OTAs Come To An End
Mularkey Pleased With Results: Coach Mularkey told the media on Thursday that he gave the team off because the players and coaches all deserved it and they had accomplished everything they wanted to do in the OTAs. He did address the team and said they want to pick up where they left off when camp opens, they don't want to start over. The coach is pretty pleased where the offense is right now. The team spent more time in meetings this past week as they did more teaching instead of installing the offense. He feels there is a great drive for J.P. Losman and he has had more good days than bad. It also appears that he has one is teammates over. The coach feels Losman has more confidence and knows what to expect a bit more. He feels real comfortable where Mike Gandy is now but it is different when the pads go on and he looks for him to make a good transition because he is a smart, smooth player with good athletic ability. He expect the coaches to get a break and take time off but he joked that Jim McNally will probably be there since he doesn't know what else to do. Mularkey agrees with some of the veteran players who say they are motivated by the way last year ended. He feels the team got more out of the off season than they did last year because of that motivating factor.
Friday June 17, 2005
Losman To Take Break: J.P. Losman said he'll be in Buffalo for one more week and then take about two weeks off at the coaches' request. He will keep in touch with QB coach Sam Wyche while he is out of town. He said he's excited to go see some family and friends, live it up a bit and then get back to work. He said a lot has been thrown at the offense during the OTAs and they have installed pretty much the entire offense. They will use camp to critique how things are working. He feels much more comfortable at this point and that he thinks the guys and coaches believe in him and he has received positive responses. He is starting to believe what Coach Wyche has been telling him, which is that his stuff is good enough to have success at this level. He said he wants to get the offense down pat before he looks at opponents defenses, especially blitz packages. He feels the Bills defense has thrown enough at him full speed to get him ready. He feels his main goal has been accomplished, improving team chemistry. The players have done stuff outside of football like bowling and laser tag to grow together as a group. He is very cautious against having things slip during the six weeks away from Buffalo. Setbacks would be horrible since they have worked so hard.
Tight Ends Practice: The Bills top two tight ends made a surprise return to the practice field during this week's OTAs. Mark Campbell and Tim Euhus both had on field sessions for the first time since they both tore their ACLs late last season in the same game. Coach Mularkey wanted them to test their knees and get their feet wet before the start of camp on July 30th.
Final Practice Cancelled: Coach Mularkey gave coaches and players a surprise on the final day of OTAs yesterday. The coaches made up their gameplan and the players all got dressed. When they hit the field Mularkey announced that they have accomplished all they wanted to and cancelled the final workout. He held a brief team meeting instead telling the players to continue to workout but also to take some time off. There are six weeks until training camp and the workout program is for four weeks. Mularkey wants everyone to get away from football for at least two weeks so they will be refreshed for the start of training camp. That includes the coaches and QB J.P. Losman who has been working non stop since he was announced as the starting quarterback for the coming season.
Thursday June 16, 2005
OTAs End: The organized team activities come to an end with a workout today at the stadium. The players will now be off until they are due to report to training camp on July 29th. The coaches will also be taking some time off.
Wednesday June 15, 2005
Bills Donate: The Bills have donated $200,000 to the Buffalo Public Schools system. The money will go towards the addition of a new synthetic field and track to All-High Stadium. This is where many of the Buffalo high schools play their games.
Bills Waive Two: The Bills did some house cleaning as the final week of OTAs continue. They have released WR Kahlil Hill and DB Jonathan Palafox. Hill spent time on the practice squad last year and Palafox was trying to make the team for the second time. Depth Chart.
Tuesday June 14, 2005
Bills Tryout 150: Yesterday the Bills held an open tryout for around 150 players. We reported yesterday that Ohio University QB Ryan Hawk was among them. The Bills hold a big tryout day every year since Tom Donahoe came aboard. Among the players signed from this type of workout in the past were Brian Moorman, Josh Stamer, Ryan Neufeld, and Rod Trafford. Most of the players in attendance yesterday were rookies who weren't drafted although some do have professional experience.
Monday June 13, 2005
Camp Opens July 30th: The Bills have announced that they will open training camp on Saturday July 30th. They will have a morning practice and then the first night practice of the year. The team traditionally has had a few night practices and they have become very popular. The team will practice at night four times in all, three of them will be open to the public including opening night. The other night practices opened to the public will be on Monday August 15th and Monday August 22nd. They will hold a night practice exclusive for premium seat holders on August 10th. Players will report to camp on Friday July 29th and camp ends on Tuesday August 23rd.
QB Tryout Today: The Bills will be trying out former Ohio University QB Ryan Hawk. He will be in town today. He's also has interest from two CFL teams and an arena league team. He told the Bills he can also play wide receiver. He has good speed, and vertical jump ability.
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