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Buffalo Bills News - August 6, 2004

Marker Bills' offensive line preparing for big test [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They're big, strong guys up front," said Bills guard Chris Villarrial. "It will be a good test for us to see where we're at because we want to run the ball. We're committed to running it, and we want to see where we stand."'

Marker Reed hopes to put 2003 behind him [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, Reed is not Peerless Price. But Reed is a very good football player who can be effective in the right system. New Bills coach Mike Mularkey plans to make better use of Reed's talents than the previous coaching regime. That means working more as a slot receiver and taking advantage of his run-after-the-catch skills by getting him the ball on short and intermediate pass routes.'

Marker The billboard [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Three NFL refs were at practice and calling penalties Thursday. The penalties for illegal contact by defensive players versus receivers 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage and defensive holding are major points of emphasis this year, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.'

Marker New legs get their churn [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I was a Browns fan, yes,” said Evans, whose parents and two sisters will be in the crowd. “But I've got to go out there and do my job. I'm a Buffalo Bill. The Browns are a secondary thought.”'

Marker Gildon tackles new role [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I feel confident in my ability, and if given the opportunity I can still go out there and play every down,” said Gildon, who last year passed L.C. Greenwood to become the Steelers' all-time sack leader. “It's just coming in and getting that opportunity.”'

Marker Meaty competition is with baby backs [5:18 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Buffalo's linebackers are a formidable group, the strength of a Bills' defense that last season ranked second in yards allowed, eighth against the run and fifth in points.'

Marker Buffalo to give Browns first test [5:12 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'The scrimmage will run from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, with the first teams battling for 10 to 12 plays, then moving on to the second team. Field goals and extra points will be attempted before the scrimmage.'

Marker Wyche comes to life [5:12 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``Maybe another team would have said, `You've got a coach whose heart's dying and he can't speak above a whisper or a quiet conversation and he hasn't coached in nine years. Let's see, do we want him on our staff?' '' Wyche said. The Bills did.'

Marker Sam Wyche file [5:10 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Playing career: Cincinnati Bengals under Paul Brown (1968-70); Washington Redskins (1971-73); Detroit Lions (1974); St. Louis Cardinals (1976); Buffalo Bills (1976).'

Marker No Hard Feelings [5:10 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: '"My goal when I became a free agent was to make what I made my last 2 years in Philly," says Vincent, whose combined base salaries with the Eagles the last 2 years was $7.5 million. "And I got it."'

Marker Browns face first test today [5:08 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: 'In the scrimmage tomorrow each team will alternate possessions getting the ball for 10 or 12 plays beginning at its own 35. The team has four chances to make a first down. If it does not the ball goes back to the 35, even if it is on the opponent's 5.'

Marker Browns to face Bills for two days [5:07 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: '"Our defense will see Drew Bledsoe throw the ball," Davis said. "We'll get a chance to see some other runners in the game. They have two really talented running backs, so it will be good to see them work."'

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August 5, 2004

Marker McGahee braces for Browns scrimmage [10:16 PM]
AP reports: '``No nerves,'' McGahee said. ``But it's good to play against other people besides your teammates that aren't going to treat you easily. Yeah, it's an important step.'''

Marker Bills FB Burns out with high ankle sprain [10:16 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Mike Mularkey didn't provide a timetable for Burns' recovery other than to say he'll be out for a while.'

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [10:14 PM] reports: 'Tomorrow we've got full pads, broken down in 9-on-7, inside run drills, 7-on-7, and team period. Special teams will face each other, and that's all in the morning. In the afternoon they're going to go into shoulder pads and we'll have a blitz period and, again, another team period like we had today, finishing up with a two two-minute segments. Saturday we'll have designed drives. After a brief special teams period we'll go right into the scrimmage, designed to flip-flop offense and defense and with little wrinkles to it depending on where the drive ends and all those things. We'll get a lot of good work and a lot of situational football that's tough to script.'

Marker Bills Gear Up for Browns [10:13 PM] reports: '"It's kind of a way to rejuvinate camp. No matter how tired or sore you are, you see another color line up, it always gets violent," said defensive tackle Oliver Gibson.'

Marker Burns Joins Adams On The Sidelines [10:12 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Burns suffered a high ankle sprain during Wednesday evening's workout and is now wearing a walking boot.'

Marker Upcoming classes and current players cause several HOF conundrums [8:19 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Pick a Buffalo Bill: Thomas vs. Reed. Right now I'd have to go with Aikman and Thomas. No wait a minute, I can't leave Warren Moon off. But how can I leave off Thomas, the heart and soul of the Bills' K-Gun offense? I told you, brutal!

Marker Browns Headed To Rochester [5:44 PM] reports: 'The Browns, who were held in single-digit scoring on six occasions last year and averaged just 12.5 points per game over the final six weeks, will be at the Bills' training camp home at St. John Fisher College on Friday and Saturday. The teams will practice against one another twice on Friday, at 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., and a sold-out scrimmage is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday.'

Marker The billboard [1:05 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There has been no rotation on the first team at the position manned by Ruben Brown for the past nine seasons. Mike Pucillo has taken all the snaps with the starting unit. "The plan is Pucillo has kind of got the job unless he struggles; we give him the first shot," said offensive line coach Jim McNally. "That's a decision we've made."'

Marker Milloy settling in [1:02 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“This is not a rebuilding process here by any stretch,” first-year head coach Mike Mularkey said. “We have a group of veteran players here who know how to win, and it’s not going to take much to get this thing going in the right direction.”'

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [12:51 PM] reports: 'On if he was focusing on Willis McGahee during goal line:
Yes I was, but I was also looking at the line to see what kind of movement we get and what type of attitude we had up front in the trenches. Willis did fine. I'm anxious to see it on film.'

Marker Tackle Mike Williams Rejoins Teammates [9:54 AM] reports: '"It was personal family problems just to categorize it," Williams said as he addressed the media after practice. "Those things are over. I'm out here on the field and I'm committed to being out here on the field playing for the Bills as long as they will have me. I will be out here giving 100 percent."'

Marker After apologizing, Williams goes to work [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It had nothing to do with the Bills, nothing to do with Marcus Price, nothing to do with me being out of shape or on the second team. It was personal problems - family - to categorize it."'

Marker Knowledge is power for Milloy [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I expect to see him pick his game up even more this season," said defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. "I expect to see Lawyer compete for a Pro Bowl spot. He doesn't have to think about what he's doing anymore. He knows the defense, so I think he'll go out and make plays for us."'

Marker Strike three from list of Bills getting deals [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills did not make progress in offseason talks with the agents for Jonas Jennings, Aaron Schobel and Pat Williams. None of the parties are saying they have closed the door on talks. However, since extensions were not struck by the start of training camp, it's likely the three will become free agents in March.'

Marker Rain moves Bills' practice [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We waited as long as we could, until about a quarter to six, before we made the decision,” said general manager Tom Donahoe. “Prior to coming up here this summer, with the way the weather has been, we felt we needed an alternate site ready to go if we needed it. Our hats are off to the people of East Rochester. The people we have dealt with have pretty much opened up the facility anytime we need to use it.”'

Marker Williams returns, vows to give Bills everything he's got [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I apologized to them because they're out here to win and they're counting on me like I'm counting on them,” he said. “I told them, ‘I'm going to be there regardless of the situation. I'm going to be there and be committed.'”'

Marker Corner Vincent takes center stage [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“At the end of the day, when I take off this helmet and these shoulder pads, I'm a citizen in my community. I vote. I want my lawn cut, I want my neighbors' lawn cut. I walk to the mailbox and pick up my mail like everybody else. I want my children to see that it's not about us, it's about the community you live in."'

Marker For Wyche, actions speak louder than words [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Heart disease could have killed him in 1999. He takes 13 pills every day to treat cardiomyopathy.'

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