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Buffalo Bills News - August 1, 2004

Marker Bills Release Carter [3:43 PM] reports: 'The Bills announced today that the team has released CB Kahlil Carter.'

Marker Tickets Availability for Second Night Practice [3:42 PM] reports: 'The August 11th night practice will run from 6:45 - 8:45 PM and will once again feature an autograph session involving the entire team following practice. Tickets for the night practice are free and are limited to six per person.'

Marker Lou Holtz Predicts More Success for Clements [3:41 PM] reports: '"Tom was a lawyer and he wanted to get into coaching," says former Notre Dame and current South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz. "I’ll tell you this, he’s very intelligent and has the ideal temperament to be a coordinator on the professional level. He’s very patient and very aware. I think he’ll do a wonderful job and I’m very happy he’s gotten this opportunity."'

Marker All aboard [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I can't even describe it," Losman said. "I'm really happy to be here on time. I didn't really like the idea of holding out or anything like that. Everything went real smooth. My agent said it was going to get taken care of, he was a man of his word and it happened. It's exciting. I have kind of been waiting for it for a long, long time, and now that it's actually happening it's all surreal."'

Marker Some of the color fades from camp [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The year Todd Collins inherited the starting quarterback job from Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, Channel 7's John Murphy was asking Steve Tasker a series of "does he need to . . . " questions about Collins. Tasker interrupted him. "What he needs to do is pay attention," was his answer.'

Marker Bills kick off at full throttle [8:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“You're trying to see who is dependable, who is accountable, who is a physically and mentally tough player in the good part of it, and then when it gets hard and they face some adversity, you want to see who can outlast it,” Mularkey said on Saturday as his players checked into their dorm rooms.'

Marker Top picks on board: Losman, Evans agree to terms with Bills [8:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Every second we're together is critical, especially young players like that. It's definitely a good start.”'

Marker Bills soak up fans' pep [8:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“All I can say is wow,” said new head coach Mike Mularkey, as he addressed the faithful. “If there's a better fan base anywhere in America, I'd like to see it.”'

Marker Bills Sign Both First-Rounders [8:53 AM] reports: 'The entire Bills roster will conduct one practice session on Sunday beginning at 2:45 pm. The first day of camp from St. John Fisher College is opened to the public.'

Marker Pep Rally, Parade Welcome Bills [8:52 AM] reports: '"It's a great thing to have in your community. It's great for community pride. It's just a tremendous family activity to go over to camp just to have the chance to see NFL and pro athletes is something most communities and most people don't have a chance to see. So, it's great for us for that, but it also puts us on the map," said Carpenter.'

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July 31, 2004

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [8:11 PM] reports: 'You are trying to evaluate players down here. You're also trying to evaluate your team and see who is dependable, accountable and who the physically and mentally tough players are. When it gets hard and they face a little adversity you want to see who can out last it. You also want to find out some things about each phase of the team. You want to see defensively if we are going to be complacent or get better, trying to create more turnovers more than ever. Offensively you want to see if we are going to be a smart offense and a ball control offense. On special teams you want to see if we are going to be consistent. All of those things are going to be evaluated, it's not just what's on film. We are going to hit a little bit more than I think they've hit in the past. Right or wrong I think that is the best way to get a feel for all of those evaluations, which is to start a little more physical and you can then cut back.'

Marker Transcript: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe [8:11 PM] reports: 'I'm fired up to get going. Anytime you have a tough year you want to put that behind you as quick as you can. For the most part I feel like I've done that, I'm not really too concerned about last year at all. I'm going forward from here and I'm going to be optimistic about the year. That's what's got me fired up, it's not necessarily last year, but just the fact that I feel we have a chance to be very good this year.'

Marker Transcript: Quarterback J.P. Losman [8:10 PM] reports: 'On what his demands were to his agent: I've known him since I was in about 10th grade of high school, so we have a really good relationship. When he says something's going to happen, I believe him.'

Marker Moulds Back and Healthy for 2004 [8:09 PM] reports: '"Luckily I didn't have to have surgery," Moulds said. "It was tough to let it (the groin) heal on its own. It's one of the injuries you just need to have rest for it to recover. But it healed nicely and I'm happy with the results."'

Marker Pittsford Youth Day at the Buffalo Bills VIP Training Camp [5:12 PM] reports: 'This select day of training camp is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25 on the St. John Fisher College campus. Youth Day will consist of a variety of exciting football-related activities tailored for youngsters with special needs.'

Marker The Buffalo Bills return to Pittsford training camp [5:12 PM] reports: '"I recently had the pleasure to meet with Coach Mularkey who expressed his excitement about returning to Pittsford. Our annual Rally is a great kickoff for a successful training camp and gives the players, the coaches, and the fans an opportunity to share the buzz about the start of a new season," said Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter.'

Marker 2004 Buffalo Bills Pep Rally [5:11 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills Pep Rally is set for Saturday, July 31 at 5:30PM.'

Marker The Bills Agree To Terms With Evans [4:44 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Evans is expected to challenge for a starting spot with Josh Reed. He adds the speed dimension this team didn't have last season after Eric Moulds got hurt.'

Marker Buffalo inks QB Losman [2:46 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills are looking to groom Losman as the possible replacement to starter Drew Bledsoe. Buffalo was so enthroned with Losman that the club gave up three draft picks, including a first-rounder next year, in a deal with Dallas to trade up in the first round.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign Losman; Evans agrees to contract [2:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Evans set a career school record at Wisconsin with 175 catches for 3,468 yards and 26 touchdowns, while averaging 19.92 yards a reception -- second only to Tony Simmons.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with Evans [1:47 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with the 13th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, wide receiver Lee Evans. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.'

Marker Bills sign Losman [1:46 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has signed the 22nd overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, quarterback JP Losman. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.'

Marker The Bills Will Have Their Kid Quarterback In Camp [1:45 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bonuses will give Losman 5.586-million of guaranteed money. Incentives could max the deal out at 24.58-million dollars.'

Marker Bills sign both first-round picks [1:45 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Losman and Evans each received five-year contracts.'

Marker SU football 'shut out' before season starts [12:19 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: The host Buffalo Bills are a 3-point favorite over Jacksonville on Sunday, Sept. 12. It probably is a good break for the Bills to catch the young and improving Jaguars so early in the season.

Marker Buffalo Bills Signs First-round Pick Losman [11:39 AM]
AP reports: Losman, a quarterback out of Tulane selected 22nd overall, signed the contract at the Bills headquarters in Orchard Park and was to report to training camp in suburban Rochester later in the day, Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said. The Bills' first practice is Sunday. The deal includes a $5.6 million signing bonus and could be worth as much as $24.5 million if Losman meets all his incentives.'

Marker Losman seen as Bledsoe's heir apparent [11:38 AM]
ESPN reports: Quarterback J.P. Losman, the heir apparent to Drew Bledsoe's starting job in Buffalo, reached contract agreement with the Bills on Saturday, fulfilling the charge of the former Tulane star to his agent to complete a deal that would get him into camp on time. Losman was the second of the Bills' two choices in the first round of the 2004 draft, and Buffalo had to trade up into Dallas' spot at No. 22, sacrificing their first-round pick in '05, to get him. Buffalo chose wide receiver Lee Evans, who is still unsigned, with their own pick in the first round, the 13th overall selection. General manager Tom Donahoe, who remains unafraid to make bold moves even in the face of occasional criticism, obviously feels Losman represents the team's future. The contract is for five years and has a base value of $7.7 million, with $5.586 million of that in guarantees, largely an initial signing bonus and two option bonuses. The contract can top out, with escalators, at $24.58 million

Marker Bills set to begin training [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We like our team," said Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe. "We think we have a team that has a lot of ability. We're enthused about the new coaches that we've added and also about the ability to retain some very good coaches from the previous staff, so there's no reason not to be optimistic."'

July 30, 2004

Marker Milloy Ready for First Camp in Buffalo [4:04 PM] reports: '"I was fortunate enough to win a championship in New England," he said. "I also know what it's like to lose one. I'm not into predicting records or anything like that. We just need to believe in ourselves and focus on the tasks at hand. The rest will fall into place."'

Marker Tickets Limited for Browns Scrimmage [12:48 PM] reports: 'Tickets for the first of the team's two Wednesday evening practices during the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp are sold out and only a limited amount of tickets remain for the Bills scrimmage against the Cleveland Browns on August 7.'

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