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Buffalo Bills News - August 20, 2004

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.”'

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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]
BuffaloBills.com 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."'

Marker Bills-Titans Game Sold Out [5:05 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'It's the first preseason game to sellout since the stadium's very first game on August 17, 1973, an exhibition contest in which the Bills hosted the Washington Redskins.'

Marker It's only happened once before: Bills sell out home preseason game [4:11 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The sellout was ensured when Turkey Hill Dairy of Pennsylvania agreed to buy the remainder of the tickets. It was not disclosed how many tickets the company purchased. Turkey Hill, which has just introduced a new Bills-themed ice cream, Stampede Sundae, will donate the tickets to children's charity groups throughout Western New York.'

Marker Bills-Titans Sold Out, To Be Seen On TV Live [2:40 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '...marking the second time in team history that a preseason game has been sold out.'

Marker Bills Sell-Out Preseason Game vs. the Titans [2:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The game dubbed as "Kids Day" features discounted tickets for kids 14 & under which contributed to the high demand. The game was sold out in time to lift the NFL Blackout rule, which will allow viewers across Western and Central New York to see the game live on WKBW-TV, WOKR-TV and WIXT-TV, all members of the Bills Television Network. Steve Tasker and Marv Levy will return to the broadcast booth for a third straight year as part of the Bills broadcast team.'

Marker Offensive line takes another hit [11:38 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“You’ll see when the frustration comes, it will be evident,” Mularkey said after Wednesday’s morning workout. “I’m sure there are very few camps where the five starting offensive linemen have played together for every practice. It’s not how we would like it to be, but we’re dealing with the circumstances we have.”'

Marker Bills pin hopes on Anderson's development [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Tim has gradually gotten better and better," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "The more he understands, the more comfortable he is. You can just see it in his play, he's gotten better."'

Marker Simonton steps into normal routine [5:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When I leave this game, I can say I scored touchdowns all over this world, from Corvallis, Oregon, to Scotland to Germany. I just gotta hit some points in between."'

Marker Szabo's experience benefits Bills [5:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Szabo likes the situation he has stepped into in Buffalo, where the defense ranked No. 2 a year ago in yards allowed but still has much room to grow. The Bills had just 10 interceptions in each of the past two seasons, tying the team's record low. Szabo promised that the Bills will do well under Mularkey, whose genuineness immediately impressed him. For now, Szabo gives the nod in the AFC East to his old team, New England.'

Marker No flag for clipping [5:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Most of the guys are just off the field and they try to get a decent cut, get in the shower and get their rest before they head back out to practice," says Davis while giving linebacker Jeff Posey a full cut and shave. "It's been a great experience and great publicity for me."'

Marker Schobel will miss facing his cousin [5:32 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Schobel won't make the trip to Buffalo, but he'll probably talk to Aaron at least once this week. The two chat regularly. Another cousin, Matt Schobel, plays for the Bengals. ''I think the main thing about our family is we've always been competitive,'' Schobel said. ''We always had games, backyard games. It was fun.'''

Marker Lawton tries to earn job with Buffalo [5:31 AM]
Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports: '“One thing you love about him is his energy,” Studesville said. “He’s going to sacrifice his body. He doesn’t care who’s standing in front of him, he’s going straight ahead."'

Marker Battle on the Left Side [5:30 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"They told us coming in it was going to be a competition," said Kelsay. "They're going to give us both opportunities and whoever makes the most of it and produces is going to earn that job. He (Coach Mularkey) gave Ryan the start last week. He's going to give me the start this week and it comes down to whoever's playing better."'

Marker Punter Brian Moorman to [5:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Being an education major myself, I think it's important for kids to put a lot of emphasis on staying in school," said Moorman, a history education major and one-time substitute teacher. "If I can help motivate kids to stay in school then I'm happy to help out anyway I can."'

August 18, 2004

Marker Not so happy trails [9:20 PM]
CNN/SI reports: '"No back in the league gives me as much trouble," says the Dolphins' MLB Zach Thomas. "I'm short, and I can get leverage on the backs, but not Henry. I can't get under him. And he runs so hard. I hate trying to tackle him."'

Marker Bills Shuffle O'Line Again [9:11 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Villarrial's absense just adds to the continuing shuffle of players along the offensive line. Ross Tucker took reps with the first team as did Mike Williams who's still walking with a slight limp after straining his right arch last week.'

Marker Offensive line door continues to revolve [9:10 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"It's everybody's dream to be a starter in the NFL -- not so much a star but a starter," said Smith. "To play in the NFL and to come from a year of playing NFL Europe, being on a practice squad for two years, you can't ask for anything more."'

Marker Bills P Moorman limps off during practice [8:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Moorman, who also serves as the Bills holder, was hurt while trying to run with the ball following a botched snap during a field-goal drill. He appeared to trip and came up limping before being escorted to the locker room.'

Marker Bills' Sundae Stampedes Into Town [4:51 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'It hits stores next week.'

Marker Bills rookie QB Losman drawing attention [4:08 PM]
AP reports: '``That's our next Jim Kelly,'' another person is overheard saying, referring to the Bills Hall-of-Famer.'

Marker Bills Themed Ice Cream Flavor Now Available [1:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The first ever Bills themed ice cream flavor, Stampede Sundae, features vanilla flavored ice cream spiked with tasty Gertrude Hawk chocolate peanut butter footballs. Smooth swirls of peanut butter and chocolate fudge enhance the premium ice cream taste.'

Marker Bills in marketing deals for ice cream, snow plows [8:53 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"Bills Stampede Sundae" is the creation of Turkey Hill Dairy, based out of Pennsylvania. The ice cream flavor is vanilla with chocolate peanut butter football and fudge swirls.'

Marker Smith joins Bills' O-line shuffle as clock ticks [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The move underscored the fact that the front five is the big worry on the team.'

Marker Smith wants to show he's ready [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Smith was a tackle with the Ravens, so moving inside has been a slight adjustment in Buffalo, but one he's having no problem with. "The guy is really strong, and one of his assets is that guys don't push him back," said center Trey Teague. "He's plenty strong to play that position."'

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