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Buffalo Bills News - August 4, 2004

Marker Lee Evans wants to make immediate progress as rookie [12:57 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“The tempo of the game is much quicker up here. When I was at Wisconsin, there wasn’t people around practices, so it was exciting to start camp.” Mularkey agreed. “Lee is going to be a special receiver,” he said. “It’s a different game at this level, and there are still little things I recognize out there, like coming back for the ball. Lee had a good start, but he has some little things to work on.”'

Marker Tackle Mike Williams Returns To Work Out [12:53 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The #4 overall draft pick will now work on regaining his First String Right Tackle Position currently occupied by Marcus Price. Williams was demoted to second string after coming to Training Camp unprepared and reportedly overweight.'

Marker Additional Night Practice Tickets Available [12:50 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Additional tickets for the first of the team's two Wednesday evening practices during the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp will be available to the public at the three Rochester Dick's Sporting Goods locations - Greece, Henrietta, and Victor - on Wednesday, August 4.'

Marker Williams returns to practice after being fined by Bills [12:49 PM]
AP reports: '''Everything is behind me and I'm very comfortable,'' Williams said. ''The family is fine and everything is great right now.'''

Marker Mike Williams' problems start to multiply [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've got to work with the players who are here and that should be our focus," said Donahoe, who stopped short of saying the team would take more severe measures if Williams continues to be a camp no-show. "Mike Mularkey needs to concentrate on the guys who are here, and we'll see what happens as camp goes on."'

Marker Coach Mike stands up to Big Mike [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If we learned anything from the first few days at St. John Fisher College, it's that new coach Mike Mularkey is done messing around. He spat in the face of his first mini-crisis and didn't think twice. Mularkey clearly doesn't have the time or energy to pamper a former first-round pick who is unwilling to help himself, which means he'll get along just fine with the local townspeople. Bills' fans will adore this guy if he stays true to his convictions. Mularkey reminds me of the kid in high school who was quiet, unassuming and would never start a fight but would rip your head off if you challenged him. Guys like him are dangerous, certainly, but always respected.'

Marker The billboard [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Recently signed LB Jason Gildon is wearing the number 92 jersey he wore for 10 seasons in Pittsburgh. The jersey number previously belonged to DE Ryan Denney, who may be compensated for his generosity. "We're still in negotiations," said Gildon."'

Marker Meet the new Bills leader, Mike Mularkey [7:36 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"He played a long time in the league so I have a lot of respect for him," said Moulds. "Any player that's played in this league, you have to have a lot of respect for them because they have knowledge. With that being said, he knows when players are dogging it. He knows when guys are hustling and making plays for him."'

Marker Day 1 features the rookies [7:36 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"Lee's going to be a special receiver," said Mularkey. "This is a different game at this level. There's still things I recognize out there: coming back for the ball. He has to realize defensive backs at this level, with their speed, they can close on the ball. Little things like that. I think he'll eventually get and I hope soon, but Lee got a good start."'

Marker Price could be right [7:35 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“By the time we have three and a half weeks under our belt, we’re going to be right where we want to be,” he said. “My job has always been since I’ve been here is when it’s time for me to go out and play and one of the guys can’t go, that’s what I do.”'

Marker Williams cloud darkens Bills' plans [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'By going to the fine card, Mularkey has made it clear that whatever personal issue is still weighing Williams down Mularkey no longer deems it a legitimate reason to be excused from work. He put the football in his court. Made him accountable to his teammates.'

Marker Absence of OT Williams becoming an issue for Bills [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mularkey, who made the decision to fine Williams, is adamant in his belief that his demotion of Williams to the second team has nothing to do with the former Texas standout going AWOL. “I really don't think that had anything to do with it,” he said. “I'm not going to get into what the issues are. He's being fined every day he's not here and it's his decision when he makes it in here or not. I hope it's tomorrow.”'

Marker Bills glad Ricky Williams said goodbye [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“‘Good luck, Rick. Don't come back. Don't change your mind. I don't care what they say about you, we love you and congratulations,” ' said Adams, his tongue firmly in cheek.'

Marker Williams Missing From Practice [5:17 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"I'm definitely worried about it,” Jonas Jennings said. “Anytime you have a teammate that's a no show and is supposed to be an unexcused absence you got to worry about him. You never know what's going on, especially when I don't know what's the problem."'

Marker Villarrial Becoming Familiar with Bills [5:16 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I picked up the playbook fairly quickly," Villarrial said. "I feel very comfortable already. We're going to be a physical team this year under (offensive line) Coach McNally and we've got something to prove."'

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [5:15 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On whether Williams will be present for practice tomorrow:
I don't know. We all wish he is, but we don't know.'

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August 3, 2004

Marker Transcript: President/GM Tom Donahoe [8:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On whether he has lost motivation to play: You'd have to talk to Mike. We've got to work with the players here and that should be our focus. That's really why I wanted to address this. Mike Mularkey needs to concentrate on the guys that are here. We'll see what happens as camp goes on.'

Marker Tackle Williams Fined For Missing Practice [8:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We're just going to go day-to-day with this and see what happens," said Donahoe. "He will be fined today and if he's not here tomorrow he'll be fined tomorrow. He's under contract with the Buffalo Bills and he should be here with his teammates."'

Marker Williams fined for missing Bills practice [5:10 PM]
AP reports: '``He'll be fined each day he's not here. He's under contract with the Buffalo Bills and he should be here with his teammates,'' Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills' Posey aims to solidify his role [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I treat camp like I do every year. I'm always in competition no matter who it is because the player behind you is always striving to get where you're at," Posey said. "At every position out here, everybody is competing for a job."'

Marker Mike Williams misses practice [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whatever is the issue with Williams, this is not what they bargained for when they made him the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft.'

Marker Don't give up on Bledsoe quite yet [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Look closer, and Bledsoe's confidence has returned with his optimism in tow. We'll see what happens when the season starts, but he appeared rejuvenated Monday with the new atmosphere. You put Bledsoe in the right situation, and my money's still on him.'

Marker The billboard [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm I worried about Mike Williams? Well, Mike obviously has a challenge. He's been through a lot this offseason and he needs to come back and prove he's ready to go for us. But he's a guy that we expect to contribute, and if he can contribute at the level that we expect, he's going to be a great player for us." - Drew Bledsoe on Williams working with the second team.'

Marker Transcript: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe [8:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On him gaining his enthusiasm back after last season:
I came out of a season like that angry. I had extremely high expectations for the season and myself, and to have a season go like last years did, I was highly motivated to get back. I was so angry by the way things turned out, that I just couldn't wait to get back and prove people wrong and start having fun playing ball again.'

Marker Bledsoe's nightmare over [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I found myself lying in bed at night a month after the season thinking about what went wrong and what happened. When I'd get up in the morning and work out, that was the motivation I had. It was a very hard one to shake, so I'm glad we're back out here practicing and playing ball again, because I really feel strongly that we're going to be able to put last year behind us and have a much more successful season.”'

Marker Bills say Williams should be back to practice today [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was learned Monday that Williams skipped Mularkey's voluntary June workouts — during which final installation of the team's new offense occurred — because he was distraught over the death of a close family member.'

Marker Football, baseball worlds optimistic [5:22 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'It says a lot about Donahoe's confidence in Bledsoe, and in new offensive line coach Jim McNally, that he didn't bother picking up an insurance policy at quarterback. Plenty of low-cost, high-experience passers have been available for months, but Buffalo enters camp with only the rookie Losman and career third-stringer Travis Brown behind Bledsoe. Translation: If anything happens to Drew, see you in '05.'

Marker Bills' McGahee On the Run Again [5:21 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"I whoop up on him," McGahee said. "He's scared of me. That's one thing I think he's intimidated of me in -- PlayStation."'

August 2, 2004

Marker Double Session for Bills [10:26 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'First round draft pick Lee Evans has already made a big impression. He even got some time to work with the first time offense. "Something I have always taken pride in was catching the ball for one, and catching it with my hands for two. I do different things to strengthen my forearms and try to keep my hands strong," Evan said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp boosts Fisher’s enrollment [9:32 PM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'Enrollment has grown 20-percent since the Bills began training at the college five years ago. “Enrollment has been growing over the last five years. Fisher, since 1996, has been in a growth period for undergraduate, full-time enrollment primarily, and this fall, we'll get up to about 2300 students."

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