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Buffalo Bills News - July 24, 2003

Marker Bledsoe Expects Playoffs For 2003 Bills [2:00 PM] reports: '"I expect us to get into the playoffs. If we are not a playoff team I'll be greatly disappointed. I think that we can beat anybody. Looking at the way that we stack up against any team in the league and looking at our schedule, I think we can beat any team in the league. I would expect us to do that on a consistent basis. But in order to do that we've got to go prove that everyday and it starts right here in camp. We've got to go prove it on the practice field and we've got to go out and prove it every day."'

Marker Thursday 7/24 AM Training Report by Rockpile [12:48 PM] reports: * Coy Wire, Kevin Thomas, Tony Driver and rookie Terrence Mcgee were doing drills, backpedaling diagonally - zig zagging backwards maybe ten yards and trying to catch a ball thrown their way. Nice to see our defensive players going through passing drills.
* RB Joe Burns saw a LOT of work, running and catching passes. It seemed like today was a test to see which RBs could catch. Of the RBs I liked Ken Simonton best. A lot of heart.
* QB Travis Brown saw the most action. Bledsoe and Van Pelt threw a few and even Jason Johnson saw some action.
* Chris Kelsay looked very quick, spinning off blocks and following the play. He was double and even triple teamed at times. One time after a double team, he grappled with two lineman (could not catch the numbers) and it almost came to punches.

Marker McGahee and Bills play waiting game [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're really just getting started (with serious contract talks)," Rosenhaus said from his Miami office. "I'm optimistic only because of the Bills' track record. You've got to really respect what they've done in getting their players signed. (President and General Manager) Tom Donahoe and (Vice President/Administration) Jim Overdorf are very good administrators and negotiators."'

Marker Tasker provides sweet inspiration [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When his coaches told him he was too small to play professional football, Steve Tasker didn't let that stop him from chasing his dream. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder went on to enjoy a 13-year career in the NFL, which included four trips to the Super Bowl with the Buffalo Bills. Tasker made whatever sacrifices were necessary to make his lifelong dreams a reality, and that's what he encouraged a gathering of 6,000 athletes to do at Wednesday night's opening ceremonies of the Empire State Games.'

Marker Bledsoe talking up playoff run [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'He didn’t flinch when asked if he thought this could be a Super Bowl team. “ Most definitely,” he said.'

Marker Rigors of practice get lighter [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'There are just three two-a-days, that rite of passage that football players come to dread as teenagers. One takes place Aug. 1, when the Bills travel to Cleveland to practice with the Browns.'

Marker McGahee's holdout may last awhile [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: '“ We’re still working on it and naturally we’d love to get something done,” Rosenhaus said. “ But we still have significant work to do.”'

Marker Centers may be target [5:26 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Larry Centers, one of the most prolific pass-receiving fullbacks in NFL history, may be getting a look from the Patriots over the next few days, according to Patriots sources.'

Marker McDonald's Autograph Zone Schedule [12:19 AM] reports: The following is a schedule for the McDonald’s Autograph Zone for the first portion of training camp. Players will be in the tent following each session signing for kids 14 and under (limit one item per child).

Marker Bills Sign Three More Draft Picks [12:11 AM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has three more of its 2003 draft picks - defensive end Chris Kelsay (second round), linebacker Angelo Crowell (third round) and cornerback Terrence McGee (fourth round).

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July 23, 2003

Marker 2003 Buffalo Bills VIP Training Camp [8:39 PM] reports: 'The 2003 Buffalo Bills VIP Training Camp is scheduled for Sunday, July 27, at 3:00 p.m. on the St. John Fisher College campus.'

Marker 2003 Buffalo Bills Roster [8:36 PM]
TBD reports: Print out the Bills updated roster before you go to camp!

Marker McGahee unsigned as Bills prepare to open camp [8:23 PM]
AP reports: 'At issue is how to structure a contract that's fair to both McGahee, drafted 23rd overall, and the Bills, who gambled on selecting a player who only began jogging in May and is likely a year away from playing his first NFL down.'

Marker Bills sign Chris Kelsay [3:13 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Kelsay, who played his college football at the University of Nebraska, was the 48th player chosen in the 2003 NFL Draft. The defensive end recorded 38 tackles (17 solo) with seven sacks and 18 quarterback pressures last season.'

Marker The Bills Get Kelsay Signed As Players Report To Camp [2:25 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Many believed the Bills would take Kelsay in the first round instead of McGahee.'

Marker DE Kelsay among three rookies to sign with Bills [2:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Kelsay is expected to get an opportunity to earn a starting position at left end following the departure of Chidi Ahanotu.'

Marker Bills close to signing three 2003 draftees [1:54 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Those close to signing are 2nd Round selection defensive end Chris Kelsay, 3rd round selection linebacker Angelo Crowell and 4th round selection defensive back Terrence McGee. This would leave only 1st Round pick RB Willis MCGahee as the only draft pick unsigned.'

Marker Bills Sign Chris Kelsay [12:25 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed defensive end Chris Kelsay, the team’s second-round selection in the 2003 NFL Draft and the 48th player taken overall.

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Lou Piccone [11:33 AM] reports: Throughout the years, only a handful of players have caused the Rich Stadium, or now, Ralph Wilson Stadium faithful to chant their names in unison. Last season, you’d hear "Drewww" for Drew Bledsoe. Before that it was "Bruuuce" for Bruce Smith and "Juuuice" for O.J. Simpson. One other name that has echoed around the stadium in the past was "Louuu" for wide receiver Lou Piccone.

Marker An escape into magic; Magic opens door to a world of healing [10:38 AM]
D and C reports: "Jon is the real deal as a magician, but we need him as a long-snapper first," Smith said. "He's a good kid and he's got some great skills. But I've told him, 'You'll see one helluva magician if you don't do your stuff right, because I'll make you disappear!' " Punter Moorman, who also holds on place-kicks, already has confidence in Dorenbos. "I've never seen a guy snap the ball so fast," Moorman said. "They are kidding me that I'm going to need gloves."

Marker Straight talk from Tom Donahoe [10:37 AM]
D and C reports: Based on our defense last year, we actually started paying attention to the entire linebacker market from the midway point of the season on. We knew we would like to get two linebackers, but we weren't sure we would be able to do that cap-wise or talent-wise. Takeo was a guy that we really targeted, but we didn't know what his status was going to be with the Bengals. We didn't know if they were going to franchise him or if they were going to try to get a deal done with him. When they put the transitional tag on him, we were excited because we knew we would at least have a legitimate chance to try and go get him. He clearly was the best guy available. He's a guy who performed at a very high level all five years he was in Cincinnati, and that's not an easy thing to keep doing when your team is losing a lot. People might not know as much about Posey, but we are very excited about him, too. We studied him very hard, and we believe he is on the verge of becoming a very, very good player.

Marker Williams reaches a critical juncture [10:36 AM]
D and C reports: Williams is a good man but one who has grown reserved in his words, seemingly uncertain of his standing as his strings have been pulled regarding everything from when to speak to the media to whom to hire for his staff. The exodus of offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard in 2002 and offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek and linebackers coach Miles Aldridge this offseason was not a result of Williams concluding that he needed to go in a new direction. It was Donahoe telling him to.

Marker Spikes now has opportunity to display how talented he is [10:35 AM]
D and C reports: As she lay in her hospital bed, nursing her newborn, reports of a Japanese prime minister named Takeo kept popping up in the news on the television screen. "Hmm," she thought to herself. "Takeo Spikes. I kinda like that. Has a nice ring to it." She decided to do a little research and discovered the name was Japanese for "great warrior." And that is how the linebacker, who could transform the Buffalo Bills defense from awful to very good this fall, became known as Takeo Spikes.

Marker Bills hope Adams anchors D-line [10:34 AM]
D and C reports: "I could've gotten more money up front to go to Cincinnati, but I love this city," says Adams, who walked away from a $5 million bonus offered by the Bengals and their new coach, Marvin Lewis, his former defensive coordinator in Baltimore, to sign an incentive-laden deal with Buffalo. "I've always been envious of the Bills' crowd and the support they got. I want to be here. People have asked me a lot about the money, but I could care less. There are things like integrity and principle."

Marker Have a problem in this league? Take it to the Commish! [10:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills free-agent defensive tackle Sam Adams was recently named commissioner of the North American Football League, a 5-year-old organization of 102 minor league teams.'

Marker Offense will be well-grounded [10:32 AM]
D and C reports: That means that while the Bills are going to try to run more, Bledsoe's arm isn't going to fall off due to rust. "Now that we've changed our complexion a little bit, I think you're going to see us be a more balanced offense and I think you're going to see us be more patient with the running game," he said. "But it's not going to take away our aggressiveness. We're going to throw the ball, we're going to be effective with it. If there comes a time when we have to throw it a bunch to win a game, we'll do that."

Marker Autograph tips [10:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Use the right pen. Use a Sharpie marker for players to sign trading cards, 8-by-10 pictures and mini-helmets. A paint pen works best on footballs.'

Marker Push coming to shove at key positions [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After starting all 16 games at a new position, you would think Marques Sullivan's job would be secured. Think again.'

Marker Rookies, some veterans report to camp today [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We like some of the things we've been able to do with players and with the coaching staff. Now we get to the important phase, and really the fun phase of trying to put it all together."'

Marker Bills would be wise to follow Bucs' plan [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bledsoe threw 10 of his 15 interceptions during last season’s 3-5 slide in the second half. Many now wonder if his record-setting first eight games were merely the product of adrenaline and the element of surprise after being dissed by New England and traded to Buffalo. Maybe the second-half Drew is closer to the real thing. A solid player but one who is a lot closer to Brad Johnson than Brett Favre. He’ll play to the level of his teammates, but nothing more.'

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