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Buffalo Bills News - August 27, 2004

Marker Bill's McGahee ready for first real test against Colts [10:11 PM]
AP reports: 'But with Henry out because of bruised ribs, McGahee will get his first real test against some Indianapolis Colts defenders who know him well. "He'll be a slasher or cutback kind of guy," said safety Mike Doss, who went head-to-head with McGahee the last time he started a game - in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl when Doss played for Ohio State and McGahee for Miami.'

Marker Former CFL kicker pushing Andersen [6:27 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo, left guard: Third-year veteran Mike Pucillo, a blue-collar guy with a superb work ethic, won the job in the offseason. But then he proved susceptible to the bull-rush in a scrimmage and the first preseason game, and suddenly Lawrence Smith, who has been a bit of a football nomad, began coming on. New line coach Jim McNally is famous for turning afterthoughts like Smith into players and, for now, the unheralded lineman is running with the first-unit offense.

Marker NFL Preseason Preview - Buffalo (1-1) at Indianapolis (1-1) [4:55 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Neither Henry nor McGahee found a wealth of running room against the Titans last week, with the incumbent rushing seven times for 27 yards and the rookie tallying 11 carries for 28 yards. McGahee did help his case by scoring a three-yard touchdown, however. Much of Buffalo's offensive damage was done by quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who completed 7 of 10 passes for 67 yards while working with the first-team offense. The Bills were dealt a blow in practice this week when backup quarterback and first-round draft pick J.P. Losman was lost for an indefinite period with a broken fibula in his left leg. Losman had played well in the preseason, completing 4 of 6 passes for 23 yards and rushing for a team-high 43 yards against the Titans. In addition to Henry, cornerback Terrence McGee (leg) is also listed as doubtful for the Colts game.'

Marker A good test [3:26 PM] reports: '“I think it’s going to be a great test for us,” Dungy said as the Colts (1-1 in the preseason) prepared to play the Bills (1-1) at the RCA Dome Saturday at 7 p.m. in the third preseason game for both teams. “They bring a lot to the table — they’ve got some Pro Bowl-caliber players who can play with a lot of emotion. We’ll see how ready we are. If we’re ready, I think we’ll play well. If not, they can make you look bad.”'

Marker Bills Battle Colts, Look for Second Win [3:24 PM] reports: '"The third preseason game is the game when the starters have the most playing time," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "There are a lot of things we're looking to accomplish and bottom line, we need to put the ball into the end zone. I think we'll correct the mistakes that have plagued us so far and I expect us to put some in the end zone."'

Marker Bills have a tough call with Losman [1:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Do you IR him and declare the year wasted, or commit a roster spot so that he can practice and at least salvage something of 2004?'

Marker Vincent provides a positive example [10:23 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“People are in need everywhere. People are in need here in Rochester, people are in need in Buffalo,” Vincent said. “As long as I’m there, if I can provide assistance, that’s what it’s all about."'

Marker The billboard [9:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We feel good about where we stand. Everybody came out and went to work every day, and I think we got good work done every day."'

Marker Reese is holding off rivals for starting job [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Even though we're breaking camp it's still the preseason, so I've got to keep fighting and keep doing my thing," he said. "The competition never stops, whether it's Coy or Baker or whomever. It's a part of the game. When I see those guys out there making plays it's telling me I need to step up my game even more."'

Marker Bills end camp amid questions [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What kind of coach is Mike Mularkey?'

Marker Tucker continues dream job [5:08 AM]
Princeton Packet reports: '"I have my eyes on the starting left guard spot," Tucker said. "They make the decisions. I go out there and play hard and play the way I know how to play. I just let the chips fall where they may."'

Marker Sales plan produces a sellout for Colts [5:07 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Fueling the sellout was the team's decision to link single-game ticket sales for the Sept. 26 regular-season home opener against quarterback Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers to the Bills game. Fans had to purchase similarly priced tickets to the preseason game to secure Packers tickets.'

Marker Bills Break Training Camp at St. John Fisher [5:06 AM] reports: '"We had great fans through morning practices, afternoon practices, and Wednesday night practices. I want to thank St. John Fisher. What a great job these guys have done year-in and year-out. This is really my first experience with it and it's second to none. There as big as part of making our camp as productive as it was."'

Marker Nate Clements Interview [5:05 AM] reports: 'Well, my mindset going into a game is that I am the best and I am going to beat this guy flat out lined up across from me. That is how my feelings are going into every game.'

Marker Vincent's last laugh will be on the field [5:04 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Vincent signed a six-year deal with the Bills this offseason. He'll likely play half of that...'

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August 26, 2004

Marker AFC East Preview [7:59 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Won't go to the playoffs if ... Travis Henry and Willis McGahee don't grow up and realize that starting isn't everything.

Marker Jaguars sign veteran kicker Christie [7:51 PM]
ESPN reports: The most successful run of Christie's career came from 1992-2000 as a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he scored over 100 points in eight of nine seasons and played in two Super Bowls.

Marker Mort Online Report [7:50 PM]
ESPN reports: Just his weekly chat session but he comments on Losman and getting another QB due to his injury, Henry as RB starter, resurgance of Bledsoe - amongst othre NFL news and notes.

Marker Bills Break Camp [5:51 PM] reports: '"There was no hidden agenda coming in," said linebacker Takeo Spikes. "We knew what to expect because of his background. I think what we benefited most is that he's an ex-player. He knows the response he gets from his players as far as how far he's going to push us."'

Marker The Bills Release Six Players Early [4:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Coleman was so good in preseason last year he forced his way on to the roster. He could never get open once he faced better players. He caught eight passes for 69 yards. Coleman has a very bad camp this season. He short armed the ball twice on Wednesday which may have spelled his demise.'

Marker Bills break camp with lingering questions about offense [1:51 PM]
AP reports: '''Consistency,'' receiver Eric Moulds said. ''I think we lacked a lot of consistency last year. And I think at times this year, in the first two preseason games, we haven't been really consistent.'''

Marker Battle over for Travis Brown? [1:09 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Brown has gotten a reputation of being a better quarterback in a game than he is in practice. It’s not something he denies. “That’s what our job is, to go out and play the game,” he said. “They don’t keep stats on practices. If other people consider me a gamer, that’s great. I’m just going to go out there and try to help this team win.”'

Marker AFC East [11:46 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'There will be no honeymoon for Mike Mularkey, whose bosses believe this team has playoff talent.'

Marker WR Coleman among six Bills cut [11:30 AM]
AP reports: 'Coleman spent two years with the Bills and had eight catches for 69 yards in 14 games last year. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002, Coleman hurt his foot in minicamp that year and spent part of the season on Buffalo's practice squad.'

Marker Bills Release Six Players [11:29 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have released the following six players...'.

Marker Losman's hard knock is Brown's gain [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although Losman's injury is a setback in terms of his development, it won't have a major impact on the depth chart. Brown is entrenched as the No. 2 QB. He has had a good training camp, earning praise from the coaching staff. "He's done well," Mularkey said. "I like his field presence. I think the players feed off of his emotions. They believe he can move the ball."'

Marker It's Q&A time for NFL fans [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If you have a question on the Bills or the NFL in general, Question Mark and he'll respond to several questions each week.'

Marker Bills weigh their options [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Doctors will insert a plate into Losman's leg to stabilize the fracture and speed up the healing process. Still, the team has indicated the first-round pick from Tulane — who signed a five-year contract with $5.6 million in guaranteed money — could miss eight to 12 weeks.'

Marker Van Pelt not an option for Bills [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I couldn't play now," Van Pelt said. "It's not an option."'

Marker Losman feels down, but not out [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I told him last night it's eight or 12 weeks, whatever it is, but it's a very small portion of what his career is going to be all about," Brown said. "Don't dwell on it, come back as strong as ever and stay plugged in mentally. That's what I told him."'

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