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Buffalo Bills News - August 9, 2004

Marker NFL trying to stop touch football [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm sure they're going to emphasize it more in the preseason, probably really go hard and make an extra effort to make a point," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "I handed out a memo (to the players) that I got from the NFL to prove again that they're serious."'

Marker Experts expect good finish for Bills [5:26 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sports Illustrated's Peter King,'s Vic Carucci and Clark Judge of CBS.Sportsline. com agree that a second-place finish in the AFC East Division is well within reach.'

Marker NFL tightens rule on contact [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It's a horrible rule for them to put in place for the defense, said Bills' backup safety Pierson Prioleau. It's almost putting handcuffs on the defense. It makes it almost impossible to get up on a guy. How close can you get without touching him?'

Marker St. John Fisher gets a buzz out of Bills [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have made other contributions to the campus, Bosworth said. The first year of camp, the team brought industrial washers and dryers and other things that have stayed at Fisher and are used during the school year, she said. The NFL camp also has an educational side for Fisher, as Bills front-office personnel have served as guest lecturers in its sports studies program and at the college's annual sportsmanship conference, said Gerry Rooney, vice president for enrollment management and external relations.'

Marker Inside slant [4:25 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Add it all up and at the moment, Buffalo has a $38 million backup on its hands. After returning to work, Williams vowed not to let his teammates and coaches down again. It's a start. "I've missed a lot and I've got to catch up, conditioning wise and terminology wise," Williams said. "But the important thing was getting back on the field. The only way to learn it all is to get back on the field. It's a relief to be back out here. I know these guys are counting on me and I know what I can give them. I'm going to show them what I'm going to be like from now on."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:24 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The coaches would like to develop a viable backup center behind Trey Teague, but Tucker is still hopeful he can get enough repetitions to win the starting LG job vacated by the departed Brown (Chicago Bears). Sullivan continues to swing between tackle and guard and doesn't appear a serious threat to Puccillo at left guard.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:23 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'QB Drew Bledsoe arrived at camp sporting a brush cut. It was worse. He actually shaved his head over the summer at his mountain lake retreat in Montana. "I've wanted for years to shave my head in the summer," Bledsoe said. "I figured, 'I'm at the lake, nobody's around, why not?' The only problem is that some of it has grown back gray."'

Marker Young Bills Show Positive Signs vs. Browns [4:22 AM] reports: '"We got to see some of the younger guys and what they were going to do in their first live competition," said Mike Mularkey. "It's hard to give them a grade right now, immediately, but I'm assuming it should be good watching it on tape for some of the young guys."'

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August 8, 2004

Marker Bledsoe puts Bills offense on same page [7:11 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Bills coach Mike Mularkey had no problems with Bledsoe letting the offense know where he stood. I was extremely pleased by what he did on the sidelines, Mularkey said. Dont wait until Monday to tell them. He recognized there was an issue and he addressed it.'

Marker AFC East preview [9:21 AM] reports: 'Mularkey's primary task is to restore balance to the attack, to reduce the sacks and turnovers and in that way help Bledsoe and the warrior defense (coord. Jerry Gray has been retained). If he can do it, the Bills can play with any team in the AFC East (except New England).'

Marker A day for the foot soldiers [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"As the day went on, from my perspective, it looked like he got more comfortable, as he took another hit and took another hit," said backup quarterback Travis Brown. "He started to run a little harder. On the goal line he was putting his head down and getting in there. On a couple plays we were really close to seeing something unbelieveable. He was really close."'

Marker Suggs shrugs off defenders [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The O-line was opening up holes and giving me creases, and all I had to do was hit it," Suggs said.'

Marker McGahee offers solid proof he's recovered and potent [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Good for him, and very good for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Donahoe takes a sack with Williams pick [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He's just another "U" for unsatisfactory on Donahoe's report card.'

Marker Bledsoe not satisfied with offense [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think two things were apparent," Bledsoe said. "No. 1, we came out and ran the ball extremely well the first couple of plays. We showed what we're capable of against a good defense. We also showed if we can't build a little bit more mental toughness to fight through the adversity of one mistake and not allow that to snowball into two and three mistakes, then we're not going to be successful."

Marker The billboard [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You could really see Lee's speed," Brown said. "He was so wide-open that I didn't want to overthrow him. He probably would have scored if I hit him in stride. But I wanted to complete the ball. We had one yesterday that just went off his fingertips. That was in the back of my mind."'

Marker McGahee impressive after long recovery [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Two things were very apparent, Bledsoe said. We came out and ran the ball extremely well the first couple of plays. We showed what we are capable of against a good defense running the ball the way we did. We also showed that if we can't build a little more mental toughness to fight through the adversity of one mistake and not allow that to snowball into two or three mistakes, we're not going to be successful.'

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'"

August 7, 2004

Marker Transcript: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe [10:03 PM] 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] 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] 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.'

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