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Buffalo Bills News - June 11, 2004

Marker Bills showing off new talent [1:46 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“I don’t care if you are a rookie or a veteran,” he said. “The top 11 guys are going to be the ones that are going to be playing on special teams. It’s obviously a very important part of football."'

Marker Bulletin Board [1:39 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills Community Day will be held Sunday at the Buffalo Zoo.'

Marker April showers praise on special teams [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think we've got a unique group of linebackers," April said. "I really think those guys are good - Josh Stamer, Dominique Stevenson, Angelo Crowell and Mario Hagan, who didn't play much last year. Those guys have high expectations and there's a lot of promise there. The tight ends are good, and I think the corners and safeties are good players. That's the core of your special teams."'

Marker So far, so good for McGahee and his knee [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Most people, when they have major knee surgery, they worry about if they cut wrong what's going to happen," McGahee said. "I don't worry about none of that. I just go out there and go. If it happens it happens. You can't stop it."'

Marker Reed leads 11 to Buffalo 'Hall' [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I will always say until the day I'm done that Andre Reed did a lot of things, but he did it with the Kent Hulls and the (Will) Wolfords and the Biscuits (Cornelius Bennett) and the (Bruce) Smiths and (Thurman) Thomases and (Jim) Kellys and (Steve) Taskers. They're a part of me as much as I'm a part of them."'

Marker Bills like Brown backing Bledsoe [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”We’re pleased with the guys we have,” president and general manager Tom Donahoe said on Wednesday. “At this point, that’s how we’re going to go with it.”'

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June 10, 2004

Marker Vincent says NFL players' time stretched too thin [10:14 PM]
AP reports: '''Do you pout, are you angry at the world, do you get cut and go back and take it out on your mom or your dad, your spouse, your children?'' Vincent said, recalling his speech. ''These are things we need to develop. ... That's developing that man side.'''

Marker Andre Reed chosen for Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame [10:12 PM]
AP reports: 'Even though those Bills teams may be best remembered as losers of four Super Bowls rather than winners of four AFC championships, Reed said that he wouldn't trade his career for anything, including a victory in the most meaningful game of a professional football player's career. ''I was part of something special, and part of some great teams,'' he said. ''We were a family and that's not that evident in sports anymore.'''

Marker Bills Conclude Third OTA [9:40 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Last year's first-round selection, runningback Willis McGahee has the phrase; "Guess Who's Back" tatooed on his neck. The Miami product said after practice the words are not directed at anyone, it was something he wanted to do. McGahee sat out all of last year with a knee injury he sustained in college.'

Marker Transcript: Mike Mularkey Q&A Session [9:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On Willis McGahee:
Physically I think he's doing very well. Some of the things we're doing offensively, they're getting something introduced everyday we're out here, I can see he and Travis (Henry) are grasping it but need to spend even more time if they can, to control some of the mental part of it. Physically they're both real good.'

Marker Transcript: Drew Bledsoe Q&A Session [3:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'There's a couple of things we're going to do this year that are going to help alleviate the problems we had last year with protection: number one, you're going to see a stronger dedication and commitment to a running game, a power running attack, and two, right now we're installing a lot of things, and we're going to have some down the field passes, but I think you're going to see a lot of times this year where the ball is going to be out of my hands a lot quicker. We're going to have faster developing routes that will allow me to get back, get five steps and get rid of the ball so it won't put as much pressure on the protection.'

Marker Bills' All-time Leading WR Inducted into Hall [3:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Andre Reed, arguably the best wide receiver in Bills' history, is the latest member of the Buffalo Bills to be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He joins former teammates Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Kent Hull, and Steve Tasker as the fifth player to be inducted from the Bills' Super Bowl teams in the early 1990s.'

Marker Program Helps to Develop Young Area Athletes [11:17 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills Junior Player Development program is a four-week, 12-session football workshop that helps develop skills to local participants between the ages of 12 and 15. The program currently has 180 members and is free to all who join.'

Marker Bills Release Five Players [5:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has released the following five players who were signed after this year’s draft as rookie free agents...'.

June 9, 2004

Marker QB Chandler among five released by Bills [10:00 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills, who open training camp on July 31, had to make room on their roster to welcome back five players that competed in NFL Europe this past season.'

Marker Individual Game Tickets On Sale July 17 [10:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tickets will be available in person at the Ralph Wilson Stadium ticket office, the Rochester office in Pittsford Plaza, and at all participating Tops Friendly Markets locations. For those buying tickets at Tops, a handbill policy will again be in effect. Fans can pickup handbills beginning Monday, June 12.'

Marker Vikings sign former Falcon LB Newman [10:16 AM]
AP reports: Newman, 27, who will be playing for his third team in three seasons, has started 52 of the 64 games he has played. While the five-year veteran is more familiar with the strongside and weakside positions, he may be asked to learn the middle spot. Newman, who spent four years with Buffalo, will be reunited with former Bills starters Antoine Winfield and Ken Irvin. Newman's 16.5 career sacks ranks second among active Vikings.

Marker Bills sign rookie receiver [5:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Smith, the 214th player selected in April’s draft, also was a punt returner, running back and quarterback at Georgia Tech.'

Marker Forget the kick; Norwood at ease with life [5:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”A lot of people might think the response has been mostly negative since that Super Bowl. But nothing could be further from the truth. Buffalo fans have always been good to me. I couldn’t have played in a better place.”'

June 8, 2004

Marker Patriots sign cornerback Terrell Buckley, release three players [6:23 PM]
AP reports: The Patriots cut running back Frank Moreau, fullback Philip Crosby and long snapper Sean McDermott.

Marker Bills Sign 7th-round Pick, WR Smith [6:05 PM]
AP reports: Smith, the 214th player selected in April's draft, also served as a punt returner, running back and quarterback at Georgia. In four seasons, he finished with 174 catches for 2,238 yards to rank fourth among Yellow Jacket receivers.

Marker The Bills Have Half Their 2004 Picks Signed [5:43 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Smith also returned kicks, played halfback and even played a little quarterback with the Yellow Jackets. He's second in school history with 174 catches for 2,238 yards and 12 touchdowns.'

Marker Bills Sign Jonathan "Freddie" Smith [5:06 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Smith becomes the third of the Bills six 2004 draft picks to sign with the team, joining TE Tim Euhus and OT Dylan McFarland as the others.'

Marker Giants Hire Pat Ruel To Assist with O-Line While Flaherty Undergoes Treatment for Cancer [12:54 PM]
Giants.com reports: 'Ruel, 53, has 30 years of coaching experience. He spent the 2003 season as the offensive line coach of the Buffalo Bills. He was let go when head coach Gregg Williams was fired at the end of the year. Giants quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride was also a member of that Buffalo staff.'

Marker Shaw Looking Forward to Competition [9:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I pride myself on being prepared," he said. "I'm on of those guys who puts a lot of time into making sure I know what I'm doing. Even though I played in this offense before, it's kind of like I'm starting from scratch anyway. I always go back to basics to make sure I have the offense scheme learned."'

Marker Munoz is big fan of McNally, Wyche [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jim (McNally) is just an unbelievable coach," said Munoz, who's considered to be one of the best offensive tackles in NFL history. "The guy is one of the best, if not the best, as far as taking guys and not only teaching them individually, but bringing them together as a unit."'

Marker Bruce enters retirement slim and trim [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I worked tremendously long and hard, and I had a lot of help along the way - Marv Levy and Bill Polian, guys like Jim, Thurman, Andre, Kent, Darryl (Talley) and Steve Tasker," Smith said. "If it wasn't for our offense putting up the number of points they put up, other teams wouldn't have had to pass as much as they did. For about four years I think we scored more points than anybody else in the NFL. That definitely was a factor getting to the quarterback."'

Marker Kelly takes son's message to Washington [5:20 AM]
AP reports: 'Kelly will speak before a committee that advises Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, and will also meet with Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.'

June 7, 2004

Marker Tom Clements Answers Fan Questions [9:23 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: Presuming Travis Henry will be the featured back, what kind of role will Willis McGahee have in the offense?
TC: That's still to be determined. Willis is a rookie. His rookie year he practiced a little bit but he hasn't had any game playing in the NFL so this training camp and exhibition season is important for him. We'll just have to see what he can do at this level. He's a talented back and we'll evaluate him as we go but Travis Henry is our starter, and as I said earlier I anticipate he'll have another great year.'

Marker Troy Vincent likes what he sees with Bills [5:20 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '"It's a college atmosphere in this city," he said. "There's not much going on as far as professional athletics are concerned, so we're the talk of the town, and you can just feel it. That equates to fun and excitement, and I'm looking forward to everything."'

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