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Buffalo Bills News - August 7, 2003

Marker Camp Notes 8/7/03, Thursday Morning Practice [9:26 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'This was the most impressive part of practice. Coach Williams wasn't kidding when he said that he values Special Teams very highly... the practice ended with special team drills and EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE TEAM -- from Drew Bledsoe all the way down to Lovelle Sape was on the sidelines listening to the special teams instruction.'

Marker Training Camp 8/7, A view from the grassy knoll [8:18 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'Danny Smith pointed out a lesser known rule. If it at the end of the quarter, half, or game the Bills punt - but the other team lays off and does not down the football, DO NOT TOUCH THE BALL", the official will call the play dead. If this happens, Smith will go out to the ref and point out the rule that gives the kicking team a FREE play, whether time has run out or not. Smith stressed "this is rule a lot of people do not know".'

Marker Bills Hope to Impress Coaches in Baltimore [5:05 PM]
WROC-TV reports: '"You know they're battling for a spot and going into this week they know that they're battling for a spot, so when they have a chance to make a play they've got to step up and do it. They've got to block well in the running game and they've got to demonstrate that they know what to do first and foremost and then when they have a chance they've got to make a play."'

Marker Buffalo's Moore, Campbell nursing injuries [4:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Moore has a strained hamstring and will be a game-time decision, while Campbell (right hamstring) is expected to play, said coach Gregg Williams.'

Marker Spikes needed Bills as much as they need him [4:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Spikes is a hard-hitter, who also has the range to drop back into coverage. He and Posey will play the outside positions, with returning starter London Fletcher in the middle.'

Marker Ravens await Bills for preseason opener [4:43 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills may have finished out of the playoffs, but they were just one game behind a three-way tie (Miami, New York and New England) for the top spot in the division.'

Marker Kicking top priority for Witczak [4:05 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now with Buffalo, the 25-year-old Witczak is again living the life of an NFL hopeful, but that doesn't mean he's given up his other athletic aspirations. He said he hopes to play on the PGA Tour's senior circuit, the Champions Tour, when he's 50. If that fails, he would settle for a stat line like that of former Houston kicker Al Del Greco, one of the top players on the celebrity circuit.'

Marker Bills Schedule Additional Night Practice [3:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'But the big news of the day occurred off the field later that morning when the team announced that they would be holding an additional night practice open to the public on Monday, August 18 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. The third "Prime-Time" session of this year's training camp will replace the workout scheduled for 2:45-5:00 PM on that day.'

Marker Waiting Game: Bills should be in no hurry to sign McGahee [3:15 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: "What Rosenhaus insinuated with that statement was the McGahee would be getting a contract commensurate with his place as the 23rd pick overall. But I don't believe he should. The Bills had a rare opportunity to draft McGahee, and they should take this rare opportunity again to sign him to a relatively harmless, incentive-laden deal while they can. Rosenhaus and McGahee might not like that, but they have little to no leverage right now."

Marker McDonnell finds home on offense [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDonnell is one of the Bills' more intriguing diamond-in-the-rough projects in training camp at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Training camp billboard [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Practice today is 8:25 to 10:15 a.m. The team leaves for Baltimore on Friday. The next practice at St. John Fisher is 2:45 to 5 p.m. Monday.'

Marker Bills' Thomas finds his focus [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When Thomas picked up an interception and broke up seven passes in Buffalo’s final two games last year, people started asking where he had been the rest of the season. The answer is on the scout team, learning to be more consistent.'

Marker Bills' Burns smoking out rivals [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I love power football,” he said. “ I wasn’t blessed with the speed to go outside so I like to go north and south. I try to make do with what little size God gave me. But it’s not the size, it’s your heart, that’s what makes you want to want it."'

Marker Bills' Henry says he's up to challenge [5:19 AM]
USA Today reports: '"Travis knows we expect huge things from him," says quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "He's highly motivated. He had an exceptional season last year. With another year of the offensive line working together and more defensive help, we expect even bigger things this year."'

Marker Ryan Denney Climbs Defensive Depth Chart [5:18 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills made some changes to their depth chart on Wednesday. Second-year defensive end Ryan Denney benefited from one of those moves, landing a spot on the first-team ahead of Marcus Jones.'

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August 6, 2003

Marker A Few Long Plays Highlight Practice [8:37 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the final 11-on-11 drill, coach Gregg Williams got very upset with his defense on several plays. Many days during camp, the defense dominated, but this was the offense's day.'

Marker Depth Chart [8:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ryan Denney...Sam Adams...Pat Williams...Aaron Schobel.'

Marker It's a Special Skill [8:17 PM]
RNews.com reports: '"He's not a lineman. If he gets in a game as a lineman we're in trouble," jokes special teams coach Danny Smith. "He's here as a long snapper and only a long snapper."'

Marker Oldest ex-NFLer celebrating 100th birthday in style [4:50 PM]
AP reports: '''You've made my day. You've made my years,'' Dana said to Bills coach Gregg Williams.'

Marker Training Camp 8/6, a view from the end zone [2:40 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'Brown has got to be feeling like he is on a ledge. Too many mistakes. One play was a perfect handoff to Burns, who turned and pitched it back to Brown, who totally missed a wide open Coleman.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Harry Jacobs [9:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Sports Illustrated wrote articles that wasn’t who was going to win the game, it was just how bad the Chargers were going to beat us. Even after we beat them in ‘64. They were the most prolific scoring offense in all of pro football at that point in time, and then, of course, we shut them down and held them to no score. What was fun about it was (defensive coordinator) Joe Collier had his defense and I took two of the defenses and put them together as a thought process for one defense. I used that defense on most of the third downs and that shut them down. (San Diego’s) Lance Alworth was really a great football player, a great wide receiver and did some great things. We didn’t shut him down that day, but we sure shut him off."'

Marker Wright climbs out from shadow of struggles on and off the field [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In July 2002, Wright was arrested in Fresno, Calif., after fleeing the scene of an auto accident in which he was involved. In January he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of the collision that left two people injured. Under the plea deal, Wright faces no penalty if he stays out of legal trouble for a year.'

Marker Training camp billboard [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Practice runs from 8:25 to 10:30 a.m. today and 8:25 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday. There is no practice Friday.'

Marker Denney's learning curve [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ If the scrimmage was an idea of what he can do for us, it’s great,” Gray said. “ He’s strong enough to keep those 330-pound tackles off him and he has relentless pursuit. He never quits.”'

Marker Oldest NFLer lives it up at age 99 [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I enjoy watching the Bills on television on Sunday afternoons during the football season,” he said. “ I really get into the games. I’d love to see them bring home a championship for Buffalo one of these days.”'

Marker Lightning empties bleachers [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'An estimated 3,000 to 3,500 fans filed out of the bleachers and off the surrounding hillside and back to the buses, which took them to the shuttle lots.'

Marker Shaw Fitting In [5:12 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"Bobby Shaw is going to be a very good player for us this year," Bledsoe explained. "He has a very good feel for this offense, and where he needs to be and when he needs to be there."'

Marker Rain and Tony Driver's demotion highlight Tuesday [5:11 AM]
Bills Report reports: 'Tony Driver, who entered camp as the team's backup strong safety is now the team's third string free safety. Ahead of him on the depth chart are Pierson Prioleau and Izell Reese. Replacing Driver at backup strong safety is Ainsley Battles.'

August 5, 2003

Marker Better D might allow Bills to slow tempo on O [11:31 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "When you have a guy of Sam Adams' caliber who is 340 (pounds), a Pro Bowl player, he's been on Super Bowl defenses, you know the offense has to respect him," said Fletcher. "They're not going to be able to single-block him. They're not going to be able to single-block Pat. They're not going to be able to single-block myself or Takeo. They're going to have to pick their poison."

Marker Williams and Adams Present Beefy Bills Defensive Front [8:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Pat Williams feels rejuvenated now that he has Sam Adams as a teammate on the Buffalo Bills. Adams is happy, too, finally getting a chance to play under highly respected defensive line coach Tim Krumrie.'

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