Henry Returns For 2nd Week Of OTA
Safety Shuffle: The Bills have undergone a shuffle at the safety position. As expected, Coy Wire has moved over to free safety to compete with incumbent Izell Reese for the starting job. Pierson Prioleau has moved over to strong safety to backup Lawyer Milloy. These moves aren't a huge deal since the safety positions in Jerry Gray's offense are pretty much interchangeable. We have looked all off season for Wire to move positions and we expect him to be lining up next Milloy on opening day. What do you think? Take our poll on the homepage. Depth Chart
Saturday June 5, 2004
Henry Convinced To Come Back: Travis Henry decided to come back from the just completed second week of organzied team activity because his teammates talked him into it. Henry had missed the first week, saying he was working out with his personal trainer in Florida. He decided to show up for the second week after teammates told him he should be in Buffalo. Henry told the media that it didn't take much to get him to come back. A few guys told him that he needed to be there so everyone could be on the same page and that is all it took to get the running back to return to Buffalo. Henry said he's not unhappy in Buffalo and wasn't there because they are voluntary, but he added they don't seem to be. Henry said the type of workouts he's doing with his personal trainer are hard to jump back into, that is why he wanted to stay in Florida and work with his trainer.
OTA Notes: The Buffalo News reports that Mike Williams and Antonio Brown were excused from Friday's workouts to tend to family matters. On the field the offense continued emphasizing a few formations a day. Friday, they worked on the no-huddle drills and empty backfield sets. On one play Drew Bledsoe lined up at Wide Receiver and caught a pass from J.P. Losman. Don't expect to see that play in the fall. Takeo Spikes and Marques Sullivan mixed it up a bit after one play.
McGahee Update: Willis McGahee said that his knee feels good and is only going to get better with time. He said he's being patient and not rushing anything. He said he doesn't worry about the knee at all anymore. The Buffalo News reports he ran fluidly without any problems on Friday.
Myers Undergoes Surgery: WR Jerel Myers> will miss the remainder of the offseason workouts as he underwent surgery for a foot injury. No word as to when he suffered the injury but he tried to practice through it before undergoing surgery. He is expected to be ready for training camp. In other injury news, Jeff Posey was held out all week with the sprained ankle. We reported last week, that he rolled over it during a workout and it is still bothering him. Oliver Gibson was also held out of Friday's practice with a slight injury. Injury Page
Thursday June 3, 2004
Henry Explains Absence: As we reported yesterday, Travis Henry is back working out with the team at this week's offseason workout activity. He was missing from last week's session. He said he wasn't in Buffalo because he was working out with his personal trainer in Florida which was already scheduled. He said he is in the best shape of his career and has spent most of the off season in Buffalo.
Stewart A Raven: If the Bills do decide to bring in a veteran quarterback it won't be Kordell Stewart. The former Steeler and Bear signed a one year deal with the Ravens last night. The Bills were interested in Stewart and spoke to him twice. Jeff Morrison on Empire's Simon & Brinson Show yesterday said that the Bills had offered Stewart a deal at some point as well. Stewart was in no hurry to make a decision as he wanted to go to a team with the best chance to start. He will be a backup in Baltimore but will most likely have a better opportunity to play than he would have in Buffalo.
Wednesday June 2, 2004
Henry Participates: The Simon & Brinson Show on Empire is reporting that Travis Henry is participating in workouts as the 2nd week of the four week organzied team activity got underway today. Henry was absent from last week's sessions. This week's workouts resume tomorrow and end on Friday.
Express Train Rides Again: The team announced today that the express train from Albany will once again be available this season. It will make the trek for the home games against the three divisional rivals. The October dates against New England and Miami and the November game against the Jets. It starts in Albany and makes stops in Schenectady, Utica, Syracuse, and Rochester. Tickets are available beginning Monday and it is a way to get tickets for the Patriots and Dolphins games that are down to single seat availability at this time to the general public.
Ticket Sales Good: Individual game tickets don't go on sale until July and group sales tickets don't go on sale until Saturday but two games are down to single seats and two more are moving well. That is because for the second year in a row season ticket holders have been given the opportunity to buy extra tickets to games before they are available to groups and the general public. Season ticket holders reportedly lined up for hours on May 22nd to get the extra tickets. The Bills report today that the October home games against New England and Miami, two very popular draws, are already down to single seats. They also say that the opener against Jacksonville and the final game of the regular season against Pittsburgh are also closing in on a sellout. Last year the team sold out all eight home games thanks in part to very good summer sales, and that appears to be happening again. The team gets a break that the January home game is against Pittsburgh, so many Steeler fans will make the trek up for the game.
OTA Continues: The Bills organized team activity resumes today as the team will workout through Friday this week. They will then have two more weeks of workouts before having off until training camp. The club will continue to re-install the offense and work in depth on specific situations. They had over 90% attendance last week, and hope to have the same or better this week. It is a voluntary camp by league rules.
Tuesday June 1, 2004
"Magic" Date Arrives: June 1st is here, and it is a big date in the NFL offseason. This is the first day that team's can release a player and have the ammortized portion of the signing bonus get broken up over two years to save cap space for the coming season. Since team's have a better handle on the cap now then in the past there will be fewer names on the open market beginning today but there are big names still expected to get released. The Bills are in good cap shape so they don't need to release anyone, although anything is possible. Look for the team to see who gets released in the next few days to see if anyone can help the team. A backup quarterback is not probable but still not out of the question as some big names are expected to hit the market at the position.
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