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NEWS ARCHIVES - AUGUST 2ND - AUGUST 8TH, 2004 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Get A Lot Accomplished In Scrimmage

Willis McGahee Players Who Helped Themselves: It was only a scrimmage but several players helped their cause for making the team or moving up the depth chart. Willis McGahee ran the ball seven times for 34 yards and a touchdown during regular drills. He really showed his toughness in the goal line drills scoring on three straight runs from the two yard line. He seems to be back, but Travis Henry also looked impressive as he had runs of 9 yards and 12 yards on the first two plays of the scrimmage. The defense looked very good at times as they kept the Browns out of the end zone during normal drills and only allowed them two touchdowns in six goal line drills. Specifically, Izell Reese made a good case at holding on two his starting job with a touchdown saving tackle and a subsequent interception in the end zone. Lee Evans also made a headlines catching a bomb from Travis Brown for a 49 yard gain. Brown has had a great camp also and will probably hold off J.P. Losman. He struggled early, as expected, but finished the scrimmage with four straight completions for 39 yards and a touchdown run on a bootleg to finish a nice drive.

Bledsoe Rips Offense: The starting offense looked a lot like last year's bumbling unit. After gaining 32 yards on the first three plays, mistakes that plagued them last year were back. There was a holding penalty on Mike Pucillo, an incompletion, and a sack that kept the Bills from gaining any more first downs with the first unit in the game. After the series, Bledsoe gathered the offense around and read them the riot act to the pleasure of head coach Mike Mularkey. The run defense also struggled, they let Lee Suggs have a big day as we reported yesterday. Rian Lindell also struggled before the scrimmage missing on 3 of 6 field goal attempts.


Saturday August 7, 2004

McGahee Shines In Scrimmage: Willis McGahee scored four touchdowns in the scrimmage as the team accomplished a lot. McGahee scored on four short yardage plunges, gave a great stiff arm on one carry, and got a standing ovation from the crowd. Coach Mularkey admitted things still need to be worked on. The team used McGahee and Travis Henry in the backfield together at times. The offense recovered from some mistakes early on to have success later. J.P. Losman finished strong after struggling early in the scrimmage. Lee Evans caught one deep ball. The run defense struggled a bit giving up 82 yards on five carries to Lee Suggs. The team came through unscathed with only Justin Bannan suffering from a small fracture on his wrist that won't keep him out any length of time.

Henry Suffers Injury Scare: During yesterday afternoon's practice session Travis Henry had a scare. WGR reported that his knee buckled and he thought he was hurt. After the practice Henry said he feels fine and will be ok. He is expected to take part in this morning's scrimmage that starts at 11am.


Friday August 6, 2004

QBs Impressive: The Bills finished working out with the Browns this evening after two practice sessions today. They were in pads in the morning and in full pads in the afternoon. Drew Bledsoe and J.P. Losman were both impressive today. Josh Reed continues his impressive summer as well. Bledsoe hit Reed for three touchdowns and Losman hit fellow rookie Tim Euhus for a score. The two teams will scrimmage tomorrow morning at 11am.

Team Has Good Morning Workout: The team had a good morning workout with the Browns. A lot got accomplished and they finished up 10 minutes early. The players were spirited practicing against another team. The players put on shoulder pads for the afternoon workout.

Pucillo's Job To Lose: Mike Pucillo has been taking all the first team snaps at left guard in practice making him the odds on favorite to win the job. OL Coach Jim McNally said that it is Pucillo's job to lose. As long as he performs in camp and the preseason games he will be the starter on opening day.

Brown Has Edge at #2: In camp so far, Mike Mularkey has been giving the starters a 2 to 1 edge in reps over the number two team. When the backups take the field Travis Brown has taken most of the snaps under center, while J.P. Losman has had only a few reps. Brown has performed well and will most likely hold on to the backup quarterback job when the season starts. Bills Daily Depth Chart.


Thursday August 5, 2004

Practice Notes: Empire reports that in today's practice the team practiced a lot of 11 on 11 drills as well as the two minute drill. While many practices have ended earlier than their schedule time, today's single session went the full scheduled time.

Burns Out: Joe Burns suffered a high ankle sprain in last night's goal line practice. Coach Mularkey would not put a timetable on how long he'll be out but said it will be a while. Sam Adams remains out with a slight hamstring injury and will not return in time to participate in the scrimmage on Saturday. Injury Page.

Depth Chart Discrepencies: The Bills have updated their official depth chart on their website but there are some discrepiencies compared to how they are actually practicing. Mike Williams is listed as a starter, as is Josh Reed. Neither player is running much with the starters at this point. Bills Daily Depth Chart.

Injury Update: The Bills got two players back on the field yesterday, but one remains out. Richard Seals and Terrence McGee returned after their bouts with heat exhaustion on Monday. Sam Adams remains out with a slight hamstring injury. He hopes to return in time for Saturday's scrimmage and has been doing some work in the pool. Injury Page.

Offense Wins Goal Line Battle: Coach Mularkey was interested to see the goal line practice last night in front of a few hundred lucky fans that found out the team had moved their practice to East Rochester High School. The goal line drill allowed actual tackling for the first time. They ran two series one with the first units and the other with the second units. The offense scored both times from the five yard line. The starters scored when Travis Henry ran it in. The second string scored on a pass from Travis Brown to Rod Trafford. All eyes were on Willis McGahee as he carried twice for no gain. He got up without any problems which is the most important thing. He said it felt good to take the hits.

Night Practice Physical: Even though the rain kept the night practice from being open to the public, it didn't stop the team from practicing. It was a physical one as the team worked on goal line situations. Coach Mularkey said he will probably lighten up a bit today during the team's lone practice session. They are gearing up for two workouts with the Browns on Friday and then a scrimmage on Saturday morning with Cleveland. The rain forced the practice to the East Rochester High School field. Mularkey praised the way Mike Williams practiced, saying that the problems are all behind him.


Wednesday August 4, 2004

Night Practice Cancelled: The Bills cancelled tonight's open portion of the night practice due to bad weather. No word yet on when or if it will be rescheduled. The team moved the practice indoors and it wasn't opened to the public.

Williams Glad To Be Back: Mike Williams addressed the media after today's workout and said "it's great to be back". He said he plans to work hard to help the team win games. He would not elaborate on his absence but said it was "personal problems" that kept him out of yesterday's practice and said it was all behind him and doesn't forsee any other "bumps in the road" but will press on if anything comes up. Williams re-iterated what Tom Donahoe said yesterday, that he wasn't out because of his demotion to second string or because of any weight issues. Williams said he apologized to his teammates and vowed never to let this happen again. He also said he understood the fine levied by Coach Mularkey and called it the right thing to do.

Williams Returns: Mike Williams was back on the practice field this morning when the team hit the field for their morning workout. Williams was fined yesterday for missing practice and was excused from practice on Monday.

Burns At Fullback: Knowing there is a glut of running backs on the depth chart, Joe Burns is trying to stay on the team at fullback. He has a chance since the starter, Daimon Shelton has been out of football for a year. The other backup is undrafted free agent Luke Lawton.

Tickets Available: A limited number of tickets to this evening's practice have been made available. Fans can get two tickets with a purchase at three Rochester area Dick's Sporting Goods stores.

McGee Held Out: Terrence McGee was held out of yesterday's practice session after suffering from heat exhaustion on Monday. Richard Seals also suffered from it in the heat and humidity on Monday. Both players were held out as a precaution but should be fine. The team also hopes to have Sam Adams in action, in time for the scrimmage on Saturday. He is suffering from a slight hamstring strain. Injury Page.


Tuesday August 3, 2004

Williams Misses Practice Again: Mike Williams was not on the practice field with the Bills this afternoon during the club's lone workout. This is the second straight practice he has missed. Tom Donahoe has told the media that unlike yesterday's absence, today's was unexcused. He will be fined by the team. Donahoe re-iterated that his absence has nothing to do with being demoted to the second string or any perceived weight issues. It appears Williams is just struggling dealing with the death of his grandmother. It was her illness that caused him to miss most of the organized team activities that put him behind as camp started. Donahoe believes Williams is still on campus but will be fined every practice he misses.

Tickets Gone: All the tickets for next Wednesday's night practice have been distributed by Tops Friendly Markets. Tickets for this Wednesday's night practice have been gone for a week as we reported earlier. The scrimmage also has no tickets left as it is soldout.

Hollis; Johnson Work: Former Bills Mike Hollis and Charles Johnson are in camp working as volunteer coaches. Hollis of course, is working with the kickers while Johnson is working with the receivers and sitting in on meetings.

Practices Efficient: The first three practices have been very efficient so far. In fact, they have been so efficient that Coach Mularkey has cut them all short because they have got all their work done quickly. The team is on the field only once today in the afternoon. While there are many more two-a-days than in previous camps, there are none back to back.

QBs In Autograph Tent: It is a big day in the autograph tent for those attending the one practice session today. The three quarterbacks, Drew Bledsoe, J.P. Losman and Travis Brown will be signing autographs after practice.


Monday August 2, 2004

Seals Leaves Practice: It was a very hot and humid day at St. John Fisher College and it took its toll in the two a day practices today. Offensive lineman Richard Seals went down on a knee an hour into the afternoon practice and was taken by two trainers to the hydration tent. His condition will be updated on Tuesday but it isn't considered serious. Injury Page.

Williams Out For Personal Reasons: The Bills released a statement after this afternoon's practice in which Mike Mularkey said that Mike Williams was excused from practice for personal reasons. They were quick to point out that it had nothing to do with him being unhappy on being demoted to second string. Empire reports that he is on the campus of St. John Fisher and is expected to practice tomorrow.

Bills Hit With Pads: For the first time in this training camp there was a lot of hitting going on in the afternoon practice. As we reported earlier the team was in full pads this afternoon. Willis McGahee got his first hits and was fine afterwards. Everyone seemed to come out of the heavy hitting practice in good shape.

Williams A No Show: The Mike Williams saga gets stranger and stranger as camp hits full swing. Williams was demoted to second string as we have reported. He was then, a no show for today's afternoon practice session. Mike Mularkey is expected to make a statement on the Williams issue after the afternoon practice session.

Morning Practice Cut Short: The morning practice was very effective, so Mike Mularkey cut it a bit short. The team wasn't in pads in the morning session but were in full pads in the afternoon session. They are also expected to be in full pads in the other two-a-days this week on Wednesday and Friday.

Evans Works With First Team: The Bills have two practices today and one note worthy item came out of the morning session. Rookie Lee Evans practiced with the first unit instead of Josh Reed. Coach Mularkey is obviously working in different combinations to see how far along some players are and may be looking to see how much the rookie has learned. It wouldn't be a surprise if Evans ends up starting on opening day though.

Missed Minicamp Hurt: Mike Williams temporary demotion has everyone buzzing. It appears his demotion was caused by him falling behind by missing the last three weeks of organzied team activites and off season workouts. Coach Mularkey said that the demotion is not punishment, just that he needs to catch up. Marcus Price knows his promotion is temporary and promised to help Williams catch up.

Gildon at DE: Jason Gildon took his first reps in training camp at defensive end. This gives a preview at how he will be used in the season as a situation pass rusher. Mularkey says they are bringing Gildon along slowly since he's not up to speed on the defensive schemes and they want to start him with the area he will most likely be used in.



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