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Buffalo Bills News - August 5, 2005

Marker Scrimmage at Lambeau a homecoming for Wisconsin trio [4:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Vincent was one of three former Badgers who drew cheers from the green and gold faithful during a two-hour joint workout Thursday night, the first practice the Packers shared with another NFL team in 14 years. Wide receiver Lee Evans and safety Jim Leonhard also are former Badgers who got plenty of praise from the crowd.'

Marker Friday's Green Bay Coverage [4:54 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Coaches, fans get first look at the defense (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Rodgers impressive in scrimmage (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Coaches pleased with productive practice (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Former UW stars enjoy homecoming (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Rule changes protect players (Green Bay Press Gazette)
On the fence with fan Carrie Reed (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Sherman champions homeless shelter (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Scrimmage to be good test for test Rodgers, defense (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Hamstring injury may shelve Bedell (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Battle is on for return jobs (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Packers, fans gear up for Friday night party (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Evans fits the Bills (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Irwin, McGee return to airwaves (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Rookie QB Rodgers shows his stuff (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Packers' defense solid (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Sander meets challenge (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Bills' Leonhard believes he can beat the odds - again (Wisconsin State Journal)
Rodgers strong to start (Wisconsin State Journal)
Die-hard Packers fans line up for practice (Appleton Post Crescent)
Sander's second chance starts Friday night against Bills (AP)
Bills Stampede Into Green Bay (Packers.com)
Referees Explain New Rules For 2005 NFL Season (Packers.com)
Rodgers Shreds The Bills Pass Defense (Packers.com)
Restaurants Score with Packers-Bills Practice (WBAY-TV)
Oneida Street Closing for Packers-Bills (WBAY-TV)

Marker Mularkey Pleased with First Joint Practice [4:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I think we got a lot of good work," head coach Mike Mularkey said at the conclusion of the joint workout. "We had a number of different sessions, the blitz, the inside run, and a simulated team period. We got a lot of things done and I liked the way we finished the practice. That was important because it was about as close to a game simulation as you can have."'

Marker Losman Led Bills Set to Face Packers [4:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I want to see what he's got," Rodgers recently said on Packers.com. "I'll definitely be watching him pretty close."'

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August 4, 2005

Marker Packers host another team for practice for first time in 14 years [10:02 PM]
AP reports: '"I thought it would be a great change-up," Sherman said. "Going against a different colored jersey will spice things up a bit for a coup le days." Mularkey said the same thing before the Bills boarded their plane for Green Bay: "Just listening to these guys as we were finishing up practice, they need somebody else to beat on. It's been a pretty good week worth of practice. I think it's just a change-up. It's good for them."'

Marker Catching up with ... Takeo Spikes [10:01 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'So how do you look in blue and red compared to orange and black?
Spikes: I look like a winner.'

Marker Skeptics lack what Losman has aplenty: confidence [5:07 PM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'So let’s make it official: I predict Losman will start the season solid, evolve into good and proceed to outstanding.'

Marker Bills' high hopes hinge on Losman [5:05 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'I think 9-7 is attainable, but a slow 1-5 start like last year could force a quarterback change on a week-to-week basis. A 2-3 start or better and the franchise will not look back as the Losman era is born. I think Losman stays on the field all season and the team scrambles to an 8-8 record with their sights clearly set on 2006 as the year they make their big move.'

Marker Bills to get close-up look at Favre [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Friday, teams will work from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Practice will include individual drills, seven-on-seven and a two-minute drill simulation. The teams will then warm up from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., with the scrimmage kicking off at 8:05 p.m. at Lambeau Field. The first-team offenses will face the first-team defenses on two separate sets of possessions.'

Marker The billboard [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the afternoon, the first teams ran a spirited four-play goal-line drill in a full-pads, thanks due an inducement by Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "Whoever won was going to get some more time off tonight," Mularkey said. "So that sort of stirs up the competition. They take a lot of pride in their side of the ball."'

Marker Running back battle heats up [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Lee, returning veterans Joe Burns and Shaud Williams, and rookie Lionel Gates are the candidates competing for the important No. 2 role behind superstar Willis McGahee, a spot created by the pre-training camp trade of Travis Henry to the Tennessee Titans. It's a race too close to call, with every practice, every scrimmage, every preseason game scheduled for heavy scrutiny by the coaching staff and front office.'

Marker Bills sweat in the heat, try to stay cool [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When I played for Bud (Grant in the early 1980s), there was no water on the field," Mularkey remembers. "But if there was a cattle warning on the radio and the farmers were warned to bring their cattle in, we'd get a water break."'

Marker Losman thrilled he will oppose Favre at Lambeau [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm a big, big fan, just the way he handles himself off the field," Losman said of Favre, 35, who is entering his 15th season needing just 266 yards to join John Elway and Dan Marino in the 50,000 Club. "It's going to be awesome to play against a guy like that. There probably hasn't been another quarterback other than Brett Favre that I want to take more from."'

Marker Bills eager to hit someone else [5:01 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“I know the guys are tired of hitting each other and tired of blocking each other — probably more so than me it’s good for them,” Bills quarterback J.P. Losman said. “They’re not able to hit people as hard as they want to. They don’t want to hurt teammates. It’s going to be good to get some different looks and see some different colors on the helmet.”'

Marker Losman taking hints from Favre on, off the field [5:00 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“I try to take things out of all types of quarterbacks throughout the years that I liked. (There are) certain qualities that I want to add to my game but there probably isn’t another quarterback that I want to take more from than Brett Favre.”'

Marker Competition to be McGahee’s back up is wide open [4:59 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“It’s just a matter of studying everyday,” Lee said. “Everybody just wants to compete right now.”'

Marker Thursday's Green Bay Coverage [4:58 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Green wants to cash in (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Scrimmage to be good test for test Rodgers, defense (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Hamstring injury may shelve Bedell (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Battle is on for return jobs (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Packers, fans gear up for Friday night party (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Buffalo fills bill as foe (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Scrimmage will highlight position battles (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Henderson still runs No. 1 at fullback (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Bedell injures hamstring (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Roman attempts cover-up (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Team officials mingle with Packer fans (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Franks missing camper (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Rodgers, Packers make deal with a future (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Hamstring injury a real pain for Poppinga (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Hunt opens this camp with some fire (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Grady's a PUP with some bark (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Thompson takes a stand for the defense (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Walker runs go route (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Underwood answers a vertical challenge (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Nall faces new test to pass with Packers (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Healthy Navies works to keep his job (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Hawkins' talent fills in for experience (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Henderson still runs No. 1 at fullback (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Scrimmage with Bills adds twist to training camp (Wisconsin State Journal)

Marker Losman is now in the driver's seat for Bills [4:57 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'The kid has the keys. Now it's time to see whether he can keep this car on the road.'

Marker Trafford Just Happy to Be Here [4:56 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'When he was 13 years old, the Bills’ tight end was involved in an automobile accident that probably saved his life. "When they were running my vitals at the hospital they found an irregular heartbeat,” Trafford said. “They checked into it and I had to have open heart surgery the next month. It's just been a pretty crazy ride, you know."'

Marker Bills Focus on Red Zone [4:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo proved last year that success in the red zone is critical putting points on the board. In 16 games the Bills had the ball in the red zone 60 times and they scored 28 touchdowns and 21 field goals (81.7%). In the first six games alone, the offense failed to score inside the red zone on six different occasions. The final 10 games the Bills faired much better, coming away empty only five times, two of which came near the end of games the Bills had the lead.'

Marker McNally's work key to J.P.'s progress [4:54 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'With the Giants in 2000, he may have done his best job to date as he took a bag of spare parts, including former Bills’ starter Glenn Parker, to Super Bowl XXXV. At each stop, he has had success — which makes it hard for him to choose his best work. “I try to do the same thing every year. If I said one, it’d be bragging and I wouldn’t do that,” McNally said.'

Marker McGee hopes to return to Pro Bowl for more than just kick returns [4:53 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Judging by McGee’s play in training camp, he plans to be shutting down the NFC’s top wideouts in February in Hawaii. Injuries in the secondary and McGee’s athleticism earned him a starting spot last year and forced Vincent back to safety.'

August 3, 2005

Marker Bills Tight Ends Healthy in Camp [10:13 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The tight end position is expected to play a big role in a transformed offense that features second-year quarterback J.P. Losman taking over as starter. "It's pretty important," coach Mike Mularkey said of having his top two tight ends back. "You had to think about that position going into camp. You kept saying, `They're going to be there.' And having them in there, I think our offense may be ahead."'

Marker Big Mike Ready for Big Year [9:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I'm a lot more focused, both on and off the field," he said. "As far as last year, when you have things on your mind it's hard to focus and do what they ask you to do. This year it's totally different. I worked hard during the offseason, came in here in shape and focused. I'm ready to do what I know I can do and what the organization knows what I can do."'

Marker Losman looking forward to facing boyhood idol, Favre [9:45 PM]
AP reports: '"I don't want him to be anything else but him. But he's got to realize that all eyes are on him," Mularkey said. "He can't show his frustration all the time because I think teammates watch that, and it can be a negative for the team. But I think he's done a really good job of trying to control it."'

Marker All eyes on J.P. [1:55 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'The Bills are talented, hungry and hardly rebuilding. They ended the Drew Bledsoe starting era because they deemed the 12-year veteran had taken them as far as he could, which was to a 9-7 record last season, including eight wins in nine games stretching from Halloween to Christmas. Buffalo has a superb defense, outstanding special teams and enough young offensive weapons to give New England a run for its money in the rugged AFC East. If, that is, the Bills can get enough out of the kid quarterback who inspired them to ship three draft picks -- including their 2005 first-rounder -- to Dallas for the right to select him 22nd overall in the '04 draft. And Jonathan Paul Losman already has that much figured out.'

Marker Bills camp evolves into 'one and done' [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You have to save your guys," said quarterback Kelly Holcomb. "Way back when, guys were gone from the time the season finished until training camp. So they kind of got into shape. Now it's a year-round thing. We have minicamp. We have the OTAs. We're in football all year long with the exception of maybe two months. I think it's a great thing. You don't have to come out here and kill yourself. Guys know what they're doing."'

Marker Gudmundsen, Bills together by chance [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'd always put myself in a spot wherever the o-line was and I was watching them all the time and seeing what coach McNally was teaching them," Gudmundsen said.'

Marker "Sleeper" Role Perfect for Aiken [5:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Sam is a workout warrior," said Bills receivers coach Tyke Tolbert. "Josh Reed stayed with him the whole summer and Sam took him out and they went through his workout regime. So Josh Reed came back into training camp in the best shape he's ever been in in his entire life. Sam is a big-time workout warrior."'

Marker Fierce Battle at Running Back [5:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The competition for the backup running back job is fierce and there's no question the ability to pick up blitzes will factor into the team's decision making process when cut-down time arrives.'

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