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Buffalo Bills News - August 2, 2004

Marker Daring to hope [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“There's only two seasons for me, football season and non-football season, and during the off-season I can't wait for the season to start."

Marker Fitting the Bill [5:18 AM]
Hutchinson News reports: '"I always felt that in every drill in every practice I had to win," said Tasker, now a 42-year-old East Aurora, N.Y., resident. "I think what kept me on a lot of football teams was my ability to exceed the expectations people had for me."'

Marker Inside slant [4:29 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"I know it hasn't been like this in years past, but I'd rather start at this level, and if we need to cut back, fine," said the former Vikings and Steelers tight end. "You can't start (low) and then say, 'We don't have enough practices, we're not hitting hard enough.' None of the two-a-days are back to back. ... It's not as grueling as it sounds."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:28 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'McGahee has had no setbacks in his recovery from major knee surgery and even shed his brace during off-season drills. He will be monitored closely, of course, once the hitting begins. Asked if McGahee was 80, 90 or 100 percent back, Mularkey said: "That question to me has got to be answered when we get the pads on and the speed gets picked up a bit. He's got to take a few bangs and see how he holds up after a while, but to me personally, I don't think there's going to be a difference once we get rolling."'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:27 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rusty Jones, the Bills director of physical development, divides the team into three groups when devising conditioning and weight-lifting programs: offensive and defensive linemen; linebackers, tight ends and running backs; wide receivers, quarterbacks, defensive backs, kickers and punters. "This team is in great shape," Jones told the Bills' website. "With the improvements in technology and training programs in the past few years, this team has really taken advantage of that."'

Marker Bills Team Report [4:26 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'OLB Jason Gildon gives the team a chance to work the 3-4 into its defense. Gildon spent 10 years in the Steelers' 3-4 defense and is a better fit in that scheme. Coordinator Jerry Gray will keep the 4-3 as the base alignment but might put LBs Takeo Spikes, London Fletcher, Jeff Posey and Gildon on the field together.'

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August 1, 2004

Marker WR Evans takes part as Bills open training camp [9:21 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills were somewhat handcuffed in negotiations in that they were only allotted $4 million this season to sign six draft picks, including quarterback J.P. Losman, selected 22nd overall. Losman signed his contract a five-year deal that includes a $5.6 million bonus just hours before Evans. Evans' contract includes a clause giving him the option to void the final year.'

Marker OT Williams opens Bills camp with second stringers [9:21 PM]
AP reports: 'Asked when Williams will be back with the starters, Mularkey said: ''Eventually, obviously, the sooner the better for all of us, I think.'''

Marker Bills release cornerback Carter [9:20 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills gave no explanation for the release. They signed Carter in January and he spent the spring playing in NFL Europe.'

Marker Bills Open Camp [8:05 PM] reports: 'Mularkey announced on Sunday that former first round draft pick Mike Williams was replaced at right tackle by Marcus Price. Mularkey said, "That was my decision alone. It's not a punishment of any kind. I think he understands that and I think Marcus Price understands that. I'm very up front with these guys, I think they need that." Williams was the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft.'

Marker Bills Back at St. John Fisher [8:05 PM] reports: '"We have a great interactive area for the kids, youngsters get to test their skills, see all about football, and, of course, you get a couple of autographs with the guys coming over to the fence and signing," said Scott Berchtold of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [7:51 PM] reports: 'On Willis McGahee's knee: We'll find out the more the pads go on and takes some licks. I'm not sure you can even totally evaluate that until you get into a game type situation. In his running, I see no ill-effects of his injury whatsoever in what we're doing.'

Marker Bills Release Carter [3:43 PM] reports: 'The Bills announced today that the team has released CB Kahlil Carter.'

Marker Tickets Availability for Second Night Practice [3:42 PM] reports: 'The August 11th night practice will run from 6:45 - 8:45 PM and will once again feature an autograph session involving the entire team following practice. Tickets for the night practice are free and are limited to six per person.'

Marker Lou Holtz Predicts More Success for Clements [3:41 PM] reports: '"Tom was a lawyer and he wanted to get into coaching," says former Notre Dame and current South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz. "I’ll tell you this, he’s very intelligent and has the ideal temperament to be a coordinator on the professional level. He’s very patient and very aware. I think he’ll do a wonderful job and I’m very happy he’s gotten this opportunity."'

Marker All aboard [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I can't even describe it," Losman said. "I'm really happy to be here on time. I didn't really like the idea of holding out or anything like that. Everything went real smooth. My agent said it was going to get taken care of, he was a man of his word and it happened. It's exciting. I have kind of been waiting for it for a long, long time, and now that it's actually happening it's all surreal."'

Marker Some of the color fades from camp [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The year Todd Collins inherited the starting quarterback job from Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, Channel 7's John Murphy was asking Steve Tasker a series of "does he need to . . . " questions about Collins. Tasker interrupted him. "What he needs to do is pay attention," was his answer.'

Marker Bills kick off at full throttle [8:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“You're trying to see who is dependable, who is accountable, who is a physically and mentally tough player in the good part of it, and then when it gets hard and they face some adversity, you want to see who can outlast it,” Mularkey said on Saturday as his players checked into their dorm rooms.'

Marker Top picks on board: Losman, Evans agree to terms with Bills [8:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Every second we're together is critical, especially young players like that. It's definitely a good start.”'

Marker Bills soak up fans' pep [8:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“All I can say is wow,” said new head coach Mike Mularkey, as he addressed the faithful. “If there's a better fan base anywhere in America, I'd like to see it.”'

Marker Bills Sign Both First-Rounders [8:53 AM] reports: 'The entire Bills roster will conduct one practice session on Sunday beginning at 2:45 pm. The first day of camp from St. John Fisher College is opened to the public.'

Marker Pep Rally, Parade Welcome Bills [8:52 AM] reports: '"It's a great thing to have in your community. It's great for community pride. It's just a tremendous family activity to go over to camp just to have the chance to see NFL and pro athletes is something most communities and most people don't have a chance to see. So, it's great for us for that, but it also puts us on the map," said Carpenter.'

July 31, 2004

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [8:11 PM] reports: 'You are trying to evaluate players down here. You're also trying to evaluate your team and see who is dependable, accountable and who the physically and mentally tough players are. When it gets hard and they face a little adversity you want to see who can out last it. You also want to find out some things about each phase of the team. You want to see defensively if we are going to be complacent or get better, trying to create more turnovers more than ever. Offensively you want to see if we are going to be a smart offense and a ball control offense. On special teams you want to see if we are going to be consistent. All of those things are going to be evaluated, it's not just what's on film. We are going to hit a little bit more than I think they've hit in the past. Right or wrong I think that is the best way to get a feel for all of those evaluations, which is to start a little more physical and you can then cut back.'

Marker Transcript: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe [8:11 PM] reports: 'I'm fired up to get going. Anytime you have a tough year you want to put that behind you as quick as you can. For the most part I feel like I've done that, I'm not really too concerned about last year at all. I'm going forward from here and I'm going to be optimistic about the year. That's what's got me fired up, it's not necessarily last year, but just the fact that I feel we have a chance to be very good this year.'

Marker Transcript: Quarterback J.P. Losman [8:10 PM] reports: 'On what his demands were to his agent: I've known him since I was in about 10th grade of high school, so we have a really good relationship. When he says something's going to happen, I believe him.'

Marker Moulds Back and Healthy for 2004 [8:09 PM] reports: '"Luckily I didn't have to have surgery," Moulds said. "It was tough to let it (the groin) heal on its own. It's one of the injuries you just need to have rest for it to recover. But it healed nicely and I'm happy with the results."'

Marker Pittsford Youth Day at the Buffalo Bills VIP Training Camp [5:12 PM] reports: 'This select day of training camp is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25 on the St. John Fisher College campus. Youth Day will consist of a variety of exciting football-related activities tailored for youngsters with special needs.'

Marker The Buffalo Bills return to Pittsford training camp [5:12 PM] reports: '"I recently had the pleasure to meet with Coach Mularkey who expressed his excitement about returning to Pittsford. Our annual Rally is a great kickoff for a successful training camp and gives the players, the coaches, and the fans an opportunity to share the buzz about the start of a new season," said Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter.'

Marker 2004 Buffalo Bills Pep Rally [5:11 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills Pep Rally is set for Saturday, July 31 at 5:30PM.'

Marker The Bills Agree To Terms With Evans [4:44 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Evans is expected to challenge for a starting spot with Josh Reed. He adds the speed dimension this team didn't have last season after Eric Moulds got hurt.'

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