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Buffalo Bills News - August 16, 2005

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] 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.”'

Marker Evans builds on stellar start [5:02 AM]
USA Today reports: 'The 5-10, 197-pound receiver credits his work ethic to his father, who is also named Lee. His father used to wake up at 4 a.m. to take his place on the assembly line at the Ford plant near their Bedford, Ohio, home. "He has always provided for the family," Evans says. "Now I'm in a position to give back. And that makes me happy."'

Marker Bills hold McGahee out of practice as precaution [5:01 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills' top running back Willis McGahee was held out of practice Monday night because of a sore right leg. Referring to the injury as "a tweak," coach Mike Mularkey said he sat out McGahee for precautionary reasons and didn't know whether he would practice Tuesday.'

Marker McGahee Misses Workout [5:00 AM] reports: 'The defense seems to have picked up where it left off last year. It had six sacks and a couple of take aways against the Colts. It wasnt't just the front line players who contributed. Said defensive back Jabari Greer, "Some of the depth guys got in there and got a lot of repetitions. We went in there and I think we made the best of our opportunities and showed some of these fans, some of these coaches, some of our teammates that we can really step up to the challenge."'

Marker Gause, Ritzmann Battle for DE Spot [4:59 AM] reports: 'Gause, a physical specimen from South Carolina at 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, has impressed the coaching staff enough at camp thus far to be practicing with the second team. He currently is the No. 2 defensive end on the right side behind starter Aaron Schobel. "I'm going to try and stay there as long as I can," Gause said after Monday night's practice at St. John Fisher.'

Marker Offense Inconsistent at Night Session [4:58 AM] reports: '"This was the toughest practice we've had so far, especially offensively," said quarterback J.P. Losman. "We had to overcome so many things, like penalties. But we finished up pretty strong."'

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August 15, 2005

Marker McGahee Watches Night Workout; Team Says He's Fine [10:19 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Willis McGahee was fully dressed in pads but did not work out with his teammates, instead watching practice from the sidelines. The Bills say McGahee is fine.'

Marker Six Contestants Win JetBlue Airline Tickets [10:19 PM] reports: 'Monday, Mike Marsh of Rochester kicked a 20-yard field goal to win two Jet Blue round trip airline tickets to anywhere Jet Blue flies in Florida during the Jet Blue/Buffalo Bills Training Camp Field Goal Promotion.'

Marker March of Dimes Golf Tournament [10:18 PM]
WROC-TV reports: '"My wife and I feel like having the five children that we do, we can go back and make sure those people who can't have children, wanna have children and are really going to take the responsibility to be parents, can give their kids a chance whether they have a problem in their pregnancy or not," said Tasker.'

Marker Crack down on penalties [10:17 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills got flagged for 19-of them Saturday night in Indianapolis. The franchise all-time record for penalties in a regular season game is 19. Some of it… sloppy officiating, but most of it, was sloppy play and the Bills hope it was a 1 game anomaly not a trend.'

Marker Williams May Have Upper Hand in RB Battle [2:19 PM] reports: 'Williams may be the front-runner in the competition for the backup RB job against free agent pickup ReShard Lee and seventh-round pick Lionel Gates. But even he knows it's too early to draw any real conclusions. "There's still a long way to go," Williams said. "We've still got three preseason games left. There's still a lot of work to be done. Personally I feel like there's still a lot of room for improvement, as far as myself goes. There's a long way to go. … Anything can happen."'

Marker Losman's debut good enough for win [1:22 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'All in all, the Bills and Colts combined for 40 incomplete passes, 26 penalties and 16 punts.'

Marker Research key to finding Krabbe cure [1:20 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'So, besides remembering Jim Kelly for heroic exploits on the gridiron, you should remember him and his wife for doing something almost unheard of these days when tragedy strikes. In lame football terms, they took a fourth and long situation and scored a touchdown. In other words, they refused to give up -- they fought back.'

Marker Bills' preseason debut provides optimism [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's one of the things we really emphasize around here is stopping the run, first and foremost," Fletcher said. "When you stop the run it allows us to be able to get after the quarterback and get them in third-and-long situations where we can bring our blitzes and pressures, which we like doing around here."'

Marker It's going to take time for Losman [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Spikes told Losman he doesn't have to win games himself. Just don't lose them. Play to the team's strengths. In that sense, Saturday was the blueprint for the season. There's plenty of cause for optimism, though it's sobering to be reminded that the kid has a very long road ahead.'

Marker McGahee healthy, no time frame for Parrish's return [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mularkey had no update on the condition of rookie wide receiver Roscoe Parrish, who had surgery on his injured right wrist Friday. Mularkey didn't reveal the nature of Parrish's injury, though it is believed his wrist was broken. All Mularkey would say is Parrish's surgery was a success, and he would return at some point this year. The common recovery period for such an injury is six to eight weeks.'

Marker Inside slant [6:27 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"But what I liked about it is the mood in the locker room -- it was like we didn't win the game and we did win. That's the objective -- to win. And when you have that feeling you didn't play well enough but still won, I'm OK with that."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [6:25 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Battle of the week: Josh Reed, Sam Aiken, Jonathan Smith for the No. 3 receiver job - With rookie sensation Roscoe Parrish out indefinitely, the job is suddenly wide open again.'

Marker Notes, quotes [6:24 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ron Edwards and Tim Anderson are doing a strong job plugging the middle of Buffalo's defense after the loss of free agent Pat Williams (Vikings), but four-year veteran Justin Bannan is showing this isn't a two-man job. Bannan is one of the Bills' top grunts, even playing offensive guard in short-yardage situations last year.'

Marker Bills' preseason opener a bumblin', stumblin' affair [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills weren't exactly error-free, running up a string of penalties. "I thought it was sloppy, and we have some things to address," Mularkey said. "But with the first preseason game, some of those things are expected. You hope they don't happen, but it's the first time for a lot of those guys when the bullets are flying."'

Marker Losman outplayed Bledsoe on Saturday [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The most encouraging aspect regarding Losman's performance in an otherwise meaningless 17-10 Buffalo victory in Indianapolis were the things he did that predecessor Bledsoe can't do. Move and improvise.'

Marker Ex-Bills QB brings message of hope [4:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Kellys didn't find out that Hunter had Krabbe disease until he was 4 months old. By then it was too late for treatment. "Three thousand babies die every year because they're born in the wrong state," Kelly said.'

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