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Buffalo Bills News - August 23, 2003

Marker The Stadium's 30th Anniversary [2:54 PM] reports: '"It was like going from a truck to a Rolls Royce," said former Bills safety John Pitts. "The War Memorial had its great moments and great days, but that was a dive. But the people there in Buffalo, I don’t think you could find no more committed and loyal fans. We used to race off the field because whoever got in the shower first - you got hot water. If you were the last one, the water was going to be cold. Even the guys that were injured, you could see them sprinting off the field. You could just stay back and see if that injury is real or if they’re just faking."'

Marker Bills' corners get chance to prove themselves [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are one of only three teams in the league that have two former No. 1 draft picks starting at corner. The others are Oakland (Charles Woodson and Phillip Buchanan) and Pittsburgh (Chad Scott and Dewayne Washington). That isn't to say Clements and Winfield have proved themselves to be one of the top three tandems in the league. Miami, for instance, had two Pro Bowl corners last year in Sam Madison (a first-rounder) and Patrick Surtain (a second-rounder). Nevertheless, it's a good situation for the Bills.'

Marker Faulk set for preseason debut [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A larger-than-usual preseason crowd of more than 50,000 is expected for tonight's game, in part due to the Bills' Kids Day promotion. Tickets for children age 14 and under can be purchased for $8 at all Tops Friendly Markets or at the stadium box office.'

Marker Partnership plans Bills banquet [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Niagara Partnership will host its annual season kickoff banquet with the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.'

Marker Rams game urgent for Bills [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I wouldn’t say this game solidifies who we’ll be this year, but this is big. We’re playing at home, before our fans, and we need to get them pumped up for the home opener.”'

Marker Price-less Bills have variety of new looks [5:24 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams will play his starters the entire first half, which is normally how it goes at this point in the preseason.'

Marker Rams-Bills: Things To Watch [5:23 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Kurt Warner did everything but throw deep against Tampa Bay. Warner should play more than he did against the Bucs but that depends partly on the play of the patchwork offensive line. If they struggle, or get nicked up, Warner may make an early exit.'

Marker Rams await reunion with Fletcher [5:22 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"London's such a terrific guy. He's what football's all about. That personality, the toughness, the passion and enthusiasm he brings to a team. We miss him, obviously, miss his personality. We wish him the best."'

Marker Offensive line a concern to Rams [5:21 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: '"Big London is going to be out there making noise and trying to do all he can, I'm sure," Jackson said. "Knowing him the way I do, it doesn't matter that it's the preseason. We could be playing flag football, and if he was playing the Rams, I think he would be ready to roll."'

Marker A missing persons report [5:20 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'As for Willis McGahee, Donahoe said, "He'll start the year inactive and then I think after Week 6, if things are going well, he'll be in uniform if everything has progresses according to plan."'

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August 22, 2003

Marker Bledsoe seeking to break out against Rams [1:25 PM]
AP reports: '''We need to address some of the mistakes that we had. And we need to be a little sharper in our execution,'' Bledsoe said. ''Those are two things that we have to get done in the last few days that we have before we head into the regular season.'''

Marker Pucillo has edge at right guard [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pucillo's competitor for the position, Marques Sullivan, is working as backup left tackle. Sullivan is feeling more comfortable on the outside of the line than he did at right guard.'

Marker Receivers coach Graves returns after cancer surgery [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'd like to thank the Bills organization, Mr. (Ralph) Wilson and Tom Donahoe, who are great people," Graves said. "I think I've been very fortunate to catch it very early. The doctors did a great job, and my recovery has been very good."'

Marker Bills rookie McGee learning different game [5:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Everybody’s fast and they’re good (in the NFL). In Division I-AA, some people are good and some people are not, but now everybody’s good.”'

Marker Hamilton native says NFL can be 'overwhelming' [5:36 AM]
Hamilton Spectator reports: 'The scouting report on the Hamilton native -- who signed as a free agent after being bypassed in the NFL draft --says he's a good pass-blocker with speed and great catching ability. There's room for two more tight ends on the Bills, including one more on the practice roster. Thomas hopes to occupy one of the open spots next to veteran tight ends Dave Moore and Mark Campbell after final cuts are made on Aug. 31.'

Marker Tucker hopes he fits the Bills [5:35 AM]
Princeton Packet reports: '"It suits my style well," Tucker said. "Most teams are similar, and there are a lot of similarities here. We have a heck of an offensive coordinator in Kevin Gilbride and I'm excited about the possibilities."'

August 21, 2003

Marker Rams practice indoors; get ready for Buffalo [9:18 PM] reports: 'This is the third time in the last four years the teams have met in the preseason. The teams last met in the preseason in 2001, with the Rams winning 24-10 at Buffalo.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2003 Season Preview [5:11 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills win nine, but no playoff shuffle in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills coach returns to practice after prostate surgery [4:10 PM]
AP reports: '''It's great to have him back,'' Moulds said. ''And I know it feels good for him to be back instead of sitting around at his house. Now he's back being able to do what he loves to do.'''

Marker Graves Returns To Bills Sideline [4:08 PM] reports: '"I talked to (head coach) Gregg (Williams) yesterday and I talked to (President/GM) Tom (Donahoe)," said Graves. "I'm ready to go. The doctor released me. The only thing he told me was 'if you get tired, sit down.''

Marker Bills collide with Rams [4:07 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Rams looked good en route to their 26-16 victory over Tampa Bay at home on Monday. Kurt Warner completed all seven of his pass attempts in the victory. Warner played just the opening possession and was perfect, throwing for 55 yards and leading the Rams on a 14-play, 66-yard drive that resulted in a field goal.'

Marker Training Camp Journal: Mark Campbell Entry #3 [11:05 AM] reports: 'Buffalo has been great to me in the few months that I've been here. I wanted to let the fans know that their support has meant a lot to this team. We have some of the best fans in the NFL and I can't wait to walk through that tunnel for the first time as a Buffalo Bill and listen to that crowd.'

Marker Training Camp Journal: Pierson Prioleau Entry #3 [11:05 AM] reports: 'We didn't have a real good showing down in Tennessee, so we knew that things needed to be done and that improvements needed to be made. We have a lot of potential but we also realized that potential means nothing. We have to actually go out on the field and prove ourselves week in and week out.'

Marker David Baca special IRP program [9:26 AM] reports: 'David Baca joins forces with NFL Hall of Fame's Jim Kelly and the Hunter's Hope Foundation.'

Marker Climbing the depth chart [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's the classic example from a coach's eyes of a guy who has had an opportunity handed to him and has taken it and run with it," Williams said Wednesday after the Bills' final camp practice at St. John Fisher College. "With the limited reps that everybody gets, when you take advantage of the reps you've got, you deserve more. He's deserved more throughout the offseason, throughout the minicamps and off-season conditioning program. And he's done a very good job in training camp of putting himself in a position to make this football team."'

Marker Best camp news: No serious injuries [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's been very good how we've got up the frequency of snaps without taking the pounding and without having these guys on the field too long," Williams said.'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'An estimated 2,000 fans attended the final workout. Though no official tally was released, attendance appeared to be down from last year. However, the Bills had 6,000 spectators for each of their three Monday night practices. "We really want to thank the fans for everything they do. They get a chance to be around the Bills and the Bills enjoy being around the fans," said Williams.'

Marker Bills head for Orchard Park [5:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills enjoy the chance to be around the fans. We’ve had good chemistry throughout camp with the fans.” While the Bills and Fisher don’t provide official attendance figures, a logical assumption is that the total was down because there were only 16 days of full-squad practice. There also were only two days with two-a-day practices for the entire team.'

Marker Bills coach satisfied with pace of training [5:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If it’s up to quarterback Drew Bledsoe, and it is to an extent, second-year receiver Clarence Coleman will make the final 53-man roster. “Clarence had a great camp,” Bledsoe said. “ We expect him to be a productive player for us this year. He’s really taken that next step, from a young guy to a legitimate NFL player.”'

Marker Plenty of questions remain [5:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Through two preseason games, the line has allowed seven sacks and been flagged for 11 penalties, five on the starters.'

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