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Buffalo Bills News - August 3, 2004

Marker Transcript: President/GM Tom Donahoe [8:58 PM] reports: 'On whether he has lost motivation to play: You'd have to talk to Mike. We've got to work with the players here and that should be our focus. That's really why I wanted to address this. Mike Mularkey needs to concentrate on the guys that are here. We'll see what happens as camp goes on.'

Marker Tackle Williams Fined For Missing Practice [8:53 PM] reports: '"We're just going to go day-to-day with this and see what happens," said Donahoe. "He will be fined today and if he's not here tomorrow he'll be fined tomorrow. He's under contract with the Buffalo Bills and he should be here with his teammates."'

Marker Williams fined for missing Bills practice [5:10 PM]
AP reports: '``He'll be fined each day he's not here. He's under contract with the Buffalo Bills and he should be here with his teammates,'' Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills' Posey aims to solidify his role [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I treat camp like I do every year. I'm always in competition no matter who it is because the player behind you is always striving to get where you're at," Posey said. "At every position out here, everybody is competing for a job."'

Marker Mike Williams misses practice [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whatever is the issue with Williams, this is not what they bargained for when they made him the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft.'

Marker Don't give up on Bledsoe quite yet [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Look closer, and Bledsoe's confidence has returned with his optimism in tow. We'll see what happens when the season starts, but he appeared rejuvenated Monday with the new atmosphere. You put Bledsoe in the right situation, and my money's still on him.'

Marker The billboard [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm I worried about Mike Williams? Well, Mike obviously has a challenge. He's been through a lot this offseason and he needs to come back and prove he's ready to go for us. But he's a guy that we expect to contribute, and if he can contribute at the level that we expect, he's going to be a great player for us." - Drew Bledsoe on Williams working with the second team.'

Marker Transcript: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe [8:00 AM] reports: 'On him gaining his enthusiasm back after last season:
I came out of a season like that angry. I had extremely high expectations for the season and myself, and to have a season go like last years did, I was highly motivated to get back. I was so angry by the way things turned out, that I just couldn't wait to get back and prove people wrong and start having fun playing ball again.'

Marker Bledsoe's nightmare over [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I found myself lying in bed at night a month after the season thinking about what went wrong and what happened. When I'd get up in the morning and work out, that was the motivation I had. It was a very hard one to shake, so I'm glad we're back out here practicing and playing ball again, because I really feel strongly that we're going to be able to put last year behind us and have a much more successful season.”'

Marker Bills say Williams should be back to practice today [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was learned Monday that Williams skipped Mularkey's voluntary June workouts — during which final installation of the team's new offense occurred — because he was distraught over the death of a close family member.'

Marker Football, baseball worlds optimistic [5:22 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'It says a lot about Donahoe's confidence in Bledsoe, and in new offensive line coach Jim McNally, that he didn't bother picking up an insurance policy at quarterback. Plenty of low-cost, high-experience passers have been available for months, but Buffalo enters camp with only the rookie Losman and career third-stringer Travis Brown behind Bledsoe. Translation: If anything happens to Drew, see you in '05.'

Marker Bills' McGahee On the Run Again [5:21 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"I whoop up on him," McGahee said. "He's scared of me. That's one thing I think he's intimidated of me in -- PlayStation."'

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August 2, 2004

Marker Double Session for Bills [10:26 PM] reports: 'First round draft pick Lee Evans has already made a big impression. He even got some time to work with the first time offense. "Something I have always taken pride in was catching the ball for one, and catching it with my hands for two. I do different things to strengthen my forearms and try to keep my hands strong," Evan said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp boosts Fisher’s enrollment [9:32 PM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'Enrollment has grown 20-percent since the Bills began training at the college five years ago. “Enrollment has been growing over the last five years. Fisher, since 1996, has been in a growth period for undergraduate, full-time enrollment primarily, and this fall, we'll get up to about 2300 students."

Marker Evans Works with First Team [9:31 PM] reports: '"We are rotating so that (the receivers) get reps with different quarterbacks," said Coach Mike Mularkey. "Sometimes in off-season workouts you find yourself getting the same people in the same rotations. We're trying to help everybody out by letting them get a feel of different routes and a feel of the guy that's throwing it."'

Marker Bills OT Williams excused from practice [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Without going into detail, team spokesman Scott Berchtold said Williams' absence was not injury related. He added that coach Mike Mularkey indicated the former first-round draft pick could be back for Tuesday's session.'

Marker Bills receiver Moulds back happy and healthy [9:30 PM]
AP reports: '''When Eric is healthy, he's the No. 1, 2, 3 receiver in the league,'' said Vincent, the former Eagles star who signed with the Bills last March. ''And with him healthy, we're a totally different football team.'''

Marker Lester Enters 18th Season with Bills [5:09 PM] reports: '"I've been here with four head coaches now," Lester said. "It's difficult to say good-bye to a lot of people when they leave. Marv Levy's staff was a bit older and a lot of those guys were like father-figures to me. They were all mentors to me. It's difficult to lose them, but it's good as a growing experience as far as the game is concerned because you get to learn different philosophies."'

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [5:09 PM] reports: 'On Willis McGahee looking like a first round pick:
I think we still need to see him in some live competition. Whether that's a goal line period or when the Browns come in. I'm sure the tempo of the hitting will go up. I think that he obviously has the tools to do it. I just think that he needs to see things at a quicker pace and a more physical pace.'

Marker Mularkey delivers an early message [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's given me a chance to look at (the offense), have more time to study it," Williams said. "I felt it's going to help the team if I know my information and know the terminology. Hopefully, as the week goes on, I can get back in there. But I'm going to continue to work hard as if there is no chance (to get the job back), just to push myself."'

Marker First step is a success for McGahee [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm not going to be pleased until I score my first touchdown," he said. "Right now it's just a regular, day-by-day routine. But when I score that first touchdown, then I'll be very pleased about how far I've come."'

Marker The billboard: A daily dose from Bills training camp [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They want to win bad. They have a sense of urgency about them. . . . This is not a rebuilding process at all."'

Marker Transcript: Wide Recevier Lee Evans [7:49 AM] reports: 'My agent knew I wanted to be here but we were also going to take the right deal. Both sides cooperated with each other and bent a little bit but didn’t break. We got the right deal and I’m happy.'

Marker Camp Opens with Evans, Losman Present [7:48 AM] reports: '"This is a whole new level," said Evans. "The college game is out the window. It's so much more technical here and so much faster. You've got to be able to learn a lot of terminology real quick so it's just different. I've always been somebody who loves challenges and this is a challenge I've got to overcome."'

Marker Evans has speed to burn, lots to learn [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The one thing we did have to do on the one (Evans' deal) is a voidable year, which we haven't done,” said Donahoe. “I don't like setting the precedent, but we had to do it. The numbers wouldn't work, and we could have argued for weeks.”'

Marker Message received, says benched tackle Williams [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“This is the first step for me really getting geared back up because I missed so much. I believe (it's) the right move,” said Williams, who said he missed the June workouts for personal reasons. “He's given me a chance to look at (the new offense), have more time to study it, and hopefully, as the week goes on, I can get back in there with the 1s.”'

Marker McGahee looks good in first workout [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He ran hard during the three-quarter speed drills and bounced right back up after getting bumped and taking several tumbles in traffic. “I covered up,” McGahee said. “I know how to fall; you don't have to worry about that. But I felt pretty good. It was a good day — no setbacks, no problems.”'

Marker Daring to hope [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“There's only two seasons for me, football season and non-football season, and during the off-season I can't wait for the season to start."

Marker Fitting the Bill [5:18 AM]
Hutchinson News reports: '"I always felt that in every drill in every practice I had to win," said Tasker, now a 42-year-old East Aurora, N.Y., resident. "I think what kept me on a lot of football teams was my ability to exceed the expectations people had for me."'

Marker Inside slant [4:29 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"I know it hasn't been like this in years past, but I'd rather start at this level, and if we need to cut back, fine," said the former Vikings and Steelers tight end. "You can't start (low) and then say, 'We don't have enough practices, we're not hitting hard enough.' None of the two-a-days are back to back. ... It's not as grueling as it sounds."'

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