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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2003

Marker Bills' McGahee continues his rehabilitation [2:42 PM]
Elizabethton Star reports: 'Although the odds are still stacked against him, he's just happy to be in a program with a new-found emphasis on running the football. "These guys did a real good job tonight," he said. "Travis Henry did a good job with the long run he had, Olandis had two touchdowns and it was all nice. I'm just happy to be here with these guys. We'll see how things work out."'

Marker Empire Sports cuts staff, programming [2:25 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Also remaining up in the air, is its post-game coverage of home Buffalo Bills games.'

Marker McKenzie believes he's close to old form [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've got some good speed at the ends and we're going to have some good battles overall with how many ends we keep on this team," said Bills coach Gregg Williams. "Keith does a very good job and he elevates his play on game day. He does a good job practicing, too, but he brings some speed to our end positions, and the fact that he can play both sides is helpful to him."'

Marker Training camp billboard [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I really don't look at the "gassers' (wind sprints) as punishment for penalties. I think we needed the conditioning more so than anything else. I remember in Cincinnati we ran a streak without any penalties and we still ran gassers." - Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes, who sat out Saturday's game and still ran wind sprints following practice.'

Marker Bills hustle to fix flaws [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Gregg’s just trying to find a way to drive home the point,” said Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown, who had a holding call against Tennessee. “ Is this how you fix it? We’ll see. But I’m behind whatever he decides to try.”'

Marker Talley makes a visit to camp [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I guess times have changed, the game has changed, but you still have to play between these lines,” Talley said. “ As long as they can keep their minds between the lines and not on the hoopla, they should be in good shape.”'

Marker Bills sweat over silly penalties [5:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It's been a while," veteran Bills offensive guard Ruben Brown said when asked the last time he was put through such post-practice penance. "If that's what it takes for this team to be a winning team, I'm going to do it. Gregg's trying to find a way to drive home the point. Hey, is that going to be the answer? We'll see. But I'm behind him."'

Marker Bills End Final Night Practice [5:15 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'The Bills will conduct a one hour special teams practice Tuesday morning. The entire team will return to practice in the afternoon. Both sessions are at St. John Fisher College, and opened to the public.'

Marker Scouting the Bills [5:14 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'This could be a very competitive group heading in the right direction. The defense should be stabilized, but could be another year away from truly becoming a true contender. Buffalo will push for a playoff spot with eight to ten wins if they avoid injuries.'

Marker NFL PREVIEWS: Buffalo Bills [5:13 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Bills won’t win the division. But they won’t finish at the bottom the way they have the past few seasons, either.'

Marker Bledsoe To Hold Parenting Program [5:12 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Tuesday's event starts at 5:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.'

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August 18, 2003

Marker Williams: Bills had too many penalties in preseason loss [10:05 PM]
AP reports: '''I talk every week about penalties,'' said Williams. ''But if you take a look at who had them, many of the guys who had them in the second half won't be here for the first regular-season game."'

Marker A Closer Look at… Josh Reed [9:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'What's one of the first concerts that you went to?
"I have never been to a concert."'

Marker Mike Pucillo Talks About His First Start [9:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It's all about chemistry and us working together. If we get together and we fuse as a unit, whoever the first team will be, we can be good. We have a lot of really talented people, we have a pro bowler, and we have two great tackles. We have a chance to be really good it just depends if we come together and play well.'

Marker Bledsoe's To Host "Parenting With Dignity" Event [9:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The event is part of the Bledsoe’s “Parenting with Dignity” program, which is a parent education organization that provides information on all aspects of raising children capable of making responsible decisions. Its mission is to improve the lives of children by promoting and teaching effective parenting skills.'

Marker Exhibition football lacks flavor [9:34 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'While Tennessee's 37-24 win over Buffalo offered enough big plays and big hits for a mid-October contest, any sense of drama was completely overshadowed by one inescapable fact -- it just didn't matter.'

Marker Veteran cornerback was trying to return from surgery [9:28 PM]
ESPN reports: Bills officials continue to be impressed with the progress that tailback Willis McGahee has made in rehabilitating from the catastrophic knee injury he suffered only seven months ago, but reiterated their first-round draft choice is not close yet to being able to get on the practice field.

Marker If You're Gregg Williams, What Do You Do About the Penalties? [9:28 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: Post your opinion on what Gregg Williams should do to about the double-digit penalties so far this preseason.

Marker Titans throttle Buffalo [1:58 PM]
Elizabethton Star reports: 'Bledsoe was nothing but praise for Henry. "We're going to see some big plays out of Travis this year," said Bledsoe. "He's a tremendous back and we're going to do a good job blocking for him. We just have to get some more big plays out of our passing game."'

Marker Nothin' but net [1:53 PM]
Bowling Green Daily News reports: 'It set the tone for a night when Tennessee consistently tested the Bills’ secondary with long attempt after long attempt. Tennessee amassed 242 yards through the air, almost 100 yards more than they gained on the ground.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [11:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'After his team committed 10 penalties in the preseason opener at Baltimore, Gregg Williams had his team practice one day for the game in Tennessee with rock music blaring through a stack of 10 loudspeakers along the sideline. "It was supposed to be on the entire last period, but my head was pounding early in practice so we only did it on third downs," Williams said.'

Marker Inside slant [11:08 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'After getting selected in the first round and now signing a solid deal, McGahee has already proven a lot of detractors who thought his career was over, wrong. "It's like the pressure is off me," he said. "I'm glad for the people who stayed in my corner. I just sat back and prayed and I'm happy how things have turned out. The pressure's off our whole organization about what I'm going to do and how the contract was going to turn out," McGahee added. "We can just concentrate on one thing now, (winning)."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [11:07 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'PLAYER OF THE WEEK: RB Joe Burns -- The punishing former Georgia Tech star ran hard against Tennessee (4 carries, 32 yards) and turned a screen pass from QB Travis Brown into a nifty 33-yard TD. The Bills No. 1 and 2 ball carriers are set with Travis Henry and free agent Olandis Gary, and Sammy Morris is the club's special teams captain. But Burns is having another solid camp and the coaching staff is likely to keep four RBs again, with Burns possibly becoming the top reserve if Henry or Gary to be injured. Burns does too many things well and plays too hard to cut.'

Marker Jones' recovery from knee injury has been slower than expected [10:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Is this a guy who's going to be ready to start at left defensive end, as was expected entering training camp?'

Marker Flags negate gains against Titans [10:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ten of the 16 infractions occurred in the second half. Major infractions accounted for most of the yardage.'

Marker Training Camp Journal: Pierson Prioleau Entry #2 [5:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It's been fun hanging out with the guys too. We've been trying to keep busy during our time off. We have a lot of card tournaments but this week it should get exciting. NFL Madden 2004 was released for PlayStation so I'm going to head out to pick that up. There are always great Madden tournaments going on around here. The guys love it and I heard the Bills are pretty good on the game this year. That should keep us busy for a while.'

Marker Training Camp Journal: Mark Campbell Entry #2 [5:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Football has obviously consumed most of my time the past two weeks but I have needed some time to myself to just wind down and relax. You need to know your body when you are using it this excessively. Sometimes I like to hang out with the guys at night, and others I try to get to bed early. I have to stay rested so I can always remain on the top of my game both physically and mentally.'

August 17, 2003

Marker Penality Filled Loss In Tennessee [5:16 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gregg Williams, the former Tennessee defensive coordinator, said he kept everything very basic because the teams will meet again in December. But he could not be happy with the lack of discipline again, as the Bills were flagged 16 times for 178 yards in penalties, including six for 93 in the first half.'

Marker Wycheck hurt on first play from scrimmage [3:33 PM]
AP reports: "After the play, I felt a bruise on my knee," Posey said to The Tennessean. "I knew he had taken a big hit."

Marker DeLamielleure enjoys Fame [9:44 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'DeLamielleure, who played at Center Line St. Clement High, was Buffalo's second-round draft choice out of Michigan State in 1973. He was a starter from his first day in training camp. "It was incredible," DeLamielleure said. "We go there, and from day one, we knew we were going to be pretty good."'

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