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Buffalo Bills News - July 21, 2004

Marker Gildon Officially Signs with Bills [5:12 PM] reports: '"They're very optimistic on the upcoming season," Gildon told the media. "Not only did I talk to Takeo Spikes, but I talked to Travis Henry. He shared with me some of his thoughts from last year and he thought they definitely will be better this year, offensively."'

Marker Tickets For Browns Scrimmage and First Night Practice Available Next Week at Tops [5:12 PM] reports: 'Tickets for the scrimmage will go on sale July 26th at 9:00 AM and cost $2.00 for kids and $6.00 for adults.'

Marker Undrafted Free Agent Process Can Be Hectic [4:22 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills also have found success in the undrafted pool. Defensive tackle Pat Williams never heard his name called in 1997, but the Bills signed him to a deal and the rest is history. Williams has been one of the NFL's most dominant run stoppers over the past few seasons, and at 31-years old, he has shown no signs of slowing down.'

Marker Rookie hopes to crack Bills' roster [1:20 PM]
Niagara Falls Review reports: '“Mike Mularkey seems like he has got these guys headed in the right direction,” Graham said. “These guys really believe in him and that’s where it begins. You have to follow what the coach says.”'

Marker Camp questions [12:56 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Are reports of Drew Bledsoe's demise greatly exaggerated?'

Marker Vincent Already Showing Leadership [12:27 PM] reports: '"I'm a leader by nature," Vincent said. "I have evolved as a leader, but football is a constant team sport. I've always been the guy, so to say, that go to guy. I am only as good as the person that I am next to. I like to lead by example."'

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July 20, 2004

Marker Wyche Returns After Nine-year Absence [8:46 PM] reports: '"The game evolves, but I did keep up with it but I haven't been out on the field with the guys and in meeting rooms discussing and discarding ideas," Wyche said. "Those things will take a little bit of time to get used to, but by the time we enter the season I will be a lot further along and ready to go."'

Marker Bills Wide Receivers Ready for Big Year [8:46 PM] reports: '"I'm hoping to get this offense back to where it was before," Evans said. "I feel like I can really help out this team and make some big plays down the field."'

Marker Those Bills Teams were Overrated [5:20 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Buffalo had no rival in the AFC -- it beat four different teams in its four AFC championship game victories. And, simply, Buffalo's defense was never good enough to win a Super Bowl. But they managed to get there four straight years. And that's no reason to put them in the same sentence as Ryan Leaf.'

Marker Bills hope to speed up talks with No. 1 picks [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Signing first-round picks is never easy," Donahoe said. "But we're very optimistic that we can get something done. Fortunately, we have two good agents to deal with and two players who understand the importance of being in camp on time."'

Marker Gildon could give boost to sack total [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But signing Jason Gildon, an aging rush linebacker, is a clear sign that the GM is worried about the Bills' rush.'

Marker LB Gildon passes on the Packers [8:15 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'But because of Gildon’s age — he turns 31 on July 31 — the Packers were willing to pay him only the NFL minimum of $760,000, whereas Buffalo outbid both the Packers and Cincinnati Bengals. Buffalo also appealed to Gildon because he and the Bills’ new coach, Mike Mularkey, worked together in Pittsburgh, where Gildon was a player the last 10 years and Mularkey an assistant coach the past eight.'

July 19, 2004

Marker No More Tickets Being Sold For The Bills First Three Home Games [10:12 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Only a few thousand seats remain for the Jets game November 7th.'

Marker Limited Tickets Remain for the Jets Game [5:07 PM] reports: 'Only a couple thousand tickets remain for the Jets game on November 7th at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It is anticipated that this game will very soon become the fourth 2004 Bills home game in which tickets will be unavailable. The three games that currently do not have tickets available are September 12th against Jacksonville, October 3rd against New England and October 17th against Miami.'

Marker Thoughts on British Open, Bills’ late start [1:55 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In fact, the Bills’ pre-season opener — Sunday, Aug. 15 against Denver at “The Ralph” — is the latest exhibition start in franchise history.'

Marker Bills reach oral agreement with Gildon [12:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Gildon, a three-time Pro Bowler with 77 career sacks, is expected to be used as a pass rusher.Gildon recorded six sacks last season, his lowest total in six years. He will be 32 on July 31.'

Marker Patriots will have tough time defending AFC East title [6:38 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The question: Is Drew Bledsoe over the hill?'

Marker Inside slant [4:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie first-round pick J.P. Losman showed enough during offseason drills to conclude that it's not inconceivable to think he can challenge for the primary backup job as a rookie. "I feel great in this offense," Losman said. "I think I'm very prepared heading into camp and I look forward to the competition. Some people may think that's arrogant, but actually I'm just very confident in my abilities."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'In Buffalo, McNally will get back to his roots, and not just because he's a Buffalo native. Right tackle Mike Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, is a player in dire need of some serious coaching to hit his potential.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [4:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'New defensive backs coach Dave Szabo inherits a unit that intercepted just 10 passes each of the past two seasons, tying the team record low. The big addition is veteran CB Troy Vincent, who has 42 career picks. How do you get turnovers? "You have to practice it," Szabo said. "You have to emphasize it and you have to get a little luck. Sometimes turnovers are just happenstance ... but interceptions are a direct byproduct of putting pressure on the passer. I would say a vast majority of interceptions are from poorly thrown balls more than from the defensive back making a good break on the ball."'

July 18, 2004

Marker Hopes are high for better Bills attack [3:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The big interest with their fans is the offense. Why not? Buffalo finished 30th in the 32-team NFL in overall offense last season. The Bills scored fewer points than any team in the AFC. Drew Bledsoe threw just 11 touchdown passes. In the last three seasons they were 2-25 when they trailed after three quarters.'

Marker Gildon set to join Bills [4:43 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Gildon, who will be 32 next week, has verbally agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Bills. The deal includes a signing bonus of $500,000, and an additional $500,000 in performance incentives.'

Marker Bills Team Report [4:42 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Establishing a productive offense will be crucial. Coach Mike Mularkey wants a balanced attack that features a physical running game, and he also will look to exploit matchups in the passing game. Much of the offensive system was installed during the minicamps, so the team will spend training camp sharpening its execution.'

July 17, 2004

Marker Bills bolster defense with LB Gildon [4:49 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'In 10 seasons with the Steelers, the 31-year-old Oklahoma State product has recorded 527 total tackles (415 solo) and two interceptions.'

Marker Fullback to Have a Much Larger Role [4:35 PM] reports: '"I like how the offense is designed," Shelton said. "The fullback plays a big role and gets to do a lot of blocking. I love playing physical football so it fits my style. I like the power running game."'

Marker Jets and Cardinals Hot Tickets as Individual Seat Sales Kick Off [4:35 PM] reports: 'Clearly these fans are ready for another exciting season of Bills football to kick off.'

Marker The Bills Take Steps To Improve The Pass Rush With Gildon [4:34 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gildon can help one of the few weaknesses the Bills have on defense, a pass rush. He will line up either as a pass rushing linebacker on a small defensive end.'

Marker Bills sign ex-Steeler Gildon [4:33 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Gildon, who turns 32 in July, figures to be used as a situational pass rusher from the strong side behind starter Jeff Posey. The Bills start London Fletcher at middle linebacker and Takeo Spikes on the weak side. However, the reported addition of Gildon gives them the option to use 3-4 alignments with Posey moving inside.'

Marker Buildin' better rush with Gildon [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question is: Can he recapture some of his old form? Gildon has 77 career sacks and made three Pro Bowls - in 2001, 2002 and 2003.'

Marker Kelly foundation must pay benefits to worker who was fired, court rules [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Hunter's Hope Foundation, begun by Kelly to support awareness of a fatal nervous system disease afflicting his son, tried to block unemployment payments to Kathleen Pfohl, who worked as the foundation's event manager. Foundation administrators accused her of "inappropriate dress, use of vulgar language and rudeness to staff and volunteers." They also said she used vulgar language and mocked staff during Kelly's induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.'

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