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.'
Williams Missing From Practice [5:17 AM]
RNews.com 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."'
Villarrial Becoming Familiar with Bills [5:16 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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."'
Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [5:15 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On whether Williams will be present for practice tomorrow:
I don't know. We all wish he is, but we don't know.'
Transcript: President/GM Tom Donahoe [8:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
Tackle Williams Fined For Missing Practice [8:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com 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."'
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.'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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.'
Transcript: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe [8:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
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.”'
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.'
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.'
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."'
Double Session for Bills [10:26 PM]
RNews.com 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.'
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."
Evans Works with First Team [9:31 PM]
BuffaloBills.com 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."'
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.'
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.'''
Lester Enters 18th Season with Bills [5:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com 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."'
Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [5:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
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."'
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."'
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."'
Transcript: Wide Recevier Lee Evans [7:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'My agent knew I wanted to be here but we were also going to take the right deal. Both sides cooperated with each other and bent a little bit but didn’t break. We got the right deal and I’m happy.'
Camp Opens with Evans, Losman Present [7:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"This is a whole new level," said Evans. "The college game is out the window. It's so much more technical here and so much faster. You've got to be able to learn a lot of terminology real quick so it's just different. I've always been somebody who loves challenges and this is a challenge I've got to overcome."'
Evans has speed to burn, lots to learn [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The one thing we did have to do on the one (Evans' deal) is a voidable year, which we haven't done,” said Donahoe. “I don't like setting the precedent, but we had to do it. The numbers wouldn't work, and we could have argued for weeks.”'
Message received, says benched tackle Williams [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“This is the first step for me really getting geared back up because I missed so much. I believe (it's) the right move,” said Williams, who said he missed the June workouts for personal reasons. “He's given me a chance to look at (the new offense), have more time to study it, and hopefully, as the week goes on, I can get back in there with the 1s.”'
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