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Buffalo Bills News - August 27, 2003

Marker Previewing the Bills [2:05 PM]
DetroitLions.com reports: 'Bledsoe will see limited action Thursday against the Lions along with back-up quarterback Alex Van Pelt. Rookie quarterback Jason Johnson should see a lot of snaps against Detroit. Johnson re-signed with the Bills after being cut at the end of training camp. Third-string quarterback Travis Brown disclocated his middle finger, which made room for Johson.'

Marker What to watch for in the Buffalo battle [2:04 PM]
DetroitLions.com reports: '"We’re going to play James Stewart a little bit and then the other guys are going to have a chance to show what they can do again," Mariucci said Tuesday.'

Marker Bledsoe shrugs off QB injuries [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"With Alex, we wouldn't miss a beat," veteran guard Ruben Brown said. "We have some inexperience on the offensive line and if someone went down there we might have some problems, but not at quarterback. With Alex, I think we have the best backup in the NFL."'

Marker Bills place McGahee on non-football injury list [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The move does not affect McGahee’s contract because it includes a clause that ensures he will get his full base salary of $411,000. Ordinarily, teams are not obligated to pay players’ base salary if they are placed on any of the reserve lists.'

Marker Leaving a lasting impression [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ In a lot of ways, he’s a steal,” said offensive line coach Pat Ruel. “ Ben came into Iowa and started at left tackle as a true freshman, which freshmen don’t do.”'

Marker Buffalo cut Ray Thomas looks like a genuine catch [5:20 AM]
Hamilton Spectator reports: 'On Monday morning, Hamilton's Ray Thomas was cut by the Buffalo Bills. By all accounts he'd done well at training camp. He'd simply become caught in a numbers game. The team was happy with his work. He was pleased with his own performance. There just wasn't room on the roster for a third tight end. So he was called into coach Gregg Williams' office and told he wasn't needed. Not yet anyway.'

Marker The Bills Release Three To Get Down To 65 Players [5:15 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rone made the team after a sparkling preseason last year, but was never active for a game. With the emergence of Clarence Coleman, Rodney Wright and Antonio Brown, Rone never really had a chance this preseason.'

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August 26, 2003

Marker Bills agree to terms with McGahee [6:27 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Thus far, McGahee has been limited to individual stationary drills on the sideline during practices.'

Marker Bills Trim Roster [4:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills announced that the team has released the following players...De'Mond Parker...Andre Rone...Brandon Spoon...'

Marker Bills place McGahee on reserve non-football injury list [4:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Under NFL rules, McGahee could begin practicing between the end of week 6 and the end of week 9 of the season. The Bills would then have a three-week window to determine whether to activate McGahee or sit him out for the rest of the season.'

Marker AFC East primer [2:43 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Winning one against the Pats will give this team much confidence, and the Bills will continue their rise from 3-13 two years ago to. . . .11-5, No. 3 seed in the AFC.'

Marker No surprise in Jett being cut by Bills [2:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Few people are going to spend between $30 and $48 per ticket to take their kids to a pre-season game. But at $8 it was not only affordable, but also an excellent entertainment option for kids who had plenty more to do than merely watch the game. Any number of youth who normally would never get to see the Bills in person got to experience live pro football. And when some of them get older, they might just become season ticket holders. The whole idea is a no-brainer.'

Marker Williams defends lengthy preseason [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've got a lot of guys with some depth at positions that we haven't had for a couple of years here and coming down to the fourth game, we don't know enough about," Williams said. "There was a time when people thought you could do it in two games but it would be awful hard."'

Marker Bulletin Board [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills NFL Alumni Foundation Inc. has a full schedule of events for Sept. 6-8, including its 16th annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at Brierwood Country Club to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County.'

Marker Versatile Turner in mix for spot [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I see myself fitting in in a bunch of different places on defense and on special teams,” he said.'

August 25, 2003

Marker Buffalo releases WR James Jett [9:43 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Jett, who was let go by the Oakland Raiders last February, didn't catch a pass in three pre-season games for the Bills, who signed him in early June.'

Marker QB Brown Out Indefinitely; Bills Re-Sign Johnson [5:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills re-signed rookie quarterback Jason Johnson, who the team had released on the final day of training camp at St. John Fisher College. "I don't know if he had found out already that Travis (Brown) had gotten hurt but he was back in a flash and was right back in the meetings and was ready to go," said Williams. "He understands the terminology and he'll be ready to play this week."'

Marker Bills 3rd-string QB Brown out indefinitely [3:12 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said Brown will have a pin inserted to hold the finger on his right hand in place. Williams added that it will take further evaluation to determine when Brown will be able to return.'

Marker Bills release five, re-sign QB Johnson [1:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Jett was released by Oakland last February, and signed with the Bills in June in an attempt to continue his career after spending his previous 10 seasons with the Raiders. The Bills also released third-year safety Tony Driver, second-year cornerback Ahmad Brooks, offensive guard Richard Seals and tight end Ray Thomas.'

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [12:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In other moves, the team placed tackle Gary Byrd on Injured Reserve (knee) and has re-signed rookie quarterback Jason Johnson.'

Marker Nine Bills Face Roster Cutdown [9:36 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The deadline is Tuesday at 4pm, but its likely that Gregg Williams will make the moves by Monday.'

Marker Donahoe denies Gary trade rumor [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, it doesn't appear the Bills would consider trading Gary unless they could get a midround draft choice in exchange. A Gary trade also would be risky given the possibility that Henry could get hurt.'

Marker Reese makes Bills three deep at safety [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think it's more of a rotational thing," Reese said. "They want to make sure we're all ready to go before the season kicks off. If someone goes down, we all need to be ready and we all need to have some experience playing with the first group. It shouldn't matter what situation it is or who they call on, the coaches have to have confidence in all of us to be able to go in and get the job done."'

Marker Bills due to win division [9:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'That's why they are the team to beat in the AFC East, provided the change in offensive styles doesn't have that great an impact on a unit that scored points last season.'

Marker Stamer making plays at right time [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ That’s a difference-maker play and he’s been playing very well, not only in that situation there, but he’s been doing a good job in special teams,” coach Gregg Williams said of Stamer.'

Marker Starting job at wideout may be Shaw's [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ He’s a very smart receiver in the slot,” Bledsoe said of Shaw, who played for Bills offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride in Jacksonville. “ He does a great job with his moves at the top of his routes and gets himself separation. He has a lot of experience in this offense, so he really understands where we need him to be.”'

Marker More Than Exhibition For Fletcher [5:16 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It was a little weird, Fletcher said following Buffalo's 28-24 victory. "I finally got an opportunity to hit those guys for real, a lot of those offensive stars they have. I missed my only opportunity to get (quarterback) Kurt (Warner) real good, but other than that I got some good hits on the other guys."'

August 24, 2003

Marker Offense Impressive In Comeback Over Rams [8:15 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bledsoe was not sacked at all, in comparison to last week where he took a beating, the team as a whole yielded no sacks in the entire game. He finished 22-of-29 for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns, with one interception.'

Marker Bills starters get needed confidence boost with win over Rams [5:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills remain relatively healthy. Left tackle Jonas Jennings sustained a concussion in the second quarter, and running back Travis Henry twisted his left foot. Both are expected to be ready to open the regular season.'

Marker Bills come back on Rams [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe completed 22 of 29 passes for 231 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He wasn't sacked once. Receiver Eric Moulds was brilliant, catching nine passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Josh Reed, who had not caught a pass the first two exhibitions, caught three balls for 44 yards.'

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