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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2004

Marker Transcript: Quarterback J.P. Losman [8:10 PM] reports: 'On what his demands were to his agent: I've known him since I was in about 10th grade of high school, so we have a really good relationship. When he says something's going to happen, I believe him.'

Marker Moulds Back and Healthy for 2004 [8:09 PM] reports: '"Luckily I didn't have to have surgery," Moulds said. "It was tough to let it (the groin) heal on its own. It's one of the injuries you just need to have rest for it to recover. But it healed nicely and I'm happy with the results."'

Marker Pittsford Youth Day at the Buffalo Bills VIP Training Camp [5:12 PM] reports: 'This select day of training camp is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25 on the St. John Fisher College campus. Youth Day will consist of a variety of exciting football-related activities tailored for youngsters with special needs.'

Marker The Buffalo Bills return to Pittsford training camp [5:12 PM] reports: '"I recently had the pleasure to meet with Coach Mularkey who expressed his excitement about returning to Pittsford. Our annual Rally is a great kickoff for a successful training camp and gives the players, the coaches, and the fans an opportunity to share the buzz about the start of a new season," said Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter.'

Marker 2004 Buffalo Bills Pep Rally [5:11 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills Pep Rally is set for Saturday, July 31 at 5:30PM.'

Marker The Bills Agree To Terms With Evans [4:44 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Evans is expected to challenge for a starting spot with Josh Reed. He adds the speed dimension this team didn't have last season after Eric Moulds got hurt.'

Marker Buffalo inks QB Losman [2:46 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills are looking to groom Losman as the possible replacement to starter Drew Bledsoe. Buffalo was so enthroned with Losman that the club gave up three draft picks, including a first-rounder next year, in a deal with Dallas to trade up in the first round.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign Losman; Evans agrees to contract [2:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Evans set a career school record at Wisconsin with 175 catches for 3,468 yards and 26 touchdowns, while averaging 19.92 yards a reception -- second only to Tony Simmons.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with Evans [1:47 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with the 13th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, wide receiver Lee Evans. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.'

Marker Bills sign Losman [1:46 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has signed the 22nd overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, quarterback JP Losman. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.'

Marker The Bills Will Have Their Kid Quarterback In Camp [1:45 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bonuses will give Losman 5.586-million of guaranteed money. Incentives could max the deal out at 24.58-million dollars.'

Marker Bills sign both first-round picks [1:45 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Losman and Evans each received five-year contracts.'

Marker SU football 'shut out' before season starts [12:19 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: The host Buffalo Bills are a 3-point favorite over Jacksonville on Sunday, Sept. 12. It probably is a good break for the Bills to catch the young and improving Jaguars so early in the season.

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.'

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