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Buffalo Bills News - July 30, 2003

Marker Tuesday's Bills Training Camp Report [5:10 AM]
Bills Report reports: 'Things went fairly smooth in Rochester today as the team only held an afternoon practice open to the public. The most notable play of the day was cornerback Marcus Floyd’s bone-crushing hit on speedy wideout James Jett. Both of these players are fighting for a spot on the team at their respective positions and the hit was mostly a result of both trying thier hardest to make a play.'

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July 29, 2003

Marker Pictures of Tuesday Afternoon Practice [10:39 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: Some very nice shots taken by a Stadium Wall veteran.

Marker New Bill In Town [8:36 PM]
RNews.com reports: '"We had a lot of options on the table, took visits to a couple different teams," Battle said following his first practice with the Bills. "Just on paper and the free agent acquisitions, Buffalo seemed like a very good fit for me."'

Marker Bills Add Ainsley Battles [4:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Battles will wear jersey #30 and is expected at this afternoon’s practice.'

Marker Bills sign S Battles [4:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Battles is a three-year veteran who spent the last two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Pittsburgh in 2000.'

Marker Reed not passing up chance to replace Price [3:21 PM]
AP reports: '''It's like a dream come true,'' Reed said, following a recent training camp practice. ''Having a guy like that (Moulds) root you on, and having your coaches having the belief in you that you can do it, and getting a year under my belt, it's just a lot of confidence.'''

Marker Bills Camp, Fun for All Ages [11:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Interactive is the perfect word to describe Bills training camp. After the fans walk through the camp pro shop they come to the interactive area adjacent to the practice field. There are games and obstacles from field goal kicks, and catching passes, to quarterback throws to entertain the kids.

Marker Bills hope Campbell is good fit [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He can be as good as he wants to be in our system," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "We're going to give our tight end a lot of flexibility on running vertical routes, but we want to be able to knock defensive ends off the ball in the running game."'

Marker Agent sees progress from McGahee [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Drew is an excellent negotiator, but he didn't go to medical school," Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said after practice Monday. "We will go with what our doctors say. Our No. 1 priority in this whole situation is Willis' health and his future."'

Marker Feeding the frenzy [5:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: Just two years removed from the misery of a 3-13 season, Bills fans are excited about their team. They figure there will be a better balance between the run and pass on offense, and the defense was greatly bolstered with the off-season acquisitions of linebacker Takeo Spikes and defensive tackle Sam Adams. Dan Metzger, Chris Schultz and Pat Smyton — all students at Rochester Institute of Technology who are from Tonawanda — wedged their way into an open space along the fence so they could watch last night’s practice.

Marker Marcus Jones is game for anything [5:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills had just 31 sacks and a National Football League-low 19 turnovers last season. If they are going to become a playoff team this fall, they will need to turn up the heat on the quarterback, and that’s where Jones could factor in. He will turn 30 on Aug. 15, and if he can regain his health, he’ll be penciled in at the left defensive end spot vacated by Chidi Ahanotu.'

Marker Bills ease camp but not expectations [5:36 AM]
USA Today reports: '"The motto of this camp," Williams says, "is because you gave us a commitment in the offseason, we'll practice with great tempo and great enthusiasm, but we've backed off on two-a-days and we've backed off on some of the contact."'

Marker Bills Work At Night [5:35 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Working after 6:00 PM with cooler temperatures and a large crowd is something some of these players have never experienced before. "It gets the blood flowing and gets you thining about Sunday's," said new linebacker Takeo Spikes.'

Marker Stand Up Coach [5:34 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The decision he made on his contract is the kind of big time decision that makes the difference between greatness and mediocrity. If it works, he will have taken a great risk and will receive a major personal and financial reward.'

July 28, 2003

Marker Veteran Eric Moulds Tutors Younger Josh Reed [9:50 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We have to prove that we can win with the run. Look at Tampa Bay, they had a potent passing attack. They have some guys who can run the football and their efficient when they pass the ball and that's the way we have to be. We're going to take our shots up the field make some plays in the passing game, but we want to run the football and get better and I think that if we run the ball well it creates play action passing and that's one of Drew's strengths."'

Marker McGahee ready to practice? Not yet, say Bills [9:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills president Tom Donahoe disagreed. Saying that Rosenhaus is attempting to improve his position in contract talks, Donahoe added that the agent should ``leave the medical opinions to the medical people.'''

Marker Bills LB Denman not sure whether he'll report to camp [4:29 PM]
AP reports: '''He's got some personal issues that he's trying to work through right now,'' Denman's agent, Joel Segal, said Monday. ''He's wading through the problems trying to figure out what he's going to do.'''

Marker Newlywed Williams focused on second season with Bills [4:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams is aware that expectations are only going to increase heading into his second season. ''That's the tough part. Now it's time to perform,'' he said. ''You don't have that, 'Hey, I'm out of college. I'm a rookie.' You can't go in there and be inconsistent. You've got to go in there and produce. ''You've got to be the player they want you to be.'''

Marker Banged-up Pats add Centers, Stai to mix [12:16 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Centers, 35, is a player who should fit in well with the New England offense and he has already spoken with coordinator Charlie Weis about his role. The 13-year veteran was released by the Buffalo Bills early in the offseason and will be joining his fifth franchise.'

Marker Book those flights to Houston now [12:14 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will not only reach the playoffs, but finish their season on Feb. 1, playing in Super Bowl XVIII.'

Marker Bills Conduct Double-Session Workout [9:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo's only other double-session workout scheduled this summer will take place at the Cleveland Browns training facility on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College on Friday, August 1.'

Marker Lions sign DT Shawn Price and TE Tywan Mitchell [9:26 AM]
DetroitLions.com reports: The 11th-year defensive tackle spent six seasons with the Buffalo Bills where he became a full-time starter in 2001. As a rookie in 1993, Price came off the practice squad to start six games late in the season and tallied 25 tackles and three sacks. The Carolina Panthers selected him in the 1995 expansion draft and after one season in Carolina, he signed as a free agent in 1996 with Buffalo.

Marker Bledsoe aims to increase his efficiency [7:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' offense averaged 30.1 points per game the first half of last season and 17.2 the second half.'

Marker Time for O-line to show it's ready to dominate [7:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're thinking "all the way,' too," said Jennings. "We're excited. This is our first time with the same line two years in a row, under the same system. It's something you gotta love. We know exactly what to do. If the team goes as we go, we have to take it to the next level. We want to be the combination that opens the lock."'

Marker Players hear Wilson praise their coach [7:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I told them Tom Donahoe has brought in a lot of good players, but I want to say something about Gregg Williams," Wilson said. "Two years ago, we were really down on our talent and had a tough year. Last year, we were a little better but still weren't quite there yet. But never once has Gregg complained to me or anybody else in this organization. Never once has he made excuses. And I admire him for that."'

Marker Bills team excites Mr. Wilson [4:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I said, ‘ Gregg didn’t have any material his first year,’ ” Wilson said. “ The second year, we had some better players. But never in these two years did I hear Gregg complain. He never said, ‘ Oh well, we don’t have this, we don’t have that.’ He took what we had and I admired him for that."'

Marker Reed feels peerless, not pressured [4:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I told Josh that it took Peerless four seasons for everything to crystallize for him,” Gilbride said. “ Part of Peerless’ success last year (94 receptions, 1,252 yards and nine TDs), was due to a system and a quarterback that took advantage of his unique skills. But part of it also was him growing into the position and developing an understanding of what it took to be successful at that position in this league. That took four years for that evolution to occur."'

Marker Coach has surgery, will miss a month [4:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ The surgery went very well,” Williams said. “ Every indication right now immediately after the surgery was that it was very successful and it was contained. Now we hope he has a speedy recovery and that when Fred gets back, hopefully we won’t have missed a beat.”'

Marker Bills reach out to young fans [4:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ It doesn’t take a lot to bring a smile to someone,’’ said Teague, the Bills’ center. “ You’re making someone feel good, and there’s nothing wrong with that. This is the best part of training camp.’’'

Marker NFL says Jumbogate must end [4:18 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'A long-standing National Football League policy has sacked a successful fund-raising venture at Ralph Wilson Stadium that benefits the non-profit Heritage Centers.'

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