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Buffalo Bills News - March 26, 2004

Marker The McNally effect: positive [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It would be a great pleasure because (McNally) is truly like a master of the game, and he can just take my level of what I know and my ability to another level," Williams said Thursday during the Bills' veteran minicamp. "It's all about just getting better, and with him definitely."'

Marker OG Williams eager to line up for Bills [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”It looks pretty good,” Williams said of the team and the facilities. “We’ll see how it plays out, but I’m glad to be in Buffalo.”'

Marker Bledsoe and Bills reach the crossroads [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”I still have confidence in him and so does the rest of the team,” said wide receiver Eric Moulds, who was nagged by a season-ruining groin injury that resulted in him catching just one touchdown pass in 2003, nine fewer than the year before. ”Our problems last year went well beyond Drew. It would be wrong to put the bulk of the blame on him. We have to protect better, we have to run better routes, and we have to go with a system that’s more in tune with his skills and our skills.”'

Marker Loyalty lands Titans Volek [5:15 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: 'As for the Bills, Volek said they offered to throw him into a competition with incumbent Drew Bledsoe. “They wanted me to come in there and compete with him right away,” Volek said. “That was probably the biggest selling point Buffalo had to offer us.”'

Marker Bills Begin Mini-Camp [5:14 AM] reports: 'The mini-camp marks the first time Mularkey and his staff have met face-to-face with the entire Bills roster.'

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March 25, 2004

Marker Former Buffalo Bills quarterback is back in town [7:55 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Reich has been touring churches across the country, sharing his faith and testimony, since retiring from the Buffalo Bills in 1998. His athletic fame, he said, has given him a unique platform to share the gospel. He's been outspoken about his faith, even during the height of his career.'

Marker Battle Underway At Left Guard [7:16 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams is a candidate to fill a roster spot with Buffalo, and spoke very highly of McNally's ability to get the best out of his offensive lineman. While nothing seemed imminent, Williams speculated that he'd be happy to cancel his flight home if something can get worked out between the team and his agent.'

Marker Bledsoe ready to bounce back from last season's struggles [6:51 PM]
AP reports: '''Is this a crossroads season for me?'' Bledsoe said. ''Listen, in this league, every season you play is a crossroads season. No matter who you are, what you've done, what you've accomplished, if you don't get it done, you can find yourself looking for work.'''

Marker Bledsoe is Clear Starter [6:48 PM] reports: '"I think Mike (Mularkey) has made it clear that Drew is our starter and that we are committed to Drew," President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said. "Right now we are looking for a solid number two guy with a few years of experience."'

Marker Volek says he chose family, comfort over chance with Bills [6:28 PM]
AP reports: 'The Titans signed Volek to a five-year deal Thursday after he visited twice with the Falcons and even looked at houses in Atlanta, where he received an offer. Buffalo also made an offer to let him compete with Drew Bledsoe immediately. ''But my heart was here,'' Volek said at a news conference with his wife and three small children. ''It was really hard to walk away from this place. This place has been awesome to me.'''

Marker They never promised us a rose garden, but... [3:54 PM]
Azle News reports: 'Song No. 4 is “Too Hip for the Room” with Jamie Warren (another country singer whose career was apparently destroyed by this collaboration) and Buffalo Bills Chris Mohr and Steve Tasker. They can’t sing worth a hoot.'

Marker Taylor latest to leave the nest [3:36 PM]
Trenton Times reports: 'The Eagles are looking to move wide receiver James Thrash before they release him and may have an interested partner in the Buffalo Bills. According to league sources, the Bills might be willing to part with a conditional 2005 draft pick in exchange for Thrash, who has started every game but one (the meaningless 2001 season finale at Tampa Bay) in his three years with the Eagles.'

Marker Kordell Stewart Willing To Take a Backup Role [3:21 PM] reports: '"It went well. I got in Tuesday. I came in and met with coach (Mike) Mularkey and Sam (Wyche), the quarterbacks coach. I had a reunion type situation with coach Mularkey. I've been with him forever. Knowing that he's the head guy around here. it made the visit a little bit more laid back and settled because I knew what I was anticipating and getting myself into."'

Marker Bills Begin First Camp Under Mularkey [9:38 AM] reports: '"I had a lot of things going on in my mind," Mularkey said referring to the night prior to camp opening. "To me, first impressions are pretty important, and I really wanted to make sure they knew where I was coming from and be upfront. I wanted to let them know what the expectations were and the roles that these guys were going to play. I was thinking to make sure I said the right things, and I feel like I did."'

Marker Mularkey is low-key on first day of minicamp [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've been waiting for this," he said. "I'm very comfortable. I feel like I'm supposed to be doing this. It was good that I'm surrounded by a bunch of guys that I am with on this coaching staff. It makes it much more comfortable to come out here and know it's going to get done the right way."'

Marker Stewart sees Bills as good fit [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It helps a lot," Stewart said in the team's field house. "Obviously I know the system. I guess you could say I was the guy who christened this offense in 2001. This is obviously a situation that is sort of a no-brainer. You want to be in a situation where you can land on your feet."'

Marker Bills' Mularkey at ease in first practice [9:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”Mike’s real. That’s the best way I can describe him,” said quarterback Drew Bledsoe on Wednesday at Ralph Wilson Stadium where the Bills’ new coaching staff kicked off a three-day, getting-to-know-you veterans camp.'

Marker Bills look to Stewart for possible Bledsoe backup [9:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”So as excited as I am, I have to step back and get a big picture and full glimpse of what’s taken place. Whatever situation I end up in, it’s going to be a good situation."'

Marker Stewart Watches The First Day Of The Bills Veteran Orientation [9:01 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The offense used various formations that included both Travis Henry and Willis McGahee. Last year's number one pick looked good and didn't even wear a knee brace. After session two he said that he has no problems and feels he's going to keep getting better as the off season progresses.'

March 24, 2004

Marker Bills re-sign defensive end McKenzie [9:51 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'A seventh-round draft pick out of Ball State, McKenzie was drafted by Green Bay, where he spent four seasons. He has also spent time with Cleveland and the Chicago Bears.'

Marker Mularkey introduces low-key style to Bills [8:01 PM]
AP reports: '''Someone said to me, `Hey, coach.' And I said to them, `What, player?,'' Mularkey said with a smile on Wednesday, following the first of a three-day minicamp. The conversation with the player concluded with Mularkey saying: ''You can call me, `Mike.''''

Marker QB Stewart expresses interest in Bills [4:37 PM]
AP reports: '''It's not easy, but I think to get where you want to go, you have to take a step back sometimes,'' Stewart said. ''I would think it would be a great one-two punch, and it's going to do nothing but make our team stronger if I wind up coming.'''

Marker Bills re-sign DE McKenzie [3:19 PM]
AP reports: 'McKenzie, an eight-year veteran, saw limited playing time in his first season with Buffalo last year. The signing came in time for McKenzie to take part in Buffalo's first minicamp session under new coach Mike Mularkey later in the day.'

Marker Mularkey To Get First On-Field Look at Bills [9:16 AM] reports: 'Mini-camp rules for new coaches allow for an additional camp and Mularkey has chosen to make his first one as a Bills coach mandatory. "Most teams do have one camp that's mandatory," Mularkey said. "We anticipate our players having a high attendance for the whole offseason and after this week the rest of our camps are voluntary."'

Marker Bills to get acquainted in minicamp [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This first minicamp will serve as an introduction to the coaching staff, especially the new coaches who are on the staff," Mularkey said. "It will also serve as an introduction to the new offensive system and some of the changes that are going to be made. It is really to get a feel for our philosophy as a team and how we want to approach the season starting early on in March."'

Marker Bills fail to obtain Volek [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Staninger said Buffalo’s offer was structured in a way that made it competitive with Tennessee’s. Volek chose to stay in Nashville in large part because of personal reasons, not wanting to uproot his young family from a community they’ve embraced. ”The Bills were disappointed but they understood,” Staninger said.'

March 23, 2004

Marker Ex-Falcons QB Johnson visits Bills [10:18 PM]
AP reports: '''Who knows how long he's going to play,'' Johnson said of Bledsoe, an 11-year veteran. ''And there's a clear distinct spot for a No. 2 guy, and I've got a lot of experience coming off the bench and winning games.'''

Marker Kozlowski Could Fit in As a Second Tight End [10:18 PM] reports: '"Very good. I enjoyed talking to Mike Mularkey, Frank Verducci and all the other guys. I liked what I heard so far. It's great to be up here in Buffalo, an hour from my home town of Rochester. I've enjoyed everything so far. The facilities are phenomenal. They really compare to some of the best in the league so it's nice to see. Hopefully things might work out."'

Marker Cousin Believes Buffalo is a Playoff Caliber Team [10:17 PM] reports: '"Playing here would be good. I know guys there. I know their system there. If I'm here I can help. As far as the process of us playing them twice a year, that helps. Being able to play against New England, played them in the Super Bowl, that helps. Being very familiar with being on different teams and organizations helps out being here."'

Marker Johnson Calls Buffalo's Offense Player Friendly [10:16 PM] reports: '"At one point or another the whole country gets to where it's cold as cold. I know it's a cold place here but the other team has to come and play in the same atmosphere. If it's cold for us it's cold for them. I would have no problem coming here."'

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