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Buffalo Bills News - September 3, 2003

Marker With Beefed-Up Defense, Bills Appear Primed for Playoff Push [8:06 AM]
Washington Post reports: A burning question, however, is how well and how soon -- if at all -- the new players will fall into place as a cohesive unit. That said, there is plenty of talent on the roster. (registration required)

Marker Bills chasing released Milloy [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Yes, we are interested,” Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said.'

Marker Perfectionist [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Every kick is the same to me. We can be up by 40 in the fourth quarter, but to me it’s a huge kick. It’s not like I go out there and say ‘ We really, really need this one’ because I think we need every one.”'

Marker For Bills, D is the key [5:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"One of the things last year is Drew probably felt that every time he went out there he had to score because we would give up a lot of points," Donahoe said. "You're not going to do that and win in this league. Our offence is still going to have the potential to be explosive, but at least now we have some balance. The next step and the biggest step is to see if we can put it all together."'

Marker Ontario fans flock to see their squad [5:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As any visit to Buffalo talk radio will confirm, Buffalo fans are wildly passionate about their Bills. And no more so than in the Stadium on game day. "No question, it is a great football area both in Western New York and Canada," Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe said. "We have great fans."'

Marker The AFC Least? Not these days [5:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In December, three of Buffalo's four games are against AFC East foes, including a season-ending trip to New England. "We need to do a better job in our division," said Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who had his worst performances last year against his former team, the Patriots. "Our division is awfully tough."'

Marker Patriots pull a stunner with release of Milloy [5:13 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"When I heard the news this morning, I told anyone around here who would listen that we had to go get Lawyer," said Bledsoe from his Buffalo-area home last night. "I was as surprised as anyone because, as a former teammate and a friend, I understand as well as anyone what Lawyer brings to a team. I don't know the circumstances of what happened, but being his teammate and playing against him last year, this is a guy who is the heart and soul of your team."'

Marker Saving money may be costly [5:12 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'More significant, though, may be that they face the possibility of Milloy being in Buffalo Sunday but in the employ of the Bills -- and with the Patriots getting no compensation. The Jets, Bengals, Seahawks, Lions, Chargers, and Redskins also were talking to the Postons about Milloy yesterday, with Milloy hinting that he might give a hometown discount to Seattle.'

Marker Milloy could play against New England on Sunday [5:11 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'The Bills, in fact, made a contract offer to the four-time Pro Bowler as early as Tuesday afternoon, and if he accepts, he could be on the field Sunday when they host the Patriots in the season opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That wouldn’t surprise anyone in the Patriots’ locker room.'

Marker ‘Shack’ still wants to coach [5:10 AM]
Rockford Register Star reports: 'Picked by the Buffalo Bills in the eighth round of the 1969 draft, the Grambling star who later went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams, was named the 36th most influential minority in sports by Sports Illustrated this year. But Harris wouldn't mind if he moved down that list because that might mean more blacks are getting more higher-profile jobs, especially in the NFL.'

Marker Off-balance [5:09 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'New Orleans and Washington are the other two teams seriously pursuing Milloy, but the Bills are believed to have the inside track. A league source said Milloy and his agent, Carl Poston, planned to lay out the options Tuesday night, before reaching a decision Wednesday morning.'

Marker Bills express interest in Milloy [5:08 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills are considered to have the salary-cap room to sign Milloy, and could use an established safety in their continuing attempt to upgrade an already revamped defense. Buffalo's current starters are Coy Wire, who's coming off an encouraging rookie season, and Pierson Prioleau, a four-year veteran who was a first-time starter last season.'

Marker Bills Confirm Interest In Former Pro Bowl Safety Lawyer Milloy [5:07 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'An unconfirmed report says the Bills have reached a verbal agreement with Milloy. Buffalo has only three safeties on the roster in Coy Wire, Pierson Prioleau and Izell Reese.'

Marker Few surprises as Bills finalize roster [5:06 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Of the 53 players, 23 weren’t on the Bills’ active roster a year ago.'

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Marker Burning Questions [11:47 PM]
CNNSI reports: Buffalo's Gregg Williams: This is not your typical on-the-bubble situation. Williams is in the final year of his contract, has a team ready to win, and could wind up hitting the jackpot somewhere if he and the Bills come through. Odds are Buffalo makes the playoffs and Williams enjoys his payday in upstate New York. But if not, he and the Bills could be ex's.

Marker Negotiations heating up for Milloy's services [11:47 PM]
ESPN reports: Within two hours of Milloy's stunning release, ESPN.com reported Tuesday afternoon that the Buffalo Bills had already made a solid contract offer.

Marker Bills may need a Lawyer for Patriots opener [8:30 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Drew Bledsoe, who played with Milloy in New England, has reportedly lobbied hard for the Bills to sign the hard hitting strong safety who is also known as a solid clubhouse leader.'

Marker Bet the farm: Buffalo to take on Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXVIII [8:21 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'New England's sweep by an aggregate score of 65-24 showed just how far Buffalo had to go. Sunday's opener will demonstrate just how far the Bills have come.'

Marker Patriots travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills [8:11 PM]
Patriots.com reports: 'The Patriots are 9-2 in their last 11 games against AFC East opponents, dating back to the 2001 season.'

Marker Some teams lack need for third QB [6:48 PM]
ESPN reports: In a move that some observers regard as curious and others see as cutting edge, five teams -- Buffalo, Denver, Indianapolis, San Diego and Washington -- will begin the season with only two quarterbacks on their active rosters.

Marker Shoulder injury ends Stewart's Season [6:45 PM]
ESPN reports: After re-evaluating James Stewart's shoulder injury, the Lions decided to put on him on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday. After injuring the shoulder in Detroit's final preseason game against the Bills, it was originally thought that Stewart would only miss the first three or four weeks of the season. While Stewart's injury obviously hurts, Detroit addressed its lack of depth at tailback over the weekend by acquiring Olandis Gary from the Bills.

Marker Message Board restricted to members only [6:13 PM]
TBD reports: We apologize for the inconvenience, but we had to turn off guest access to our message board because of server load. We will allow guests back in once the Lawyer Milloy situation dies down.

Marker Bears sign Lacina; waive Robertson [6:07 PM]
ChicagoBears.com reports: The Chicago Bears signed G Corbin Lacina to a one-year deal today and made room on the 53-man roster by waiving T Bernard Robertson. Originally drafted in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 1993 draft by Buffalo, Lacina has played in 121 career games with 79 starts, playing for the Bills for five seasons (1993-97).

Marker Bledsoe finds comfort, happiness in Buffalo [3:24 PM]
AP reports: '''I'll tell you what, I became so comfortable with the whole situation here so quickly, I feel like I've been here a lot longer than I have,'' Bledsoe said. ''I feel young again and excited about playing.'''

Marker Four-time Pro Bowler refused paycut [3:23 PM]
ESPN reports: Armed with Drew Bledsoe's endorsement, the Buffalo Bills have already contacted Milloy's agents and made an opening contract proposal, ESPN.com has learned.

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: John Skorupan [10:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'For the past six years, Skorupan has worked as the director of business development for Marsico Corporation, which is a commercial general contractor in Pittsburgh. "We’re about a $30 million company and half of our work is done through private negotiated work. The other part is through bidding process. We do schools, hotels, office buildings. So I work with developers and architects and try to negotiate projects (in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio)."'

Marker Finally, Bills can zero in on the Pats [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is a game we all want to jump on and redeem ourselves because we didn't play as well as we probably could have last year against them," Williams said. "We made some strides against some of the other teams. Now our guys have a real good, focused approach that what has to happen (on Sunday). I like their attitude, I like their work ethic and I like their concentration level right now. They're pretty focused."'

Marker Chips fell Sammy's way after all [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the workload was misleading. The Bills were giving Gary every chance to impress them, to show flashes of his 1,159-yard season of 1999. Morris had done all his impressing early in training camp, demonstrating time and again his sure hands, his ability to run after the catch, his desire to expand his duties beyond special teams.'

Marker Donahoe passes on third QB - for now [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We'll see how it goes," Donahoe said after practice Monday. "We're comfortable at least starting out that way."'

Marker Denney named a starter for Bills [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I went home and got in shape, started lifting weights and ran a bunch and made strides in the mini-camps,” he said. “ I was able to get some good reps and work on the things that I needed to work on, and that’s what helped me the most. I think I improved a bunch because of the mini-camps. I wanted to progress throughout the four preseason games, and I think I did that. I played better each game.”'

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