Losman Looking For Perfection: J.P. Losman said the offense was challenged much more during today's session than they were last night by the defense. He feels the offense will only get better working against the great defense the team has. Shane Matthews keeps him calm when he makes a mistake on the field, because he wants to be perfect. He is trying not to play with so much emotion but today he let it get to him twice. The biggest challenge for the offense this week is converting third downs and they have had success so far in camp thanks in part to the play of Roscoe Parrish. He refuses to call it "his team" because everyone works just as hard as he does and he's just part of the machine that is trying to win the whole thing.
Mularkey Cranks Things Up: Coach Mularkey said the team was a little slow in today's single session early but they cranked things up and they got a lot of production at the end after he was animated early in the session. He said one sloppy area is center to quarterback exchange calling it inexcuseable that they are having problems with it at this level.
McFarland Works With 1st Team: Mike Williams missed today's single practice session with the hamstring injury he suffered running sprints towards the end of yesterday's morning workout. They don't want to extend the injury so they are taking it slowly with him. He is officially day to day. Dylan McFarland once again took his reps with the first unit at right tackle and the coach feels he's taking advantage of his opportunity and has been pretty productive. Injury Page.
Mularkey Likes Great Start: Coach Mularkey thought the team got off to a great start on the first day of training camp yesterday. He said they got a lot done. He felt J.P. Losman looked very comfortable and he hopes he continues to grow as camp continues but called it a good day for his young quarterback. He felt the night practices are sharper and faster and they are good for the players and the fans.
Losman Sharp: It appears J.P. Losman was a bit rusty during yesterday's morning workout, but he shook off that rust and threw the ball very well in the evening workout. The night practice was soldout and the Bills wore their throwback helmets for the workout. The offense got the better of the defense in that session. Terrence McGee made the best defensive play of the night by knocking down a pass, prompting Lawyer Milloy to look at the crowd for some "love" for the defense. The crowd was cheering for the offense all night long.
Parrish Ahead Of Reed: Roscoe Parrish was on the practice field taking snaps with the first unit before the ink was dry on his new four year contract. Parrish took the majority of the first team snaps in the slot when the team went to three wide receivers in the two practices yesterday. Parrish will play in the slot to avoid much contact off the line on his small frame. Depth Chart.
Thomas On PUP List: The Bills have placed DB Kevin Thomas on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from off season knee surgery. No timetable on his return yet as he will stay on the list until his knee is healed up enough for him to go.
Williams Banged Up: One player got banged up on the first day of camp. Mike Williams left the field in the morning workout and then missed the evening session with what appears to be a hamstring injury. Coach Mularkey said the injury is not considered serious. Also being held out was Ben Sobieski and Ross Tucker with back injuries. Tucker had off season back surgery and should be close to returning. There was no report on the Sobieski injury.
Campbell, Euhus Return: Mark Campbell and Tim Euhus each made a triumphant return to the practice field on day one of training camp just eight months after suffering torn ACL's during the same game last season. Injury Page.
Saturday July 30, 2005
Mularkey Excited To Get Going: Coach Mularkey spoke to the media as the players reported yesterday. He said he and the players are excited to get back to work he called it a good offseason with the OTAs and the players commitments. He said he has a better idea and is fresher this year than he was in his rookie year as a head coach. As far as J.P. Losman goes, he thinks his solid work ethic will carry over to training camp and they need to get him comfortable and confident as soon as they can. On Willis McGahee he thinks he's coming in camp with confidence and his work ethic in the off season has been outstanding. He said the Super Bowl is the goal and it will bring other rewards with it as well.
Losman Has Been Waiting: J.P. Losman arrived in camp yesterday and said he couldn't wait to get started, he's been waiting for this day for a long time. He feels as prepared as he could be entering camp. He said his biggest challenge was learning the offense and he has done that. He will do whatever he needs to do to protect himself and get out of camp injury free. He broke his leg when he was hit by Troy Vincent during camp last year.
McGahee Feels Good: Willis McGahee was happy to get to camp, saying he left the sunshine of South Florida for sunny Western New York. He said the trade of Travis Henry made no difference to him, he needed to get himself ready, he's been working hard and expects a good season. He said he feels a whole lot better than he did last year and the workouts in Miami have helped him. He is confident that J.P. Losman will be ready to step up when the season starts.
Evans Confident: Lee Evans said he's very excited to be back and getting into the groove as there is high hopes for the team this year. He said it should be a bit easier in his second season since he knows what to expect now, it makes him more confident. Evans isn't resting on his laurels he's working on adding strength and to become a better route runner.
Friday July 29, 2005
Parrish Signs: Roscoe Parrish will not miss any time in training camp. He agreed to a four year deal today worth $2.7 Million. It includes a $1.32 Million signing bonus and includes performance incentives that could make the deal worth more according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus. He is expected in camp later today and will be on the field for the first practice session tomorrow. That leaves just third round pick Kevin Everett unsigned. There is no rush to get a deal done since he will miss most, if not all, season with a knee injury.
Donahoe Not Concerned: Tom Donahoe said he's not concerned about getting a deal done with Roscoe Parrish. Rookies have now reported to camp but Parrish, and injured third round pick Kevin Everett remain unsigned. Donahoe said he's talked to Parrish's agent Drew Rosenhaus about parameters for a deal and expects to get it done sooner rather than later.
Camp Opens: The rookies are due to arrive at St. John Fisher today by 11am. The veterans get an extra two hours of freedom as they are due at 1pm. Anticipation is very high as camp begins. We will update all the news throughout camp right here at Bills Daily. The first practices are tomorrow, you can see a quick glimpse at the upcoming camp schedule on the right side of our homepage.
Bills Release DT: The Bills announced yesterday that they have released DT Tom Sverchek. He was an undrafted free agent that signed back in April. Front Office Page.
Thursday July 28, 2005
King Signs: The Bills announced today they have come to terms with fifth round pick Eric King on a contract. Terms were not disclosed. That just leaves two picks not signed, Kevin Everett, who is injured, and top pick Roscoe Parrish.
Teague To Get Reps: OL coach Jim McNally said that Trey Teague will get four or five reps a practice at left tackle during training camp. This is to keep him acclimated to the position in case Mike Gandy falters at the position. Gandy goes into camp with it being his job to lose but there is some question if he is good enough to protect the quarterback's blindside. McNally appears confident in Gandy who was released by two teams last season while being slowed with a hamstring injury. Let us know who you think will be the starter at left tackle by answering our poll question on the homepage.
Picks Down To Wire: Rookies are due to report to training camp tomorrow at 11am with the veterans arriving two hours later. Three of the Bills six draft picks are in danger of missing that deadline because they have not signed deals yet. Third round pick Kevin Everett isn't a concern since he's injured. The team will sign him to a deal for what he was worth before he was injured but there is no rush to do so since he won't be playing for a long time. Fifth round pick Eric King is also unsigned but look for the Bills to get a deal done with him in time, it is very rare that a late round pick is a holdout. Their top pick, 2nd rounder Roscoe Parrish could be another story. He's represented by super agent Drew Rosenhaus who is known as a tough negotiator. He told the Rochester D&C that discussions are ongoing but he wouldn't elaborate.
Wednesday July 27, 2005
Donahoe Contract Extended: The Buffalo News is reporting that late last year Tom Donahoe was given a contract extension by owner Ralph Wilson. Donahoe's original contract with the Bills was due to expire at the end of the year, it now reportedly runs through 2007. Donahoe has never been one to discuss the details of his deals but it has been speculated that in extension was just a formality as Wilson is happy with the job he is doing. The owner himself confirmed the extension to the Buffalo News.
Geisinger Signs: The Bills now have half their draft picks under contract. The latest player to sign was sixth round pick, guard Justin Geisinger. Terms were not disclosed. The team still needs to come to terms with their 2nd, 3rd, and 5th round picks.
Special Teams Look: The Bills Special Teams scored five touchdowns last year and that is a tough act to follow. The feeling is that they will improve because of the addition of Roscoe Parrish and the return of many of the faces that made the unit so successful last year. Complete Story.
Tuesday July 26, 2005
Scrimmage To Be Televised: The NFL Network has announced that they will televise the scrimmage on August 5th between the Bills and the Packers at 8pm. It is the first ever televised scrimmage game from the network. They are also televising all preseason games that are not national games.
Defensive Domination? The strongest part of the Bills the last few years has been the defense. They have finished ranked number two in the league the past two years. That isn't good enough for the players on this unit as they look to become an elite unit this year. They may have to in order to help out the inexperience at the quarterback position. Complete Story.
Monday July 25, 2005
Offensive Question Marks: The Bills head into training camp very optimistic about the coming season. The biggest question marks are on the offensive side of the ball with an inexperience quarterback and a journey man slated to start at left tackle. There are many weapons at the skill positions so if J.P. Losman develops well and Mike Gandy can hold his own at tackle, the team has a chance at breaking their playoff drought. Complete Story.
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