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Buffalo Bills News - August 21, 2004

Marker Daggett stumbled on his call [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills play-by-play man John Murphy and analyst Alex Van Pelt were impressive in the one quarter I heard of the Bills-Broncos game. In the third quarter, I was struck by how smooth Murphy was in his first game and how smart he was to repeatedly ask questions of Van Pelt to draw observations out of the rookie announcer.'

Marker McGahee fuels running back controversy [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McGahee's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was not commenting on the matter Friday, which in itself spoke volumes. If the loquacious, accessible Rosenhaus wanted to squelch a story, he would do it.'

Marker Titans defense missing four starters [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I would expect to play (near) the end of the second quarter if not all the way through it," Bledsoe said. "I think it will probably depend partly on how productive we are offensively. If we go out and produce some points, then it will probably be a little shorter amount of time. But if we're struggling a little bit, we'll stay until we do something productive."'

Marker Bills need to straighten their line [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"That's the way it is week in and week out in this league because injuries happen and other guys have to come in and play."'

Marker McGahee states his case for a starting job with Bills [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Contacted in Miami, McGahee's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he did not wish to comment on the stories but would not deny their validity. "Hopefully the silence is enough of a comment for you, you know what I'm saying?" Rosenhaus said. "It's not a topic I care to talk about, but maybe down the road."'

Marker St. John Fisher gets Wilson Building [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"This college has done so much for western New York, Rochester and the Buffalo Bills," Wilson said at the ceremony. The Rochester area, in general, he said, has been crucial in the Bills' goal to become a "regional" team.'

Marker McGahee passing early tests with Bills [5:16 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''The explosion is coming back,'' McGahee said. ''I just feel like I'm not trying to get out there and go 110 percent. I'm not trying to rush it, I'm just trying to work my way into it. I am getting more confident.'''

Marker Saturday's Tennessee Coverage [5:15 AM]
TBD reports: McGahee passing early tests with Bills (Nashville Tennessean)
Volek knows his future is with Titans (Nashville Tennessean)
Tonight's game: Titans at Bills (Nashville Tennessean)

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August 20, 2004

Marker Tennessee (1-0) at Buffalo (1-0) [9:25 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'In an AFC Wild Card tilt on Jan. 8th, 2000, the host Titans snuffed out an apparent Bills victory after Frank Wycheck's cross-field lateral to Kevin Dyson went for a spectacular 75-yard touchdown in the game's closing seconds. Tennessee went on to win the AFC Championship, while Buffalo has not returned to the playoffs since the heartbreaking defeat. New Bills head coach Mike Mularkey is attempting to reverse that trend, and Saturday's game will be another small step in that quest.'

Marker Bills unsettled O-line to be tested by Titans [4:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Travis Henry or Willis McGahee? It might not matter who's running the ball if the Buffalo Bills can't get their offensive line troubles straightened out.'

Marker The Bills Say McGahee Has Told Them He's Not Looking For A Trade [4:35 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McGahee's agent is not commenting leading to speculation that the report may be coming out of South Florida. The day after Ricky Williams retired from the Dolphins, there were published reports in Miami that the Dolphins had contacted the Bills about Travis Henry. Bills General Manager Tom Donahoe said right away that they never called.'

Marker Turn Back the Clock: Last Preseason Sell-Out [4:01 PM] reports: '"It was like going from a truck to a Rolls Royce," said former Bills safety John Pitts. "The War Memorial had its great moments and great days, but that was a dive. But the people there in Buffalo, I don’t think you could find no more committed and loyal fans. We used to race off the field because whoever got in the shower first - you got hot water. If you were the last one, the water was going to be cold. Even the guys that were injured, you could see them sprinting off the field. You could just stay back and see if that injury is real or if they’re just faking."'

Marker St. John Fisher College Dedicates Building to Bills Owner [4:00 PM] reports: 'St. John Fisher College today dedicated the College's newest academic building, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education Building, which opened in September 2003. Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills, is an active supporter of community affairs, particular in the areas of education and medical research.'

Marker Source: McGahee asks to be traded if he's not starting [3:14 PM]
AP reports: 'McGahee's request was not issued as an ultimatum, but the player made clear he won't be happy playing backup to incumbent Travis Henry, said the source, who is close to McGahee, and spoke on the condition of anonymity.'

Marker Titans seek continued improvement at Buffalo [1:27 PM] reports: '“I think they have a good defense, a good defensive line and good linebackers,” G Zach Piller said. “They do a lot of blitzing and a lot of things, so we need to be ready to roll. We need to go in there and make sure we know our assignments so that we can do a good job.”'

Marker Mularkey silent as Bills go for second preseason win [1:00 PM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: 'Bledsoe said he expects to play the entire first quarter and a large chunk of the second. "It'll probably depend on how productive we are offensively," he said. "If we go out and produce some points than it could be a little shorter amount of time. But if we're struggling a little bit than we'll (the first string) stay in until we do something productive."'

Marker Turkey Hill to Give out Free Bills Tickets [12:55 PM] reports: '"It says lot about Turkey Hills Dairy who picked-up the remaining tickets to make sure that we had a sell-out," Donahoe said. "We're thrilled with the opportunity to sell the game out and it's 'Kid's Day' so I think there'll be a lot of enthusiasm at the stadium. Now, people that don't have a ticket will be able t see the game on television."'

Marker A stampede is coming [11:41 AM] reports: 'Turkey Hill, the producer of Bills Stampede Sundae Ice Cream, is giving away 4,000 tickets to Saturday night's Bills game against the Tennessee Titans. The first 2,000 tickets will be distributed Friday at five area Tops Friendly Markets, the official supermarket of the Buffalo Bills. Turkey Hill is handing off 400 tickets to the first 200 adults (2 per person) wearing their favorite team jersey, t-shirt, or cap.'

Marker Alumni Spotlight: Kenneth Davis [11:40 AM] reports: '"I think one of the hardest things in my life was when the Bills told me they didn’t want me back," said Davis. "I went in to talk about the situation. What were we going to do about the season coming up? Were we going to start working on my contract now or later? I knew and I think they knew when I left Buffalo, I wouldn’t go anywhere else to play. I could have gone to a couple of other teams. I just felt confined to Buffalo. It was where I wanted to be, where I had been. I didn’t want to be a player that just bounced all around the league, so I just got out. It was time to accept that and move on."'

Marker The billboard [10:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moorman did not practice due to a strained hamstring. He might not be able to kick Saturday. If not, backup place-kicker Mike Shafer would have to handle punting.'

Marker Undrafted rookie drawing attention at camp [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I came here saying I've played a lot of games," Baker said as he prepared for Saturday's game against the Tennessee Titans. "I've learned how to play the free-safety position. I had never played it before college. I had to learn in the SEC, and that's a tough way to learn. So coming here I felt I could do what I had to do once I learned the scheme."'

Marker Bills are a hot ticket [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's very, very solid, very stable," President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said of the team's support. "We definitely have an organization and a fan base that can win a Super Bowl. Now we need a team that can win the Super Bowl.'

Marker Bills' sellout to be on TV [5:39 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This is the third year the Bills have sold discounted youth tickets. "The league has seen it as an opportunity to develop a different fan base," Donahoe said. "This is the third year we've had the kids day. The first year it was slow, last year we had 63,000 and this year it's a sellout. The league is trying to do things to enable more people to see the games."'

Marker Tennessee twosome waltzes into Bills' secondary [5:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're really encouraged by the performance of both of them this camp," defensive backs coach Steve Szabo said. "I can't say at this point they have this team made but they both have been impressive. These are the two best free agents I've seen in my 11 years in the NFL ... kids who look like they can legitimately contribute and play."'

Marker Aiken says he's no sitting Bill [5:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Sam is a special receiver in the sense that he can make plays with his size and strength and speed that not many guys can make," said backup quarterback Travis Brown, who has thrown many passes to Aiken going back to the spring mini-camps. "He reminds me a lot of Eric in terms of he can overpower people at times, and he can turn on another gear in terms of strength when he runs. He's going to be a good, good player."'

Marker Henry, McGahee battle in Buffalo [5:37 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: 'Titans coach Jeff Fisher said no matter which running back is out there, it should be a good challenge for his run defense. “It’s going to be a good test,” Fisher said. “Again, we’ll be very basic, but Travis is one of the better backs in the league, and McGahee is just getting started. In all likelihood, our backups will be challenged by McGahee, and I’m sure he will improve upon what he did last week.”'

August 19, 2004

Marker Bills' Denney, Kelsay in close battle for starting DE spot [10:30 PM]
AP reports: '''They're almost spitting images of each other,'' coach Mike Mularkey said. ''There's not a drop off with either one of them. ... We feel like it's pretty much dead even, and that's not a bad thing."'

Marker Bills P Moorman held out with strained hamstring [10:29 PM]
AP reports: '''I'm going to do whatever I can to be ready,'' Moorman said.'

Marker Transcript: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe [10:28 PM] reports: 'On the offensive line:
The sooner we can put that group together so they can work as a unit together, offensive line they really rely heavily on each other, so the sooner we can get those five guys to play so they can work together for the balance of the preseason going into the season, the better we'll be. Until that happens, the guys that come in, they're fresh, they have to come in and be ready to go. Jim McNally is doing a great job with that group, they're working together well, but the sooner we can get those five guys together to work as a unit the better off we'll be.'

Marker The billboard [5:07 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Receiver Josh Reed got the first crack at kickoff return duties against Denver on Sunday and brought the ball back to the Bills' 41 and the Bills' 29. Last year the Bills ranked 16th in average drive start after kickoff. Their average was their own 28.8. "I think Josh has a good feel for it," coach Mike Mularkey said. "The whole team did a nice job, blocked it like we asked them to and sustained blocks."'

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