Inside Bills Report

Travis Brown heads into camp listed No. 2 on the depth chart at quarterback behind Drew Bledsoe, but his name is in pencil, not ink.<BR><BR> Rookie first-round pick J.P. Losman showed enough during offseason drills to conclude that it's not inconceivable to think he can challenge for the primary backup job as a rookie.

"I feel great in this offense," Losman said. "I think I'm very prepared heading into camp and I look forward to the competition. Some people may think that's arrogant, but actually I'm just very confident in my abilities."

So is Brown, who has been in the league four years learning the ropes. He hasn't started a game, but has played in four, completing 29 of 52 passes for 361 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions. Brown has a strong arm and showed a lot of improved huddle presence during the offseason, enough to convince new coach Mike Mularkey not to sign a veteran such as Kordell Stewart or Jeff Blake.

"I've been learning this offense fairly well," Brown said. "It allows me to make quick decisions and accurate throws."

Brown has experience in the West Coast system, which also helps him.

Losman, though, is the quarterback of the future and figures to get more of the second-team reps, even if it's Brown who likely would enter the game in an emergency.

Losman has superior mobility to Bledsoe and Brown and could get into games in short-yardage situations. Buffalo's new coaches - Mike Mularkey, Tom Clements and Sam Wyche - each has a history of not being afraid to get creative and Losman gives them the most colors to work with.





NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES

--LB Jason Gildon agreed to a one-year deal with Buffalo. Gildon, who was cut by Pittsburgh in June, will make $1.25 million next season, according to The Buffalo News.

--New defensive backs coach Dave Szabo inherits a unit that intercepted just 10 passes each of the past two seasons, tying the team record low. The big addition is veteran CB Troy Vincent, who has 42 career picks. How do you get turnovers? "You have to practice it," Szabo said. "You have to emphasize it and you have to get a little luck. Sometimes turnovers are just happenstance ... but interceptions are a direct byproduct of putting pressure on the passer. I would say a vast majority of interceptions are from poorly thrown balls more than from the defensive back making a good break on the ball."

--Van Miller, longtime radio voice of the Bills who retired after last season, is the 2004 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The award recognizes exceptional contributions in broadcasting in professional football. Miller will be honored on Saturday, Aug. 7 during Hall of Fame induction weekend. He'll join past winners such as Curt Gowdy, Pat Summerall, Jack Buck, Dick Enberg, Roone Arledge, John Madden and Don Criqui.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think we've built our offense to be more of a ground running game. We have to establish the run, and then look to pass, even keep them on their heels with some tickery and some different schemes." - TE Mark Campbell, analyzing what to expect from Buffalo's offense this year.





STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

Early in his NFL coaching career, line coach Jim McNally worked with Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz in Cincinnati. Most recently, though, he drew high praise for taking average players with the New York Giants and molding them into winning units.

In Buffalo, McNally will get back to his roots, and not just because he's a Buffalo native. Right tackle Mike Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, is a player in dire need of some serious coaching to hit his potential.

"It's been a long time since I've had first-round picks or guys that you consider pretty good players," McNally said. "I'm looking forward to giving them a little push. Guys like Mike and Jonas (Jennings), they're big guys who have a lot of talent. They can really help this football team."

UNIT BY UNIT ANALYSIS



QUARTERBACK: Starter -- Drew Bledsoe. Backups -- Travis Brown, J.P. Losman, Greg Zolman.

RUNNING BACKS: Starter -- Travis Henry. Backups -- Willis McGahee, Joe Burns, Ken Simonton, Isaac Mitchell, Shaud Williams, Jonathan Smith, (FB) Daimon Shelton, (FB) Luke Lawton.

TIGHT END/H-BACK: Starter -- Mark Campbell. Backups -- Ryan Neufeld, Jason Peters, Tim Euhus, Rod Trafford.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters -- Eric Moulds, Josh Reed. Backups -- Lee Evans, Bobby Shaw, Clarence Coleman, Sam Aiken, Antonio Brown, Kevin Beard, Cedric Bonner, Drew Haddad, Jerel Myers.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Starters -- LT Jonas Jennings, LG Ross Tucker, C Trey Teague, RG Chris Villarrial, RT Mike Williams. Backups -- C Dan Koons, G Mike Pucillo, G/T Marques Sullivan, G/T Ben Sobieski, T Marcus Price, T Dylan McFarland, D Lawrence Smith, T Jasen Esposito, T David Porter.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Starters -- LDE Ryan Denney, LDT Sam Adams, RDT Pat Williams, RDE Aaron Schobel. Backups -- LDE Chris Kelsay, RDE Keith McKenzie, DE Michale Spicer, DE Constantin Ritzmann, LDT Lauvale Sape, RDT Justin Bannan, DT Ron Edwards, DT Oliver Gibson, DT Tim Anderson.

LINEBACKERS: Starters -- WLB Takeo Spikes, MLB London Fletcher, SLB Jeff Posey. Backups -- SLB Josh Stamer, MLB Angelo Crowell, WLB Mario Haggan, WLB Dominique Stevenson, LB Asa Francis, LB Daryl Towns.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Starters -- LCB Troy Vincent, RCB Nate Clements, SS Lawyer Milloy, FS Izell Reese. Backups -- CB Terrence McGee, CB Kevin Thomas, CB Lawrence Richardson, CB Johnny Lamar, CB Gerald Dixon, CB Jabari Greer, CB Kahlil Carter, S Pierson Prioleau, S Coy Wire, S Jonathon Palafox, S Mark Graham, S Rashad Baker.

SPECIAL TEAMS: PK Rian Lindell, P/H Brian Moorman, LS Jon Dorenbos, KR/PR Antonio Brown. Backups -- PK/P Mike Shafer.


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