Practice Squad Proves Beneficial for Team [1:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"The only difference is that you're not active during the game," said linebacker Mario Haggan, a former Practice Squad player. "You're basically still learning the system. It's another opportunity to continue to be in the system and learn and develop as a player and hopefully in weeks to come you can move up and contribute to the team as an active player."'
Bills Team Report [9:50 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Matthews' good showing in the final exhibition game might have convinced the team it could live with two healthy passers, which made Brown expendable. Matthews doesn't have a strong arm, but he is accurate and usually makes good decisions. He also gives the team a backup with experience as a starter; neither Losman nor Brown has started an NFL game.'
Surprise gifts for Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The surprise walk-on rookie was defensive end Constantin Ritzmann, another Tennessee Vol who was kept in favor of veterans Jason Gildon and Keith McKenzie.'
A look at the 2004 Buffalo Bills [8:52 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'Things still have time to work themselves out, but the way things are going right now, the Bills will be lucky to play .500 ball.'
Roster moves surprise Brown [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"The news is brand new, but I just don't feel like they treated me right."'
The Bills Cut Gildon And 13 Others [5:02 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Travis Brown's season could be over as he's been put on the Reserve/Injured list. If the Bills buy him out they could bring him back after ten weeks, but J.P. Losman should be ready by then.'
Bills Reduce Roster To 53 [5:01 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Backup quarterback Travis Brown was placed on injured reserve, meaning his season is over. Earlier in the week Bills President & GM Tom Donahoe stated the team would carry four quarterbacks on the roster and not put Brown on I-R.'
Couch, Gildon, Levens among notable vets cut [11:14 PM]
NFL.com reports: Buffalo released LB Jason Gildon and placed QB Travis Brown on injured reserve. Brown also sat out the entire 2003 season with an injury. Gildon, who holds the Pittsburgh Steelers' record with 77 sacks, was cut six weeks after the Bills signed the 10-year veteran in hopes of bolstering their pass rush.
Gildon among Bills cuts [7:05 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Gildon, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, signed as a free agent in July after spending 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is Pittsburgh's all-time sack leader with 77 and had six last season.'
Bills place QB Brown on injured reserve; release 14 others [5:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Backup quarterback Travis Brown's season is over after he was placed on injured reserve by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.'
Bills reduce roster to 53 [4:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today waived the following players to bring the roster to 53, the mandatory number required by the NFL...'.
Roster cuts [4:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '
Gerald Dixon CB Alabama
Jasen Esposito OL Kutztown
Jason Gildon LB Oklahoma
Drew Haddad WR Buffalo
Luke Lawton FB McNeese State
Keith McKenzie DE Ball State
Lauvale Sape DT Utah
Ken Simonton RB Oregon State
Jonathan Smith WR Georgia Tech
Ben Sobieski OL Iowa
Dominique Stevenson LB Tennessee
Marques Sullivan OT Illinois
Rod Trafford TE South Carolina
Greg Zolman QB Vanderbilt
DT Decisions Right Down to the Wire [3:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Returning starters Sam Adams and Pat Williams are expected to anchor the middle of the defense again, leaving Tim Anderson, Justin Bannan, Ron Edwards, and Lauvale Sape to battle it out for the remaining spots.'
Bills decide today who is a cut above [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The toughest calls are on the defensive line and defensive backfield. Pass-rushing defensive end Jason Gildon, a three-time Pro Bowler, is on the roster bubble. And the Bills will have to divert from the normal plan at safety because of the injury to Lawyer Milloy.'
Smoke signals from Bills don't fan the flames of optimism [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sorry, folks, but when it's all added up, I get six wins. I can't fathom being half right again.'
Gogolak style in fashion for 40 years [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In his first preseason game, against the New York Jets in Tampa on Aug. 8, 1964, Gogolak kicked a 57-yard field goal, 3 yards longer than the pro record at the time. The pros started paying attention.'
Last Impressions: Mike Mularkey [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You better be secure, smart and self-effacing to command the respect of NFL players these days. At the top of the coaching profession, it's not about making players follow you. It's about convincing them to join you. Starting next Sunday, we see if Mularkey is up to the task.'
Buffalo vs. Miami [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I've always felt this was football's perfect rivalry - North against South, Cold vs. Sun, Blue Collar City vs. Versace Death Site. They beat us for the entire decade of the '70s, we returned the favor a decade later. Like Michigan/Ohio State - even if the season's a bust - you gotta win this one. We don't get 'em at home in the winter this year, but we don't need to. Let the pummeling begin: Buffalo vs. Miami - the teams, the towns. ... It's got to help to see how they stack up at the Tale of the Tape.'
Boom! It's a hit [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"If we have a little free time, we'll get some rest, play the game, have some fun and get our minds off (the job) for a while," rookie free safety Rashad Baker said. "I love the game and I'm very competitive, even outside of football. It gets you pumped up playing it."'
Donahoe: Rooneys made 'a mistake' [5:04 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: I think they made a mistake," Donahoe said. "A lot of people in the organization feel they made a mistake. But, you know, you have to run your franchise the way you want to run it, so I don't have any hard feelings
Overdue Bills [5:03 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: The point is that Donahoe, who has this season and next remaining on his contract, has tied his fortune to a core of former Steelers comrades -- and Buffalonians have mixed feelings about that, considering Donahoe is 17-31 without a winning season since he took over as president and general manager in 2001.
Controversy breaks serenity of Bills camp [5:02 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'In a one-on-one interview with FOXSports.com, McGahee didn't say he demanded a trade but admits he is certainly concerned about his status in the offense. "We have two good backs here and neither one of us wants to be a backup," McGahee said. "I don't blame him from saying what he said — he doesn't want to split any time. I'm just like him, I want to play too."'
Bills' preview [5:01 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'How about a new head coach plus 10 assistants? That’s the byproduct of failed expectations.'
A.F.C. East Scouting Report [7:55 PM]
New York Times reports: 'If the defense can play as well as it did last season, and Bledsoe can return to something close to his normal form, the Bills could contend with the Dolphins and the Jets for second place.'
Mike Williams looks ahead, not back [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The last time the Buffalo Bills' massive right tackle was the center of attention it was for all the wrong reasons.'
Finally together, O-line shines [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' starting offensive line played well in its first game together during Thursday's preseason finale at Detroit. Jonas Jennings never had a doubt about that.'
Shane Matthews has nice debut with newest team, the Buffalo Bills [6:31 AM]
Pascagoula Mississippi Press reports: 'Pascagoula native Shane Matthews put together a solid opener to his preseason stint with the Buffalo Bills.'
Bills must stop penalties [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The special teams were troubled — they also allowed the Lions to average 26.3 yards on four punt returns — but the offensive and defensive units weren't much better in terms of playing by the rules.'
Bills face tough decisions in making final cuts [9:17 PM]
AP reports: 'That means Buffalo must release 15 players while backup quarterbacks Travis Brown and J.P. Losman, and starting cornerback Lawyer Milloy are injured. The Bills intend to keep all three active though Brown sprained his left knee, Losman broke his left leg, and Milloy broke his right forearm. Their presence means Buffalo will open its season hosting Jacksonville on Sept. 12 with at least four quarterbacks and five safeties one more at each position than teams traditionally keep.'
Some tough cuts ahead for Bills [4:55 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Currently the Bills have four halfbacks — Travis Henry, Willis McGahee, Simonton and Williams — and three fullbacks — Daimon Shelton, Joe Burns and Luke Lawton — and only five of them figure to survive. In addition, it would seem either Rod Trafford or Tim Euhus, a fourth-round draft choice, won’t survive at tight end.'
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