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Buffalo Bills News - August 9, 2003

Marker Ravens, Redman take on retooled Buffalo defense [9:38 AM]
AP reports: Buffalo's first unit probably won't play more than a quarter, but they expect to make the most of it. ``We're just going to take this first game as a chance to learn to play together, just get out there on the field together,'' safety Coy Wire said. ``I guess it will give us a glimpse of what this defense will provide the team this year.'''

Marker Brown's matchup is personal [9:37 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: This will be the second time the Browns have faced each other in the preseason. The Bills beat the Ravens, 31-28, in Baltimore in 1997, and the teams played during the regular season in 1999. "Last time, we lost to them and he didn't even play," Cornell Brown said. "It was a tough one."'

Marker Bills take on Ravens in preseason opener [9:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '" I always felt in the first preseason game, you want to go out, feel sharp, put together a good drive or a good couple drives, and that’s enough," Bledsoe said.'

Marker Bills testing their depth on 'D' line [9:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills expect their front seven to be far more stout than last season with wide-bodies Sam Adams and Pat Williams clogging up the middle of the line of scrimmage. However, Adams and Williams figure to be far more effective if they can get adequate rest during the course of games. Ideally, the Bills would like to play Adams about 35 or 40 snaps a game. Adams reported to camp at a svelte - for him - 340 pounds. He has remarkable quickness for a man so big and has made two Pro Bowls thanks to his ability to crash into backfields. But he also has nine full years under his belt. The Bills don't want him spent by Thanksgiving.'

Marker Understudies get a chance to star [9:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Alex Van Pelt will be the second quarterback in the game for the Bills. Travis Brown will follow, and fourth-stringer Jason Johnson might see some time in the fourth quarter.'

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August 8, 2003

Marker McGahee's agent to meet with Bills to spur contract talks [1:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Friday that Bills president Tom Donahoe has accepted a request to meet in Baltimore for lunch Saturday, prior to Buffalo's preseason opener against the Ravens. "I'm a firm believer that, typically, if you're having a hard time getting a deal done, it's beneficial to meet face to face," Rosenhaus said.'

Marker Bledsoe remains confident in Bills' offense [1:16 PM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: '"We need to come out and be efficient," added Bledsoe. "We need to put together a good drive or a couple of drives and look sharp, and then we'll let the young guys take over. The idea with the preseason games is to go out and get something accomplished when you get a chance and then get off the field and stay healthy."'

Marker Running out of room [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They contribute to the depth we've accumulated at that position," Kaiser said. "They're all good players with great work ethics, but we have six. They can't all make the team."'

Marker New partner in grime cheers Pat Williams [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ever since Washington's departure, Buffalo has been searching for a legitimate tackle, someone to draw double-teams away from Williams and help stuff the run. For two years, Williams has bemoaned the lack of a strong surrounding cast and suggested he would be a Pro Bowler on a better defense. He has his wish now.'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tickets are required for the Monday night workout. They will be available starting at 9 a.m. Monday at all participating Tops Friendly Markets locations. Tickets are free and limited to six per person. Shuttle service that evening will begin at 4:45, and gates will open at 5 p.m. The practice will not include a full-team autograph session afterward.'

Marker Fearless Shaw catching on [5:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ You have to have a fearless attitude,” Shaw said after Thursday morning’s light training-camp session at St. John Fisher College. “ You’re going to get hit in this game no matter what.”'

Marker Crowell learning from Bills' veterans [5:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Hopefully, nothing happens to our starting three guys, so he may not see much, just on special teams,” Gray said. “ But sometimes guys break into this league being a special teams player and you do so well there that you get a chance to play on defense, and I think that’s the position we’re in right now.”'

Marker Magic does wonders [5:33 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'In 1992, Alan Dorenbos, a computer-sales consultant and a Little League president, bludgeoned his wife, Kathy, to death with a power sander in the garage of their suburban Seattle home. Prosecutors said that Kathy Dorenbos had confronted her husband about an extramarital affair; that Alan Dorenbos, in a fit of rage, stuck his wife in the head with the heavy tool as many as 10 times. Jon, then 12 and the youngest of the couple's three children, heard all of those details as he sat in a courtroom with his siblings before his father was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison. In an inexplicable blur, three children lost two parents.'

Marker Ex-Husker Chris Kelsay taking no-frills approach at first NFL training camp [5:31 AM]
Lincoln Journal Star reports: '"Chris is a high-intensity player," said defensive line coach Tim Krumrie, who's in his first year as a Bills assistant. "He's a blue-collar player in my mind; a high-motor, high-effort guy. He's a typical Tim Krumrie-kind of player."'

August 7, 2003

Marker Camp Notes 8/7/03, Thursday Morning Practice [9:26 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'This was the most impressive part of practice. Coach Williams wasn't kidding when he said that he values Special Teams very highly... the practice ended with special team drills and EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE TEAM -- from Drew Bledsoe all the way down to Lovelle Sape was on the sidelines listening to the special teams instruction.'

Marker Training Camp 8/7, A view from the grassy knoll [8:18 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'Danny Smith pointed out a lesser known rule. If it at the end of the quarter, half, or game the Bills punt - but the other team lays off and does not down the football, DO NOT TOUCH THE BALL", the official will call the play dead. If this happens, Smith will go out to the ref and point out the rule that gives the kicking team a FREE play, whether time has run out or not. Smith stressed "this is rule a lot of people do not know".'

Marker Bills Hope to Impress Coaches in Baltimore [5:05 PM]
WROC-TV reports: '"You know they're battling for a spot and going into this week they know that they're battling for a spot, so when they have a chance to make a play they've got to step up and do it. They've got to block well in the running game and they've got to demonstrate that they know what to do first and foremost and then when they have a chance they've got to make a play."'

Marker Buffalo's Moore, Campbell nursing injuries [4:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Moore has a strained hamstring and will be a game-time decision, while Campbell (right hamstring) is expected to play, said coach Gregg Williams.'

Marker Spikes needed Bills as much as they need him [4:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Spikes is a hard-hitter, who also has the range to drop back into coverage. He and Posey will play the outside positions, with returning starter London Fletcher in the middle.'

Marker Ravens await Bills for preseason opener [4:43 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills may have finished out of the playoffs, but they were just one game behind a three-way tie (Miami, New York and New England) for the top spot in the division.'

Marker Kicking top priority for Witczak [4:05 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now with Buffalo, the 25-year-old Witczak is again living the life of an NFL hopeful, but that doesn't mean he's given up his other athletic aspirations. He said he hopes to play on the PGA Tour's senior circuit, the Champions Tour, when he's 50. If that fails, he would settle for a stat line like that of former Houston kicker Al Del Greco, one of the top players on the celebrity circuit.'

Marker Bills Schedule Additional Night Practice [3:16 PM] reports: 'But the big news of the day occurred off the field later that morning when the team announced that they would be holding an additional night practice open to the public on Monday, August 18 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. The third "Prime-Time" session of this year's training camp will replace the workout scheduled for 2:45-5:00 PM on that day.'

Marker Waiting Game: Bills should be in no hurry to sign McGahee [3:15 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: "What Rosenhaus insinuated with that statement was the McGahee would be getting a contract commensurate with his place as the 23rd pick overall. But I don't believe he should. The Bills had a rare opportunity to draft McGahee, and they should take this rare opportunity again to sign him to a relatively harmless, incentive-laden deal while they can. Rosenhaus and McGahee might not like that, but they have little to no leverage right now."

Marker McDonnell finds home on offense [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDonnell is one of the Bills' more intriguing diamond-in-the-rough projects in training camp at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Training camp billboard [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Practice today is 8:25 to 10:15 a.m. The team leaves for Baltimore on Friday. The next practice at St. John Fisher is 2:45 to 5 p.m. Monday.'

Marker Bills' Thomas finds his focus [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When Thomas picked up an interception and broke up seven passes in Buffalo’s final two games last year, people started asking where he had been the rest of the season. The answer is on the scout team, learning to be more consistent.'

Marker Bills' Burns smoking out rivals [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I love power football,” he said. “ I wasn’t blessed with the speed to go outside so I like to go north and south. I try to make do with what little size God gave me. But it’s not the size, it’s your heart, that’s what makes you want to want it."'

Marker Bills' Henry says he's up to challenge [5:19 AM]
USA Today reports: '"Travis knows we expect huge things from him," says quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "He's highly motivated. He had an exceptional season last year. With another year of the offensive line working together and more defensive help, we expect even bigger things this year."'

Marker Ryan Denney Climbs Defensive Depth Chart [5:18 AM] reports: 'The Bills made some changes to their depth chart on Wednesday. Second-year defensive end Ryan Denney benefited from one of those moves, landing a spot on the first-team ahead of Marcus Jones.'

August 6, 2003

Marker A Few Long Plays Highlight Practice [8:37 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the final 11-on-11 drill, coach Gregg Williams got very upset with his defense on several plays. Many days during camp, the defense dominated, but this was the offense's day.'

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