Takeo Spikes is seen as key to improvement [5:16 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '"I know a lot of people expect a lot of great things out of me," he said. "I expect a lot of great things out of myself. That's why I feel there's no pressure."'
Spikes is a ready, able Buffalo soldier [5:15 AM]
USA Today reports: '"I could have gone anywhere and visited a lot of teams," he says. "This is where I wanted to be. I felt this was the best shot for me."'
Bills try once-is-enough approach [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The drive from Albany to the Rochester suburb got me thinking: How do the folks in this portion of New York and the New York City area vote on things that affect each other? Granted they are considered the same state, but anyone who has ever driven in upstate New York knows that the area has about as much in common with the Big Apple, Long Island and Westchester as Alabama does. We don't have places that boast, "Mo's Truck Motel $15.99 per night" in New York City. They don't have subways packed with people who talk to themselves.'
Rolling the dice [5:13 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Either way, I admire the confidence Williams has in himself and his team. He believes the Bills are going to be winners this season, and he believes his big payday will result. And he doesn't seem bothered in the least this season by his lack of job security.'
Bills nab former Jaguar Battles [5:12 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Battles was released by the Jaguars on June 30, along with four other players.'
Buffalo Bills & Cleveland Browns Scrimmage [5:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This year marks the third straight year that the Bills and Browns are meeting for preseason workouts.'
Tuesday's Bills Training Camp Report [5:10 AM]
Bills Report reports: 'Things went fairly smooth in Rochester today as the team only held an afternoon practice open to the public. The most notable play of the day was cornerback Marcus Floyd’s bone-crushing hit on speedy wideout James Jett. Both of these players are fighting for a spot on the team at their respective positions and the hit was mostly a result of both trying thier hardest to make a play.'
Pictures of Tuesday Afternoon Practice [10:39 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: Some very nice shots taken by a Stadium Wall veteran.
New Bill In Town [8:36 PM]
RNews.com reports: '"We had a lot of options on the table, took visits to a couple different teams," Battle said following his first practice with the Bills. "Just on paper and the free agent acquisitions, Buffalo seemed like a very good fit for me."'
Bills Add Ainsley Battles [4:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Battles will wear jersey #30 and is expected at this afternoon’s practice.'
Bills sign S Battles [4:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Battles is a three-year veteran who spent the last two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Pittsburgh in 2000.'
Reed not passing up chance to replace Price [3:21 PM]
AP reports: '''It's like a dream come true,'' Reed said, following a recent training camp practice. ''Having a guy like that (Moulds) root you on, and having your coaches having the belief in you that you can do it, and getting a year under my belt, it's just a lot of confidence.'''
Bills Camp, Fun for All Ages [11:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Interactive is the perfect word to describe Bills training camp. After the fans walk through the camp pro shop they come to the interactive area adjacent to the practice field. There are games and obstacles from field goal kicks, and catching passes, to quarterback throws to entertain the kids.
Bills hope Campbell is good fit [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He can be as good as he wants to be in our system," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "We're going to give our tight end a lot of flexibility on running vertical routes, but we want to be able to knock defensive ends off the ball in the running game."'
Agent sees progress from McGahee [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Drew is an excellent negotiator, but he didn't go to medical school," Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said after practice Monday. "We will go with what our doctors say. Our No. 1 priority in this whole situation is Willis' health and his future."'
Feeding the frenzy [5:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: Just two years removed from the misery of a 3-13 season, Bills fans are excited about their team. They figure there will be a better balance between the run and pass on offense, and the defense was greatly bolstered with the off-season acquisitions of linebacker Takeo Spikes and defensive tackle Sam Adams. Dan Metzger, Chris Schultz and Pat Smyton — all students at Rochester Institute of Technology who are from Tonawanda — wedged their way into an open space along the fence so they could watch last night’s practice.
Marcus Jones is game for anything [5:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills had just 31 sacks and a National Football League-low 19 turnovers last season. If they are going to become a playoff team this fall, they will need to turn up the heat on the quarterback, and that’s where Jones could factor in. He will turn 30 on Aug. 15, and if he can regain his health, he’ll be penciled in at the left defensive end spot vacated by Chidi Ahanotu.'
Bills ease camp but not expectations [5:36 AM]
USA Today reports: '"The motto of this camp," Williams says, "is because you gave us a commitment in the offseason, we'll practice with great tempo and great enthusiasm, but we've backed off on two-a-days and we've backed off on some of the contact."'
Bills Work At Night [5:35 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Working after 6:00 PM with cooler temperatures and a large crowd is something some of these players have never experienced before. "It gets the blood flowing and gets you thining about Sunday's," said new linebacker Takeo Spikes.'
Stand Up Coach [5:34 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The decision he made on his contract is the kind of big time decision that makes the difference between greatness and mediocrity. If it works, he will have taken a great risk and will receive a major personal and financial reward.'
Veteran Eric Moulds Tutors Younger Josh Reed [9:50 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We have to prove that we can win with the run. Look at Tampa Bay, they had a potent passing attack. They have some guys who can run the football and their efficient when they pass the ball and that's the way we have to be. We're going to take our shots up the field make some plays in the passing game, but we want to run the football and get better and I think that if we run the ball well it creates play action passing and that's one of Drew's strengths."'
McGahee ready to practice? Not yet, say Bills [9:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills president Tom Donahoe disagreed. Saying that Rosenhaus is attempting to improve his position in contract talks, Donahoe added that the agent should ``leave the medical opinions to the medical people.'''
Bills LB Denman not sure whether he'll report to camp [4:29 PM]
AP reports: '''He's got some personal issues that he's trying to work through right now,'' Denman's agent, Joel Segal, said Monday. ''He's wading through the problems trying to figure out what he's going to do.'''
Newlywed Williams focused on second season with Bills [4:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams is aware that expectations are only going to increase heading into his second season. ''That's the tough part. Now it's time to perform,'' he said. ''You don't have that, 'Hey, I'm out of college. I'm a rookie.' You can't go in there and be inconsistent. You've got to go in there and produce. ''You've got to be the player they want you to be.'''
Banged-up Pats add Centers, Stai to mix [12:16 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Centers, 35, is a player who should fit in well with the New England offense and he has already spoken with coordinator Charlie Weis about his role. The 13-year veteran was released by the Buffalo Bills early in the offseason and will be joining his fifth franchise.'
Book those flights to Houston now [12:14 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will not only reach the playoffs, but finish their season on Feb. 1, playing in Super Bowl XVIII.'
Bills Conduct Double-Session Workout [9:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo's only other double-session workout scheduled this summer will take place at the Cleveland Browns training facility on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College on Friday, August 1.'
Lions sign DT Shawn Price and TE Tywan Mitchell [9:26 AM]
DetroitLions.com reports: The 11th-year defensive tackle spent six seasons with the Buffalo Bills where he became a full-time starter in 2001. As a rookie in 1993, Price came off the practice squad to start six games late in the season and tallied 25 tackles and three sacks. The Carolina Panthers selected him in the 1995 expansion draft and after one season in Carolina, he signed as a free agent in 1996 with Buffalo.
Bledsoe aims to increase his efficiency [7:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' offense averaged 30.1 points per game the first half of last season and 17.2 the second half.'
Time for O-line to show it's ready to dominate [7:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're thinking "all the way,' too," said Jennings. "We're excited. This is our first time with the same line two years in a row, under the same system. It's something you gotta love. We know exactly what to do. If the team goes as we go, we have to take it to the next level. We want to be the combination that opens the lock."'
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