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Buffalo Bills News - July 19, 2004

Marker Bills reach oral agreement with Gildon [12:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Gildon, a three-time Pro Bowler with 77 career sacks, is expected to be used as a pass rusher.Gildon recorded six sacks last season, his lowest total in six years. He will be 32 on July 31.'

Marker Patriots will have tough time defending AFC East title [6:38 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The question: Is Drew Bledsoe over the hill?'

Marker Inside slant [4:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie first-round pick J.P. Losman showed enough during offseason drills to conclude that it's not inconceivable to think he can challenge for the primary backup job as a rookie. "I feel great in this offense," Losman said. "I think I'm very prepared heading into camp and I look forward to the competition. Some people may think that's arrogant, but actually I'm just very confident in my abilities."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'In Buffalo, McNally will get back to his roots, and not just because he's a Buffalo native. Right tackle Mike Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, is a player in dire need of some serious coaching to hit his potential.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [4:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'New defensive backs coach Dave Szabo inherits a unit that intercepted just 10 passes each of the past two seasons, tying the team record low. The big addition is veteran CB Troy Vincent, who has 42 career picks. How do you get turnovers? "You have to practice it," Szabo said. "You have to emphasize it and you have to get a little luck. Sometimes turnovers are just happenstance ... but interceptions are a direct byproduct of putting pressure on the passer. I would say a vast majority of interceptions are from poorly thrown balls more than from the defensive back making a good break on the ball."'

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July 18, 2004

Marker Hopes are high for better Bills attack [3:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The big interest with their fans is the offense. Why not? Buffalo finished 30th in the 32-team NFL in overall offense last season. The Bills scored fewer points than any team in the AFC. Drew Bledsoe threw just 11 touchdown passes. In the last three seasons they were 2-25 when they trailed after three quarters.'

Marker Gildon set to join Bills [4:43 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Gildon, who will be 32 next week, has verbally agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Bills. The deal includes a signing bonus of $500,000, and an additional $500,000 in performance incentives.'

Marker Bills Team Report [4:42 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Establishing a productive offense will be crucial. Coach Mike Mularkey wants a balanced attack that features a physical running game, and he also will look to exploit matchups in the passing game. Much of the offensive system was installed during the minicamps, so the team will spend training camp sharpening its execution.'

July 17, 2004

Marker Bills bolster defense with LB Gildon [4:49 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'In 10 seasons with the Steelers, the 31-year-old Oklahoma State product has recorded 527 total tackles (415 solo) and two interceptions.'

Marker Fullback to Have a Much Larger Role [4:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I like how the offense is designed," Shelton said. "The fullback plays a big role and gets to do a lot of blocking. I love playing physical football so it fits my style. I like the power running game."'

Marker Jets and Cardinals Hot Tickets as Individual Seat Sales Kick Off [4:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Clearly these fans are ready for another exciting season of Bills football to kick off.'

Marker The Bills Take Steps To Improve The Pass Rush With Gildon [4:34 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gildon can help one of the few weaknesses the Bills have on defense, a pass rush. He will line up either as a pass rushing linebacker on a small defensive end.'

Marker Bills sign ex-Steeler Gildon [4:33 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Gildon, who turns 32 in July, figures to be used as a situational pass rusher from the strong side behind starter Jeff Posey. The Bills start London Fletcher at middle linebacker and Takeo Spikes on the weak side. However, the reported addition of Gildon gives them the option to use 3-4 alignments with Posey moving inside.'

Marker Buildin' better rush with Gildon [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question is: Can he recapture some of his old form? Gildon has 77 career sacks and made three Pro Bowls - in 2001, 2002 and 2003.'

Marker Kelly foundation must pay benefits to worker who was fired, court rules [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Hunter's Hope Foundation, begun by Kelly to support awareness of a fatal nervous system disease afflicting his son, tried to block unemployment payments to Kathleen Pfohl, who worked as the foundation's event manager. Foundation administrators accused her of "inappropriate dress, use of vulgar language and rudeness to staff and volunteers." They also said she used vulgar language and mocked staff during Kelly's induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.'

Marker Van Miller gets the call [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miller hasn't been told what kind of role he'll have on Bills radio broadcasts next season, when John Murphy takes his play-by-play seat on 97 Rock and former Bills quarterback Alex Van Pelt makes his debut as an analyst. "They have a great play-by-play guy in Murph and it's wonderful they have a player in there," Miller said. "A lot of teams use a former player, but how many have former quarterbacks?"'

Marker NFL linemen lead camp at USJ [4:57 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: 'The camp, in its first year, was specifically designed for linemen and was taught by Teague, who plays for the Buffalo Bills; Chad Clifton, who is with the Green Bay Packers; and Dave Moore, who also plays for Buffalo.'

July 16, 2004

Marker Gildon gets one-year, incentivized deal [11:17 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Gildon agreed late Friday night to a one-year deal worth around $1.25 million. There are also around $500,000 worth of incentives in the contract. He also had been talking to the Bengals and Packers.'

Marker Left Guard Position Up For Grabs [9:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ross Tucker, Mike Pucillo, and Marques Sullivan are all vying for the starting opportunity and all three men are neck and neck at this point.'

July 15, 2004

Marker Miller Named 2004 Rozelle Award Winner [5:40 PM]
Pro Football HOF reports: 'Van Miller, the longtime “voice of the Buffalo Bills,” is the 2004 winner of the Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award. The award which is presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame is for longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football. Miller will be honored Saturday, August 7 at the Enshrinees Dinner, during the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend Celebration. Miller will be honored Saturday, August 7 at the Enshrinees Dinner, during the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend Celebration.'

Marker McNally Returns to Buffalo after 34 Years [5:26 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I'm looking forward to working with guys like Mike (Williams) and Jonas (Jennings)," McNally said. "They're big guys who have a lot of talent. They can really help this football team."'

Marker Commitment to running the ball should pay dividends for Bills [12:00 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'McNally acknowledged that in watching nine or 10 Bills games from last season on film, he noticed the same things most Bills observers harped on throughout the team’s disappointing 6-10 season — namely that QB Drew Bledsoe needs to get rid of the ball quicker, the Bills need to run the ball more and the receivers need to run quicker pass routes.'

Marker Bills ready to sell individual tickets [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tickets will be available online at www.buffalobills.com as well as by calling (877) BB-TICKS. Tickets will also be available in person at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office and at participating Tops Markets.'

July 14, 2004

Marker Tickets On Sale Saturday [8:53 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Only single seats remain for the October 3rd game against the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. There are only a limited number of tickets left for the September 12th opener against Jacksonville, and the October 17th game against the rival Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Several Games Near Sell-Outs As Individual Game Tickets Go On Sale Saturday [5:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that only single seats will be available for the Oct. 3 game versus the New England Patriots when individual game tickets go on sale Saturday, July 17 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets will also be extremely limited for the home opener versus the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as the Oct. 17 game versus the Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Bills Offense Ready for New Scheme [5:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I think this offense is going to be easier for me from a decision making stand point," he said. "We're not going to ask our receivers to make as many decisions. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to get the ball out of my hands quicker this year, which is really what we are trying to do so I can avoid some of the hits and negative plays that happened last year."'

July 13, 2004

Marker Summer position battles: AFC East [10:05 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Lee Evans vs. Josh Reed
Edge: Reed. He knows the offense and knows how to get open.
Opening-day starter: Evans. You can't keep speed like he has on the bench, especially with Drew Bledsoe chucking it around.

Marker Brown, Losman Compete to Backup Bledsoe [5:20 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"He's obviously got a very strong arm, and he's learning," Bledsoe said of Losman. "When you come in as a quarterback, as a rookie, there's a whole ton to learn and he's making progress. He's working hard and he's made a lot of strides in the last few weeks."'

Marker Buffalo holds off on Bryant [5:45 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: '"The feedback I got from (the Bills) was that he performed very well," Rickert said. "Athletically and arm strength-wise, he's as good as some of the QBs they have on their roster. Having said that, they're not in position to make a move."'

July 12, 2004

Marker Bills doomed by schedule [10:12 PM]
Covers.com reports: 'The Bills just don’t make enough big plays. They had only 18 takeaways last year and just 19 takeaways in 2002. It would make it a lot easier for Bledsoe to be able to start from good field position for a change.'

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