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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2004

Marker Buffalo Bills Signs First-round Pick Losman [11:39 AM]
AP reports: Losman, a quarterback out of Tulane selected 22nd overall, signed the contract at the Bills headquarters in Orchard Park and was to report to training camp in suburban Rochester later in the day, Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said. The Bills' first practice is Sunday. The deal includes a $5.6 million signing bonus and could be worth as much as $24.5 million if Losman meets all his incentives.'

Marker Losman seen as Bledsoe's heir apparent [11:38 AM]
ESPN reports: Quarterback J.P. Losman, the heir apparent to Drew Bledsoe's starting job in Buffalo, reached contract agreement with the Bills on Saturday, fulfilling the charge of the former Tulane star to his agent to complete a deal that would get him into camp on time. Losman was the second of the Bills' two choices in the first round of the 2004 draft, and Buffalo had to trade up into Dallas' spot at No. 22, sacrificing their first-round pick in '05, to get him. Buffalo chose wide receiver Lee Evans, who is still unsigned, with their own pick in the first round, the 13th overall selection. General manager Tom Donahoe, who remains unafraid to make bold moves even in the face of occasional criticism, obviously feels Losman represents the team's future. The contract is for five years and has a base value of $7.7 million, with $5.586 million of that in guarantees, largely an initial signing bonus and two option bonuses. The contract can top out, with escalators, at $24.58 million

Marker Bills set to begin training [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We like our team," said Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe. "We think we have a team that has a lot of ability. We're enthused about the new coaches that we've added and also about the ability to retain some very good coaches from the previous staff, so there's no reason not to be optimistic."'

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July 30, 2004

Marker Milloy Ready for First Camp in Buffalo [4:04 PM] reports: '"I was fortunate enough to win a championship in New England," he said. "I also know what it's like to lose one. I'm not into predicting records or anything like that. We just need to believe in ourselves and focus on the tasks at hand. The rest will fall into place."'

Marker Tickets Limited for Browns Scrimmage [12:48 PM] reports: 'Tickets for the first of the team's two Wednesday evening practices during the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp are sold out and only a limited amount of tickets remain for the Bills scrimmage against the Cleveland Browns on August 7.'

Marker Fisher Ready For Bills Camp [7:49 AM] reports: 'The school says its relationship with the Bills has been a good one. “We have a great relationship with them, we really do,” said Allison Bosworth, camp general manager for the school. “It's been a real benefit to us. People know who we are and where we are now, because this is where the Bills practice."'

Marker New Confidence [5:30 AM] reports: '"This is good a team that I've been on, but that doesn't mean anything," Bledsoe explained. "Last year we started out strong then stumbled. At this point, looking at the guys around me, I feel really, really optimistic about our chances."'

July 29, 2004

Marker Players Return in Top Shape [3:27 PM] reports: '"The players really responded to our program this off-season," said Rusty Jones, director of physical development with the Bills. "We did some new things. We added some Olympic-style lifting and a few other exercises. The players are in great shape."'

Marker Donahoe says Dolphins won't get hooks in Henry [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donahoe realizes there is no logic in trading Henry, at least not this year. Willis McGahee is coming back after nearly two years on the sideline because of a major knee injury. Even if McGahee looks great in training camp and the exhibition games, he still must prove he can stay healthy and effective over the entire season.'

Marker Helping Miami? It'll be a cold day in Buffalo [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Even if the Dolphins do phone to explore the possibility of trading for one of Buffalo's two ball carriers, Donahoe said, “It would be a short conversation.”'

Marker Ogunleye for Henry wouldn't help Bills [5:26 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If the Bills knew Willis McGahee's repaired knee was 100 percent and ready for full-time duty, Henry-for-Ogunleye would be an interesting proposition, but Buffalo has no such guarantee.'

Marker Bledsoe is not today’s QB [5:25 AM]
Rochester City Newspaper reports: 'Good arm strength and throws with sufficient velocity, but he is slow in the pocket, slow in his set-up, and slow in his ball fakes to running backs, which makes for a largely ineffective play action pass and disadvantages the offense from surprising opponents. Watch Jets QB Chad Pennington to see how fakes should work. Bledsoe's judgment has declined. He is fearless, but his slow nature makes him an easy sack target.'

July 28, 2004

Marker Defensive End Battle Should Be Intense [4:48 PM] reports: 'Denney may have been the starter in the past, but he is definitely hearing footsteps. Chris Kelsay is ready to be an everyday player and should provide strong competition to land the role. Kelsay was the Bills second round choice in the 2003 NFL Draft and is progressing nicely in his development. He said he's ready for the challenge of being an every down player.'

Marker Contract Progress with Evans & Losman [4:48 PM] reports: '"We've made progress," Donahoe said updating negotiations with Evans and Losman on Wednesday. "We're talking each day, sometimes a couple of times each day. We have two players who want to be in camp on time. We are working toward that goal."'

Marker Pro Park to Manage Game Day Parking Operations [4:47 PM] reports: 'Pro Park currently manages over 25 parking garages and surface lots in the Western and Central New York region.'

Marker Bills Say No Talks To Trade Henry [4:46 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have confirmed to WGR Sports Radio 550 that they have not spoken to Miami about trading Travis Henry there.'

Marker Pro Park to run Bills' stadium lots [12:59 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Bills also said parking rates for the 2004 season will not change. It will cost $15 per automobile, early arrival campers will pay $30 while those arriving on game day will pay $25, and limousines and buses will be charged $40.'

Marker A fish story: ESPN casts nets wider for Bassmaster Classic coverage [12:58 PM]
USA Today reports: "The NFL Network, the league's own cable channel, plans a novel twist for an Aug. 15 Buffalo-Denver exhibition game: It hopes to microphone 14 players and coaches, but use no announcers, for game coverage that would air later on tape."

Marker Gray Has Unfinished Business [10:06 AM] reports: '"Jerry's a very important part of this football team," Mularkey said. "As a head coach you have to oversee what's happening with the entire team. I allow the defensive personnel to make a lot of their own decisions because those guys are pros. They know what it takes to be successful and I have complete confidence in our coaching staff."'

Marker Defense won't rest until it makes plays [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't think there's any magical thing you can do, but you have to create the atmosphere of trying to get the football," Gray said. "If a guy is making a tackle, the next guy should be trying to get the football out. If the ball is tipped in the air we should be able to get it, or if the ball touches our hands we should be able to intercept it. The more times you stress those things, the more your guys are going to have a chance to do it. Then it becomes contagious."'

July 27, 2004

Marker Moulds Happy and Healthy [8:52 PM] reports: 'He thinks new coach Mike Mularkey's offense should free up the passing game. "If teams are going to come out and double team it creates one on one situations for Josh (Reed) and Lee (Evans) outside," Moulds explained. "I think with those guys speed and ability to catch the football it will create problems for teams."'

Marker Workouts Pleasant Change [12:58 PM]
Fort Smith Times Record reports: 'Peters’ participation in Arkansas’ summer pass and catch was taking plays away from those who still are Razorbacks, Nutt told Peters. The irony is that Nutt and the other coaches couldn’t persuade Peters to participate in the same sort of drills during the three years he was on the team. Money is a powerful motivation. The 6-foot-4, 328-pound Peters has signed a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills, and now the summer workouts — no matter the heat — could determine his NFL status.'

Marker Bills offense under the 'scope [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think the biggest thing is we have to develop as a unit," said first-year offensive coordinator Tom Clements. "We've thrown a lot of stuff at the players in a short period of time, but they've picked it up pretty well. We're not where we need to be and they know that. They will hear it again in camp and then they will have the opportunity to perfect it."'

Marker Bills come to terms with third-round pick [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He will wear No. 69 with the Bills.'

Marker Bills sign third draft pick [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Four draft picks down, two to go.'

Marker Bills tough guy Henry needs more respect [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Henry has rushed for 1,438 yards and 1,356 yards in the past two seasons. He also has caught 71 passes for 467 yards and scored 25 TDs over that span. He reduced his fumbles from eight in 2002 to three last season. Yet when “experts” rate the NFL's running backs, Henry seldom cracks the top 10.'

Marker Wanted: star RB [5:10 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins also contacted a half-dozen other teams, including the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings, an NFL source said.'

Marker Anderson Accepts Contract [5:09 AM] reports: 'The 6-foot-3, 305 pound defensive tackle was a three year starter for Ohio State, helping the Buckeyes win a national championship in 2002.'

Marker The Bills Get Anderson In Before Camp Starts [4:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Anderson had 11 career sacks at Ohio State. He started 36 of the 44 games he suited up for the Buckeyes. Anderson could become an important piece of the Bills puzzle should they not be able to keep Pat Williams who's an unrestricted free agent after this season.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with defensive lineman Tim Anderson [4:32 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills still have to hash out contracts with wide receiver Lee Evans of Wisconsin and quarterback J.P. Losman of Tulane. Evans was the team's first pick in the first round draft, Losman was the second selection in round one.'

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