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Buffalo Bills News - August 2, 2005

Marker Free-agent Leonhard always in the thick of it [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He was a fantastic player in college who overcame all the odds," said Bills secondary coach Steve Szabo, who encouraged the signing of Leonhard. "I don't think he's going to wow you with his vertical leap, his 40 time. You look at his body and he's not a ripped guy. But he's a football player."'

Marker Williams puts on some weight for strength [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Williams is a smaller version of McGahee, who can excel between the tackles and turn the corner. "I've always felt I can hit it up inside if I need to," Williams said.'

Marker Gudmundsen is latest example of football artistry [5:00 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Gudmundsen knows it’s a big adjustment from Division I-AA football to the NFL. “The speed of the game is so much quicker and the level of competition is that much higher,” he said. “It’s a big step for everybody, but I’m going to do my best and hope that all goes well.”'

Marker Fisher the big winner in agreement with Bills [4:59 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“When I first came here and went on the road to Buffalo to recruit, people would say ‘Where is St. John Fisher College?’ ” St. John Fisher coach Paul Vosburgh told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. “Now our name is pretty recognizable across the country."'

Marker Packers will have company [4:58 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Within hours of Mularkey's suggestion that the Bills join the Packers for two days of joint practices, the wheels in the Packers coach's head were spinning full bore. By the time the two sat down together the next day, Sherman was on board, ready to end the prohibition against joint practices instituted in 1992 by former coach Mike Holmgren. "I just thought we were two teams with similar (backgrounds)," Mularkey said. "Two cities passionate about their teams. I think I put a bug in his ear and he liked the thought."'

Marker Beebe's brings House of Speed clinic to Elgin [4:57 AM]
Elgin Courier News reports: '"Eight years ago when I retired from the Packers, I was thinking about going into some kind of coaching," Beebe said. "And then with my partner, Dr. Jeff Schutt, we got together and we started talking about how every coach at every level wants their (athletes) to run a little bit faster, jump a little bit higher, yet nobody ever trains or coaches these kids to do that. It was really kind of a brand new concept. I said, 'Let's start a business that does that.'"'

Marker Vikings' defense dips into Bill fold [4:56 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Buffalo's NFL-best defense of 1999 hasn't exactly resurfaced in Minnesota. But key components of that group, led by former Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, are now with the Vikings, bent on building something special in the NFC North. "Like the guys in Buffalo, we're real fast," nose tackle Pat Williams said. "If everybody comes together and runs to the ball, we'll be fine."'

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August 1, 2005

Marker Offense Engages in Competitive Battle [10:14 PM] reports: '"It's been relatively competitive." Mularkey said after the afternoon session. "The offense has done very well the first few practices. We started the team period with a first down and a few big plays but then we had a lull and our defense picked it up and responded. I'm kind of anxious to see how we do offensively responding. It's been back-and-forth and that's kind of what you want from the two sides."'

Marker Leonhard Making the Most of the Opportunity [10:12 PM] reports: 'Standing at 5-foot-8, 190 pounds (likely while soaking wet), Leonhard doesn't look the part of your typical NFL player. His 4.6 forty time didn't wow scouts either. But what he lacks in size and speed he tries to make up for with smarts and his understanding of the game.'

Marker Updates From Training Camp [10:08 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tom Donahoe said that he did extend a contract offer to Drew Rosenhouse regarding 3rd round pick Kevin Everett. Due to Everett's injury, there is no rush to sign the tight end. Donahoe has not yet heard back from Rosenhouse.'

Marker Football From the Mines [10:02 PM] reports: '"A lot of them don't know where it's at or hadn't heard of it before," said Daniel Leger. "They get the mines part wrong and say mimes, call it school of the mimes. I get everything."'

Marker Bills' Gray preaching playoffs to cement defense's reputation [4:57 PM]
AP reports: 'Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray wants his Buffalo Bills players to know: It's one thing to lead the league in turnovers, as they did last year, or finish second in fewest yards allowed for two consecutive seasons. But in order to be recognized, they need to still be playing in the second or third week of January.'

Marker Packers scrimmage draws NFL Network, Sharpe [4:30 PM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'Locally, the scrimmage with the Buffalo Bills will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on WLUK, Channel 11, as “Family Night Presented by Fox 11.” NFL Network, a subscription channel, will simulcast that coverage. Shown nationally will be the same, audio, video and graphics that will be shown in the Green Bay area. The telecast will be hosted by WLUK’s Drew Smith and former Packers player Johnnie Gray, with Sharpe as sideline reporter. Sharpe is an NFL Network analyst.'

Marker Player Spotlight: J.P. Losman [4:28 PM] reports: 'Losman can certainly talk the talk, but can he walk the walk? We're about to find out...'

Marker Latest Training Camp Report [3:52 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: "He [Losman] also made a SWEET screen pass lob to McGahee that Willis would have easily taken for +20 yards at least if it were an actual game. He dropped back, waited for the Defense to overpursue, and then threw it perfectly to McGahee."

Marker No. 7 is center of attention [9:53 AM]
Finger Lakes Times reports: 'Among the hundreds of Buffalo Bills jerseys worn by fans at St. John Fisher College, there was a single, solitary No. 7 throwback jersey with the name “Flutie” on the back. All the other 7s surrounding the practice field were labeled with “Losman.”'

Marker Losman holds the key [9:52 AM]
Finger Lakes Times reports: 'Best-case scenario: Losman quickly grasps the offense and turns in a Ben Roethlisberger-esque season as a deft game manager, while also using his running ability to give the offense another rising playmaker to go with Willis McGahee and Lee Evans. Worst-case scenario: Overwhelmed by the starting job, Losman’s inexperience hampers the offense. Losman’s struggles force Kelly Holcomb — who was brilliant at times and maddening at others in limited first-string duty with Cleveland — to take over.'

Marker Singin' at the Ralph [9:51 AM]
Finger Lakes Times reports: '“The most difficult thing to deal with was that there is approximately a two-second delay when you sing, so you really can’t listen to yourself (on the stadium’s public-address system). When you sing your fourth word, you hear your first word come out of the speakers and it’s in a different key, so if you listen to the playback, you’ll mess the whole thing up. And the Bills didn’t give you a chance to practice. They just handed you the microphone.”'

Marker Clements ready to turn the corner [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I feel that I am the best," he said after the Buffalo Bills completed Day Two of training camp Sunday at St. John Fisher. "The film doesn't lie. The numbers don't lie either. I put up numbers every year. I'm versatile, I return punts as well as play special teams and I'm durable. I would put myself up against anybody in the league."'

Marker The billboard [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills owner Ralph Wilson made an appearance at camp Sunday. Practice was halted briefly as the players gathered at midfield to listen to Wilson address the team.'

Marker Inside slant [7:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Holcomb, the former Cleveland Browns starter, was signed as insurance behind Losman and Matthews, a 12-year veteran, was also brought back. It was a signal that Buffalo's coaching staff knows there's reward and risk when counting on a mobile QB like Losman to make plays. His teammates and coaches, though, said it would be an injustice if Losman can't stay healthy and show what he can do on the field. No player on the Bills worked harder in the off-season.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [7:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'WR Josh Reed vs. WR Roscoe Parrish for number three receiver - This key contest will heat up heading into the Green Bay scrimmage. Parrish, the Bills' top pick out of Miami, has been impressive and there's no question Reed is hearing footsteps. In the team's first practice, Reed dropped two passes right in his hands.'

Marker Notes, quotes [7:38 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Players show up for camp with personal effects like TV sets, video games and fans. What did DT Lauvale Sape bring with him? A ukulele. Before checking into his dorm, the native of American Samoa played a few notes and sang for reporters. Is American Idol in his future? "Oh no, I hope not."'

Marker Reed focused on making big plays again [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've had three rough seasons, but the thing that kept me going was my teammates and my coaches. They believe in me, and like I said, I'm starting to get back to my old self," said Reed after Sunday's lone practice at St. John Fisher College. "I know what got me here. I'm not going to go out there and try and do too much. I'm going to go out and just do what I can; that's it."'

Marker Mularkey wants Losman to stay under control [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think that's just him, and I don't want him to be anything else but himself," Mularkey said. "But he's got to realize all eyes are on him. He's such a competitor, and he's never satisfied. Even though some of these throws are good, they're not good enough for him. I don't mind that but he can't show his frustrations all the time. I think his teammates see that, and it can be a negative for the team."'

Marker Bills OT Mike Williams Day To Day [5:01 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As expected much of the spotlight was focused on Bills starting quarterback J.P. Losman. Losman has been working on keeping his emotions in check when a play doesn't go his way. Coach Mularkey has emphasized how important this is to Losman because he says it could negatively affect the team if Losman cannot control his emotions. J.P. looks to have improved from last year and is gaining comfort in the pocket. He also says that Bills rookie Roscoe Parrish has been a great target for him thus far.'

Marker Tight Ends Return [5:00 AM] reports: '"I was just happy to come out here with my teammates," says Campbell. "This is the dog days of camp. To be able to come out here and work with those guys, it feels great to be back. It's really exciting for me." His recovery was expected to take at least a year, but Campbell returned ahead of schedule. "There wasn't any goals,' he said. "I just wanted to come back and play."'

Marker Kids picnic at Bills Camp lifts spirits [4:59 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Many special children spent a sunny afternoon with thier NFL heroes, the Buffalo Bills. The Crestwood Children's Center held their annual picnic at training camp today.'

Marker Intensity Up a Notch [4:58 AM]
Buffalo reports: '"Last night, offensively, was a much better practice but the defense bounced back today like they always do and gave us a little bit more challenge" said Losman. "It was tough but still offensively we had a great day and defensively we had a great day and special teams finished up strong with the conditioning at the end."'

July 31, 2005

Marker Edwards is happy about returning to starting role with Bills [9:03 PM]
AP reports: '"Being here a number of years and having a little bit of experience helped," Edwards said of his push for the starting job. "Knowing the game and sitting behind and being around players like Sam Adams and Pat Williams helped too."'

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