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Buffalo Bills News - July 14, 2003

Marker There's a Hike of Interest with Conaty Addition [12:11 PM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Bill Conaty, whose six-year tenure with the Buffalo Bills officially ended when he signed with the Patriots July 3 as an unrestricted free agent, will always be grateful to have been a Bills center. He started his NFL career in Buffalo as an undrafted rookie out of Virginia Tech, where he got to play in the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl. Married and a father of two, he's made a nice living in the NFL.'

Marker Inside Dish: Vikings' run may depend on a rookie [12:10 PM]
Sportingnews reports: Word coming out of Buffalo is that the team is altering the wide-open system it used last season with quarterback Drew Bledsoe. The Bills are showing signs of being more conservative, hoping to rely on an improved defense and turning to a solid running game and play-action passes to control the clock.

Marker Celebs discuss futures in NFL, baseball [5:31 AM]
Pittsburg Morning Sun reports: '"It's always a new season," Moorman said. "I feel like the Bills have done some good things. There's a lot of excitement going on with our team right now. We don't to expect anything less than the playoffs and beyond."'

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July 13, 2003

Marker Sam Adams training in Arizona with Grant Irons [4:25 PM] reports: According to Grant Irons parents, Grant was spending his off-time between the last mini-camp and training camp and they said he was in Phoenix, Arizona at a training facility getting one-on-one guidance. They also added that Big Sam Adams was out there with him trying to get some of that weight off in time for camp. Grant was really impressed with this facility how they prepared him for his first camp and he talked Sam into joining him for this years preparations.

Marker Donahoe Radio Interview on ESPN Radio--link [4:22 PM] reports: The archived interview is here. The real thing is better than the notes. (Donahoe portion of interview is at approximently 1:20:00 mark).

Marker Tom Donahoe on ESPN Radio [1:33 PM] reports: 'On offense--Les Steckel has been working hard with Travis on Fumbling. Donahoe said the staff has probably overanalyzed what led to Travis' issues and found that it was part technique so they have worked on that. Said obviously that teams will target Travis for stripping the ball...'

Marker Explaining the Supplemental Draft [1:31 PM] reports: ESPN's Chris Mortensen, when asked which teams have the top offensive lines in football says "I would watch out for the Buffalo Bills' line this season."

Marker Bills will keep watch on Houston's Hollings [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hollings' progress should give the Bills a clearer picture of what they can expect from Willis McGahee, their own wounded rookie star. McGahee is a better player than Hollings but his knee injury was more serious.'

Marker Picnic to honor DeLamielleure [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A picnic recognizing Joe DeLamielleure for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be held from 2-5 p.m. next Sunday at Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg.'

July 12, 2003

Marker Buy Individual Game Tickets Online [10:05 AM] reports: Only single seats remain for the team’s 2003 home games vs. New England (9/7), Philadelphia (9/28) and Washington (10/19). The only way to guarantee tickets for all home games is by purchasing season tickets.

Marker Bills camp tickets available [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The workouts, July 28 and Aug. 4, will be on the grass practice fields at St. John Fisher College. Practices run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will feature a team autograph session after the workout. Shuttle services will begin at 4:45 p.m. and gates open at 5.'

Marker Bills tickets are on sale, and they are going fast [5:50 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If you intend to buy early-season, single-game Bills’ tickets, be prepared to be disappointed.'

July 11, 2003

Marker Free Bills practice tickets available Monday [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Tickets for the first of two Buffalo Bills training camp night practices will be available beginning next week. The Bills will have two Monday night practices from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, on July 28 and August 4.'

July 10, 2003

Marker Tickets For Night Practice Available At Tops [4:56 PM] reports: The Bills announced that tickets for the team’s first of the team’s two Monday evening practices during the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp will be available to the public next week at all participating Tops Friendly Markets locations.

Marker Ask Vic: Colts, Falcons won't rush to change [3:27 PM] reports: For instance, the Bills replaced Larry Centers, whose greatest skill is catching the ball, with Sam Gash, who is a bulldozer. They clearly want to pound the ball more often this season, and believe Gash can significantly enhance Travis Henry's 2002 production.

Marker wkbw-tv - Bills Town Meeting Thursday at 8 pm EST watch via the internet [3:27 PM]
wkbw reports: Channel 7 Sports Director John Murphy welcomes Buffalo Bills General Manager Tom Donahoe to a LIVE town meeting from Paddock Chevrolet, Thursday July 10th at 8pm on WKBW-TV. John will talk with Mr. Donahoe about the team, and welcome players Eric Moulds and Sam Gash. "AM/Buffalo's Linda Pellegrino will be there to take questions from a live studio audience.

Marker WKBW-TV LIVE Bills Show - July 10 @ 8 PM [12:45 PM] reports: Watch the WKBW-TV Eyewitness Sports special - The Bills Town Hall Meeting - LIVE on the internet at 8 PM EST on Thursday, July 10

Marker Assistant Head Coach Dick LeBeau [9:21 AM] reports: Dick LeBeau Joined the Bills staff as Assistant Head Coach on March 10, 2003. The '03 season will mark the 45th in the NFL for LeBeau, who played 14 years as a defensive back and has been a coach in the league for the last 30. Most recently, he spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Marker Kelly joins fundraiser [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'Two big names have joined the list of participants in this year’s ESL Tours Challenge for Youth. Pro football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and Gionta have agreed to play in the event at Lake Shore Country Club on Tuesday, July 22.'

July 9, 2003

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Billy Shaw [12:45 PM] reports: If Billy Shaw hadn’t been a little stubborn, he may have ended up playing in the NFL with a star on his helmet instead of becoming a star in the AFL with the Bills. An All-American offensive tackle at Georgia Tech where he also played defensive end, Shaw didn’t appreciate Dallas’ plan to select him in the 1961 NFL draft and move him to linebacker.

Marker Some Bills tickets already scarce [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' The Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday that only single seats remain for three of the team's 2003 home games: New England (Sept. 7), Philadelphia (Sept. 28) and Washington (Oct. 19).'

Marker Bills tickets available [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Tickets will be available in person at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office, the Rochester office in Pittsford Plaza, and at all participating Tops Friendly Markets. For those buying tickets at Tops, a handbill policy will again be in effect.'

Marker Gray keeps eyes on the future [5:22 AM]
Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports: 'By the end of September last year, the Bills ranked 24th in total yards allowed and 30th in points allowed. However, Buffalo rallied the last half of the season to finish 15th overall and had a pass defense rated sixth best in the NFL. "We started out kind of slow, but I thought we made a lot of progress from the middle of the season to the end. We didn't take advantage of some turnovers we came up with that hurt us."'

July 8, 2003

Marker Buffalo Bills Exclusive Contest Page [9:59 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills have teamed up with select sponsors to bring you these exciting contests. Click on any of the links below for more information about how you can win great Bills prizes!

Marker Bills Digest To Debut Later This Month [4:53 PM] reports: Bills Digest will tell it like it is in a fair, accurate manner. We will incorporate the best elements of Shout!, which has covered the Bills for over a decade, and we will take it to an entire new level as Bills Digest. Order Online Today

Marker TSN's 2003 offensive breakout team [2:52 PM]
The Sporting News reports: The most obvious pick is Josh Reed of the Bills. "If I were a fantasy football guy, I'd take him," Bills assistant GM Tom Modrak says. With Peerless Price in Atlanta, Reed figures to catch a lot of Drew Bledsoe passes this season. Last year, four Bills players had more receptions than Reed, but none of them had a better average per catch than his 13.8 yards.

Marker Three Games Down To Single Seats As Individual Game Tix Go On Sale Saturday, July 12 [1:11 PM] reports: 'Fans are reminded that individual game tickets for 2003 home games go on sale starting this Saturday, July 12 at 9:00 AM.'

Marker Bills bring in top FAs to shape up defense [11:45 AM]
ESPN reports: After minicamp, Bledsoe, who probably tried to do too much to offset last season's defensive struggles, assessed, "We've got the ability to beat anybody in the league. The thing that's inspiring to me is to see the collective attitude that this team has right now … it's outstanding, probably the best I've ever been around."

Marker Year Three: Gregg Williams [9:04 AM] reports: For Gregg Williams, the 2003 campaign will be his third in Buffalo after being named as the 12th head coach in team history. The consistent improvement and fierce competitiveness displayed by the Bills in two seasons under Williams has Buffalo fans extremely encouraged and optimistic about the team's immediate future.

Marker Breakthrough players: Twenty in Jenkins' wake [8:29 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Mike Williams, T, Buffalo Bills: This massive second-year player will be a perennial Pro Bowl player for the next decade. He is a powerful force in the run game, but he also has the good feet for pass protection. The Bills have the makings of a good, young line with Williams the foundation.

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