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Buffalo Bills News - August 23, 2004

Marker McGee impresses on kick returns [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When (McGee) had his chances on the returns, he really hit the holes that were tight," coach Mike Mularkey said. "That's what you're looking for, especially on kickoff returns, a guy who's not afraid to hit the hole. You don't want anybody back there looking for it. If it's there, go."'

Marker Henry sore, but he's been hurt worse [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's the same thing that happened to me when we played against Miami, but it looks like it's going to be OK," Henry said. "This isn't nearly as bad as last year. I'm breathing a lot better and moving around a lot better."'

Marker Henry injury could open door for McGahee start [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In this cut-throat business, Henry's injury comes at a good time for McGahee, who will get more repetitions with the first team.'

Marker McGee turns heads with returns [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'McGee returned three kickoffs for a total of 136 yards, including an 85-yarder near the end of the first half that set up the only Bills touchdown. "The team was the one making the holes for me, I just had to go through them," McGee said. "It was easy."'

Marker Big problem is Bledsoe, not running backs [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Travis Brown has shown little to suggest that he'd be an improvement over Bledsoe. For all of his athletic ability, rookie J.P. Losman clearly isn't ready to start for a playoff team in the NFL. He'd be exciting for as long as he could stay healthy, but he wouldn't win many games. If the 2004 Bills are going to make the playoffs, Bledsoe figures to be the QB taking them there.'

Marker Bickering Bills [5:26 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The notion that they would hand the running game on a platter to McGahee, who ripped up his knee in the NCAA championship game 18 months ago, is absurd. McGahee, or at least his advisers, are showing lousy judgment. This is the NFL, where a team can go through running backs faster than the ambulances can cart them away; where today's backup is tomorrow's starter. And given the bruised ribs Henry sustained on Saturday, it makes no sense to deal McGahee.'

Marker Inside slant [5:05 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Forget multi-million dollar tackles and guards when a $49 alarm clock will do.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:04 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Denney made a statement coming into the game for a fourth-and-one play at the Bills 7-yard line, nailing ex-Bill Antowain Smith for no gain with help from safety Izell Reese. With two preseason games left, Denney still has the nod to start but it appears this will be more of a rotation position than anything.'

Marker Notes, quotes [5:03 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'QB Drew Bledsoe wasn't feeling too good about the pass he threw to RB Travis Henry against Tennessee. It was behind Henry, who reached back and exposed himself to a full-force blast from LB Keith Bulluck. "I probably should've given him the ball a little bit sooner, either that, or taken it and run it myself," said Bledsoe, who was running to his right.'

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August 22, 2004

Marker Titans deliver big hits [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I thought we did some good things," Bledsoe said. "We came out against what's a very good defense and moved the ball. We ran the ball effectively against them and had time to throw it in the passing game. We were dropping back and getting it out quick. . . . We would have liked to put it in the end zone. We had a couple of chances. We still had too many penalties."'

Marker Donahoe tries to defuse RB controversy [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've been trying to make it clear, but obviously we're not doing a good job of it because it keeps coming up," Donahoe said. "We have no control over what outside sources say. We do have control of what our people say and what our players say. We understand, Travis understands and Willis understands that it's a team game. It's not strictly about Travis or Willis. We're going to need all the players we can get to have a successful year."'

Marker Titans' Brown rolls up rushing yardage [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's real satisfying to run the ball as well as we did (Saturday)," said Brown. "We need to clean up a couple of things and we will be OK."'

Marker Only one way to end the controversy: trade Henry [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So why wait?'

Marker Titans top the sloppy Bills [5:26 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Counting declined or offsetting infractions, more than 30 penalties were called in the game, with Buffalo officially assessed 12 for 127 yards. "It was real sloppy and we still had a chance to win, that's what was unbelievable about it," said coach Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Bills' McGahee denies making trade request [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Willis understands where he is on the road back, he's happy here, he and Travis are both team players. We've been trying to say for two weeks there's nothing to this, but there may be some outside individuals who want to make more of it than what there really is. As far as our team is concerned, there's no controversy."'

Marker Blame agent for creating McGahee rift [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Shrewd agent Drew Rosenhaus, who won't deny that McGahee won't be happy as the No. 2 man, has dirt on his hands but Donahoe wouldn't acknowledge it. He should have.'

Marker McGahee has yet to earn the right to rant [5:23 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Only a cynic would suggest that Rosenhaus, who negotiated an incentive-laden contract for McGahee, has to have Willis in the line-up to maximize his cut.'

Marker Bills draw preseason sellout for second time [5:22 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'After getting a franchise-record low 18 takeaways in 16 games last season, Buffalo got two in a second straight game. Against Tennessee the Bills recovered two fumbles, the first by defensive tackle Sam Adams after linebacker Jeff Posey sacked Titans’ backup QB Billy Volek who lost the ball. Later, safety Pierson Prioleau picked up a bobble by reserve running back Vick King caused by linebacker Mario Haggan.'

Marker Sunday's Tennessee Coverage [5:21 AM]
TBD reports: Titans eventually lose their cool against Bills (Nashville Tennessean)
Brown has Titans running game looking good (Nashville Tennessean)
Brown, Calico hit stride (Nashville Tennessean)
Bulluck's hit hurts Henry (Nashville Tennessean)
Titans post-game quotes (TitansOnline.com)
Game photos (TitansOnline.com)

Marker Tennessee 16, Buffalo 15 [5:20 AM]
AP reports: 'Bulluck weighed in on the Bills' running back issues by favoring Henry. ``He's the best running back they've got,'' Bulluck said. ``I don't understand what the controversy's about. ... (McGahee) doesn't hit the hole as hard as Travis. To me, he didn't really pose the threat when he was back there. But he's a young back. He has time.'''

Marker Bills RB Henry knocked out of preseason game [5:19 AM]
AP reports: 'He said the pain is in the same spot as where he tore rib cartilage in the third week of last season. Henry missed only one game, electing to play through the pain. ``It's not nearly as bad,'' Henry said. ``I'm breathing a lot better and moving around a lot better. It's a little sore ... but I think it's going to be OK.'''

Marker Moorman inactive for Saturday's preseason game [5:18 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo punter Brian Moorman was listed as inactive for the Bills' preseason game Saturday night against Tennessee.'

Marker Tennessee 16, Buffalo 15 [5:17 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'J.P. Losman, one of Buffalo's two first-round picks this season, went 4-of-6 for 23 yards. He also rushed for 43 yards. Lee Evans, the team's other first-round pick, had one catch for no yards.'

Marker Tennessee 16, Buffalo 15 [5:16 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe was 7-of-10 passing for 67 yards.'

Marker Bills' Henry leaves game with injury [5:15 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Henry had seven carries for 27 yards and one reception for three yards before leaving the game.'

Marker Henry Hurt In Bills Loss To Tennessee [5:14 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Henry said after the game that his ribs aren't as sore as last season when he tore rib cartilage in the third week of last season. Henry was laid out to dry by Drew Bledsoe. The play started when RT Mike Williams totally whiffed on his man Juqua Thomas. Bledsoe had to duck and was running to his right. He spotted Henry about eight yards down field and threw the ball a little behind him. That allowed Bullock to arrive and the same time as the ball. Henry took about five minutes to get up and was taken by cart to the lockerroom. Henry finished with 27 yards on seven carries. He had a fumble, but Bledsoe took half the blame for putting the ball on Henry's hip. Willis McGahee replaced Henry and scored on his second series from three yards out. McGahee was unimpressive with 28 yards on 11 attempts. He also dropped a pass. Buffalo's leading rusher was J.P. Losman as the quarterback pranced for 43 yards on four carries.'

Marker Bills Lose... Henry Hurt [5:14 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'The most negative aspect of the game for the bills besides the Henry injury was penalties. The game was littered with personal fouls. Buffalo was officially called for 12 penalties and 127 yards Tennessee added 11 calls good for 73 yards to the total.'

Marker Travis Henry Bruises Ribs vs. Titans [5:13 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It's not good but it couldn't happen at a better time considering it's still the preseason and we've got two more games before that first regular season game," he said. "If something bad could happen, it happened at the right time."'

Marker Defense Impressive, Still Not Satisfied [5:12 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We didn't come to play tonight as a whole," Spikes said. "We didn't play the way we needed to play in order to achieve our goal of being the number one defense."'

Marker Special Teams Play Important Role [5:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"You'll see, as we go, more starters," said Mularkey. "We're going to put the best guys out there, period. There is no thing that says a starter is relieved from duty because he's playing first, second, and third down. Fourth down is no different. What's nice is a couple of guys are volunteering. Two weeks and a row London (Fletcher) has been unbelievable on kickoff return.'

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