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Buffalo Bills News - August 21, 2003

Marker Bills head for Orchard Park [5:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills enjoy the chance to be around the fans. We’ve had good chemistry throughout camp with the fans.” While the Bills and Fisher don’t provide official attendance figures, a logical assumption is that the total was down because there were only 16 days of full-squad practice. There also were only two days with two-a-day practices for the entire team.'

Marker Bills coach satisfied with pace of training [5:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If it’s up to quarterback Drew Bledsoe, and it is to an extent, second-year receiver Clarence Coleman will make the final 53-man roster. “Clarence had a great camp,” Bledsoe said. “ We expect him to be a productive player for us this year. He’s really taken that next step, from a young guy to a legitimate NFL player.”'

Marker Plenty of questions remain [5:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Through two preseason games, the line has allowed seven sacks and been flagged for 11 penalties, five on the starters.'

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August 20, 2003

Marker Bills Team Up Against Prostate Cancer [8:06 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Fans who attend home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium will learn more about the disease through video messages on the scoreboard.'

Marker Bills break camp with unanswered questions [3:41 PM]
AP reports: '''Our offense needs to get on track, and our defense needs to shorten the field,'' coach Gregg Williams said.'

Marker Bills Close Doors At St. John Fisher [2:54 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After practice, the annual rookie relay race began. The rooks had to run to the veterans, who then spun them around a baseball bat (mercilessly). The confused players would then run to a football, pick it up, and tag the next man in line. Drew Bledsoe and Sam Gash didn't have to worry about actually running in the race, but both said that it's the type of thing that goes a long way for team chemistry.'

Marker Bills release seven players [2:38 PM]
AP reports: 'The cuts came prior to Buffalo's preseason home-opener against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, and six days before NFL teams are to reduce their rosters to a maximum 65 players. The moves leave the Bills with 75 players, including first-round draft pick Willis McGahee, the former Miami star running back who's recovering from a left knee injury and is on the active non-football injury list.'

Marker Bills Close Out Camp, Head Back To Orchard Park [2:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We've got to come out and we've got to play well in the third preseason game," Bledsoe said. "It's still a preseason game but we need to come out and be productive and get something done."'

Marker Bills Release Seven Players [10:03 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: NFL rosters must be reduced to 65 by next Tuesday, August 26
Paris Jackson, WR; Jason Johnson, QB; Omari Jordan, DT; Jerel Myers, WR; Justin Sands, OT; T.J. Watkins, G; Jason Witczak, K

Marker Rookie McGee looking to turn the corner [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Terrance has come an awful long way," said Pat Thomas, the Bills' cornerback's coach. "He's learning the system, gradually, and is getting better. He's shown the athletic ability to play in the NFL, he's shown the desire, it's just the matter of learning the techniques. Everyone here likes what we're getting out of Terrence right now, we just have to refine him as much as possible to where he'll be able to take the next step."'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rookie running back Willis McGahee did some light running drills on Tuesday with a football but without a helmet and pads. McGahee, the first-round pick out of Miami, is still recovering from knee surgery last January.'

Marker Empire Sports Network trims its lineup, staff [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is sacrificing one of the network's signature programs, "Fan TV." The hour-long 7 p.m. weekday program has been eliminated, meaning anchors Jim Brinson and Bob Trimble will have new roles if they want them.'

Marker Halfway to the house: Some highlights of camp high life [9:03 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Funniest thing I've seen: At the Browns-Bills scrimmage, I was huddled with Buffalo head coach Gregg Williams, trying to hog his time after a workout. In the middle of the conversation a Bills employee sheepishly tried to interrupt to deliver what could be construed as a pretty pertinent message. "Uh coach, I'm not sure how to tell you this," said the Bills PR man. "The buses left without you."

Marker Training-camp reports [8:12 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Rookie to watch: DE Chris Kelsay, the team’s second-round pick, is in a position battle he can win on the left side. Veteran Marcus Jones’ knee problems are improving, but he’s not yet there. Ryan Denney has looked good, but Kelsay has the inside track if he plays well from here on out.

Marker Patriots sign veteran lineman Lacina [8:07 AM]
AP reports: He was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 1993 draft. He spent the majority of his rookie year on the Bills practice squad, but started 10 of 11 games in 1994. He played for the Bills through the 1997 season.

Marker Patriots trade for nose tackle [8:01 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Washington is a four-time Pro Bowler, having been selected in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001. After three seasons in San Francisco, he went to Denver for a year before playing six seasons in Buffalo. He left Buffalo in 2001 to join the Bears and was a force in the middle of a strong defense during the 2001 season in which Chicago finished 13-3.

Marker Patriots obtain DT Washington from Bears for draft choice [7:59 AM]
AP reports: The Chicago Bears traded veteran nose tackle Ted Washington to the New England Patriots on Tuesday for a fourth-round pick in the 2004 NFL draft.

Marker Patriots trade pick for DT Washington [7:59 AM]
ESPN reports: This will be Washington's fourth team, but he's been a part of taking three different franchises to the playoffs -- San Francisco, Buffalo and Chicago. Washington has been to the playoffs in seven of his 12 years

Marker Bills linebackers boost quality of special teams [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'From 1 to 9, it’s not a stretch to say that the linebackers have been the most impressive unit in training camp for the Bills. Translation: The team’s special teams stand a chance to be better.'

Marker Unheralded but talented [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ He’ll get enough attention when he produces on the field,” said defensive line coach Tim Krumrie. “ All my guys are going to have a big impact. They’re all going to play and they’re all going to roll.”'

Marker Henry's run quiets McGahee hoopla [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I think everybody knows I can play,” Henry said. “ Ripping off that run, what people will say is, ‘ I knew he had the speed, I knew he could do it.’ There are people who will jump on the bandwagon. But I don’t feel (I was shutting people up).”'

Marker Bill-ed for a challenge [5:12 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Thomas has spent most of his time with second- and third-teamers but has dressed for the Bills' first two pre-season games where he has seen most of his time on special teams. There has been the odd bullet coming his way from Bledsoe in practice, though, for a real taste of the big leagues.'

Marker Steckel shuffles off to Buffalo [5:11 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '''Fred Graves is our wide receivers coach,'' Steckel said. ''What happened is he came down with prostate cancer. Gregg came to me and said 'I know you can coach wide receivers.' So now I'm coaching the wide receivers and trying to look out the corner of my eye for the running backs and fullbacks. We've asked an intern coach to help oversee things until Fred comes back, but I'm busy with meetings. It's been a challenge, but a good one. It speaks for the character guys Buffalo has.'''

Marker Bills hope to ease Bledsoe's load [5:10 AM]
USA Today reports: '"A huge offseason factor for us was, 'How do we get better around Drew Bledsoe?' " coach Gregg Williams says. "He's proven year after year he can play in this league. We had to get players around him to do their jobs so that we're not just depending on him to win ballgames. Defense is a big part of that."'

Marker Former Bills Star Launches SLT [5:09 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Thurman Thomas will be at Eastview Mall Friday evening to introduce "Sports Legends Telecom.” Its top service provides home telephone service with unlimited local and long distance calls.'

Marker FB Gash leaves the running to others [5:08 AM]
AP reports: '''If you went in the dictionary and looked under 'Old-school football,' you'd find Sam Gash's picture,'' said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. ''The guy just loves to hit. When he's on the field, linebackers know he's on the field. And a lot of times, if they're smart, they'll try to kind of duck and hide a little bit because he brings it when he comes to hit.'''

August 19, 2003

Marker Matawan's Rogers finds new life with Dolphins [2:54 PM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: '"(The Bills) definitely didn't spend enough time on special teams even though they thought they were putting in enough time," Rogers said. "I was on special teams that were No. 1 in the league in Seattle, so I know what it takes. I was always going to the coaches for more special teams practice, and they didn't use the best players they could on special teams. That kind of hurt."'

Marker Bills Join Campaign To Tackle Prostate Cancer [2:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m very glad to be a part this campaign,” said Reed. “All of us learned first-hand how common prostate cancer is when Coach (Fred) Graves was diagnosed last month. We’re all thankful that it was detected early and because of that he’s well on his way to a full recovery. Hopefully this program leads to more education, more screenings, and more successes in the battle against it.”'

Marker Balanced Attack Hurt By Penalties [2:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In order for the Bills to maintain a more balanced offensive attack this year they must avoid the yellow flag, something that Williams chalks up to inexperience in the preseason. "When you take a look at the guys that had them, especially in the second half, many of those guys that had them won't be here," said Williams. "They won't be here by the time we have to play a regular-season game."'

Marker Bills' McGahee continues his rehabilitation [2:42 PM]
Elizabethton Star reports: 'Although the odds are still stacked against him, he's just happy to be in a program with a new-found emphasis on running the football. "These guys did a real good job tonight," he said. "Travis Henry did a good job with the long run he had, Olandis had two touchdowns and it was all nice. I'm just happy to be here with these guys. We'll see how things work out."'

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