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Buffalo Bills News - August 18, 2005

Marker Clements' Agent Speaks With WGR [4:59 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Once the season starts, I think we probably won't (negotiate) because it's a distraction to him and a distraction to the team."'

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August 17, 2005

Marker Bills pre-season game to be televised [9:37 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Turkey Hill Dairy has purchased 5,000 remaining seats for the Bills game, ensuring a sellout and lifting the local television blackout. That means the game will be aired live on Channel 7 Saturday at 6 p.m. The Bills Kids Day preseason sellout last year drew 71,500 fans to Ralph Wilson Stadium and the atmosphere was electric. Turkey Hill Dairy donates a nickel for every carton of Buffalo Bills stampede sundae ice cream sold to Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The company will host an ice cream party for patients at the hospital on Friday of this week.'

Marker McGahee Returns [9:27 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'The team conducted it's final two-a-day session of training camp. The Bills break camp Tuesday, August 23.'

Marker On the Road: Buffalo [9:24 PM]
Yahoo Sports reports: 'In my travels during the week, I witnessed four AFC contenders and an NFC squad flying under the radar getting ready for the 2005 campaign. Though I saw only one workout for each, you can get a feel for the pacing, energy and spot the areas of concern. And, of course, you get to see fans at their most passionate. Why else would you be sitting in the oppressive heat to watch an early morning preseason practice?'

Marker Clements wants to be highest-paid cornerback [9:23 PM]
AP reports: '``I'm the best and I don't settle for nothing less,'' said Clements, a four-year veteran who's entering the final year of his contract. ``It's just like if you're the best at your job, you want to be compensated for being the best at your position.'''

Marker McGahee Back In Action [4:35 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After two days of watching from the sidelines, Willis McGahee got back out on the practice field this morning. McGahee practiced at full speed and says he's "100 percent".'

Marker Verizon Wireless back as Bills' sponsor [12:59 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The marketing sponsorship includes having Verizon Wireless as a training camp sponsor, the sponsor for the Bills' regular season home opener, as well as text messaging opportunities with team president Tom Donahoe.'

Marker Bills Kids Day a Sell Out - Again [12:57 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that Turkey Hill Dairy has purchased the remaining seats for the Bills Kids’ Day preseason game against the Packers at Ralph Wilson Stadium making the event sold out for the second consecutive year. The game will air live Saturday, August 20 at 6:00 pm on WKBW-TV in Buffalo, WHAM-TV in Rochester, and WTVH-TV in Syracuse.'

Marker AFC East: It's a little closer at the top [12:21 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'The Bills, a team on the rise in 2004, stood pat, but they will have a different look and personality at quarterback. Old and immobile Bledsoe is out, and young and cocky J.P. Losman is in, leading Buffalo into a new era. Expect some growing pains.'

Marker A moving target [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's a football player," quarterback J.P. Losman said of Haddad. "People want to talk about his size or that he's not as fast as the next guy. But that guy is always in the right spot, he's always going to catch it and you always know where he's going to be. That's a great thing at receiver that we're looking for."'

Marker Drew Haddad through the years [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '2004: NFL Europe with Frankfurt; led the Galaxy with 28 catches for 455 yards. . . . Signed from Bills practice squad in October, played in five-receiver sets in two games; waived Nov. 7, signed to practice squad Nov. 8.'

Marker Clements' agent arrives for talks [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Considering the going rate for top-flight cornerbacks, Clements could command a fat contract with an eight-digit signing bonus. France's visit is the first step in what could be a lengthy process. But Clements' desire to stay in Buffalo could help in the negotiation process. "Nate has expressed that publicly, and that's a key," Donahoe said. "We'll give it our best shot and see what happens."'

Marker Versatile Woodbury hungers to join Bills [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Quarterback is in my heart and I'll never give up my dream to play quarterback, but if you can do other things, that only helps you. I can do whatever they ask me to do — quarterback, receiver, special teams. I'll do anything to make the roster."'

Marker Bills keep McGahee out of practice [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I plan on him playing," Mularkey said, refusing to elaborate on the leg injury other than to say it was a "tweak." Affirmed McGahee: "I'm pretty sure I'm playing; that's the game plan."'

Marker The NFL preseason is just too long [5:02 AM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: 'The Bills should have a pretty good idea by the end of Saturday night’s game as to who should make the team and who should not. There’s no need to extend the preseason two more weeks in order to determine the third-string running back or the fifth wide receiver. Heck, I’m all in favor of increasing the roster by a few players in order to provide more depth in case of injury.'

Marker Versatile Woodbury Intrigues Bills [5:01 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"He'd certainly be a good addition to us," said special teams coordinator Bobby April. "He's smart, tough, hungry and athletic. He'd be a nice guy to add to what we already have."'

Marker Singer wins Bills contest [5:00 AM]
Medina Journal Register reports: 'Follman, 17, competed with two other finalists for the slot, the winner of which was chosen by an Internet poll. The singer will head to Buffalo for the game against the Miami Dolphins Oct. 9.'

August 16, 2005

Marker The Dope Sheet [10:16 PM]
Packers.com reports: Press release for Saturday's game.

Marker McGahee Sidelined; Expected Back [9:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We've got two tomorrow and we'll see in the morning how I feel about it and how he does," Mularkey said. "I plan on him playing."'

Marker Battle Is On for Second Spot [9:49 PM]
RNews.com reports: '“Being in the system another year, maturing a little bit I think gives me a little bit of an edge,” said Williams. “But those other guys, they're here for a reason too. They're good and they've proven that they belong in this league as well. So it's going to be tough."'

Marker McGahee misses practice but expected to play Saturday [9:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Mike Mularkey said he continues to hold McGahee out for precautionary reasons, but expects him to practice prior to Saturday's game. Mularkey declined to reveal the nature of the injury, except to refer to it as ``a tweak.'''

Marker Parrish's injury opens competition between Reed, Haddad [9:47 PM]
AP reports: '"That's just going to make the competition level higher," Reed said after practice Tuesday. "I can say it until I'm blue in the face, but I've got to go out there and believe in myself."'

Marker The Difference between Losman and Bledsoe? Legs [9:47 PM]
RealFootball365.com reports: Anyone who has watched the Buffalo Bills practice or play thus far during the preseason will notice one glaring difference between J.P. Losman and Drew Bledsoe

Marker McGahee Kept Off Practice Field For Second Day [4:51 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The exact status of McGahee is unknown as NFL policy does not require teams to publish the exact injury status of its players until the first week of the regular season. McGahee "tweaked" his knee during the Bills preseason game against Indiamapolis on Saturday night accroding to head coach Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Tuesdays with Moorman [11:55 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “hero” as any person admired for courage, nobility, etc. In the minds of many in the Buffalo community, Moorman has established himself as the definition of the word “hero.”'

Marker Bills corner the market with depth [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It will be hard to cut some guys this year," Gray said. "We've got a lot of young guys that are really competing, and it's not like there is a big space between them. Guys know they can't slip up because the next guy will catch him. They are pushing each other very hard, and that's going to make them better and the position even stronger."'

Marker Willis sits [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps running back Willis McGahee is not as healthy as the Buffalo Bills said he was.'

Marker Bills taking share of hits in preseason [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Most calming sight: Cerebral backups Kelly Holcomb and Shane Matthews hovering near Losman each day. They represent 22 years of NFL experience with 35 starts. Even Geico can't beat that.'

Marker McGahee sits out to rest his leg [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'McGahee, who limped off the field favoring his right leg during the first quarter of Saturday's preseason victory at Indianapolis, had his thigh heavily wrapped to his knee.'

Marker QB could be special team guy [5:03 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'The Winston-Salem State product made a quick impression on Buffalo’s special teams unit with a big hit against Indianapolis on Saturday, and his best chance of making the Bills is as a special teamer — not something a lot of quarterbacks can say. “I don’t know of another quarterback who plays special teams,” Woodbury said. “But I love contact, so I’m willing to do anything and everything to make this team.”'

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