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Buffalo Bills News - July 28, 2003

Marker Improved Defense Puts Spring in Bills' Steps [4:17 AM]
New York Times reports: 'If the Bills improve on last season's 8-8 record, it will be on the legs of Spikes and the girth of Adams, a free-agent acquisition from the Oakland Raiders, as much as on the arm of quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who enters his second season in Buffalo.'

Marker Centers signs on [4:16 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Centers was considered a locker room leader in Buffalo, where he played the past two seasons. But the Bills did not re-sign him, feeling his best days were behind him. Centers caught 43 passes for 388 yards last season, bringing his career totals to 808 catches and 6,691 yards. Before landing in Buffalo, he played nine seasons with the Cardinals and two with the Redskins.'

Marker Centers, Stai sign on [4:15 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``It's just good to get with a team that has a chance to win it all,'' said the 14-year veteran last night. ``There's a good chance this is my last shot at it. I've watched their offense for years and I've always liked the way they used their backs out of the backfield. I spoke to Charlie Weis (the Pats offensive coordinator) and he told me that they tailor their offense to their personnel not the other way around. It was music to my ears.'''

Marker Bills should take another step forward [4:14 AM] reports: 'Tom Donahoe came into Buffalo two years ago as the Bills' general manager, bit the bullet and got the team out of salary-cap jail. Believe me, that's not an easy thing to do. But after going 3-13 in 2002 and coming back with an 8-8 record last season, the reconstruction of the once-proud franchise is under way.'

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July 27, 2003

Marker Training Camp Report: Afternoon session, July 27th [6:44 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'Chris Kelsay- This guy is a mountain. I didnt know husking corn was such a good workout. This guys biceps are as big as my head. Looks very quick off the line and has good form. Handled the second string with ease, never saw him against the first. If Jones thinks he has the starting position locked up he is mistaken.'

Marker Bills, Bledsoe hard-pressed to repeat prolific season [6:18 PM]
AP reports: '''Right now, if I was another defensive guy, I would say, 'Make them prove that they can beat us with the running game,''' he said. ''It's, 'Can you win running the ball?' And if we can, then they have to defend that and it'll open up the opportunities for us throwing the ball again.'''

Marker Miller Enters 37th Season, 'Do you believe it?' [4:55 PM] reports: '"Radio is more of a challenge," Miller said. "You have to paint a word picture. Television is easy. The picture tells the story for you. But it's different in radio. You have to give your listeners the feeling as if they were there."'

Marker Bills aide Graves has cancer surgery [8:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While Graves is out, the Bills will shift assignments among their assistants. Running backs coach Les Steckel will coach the wide receivers. Offensive assistant and special teams coach Tommy Kaiser will coach running backs, along with former NFL running back Barry Foster, who is assisting at Bills camp as part of the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.'

Marker With offseason over, it's time for nitty-gritty [8:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As a public service for those who plan to visit the team's training camp at St. John Fisher College and later to assess the performances in the preseason games, we offer this guide to things to watch...'.

Marker Great expectations fuel Moulds' desire to maintain elite status [8:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Obviously, having a consistent running game will help Moulds' cause. But Gilbride's game plans will play the biggest role in what kind of season Moulds has.'

Marker Fired-up Spikes sets tone as Bills veterans hit camp [8:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If die-hard Buffalo Bills fans could have spent 10 minutes watching and listening to Takeo Spikes on Saturday afternoon, they probably would have jumped in their car, driven directly to Ralph Wilson Stadium and started camping out for the Sept. 7 season opener against New England.'

Marker Warren says knee injury not serious [7:53 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Tickets for $5 are on sale now for the Browns scrimmage against the Buffalo Bills at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Call Ticketmaster at 216-241-5555.'

Marker Takeo Spikes reborn as a Bill after Bengals blues [4:39 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' I think moreso its not that I was needed (by the Bills), but how much I needed them, Spikes said. Its a good tradeoff.'

Marker Tall order for undersized guy [4:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Undrafted in large part because hes small (5-foot-8, 191 pounds), Simonton didnt have a spot in football last fall after he was cut in mini-camp by the San Francisco 49ers. When you dont get into camp, trying to get into this league is a monster, Simonton said. Its like one team doesnt want you until they find out another team likes you.'

Marker Pro Football Hall of Fame adds five [4:36 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Former Browns coach Sam Rutigliano wasn't sure if Joe D. could be acquired when the trade was made in 1980. ``It took us a New York hiccup to make that decision,'' Rutigliano said in a recent interview.'

July 26, 2003

Marker Spikes enthusiastic as he reports for first Bills camp [7:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Walking up the stairs to the team's headquarters at St. John Fisher College, alongside fellow starting linebackers London Fletcher and Jeff Posey, Spikes called out to a group of reporters. ''Here are the three best linebackers in the league,'' Spikes said. ''Print it, fax it, write it, photocopy it. This is where it's at.'''

Marker Pittsford Welcomes Bills With Parade [2:48 PM] reports: 'The parade drew hundreds of community members from their home to wave and cheer as the Bills officials and players, including veterans Josh Reed and Mike Williams, floated through town saluting and greeting fans.'

Marker Graves diagnosed with prostate cancer [2:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills receivers coach Fred Graves had surgery on Saturday after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Doctors said he will need up to four weeks to recuperate before he can start coaching again.'

Marker Wet Start To Camp [10:26 AM] reports: "There's not anybody that has to worry heat problems or hydration problems today," head coach Gregg Williams said following the morning workout.

Marker Motivation is no problem for Wire [8:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I want to surround myself with positive influences and positive energy," Wire said after Friday's practice at St. John Fisher College. "I like to give myself constant reminders throughout the day to stay focused, and to keep in my consciousness the goals I've set for myself."'

Marker Talks go on with McGahee [8:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When the system was created it was designed to eliminate holdouts," said Donahoe. "It didn't do that last year and it doesn't look like it's going to do that this year. So you have to start to question what's wrong with the system."'

Marker Arms race begins for backup QBs [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Brown, 26, has great physical tools and could be something special if given the chance to develop. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder played most of the 2001 season finale at Miami when Van Pelt was injured and showed his raw talent by going 15 of 33 for 201 yards, with one TD and two interceptions.'

Marker Gilbride choice to tutor the Bills' QBs [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: ' The advantage is that they only hear one voice, Gilbride said. The disadvantage is that Im trying to look at them and everybody else at the same time and sometimes they get away with some stuff.'

Marker Bills Receiver Keeps Focus on Brother [5:25 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Reed said he thought Norbert would be home by now, but he understands that his brother has a job with its own timetable. Norbert is a medical specialist in the Army and has been in Iraq since March.'

Marker Centers would be a nice catch [5:24 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Centers, who spent his first nine seasons toiling for a non-contending Cardinals team, figures to be attracted to the opportunity to play for a potential playoff team. Key word being ''play.'' Finding a role for Centers shouldn't be problem for Charlie Weis, nor should committing the funds; Centers likely won't accept just the veteran minimum, but the Patriots could sign him to a multi-year deal and pay him the minimum with a satisfactory signing bonus.'

Marker Bills Parade in Pittsford [5:23 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Tonight's pep rally welcomed the team back to its summer home. The team's training camp is located at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Hunter's Hope Ball [5:22 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'This was the first candlelit ball in Rochester- the Kelly's plan to make it an annual event.'

July 25, 2003

Marker Williams contract no "weighty" matter [10:58 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'No doubt about it, if the Bills have a great season, which isn't a stretch with the new talent on the field, Williams will be in great position for a very hefty raise. If the Bills stumble, he'll be gone, an outcome likely to occur even if he had signed an extension, as did both coordinators in the off season.'

Marker Bills Get Physical [10:57 PM] reports: 'About an hour into their only practice on Friday, offensive tackle Jonas Jennings mixed it up with defensive end Grant Irons. "It's just two players being aggressive and just going out there to battle," explained Irons after practice.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Camp Photos [10:20 PM] reports: Chris Kelsay, Marcus Jones, Sam Aiken, Ken Simonton, and more...

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