Campbell Injured: In the last day of workouts yesterday, Mark Campbell got hurt, he left the field with what appears to be a hamstring injury to his right leg. The extent is not known but he watched the last few minutes of practice with his leg heavily wrapped with ice. Ross Tucker did some work on his own as he recovers from his own leg injury. Terrence McGee also sat out with an undisclosed injury. Injury Page
Bledsoe Optimistic: The Bills wrapped up the organized team activity yesterday and the players now have off until the start of training camp on July 31st. Drew Bledsoe is very optimistic about the coming season saying at this point and time this team is as good as any he's been on. Bledsoe believes the changes that have been made will correct the problems from last season.
Mularkey Pleased: Coach Mularkey said he is very pleased with what the staff accomplished in the now completed organized team activity. He feels the players improved consistently throughout the four weeks. He felt Tuesday's practice was the best one they had all camp. He told the players to go home and be with their family and friends, he trusts that they will all continue to workout. He said the coachees will remain in contact with the players, so they don't lose what they've accomplished this off season. Mike Williams, Takeo Spikes, Pat Williams, Sam Adams, Izell Reese, Joe Burns, and Troy Vincent were the notable absences from the final workout. On a hole, the Bills had excellent attendance in the four weeks of voluntary workouts.
Gildon Would Be Role Player: Coach Mularkey said that if Jason Gildon wanted to become a Bills he would probably come as a role player. He would be used as a pass rushing specialist. He said they are serious about bringing him to Buffalo or wouldn't have brought him in for a visit. He said the exact role for Gildon is still being discussed.
Preseason Opener Live: The preseason opener against Denver on Sunday Aug. 15th at 7pm will also be the inaugural live broadcast by the NFL Network. The crew of Kenny Albert, Dan Fouts, and Terrell Davis will broadcast the game. The NFL Network will be showing every preseason game that is not being nationally televised by one of the broadcast partners. Only a handful of them will be live, and this game is one of only three that the fledging network will produce itself. Most games will be shown on tape delay. The Broncos game will be at Ralph Wilson Stadium and will be the debut of Mike Mularkey's head coaching career. The NFL Network is seen in 20 million homes, mostly on Directv.
Wednesday June 16, 2004
Contract Talks Stop: We reported earlier that the Bills had initial contract offers out for three prominent potential free agents for next off season. The Buffalo News is now reporting that, according to two NFL sources, the team has terminated talks with Pat Williams, Jonas Jennings, and Aaron Schobel clearing the way for them to become free agents next off season. Tom Donahoe had said that the offers were substantial and on the table until the start of training camp. No reasons were given to why the talks were terminated except for the fact that they were going nowhere. It appears that all three players likely want to test the market.
Gildon Leaves Without Contract: Not that it was expected, but Jason Gildon left town last night without a contract to join the Bills. The next stop on his free agent tour is Cincinnati, he may also visit with the Bears before making a decision. He said he's not going to rush a decision but would like to make one soon.
Tuesday June 15, 2004
Gildon At Defensive End? Jason Gildon came away impressed after visiting with the Bills Monday and today. He took in practice and spoke with Takeo Spikes and Travis Henry. He feels this team has the potential to challenge for a championship and that would factor heavily in his decision on where to go. He did not rule out possibly moving to defensive end since all the starting linebacker positions are taken. He has also visited Green Bay and has interest from Chicago and Cincinnati.
Gildon Visits: Free agent linebacker Jason Gildon arrived in town yesterday and will visit with the team today. Gildon is a pass rushing specialist that the team needs. He also has strong ties with Tom Donahoe. His visit is interesting since Donahoe said a few days ago that the team wasn't interested in signing Gildon. The team is loaded at linebacker and plan on using Jeff Posey as a down lineman on certain passing situations, this could open up a spot in those situations for Gildon. This is the second visit for Gildon who was in Green Bay already. Chicago and Cincinnati are also interested in taking a look at the former Steeler.
Monday June 14, 2004
Bills Sign Two: The Bills today signed two defensive backs and cut one player. CB Gerald Dixon was originally in the Lions camp last summer after signing with them as an undrafted free agent. He finished second in tackles for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe this season. The Bills also signed undrafted free agent safety Jonathon Palafox. He is a free safety from Angelo State. The team released LB Dilibe Acholonu.
Sales Remain Brisk: Team officials confirmed to the Buffalo News that they are optimistic about ticket sales as they are moving briskly. They feel the team could sellout all eight home games like they did a year ago. With individual game tickets not set to go on sale until July 17th, two games are nearly sold out, while two others are also selling quickly. Tickets are very scarce for the October home games against Miami and New England as we reported earlier. The Jacksonville opener and the finale against Pittsburgh are also selling well as is the Jets game in November. The team acknowledged that the 1800 indoor club seats in the tunnel end zone are a tough sell, as nearly half the tickets remain available.
OTA Continues: The Bills wrap up the off season organized team activity this week with three days of workout sessions today through Wednesday. The players will then be off unti training camp convenes on July 31st. They will continue to workout on their own at their homes.
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