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Buffalo Bills News - August 16, 2004

Marker Bills' same weaknesses linger [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It starts, of course, with the woeful offensive line, which looks even worse than last year's unit. Ruben Brown might have been overrated, but he's a lot better than Mike Pucillo, the turnstile at left guard. Some experts regard Chris Villarrial, the new right guard, as the best lineman on the squad. He didn't show me anything against the Broncos.'

Marker McGahee gets empathy [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although Davis thought McGahee did some good things, Davis doesn't believe McGahee is back to where he was before the knee injury. "Just watching him, he looks good, but right now he's not 100 percent," said Davis, who was a color commentator on the NFL Network's broadcast. "You can tell everybody that you're 100 percent, but you're not 100 percent, especially after you tore up a knee as bad as he did. It's going to take awhile for him to really get a feel for whether he's back all the way or not."'

Marker Dandy debut for McGahee and the Bills [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He was making some good runs,” coach Mike Mularkey said. “He's a hard and physical runner. Right down there (on the goal line) is when you need it, and he put it in there.”'

Marker McGahee makes an early run at No. 1 job [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'OK, it was against the Broncos' second team. Think anybody cared?'

Marker Pittsford now accepts Bills [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It's been fine,” said Murray Brandes, an Alpine Drive resident for 36 years. “There hasn't been any excessive congestion or noise for me. I think a lot of people in the neighborhood were quite apprehensive. It didn't turn out that way at all.”'

Marker Wait's over for McGahee [5:27 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: '"It's getting better all of the time, and I'm just waiting for the time when it all starts clicking," -McGahee said. "It was really good to hear all those cheers (Sunday night). It means a lot."'

Marker Buffalo 16, Denver 6 [5:26 AM]
AP reports: 'The cheers went up when McGahee first took the field, lining up beside Henry late in the first quarter. And the crowd was already on its feet in anticipation before McGahee followed two blockers into the end zone, putting the Bills ahead 10-3 with 4:37 left in the second quarter.'

Marker Bills waive DT Gibson [5:25 AM]
AP reports: 'Gibson, a nine-year NFL veteran, was competing for a backup job. He spent the last five seasons with Cincinnati, where he was a four-year starter.'

Marker Buffalo 16, Denver 6 [5:24 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Bills wide receiver Lee Evans, the 13th overall pick, did not catch a pass.'

Marker Monday's Denver Coverage [5:23 AM]
TBD reports: Broncos 'O' still no-show (Denver Rocky Mountain News)
Plummer's play uneven again (Denver Rocky Mountain News)
For starters, defense showed promise
Limping linebacker list grows (Denver Rocky Mountain News)
Wait's over for McGahee (Denver Rocky Mountain News)
Rookie corner Shoate on radar (Denver Rocky Mountain News)
Plummer off to punchless start (Denver Post)
Plummer claims 13.8 rating not unlucky number (Denver Post)
More trouble for LBs (Denver Post)
Lelie cannot catch break or pass (Denver Post)
Playoff doesn't make TV cut (Denver Post)
Broncos' offensive woes continue in loss to Bills (Boulder Daily Camera)
Plummer's preseason preview not looking good (Boulder Daily Camera)
Same story for Broncos in exhibition (Colorado Springs Gazette)
Griffin Revives Broncos' Offense Against Bills (
Rough Going for Plummer (
First-Rate for the First-Team Defense (
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills (
Photo Gallery (

Marker The Bills Come Up Victorious In Mularkey's Debut [5:22 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McGahee still had very little burst, but ran hard and carried defenders with him.'

Marker Reserves Lead the Way [5:21 AM] reports: 'Quarterback J.P. Losman, the second of Buffalo's two first round draft picks, showed why the Bills feel he's their quarterback of the future. Losman completed all five of his pass attempts for a team best 55 yards. He also carried the ball three times for 37 yards and was Buffalo's second leading rusher.'

Marker Bills Waive Oliver Gibson [5:20 AM] reports: 'There are now 84 players on the Bills current roster.'

Marker Tackle Mike Williams Sidelined [5:19 AM] reports: 'The injury isn't expected to keep him out of action for an extended period of time.'

Marker NFL Network Special Broadcast [5:19 AM] reports: 'The players miked from each team include...'.

Marker Defense Delivers on Turnover Promise [5:18 AM] reports: '"That's the whole design of the fire zones we run," Denney said. "We hope we put some pressure on quick, have London Fletcher cover momentarily is what it is. When someone got to him, he wasn't able to get a good pass off and it floated right by me. I was able to spin on it and pick it off."'

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [5:16 AM] reports: 'On what the team still has to work on:
There are some times defensively our objective was to keep them in third-and-long situations, then when you do what you set out to do, you have to stop them on those third-and-long's. We gave up a couple there that kept drives going. It's going to happen and we talked about it. Offensively, a couple penalties put us back, but other than that I thought we were pretty efficient. It's hard to overcome some of the penalties we had. Some of the things we talked about with the alignment of the receivers was addressed and we still have problems with that, so obviously I have to do a better job getting that across to these guys.'

Marker Bills, NFL Network Kick Off Preseason [5:15 AM] reports: '"Wiring 13 players in one game is a feat that has never been attempted in NFL history," said Bill Graff, executive of studio and remote production at NFL Films.'

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August 9, 2004

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [4:15 PM] reports: 'On what Mike Pucillo has done to separate himself from the other guards in earning the starting left guard position at this point in time:
He's done a lot of things, not just what took place on the field, but some things that happened in the weight room and classroom. Like I've told you guys, every second they're out here they're evaluated. We felt, overall, he had an edge over (Ross) Tucker. We just felt, at the time, we could not keep rotating them, we weren't giving them a fair shot with the rotation we were putting them through, so we just felt we had to put somebody in there and see what he could do when he's with the same guys every snap. He's done well.'

Marker Bills defenders happy to bid Ricky Williams farewell [4:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Backup DT Justin Bannan, who broke a bone in his left hand during a practice against Cleveland on Friday, returned to practice Monday wearing a cast. Bannan was held out of Buffalo's scrimmage against the Browns on Saturday.'

Marker NFL trying to stop touch football [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm sure they're going to emphasize it more in the preseason, probably really go hard and make an extra effort to make a point," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "I handed out a memo (to the players) that I got from the NFL to prove again that they're serious."'

Marker Experts expect good finish for Bills [5:26 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sports Illustrated's Peter King,'s Vic Carucci and Clark Judge of CBS.Sportsline. com agree that a second-place finish in the AFC East Division is well within reach.'

Marker NFL tightens rule on contact [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It's a horrible rule for them to put in place for the defense,” said Bills' backup safety Pierson Prioleau. “It's almost putting handcuffs on the defense. It makes it almost impossible to get up on a guy. How close can you get without touching him?”'

Marker St. John Fisher gets a buzz out of Bills [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have made other contributions to the campus, Bosworth said. The first year of camp, the team brought industrial washers and dryers and other things that have stayed at Fisher and are used during the school year, she said. The NFL camp also has an educational side for Fisher, as Bills front-office personnel have served as guest lecturers in its sports studies program and at the college's annual sportsmanship conference, said Gerry Rooney, vice president for enrollment management and external relations.'

Marker Inside slant [4:25 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Add it all up and at the moment, Buffalo has a $38 million backup on its hands. After returning to work, Williams vowed not to let his teammates and coaches down again. It's a start. "I've missed a lot and I've got to catch up, conditioning wise and terminology wise," Williams said. "But the important thing was getting back on the field. The only way to learn it all is to get back on the field. It's a relief to be back out here. I know these guys are counting on me and I know what I can give them. I'm going to show them what I'm going to be like from now on."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:24 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The coaches would like to develop a viable backup center behind Trey Teague, but Tucker is still hopeful he can get enough repetitions to win the starting LG job vacated by the departed Brown (Chicago Bears). Sullivan continues to swing between tackle and guard and doesn't appear a serious threat to Puccillo at left guard.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:23 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'QB Drew Bledsoe arrived at camp sporting a brush cut. It was worse. He actually shaved his head over the summer at his mountain lake retreat in Montana. "I've wanted for years to shave my head in the summer," Bledsoe said. "I figured, 'I'm at the lake, nobody's around, why not?' The only problem is that some of it has grown back gray."'

Marker Young Bills Show Positive Signs vs. Browns [4:22 AM] reports: '"We got to see some of the younger guys and what they were going to do in their first live competition," said Mike Mularkey. "It's hard to give them a grade right now, immediately, but I'm assuming it should be good watching it on tape for some of the young guys."'

August 8, 2004

Marker Bledsoe puts Bills offense on same page [7:11 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Bills coach Mike Mularkey had no problems with Bledsoe letting the offense know where he stood. “I was extremely pleased by what he did on the sidelines,” Mularkey said. “Don’t wait until Monday to tell them. He recognized there was an issue and he addressed it.”'

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