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Buffalo Bills News - August 2, 2003

Marker Packers great Lofton headed for Hall of Fame [7:43 PM]
Madison Capital Times reports: Few players know more about catching footballs, running patterns, staying in shape - just stuff about the game - than Lofton, who is beginning his second year as the Chargers' receivers coach. And fewer still are articulate enough to explain it all at a level only a physicist could understand as well as at a level only a raw-boned rookie from an SEC school could grasp.

Marker Fletcher relishes Cleveland homecoming [7:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Fletcher said the crowd of 37,818 9,000 were walk-ups helped fire him up. So did Buffalo's starting defense, which looks vastly improved from a year ago. ''When I went out there and saw my friends and family it really got the juices flowing,'' he said. ''I just fed off the energy of the crowd.'''

Marker Scrimmage Preview - Bills Prospective [9:56 AM]
Bills Report reports: Most eyes, from a Bills perspective, will be on all the newcomers and changes this off-season brought.

Marker Lofton was always on track to greatness [9:41 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: Bill Walsh was in his first weeks as coach at Stanford when he found Lofton, who was preparing for his senior year. "Bill was the first collegiate coach, in football, who had confidence in me," Lofton says now.

Marker Training camp notebook [9:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It doesn't matter whether it's St. John Fisher or Berea, Ohio, every single practice session so far this summer, the best player on the field is Eric Moulds.'

Marker Bills' safeties impress in practice [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Last year the Bills did not get a single interception from the safety position.'

Marker The palace guard [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I can't think of a guy who deserves it more because of what he stood for in the league," said former Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson, a member of the '73 draft class. "Joe D. was that hard-nosed player who played every game. He never took a day or a play off, played when he was hurt and really exemplified what the NFL is supposed to be about."'

Marker Bills players follow the path of legends [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Football is special here,” said Winfield, who grew up in nearby Akron. “ In Ohio, all kids want to go to Ohio State and play for the Cleveland Browns.”'

Marker Bills to emphasize plays in red zone at scrimmage [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The first-string and second-string units will each get 15-play segments with the following breakdown: Nine plays run like a normal game, so if you achieve a first down, you keep moving downfield, and if you don’t you return to the original drive starting point, probably the 25-yard line. Snaps 10, 11 and 12 will be red zone plays from the 20, and snaps 13, 14 and 15 will be goal-line plays from the 2.'

Marker Browns get better vs. Bills [5:20 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: 'The Bills got the best of it on 11-on-11 drills during the morning practice.'

Marker Former Browns lineman remembers Kardiac Kids days [5:19 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: '''I remember driving down to Cleveland from Buffalo and thinking to myself, 'Why did the Browns trade for me?' " DeLamielleure recalled Thursday as he visited Browns training camp. ''I mean, the Browns already had a line that had been together a long time and was pretty good."'

Marker Running game flounders in drills vs. Bills [5:18 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Buffalo’s defense mastered the Browns’ running game, which lost Jamel White in the morning session due to a hamstring problem. William Green and James Jackson often spun their wheels.'

Marker Scrimmage tickets still available [5:17 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'More than 20,000 tickets were sold in advance, and the club expects a crowd in the 30,000 range.'

Marker Lofton goes enters Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Packer [5:16 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: '"He was kind of the missing piece we needed," retired Bills head coach Marv Levy told The Associated Press. "We had a great quarterback and two good receivers, but we were a three-receiver offense."'

Marker Bledsoe understands Browns' QB battle [5:15 AM]
AP reports: '''It can be unsettling,'' he said, ''more so because it's a media frenzy than what happens within the team. So that's what falls on the two quarterbacks to squash that as fast as they can.'''

Marker Bills Practice in Cleveland [5:14 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"There were some good things that we did," quarterback Drew Bledsoe explained. "I think we're getting better."'

Marker Interview with Joe DeLamielleure [12:43 AM]
TBD reports: Reprint of Spring Interview....

"I was blessed to be on teams with players like O.J. Simpson, Brian Sipe and J.D. Hill. I was fortunate to be part of the greatest running team in History and with greatest passing team in history. And I loved the game. I would have played for a T-shirt and a cap."

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August 1, 2003

Marker Hall's call worth the wait for 'Joe D' [7:38 PM]
AP reports: 'The recognition didn't come until football researcher John Turney released a list ranking DeLamielleure as the NFL's third-most accomplished offensive lineman in terms of awards received, behind John Hannah and Anthony Munoz.'

Marker Bill past due [7:38 PM]
CNN/SI reports: SI.com: So do you feel at home yet as a Buffalo Bill?

DB: I do, I really do. But that happened very, very quickly for me here. Both with the organization and the community. This organization and the players here did a great job. I felt right at home when I stepped in the door. This community embraced me and really embraces this team as they have for a long time. So that transition happened very quickly. I was in New England for a long time and appreciated the time there, but I also feel like I've been here for a lot longer than just a year.

Marker Hall of a task: Paring list of Seniors candidates from 68 to 15 is arduous [7:36 PM]
SportsIllustrated.com reports: Dr. Z explains his choices of 15 "Seniors" Finalists for the NFL Hall of Fame from 68 nominess and says: "I voted for... (Tom) Sestak, an underrated rock on the great Buffalo lines of the 1960s." The actual list of 15 Finalists will be released later.

Marker Ask Vic: Fiedler, Maddox should do well [7:31 PM]
NFL.com reports: Granted, I think Drew pressed too hard at times and forced some questionable throws, but I don't think that will be the case as often with the improvements the Bills made to their defense and a greater commitment by the offense to run the ball.Granted, I think Drew pressed too hard at times and forced some questionable throws, but I don't think that will be the case as often with the improvements the Bills made to their defense and a greater commitment by the offense to run the ball.

Marker Training Camp Journal: Pierson Prioleau Entry #1 [2:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We have such a great coaching staff too. There are a few new faces around here and it's been great to have a lot of coaches who are former players. They really know how to relate the information to us from a player's stand point.'

Marker Five Questions: Drew Bledsoe [2:54 PM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'Q: What’s your reaction to the Browns players’ talkative mood during the morning practice? A: Yeah, they were making some noise. That’s not really our mentality for the most part – other than Eric (Moulds), who likes to yap a little bit. But we just wanted to go out and perform well. Overall, I felt like we performed well.'

Marker August 1st Scrimmage Pictures [2:52 PM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: Thumbnail gallery.

Marker Browns and Kardiac Kids honor Joe DeLamielleure [2:51 PM]
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum reports: '"A tough guy, a guy of few words," Greg Pruitt said describing DeLamielleure. "He led by example. What he brought to our team was his work ethic."'

Marker DeLamielleure credits teammates for hall entry [1:35 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'DeLamielleure played from 1973-79 with the Buffalo Bills, becoming well-known as a member of the "Electric Company" offensive line that blocked for O.J. Simpson. DeLamielleure played his final five seasons for Cleveland. He never missed a game in his NFL career because of injury. "I’ve never been in a hospital except to be born," DeLamielleure said. "My wife said it’s because I never hit anyone."'

Marker You ain't seen nothin' yet [1:23 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Here’s what it all boils down to. November 11th. The Bills have until 4pm November 11th to sign McGahee, or else he will NOT be eligible to play in the 2003 season. They can still sign him after that date, but he can’t play until 2004. In a worst case scenario, if the Bills can’t sign him by the time the 2004 NFL draft rolls around next April, McGahee would go back into the NFL draft pool, and the Bills would be unable to redraft him.'

Marker Training camp billboard [10:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's kind of a silent assassin. He keeps his mouth shut and does his work and I like those kind of guys." - Gregg Williams on strong-side linebacker Jeff Posey.'

Marker Training Camp Journal: Mark Campbell Entry #1 [10:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'''

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