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Buffalo Bills News - August 12, 2003

Marker Van Pelt still the Bills backup quarterback [4:03 PM]
AP reports: '''What's been said all along is that Alex is the backup. Alex has played exceptionally well. He's done everything we've asked him to do,'' Gilbride said. ''With Alex nearing the end of his career, what we need to know is: 'Can Travis be that guy?' We think he can.'''

Marker Jones' comeback still a work in process [2:41 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Still, it’s the mechanics of relearning how to do everything all over again.” Jones admitted, “I’m nowhere near where I want to be — I know that and my leg knows that — but I’m getting there. I just wish I would wake up one day and not feel any (pain). That’s one of the most difficult things you can do as an athlete ... you have to deal with knowing your capabilities and not being able to realize your full potential because of injury or recovering from an injury.”'

Marker Second Bills Preseason Game To Air On ESPN [2:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The two franchises have a long and storied history. Both were charter members of the AFL and are still under the leadership of the owners that brought them into existence in 1960 - Ralph Wilson of the Bills and Bud Adams of the Titans.'

Marker Back to Work For Bills [1:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We had a good practice overall today," the third-year coach said. "I was very happy with how we ran around here tonight and executed."'

Marker The Month Of August In Bills History [1:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'August, 18, 1986- Jim Kelly signs first contract with Bills.'

Marker Ch. 2 gives Kaplan a warning [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'By the way, the Bills game had about a 16 rating Saturday night, making it by far the highest-rated program of the week in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills' Morris strives to excel as role player [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Being a third-down back is similar to special teams as far as the stats may not be completely visible," Morris said. "But if it's third and 6 and I'm able to get a draw or catch a pass or make a block to give Drew (Bledsoe) a couple of seconds to complete a pass to get the first, that's something that helps our team."'

Marker McGahee packs bags with deal imminent [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I’ve got Willis on standby, because we’re really close,” Rosenhaus said. “ We’re making a lot of headway and we have a lot of momentum right now.”'

Marker Bills can't coach Brown's best asset — raw speed [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With 12 receivers on the roster and five of them vying for the open kick and punt return jobs, Brown’s TD was the equivalent of an eager student raising his hand in class and yelling: “ Pick me! Pick me!”'

Marker Benched, but not forgotten [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The addition of Adams will certainly mean less playing time for Edwards and Bannan. Rather than thinking about that, however, they are focusing on what his presence will mean for the defense as a whole. “ I’m extremely excited. I think the sky’s the limit with us,” Bannan said. “ As long as we keep coming out every day and progressing, there’s no telling how good we can get. It’s really a joy to be with a great group of guys like that.”'

Marker Weir unwinds at Bills workout [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ All my relatives grew up in Niagara Falls, so they’re big followers of the Bills,” said Weir, who was born in Sarnia, Ontario, near Port Huron, Mich. “ I do like the Bills, and I’ve never been to training camp before, so it’s kind of cool.”'

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August 11, 2003

Marker Weir has a close encounter with Spikes [9:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Later, Weir was joined by Bills' Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who was also in attendance. After practice, Weir stuck around to have a conversation with Bills president Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams.'

Marker Bills expect good season from Coleman and Brown [9:28 PM]
AP reports: '''I'm real comfortable,'' said Coleman, who signed with Buffalo in 2002 out of Division II Ferris State University.'

Marker McGahee packing his bags in anticipation of deal [9:27 PM]
AP reports: '''We have him on standby,'' Rosenhaus said. ''I've told Willis to pack his bags and be ready because if things continue to progress, he's going to be taking an airplane as soon as tomorrow.'''

Marker Battles leaves Bills training camp [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams didn't seem concerned about Battles' departure. ''We've got six safeties,'' he said, ''because Scott Turner has been doing both safety and cornerback.'''

Marker Roll Call [6:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Safety Ainsley Battles, who was not at practice on Monday, has left the team on his own accord according to Gregg Williams. In addition, LB Angelo Crowell, WR Charles Johnson, TE Dave Moore, TE Ryan Neufeld and C Mike Pucillo were held out of practice today. DE Aaron Schobel was not able to attend due to personal reasons.

Marker Have the Bills Improved Enough to Beat the Patriots on Opening Day? [5:20 PM]
ESN reports: While the Bills obviously helped themselves defensively during the off-season, New England did, too. The Patriots couldn’t stop the run last year nor hold important leads in the fourth quarter, but look far more efficient in its new three-man front.

Marker Battles Leaves the Bills [5:17 PM]
ESN reports: Safety Ainsley Battles was not at practice today and has left the team of his own accord. Other Bills not practicing today were Angelo Crowell, Charles Johnson, Dave Moore, Ryan Neufeld and Mike Pucillo. Aaron Schobel also missed practice due to personal reasons.

Marker Gregg Williams Postgame Comments [11:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It was nice to see Brown take the punt and make a big play. On our special teams, we've been lacking in that for awhile, especially after he didn't fair-catch the one before that. I wasn't very happy when he gave up the ground…and he redeemed himself. He did a very good job. He's an aggressive kid. That was fun to see. His speed is very exciting. The fact that he almost popped a pretty good one on a kickoff return. He saw the crack, and he's so fast he stumbled. That's good to see.'''

Marker Brown scrambles Bills' wideout picture [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Behind those five include: Brown, who played last year in the Canadian league; James Jett, a 10-year veteran of the Raiders' organization and an experienced deep threat; second-year man Andre Rone, who was on the roster but inactive all 16 games last year; Rodney Wright, a seventh-round pick last year; and Sam Aiken, a fourth-round pick this year out of North Carolina.'

Marker Brown takes bulk of snaps [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"But he's got good awareness. He understands the offense well. I would have liked to see him make some more plays outside the pocket. When he came out of the pocket a couple times he played conservatively and tried to take it down the field when he probably could have pulled it down and run with it."'

Marker Better depth, special teams make Bills a contender [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But in Saturday's win at Baltimore, you could see clear signs that the Buffalo Bills are developing the sort of depth required to be a contender in an age of NFL parity.'

Marker Bills show off new weapons [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Well, I felt like we were sloppy,” Bledsoe said. “ Thankfully, our defense stepped up, turned the ball over for us and gave us a chance to score on the short field.”'

Marker Clements' takeaway is a good omen [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo also is the only AFC East team with a minus turnover ratio over the past three seasons (67 takeaways and 87 giveaways). The New York Jets were plus-17 (97-80), Miami plus-5 (99-94) and New England plus-3 (87-84).'

Marker Get Wilson off the sidelines, into the Hall [5:23 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'One more year would make four consecutive summers that the Bills have been represented in Canton, Ohio, and the next one should be Ralph Wilson. Like he was 10 years ago in training camp, the owner has been watching from the sidelines. It's time to get him on the main stage.'

August 10, 2003

Marker Bills hang on for exciting victory [4:28 PM]
Annapolis Capital reports: 'The interception, which came deep in Baltimore territory, was actually a take-away by Buffalo's Nate Clements from Ravens' Marcus Robinson, who caught the ball over the middle for an apparent first down only to collide with the Bills' cornerback who wrestled it away.'

Marker Ravens can't convert in the end [4:10 PM]
Carroll County Times reports: 'In terms of actual competition with the Bills' headliners, the Ravens achieved a stalemate with a tie score against the starters through one quarter.'

Marker Sanders suffers injury on his first catch [4:09 PM]
Carroll County Times reports: 'The veteran receiver acquisition caught a short pass in Saturday night's preseason opener and then got his foot twisted underneath Buffalo Bills defenders Takeo Spikes and Antwoine Winfield.'

Marker One mighty happy return for Bills [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' starting defense allowed three first downs in four series of action. Besides the interception, Takeo Spikes and Co. forced two punts and allowed the Ravens to march 42 yards for a touchdown eight minutes into the game.'

Marker Meeting with McGahee's agents ends upbeat [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donahoe said the Bills continue to be in contact with the trainers in Miami who are overseeing McGahee's daily workouts. "We've been speaking with the rehab people," Donahoe said. "He's making progress."'

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