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Buffalo Bills News - August 9, 2005

Marker Quarterback Jim Kelly's son is laid to rest [4:55 PM]
AP reports: 'Thomas, who played in four straight Super Bowls with Kelly in the early 1990s, recalled his friend calling him with news of Hunter's birth, but said his fondest memory was seeing Hunter, dressed in his father's No. 12, watching from his wheelchair as Kelly's jersey was placed on the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame. "That was something special," Thomas said.'

Marker More than 1,000 mourn Hunter Kelly, 'our greatest treasure' [4:29 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Among the mourners today were several of Kelly's former teammates, including Thurman Thomas, Darryl Talley, Steve Tasker, Frank Reich and Bruce Smith.'

Marker Hundreds Remember Hunter Kelly [4:26 PM]
WBEN-AM reports: 'With a promise to fight Krabbe's disease, Jim and Jill Kelly laid to rest their son Hunter, following a memorial service attended by hundreds.'

Marker Colts vs. Bills [12:57 PM] reports: 'The Bills own a 34-29-1 edge in a series that dates back to 1970, when the teams were placed in the AFC East. The teams were twice-a-season combatants until the NFL realigned prior to the 2002 season. The Colts have won the past five meetings, tying their series-longest winning streak that was achieved on two prior occasions (1970-72, 1975-77).'

Marker Local teams score high on Web [12:56 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The current issue of Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal ranks the Buffalo Bills 10th among the 32 National Football League teams in terms of their Web presence.'

Marker O-line takes hits without flinching [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I still think we have some depth there," coach Mike Mularkey said of the offensive line. "We have some good young talent there. I think you got a good showing of it in the scrimmage the other night. We moved the ball relatively good, and we ran the ball with the young talent."'

Marker Hunter's hope and legacy [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In his short life, Hunter Kelly offered a wealth of lessons to anyone paying attention. Perseverance, compassion, love and generosity of spirit all could be gleaned from the Kellys' "little soldier." As much as anything, though, Hunter showed that although life may be unfair - indeed, because it is unfair - life can and should be lived as fully as it can. Hunter's was. That was his gift to his parents and to the rest of us, as well.'

Marker NFL nothing new for rookie center Preston [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He has been impressive, I have to give him that," said coach Mike Mularkey of the 23-year-old, who carries himself on and off the field like a seasoned pro. "He has shown leadership early on. Most rookies won't step into the huddle with the vets and take charge the way he has, and I like that."'

Marker Bannan making plays on defense [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Well, you know, Pat's gone and I feel like I can hang in there with the best of them," Bannan said. "The bottom line is that we do have a really good defense. Ron Edwards is very capable and Tim Anderson is coming on doing his thing, but I feel like I can do my thing, too. I don't feel like I'm out of the picture. I'm here to play."'

Marker This Mr. Wilson menaces defenders [5:00 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“I have to minimize my mistakes show them that I know what to do,” he said. “Just try to give them something to talk about in their staff meetings. Make my play a topic of discussion. Make their decision as hard as possible. So far, so good.”'

Marker Kelly to attend Race Fever [4:59 AM]
Corning Leader reports: 'Despite the death of his 8-year-old son four days ago, Hall of Fame quarterback and NASCAR Busch Series team co-owner Jim Kelly is still scheduled to appear at Race Fever Night, which will be held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday.'

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August 8, 2005

Marker Kelsay Among Elite in Draft Class [9:57 PM] reports: 'While his draft position was a blow to Kelsay at the time, he says it doesn't affect him much anymore. "It was pretty disappointing, I felt like I was a first-round draft pick," he said. "But to be real honest with you, it doesn't matter where you're drafted at. You've got to make the team every year and prove yourself and I think I've done that. I'm definitely not satisfied. I continually want to get better and just help this team out as much as possible. But there was a period of time [where it got to me] - I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't. But right now it's just water under the bridge because I've made this team and I've become a contributor."'

Marker Line Dance - Tucker Back, Smith Out [9:56 PM] reports: '"[Lawrence] is getting another opinion on it but I think he'll be out for the year," said head coach Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Bills Training Camp [9:47 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Losman says he'll take as many snaps as he can get in practice and in preseason games.'

Marker Bills Return with Confidence [9:39 PM] reports: 'Buffalo’s offensive line depth took a hit. Back-up guard Lawrence Smith injured a knee in Friday’s practice in Green Bay and appears finished for the season. Ben Sobieski, another back-up guard, went on injured reserve with a back injury.'

Marker Bills lose Smith, Sobieski to injuries [9:28 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills offensive line has lost two reserves, including guard Lawrence Smith who will likely miss the rest of the season with an injured knee.'

Marker The Bills Are Back in Town [4:50 PM] reports: '"There is still some work we need to do that I find just being critical of the line and myself, and it is encouraging - we got there and we moved the ball pretty well; we protected pretty well, so that is something that is just we build on as we for as the line, and as the offense goes," said Mike Williams, Bills right tackle.'

Marker Bills' Vincent slowly accepting switch to safety [4:47 PM]
AP reports: 'Last year's experience should benefit Vincent this year. "No question because I was able to learn from real game mistakes," Vincent said. "I saw how teams were adjusting. And I saw how I adjusted during game-time situations. From the first game to the last game, it was night and day."'

Marker Hunter Kelly gave us hope [2:24 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: '"I spent a lot of that time in the first year after Hunter's diagnosis being angry at Jim," Jill confided. "I was upset that he wasn't doing what I was doing, which was spending every moment with Hunter. It wasn't until later that I realized that guys handle things differently and that Jim was just coping with things in the best way he knew how." "She sometimes gets mad at me that I don't cry," Jim confided. "I grew up in a family of boys where, if you showed emotion, it meant you were weak and it got you a swat on the behind. She has no idea how many times I've broken down over Hunter when I've been alone."'

Marker Hunter Kelly Coverage [7:06 AM] reports:
Send Your Condolences to the Family of Hunter Kelly (WIVB-TV)
Large crowds expected at Hunter Kelly service (WKBW-TV)

Marker Inside slant [6:33 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo's defense, meanwhile, shut down the run as the Bills held a whopping 305 to 65 edge in yards when adding up segments (regular down-and-distance, red zone and goal-line) of the scrimmage. The Packers had 23 yards rushing on 16 attempts, with veteran Ahman Green held to 11 yards on three carries and backups Derrick Johnese and Tony Fisher gaining just one yard on a combined nine carries.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [6:32 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Rian Lindell vs. himself at PK - Lindell, who was just 1 of 3 from beyond 40 yards last season, wasn't given a field goal opportunity during the Packers' scrimmage. He figures to get more opportunities in the Colts preseason game.'

Marker Notes, quotes [6:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Durability was never an issue for RB Shaud Williams in college, where he amassed 4,659 all-purpose yards at Texas Tech and Alabama. The rigors of a 16-game NFL season are another story, which is why the rugged 5-7 ball carrier packed more weight on during the off-season. "I sat down with the coaches at the end of last season and they felt that it would help me hold up," said Williams, who's in the mix for the Bills' backup running back job behind Willis McGahee now that Travis Henry has been traded. "I put on about 8 pounds. I'm up to about 198, 199. I can tell the difference. I'm still getting used to carrying it but hopefully by the end of camp, I'll be ready to go."'

Marker Leonhard trying to beat odds [5:11 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: '"On the tape measure, height, speed, all that, he's not going to wow you," Bills defensive backs coach Steve Szabo said. "There's plenty of guys in this league that are way better than him physically. But he's instinctive. Makes plays. He's smart."'

Marker Marino takes time to honor Kelly's son [5:10 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"To Jim and Jill Kelly, they've been friends a lot of years," Marino said. "I can't imagine what you've been going through. Our prayers are with you."'

August 7, 2005

Marker Kelly's biggest loss [9:36 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"In some respect, I'm happy for Hunter. His suffering is over," Esiason said. "It may now allow Jim and Jill some normalcy. They are still young, have a whole life in front of them. They can move on in life in memory of Hunter and still make a difference in the lives of other people. But your stomach is tied up in knots. This is very sad."'

Marker Rodgers or Losman: Who’ll be better? [9:28 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'Donahoe said the Bills might have taken Rodgers this year had they not drafted Losman. “We really thought Aaron Rodgers was the quarterback who was most ready to play,” Donahoe said. “We liked Alex Smith, but we felt the type of offense Aaron had been in, he’d probably have an easier transition. He just has a sense of knowing where to go with the ball.”'

Marker Peters adds massive benefit [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A year ago he was the long-shot curiosity of Buffalo Bills training camp. Today he is the Bills' secret weapon.'

Marker Bills' Losman showed he can be a leader [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I guess they felt they had to get their money's worth out of us. It was good work, a good change of pace," said Spikes of the busy two days of joint practices and the three-hour scrimmage. "You get tired of beating up on each other, so this was great to come out here and get some work against Green Bay."'

Marker Packers won't accept invite [5:06 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: '"We can't give up our day," coach Mike Sherman said. "We're not going to go anywhere. Our fans plan to come here and plan vacations. We were never going to leave Green Bay, so to have a reciprocal process with somebody else is not going to happen."'

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