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Buffalo Bills News - August 4, 2004

Marker Day 1 features the rookies [7:36 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"Lee's going to be a special receiver," said Mularkey. "This is a different game at this level. There's still things I recognize out there: coming back for the ball. He has to realize defensive backs at this level, with their speed, they can close on the ball. Little things like that. I think he'll eventually get and I hope soon, but Lee got a good start."'

Marker Price could be right [7:35 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“By the time we have three and a half weeks under our belt, we’re going to be right where we want to be,” he said. “My job has always been since I’ve been here is when it’s time for me to go out and play and one of the guys can’t go, that’s what I do.”'

Marker Williams cloud darkens Bills' plans [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'By going to the fine card, Mularkey has made it clear that whatever personal issue is still weighing Williams down Mularkey no longer deems it a legitimate reason to be excused from work. He put the football in his court. Made him accountable to his teammates.'

Marker Absence of OT Williams becoming an issue for Bills [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mularkey, who made the decision to fine Williams, is adamant in his belief that his demotion of Williams to the second team has nothing to do with the former Texas standout going AWOL. “I really don't think that had anything to do with it,” he said. “I'm not going to get into what the issues are. He's being fined every day he's not here and it's his decision when he makes it in here or not. I hope it's tomorrow.”'

Marker Bills glad Ricky Williams said goodbye [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“‘Good luck, Rick. Don't come back. Don't change your mind. I don't care what they say about you, we love you and congratulations,” ' said Adams, his tongue firmly in cheek.'

Marker Williams Missing From Practice [5:17 AM] reports: '"I'm definitely worried about it,” Jonas Jennings said. “Anytime you have a teammate that's a no show and is supposed to be an unexcused absence you got to worry about him. You never know what's going on, especially when I don't know what's the problem."'

Marker Villarrial Becoming Familiar with Bills [5:16 AM] reports: '"I picked up the playbook fairly quickly," Villarrial said. "I feel very comfortable already. We're going to be a physical team this year under (offensive line) Coach McNally and we've got something to prove."'

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [5:15 AM] reports: 'On whether Williams will be present for practice tomorrow:
I don't know. We all wish he is, but we don't know.'

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August 3, 2004

Marker Transcript: President/GM Tom Donahoe [8:58 PM] reports: 'On whether he has lost motivation to play: You'd have to talk to Mike. We've got to work with the players here and that should be our focus. That's really why I wanted to address this. Mike Mularkey needs to concentrate on the guys that are here. We'll see what happens as camp goes on.'

Marker Tackle Williams Fined For Missing Practice [8:53 PM] reports: '"We're just going to go day-to-day with this and see what happens," said Donahoe. "He will be fined today and if he's not here tomorrow he'll be fined tomorrow. He's under contract with the Buffalo Bills and he should be here with his teammates."'

Marker Williams fined for missing Bills practice [5:10 PM]
AP reports: '``He'll be fined each day he's not here. He's under contract with the Buffalo Bills and he should be here with his teammates,'' Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills' Posey aims to solidify his role [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I treat camp like I do every year. I'm always in competition no matter who it is because the player behind you is always striving to get where you're at," Posey said. "At every position out here, everybody is competing for a job."'

Marker Mike Williams misses practice [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whatever is the issue with Williams, this is not what they bargained for when they made him the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft.'

Marker Don't give up on Bledsoe quite yet [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Look closer, and Bledsoe's confidence has returned with his optimism in tow. We'll see what happens when the season starts, but he appeared rejuvenated Monday with the new atmosphere. You put Bledsoe in the right situation, and my money's still on him.'

Marker The billboard [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm I worried about Mike Williams? Well, Mike obviously has a challenge. He's been through a lot this offseason and he needs to come back and prove he's ready to go for us. But he's a guy that we expect to contribute, and if he can contribute at the level that we expect, he's going to be a great player for us." - Drew Bledsoe on Williams working with the second team.'

Marker Transcript: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe [8:00 AM] reports: 'On him gaining his enthusiasm back after last season:
I came out of a season like that angry. I had extremely high expectations for the season and myself, and to have a season go like last years did, I was highly motivated to get back. I was so angry by the way things turned out, that I just couldn't wait to get back and prove people wrong and start having fun playing ball again.'

Marker Bledsoe's nightmare over [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I found myself lying in bed at night a month after the season thinking about what went wrong and what happened. When I'd get up in the morning and work out, that was the motivation I had. It was a very hard one to shake, so I'm glad we're back out here practicing and playing ball again, because I really feel strongly that we're going to be able to put last year behind us and have a much more successful season.”'

Marker Bills say Williams should be back to practice today [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was learned Monday that Williams skipped Mularkey's voluntary June workouts — during which final installation of the team's new offense occurred — because he was distraught over the death of a close family member.'

Marker Football, baseball worlds optimistic [5:22 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'It says a lot about Donahoe's confidence in Bledsoe, and in new offensive line coach Jim McNally, that he didn't bother picking up an insurance policy at quarterback. Plenty of low-cost, high-experience passers have been available for months, but Buffalo enters camp with only the rookie Losman and career third-stringer Travis Brown behind Bledsoe. Translation: If anything happens to Drew, see you in '05.'

Marker Bills' McGahee On the Run Again [5:21 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"I whoop up on him," McGahee said. "He's scared of me. That's one thing I think he's intimidated of me in -- PlayStation."'

August 2, 2004

Marker Double Session for Bills [10:26 PM] reports: 'First round draft pick Lee Evans has already made a big impression. He even got some time to work with the first time offense. "Something I have always taken pride in was catching the ball for one, and catching it with my hands for two. I do different things to strengthen my forearms and try to keep my hands strong," Evan said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp boosts Fisher’s enrollment [9:32 PM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'Enrollment has grown 20-percent since the Bills began training at the college five years ago. “Enrollment has been growing over the last five years. Fisher, since 1996, has been in a growth period for undergraduate, full-time enrollment primarily, and this fall, we'll get up to about 2300 students."

Marker Evans Works with First Team [9:31 PM] reports: '"We are rotating so that (the receivers) get reps with different quarterbacks," said Coach Mike Mularkey. "Sometimes in off-season workouts you find yourself getting the same people in the same rotations. We're trying to help everybody out by letting them get a feel of different routes and a feel of the guy that's throwing it."'

Marker Bills OT Williams excused from practice [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Without going into detail, team spokesman Scott Berchtold said Williams' absence was not injury related. He added that coach Mike Mularkey indicated the former first-round draft pick could be back for Tuesday's session.'

Marker Bills receiver Moulds back happy and healthy [9:30 PM]
AP reports: '''When Eric is healthy, he's the No. 1, 2, 3 receiver in the league,'' said Vincent, the former Eagles star who signed with the Bills last March. ''And with him healthy, we're a totally different football team.'''

Marker Lester Enters 18th Season with Bills [5:09 PM] reports: '"I've been here with four head coaches now," Lester said. "It's difficult to say good-bye to a lot of people when they leave. Marv Levy's staff was a bit older and a lot of those guys were like father-figures to me. They were all mentors to me. It's difficult to lose them, but it's good as a growing experience as far as the game is concerned because you get to learn different philosophies."'

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [5:09 PM] reports: 'On Willis McGahee looking like a first round pick:
I think we still need to see him in some live competition. Whether that's a goal line period or when the Browns come in. I'm sure the tempo of the hitting will go up. I think that he obviously has the tools to do it. I just think that he needs to see things at a quicker pace and a more physical pace.'

Marker Mularkey delivers an early message [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's given me a chance to look at (the offense), have more time to study it," Williams said. "I felt it's going to help the team if I know my information and know the terminology. Hopefully, as the week goes on, I can get back in there. But I'm going to continue to work hard as if there is no chance (to get the job back), just to push myself."'

Marker First step is a success for McGahee [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm not going to be pleased until I score my first touchdown," he said. "Right now it's just a regular, day-by-day routine. But when I score that first touchdown, then I'll be very pleased about how far I've come."'

Marker The billboard: A daily dose from Bills training camp [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They want to win bad. They have a sense of urgency about them. . . . This is not a rebuilding process at all."'

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