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Buffalo Bills News - July 27, 2003

Marker Tall order for undersized guy [4:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Undrafted in large part because he’s small (5-foot-8, 191 pounds), Simonton didn’t have a spot in football last fall after he was cut in mini-camp by the San Francisco 49ers. “ When you don’t get into camp, trying to get into this league is a monster,” Simonton said. “ It’s like one team doesn’t want you until they find out another team likes you.”'

Marker Pro Football Hall of Fame adds five [4:36 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Former Browns coach Sam Rutigliano wasn't sure if Joe D. could be acquired when the trade was made in 1980. ``It took us a New York hiccup to make that decision,'' Rutigliano said in a recent interview.'

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July 26, 2003

Marker Spikes enthusiastic as he reports for first Bills camp [7:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Walking up the stairs to the team's headquarters at St. John Fisher College, alongside fellow starting linebackers London Fletcher and Jeff Posey, Spikes called out to a group of reporters. ''Here are the three best linebackers in the league,'' Spikes said. ''Print it, fax it, write it, photocopy it. This is where it's at.'''

Marker Pittsford Welcomes Bills With Parade [2:48 PM] reports: 'The parade drew hundreds of community members from their home to wave and cheer as the Bills officials and players, including veterans Josh Reed and Mike Williams, floated through town saluting and greeting fans.'

Marker Graves diagnosed with prostate cancer [2:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills receivers coach Fred Graves had surgery on Saturday after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Doctors said he will need up to four weeks to recuperate before he can start coaching again.'

Marker Wet Start To Camp [10:26 AM] reports: "There's not anybody that has to worry heat problems or hydration problems today," head coach Gregg Williams said following the morning workout.

Marker Motivation is no problem for Wire [8:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I want to surround myself with positive influences and positive energy," Wire said after Friday's practice at St. John Fisher College. "I like to give myself constant reminders throughout the day to stay focused, and to keep in my consciousness the goals I've set for myself."'

Marker Talks go on with McGahee [8:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When the system was created it was designed to eliminate holdouts," said Donahoe. "It didn't do that last year and it doesn't look like it's going to do that this year. So you have to start to question what's wrong with the system."'

Marker Arms race begins for backup QBs [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Brown, 26, has great physical tools and could be something special if given the chance to develop. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder played most of the 2001 season finale at Miami when Van Pelt was injured and showed his raw talent by going 15 of 33 for 201 yards, with one TD and two interceptions.'

Marker Gilbride choice to tutor the Bills' QBs [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '“ The advantage is that they only hear one voice,” Gilbride said. “ The disadvantage is that I’m trying to look at them and everybody else at the same time and sometimes they get away with some stuff.”'

Marker Bills Receiver Keeps Focus on Brother [5:25 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Reed said he thought Norbert would be home by now, but he understands that his brother has a job with its own timetable. Norbert is a medical specialist in the Army and has been in Iraq since March.'

Marker Centers would be a nice catch [5:24 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Centers, who spent his first nine seasons toiling for a non-contending Cardinals team, figures to be attracted to the opportunity to play for a potential playoff team. Key word being ''play.'' Finding a role for Centers shouldn't be problem for Charlie Weis, nor should committing the funds; Centers likely won't accept just the veteran minimum, but the Patriots could sign him to a multi-year deal and pay him the minimum with a satisfactory signing bonus.'

Marker Bills Parade in Pittsford [5:23 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Tonight's pep rally welcomed the team back to its summer home. The team's training camp is located at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Hunter's Hope Ball [5:22 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'This was the first candlelit ball in Rochester- the Kelly's plan to make it an annual event.'

July 25, 2003

Marker Williams contract no "weighty" matter [10:58 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'No doubt about it, if the Bills have a great season, which isn't a stretch with the new talent on the field, Williams will be in great position for a very hefty raise. If the Bills stumble, he'll be gone, an outcome likely to occur even if he had signed an extension, as did both coordinators in the off season.'

Marker Bills Get Physical [10:57 PM] reports: 'About an hour into their only practice on Friday, offensive tackle Jonas Jennings mixed it up with defensive end Grant Irons. "It's just two players being aggressive and just going out there to battle," explained Irons after practice.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Camp Photos [10:20 PM] reports: Chris Kelsay, Marcus Jones, Sam Aiken, Ken Simonton, and more...

Marker Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp [10:19 PM] reports: Follow the Bills throughout training camp. Watch same-day news conference highlights featuring Gregg Williams and Drew Bledsoe as well as practice video compiled by the WKBW-TV sports department.

Marker Mike Williams looked great, friday mourning [10:19 PM]
reports: Guess who was first on a warm-up jog? Big Mike. He looks 25 pounds lighter and stronger than last year.

Marker Williams Is Pleased With Condition & Attitude [2:20 PM] reports: '"Right now as soon as Willis gets here that's great. I'm not going to worry about it, nor am I going to talk about that. I'm going to coach the guys that are here. Willis has been working hard here from the time that we left on June 13. We've had our check-ups on what his progress has been. From the rehab part of it he's doing fine."'

Marker Camp report submitted by Quiklid [2:13 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'Chris Kelsay got laid out by Jonas Jennings on a reverse. Jonas hooted and hollered walking back to the other players by the water tanks, kicking his helmet with a playful arrogance as his teammates congratulated him.'

Marker Friday 7/25 AM Training Report by Rockpile [12:52 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: * Brandon Spoon is back and is strong. He played solid at middle LB.
* Everyone was hitting a lot harder today; contact was LOUD! At one point the coaches were blowing whistles and had to physically break in between Jonas Jennings and Grant Irons.
* Josh Reed - what can I say - call the carney this guy is an acrobat.
* Based on the number of reps he gets, I think the coaches are giving Travis Brown a chance to move up to #2 on the QB depth chart. AVP remains a strong backup from what I have seen. This is just my speculation.

Read more training camp reports on The Stadium Wall

Marker Jones' tedious wait is over as Bills kick off camp [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While McKenzie, Denney and Kelsay should help in certain situations, Jones is the Bills' best chance to hit the jackpot. If Jones can regain the form that saw him record 13 sacks for Tampa Bay in 2000, he could be the final piece that solidifies the front seven.'

Marker Williams opens camp by closing door on discussion of his contract [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've got a contract to work this year," he said after the morning workout at St. John Fisher College. "I'm pleased with that contract. I'm not going to change on how I coach and what I feel about the situation."'

Marker No more contract talk [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Clearly, signing Williams to an extension would’ve made his future less of a powder keg issue heading into camp.'

Marker Spoon comes full circle [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '“ Physically there’s no problem. It’s the mental block, not being able to throw your arm out there to make a tackle,” said Spoon, who was in on 72 tackles, 46 unassisted, as a rookie. “ I haven’t thought about my arm since March.”'

Marker Thursday 7/24 PM Training Camp Report by Jĺy Ró§eń [12:23 AM]
The Stadium Wall reports: * Best player on the field - Josh Reed, who made 2 or 3 circus catches.
* Terrence McGee also had some nice coverage. On one corner route he got great inside position and broke up the pass but got yelled at for not getting the pick. In fact I didn't see a pick all session, but did see one or 2 forced fumbles.
* On many passing plays, DEs (Irons & Denney especially) ended up way downfield and we assumed it was part of the zone blitz package.
* I saw Marcus Jones heading for the autograph tent near the end of practice and I yelled "How's the knee, Marcus?!"
He looked up and said "Almost there, baby!"
* Starters in attendance: Bledsoe, Reed, Wire, Jennings, Williams, Jones

July 24, 2003

Marker Bills Class of the Camp [9:20 PM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Nice concentration here by wide receiver Josh Reed, taking in the pass from backup Travis traffic.'

Marker Inside Bills Training Camp [9:19 PM]
WROC-TV reports: '"This is a great way to start camp, ya know. A little bit of rain. A little bit of the weather we're going to have throughout the rest of the season. Our guys have to learn how to execute in this stuff. There's not anybody that has to worry about heat problems or hydration problems today because it's been just a nice light rain. We got through it. It was fun to see them get back together."'

Marker Kemp Possible Candidate in Calif. Recall [9:12 PM]
AP reports: 'Besides lengthy public service, Kemp played professional football for 13 years, quarterbacking the Buffalo Bills and the San Diego Chargers.'

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