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Buffalo Bills News - August 5, 2003

Marker Tackle Mike Williams returns to practice after injury [5:20 AM]
AP reports: 'Leg injuries can devastate players carrying 370 pounds. But Williams' current injury isn't related to the leg ailments that kept him out of two games as a rookie. Buffalo's first-round draft pick in 2002 started the other 14 games.'

Marker Bills Defense Holds Upper Hand In Night Practice [5:19 AM] reports: '"The defense got the upper hand," said head coach Gregg Williams. "It was obvious. It was good in one respect but the offensive has to bounce back."'

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August 4, 2003

Marker Bills report: Strategy and personnel [11:15 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Bills' quest for a starting left DE is still high on the team's agenda. But on passing downs, at least, the team appears to have found a solution.

Free agent strong-side LB Jeff Posey, who played DE in college, is lining up at left DE on pass rush plays. On 1st and 2nd down, he's at his normal right outside spot. Or he could wind up in the middle. The idea is to move the versatile 6-4, 250 pounder around and keep OC's up nights.

Marker Bills report: Inside slant [11:12 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Van Pelt isn't expected to play at all against the Ravens, with Bledsoe playing one quarter, Brown for two, and free agent rookie Jason Johnson finishing up.

Marker Bills report: Notes, quotes, anecdotes [11:09 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Linebacker Takeo Spikes is spreading the gospel of coach Dick LeBeau's zone blitzes. LeBeau is the creator of the scheme noted for disguising where pressure on the quarterback is coming from, utilizing such techniques as defensive ends dropping into coverage.

"When it's working right, you'll see defensive linemen getting interceptions," said Spikes, who played for LeBeau in Cincinnati. "Crazy things, stuff you don't think will happen. The key is having athletic guys, not just straight-forward guys who fit the stereotype of a nose guard or an end. We have guys who can move (here)."

Marker Learning from Experience [11:05 PM] reports: Four ex-NFL standouts with a combined 42 seasons NFL experience – Cedrick Hardman, Pete Metzelaars, Reggie Brooks and Ray Roberts – are working with the Colts as assistant coaches during training camp.
Metzelaars began his career with the Seattle Seahawks in 1982, but it was as a member of the Buffalo Bills that he made his biggest NFL impact. He played with the Bills from 1985-1994, playing on all four Buffalo Super Bowl teams from 1990-1993. He is working with the Colts’ tight ends during training camp.

Marker Monday Night Practice Report [9:30 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'Josh [Reed] slipped awkwardly trying to catch one of many horribly thrown Travis Brown balls. It looked like his knee twisted. I bit my lip and winced. He got right up and literally sprinted back to the huddle. A loud 'whew' was heard. It was me...'

Marker Joe DeLamielleure enters Pro Football Hall of Fame [9:28 PM]
Macomb Daily reports: 'Joe, the youngest of the DeLamielleure boys, was the sports nut of the family. He was the one who could run through a baseball team's batting order and then imitate each player's batting stance. Once, when Vic Wertz stopped by the Victory Inn as a salesman, Joseph DeLamielleure called over his son. Only when Joe broke out in a smile and pointed to the former baseball great was the sale made.'

Marker Center Line native joins Allen, Lofton, Stram and Bethea as honorees [7:15 PM]
Macomb Daily reports: "Joe D. was just a tremendous all-around football player," said hall of fame offensive lineman Dan Dierdorf. "Run blocking. Pass blocking. Joe D. did it all."

Marker Bucs may be hungry enough to do it again [7:08 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Pete Prisco's first power rankings of the year has the Bills at #4. (No kidding.)
The improved defense will make this a serious contender in the AFC East. As long as they don't try to get too conservative on offense, this team can be a Super possibility.

Marker TV Listings August 9th [1:28 PM]
Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic reports: '8:00 pm NFL Pre-Season: Buffalo Bills @ Ravens' (repeats Sunday the 10th)

Marker Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens [1:20 PM]
Directv reports: Saturday, August 9th, 8:00 p.m., Ch. 629.

Marker Sculpting Joe DeLamielleure's Hall of Fame Bust [11:05 AM] reports: 'Mike Hamby, a rookie defensive end in 1985, DeLamielleure's final season, sculpted the bust of Joe D. that will be displayed forever in the Canton, Ohio, shrine.'

Marker NFL gives Lofton his due [11:04 AM]
Grren Bay Press Gazette reports: “It’s too bad he wasn’t playing when the Packers were going to the Super Bowls,” said Jerry Rembleski of Cadott, who was visiting Lambeau Field Sunday with his wife, Carol. “He was one of the few shining points.”

Marker DeLamielleure, Lofton enshrined [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My mother taught me two things: teamwork and how to pray. Teamwork came from this: one bathroom, no lock and 10 kids."'

Marker LeBeau lands on his feet after Bengals tenure [8:46 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'LeBeau has the title of assistant head coach under Gregg Williams. He describes his job as overseer and adviser for the defense, with emphasis on implementing his specialty - the zone blitz.'

Marker Lofton soaks up moment in the sun [7:11 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: '"When a quarterback first comes into the league, he's normally labeled cocky. As he gets a little older, he's labeled confident. I can think of another 'C' word, and it's controlled," Lofton said. "Jim Kelly could control a football game."'

Marker Balanced diet [6:59 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Speaking about the prospects of playing behind beefy defensive tackles Adams and Williams, Spikes said, "I always say we got 700 pounds of pork up front. They're going to hold guys down and allow us linebackers to make a lot of plays. Even in practice. I'm loving it, man."'

Marker Joe D. finally busts in [6:16 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"My dad had a bar for 43 years, working from 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., open seven days a week except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter," he said. "He taught me the meaning of work."'

Marker Enshrinees honor families for helping them reach hall [5:26 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'DeLamielleure grew up reading sports and hanging around people who played sports. Sports always was the topic of conversation at the Victory Inn, the bar his father built to support the family. “If you didn’t talk sports, you got thrown out,” DeLamielleure said. “That was my life.”'

Marker Teammate recalls enshrinee’s intensity [5:25 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“We were lining up for an extra point in an exhibition game — I mean, come on, it was an exhibition game,” Van Pelt said Sunday prior to DeLamielleure’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “I look across the line at him and say, ‘Hey, Jo-Jo.’ “He picked his head up and put it right back down. I just thought, ‘Oh, God,’ because I knew I was going to get it.”'

Marker DeLamielleure got congrats from O.J. on induction [5:24 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'DeLamielleure said the ''Electric Company'' will reunite and be honored before Buffalo's season-opener vs. New England.'

Marker DeLamielleure's family matters [5:23 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``We are all so lucky to be here, I never thought this day would come,'' said the blue-collar DeLamielleure, dubbed ``Mr. Middle America,'' by his presenter, former Buffalo sportswriter Larry Felser.'

Marker Lofton's big catch [5:21 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Of Levy, he said: "A coach and scholar. And I don't throw that scholar label in there lightly because surely under Marv Levy I expanded my vocabulary and more importantly I learned what it felt like to win."'

August 3, 2003

Marker Magic man [4:12 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Dorenbos (pronounced DORN-bahs) is a rookie long-snapper for the Buffalo Bills. A collegiate free agent from the University of Texas-El Paso, he has so far made a solid impression at the Bills' St. John Fisher College camp site in suburban Rochester. Unlike most undrafted players, he has a legitimate chance to make the team.'

Marker Ugly scrimmage shows Browns still have plenty of work to do [10:37 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'But there were a lot of missed tackles, and the Bills had success running the ball.'

Marker Bills' run defense rushes to improve [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' starting defense held Cleveland to 16 net yards in 15 plays in its one series on the field. The first 16 times the Browns ran the ball, they managed a total of 10 yards.'

Marker Homecoming equals success for Fletcher and Bills' defense [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No matter how many starters the Bills acquired in the offseason, no matter how much Sam Adams, Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey will help, Fletcher remains the conscience of the defense. It's a good sign for the Bills when they see him fired up, knowing he'll pick up his intensity even more once the stakes are raised.'

Marker Van Pelt keeps hold of backup job [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Alex has had a great training camp," Williams said. "He deserves to be No. 2."'

Marker Hall of Fame gets taste of Buffalo [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lofton will not enter the Hall as either a Packer or a Bill.'

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