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Buffalo Bills News - August 8, 2004

Marker Reese predicts stronger defense [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'We're going to be better this year. We've got more chemistry, and in this scrimmage alone it's starting to show. We were able to make some turnovers and guys were starting to make more plays because they know the defense.'

Marker Bills unlikely to match 2003 Panthers [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In order to match the success of the 2003 Panthers, Buffalo's defense would have to produce significantly more turnovers, Travis Henry and Willis McGahee would have to be at least as effective rushing the football as Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster were last year, and QB Drew Bledsoe would have to bounce back and be at least as productive as the 2003 version of Jake Delhomme (3,219 yards passing with 19 TD passes and 16 interceptions).'

Marker Day 9 [5:17 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Jeff Garcia's first pass as a Brown in a game-type situation was one he'll soon try to forget.'

Marker Suggs outplays Green in scrimmage [5:16 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'The play was designed to go to the left, with Suggs following fullback Terrelle Smith. But Suggs said the Browns had watched film of the Bills Friday night and noticed that their defense often overpursued. Suggs said Smith told him before the snap he was going to try to create a hole in the middle.'

Marker Suggs the scrimmage star [5:15 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: 'No scoreboard was used, but the Bills technically won the scrimmage 14-0. Willis McGahee scored from scrimmage from the 1 and defensive end Michale Spicer picked up a fumble by Luke McCown and ran about 50 yards for the Bills other touchdown.'

Marker Suggs picks upwhere he left off [5:14 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: 'The Browns' first-team defense had a positive time on the field against the Bills' top offense and quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Cornerback Anthony Henry nearly had an interception, and defensive tackle Gerard Warren was credited with a sack. The only unsettling sign for the defense was McGahee had 34 yards on seven carries. The top priority on defense this season is to do a better job of controlling the ground game.'

Marker Suggs socks it to Green, Bills in scrimmage [5:13 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'A rusher (Jeff Posey) gets his hand up, the ball bounces up in the air, and its a free ball, Garcia said. Thats not how I wanted to have my first pass as a Cleveland Brown. Good thing its just a scrimmage.'

Marker Will quarterbacks make a comeback? [5:12 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Jim Kelly remembers looking around the NFL and seeing a great quarterback on almost every team. At any given point of my career, there were 10, 12, 15 top quarterbacks in the league'"

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Marker Transcript: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe [10:03 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On whether he gave the players 'the riot act' after the penalty miscues on offense...'.

Marker The rust is coming off [9:59 PM]
CNN/SI reports: "Browns defenders and coaches I talked to said McGahee still lacks the burst that he was known for in college, and seemed to be dealing with a slightly lingering limp. But they noted that while he ran tentatively early on in the scrimmage, he became more confident and aggressive the more he touched the ball."

Marker Donahoe, Bills finally get first glimpse of rehabbed McGahee [9:58 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"We have to be smart how we use them," Mularkey said. "We have two guys who don't just have speed but are big, physical backs. People don't realize they're 240 pounds, well-built and can get to the edge. It's hard to say how the whole thing will play out. Willis has great ability, but he has to prove himself."'

Marker McGahee Scores 4 Touchdowns [9:56 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe was unhappy with the team's mistakes. "We came out and ran the ball extremely well the first couple of plays. We showed that we are capable of against a good defense, coming out and running the ball the way we did. We also showed that if we can't build a little bit more mental toughnesss to fight through then adversity of one mistake and not allow that to snowball into two and three mistakes, then we're not going to be successful."'

Marker Mularkey fighting uphill trend [9:55 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'But Mularkey never has been in charge of a whole team. He never has set the agenda for both sides of the ball, never been a policy maker, never been the primary link between the team and the keepers of the team's finances. Mularkey never has been as accountable as he is now.'

Marker Whitey's Bills-Browns Scrimmage Wrap [9:53 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'First and foremost, Willis McGahee is no longer a guy who's rehabbing his knee, but rather a running back on the Bills roster, who looks good enough to challenge for a starting spot in the NFL. Travis Henry started the day with the first team offense, and ran the ball effectively, before penalties thwarted the drive. Henry was very productive, but I got the impression that the Bills coaching staff was at Fisher today for the same reason most of the fans were - find out what Willis McGahee can do.'

Marker The Browns coach evaluates the scrimmage [4:36 PM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'Q. How did Willis McGahee look to you?
A. Ask Buffalo how he looked. I don't know.'

Marker Scrimmage belongs to Suggs [4:35 PM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'All told when the regular units were on the field, the Bills offense and defense each scored once. The Browns did not score.'

Marker McGahee sheds nerves, scores 4 TDs in scrimmage against Browns [4:30 PM]
AP reports: 'On his way back to the sideline, McGahee was greeted by a standing ovation from the crowd behind the Buffalo bench at the Bills training camp site in suburban Rochester. ''It's good to know that they're behind me and they want to see how I do,'' McGahee said. ''And I'm just glad to score and let them know that I can still do certain things.'''

Marker Suggs shines in Browns scrimmage against Bills [4:29 PM]
AP reports: 'He was the key force in the Browns offense even though he was limited to playing only the first of four offensive series. Suggs carried five times for 82 yards, including a nifty cutback run of 50 yards on Cleveland's second offensive play of the scrimmage held at the Bills training camp site in suburban Rochester.'

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [4:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On recovering from some early mistakes and Drew Bledsoe speaking to his teammates on the sidelines:
I was extremely please by what he did on the sideline. That's what we need. Don't wait until Mondays after games to address the problem. They're recognizing at least that they have an issue and they're trying to address it and take care of it so when they go back on the field it's been talked about. They know that probably their biggest opponent that they'll face can be themselves. It's just too hard to make mistakes against good football teams and every team is good to overcome. It was a good example. I'm glad it was a scrimmage it took place in.'

Marker Transcript: Running Back Willis McGahee [4:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On if he thought about all of his hard work and rehab after his first touchdown:
Not yet. It doesn't start until preseason. It was a good day today to go against the Cleveland Browns in a scrimmage, but it will really pay off during preseason and during the regular season.'

Marker Bills Stand Tall Against the Browns [4:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"The protection was outstanding," said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "We ran the ball well at times, so that gives me a reason to be very optimistic about what we've done so far as far as the changes."'

Marker Clements catching on to Bills' pickoff wish [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I try to come back stronger and faster and more mentally prepared as far as knowing the schemes and the defense," Clements said Friday. "I know the defense now. I'm expanding on it by knowing what all the guys around me are doing to help me be in the best position."'

Marker Defense opens fire on Browns' gunners [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Both clubs are trying to establish identity, both clubs are trying to look good against an opponent and, you know, we play a contact sport," Bills cornerback Troy Vincent said. "It's a physical and emotional game, so you're going to have emotions flaring because everyone wants to make a play. (The gunner drill) is the highlight of the morning. It got the juices flowing."'

Marker The billboard [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Sometimes with rookie quarterbacks, if they're not absolutely positive where they should go with the ball, they should just take it and run. With him, that's OK." Bills coach Mike Mularkey on fleet QB J.P. Losman.'

Marker Team strives for strong offensive line in camp [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I think we have some talent, said McNally, who as one of the most respected line coaches in the league knows what he's talking about. I don't know how much depth we have, but we have some guys with experience.'

Marker McKenzie set for big show [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'At this point, I want to show them that I still can play the game, said McKenzie, a nine-year NFL veteran. Right now, I'm not worried about the season. I'm worried about this preseason, about making the team. I want to show that I'm able to run, do good things and make plays.'

Marker Browns' Boyer injured [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'General manager Tom Donahoe and Jim Overdorf, the Bills vice president of business administration, had only around $4 million in rookie pool money to get their six picks signed. They had to get creative with the distribution of bonus money to first-rounders Lee Evans and J.P. Losman, getting them to accept deals that pay out the money over two years. We ended up with a about $1,000 in our rookie pool, Donahoe said, sounding dead serious.'

Marker Browns In Town [5:24 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'The teams love seeing an opponent. Said Buffalo receiver Josh Reed, "The offense is running smoothly. The younger guys are getting everything down pat. They're getting everything under their wings and everything seems like it's rolling right now."'

Marker Postcards from Camp [12:05 AM]
CNN/SI reports: The Bills are doing an interesting thing in an effort to get Bledsoe to get rid of the ball quicker and avoid sacks this season. Starting this offseason, Buffalo has been using a four-second clock on pass plays in practice, with an alarm clock buzzer going off when time is up.

August 6, 2004

Marker Straight shooter [9:55 PM]
CNN/SI reports: '"I think we have enough guys to win with," Mularkey said. "I know I have an advantage of talent level here compared to some other new coaches. But still, it's basically the same team that went 6-10, so you've got to find a way to get them confident about themselves. That's what you do constantly from the very first time you step in front of them to present the staff and your plan. They've got to know that they are a good football team."'

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