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Buffalo Bills News - July 9, 2003

Marker Gray keeps eyes on the future [5:22 AM]
Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports: 'By the end of September last year, the Bills ranked 24th in total yards allowed and 30th in points allowed. However, Buffalo rallied the last half of the season to finish 15th overall and had a pass defense rated sixth best in the NFL. "We started out kind of slow, but I thought we made a lot of progress from the middle of the season to the end. We didn't take advantage of some turnovers we came up with that hurt us."'

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July 8, 2003

Marker Buffalo Bills Exclusive Contest Page [9:59 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills have teamed up with select sponsors to bring you these exciting contests. Click on any of the links below for more information about how you can win great Bills prizes!

Marker Bills Digest To Debut Later This Month [4:53 PM] reports: Bills Digest will tell it like it is in a fair, accurate manner. We will incorporate the best elements of Shout!, which has covered the Bills for over a decade, and we will take it to an entire new level as Bills Digest. Order Online Today

Marker TSN's 2003 offensive breakout team [2:52 PM]
The Sporting News reports: The most obvious pick is Josh Reed of the Bills. "If I were a fantasy football guy, I'd take him," Bills assistant GM Tom Modrak says. With Peerless Price in Atlanta, Reed figures to catch a lot of Drew Bledsoe passes this season. Last year, four Bills players had more receptions than Reed, but none of them had a better average per catch than his 13.8 yards.

Marker Three Games Down To Single Seats As Individual Game Tix Go On Sale Saturday, July 12 [1:11 PM] reports: 'Fans are reminded that individual game tickets for 2003 home games go on sale starting this Saturday, July 12 at 9:00 AM.'

Marker Bills bring in top FAs to shape up defense [11:45 AM]
ESPN reports: After minicamp, Bledsoe, who probably tried to do too much to offset last season's defensive struggles, assessed, "We've got the ability to beat anybody in the league. The thing that's inspiring to me is to see the collective attitude that this team has right now … it's outstanding, probably the best I've ever been around."

Marker Year Three: Gregg Williams [9:04 AM] reports: For Gregg Williams, the 2003 campaign will be his third in Buffalo after being named as the 12th head coach in team history. The consistent improvement and fierce competitiveness displayed by the Bills in two seasons under Williams has Buffalo fans extremely encouraged and optimistic about the team's immediate future.

Marker Breakthrough players: Twenty in Jenkins' wake [8:29 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Mike Williams, T, Buffalo Bills: This massive second-year player will be a perennial Pro Bowl player for the next decade. He is a powerful force in the run game, but he also has the good feet for pass protection. The Bills have the makings of a good, young line with Williams the foundation.

Marker Ex-grid star urged to ‘tackle’ Peterson [5:28 AM]
West Central Tribune reports: 'Rep. Collin Peterson, an avid hunter and a Democrat, expects to run for his eighth term in the U.S. House in a race Minnesota Republicans put high on their priority list. One man the Republican state chairman wants in the race is former football star Phil Hansen.'

July 7, 2003

Marker Win at home ... or else! [12:25 PM] reports: This year, a number of teams with veteran coaching staffs must turn around their home-field situations if they want to be playing in January. Cleveland, Buffalo and Arizona all have 9-15 home records since 2000.

Marker AFC East: Pickups may give Bills an edge [12:13 PM] reports: The addition of 11 defensive veterans alone makes the Buffalo Bills a serious contender, but the most important acquisition of all might very well be assistant HC Dick LeBeau. He brings the considerable experience and creativity that should allow the Bills to get the most out of their two new high-impact LBs, Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey, as well as the anchor at the position, London Fletcher.

Marker Top 20 All-Time Passers [11:58 AM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe completed 375 passes for 4,359 yards for the Bills in 2002 and moved into the number seven position on the Buffalo Bills' Top 20 Career Passers list for regular season play. Alex Van Pelt completed his eighth season with the team in 2002 and moved into the ninth spot on the list. Top 20 All-Time Passers

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Marker Inside Dish: Ravens have reason to be good right now [11:22 AM]
The Sporting News reports: The happiest unit in the NFL heading into training camp may be Buffalo's LBs. The Bills have two monstrous DTs -- Sam Adams and Pat Williams -- who should eat up space and command some double-teams. That should allow the LBs to fly to the ball without having to get off blocks. The key for Adams is to be in reasonable physical shape. His lack of conditioning cost him a job in Oakland.

July 6, 2003

Marker Q&A with Peerless Price [5:05 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: PFW: How close were you with Moulds?
Price: We were close. We were friends. We were real good friends. During the process, he was just like, ‘Do what’s best for you and your family. I want you here, but …’ I told him basically what Buffalo had offered and then what the Falcons had offered, and he told me it was a no-brainer, even though he wanted me to stay.

July 4, 2003

Marker Posey Looks to Create More Sacks, Turnovers [9:20 AM] reports: "I was talking to my wife about going back for the Super Bowl the other day," Posey said. "We were kidding about how much fun it would be to return to Houston with the Bills for the big game. I told her, 'How great would that be if the Buffalo Bills went back down to where I got to play my first game as a Houston Texan?' That would be something special for me."

Marker Seat repairs at stadium stir debate about cost [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to the Department of Public Works, more than a fifth of the 7,500 heated seats along the sidelines of Ralph Wilson Stadium are broken.'

Marker Bills buy magazine [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former Bills Steve Tasker and Fred Smerlas will continue as columnists for the publication. The first issue will be available before training camp opens on July 23.'

Marker Pats sign Conaty [5:34 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'This acquisition won’t make waves among league executives, but is was an expensive move for the Patriots and it helped them upgrade a position of need.'

Marker Patriots sign former Delawarean [5:33 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: '"I'm looking forward to competing for a job with the Patriots," the younger Conaty said. "It's a wonderful opportunity. I know firsthand how good they are from playing against them the last six years."'

July 3, 2003

Marker Conaty should add depth to Pats O-line [9:28 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Until just recently, it appeared that Conaty would re-sign with the Bills, and resume his spot as backup center. The Bills opted, however, to rely on younger players to take over the reserve center role and apprised Conaty to explore other options.'

Marker Pats sign Buffalo veteran Conaty [9:12 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The New England Patriots signed center Bill Conaty, formerly of the Buffalo Bills, on Thursday to provide offensive line depth.'

Marker Patriots sign center Conaty [3:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Conaty spent six seasons with the Buffalo Bills, where he started 18 of 67 games. He started every game in 2001, but none last year.'

Marker Patriots sign C Bill Conaty [2:14 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Conaty, 30, spent his first six seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and started all 16 games at center in 2001. Last year, he appeared in 11 games but did not start.'

Marker Pats sign FA Conaty [1:24 PM] reports: 'Conaty spent all of his six NFL seasons in Buffalo, primarily as a backup. The 30-year-old former Virginia Tech All-American started 18 of his 67 career games, all but one at center. He started all 16 games for the Bills in 2001 but lost his job last year to free agent acquisition Trey Teague. Conaty played in 11 games for the Bills in 2002, mostly appearing on special teams.'

Marker 2 sue ex-football player in accident [9:05 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'The crime is a felony, but under a plea deal with the District Attorney's Office, it will be reduced to a misdemeanor if Wright is not arrested on any other charges within a year. After the year is up, Wright, a seventh-round draft pick of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, is expected to be placed on probation for three years.'

Marker For 150 kids, Bills football camp offers a chance to shine and have fun [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For four hours, about 150 children from Buffalo and Rochester Salvation Army programs had an opportunity to practice with all-star Bills guard Ruben Brown. Brown led the troops through a tour of the stadium, including stops in the locker and weight rooms, then out onto the field for drills.'

Marker Ex-Bills Thomas, Kelly get in gear with racing teams [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former running back Thurman Thomas recently announced the creation of Thurman Thomas Racing, which will begin competing in the American Speed Association later this summer. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is in his first season as a co-owner of a NASCAR Busch Series team.'

July 2, 2003

Marker Bills Digest To Debut Later This Month [6:17 PM] reports: American Sports Media, Curtis Publishing and the Buffalo Bills announced that they have combined efforts to create a new publication, Bills Digest, which will premiere at training camp in late July. American Sports Media produced the publication formerly known as SHOUT! Magazine.

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Roosevelt Leaks [1:39 PM] reports: Granted, it's a stretch, but is there a chance that there may have been a sign outside of Rich Stadium in 1980? - Help Wanted, experienced preferred. See Chuck Knox. That season, Buffalo's head coach brought in several NFL veterans including guard Conrad Dobler, linebacker Phil Villapiano, free safety Bill Simpson, wide receiver Ron Jessie and fullback Roosevelt Leaks.

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