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Buffalo Bills News - August 3, 2003

Marker Just Joe [5:19 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'A regular Joe is what Joe is. This is a man who, when he emerged as one of the NFL's best guards in the 1970s, joined a bowling league.'

Marker Well-received [5:18 AM]
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports: (James Lofton) was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in January and brought before reporters, assembled at the Super Bowl in San Diego, shortly after the balloting. Lofton spoke fondly of his years with the Packers but suggested that his ties to the Buffalo Bills were just as strong.

Marker They have the wind in their sale [5:17 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Bledsoe and his wife, Maura, paid an estimated $1.5 million for the land, which abuts a rhododendron preserve, to build their dream manse. In the time that it's been on the market, it has been looked at -- with reports of some big-paycheck pro athletes among the interested parties -- but no serious takers have surfaced.'

Marker HOF: It's Joe D's Day [5:16 AM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: '“I told the team that football is not a very complicated game,” DeLamielleure said. “You take it just one play at a time. The game doesn’t have to be played by rocket scientists. Jim Ringo, who was my line coach for eight of my 13 years was a man of few words, but that’s what he taught me.”'

Marker Controversy Continues [5:15 AM]
CNN/SI reports: I think Drew Bledsoe looked sharp in his work against the Browns secondary. He told me he thinks the offense will click fine without Peerless Price because of the impact Josh Reed will make in the passing game, and because Travis Henry has been doing a much better job hanging onto the ball than he did last year, when fumbling became his Achilles.

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August 2, 2003

Marker Huge Crowd Soaks Up Scrimmage [8:10 PM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'Buffalo got solid contributions from Travis Henry, Sammy Morris and Joe Burns in totaling 100 rushing yards on 29 carries.'

Marker Events from Saturday, August 02 [8:08 PM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: Photo gallery from today's practice.

Marker Holcomb wins fan approval in quarterback competition [7:58 PM]
AP reports: 'Cleveland ''won'' the scrimmage 18-6. Travis Henry had a short touchdown run for Buffalo's only score.'

Marker Bills Defense Passes First Test [7:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I thought defensively we really swarmed the ball very well in that first series," Head Coach Gregg Williams said. "It was good work but we're a long ways off. We were a little bit stouter inside on the run defense, today against Cleveland. The pass rush was better today. It was fun to see Takeo (Spikes) and Jeff (Posey). New situations for them and they perked up."'

Marker Packers great Lofton headed for Hall of Fame [7:43 PM]
Madison Capital Times reports: Few players know more about catching footballs, running patterns, staying in shape - just stuff about the game - than Lofton, who is beginning his second year as the Chargers' receivers coach. And fewer still are articulate enough to explain it all at a level only a physicist could understand as well as at a level only a raw-boned rookie from an SEC school could grasp.

Marker Fletcher relishes Cleveland homecoming [7:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Fletcher said the crowd of 37,818 9,000 were walk-ups helped fire him up. So did Buffalo's starting defense, which looks vastly improved from a year ago. ''When I went out there and saw my friends and family it really got the juices flowing,'' he said. ''I just fed off the energy of the crowd.'''

Marker Scrimmage Preview - Bills Prospective [9:56 AM]
Bills Report reports: Most eyes, from a Bills perspective, will be on all the newcomers and changes this off-season brought.

Marker Lofton was always on track to greatness [9:41 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: Bill Walsh was in his first weeks as coach at Stanford when he found Lofton, who was preparing for his senior year. "Bill was the first collegiate coach, in football, who had confidence in me," Lofton says now.

Marker Training camp notebook [9:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It doesn't matter whether it's St. John Fisher or Berea, Ohio, every single practice session so far this summer, the best player on the field is Eric Moulds.'

Marker Bills' safeties impress in practice [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Last year the Bills did not get a single interception from the safety position.'

Marker The palace guard [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I can't think of a guy who deserves it more because of what he stood for in the league," said former Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson, a member of the '73 draft class. "Joe D. was that hard-nosed player who played every game. He never took a day or a play off, played when he was hurt and really exemplified what the NFL is supposed to be about."'

Marker Bills players follow the path of legends [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Football is special here,” said Winfield, who grew up in nearby Akron. “ In Ohio, all kids want to go to Ohio State and play for the Cleveland Browns.”'

Marker Bills to emphasize plays in red zone at scrimmage [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The first-string and second-string units will each get 15-play segments with the following breakdown: Nine plays run like a normal game, so if you achieve a first down, you keep moving downfield, and if you don’t you return to the original drive starting point, probably the 25-yard line. Snaps 10, 11 and 12 will be red zone plays from the 20, and snaps 13, 14 and 15 will be goal-line plays from the 2.'

Marker Browns get better vs. Bills [5:20 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: 'The Bills got the best of it on 11-on-11 drills during the morning practice.'

Marker Former Browns lineman remembers Kardiac Kids days [5:19 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: '''I remember driving down to Cleveland from Buffalo and thinking to myself, 'Why did the Browns trade for me?' " DeLamielleure recalled Thursday as he visited Browns training camp. ''I mean, the Browns already had a line that had been together a long time and was pretty good."'

Marker Running game flounders in drills vs. Bills [5:18 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Buffalo’s defense mastered the Browns’ running game, which lost Jamel White in the morning session due to a hamstring problem. William Green and James Jackson often spun their wheels.'

Marker Scrimmage tickets still available [5:17 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'More than 20,000 tickets were sold in advance, and the club expects a crowd in the 30,000 range.'

Marker Lofton goes enters Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Packer [5:16 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: '"He was kind of the missing piece we needed," retired Bills head coach Marv Levy told The Associated Press. "We had a great quarterback and two good receivers, but we were a three-receiver offense."'

Marker Bledsoe understands Browns' QB battle [5:15 AM]
AP reports: '''It can be unsettling,'' he said, ''more so because it's a media frenzy than what happens within the team. So that's what falls on the two quarterbacks to squash that as fast as they can.'''

Marker Bills Practice in Cleveland [5:14 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"There were some good things that we did," quarterback Drew Bledsoe explained. "I think we're getting better."'

Marker Interview with Joe DeLamielleure [12:43 AM]
TBD reports: Reprint of Spring Interview....

"I was blessed to be on teams with players like O.J. Simpson, Brian Sipe and J.D. Hill. I was fortunate to be part of the greatest running team in History and with greatest passing team in history. And I loved the game. I would have played for a T-shirt and a cap."

August 1, 2003

Marker Hall's call worth the wait for 'Joe D' [7:38 PM]
AP reports: 'The recognition didn't come until football researcher John Turney released a list ranking DeLamielleure as the NFL's third-most accomplished offensive lineman in terms of awards received, behind John Hannah and Anthony Munoz.'

Marker Bill past due [7:38 PM]
CNN/SI reports: SI.com: So do you feel at home yet as a Buffalo Bill?

DB: I do, I really do. But that happened very, very quickly for me here. Both with the organization and the community. This organization and the players here did a great job. I felt right at home when I stepped in the door. This community embraced me and really embraces this team as they have for a long time. So that transition happened very quickly. I was in New England for a long time and appreciated the time there, but I also feel like I've been here for a lot longer than just a year.

Marker Hall of a task: Paring list of Seniors candidates from 68 to 15 is arduous [7:36 PM]
SportsIllustrated.com reports: Dr. Z explains his choices of 15 "Seniors" Finalists for the NFL Hall of Fame from 68 nominess and says: "I voted for... (Tom) Sestak, an underrated rock on the great Buffalo lines of the 1960s." The actual list of 15 Finalists will be released later.

Marker Ask Vic: Fiedler, Maddox should do well [7:31 PM]
NFL.com reports: Granted, I think Drew pressed too hard at times and forced some questionable throws, but I don't think that will be the case as often with the improvements the Bills made to their defense and a greater commitment by the offense to run the ball.Granted, I think Drew pressed too hard at times and forced some questionable throws, but I don't think that will be the case as often with the improvements the Bills made to their defense and a greater commitment by the offense to run the ball.

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