of the live games being carried by The NFL Network this summer involves the Bills. However, the 7 p.m. Aug. 15 date with Denver in Ralph Wilson Stadium will be blacked out in Western New York unless there is a sellout.'

Marker Bills among Gildon's options [5:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”We’re negotiating with four teams,” agent Peter Schaffer said on Friday, confirming that the Bills are among them. “When we find what we feel is the best situation for Jason, we’ll have a decision. But there’s no timetable.”'

June 18, 2004

Marker Bills sign Haddad [6:53 PM]
AP reports: 'Most recently, he led the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in receiving with 28 receptions for 455 yards.'

Marker Bills Sign Drew Haddad [6:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A standout wide receiver from University at Buffalo, Haddad most recently played with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe where he led his team in receiving with 28 receptions for 455 yards. Prior to his NFL Europe experience, Haddad spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before being released prior to the 2003 season.'

Marker Haddad Comes Back to Buffalo [6:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I was extremely excited to find out that Buffalo was interested in me," Haddad said. "Coming back to this area is a great feeling and I just want to get out and put that jersey on and make plays for this team."'

Marker Brown Welcomes New Addition to Family [1:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"When I get home, I try to relieve my wife of some of the duties she has to partake in while I'm gone," Brown said. "I'll just try to clean up the house or take the kids somewhere just to give her a chance to relax."'

Marker Bills want to tackle contract changes [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”We felt that right now we have some (cap) room with what Drew did and we made some offers to see if the guys were interested, but it’s not a case of where it’s going to drag through the whole summer. Either they are interested or they’re not."'

Marker Ask Vic: Couch sitting and Willis wondering [4:31 AM]
NFL.com reports: Q: I was wondering what you had to say about Willis McGahee's recent development. Do you think he'll be ready to take some carries this season or will we have to wait another year to judge if he was worth a first-rounder?

A: Gauging McGahee's development is difficult, if not impossible, because all anyone has seen him do with the Buffalo Bills so far is stretch and run around in a jersey and shorts.

Marker McDaniel returns home after solid AFL season [4:28 AM]
New Bern Sun Journal reports: His agent is working on another NFL tryout. Since his last regular gig with the Buffalo Bills back in 2001, McDaniel has had tryouts with the San Francisco 49ers in 2002 and the San Diego Chargers in 2003. "I'm keeping my options open," he said. "If it happens that's great. If not I will do my best to make it work out in the AFL."

June 17, 2004

Marker Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp [2:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.'

Marker Reed Enjoying Retirement, Time with Family [1:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Though Andre is no longer a star receiver for the Buffalo Bills, he's still a star in his household.'

Marker Bills ready for a break [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They've progressively gotten better and better," Mularkey said. "Especially offensively, whether it's a new system or not, you're always behind. Yesterday was probably the best practice these guys have had. If you can move it on our defense, that's pretty good. So I'm very pleased with where we are at right now."'

Marker NFL Network hires preseason broadcast trio [5:57 AM]
NFL.com reports: Preseason Opener Live: The preseason opener against Denver on Sunday Aug. 15th at 7pm will also be the inaugural live broadcast by the NFL Network. The crew of Kenny Albert, Dan Fouts, and Terrell Davis will broadcast the game. The NFL Network will be showing every preseason game that is not being nationally televised by one of the broadcast partners. Only a handful of them will be live, the rest will be on tape delay. The Broncos game will be at Ralph Wilson Stadium and will be the debut of Mike Mularkey's head coaching career. The NFL Network is seen in 20 million homes, mostly on Directv.

Marker Bills get some down time [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”We’ve been here since March and it can definitely take a toll,” said backup defensive tackle Justin Bannan, who hails from Fair Oaks, Calif. “It’s good for the guys to get away, to go back to where we’re from, to keep doing the training and keep in shape, but do it somewhere else and rejuvenate your mind. It’s more mental than anything. This will allow us to come back ready to go.”'

June 16, 2004

Marker Transcript: Drew Bledsoe Q&A Session [10:03 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The last couple days, we've finished installing and now we're going back and reviewing. So it's the second time through it in the last few weeks for us, so we were able to be a little bit sharper. When you're just doing things for the very first time it's hard to be extremely sharp, but we've made some strides.'

Marker Transcript: Mike Mularkey Q&A Session [10:03 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'As far as the players, it progressively got better and better and they know that, especially offensively where you're going to be behind no matter what if it's a new system or what. Yesterday was probably the best practice these guys have had. If you can move it on our defense, that's pretty good. I'm very please with where we are at right now.'

Marker Bills Preseason Opener To Be Shown Live [10:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be part of the first live game produced on the NFL Network when they host the Denver Broncos on Sunday, August 15, at 7:00 PM. The NFL Network crew of Kenny Albert, Dan Fouts, and Terrell Davis will serve as the on-air broadcast team and veteran producer Mark Wolff, who produced last year's Super Bowl for CBS, has been hired to produce the game and FOX's Rich Russo, one of the premiere directors in the business, will serve as the Director. Additionally, Solomon Wilcots will serve as the sideline reporter.'

Marker Bills Finish Workouts [10:01 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Head Coach Mike Mularkey says he is pleased with the progress the offense has made over the last three months, "It progressively got better and better and they know that especially offensively where you are going to be behind no matter if it is a new system of not, you're always behind. yesterday was the best practice these guys have had and if you can move it on our defense that's pretty good."'

Marker The Bills Finish Mini-camp [9:50 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'On the final day, Mark Campbell left the action to have his right hamstring wrapped with ice. He watched the final few minutes of practice. Jerel Myers and Terrence McGee watched with injuries. Ross Tucker did some work on his own with a leg bruise. Missing were Pat and Mike Williams, Sam Adams, Takeo Spikes, Troy Vincent, Joe Burns and Izell Reese.'

Marker Bledsoe ready to rest up before start of training camp [9:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Earlier this week, during an hour-long interview on Buffalo's WGR radio, Donahoe said: ''I never felt that Drew's skills were diminishing. He didn't play well and in many cases we didn't help him,'' Donahoe added. ''But as far as his ability to get back, throw the ball, make the throws, read the defense, we felt that the skill level was still there.'''

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