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Buffalo Bills News - September 12, 2003

Marker Jaguars won't use youth as an excuse [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I want to win in anything I do and be competitive in anything I do,” said Del Rio, who coaches with the same intensity he played linebacker in the NFL for 11 seasons with. “ I wasn’t forced to make those decisions to get rid of those guys. We’re doing what we think we can to be competitive.”'

Marker Buffalo's new `great warrior' [5:19 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"I'm not proclaiming to be the best linebacker to ever play the game," said Spikes, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound hulking specimen that toiled in relative obscurity for five seasons with the Bengals. "But I really don't think the city of Buffalo knew what they were getting when they got me. And it's real ... it's real."'

Marker Bledsoe to Brunell: Change is not bad [5:18 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"He's shown that you can go through some difficult times and still have things work out great for you," Brunell said.'

Marker Bills at a glance [5:17 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Minuses: The Bills averaged just 3.2 yards on 33 rushing attempts against New England. ... Henry fumbled again on Sunday, raising his total to 16 over the past three seasons.'

Marker Jaguars notebook [5:16 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, who visit Alltel Stadium, have played only 10 games in their history -- including preseason games -- in temperatures above 87 degrees.'

Marker Home opener to be blacked out [5:15 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'With more than 8,100 tickets unsold, the Jaguars didn't even wait until the 72-hour deadline at 1 p.m. yesterday to make the blackout official for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills at Alltel Stadium.'

Marker The blackout blame falls squarely on... [5:14 AM]
St. Augustine Record reports: 'The thing that kills me is that not only do we not get the Jags game, but they won't show any other game. Instead we get re-runs of "Joanie loves Chaci."'

Marker Morris prepared to help the Bills any way he can [5:13 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"I know I could do it," the former Jay and Texas Tech standout said. "Over the past few years, I've learned a lot about how to prepare physically (for the season) and how to take care of my (6-foot, 220-pound) body. I've also improved as a runner since my rookie season."'

Marker Thomas says he'll play [5:12 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins denied a caller's report on a Buffalo television station that there have been talks about moving the Sept. 21 home game to Buffalo and having the Bills come to Miami on Dec. 21 because of Hurricane Isabel. ''We haven't talked to the league or the Bills or discussed it at this point,'' Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said.'

Marker A winning game plan [5:11 AM]
Jackson Clarion Ledger reports: 'Jasper eats, drinks and bleeds Buffalo red, white and blue because of a chain of loyalties that leads back to Mississippi: Jasper likes the Bills because he likes Eric Moulds because he likes Moulds' alma mater, Mississippi State.'

Marker Fond Memories for Gilbride [5:10 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Gilbride was the Jaguars first ever offensive coordinator under Waterloo native Tom Coughlin, helping build the expansion team into an instant success. "We took a program that was just starting, and within two years climbed on number eight's back and he took us to the AFC Championship game," Gilbride said of his time in Jacksonville with quarterback Mark Brunell.'

Marker Buffalo Bills run round the outside [5:09 AM]
ExtraPoint.net reports: 'Besides the penalties the Bills did have a couple of minor hic-cups. Receiver Josh Reed dropped a well worked flea-flicker and had a disappointing game, punt returner Antonio Brown failed to live up to his pre-season promise (but that should be put down to first game nerves), and the running game never really dominated like it should have done until late in the game. But these were minor glitches in an overall superb performance. The Bills are back looking like the great teams they had a decade ago (is it really that long ?) and can now be considered genuine contenders.'

Marker Jags seek to cool off torrid Bills [5:08 AM]
AP reports: '"We stayed to the plan," Williams said. "It pained me to see some of those great defensive players leave here, but that's what we had to do."'

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September 11, 2003

Marker Bills sign WR Myers to practice squad [10:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Myers was initially signed last April as an undrafted rookie free agent out of LSU, where he was a teammate of Bills receiver Josh Reed.'

Marker Milloy quickly settling in with Bills [6:09 PM]
AP reports: '''I'm going to be able to have fun in this defense,'' Milloy said. ''This defense is one that allows the playmakers to make plays, and forces everybody to get to the ball. And it was evident last Sunday.'''

Marker Blacked out [5:04 PM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"We are disappointed that many of our fans will not get to see our home opener," said senior vice president /sales and marketing Dan Connell in a statement released by the Jaguars. "So we encourage them to come to the stadium and be there in person to experience the first home game under Jack Del Rio."'

Marker Myers Joins Bills Practice Squad [5:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has signed wide receiver Jerel Myers to its practice squad.'

Marker Bledsoe, Brunell meet up in key AFC battle [4:06 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills didn't get a lot of opportunities in the return game for Antonio Brown to show what he could do. The WR/KR returned two kicks for touchdowns in the preseason. He should get a chance to shine this week. Jacksonville was awful on special teams against the Panthers. They had a punt blocked for a safety, the potential winning FG was blocked, and they allowed a 36-yard punt return to set up Carolina's winning score.'

Marker Brunell, Bledsoe linked [3:32 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'Brunell and Bledsoe, two veteran quarterbacks linked by their college football roots and, possibly, by their late-career fates, will face each other this Sunday for the fourth time since they were college rivals at Washington and Washington State.'

Marker Spikes Gets An AFC Honor [1:28 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Only one Bills is on the injury report for Sunday's game in Jacksonville. Sam Aiken is questionable with a sore hamstring.'

Marker Adams' INT Return Named NFL Play of the Week [1:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Adams' interception topped Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Joe Jurevicius' 7-yard tipped touchdown reception against the Philadelphia Eagles, in fan voting on NFL.com. For details and video of this week's nominees and the results of fan voting, please visit NFL.com.'

Marker Fresh beer delivery [1:21 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'Budweiser, Bud Light and the Jacksonville Jaguars have designated Sunday, September 14, as “Freshness Day” offering thousands of adult football fans in the area an opportunity to taste Budweiser Family products the same day they are packaged. The Jaguars host the visiting Buffalo Bills that day at 1 p.m. ET. Stadium vendors will offer Budweiser and Bud Light draught beer, packaged and served bearing the same “Born On” date – September 14, 2003 – allowing consumers to try the freshest beer available.'

Marker Bills set for their future [1:20 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: '"The ability to get Drew Bledsoe speeded everything up for us," Donahoe admits. "We're very young and we'd like to think our team will grow and get better. Our scouts have done a good job of getting the roster turned over. We've had three good drafts in a row. You need free agency and you have to sprinkle guys in, but the draft is still the life blood of your team. The young guys fit better under the salary cap."'

Marker No TV on Sunday [1:18 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'This Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills will become the first home-opener in Jaguars history not to be shown on local television.'

Marker Jaguars hit with first of several possible blackouts [1:16 PM]
AP reports: 'The Jaguars fell about 8,000 tickets short of the ticket sales needed by Thursday to air the game live within a 75-mile area of Jacksonville.'

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews Jacksonville [11:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"They have a tremendous defensive front and it's going to be a tremendous challenge and entirely different challenge that we had going into the Patriots game. These guys don't really try to fool you, they just line up and say here we are see if you can handle us, they are a load."'

Marker Broken Foot KO's Johnson [11:42 AM]
Boston Herald reports: Woody said he will never forget the block by linebacker London Fletcher that laid him out in Buffalo. ``I've never been hit like that before,'' said Woody. ``And I don't ever want to be again. I told him I'd get him the next time.'' . . .

Marker Turn for the better [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' takeaway total stood at four last year - after the sixth game of the season.'

Marker Sunday's weather forecast is a hot topic [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Weather could be a big factor for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's game at Jacksonville. The forecast calls for a temperature of 89 degrees.'

Marker Bills' rising stock will bring night games into play [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe reports the Bills are willing to host a Monday night game. I was surprised they didn't get one this year, after their improvement last season.'

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