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Buffalo Bills News - September 1, 2005

Marker Life's not easy in the ‘Big Easy’ [8:50 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'It’s unlikely the Oct. 2 game against the Saints will be played at the Superdome — not only because part of the roof was blown off during the hurricane, but because the city is all but uninhabitable and probably still will be that way in October.'

Marker Inside slant [6:28 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Last season, Buffalo's defense and special teams scored 10 touchdowns. "It's very nice, yes," said Losman when asked about having that kind of support.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [6:27 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: Battle of the week: Josh Reed, Sam Aiken, Jonathan Smith for the No. 3 receiver job - With rookie sensation Roscoe Parrish out indefinitely, the job is suddenly wide open again.'

Marker Notes, quotes [6:26 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Do NFL players, who work out year-round, really need four preseason games to get ready for the regular season? "I'd like to see two myself," said nine-year veteran Kelly Holcomb, 32. "Obviously, the owners are making money with four preseason games, but I think pretty much the coaches (already) know whom they want and what they need to do with the depth chart. I can understand where some guys need four, but four, along with 16 regular season games, that's a lot on the body especially when you get to be my age."'

Marker AFC East capsules [6:24 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Playoff outlook: Fair to good. You would feel better with an experienced quarterback, but Buffalo chose the Losman route. Losing big Pat Williams from the defense will hurt vs. the run. In a division that features Curtis Martin, Corey Dillon and Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown in Miami, that could be the difference in making the playoffs.'

Marker Bills' Wire gives special teams his all [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think experience is the only thing that is holding me back," Wire admitted the other day following a practice inside Ralph Wilson Stadium. "I feel athletically I can play ball with the best of them at that position in the NFL. I'm right there, it's just a lack of experience."'

Marker Bills coach April stays focused despite disaster [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've got a mother and brother who are down there and they decided to ride it out like a lot in New Orleans did. It's hard to explain why but they did," April said. "I grew up on the east side, which is really flooded, but we don't have any family there anymore. But I have nieces and nephews with my mother and they were in a safer location in terms of the water, and they're getting out today and trying to get up to Arkansas somewhere."'

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August 31, 2005

Marker Bills working with Losman [10:19 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills have one more tune-up for young quarterback JP Losman. One of the things they’re trying to get across to him is that he's not alone. He's got targets, including a good group of tight ends.'

Marker Bills Prep for Preseason Finale [10:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A battle worth watching will be at defensive end where George Gause and Constantin Ritzmann may be fighting for the final roster spot along the defensive line.'

Marker Tickets Remain for Final Preseason Game [10:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Approximately 20,000 tickets still remain for the game...'

Marker Detroit (0-3) at Buffalo (2-1) [10:16 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo's starting unit has a chance to play beyond the customary one quarter this week, with the inconsistency the team displayed in last Friday's loss to the Bears impacting that scenario.'

Marker ESPN: Buffalo Bills 2005 Season Preview [10:15 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Losman has to make plays with the skill players he has offensively for this team to make the playoffs.'

Marker McGee sets high goals to build off electrifying season [2:47 PM]
AP reports: '"He was unbelievable, really," special teams coach Bobby April said. "You come out of nowhere to go to the Pro Bowl, that's a great achievement. That says a lot about him."'

Marker But it wasn’t Donahoe who was arrogant [2:23 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the cuts that got my attention were in Atlanta and Denver. That’s where, to the amusement of Bills’ fans, the Falcons waived wide receiver Peerless Price and, for good measure, the Broncos dropped rookie running back Maurice Clarett.'

Marker Bills Host All Pro Dad Seminar [1:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and All Pro Dad will host the All Pro Dad Seminar – An Event for Fathers and Kids – on Tuesday, September 20 in the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse. All Pro Dad spokesman and Bills safety Troy Vincent and All Pro Dad President Mark Merrill will address the participating fathers for 30 minutes while the kids have a chance to participate in interactive games on the Bills indoor practice field.'

Marker Holcomb has Bills' back [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's huge for the team and comforting for the coaches," said Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe. "If there is a situation where J.P. got shook up or maybe in a game where he's struggling and (coach) Mike (Mularkey) is looking for a spark, you can get that with Kelly, and he doesn't need a lot of reps during the week to understand the game plan. Kelly has the right approach and the right attitude to handle all of it."'

Marker Donahoe says no to going after Simon [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Based on the figures that we had heard from his agent it just didn't sound realistic for us to be involved with it," Donahoe said. "At this stage, where people are trying to get down to the final roster, he may not get what he thinks he's going to get."'

Marker McGahee destined for big year [7:28 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Losman doesn't have to win games so much as he has to avoid losing them. In reserve are two veterans, Holcomb, who started 12 games in four seasons for the Browns and could take over if Losman falters, and Shane Matthews, who, at age 35, is a perfect No. 3. Grade: C-plus.'

Marker Bills' Campbell says 'throw it my way' [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"With the naked (bootlegs) and all those things with me getting out of the pocket, the tight end slanting and getting open will benefit our team," said Losman. "Having a couple of guys like that — tall guys, big targets — any time you can get a pop over the middle you have to take advantage of those things."'

Marker Bills' Roster Undergoes Change [4:59 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Therrian Fontenot was a free agent signee out of Fresno State. He was converted from running back while with the Bulldogs, but the first year cornerback was Buffalo's only cut to get down to the roster limit.'

Marker Buffalo Bills NFL Preview [4:58 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'After finishing strong in '04, a team with savvy veterans puts its fate in the hands of a 24-year-old quarterback who has thrown five NFL passes.'

Marker Falcons release receiver Price [12:35 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The release of Price, acquired from Buffalo in 2003 for a first-round draft choice, has been the subject of considerable speculation here since the end of the '04 season. Team sources confirmed the jettisoning of Price who, in two seasons with the Falcons, caught just 109 passes for 1,413 yards and six touchdowns.'

August 30, 2005

Marker Vikings claim RB Lee off waivers, place Birk on IR [10:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Lee, waived by Buffalo this weekend, rushed 27 times for 128 yards for Dallas last year. He was supposed to compete for the Bills' backup spot behind Willis McGahee, but had a disappointing preseason.'

Marker Bills Reduce Roster to 65 [5:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Thomas, entering his fourth year with the Bills, has been bothered by a right knee injury since spring minicamps. "I'm disappointed for [Kevin] because he's worked as hard as anybody," said head coach Mike Mularkey. "He's got six more weeks when the regular season starts to get that thing right and I feel like he will."'

Marker Bills Make Moves To Get To 65 [5:06 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'They actually have 67 because QB Kevin Thompson and CB Lawrence Richardson are NFL Europe exemptions.'

Marker Bills place CB Thomas, TE Everett on PUP; cut CB Fontenot [4:25 PM]
AP reports: 'Thomas and Everett will not be eligible to practice with the team until after the conclusion of Week 6. At that time, the players will have a three-week window of opportunity to start practicing to determine whether they're healthy to be activated or be placed on the season-ending injured-reserve list.'

Marker Bills Waive Therrian Fontenot [3:36 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has waived DB Therrian Fontenot and has placed TE Kevin Everett and DB Kevin Thomas on Reserve/PUP.'

Marker McGahee runs up tote board [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yeah, I was surprised," he said. "But hey, we needed the work. We weren't doing too good, so I don't blame the coaches for keeping us out there."'

Marker Moulds worried for friends living in hurricane's path [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds' mother lives near Gulfport, Miss., but she evacuated before Katrina reached land. Still, Moulds fears a number of people will lose their property. "It's a tough situation because you never know what's going to happen," Moulds said. "So many things happen with roofs and things like that, and so much rain and so much wind, it tears up your city. So it's hard to rebuild. My prayers go out to the people down there because I know how tough it is to get through a hurricane."'

Marker Carrying on [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Willis McGahee's preseason workload...'.

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