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Buffalo Bills News - August 13, 2003

Marker Training camp billboard [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I like them not so much on personnel but on the spirit they're showing," Zimmerman said. "I like (defensive line coach) Tim Krumrie, I like (defensive coordinator) Jerry Gray. I think they're well-coached, they play hard and the division is so close and that might be what it takes to make it to the top."'

Marker McGahee signs, is due in camp [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' We thought enough of (Willis) to draft him where we did and we think hes a professional player now and he needs to get on with that phase of his life, Donahoe said. Even though hes not on the practice field right away, hell be in meetings, working on his relationships with his teammates and coaches and the people on this team. We think thats all an important phase of it.'

Marker Coleman keeps cool [5:11 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In last Saturdays 20-19 win over the Baltimore Ravens, Coleman led all receivers with five catches for 89 yards. Two of his receptions went for gains of 36 and 25 yards and four catches overall were good for first downs.'

Marker A huge talent gets better [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' Hes a remarkable athlete for an offensive lineman, Gilbride said. Hes a big, strong kid that can run. Hes got athleticism and hes a terrific young man.'

Marker Return to Nashville a first for Bills coach Williams [5:09 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''And if you woulda, coulda, shoulda we could have very easily been 11-5 last year if a few bounces went our way,'' Williams said. ''And that's with $20 million in dead money against the cap. We don't have that situation now, we like what we've done, so yes, I think we can be a playoff team."'

Marker Bledsoe tees off, but not on Pats [5:08 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'As for the Pats and the season-opener against his former team at Orchard Park Sept. 7, Bledsoe couldn't wait to bring it on. When asked if it would feel different playing Bill Belichick & Co. this time around, one year removed, Bledsoe shrugged. ``I really don't know,'' he said. ``We just need to win the game. We got through a lot of the hype and the hoopla from the first time last year. We just need to produce on the field better when we play them. That's the big thing.'''

Marker The Bills Come To Terms With Their Number One Pick [5:07 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If McGahee is placed on the reserve non football injury list, Buffalo is not obligated to pay his 411-thousand salary, but will do so. General Manager Tom Donahoe says he hasn't decided if McGahee will be put on that list. He could stay on the roster and just be one of the inactives until he's healthy. Donahoe maintained that he will not take any chances with his young running back.'

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August 12, 2003

Marker Bills agree to terms with McGahee [9:44 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'He is expected to be placed on the physically unable to perform list.'

Marker Running Back McGahee Seals Bills Deal [9:39 PM]
Reuters reports: 'Although he is mending ahead of schedule, his return date is still indefinite.'

Marker Bills agree to deal with running back McGahee [9:35 PM]
AFP reports: 'The Bills already have Travis Henry and signed Olandis Gary and have no glaring need at running back.'

Marker Bills agree to deal with RB McGahee [9:34 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Heisman Trophy finalist was almost certain to be a top-five selection before the injury. McGahee's recovery has been ahead of schedule, but it is uncertain when he will return. There is speculation that the Bills will place McGahee on the physically unable to perform list once he is signed.'

Marker Tom Donahoe Talks About Willis McGahee [9:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'There's good progress. We did have a trainer go down and spend a few days with him in early July and we've been in touch with his rehab people in Miami and have gotten reports from them. The signs are good. What that means long-term for this year we'll have to wait and see.'

Marker McGahee deal could be worth over $15 million [5:42 PM]
ESPN reports: McGahee will sign a contract that, counting all incentives, could be worth as much as $15.528 million. In bonus money, he will receive $4.15 million. That includes an initial $1 million signing bonus, a guaranteed option bonus of $2.75 million due next March, and a $400,000 roster bonus.

Marker McGahee agrees to contract with Bills [4:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The contract includes a guaranteed two-tiered $4.15 million bonus, the second part of which will be paid at the end of the season. The deal is also heavily laden with incentives, taking into account that the former University of Miami running back could miss this season recovering from an injured left knee.'

Marker Bills and McGahee Agree To Terms [4:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In accordance with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.'

Marker Van Pelt still the Bills backup quarterback [4:03 PM]
AP reports: '''What's been said all along is that Alex is the backup. Alex has played exceptionally well. He's done everything we've asked him to do,'' Gilbride said. ''With Alex nearing the end of his career, what we need to know is: 'Can Travis be that guy?' We think he can.'''

Marker Jones' comeback still a work in process [2:41 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Still, its the mechanics of relearning how to do everything all over again. Jones admitted, Im nowhere near where I want to be I know that and my leg knows that but Im getting there. I just wish I would wake up one day and not feel any (pain). Thats one of the most difficult things you can do as an athlete ... you have to deal with knowing your capabilities and not being able to realize your full potential because of injury or recovering from an injury.'

Marker Second Bills Preseason Game To Air On ESPN [2:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The two franchises have a long and storied history. Both were charter members of the AFL and are still under the leadership of the owners that brought them into existence in 1960 - Ralph Wilson of the Bills and Bud Adams of the Titans.'

Marker Back to Work For Bills [1:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We had a good practice overall today," the third-year coach said. "I was very happy with how we ran around here tonight and executed."'

Marker The Month Of August In Bills History [1:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'August, 18, 1986- Jim Kelly signs first contract with Bills.'

Marker Ch. 2 gives Kaplan a warning [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'By the way, the Bills game had about a 16 rating Saturday night, making it by far the highest-rated program of the week in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills' Morris strives to excel as role player [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Being a third-down back is similar to special teams as far as the stats may not be completely visible," Morris said. "But if it's third and 6 and I'm able to get a draw or catch a pass or make a block to give Drew (Bledsoe) a couple of seconds to complete a pass to get the first, that's something that helps our team."'

Marker McGahee packs bags with deal imminent [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' Ive got Willis on standby, because were really close, Rosenhaus said. Were making a lot of headway and we have a lot of momentum right now.'

Marker Bills can't coach Brown's best asset raw speed [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With 12 receivers on the roster and five of them vying for the open kick and punt return jobs, Browns TD was the equivalent of an eager student raising his hand in class and yelling: Pick me! Pick me!'

Marker Benched, but not forgotten [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The addition of Adams will certainly mean less playing time for Edwards and Bannan. Rather than thinking about that, however, they are focusing on what his presence will mean for the defense as a whole. Im extremely excited. I think the skys the limit with us, Bannan said. As long as we keep coming out every day and progressing, theres no telling how good we can get. Its really a joy to be with a great group of guys like that.'

Marker Weir unwinds at Bills workout [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' All my relatives grew up in Niagara Falls, so theyre big followers of the Bills, said Weir, who was born in Sarnia, Ontario, near Port Huron, Mich. I do like the Bills, and Ive never been to training camp before, so its kind of cool.'

August 11, 2003

Marker Weir has a close encounter with Spikes [9:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Later, Weir was joined by Bills' Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who was also in attendance. After practice, Weir stuck around to have a conversation with Bills president Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams.'

Marker Bills expect good season from Coleman and Brown [9:28 PM]
AP reports: '''I'm real comfortable,'' said Coleman, who signed with Buffalo in 2002 out of Division II Ferris State University.'

Marker McGahee packing his bags in anticipation of deal [9:27 PM]
AP reports: '''We have him on standby,'' Rosenhaus said. ''I've told Willis to pack his bags and be ready because if things continue to progress, he's going to be taking an airplane as soon as tomorrow.'''

Marker Battles leaves Bills training camp [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams didn't seem concerned about Battles' departure. ''We've got six safeties,'' he said, ''because Scott Turner has been doing both safety and cornerback.'''

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