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Buffalo Bills News - May 31, 2004

Marker Inside slant [5:26 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Barring any post-June 1 signings - and the Bills will be looking for pass rushers that make sense for them - Kelsay is slated for a long look in training camp and could unseat Denney in the starting left end position.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:25 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'LB Jeff Posey injured his left foot in practice and sat out the team's organized activity on Thursday, May 27. The injury isn't serious but Posey was wearing a walking boot. "We're just playing it safe. We're not lining up against anybody on Sunday," coach Mike Mularkey said.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:25 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Attendance by veterans at these voluntary functions has been well over 90 percent. And in case you're thinking players are going through the motions, think again. During Buffalo's on-field work on May 27, OG Ross Tucker and DT Oliver Gibson got into a spirited skirmish and had to be separated by coaches and teammates. So what's it going to be like in August?'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:24 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The Bills like undrafted rookie RB Shaud Williams (5-7, 193). Williams, who led the SEC with 1,367 rushing yards for Alabama last season, was not drafted in part because of his lack of height. He runs with good balance and vision through the hole and looks good as a receiver out of the backfield. His running skills could be an asset on kickoff returns.'

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May 29, 2004

Marker Making up for some lost time [2:57 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Bills were the first and only team to contact me for a workout during that whole time I was out, so I was gung-ho to get here and put myself in a position to try and make a contribution."'

Marker Mularkey keeps minicamp simple [2:57 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Mularkey is attempting to bring simulated game conditions to each and every practice. During Thursday's session, there were officials to monitor the progress of the players, particularly in the penalty department. "They have been here every day," Mularkey said. "All we're trying to do is preventive maintenance and take care of penalties now so we won't have to wait until September or October to address it."'

May 28, 2004

Marker QB Brown determined to secure spot with Bills [7:34 PM]
AP reports: '''I've been fighting for my life in this league for five years,'' Brown said after the Bills completed a four-day minicamp this week. ''To be real honest with you, I wouldn't have it any other way. ... I want to be here and I'm doing everything that I can.'''

Marker Keeping it simple [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The thing I'm encouraged about at this point is we already seem as a team to be developing a good grasp of what we're doing conceptually," Bledsoe said. "Even at this early point, guys know stuff pretty cold and are able to go aggressively because of that. Some of the problems we had last year had to do with guys having a little confusion here and there. I think right now with a little bit of simplification in what we've done there seems to be a general understanding of what we're doing."'

Marker Mularkey undecided about backup QBs [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It would be bad for Losman's development if he spent the entire year as the No. 3 quarterback. Third QBs get very little on-the-field practice work during the season. Ideally, the Bills could use a veteran who would be good enough to fill in briefly if Bledsoe gets hurt but who will be comfortable letting Losman get more work as the season wears on. Brown would figure to be that guy.'

Marker Transcript: Drew Bledsoe Q&A Session [5:32 AM] reports: 'I think the thing that I'm encouraged about, at this point, we already seem to, as a team, be developing a good grasp of what we're doing conceptually and play-wise, where guys even at this early point in the season know stuff pretty cold and are able to go aggressively because of that. Some of the problems we had last year had to do with guys having a little confusion here and there and I think, right now, with a little bit of a simplification of what we've done there seems to be a general understanding of what we're doing at a little higher level.'

Marker Transcript: Mike Mularkey Q&A Session [5:31 AM] reports: 'On the offense retaining the playbook:
It's already started. They've had it a couple times, you hope the tempo has picked up because they're more comfortable with the system. You can tell the rookies are a little more comfortable, although this is only the second time they've gone through it. You can see the speed is better right now.'

May 27, 2004

Marker Stakes raised for McNally's Buffalo homecoming [11:31 PM]
AP reports: "You hope it'll be, 'Local boy comes home and does a good job,' " McNally said. "So I don't want to let anybody down."

Marker Bills waive OT Robertson [5:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Robertson was initially signed by Buffalo in December, but did not play in the team's final two games.'

Marker Posey Turns His Foot In Camp [5:12 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mularkey says there is not a cast on the foot, but he did have a walking boot on.'

Marker Bills Conclude Minicamp [5:12 PM] reports: 'The team will hold two additional minicamps in the month of June. The workouts will run from June 2-4, and June 14-16.'

Marker UB, Hunter's Hope Foundation establish research institute [2:18 PM]
University of Buffalo Reporter reports: '"In the fall of 2002, we shared our vision with the University at Buffalo. The university offered to house the institute in the planned Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and to help us find a director to lead the institute. We thought it would take many years of planning and fundraising for our dream to come true," said Waggoner. "When we learned that our research institute would be part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, an incredible collaboration between UB, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the greater Buffalo medical community, we were very pleased and very excited."'

Marker Larger Role For Tight Ends? [10:15 AM] reports: '"I think we probably will have a bigger role (this year)," said Neufeld who currently holds the backup tight end role. "I think we'll do a lot of two tight end sets, and provide good flexibility because the second tight end could be spread out or in the slot running routes, or taking on the responsibility of the fullback position."'

Marker Jaws to Bills: Improve offense [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you look at the Bills, you've got to say they are rock solid on the defensive side of the football," Jaworski said Wednesday at the Lake Erie Italian Club in Lackawanna, where the Western New York Chapter of the National Football Foundation held a reception in his honor. "They were the No. 2 defense in the league last year and really was the heartbeat of the team. But I think they lost their balance on offense a little bit and I think (new coach) Mike Mularkey will bring that back because he understands the importance of a running game and being able to throw the ball efficiently. If the offense comes together, I think this could be an exciting year for the Bills."'

May 26, 2004

Marker Lindell Prepares for Second Season with Bills [11:10 AM] reports: '"I'm hitting the ball much better, said Lindell. "Hitting a good quality ball every time is certainly what I'm trying to do. I'm planning on having a good location and a solid hit, that's my goal going into the season."'

May 25, 2004

Marker The Bills Ink A Second Pick From 2004 Draft [6:03 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He was the first of two 7th rounders taken by the club.'

Marker Bills sign OL McFarland, 7th-round pick [4:40 PM]
AP reports: 'McFarland is expected to compete for a backup spot on the Bills line for next season. He becomes the second of Buffalo's six draft picks to sign.'

Marker Bills Sign McFarland [4:38 PM] reports: 'A steadfast component of Montana's productive offensive system, McFarland was named to several All-American teams in 2003 and was an Associated Press first-team All-American following his junior season in 2002. In 2003, McFarland helped Montana finish 18th in the country in scoring at 31.5 points a game.'

Marker Inside slant [1:09 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Peters was a projected mid-round pick but was not drafted after some scouts questioned his attitude. Also, many teams didn't know where to play him, tight end or tackle. For now, the Bills like him at tight end/H-back. Peters will get another good look May 24-27 during a voluntary team activity. "He's a big guy and he can catch the ball," said coach Mike Mularkey, who played nine seasons in the NFL at tight end. "He can move and he does have decent hands, he really does. He's a little raw to me at that position. There are some little things, some techniques, he needs to learn, but he had a good start. If you can get a big guy who can catch the ball, well ... I mean, we're not asking him to be a deep threat."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [1:08 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills will hold another organized team activity (fancy name for minicamp) Monday through Thursday, May 24-27, at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Coach Mike Mularkey, who as a new head coach gets an extra session, has also blocked off 10 days in June for pre-training work.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [1:08 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills like rookie free agent RB Shaud Williams as a backup and potential special teams star as a return specialist. Williams, who is 5-7, 193 pounds, led the SEC in rushing with 1,367 yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. But he was not selected in the draft because of his height, or lack of it. "I think it's always going to be that way," he said. "It's just something I'm going to have to deal with." Beware of the motivated little guy, he usually finds a way to succeed.'

Marker Kelsay Enters Second Year with Confidence [11:41 AM] reports: '"I was extremely happy to see that Krumrie was coming back," he said. "I love playing for that guy. He knows that I'll do anything for him as far as playing wise. I'm going to bust my butt for him and I think he realizes that. That's what he wants from his players."'

Marker Talley's career rings true despite title-game defeats [5:17 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '"The only thing that keeps you coming back is that you know you're good," said Talley, whose 11-year run with the Buffalo Bills included Super Bowl seasons between 1991 and '94. "You know in the back of your mind that you should win this game. There are a lot of guys who played this game who never reach the Super Bowl. I was fortunate to have four bites of the apple, though I didn't eat the whole thing.' (registration required)

Marker Darryl Talley: A closer look [5:15 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '"After Marv [Levy] came in and Walt Corey became defensive coordinator, Walt took us aside and said, 'If you can count to three, you can play this defense. That's basically it. Now go play. We're about running and attacking. We're not going to sit back and catch. We're going to have to make people adjust to us.' That's essentially what we did."' (registration required)

Marker Joe D donates gold bracelet to the HOF [5:13 AM] reports: 'DeLamielleure donated the gold bracelet that was given to him by Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson following the 1973 NFL season.'

May 24, 2004

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Walt Cudzik [1:09 PM] reports: 'As the starting center and captain of the Boston Patriots, he faced Buffalo’s defensive tackles Tom Sestak and Jim Dunaway and middle linebacker Harry Jacobs in the Bills’ very first playoff game in 1963. After both teams finished the regular season with 7-6-1 records, they met in a snowy War Memorial Stadium on a sub-freezing late December afternoon for the division title. "I’ll tell you what we had to do," recalls Cudzik. "Before the game, they had us doing some of the manual labor to get the field cleared enough to play. We were out there with shovels trying to get the markers and yard-lines clean. I don’t think we did the whole thing, but I thought that was kind of interesting."'

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