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Buffalo Bills News - August 28, 2003

Marker Bledsoe: Final Bills cuts will be tough [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Our personnel department and coaching staff have some very difficult decisions this year,” said Bledsoe. “ I don’t envy our guys trying to make the decisions because there are some good players who unfortunately won’t be with us.’’'

Marker Ex-Steelers running back itching to keep coaching [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Along with drawing high praise from coach Gregg Williams, who was appreciative of Foster’s assistance when he was left short-handed after Fred Graves underwent surgery for prostate cancer, Foster has a big fan in Bills third-year star running back Travis Henry. “ Barry’s been a blessing,” Henry said.'

Marker Former Bills great has Robins flight [5:16 AM]
Macon Telegraph reports: 'Kelly, who in 2002 became just the eighth quarterback inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, came to Robins Air Force Base Wednesday to meet with personnel and to experience flight in an F-15E fighter jet. Bielanin and his civilian wife Angela were among the first from the 5th Combat Communications Group to meet with Kelly, who signed autographs and posed for pictures at the second of three stops on base.'

Marker Simonton battling for Bills’ roster spot [5:15 AM]
Salem Statesman Journal reports: '“I can cover kicks, guard gunners; I can return both kicks and punts. I’m an athlete, there’s not a lot athletically that I can’t do, and I feel like I’ve done pretty well.”'

Marker Inside slant [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'While the personality this Bills team will display remains to be determined, it is easily the most talented of coach Gregg Williams' three teams in Buffalo, capable of winning that extra game or two it will take to make a run at a wild-card berth in the rugged AFC East.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Player to watch: WR Clarence Coleman -- Former Division II record-setter at Ferris State was on track to make the final roster after missing all of 2002 with a broken lower leg/ankle. He was such an afterthought; he didn't make the Bills' media guide but turned in big plays in each preseason game at wideout and punt returner.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:12 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'GM Tom Donahoe continues to deny reports that he's shopping RB Olandis Gary. If young Joe Burns continues to develop as he has, however, Gary may become expendable for a third- or fourth-round pick.'

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August 27, 2003

Marker Bills invest in defensive playmakers [6:28 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Thus, among his 13 veteran acquisitions were seven defenders. Three of those -- outside linebackers Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey and defensive tackle Sam Adams -- are guaranteed starters, and three others -- defensive ends Marcus Jones and Keith McKenzie and free safety Izell Reese -- could join them.'

Marker Brown's injury complicates Bills' roster decisions [6:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Brown's injury complicates the Bills decisions in making their final cuts. Like most teams, the Bills would rather enter the regular season with only three quarterbacks on their roster. Now they must decide whether to: go with two healthy quarterbacks and keep Brown on the active roster while he's injured; keep Brown and bring in a fourth quarterback; or reach an injury settlement with Brown to allow for his release and bring in a new third-stringer.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Preview [4:32 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'This is where the plan might break down. Adams, who has been hailed as some sort of savior for the Bills, gradually wore out his welcome after a six-year run in Seattle, got his game in order and put together two Pro Bowl seasons with Baltimore, and then spent a nonproductive 2002 season with the Raiders, who cut him. He's on the downside of a basically underachieving career. "Not here, he won't be," Williams says. "Have you ever heard of a coach we have named Tim Krumrie?"'

Marker Coleman gets last chance to impress Bills [3:56 PM]
AP reports: '''He's really taken the next step, going from a guy to being a guy that's a legitimate NFL football player,'' Bledsoe said. ''And we expect big things from him.'''

Marker Bills, Lions tangle at Ralph Wilson Stadium [3:23 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Henry's injury isn't expected to be serious, but there is a good chance he'll sit this contest out. Veteran reserve RB Olandis Gary could see a bulk of the carries in this game.'

Marker New run-stuffers will make difference for Bills, Pats [2:06 PM]
ESPN reports: "If you're a linebacker," said Spikes, "you dream about having a guy like Big Sam in front of you. Believe me, he isn't (anonymous) to the guys playing with him. And to all those (offensive) linemen trying to move that big butt even an inch … well, they know what a load he can be, and how good he can make the run defense."

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Keith Moody [2:05 PM] reports: 'Moody concluded his playing career in ‘80 with the Super Bowl XV-winning Oakland Raiders. He still lives in Northern California, and is an assistant principal at Mountain View High School in Mountain View, Calif.'

Marker Previewing the Bills [2:05 PM] 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] 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.'

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] 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.'

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