The billboard: A daily dose from Bills training camp [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They want to win bad. They have a sense of urgency about them. . . . This is not a rebuilding process at all."'
Transcript: Wide Recevier Lee Evans [7:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'My agent knew I wanted to be here but we were also going to take the right deal. Both sides cooperated with each other and bent a little bit but didn’t break. We got the right deal and I’m happy.'
Camp Opens with Evans, Losman Present [7:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"This is a whole new level," said Evans. "The college game is out the window. It's so much more technical here and so much faster. You've got to be able to learn a lot of terminology real quick so it's just different. I've always been somebody who loves challenges and this is a challenge I've got to overcome."'
Evans has speed to burn, lots to learn [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The one thing we did have to do on the one (Evans' deal) is a voidable year, which we haven't done,” said Donahoe. “I don't like setting the precedent, but we had to do it. The numbers wouldn't work, and we could have argued for weeks.”'
Message received, says benched tackle Williams [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“This is the first step for me really getting geared back up because I missed so much. I believe (it's) the right move,” said Williams, who said he missed the June workouts for personal reasons. “He's given me a chance to look at (the new offense), have more time to study it, and hopefully, as the week goes on, I can get back in there with the 1s.”'
McGahee looks good in first workout [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He ran hard during the three-quarter speed drills and bounced right back up after getting bumped and taking several tumbles in traffic. “I covered up,” McGahee said. “I know how to fall; you don't have to worry about that. But I felt pretty good. It was a good day — no setbacks, no problems.”'
Daring to hope [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“There's only two seasons for me, football season and non-football season, and during the off-season I can't wait for the season to start."
Fitting the Bill [5:18 AM]
Hutchinson News reports: '"I always felt that in every drill in every practice I had to win," said Tasker, now a 42-year-old East Aurora, N.Y., resident. "I think what kept me on a lot of football teams was my ability to exceed the expectations people had for me."'
Inside slant [4:29 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"I know it hasn't been like this in years past, but I'd rather start at this level, and if we need to cut back, fine," said the former Vikings and Steelers tight end. "You can't start (low) and then say, 'We don't have enough practices, we're not hitting hard enough.' None of the two-a-days are back to back. ... It's not as grueling as it sounds."'
Strategy and personnel [4:28 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'McGahee has had no setbacks in his recovery from major knee surgery and even shed his brace during off-season drills. He will be monitored closely, of course, once the hitting begins. Asked if McGahee was 80, 90 or 100 percent back, Mularkey said: "That question to me has got to be answered when we get the pads on and the speed gets picked up a bit. He's got to take a few bangs and see how he holds up after a while, but to me personally, I don't think there's going to be a difference once we get rolling."'
Notes, quotes [4:27 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rusty Jones, the Bills director of physical development, divides the team into three groups when devising conditioning and weight-lifting programs: offensive and defensive linemen; linebackers, tight ends and running backs; wide receivers, quarterbacks, defensive backs, kickers and punters. "This team is in great shape," Jones told the Bills' website. "With the improvements in technology and training programs in the past few years, this team has really taken advantage of that."'
Bills Team Report [4:26 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'OLB Jason Gildon gives the team a chance to work the 3-4 into its defense. Gildon spent 10 years in the Steelers' 3-4 defense and is a better fit in that scheme. Coordinator Jerry Gray will keep the 4-3 as the base alignment but might put LBs Takeo Spikes, London Fletcher, Jeff Posey and Gildon on the field together.'
WR Evans takes part as Bills open training camp [9:21 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills were somewhat handcuffed in negotiations in that they were only allotted $4 million this season to sign six draft picks, including quarterback J.P. Losman, selected 22nd overall. Losman signed his contract a five-year deal that includes a $5.6 million bonus just hours before Evans. Evans' contract includes a clause giving him the option to void the final year.'
OT Williams opens Bills camp with second stringers [9:21 PM]
AP reports: 'Asked when Williams will be back with the starters, Mularkey said: ''Eventually, obviously, the sooner the better for all of us, I think.'''
Bills release cornerback Carter [9:20 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills gave no explanation for the release. They signed Carter in January and he spent the spring playing in NFL Europe.'
Bills Open Camp [8:05 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Mularkey announced on Sunday that former first round draft pick Mike Williams was replaced at right tackle by Marcus Price. Mularkey said, "That was my decision alone. It's not a punishment of any kind. I think he understands that and I think Marcus Price understands that. I'm very up front with these guys, I think they need that." Williams was the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft.'
Bills Back at St. John Fisher [8:05 PM]
RNews.com reports: '"We have a great interactive area for the kids, youngsters get to test their skills, see all about football, and, of course, you get a couple of autographs with the guys coming over to the fence and signing," said Scott Berchtold of the Buffalo Bills.'
Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [7:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On Willis McGahee's knee: We'll find out the more the pads go on and takes some licks. I'm not sure you can even totally evaluate that until you get into a game type situation. In his running, I see no ill-effects of his injury whatsoever in what we're doing.'
Bills Release Carter [3:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills announced today that the team has released CB Kahlil Carter.'
Tickets Availability for Second Night Practice [3:42 PM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
Lou Holtz Predicts More Success for Clements [3:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com 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."'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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.”'
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.”'
Bills Sign Both First-Rounders [8:53 AM]
RNews.com 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.'
Pep Rally, Parade Welcome Bills [8:52 AM]
RNews.com 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.'
Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [8:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
Transcript: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe [8:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
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