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Buffalo Bills News - August 18, 2003

Marker A Closer Look at… Josh Reed [9:55 PM] 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] 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] 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] 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] 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.'

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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."'

Marker McNair, Titans too much for Bills [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The best news of the game for the Bills: no starters suffered injury.'

Marker Spikes held out because of sore groin, Stevenson gets start [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were 0 for 4 on third-down conversions in the first half.'

Marker Five minutes with ... Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who is the best golfer on the Bills? Probably one of our kickers, Jason Witczak. If he wasn’t playing football, they say he could have made it a go on the (pro) tour.'

Marker Bills’ new look defense was missing on Saturday [5:19 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What’s had Bills’ fans so excited this pre-season is a defense improved by the addition of four quality veterans. But that was nowhere in evidence against the Titans.'

Marker Bills buffaloed [5:18 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The Bills, expected to be one of the NFL's most improved teams, were far from regular-season form. Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Bledsoe was just 5-of-11 for 47 yards and was forced to get rid of the ball early on several throws. The Titans had four sacks. ''They have a really good front,'' Bills guard Ruben Brown said. ''They're outstanding. If we can block them, we'll be able to block anybody. As you see, we need a little more work.'''

Marker Bills held in check by stifling defense [5:17 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Tennessee gave up one giant play, a 62-yard dash by running back Travis Henry, but it came after the Titans had started to insert backups. Take out that run and Tennessee yielded just 109 net yards before the half.'

Marker McCareins makes his pitch to be No. 2 receiver [5:16 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'McCareins made with three catches for 57 yards last night against the Bills. Two were touchdowns — a 2-yarder from Steve McNair and a 35-yarder from Billy Volek.'

Marker Preseason injuries take toll on Titans [5:15 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Former Titans safety Marcus Robertson watched last night's game from the safety of the press box. He admitted the game has changed since he came into the league 12 years ago. ''I was just sitting here looking at the Titans wide receivers,'' he said. ''With the exception of Derrick Mason, all the wide receivers are 6-3, weigh 220 and run 4.3s. That's scary.'''

Marker When McNair's clicking, so are the Titans [5:14 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Neither does Bills Coach Gregg Williams, a former Titans defensive coordinator and an unabashed McNair fan. ''Steve made some unbelievable plays for them to keep drives alive, but he's done that to a lot of people,'' Williams said. Yes, he has. And he's not stopping yet.'

Marker Wycheck injured on opening play [5:13 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''Being a preseason game, it was more relaxed,'' Williams said. ''I could talk to the guys that I spent 11 years with. If it had been a regular season game, there wouldn't have been much chit-chat. ''Since this is a team we will play again [Dec. 14] we didn't have much to show them. We were vanilla, they were vanilla.'''

Marker Titans 37, Bills 24 [5:12 AM]
AP reports: '``We've got a lot of work to do when we get back to camp. Nobody should be resting easy with this ball game,'' Williams said.'

Marker Tennessee 37, Buffalo 24 [5:11 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Olandis Gary scored on an eight-yard run in the second quarter for the Bills. Travis Henry had a 62-yard run on the scoring drive.'

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