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Buffalo Bills News - August 5, 2004

Marker Strike three from list of Bills getting deals [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills did not make progress in offseason talks with the agents for Jonas Jennings, Aaron Schobel and Pat Williams. None of the parties are saying they have closed the door on talks. However, since extensions were not struck by the start of training camp, it's likely the three will become free agents in March.'

Marker Rain moves Bills' practice [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We waited as long as we could, until about a quarter to six, before we made the decision,” said general manager Tom Donahoe. “Prior to coming up here this summer, with the way the weather has been, we felt we needed an alternate site ready to go if we needed it. Our hats are off to the people of East Rochester. The people we have dealt with have pretty much opened up the facility anytime we need to use it.”'

Marker Williams returns, vows to give Bills everything he's got [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I apologized to them because they're out here to win and they're counting on me like I'm counting on them,” he said. “I told them, ‘I'm going to be there regardless of the situation. I'm going to be there and be committed.'”'

Marker Corner Vincent takes center stage [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“At the end of the day, when I take off this helmet and these shoulder pads, I'm a citizen in my community. I vote. I want my lawn cut, I want my neighbors' lawn cut. I walk to the mailbox and pick up my mail like everybody else. I want my children to see that it's not about us, it's about the community you live in."'

Marker For Wyche, actions speak louder than words [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Heart disease could have killed him in 1999. He takes 13 pills every day to treat cardiomyopathy.'

Marker Oh Ricky [5:25 AM]
Rochester City Newspaper reports: 'But [Ruben] Brown is the only player I'd ever seen with a sign hung in his locker that heralded marijuana. That was three seasons ago, and I don't remember exactly what the sign said. But I'm still surprised that it was even there, particularly because the NFL and the Bills are as image-conscious as Britney Spears.'

Marker Williams returns to practice after being fined by Bills [5:24 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams said he apologized to his teammates on Wednesday to help clear the air, telling them he was dealing with personal issues. He also spoke personally with Price. ''Me and him are very tight,'' Williams said. ''This situation will never happen again.'''

Marker Williams Returns [5:22 AM] reports: '"I'm feeling great I'm back out here working with the team and just enjoying myself right now," said Williams. "They're counting on me just like I'm counting on them. If I'm not giving my 100 percent on the field; if I'm not there it's hurting them. I told them I'm going to be there regardless of the situation. I'm going to be there committed."'

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August 4, 2004

Marker Williams fined for missing team practice [9:07 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“If it’s a distraction, you couldn’t tell by the way they’re practicing,” he said. “There’s nothing that I’ve seen disruptive in the meeting rooms or anything else. The practices have been pretty good. They’ve been getting things done excellently.”'

Marker Lee Evans wants to make immediate progress as rookie [12:57 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“The tempo of the game is much quicker up here. When I was at Wisconsin, there wasn’t people around practices, so it was exciting to start camp.” Mularkey agreed. “Lee is going to be a special receiver,” he said. “It’s a different game at this level, and there are still little things I recognize out there, like coming back for the ball. Lee had a good start, but he has some little things to work on.”'

Marker Tackle Mike Williams Returns To Work Out [12:53 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The #4 overall draft pick will now work on regaining his First String Right Tackle Position currently occupied by Marcus Price. Williams was demoted to second string after coming to Training Camp unprepared and reportedly overweight.'

Marker Additional Night Practice Tickets Available [12:50 PM] reports: 'Additional tickets for the first of the team's two Wednesday evening practices during the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp will be available to the public at the three Rochester Dick's Sporting Goods locations - Greece, Henrietta, and Victor - on Wednesday, August 4.'

Marker Williams returns to practice after being fined by Bills [12:49 PM]
AP reports: '''Everything is behind me and I'm very comfortable,'' Williams said. ''The family is fine and everything is great right now.'''

Marker Mike Williams' problems start to multiply [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've got to work with the players who are here and that should be our focus," said Donahoe, who stopped short of saying the team would take more severe measures if Williams continues to be a camp no-show. "Mike Mularkey needs to concentrate on the guys who are here, and we'll see what happens as camp goes on."'

Marker Coach Mike stands up to Big Mike [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If we learned anything from the first few days at St. John Fisher College, it's that new coach Mike Mularkey is done messing around. He spat in the face of his first mini-crisis and didn't think twice. Mularkey clearly doesn't have the time or energy to pamper a former first-round pick who is unwilling to help himself, which means he'll get along just fine with the local townspeople. Bills' fans will adore this guy if he stays true to his convictions. Mularkey reminds me of the kid in high school who was quiet, unassuming and would never start a fight but would rip your head off if you challenged him. Guys like him are dangerous, certainly, but always respected.'

Marker The billboard [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Recently signed LB Jason Gildon is wearing the number 92 jersey he wore for 10 seasons in Pittsburgh. The jersey number previously belonged to DE Ryan Denney, who may be compensated for his generosity. "We're still in negotiations," said Gildon."'

Marker Meet the new Bills leader, Mike Mularkey [7:36 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"He played a long time in the league so I have a lot of respect for him," said Moulds. "Any player that's played in this league, you have to have a lot of respect for them because they have knowledge. With that being said, he knows when players are dogging it. He knows when guys are hustling and making plays for him."'

Marker Day 1 features the rookies [7:36 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"Lee's going to be a special receiver," said Mularkey. "This is a different game at this level. There's still things I recognize out there: coming back for the ball. He has to realize defensive backs at this level, with their speed, they can close on the ball. Little things like that. I think he'll eventually get and I hope soon, but Lee got a good start."'

Marker Price could be right [7:35 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“By the time we have three and a half weeks under our belt, we’re going to be right where we want to be,” he said. “My job has always been since I’ve been here is when it’s time for me to go out and play and one of the guys can’t go, that’s what I do.”'

Marker Williams cloud darkens Bills' plans [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'By going to the fine card, Mularkey has made it clear that whatever personal issue is still weighing Williams down Mularkey no longer deems it a legitimate reason to be excused from work. He put the football in his court. Made him accountable to his teammates.'

Marker Absence of OT Williams becoming an issue for Bills [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mularkey, who made the decision to fine Williams, is adamant in his belief that his demotion of Williams to the second team has nothing to do with the former Texas standout going AWOL. “I really don't think that had anything to do with it,” he said. “I'm not going to get into what the issues are. He's being fined every day he's not here and it's his decision when he makes it in here or not. I hope it's tomorrow.”'

Marker Bills glad Ricky Williams said goodbye [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“‘Good luck, Rick. Don't come back. Don't change your mind. I don't care what they say about you, we love you and congratulations,” ' said Adams, his tongue firmly in cheek.'

Marker Williams Missing From Practice [5:17 AM] reports: '"I'm definitely worried about it,” Jonas Jennings said. “Anytime you have a teammate that's a no show and is supposed to be an unexcused absence you got to worry about him. You never know what's going on, especially when I don't know what's the problem."'

Marker Villarrial Becoming Familiar with Bills [5:16 AM] reports: '"I picked up the playbook fairly quickly," Villarrial said. "I feel very comfortable already. We're going to be a physical team this year under (offensive line) Coach McNally and we've got something to prove."'

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [5:15 AM] reports: 'On whether Williams will be present for practice tomorrow:
I don't know. We all wish he is, but we don't know.'

August 3, 2004

Marker Transcript: President/GM Tom Donahoe [8:58 PM] reports: 'On whether he has lost motivation to play: You'd have to talk to Mike. We've got to work with the players here and that should be our focus. That's really why I wanted to address this. Mike Mularkey needs to concentrate on the guys that are here. We'll see what happens as camp goes on.'

Marker Tackle Williams Fined For Missing Practice [8:53 PM] reports: '"We're just going to go day-to-day with this and see what happens," said Donahoe. "He will be fined today and if he's not here tomorrow he'll be fined tomorrow. He's under contract with the Buffalo Bills and he should be here with his teammates."'

Marker Williams fined for missing Bills practice [5:10 PM]
AP reports: '``He'll be fined each day he's not here. He's under contract with the Buffalo Bills and he should be here with his teammates,'' Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills' Posey aims to solidify his role [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I treat camp like I do every year. I'm always in competition no matter who it is because the player behind you is always striving to get where you're at," Posey said. "At every position out here, everybody is competing for a job."'

Marker Mike Williams misses practice [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whatever is the issue with Williams, this is not what they bargained for when they made him the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft.'

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