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Buffalo Bills News - August 1, 2003

Marker Training Camp Journal: Mark Campbell Entry #1 [10:49 AM] reports: But the main thing for me this first week is to try and bond with my teammates. I was traded here in February but after mini-camp guys usually just go home. While I'm here I try to do as many activities with the guys as I can. Sometimes I play cards, sometimes we just hang out. It's been a great way to get to know people.

Marker Browns, Bills: Round Two [9:31 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: '''I hope some of our guys get the nastiest, ugliest, meanest bull in the rodeo tomorrow. The only way you'll ever get good is going against good people. We're going to win some and they're going to win some. We're going to make some mistakes. All getting beat does is open your eyes to what you have to work on.'''

Marker Scrimmage provides first test [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"After 14 weeks of the offseason and the first few practices here, I've seen these guys in shorts enough," said Bills coach Gregg Williams. "It's time to see them in pads."'

Marker Kelsay off to flying start as Bills rookie [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's an athletic guy - big, strong, fast - so he's going to be all right," said right defensive end Aaron Schobel. "He came in knowing a lot of stuff about football. He's got to get better at the little things, like everybody does, but he's got the ability to play this year and play well. He's pretty far ahead though; he's not just a raw guy. He knows how to play football."'

Marker Bills hit the road to hit [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Williams plans to sit his starters quickly. That means such young defenders as Ryan Denney, Chris Kelsay, Angelo Crowell and Kevin Thomas will go against Cleveland’s better players.'

Marker Rested and ready, Gary's on the go [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One of the reasons he came to Buffalo is because the Bills are closer to winning than the other teams he considered.'

Marker Pass rushers take first quiz [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'His “ fire zone” scheme is noted for hiding the blitzing players and utilizing techniques like defensive ends dropping into coverage. “ When it’s working right, you’ll see defensive linemen getting interceptions,” Spikes said. “ Crazy things, stuff you don’t think will happen. The key is having athletic guys, not just straight-forward guys who fit the stereotype of a nose guard or an end. We have guys who can move.”'

Marker McGahee's agent is optimistic [5:26 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He last spoke with Buffalo’s chief negotiator, Jim Overdorf, on Wednesday.'

Marker No bull, there is late due bill [5:25 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``Let's just say that now I know what to expect from London Fletcher,'' Shea said. ``Cheap.'''

Marker `Joe D.' business benefits [5:24 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``You never think about things like that when you are a (Hall of Fame) finalist,'' DeLamielleure said. ``The honor is rewarding enough, but it has helped us out tremendously.'''

Marker Joe D. says it like it is [5:22 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“Football is not rocket science,” DeLamielleure told the men in pads, his booming chest and muscular arms commanding respect — he was still playing arena football at 42. “One play at a time. It’s that simple. If you did good on a play, or if you did bad, think no more of it. Do well on the next play. I got that advice from one of my coaches, Jim Ringo, a man of few words. But it’s exactly what I did it every day of my career, and it paid off.”'

Marker Browns gear up to scrimmage Bills [5:12 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"He's like the Dennis Rodman of the NFL," Shea said. "That's his game. I didn't know what to expect last year, but I'll be ready this year. I'll have my head on a swivel. If he wants to play dirty, we can play dirty."'

Marker Spikes looks to shine in 'Super' season [5:11 AM] reports: "I think I'll be very helpful with just my natural instincts as a player," Spikes said. "A lot of people are not blessed with that. A lot of people are athletically built and they look like Tarzan, but play like Jane."

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Marker Bills Head to Cleveland [4:04 PM] reports: '"We're not going down there and try and beat each other up," explained defensive tackle Sam Adams. "They're going to have a good football team this year and they're going to be a challenge for us."'

Marker NFL 101: Football Clinic for Women [2:47 PM] reports: NFL 101 is specifically designed to teach women the X's and O's of football and find out what happens behind the scenes in the NFL. Wear your comfortable clothes and be prepared to participate! Along with the classroom session, there will be interactive football drills led by former Bills as well as a tour of the training facility. Food will be provided.

Marker Youth Football Players Visit Bills Camp [2:47 PM] reports: Approximately 200 youth football players from the NFL’s Junior Player Development program (J.P.D.) in Syracuse attended the Bills afternoon practice on Tuesday, July 29 at training camp. The kids, which are 12-15 years old, all wore their Bills J.P.D. jerseys.

Marker Campbell's Soup and the NFL Tackling Hunger [2:47 PM] reports: In 1997, Campbell's Chunky soup established "Tackling Hunger," an annual hunger relief program. This program weighs each selected NFL team's "chunkiest" linemen and "hungriest" up-and-coming players during training camp to generate donations on behalf of their team.
"I forget how many years I've been doing this, I've done it for a couple of years," said Ruben Brown. "Last year we had Pat Williams help us, this year I got Mike Williams."

Marker Bills tight end Campbell anxious to face former team [11:52 AM]
AP reports: '''I'd be lying to you if I said it didn't mean anything,'' Campbell said after Thursday's practice in suburban Rochester. ''It's only a scrimmage and you try to be smart. But at the same time, I want to play well.'''

Marker Training camp billboard [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You gotta have game to wear red shoes," Moulds agrees. "If you're a guy on the team who can make plays, then you can earn the red shoes. Kevin Thomas came to me last year at the Green Bay game and asked me if he could wear red shoes. I told him, "You've got to get an interception first.' So he got an interception and got the right to wear the red shoes."'

Marker Massive tackle Williams striving for flexibility [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Mike does not have an eating problem and never really has," Jones said. "You'd be amazed how little he eats. He's not a gorger or anything like that, where you're trying to fight the demons. That's not a problem at all."'

Marker Training Camp Report [7:41 AM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'Clements and Toine looked casual, almost as though they were going at 50%. Toine had an opportunity for a pick and Clements got lost in the sun on a left field underthrown bomb from Bledsoe to Moulds. Eric caught it as clements held and then dragged him down, perhaps the most exciting moment of the day.'

Marker Focus on free safety [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Reese, who started 15 games for the Broncos last year after four seasons with Dallas, knows what he needs to do. “ I need to make some plays and make some things happen and make my presence felt,” he said. “ I have to separate myself. That’s what training camp is for. You don’t know who’s going to start and that’s what it takes each time I step out here.”'

Marker Tight end psyched for visit [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I was kind of like dumbfounded,” he said. “ There’s two sides of it. One side, you’re not wanted. The second side, you are wanted. You have to decide which side is stronger."'

Marker Ticket sales brisk for scrimmage with Bills [5:15 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'More than 20,000 have bought tickets for Saturday’s 10 a.m. scrimmage against the Bills. The club expects a crowd of 30,000, maybe more, in Cleveland Browns Stadium.'

Marker Call came at right time [5:14 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'He said his release from the Bills caught him by surprise. He thought he had heard Buffalo general manager Tom Donahoe tell him he was returning for another season.'

Marker In short, Centers did his homework [5:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Drew Bledsoe likes to throw long. Tom Brady likes to throw short. Centers is the most prolific pass-catcher out of the backfield in NFL history. Do the math.'

Marker Centers thinks the system is real good catch [5:12 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"The system fits well," said the NFL's all-time leader in running back receptions (808 for 6,691 yards). "It gives me an opportunity to catch a lot of footballs."'

Marker Another Big Grab [5:11 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'A three-time Pro Bowl choice, most recently for the 2001 Bills, Centers turned 35 June 1. He said several teams were interested in him, but the Patriots, who signed him to a one-year contract for the veterans' minimum of $750,000, seemed the best fit because Centers likes their coaching staff and the way they use their running backs.'

Marker Patriots sign vet Centers [5:10 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"That's not to knock or criticize anyone, and it was just a deal where Drew was much more comfortable and much more successful going down field than the quarterback the previous year."'

Marker Center of attention [5:09 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"Two years ago, I was in the Pro Bowl and was very productive on a not-so-good team," Centers said. "When we got the new offensive coordinator in, and Drew Bledsoe, the combination of the two probably kept me from being as productive as I was before."'

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