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Buffalo Bills News - June 29, 2005

Marker Former Buffalo Bills cornerback joins radio team [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We think that it gives credibility to the position because he's played and been on the sidelines," said Scott Berchtold, the Bills vice president for communications. "Any time you can get a former player, it makes it more interesting for fans to hear what he sees because he's been there."'

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June 27, 2005

Marker Sophomore Approach for Bills Coach [4:42 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I'm not as fatigued as I was last year," Mularkey said. "A lot of that was because there was a lot to do with the staff, the draft, the camps … there's just a lot to do. And I was prepared for most of it. But there was still more than I had anticipated, and I could just tell physically I have a little more energy now than I did a year ago. I've also been getting home a little earlier than I have been (now that the Bills' Organized Team Activities have ended) and touching up on some little things in the office here that I can do this year that I couldn't do last year, because I was still going 90 [miles an hour]."'

Marker Teen inspired to aid Hunter's Hope [11:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Corigliano met up with the Kellys and Hunter's Hope Foundation after working as a volunteer on the terminally ill floor of Women and Children's Hospital, she said.'

June 26, 2005

Marker AFC EAST: Key questions heading into camp [9:34 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Actually, this is a playoff team for sure if Losman can avoid being the Buffalo Bust.'

Marker Bills Team Report [7:52 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The Bills' relative free agent inactivity is not surprising. Because of their salary cap situation, they had no desire to make a big splash on the open market like they have the previous three seasons. They also didn't attack free agency hard because they don't think there are many holes on the roster. The Bills are always looking for players who will make them better, but they are willing to stand pat because they believe they have the personnel needed to make a strong run to the postseason.'

Marker Jags situation could be Taylor-made for Henry [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Injured star Fred Taylor is scheduled to intensify the rehabilitation work on his injured knee in the next couple of weeks. If it responds well, the Jaguars are set at the position and will be feeling good about making a serious run for a playoff spot this season. If it doesn't respond well, their interest in Buffalo running back Travis Henry probably will increase.'

Marker Inside slant [6:14 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Coach Mike Mularkey has scheduled a team-high of four night practices for training camp, a decision that's filled with so many positives it's hard to believe NFL teams don't practice every day under the lights in the summertime. In addition to it being a safer time to work out and beat the effects of heat, night workouts tend to be more spirited and more productive. From the marketing end, more fans can attend without having to skip work. Translation: more merchandise and concession stand sales.'

Marker Notes, quotes [6:13 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"J.P. needs to make friends with those five starting linemen as soon as he can. On the field he has to let his blockers know where he'll be. I played with two different types of quarterbacks. With Jim Kelly, you knew where he would be because he couldn't move around that much. With Doug Flutie, you never knew where he was going to be." - Bills Wall of Fame center Kent Hull, talking about what new QB J.P. Losman needs to do to be successful.'

June 24, 2005

Marker Joe D: Sure to catch your interest [11:42 AM]
Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal reports: 'One last thing. This man who “has it all” is also a co-sponsor of an orphanage in Matamoros, Mexico, just across the river from Brownsville, Texas. “We feed and educate them, and we’re just gettin’ started.”'

Marker Dad J.D. turned his life around [9:11 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'A one-time all-pro receiver with the Buffalo Bills, the father of Argos rookie running back Hakim Hill knows a thing or two about how drugs and alcohol can affect a family. J.D. Hill battled drug and alcohol problems during Hakim's childhood, and acknowledges that his problems took a toll on his youngest son, who has had his own brushes with the law. "A lot of things that happened with Hakim were because his dad wasn't in the right place spiritually and emotionally," J.D. Hill said. "I take some responsibility for it ... I wasn't as stable as I should have been."'

June 23, 2005

Marker UK Bills Backers Growing at Rapid Pace [12:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I didn't really know the sport by then, so a couple of graduate students from the University at Buffalo took time out from drinking beer to talk me through the action. I knew about Jim Kelly and Randall Cunningham - but they told be about all of the great players in Buffalo. Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett and more. I was hooked."'

Marker Bills 2005 Tennis Futures Tournament [12:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and WGRZ-TV Channel 2 present the 2005 Tennis Futures Tournament held at the Village Glen Tennis and Fitness Club in Williamsville, NY for the fourth year in a row. The tournament begins with a qualifying round this Saturday and ends with the final round on Sunday, July 3.'

Marker If a Titan, Henry can be an asset [5:01 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'In what is considered by most a rebuilding year after significant salary cap losses, can the Titans afford Henry? If the Titans truly believe they can be competitive for a playoff spot, they can't afford not to have Travis Henry.'

June 22, 2005

Marker Camp In Sight: No Setbacks [10:23 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We've given them a workout program designed for four of the six weeks so they can get away for a couple of weeks and recharge their batteries," said Mularkey. "The hard part is keeping them focused on football. We want them studying by bringing their notes home and keeping up with that. It's part of being a disciplined player."'

Marker Burns to hold camp [5:44 AM]
Thomasville Times Enterprise reports: '“We’ll have a nice day for them, do some fundamentals for them and teach the basic stuff,” said Burns, who added that football was just a small part of his camp. He hopes to enhance kids’ attitudes and help them believe they can do anything.'

June 21, 2005

Marker Veteran QB Matthews Understands Role [9:15 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Well, one reason [I came back] is I really like this organization. I like the coaching staff. And it's probably one of the most talented teams I've ever been on," Matthews said during the Bills' final week of Organized Team Activities. "I think we have a chance to definitely get in the playoffs and make some noise. I don't know if this is going to be my last year or not, but I really feel like this team has a chance."'

Marker Bills take a gamble, and it's a Gandy [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gambling on Gandy qualifies as one of the bolder risks of the Tom Donahoe era given the importance of the position, the presence of an untested quarterback and the impatience of a playoff-starved fan base. Gandy wowed no one during four seasons with Chicago, which released him in November convinced he'd never make a suitable transition from Notre Dame guard to pro left tackle.'

June 20, 2005

Marker Losman assuming command of Bills [9:28 PM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: '"He's a smart guy. He's been here the whole time, and he's learning," added veteran receiver Eric Moulds. "Of course, I'm not going to sit here and say he's going to be Peyton Manning anytime soon, but he's going to make some plays. He's going to surprise a lot of people."'

Marker Bills Preseason to Be Shown on NFL Network [9:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Aug. 13 road contest against Indianapolis will air at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17. The Aug. 20 home contest against Green Bay will air at 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22. The Aug. 26 road contest against Chicago will air at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. The Sept. 2 home contest against Detroit will air at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4.'

Marker WR Parrish Turns Heads During OTAs [10:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"He made some big plays in third down work," said Mike Mularkey. "He did some of the things we're looking for from him. The more comfortable he gets with his job, I think the more production you're going to see from him."'

June 19, 2005

Marker Bills Team Report [7:25 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'RT Mike Williams is enjoying a great offseason. He looked leaner, stronger and quicker during the voluntary organized team activities the past four weeks. Thanks to rigorous training and a stricter diet, the 6-6, 360-pound Williams is in the best shape of his young career.'

Marker Inside Slant [6:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The thought is that Losman should be able to buy time with his scrambling ability to utilize Evans' deep speed. Evans and Bledsoe became a deadly combination, but only during those moments when the line performed well.'

Marker Notes, Quotes [6:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'WR Eric Moulds on why it was important he attend as many voluntary workouts as possible: "I think my situation is a little bit different than a lot of guys, like on defense, because I've got a young quarterback (J.P. Losman) that I've got to work with so I have to get my timing down with him. And the more time I spend with J.P., the better off I think we'll be."'

Marker Lehigh Valley Classic Hall of Fame will honor Reed [4:37 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'One day soon, Andre Reed hopes to get the call from Canton telling him he's going into the pro football Hall of Fame. But for the moment, the former Dieruff High School and Kutztown University star will have to settle for an accolade from the McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic Hall of Fame.'

Marker Something New to Tackle [4:34 AM]
Covington Challenger reports: 'Though seven years removed from a football field and a Buffalo Bills uniform, Pike, at 6-foot-5, and 280 pounds, is still surrounded by bodies in motion. He and his partner, Chris Derry, own Better Bodies Fitness Center in Fort Mitchell, Silverlake Family Recreation Center in Erlanger, the Kentucky Elite North Cheerleading teams in Park Hills, and since last summer, an aquatic park - Paradise Breeze - in Maysville, which was added to their lineup of all things physical and recreational. "We have our noses in a few businesses," says Pike of their enterprises. "We stay busy, that's for sure."'

June 18, 2005

Marker Palafox plays for World Bowl champs [4:05 PM]
Sweetwater Reporter reports: 'Former Sweetwater High School and Angelo State University football player Jonathan Palafox recently completed his first year as a member of the NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals, the team that he was assigned to after signing with the NFL's Buffalo Bills as a free agent in February.'

June 17, 2005

Marker All Pro Dad: Troy Vincent [2:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'BB: There's no blueprint for raising children.
TV: There's no protocol. Because every human being, every child is different. There is no script. When that kid's going to be in a good mood, bad mood, when the kid gets hungry, when he doesn't get hungry … there's no script. There's no manual. There's no agenda that you can set, and say, "Okay, this is what we're going to do today." You can plan it that way (laughs). But the reality is, when the kid wakes up, is he sick? Are Taron's allergies acting up? Do we have to make a stop here? Do we have to make a stop here? Troy's not feeling well. Desire's not feeling well today. So those things change. Circumstances come up and you have to adjust. The most important thing is patience.'

Marker Guitar auction will aid charity [1:02 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback and Donald Boswsell, CEO of WNED, announced a collaborative project to raise money for charity and the arts, "Guitars for Hope."'

Marker Bar raised for Losman in taking over as Bills starter [12:09 PM]
AP reports: 'He has been so tireless in his studies that, short of having the locks changed at the team's facility, Losman ignored the pleas and lectures of quarterback coach Sam Wyche to take a break.'

Marker Vincent Leaves Lasting Impression on Youth [10:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Vincent concluded practice with a profound speech stressing the importance of incorporating football's discipline into life decisions." At the end of the program, I tried to talk to the kids a little bit about life skills," Vincent said. "As you get older, you're always maturing. You're always learning something new about yourself. The most important thing we stressed is that we want those kids to be productive citizens."'

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