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Buffalo Bills News - July 16, 2003

Marker New Roster numbers [8:10 AM] reports: Kicker Jason Witczak now has #7, NFLE star RB Ken Simonton now has #40 and former Redskins/Cowboys Ross Tucker has #65. Ronald Boldin is no longer listed on roster although he was not a recent cut (previously was not assigned a number). Eighty-Four players are now listed on roster.

Marker No deal yet for McGahee [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Rosenhaus and the Bills must find common ground on a deal that protects the team’s cap should McGahee fail to recover fully. Deuce McAllister’s 2001 rookie deal with New Orleans - six years, $6.2 million with a $3.9 million bonus that was delivered in portions - has given both sides a starting point. McAllister was also picked 23rd overall and had injury issues.'

Marker Return home special for Jaguars' Harris [5:18 AM]
Monroe News Star reports: 'Harris left Grambling as an eighth-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills in 1969 and later became the NFL's first African American quarterback to start a regular-season game.'

Marker Bills release four [5:17 AM]
AP reports: 'In addition, cornerback Jason Bostic has been waived/failed physical.'

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July 15, 2003

Marker Two Former Student-Athletes to be Enshrined into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame [8:27 PM] reports: 'Enyart was a second round NFL draft selection of the Buffalo Bills, playing two seasons, before his career was ended by a knee injury in 1971 while with the Oakland Raiders.'

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [4:36 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has released the following four players: defensive lineman Andy Bowers, cornerback Ken Hilliard, offensive lineman Joey Hollenbeck, and defensive lineman Merceda Perry.'

Marker Bills report: Notes, quotes, anecdotes [3:12 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: With contract talks with rookies underway, veteran agent Ralph Cindrich provided this insight into how Bills GM Tom Donahoe is working his side of the table: "He's extremely smart... He's a pain in the butt to deal with. He has little or no patience in negotiations because his focus is on the whole picture and while negotiations are extremely important, it's just a small part of the duties of a GM."

Marker Bills report: Strategy and personnel [3:11 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "I'm a competitor to the fullest, and I want to get my hands on anything they want," Shaw said.
"It hasn't been spelled out but as of now, that's part (return specialist) of what I'm here to do. If that's the case, it's fine with me. It's another opportunity to get my hands on the ball and help anyway I can."

Marker Bills report: Inside slant [3:06 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: If Takeo Spikes is the next Cornelius Bennett for the Buffalo Bills, then what does that make Jeff Posey? Darryl Talley?

When the Bills played the Texans, Posey beat LT Jennings for a clean sack. Against Indianapolis' top tackle, Tarik Glenn, Posey notched two sacks. Posey worked out of a 3-4 scheme with the Texans and will have to prove he can adapt to Williams' version of the 4-3, which so far, has been abysmal in Buffalo.

Marker Reich brings message to LaFayette church [11:48 AM]
Walker County Messenger reports: 'Reich attributes the Bills’ tenacity and relentlessness in the team getting to four straight Super Bowls. “Being relentless is how you come back from defeat,” he said. “That’s the word people used to define us. We were called relentless because we were not controlled by circumstances.”'

Marker Tickets to Bills' practice prove to be popular [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tickets for the second session, Aug. 4, will be available starting at 9 a.m. Monday at participating Tops Friendly Markets.'

Marker Levy on leadership: Success is the glory [8:32 AM]
Buffalo Business Journal reports: Levy is one-third finished with his autobiography. When he reaches the Buffalo chapters, he won't be able to single out who's responsible for the Bills' success. "There is no one person," Levy said. "It was the interworkings that made the difference."

Marker Bills remain a hot ticket [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills needed just 30 minutes Monday to distribute all the tickets for their evening practice on July 28 at the Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp at St. John Fisher College.'

July 14, 2003

Marker Bills' first Monday night pactice "sold out" [9:38 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: One of the most popular elements of the camps in Rochester, the practices feature autograph sessions from the entire team after the practice, which runs from 6-30 to 8-30pm.

Marker CNNSI Bills Training Camp Preview [9:33 PM]
CNN/SI reports: The AFC East is brutally tough. The Bills, Jets and Patriots have franchise quarterbacks, and the Dolphins have arguably the best running back in Ricky Williams. Tiebreakers will be the key, so they are toast if they go 2-4 in the division again.

Marker Over kill [9:32 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'It all added up to an 8-8 season, the club's third in a row without a playoff berth. Although making the playoffs this year will be just as tough in the ultra-competitive AFC East, at the very least the Bills hope to be more than an easy parlay play.'

Marker Tickets For First Evening Practice Gone In 30 Minutes [1:46 PM] reports: 'Tickets for the second session taking place on Monday, August 4 will be available next Monday, July 21st starting at 9:00 AM. Once again, tickets to the night practices are free and limited to six per person.'

Marker There's a Hike of Interest with Conaty Addition [12:11 PM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Bill Conaty, whose six-year tenure with the Buffalo Bills officially ended when he signed with the Patriots July 3 as an unrestricted free agent, will always be grateful to have been a Bills center. He started his NFL career in Buffalo as an undrafted rookie out of Virginia Tech, where he got to play in the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl. Married and a father of two, he's made a nice living in the NFL.'

Marker Inside Dish: Vikings' run may depend on a rookie [12:10 PM]
Sportingnews reports: Word coming out of Buffalo is that the team is altering the wide-open system it used last season with quarterback Drew Bledsoe. The Bills are showing signs of being more conservative, hoping to rely on an improved defense and turning to a solid running game and play-action passes to control the clock.

Marker Celebs discuss futures in NFL, baseball [5:31 AM]
Pittsburg Morning Sun reports: '"It's always a new season," Moorman said. "I feel like the Bills have done some good things. There's a lot of excitement going on with our team right now. We don't to expect anything less than the playoffs and beyond."'

July 13, 2003

Marker Sam Adams training in Arizona with Grant Irons [4:25 PM] reports: According to Grant Irons parents, Grant was spending his off-time between the last mini-camp and training camp and they said he was in Phoenix, Arizona at a training facility getting one-on-one guidance. They also added that Big Sam Adams was out there with him trying to get some of that weight off in time for camp. Grant was really impressed with this facility how they prepared him for his first camp and he talked Sam into joining him for this years preparations.

Marker Donahoe Radio Interview on ESPN Radio--link [4:22 PM] reports: The archived interview is here. The real thing is better than the notes. (Donahoe portion of interview is at approximently 1:20:00 mark).

Marker Tom Donahoe on ESPN Radio [1:33 PM] reports: 'On offense--Les Steckel has been working hard with Travis on Fumbling. Donahoe said the staff has probably overanalyzed what led to Travis' issues and found that it was part technique so they have worked on that. Said obviously that teams will target Travis for stripping the ball...'

Marker Explaining the Supplemental Draft [1:31 PM] reports: ESPN's Chris Mortensen, when asked which teams have the top offensive lines in football says "I would watch out for the Buffalo Bills' line this season."

Marker Bills will keep watch on Houston's Hollings [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hollings' progress should give the Bills a clearer picture of what they can expect from Willis McGahee, their own wounded rookie star. McGahee is a better player than Hollings but his knee injury was more serious.'

Marker Picnic to honor DeLamielleure [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A picnic recognizing Joe DeLamielleure for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be held from 2-5 p.m. next Sunday at Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg.'

July 12, 2003

Marker Buy Individual Game Tickets Online [10:05 AM] reports: Only single seats remain for the team’s 2003 home games vs. New England (9/7), Philadelphia (9/28) and Washington (10/19). The only way to guarantee tickets for all home games is by purchasing season tickets.

Marker Bills camp tickets available [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The workouts, July 28 and Aug. 4, will be on the grass practice fields at St. John Fisher College. Practices run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will feature a team autograph session after the workout. Shuttle services will begin at 4:45 p.m. and gates open at 5.'

Marker Bills tickets are on sale, and they are going fast [5:50 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If you intend to buy early-season, single-game Bills’ tickets, be prepared to be disappointed.'

July 11, 2003

Marker Free Bills practice tickets available Monday [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Tickets for the first of two Buffalo Bills training camp night practices will be available beginning next week. The Bills will have two Monday night practices from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, on July 28 and August 4.'

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