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Postby slowkidz » Mon Aug 09, 2004 2:08 pm

Getting the line straight a priority for Davis




JEFF SCHUDEL , Morning Journal Writer 08/07/2004





PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Paul Zukauskas is pressuring
Chad Beasley at left guard and will get some
playing time today with the first team in the
scrimmage against the Bills, coach Butch Davis
said.

Left guard is the one unsettled spot on the
offensive line. Last season Melvin Fowler, Shawn
O'Hara, Beasley and Enoch DeMar all started at
left guard at one time or another.

Settling on five offensive linemen is one of
Davis' training camp priorities. Zukauskas, in
his fourth season, has played in 29 games with 13
starts, all at right guard.

''Chad played well and they wanted to give him an
opportunity to start,'' Zukauskas said. ''That
didn't mess me up on how I would prepare. I
wanted to come out every day and work hard and
prove I could start.

''Your fourth year is a make it or break it year.
The first couple years is, ÔWhat am I doing?' Now
you know what's expected of you and you know what
to do.''

The Bills will test Beasley, Zukauskas, and the
Browns run offense, which is another priority of
this training camp. London Fletcher, Takeo Spikes
and Jeff Posey are three solid starters, and now
the Bills have former Steeler Jason Gildon at
linebacker.

Stepping up

- Derrick Frost solidified his lead in the
punting derby with Ryan Dutton by holding strong
against the Bills' punt rush yesterday morning.
Davis says any punt that takes more than 2.1
seconds to get off is in danger of being blocked.
Frost, who goes for hang time more than low, long
line drives, was catching the snap from Ryan
Pontbriand and punting the ball in 2.0 seconds.

- Davis praised the way William Green ran in
inside run drills against the Bills. The
scrimmage today against the Bills at St. John
Fisher College will be the first big test for
Green and Lee Suggs in their quest to be the
starting running back.

Banged up

Three players sat out the afternoon practice with
minor injuries. Cornerback Michael Lehan has a
sprained mid-foot and wore a walking boot. Wide
receiver Frisman Jackson wore a wrap around a
sore knee and defensive end Jamal Reynolds is
nursing a sore back.

Ready to run

Bills running back Willis McGahee is the former
University of Miami star whose left knee was
blown out in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl against Ohio
State. Though they knew he would not be ready to
play last year, the Bills took him in the first
round of the 2003 draft as an investment for the
future.

The future is now. Travis Henry remains the
Bills' No. 1 runner, but McGahee says he is 100
percent and ready to go. To prove his point, he
pointed to a new tattoo in his neck.

''Guess who's back,'' the tattoo says.

Sam I am

Bills rotund defensive tackle Sam Adams, all 335
pounds of him, was no obstacle to the Browns
offensive line yesterday because he is out with a
leg injury.

''I walked in and saw him on the sideline,''
Browns guard Kelvin Garmon said. ''I looked over
and he shook his head. He said, ÔNo, I'm not
going.'''

Garmon, knowing his day would be easier, flashed
Adams a thumbs-up sign
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