Bills Mid-Week Wrap

Practice notes and team news heading into week three of the 2003 NFL season.

--CB Antoine Winfield, who is in the final year of his contract, has seen his stock rise just two games into the season. Winfield had a team-high 12 tackles against New England, then followed that up with a spectacular outing against Jacksonville, making three tackles for losses, one for zero yards, and breaking up a deep pass.
   At 5-9, 180 pounds, Winfield is one of the NFL's toughest tacklers pound-for-pound. "He plays like a linebacker and we aren't afraid to use our nickel package at anytime because of Antoine," coach Gregg Williams said.
   Whether the Bills retain his services is anyone's guess, however.
   The Bills met with agent Rich Katz about extending Winfield's deal before the season kicked off but nothing was resolved and Winfield made it clear that if nothing was done, "I'll be playing this year out and whatever happens, happens."
   Winfield understands the injury risk but noted recently in a diary he writes for a team publication that former Bills' LB Sam Cowart made out fine financially, signing with the New York Jets, after tearing his Achilles' early in the 2001 season.
   Winfield said that during early discussions with Buffalo, he heard the Bills were making a "big deal" that he has only five career interceptions and that because of his small stature, he wouldn't be in big demand on the open market.
   "I've heard that height thing forever," he said. "It's all part of knocking down the price. It's a game. If they want to play, we'll play. My feelings aren't hurt. I understand the process, the Bills understand it. I'm not worried. I've got some thick skin."

   --DT Pat Williams on the Miami Dolphins: "The Patriots are gone and Jacksonville is gone. We're concentrating on the Miami Dolphins - Ricky Williams and Jay Fiedler. It's a strong rivalry. We do not like the Dolphins. I've already told the rookies and all the new guys that we do not like the Dolphins."
   --Much was made of the Bills having to play in the Florida heat last week, but they catch a break facing the Dolphins in a night game at Miami. "Most of us are from the South anyway," defensive tackle Sam Adams said. "Heat doesn't bother us. And we have a great strength and conditioning staff that had us prepared."
   --RB Travis Henry was thrilled over Jamal Lewis' NFL-record 295-yard rushing performance for the Baltimore Ravens against the Cleveland Browns. Henry and Lewis were teammates at the University of Tennessee. "It was a great game," said Henry, who called to congratulate his ex-teammate. "He predicted it, and he did a great job. I wouldn't have thought he was going to break the record, but he got it. You have to congratulate him. He's in the history books."
   -WR Sam Aiken (hamstring) remains the lone injured Bill. He's probable.
   -PK Rian Lindell, signed as a free agent from Seattle, has been perfect so far. He's 9 for 9 on PATs and 2 for 2 on field goals.
   --RB Sammy Morris, who made veteran Larry Centers expendable as the team's third-down back, is off to a good start. He has three carries for 12 yards (4.0) average, two catches for 25 yards (12.5 average) and is also the team's leading kickoff returner (3 for 94, 31.3 average). He returned the opening kickoff against Jacksonville 52 yards.
   --RB Joe Burns, the team's No. 3 ball carrier, is making a mark on special teams. He has a team-best eight special teams tackles, and was given a game ball for his efforts at Jacksonville.

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