Bills Notebook: Wilson hopeful

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Ralph Wilson talks playoffs in chat session, John McCargo has a second chance, Langston Walker ready to prove doubters wrong and more notes below...

--Bills owner Ralph Wilson conducted a 38-minute live chat on NFL.com, covering a lot of ground. He said he expects his team to end its nine-year playoff drought and he's excited about watching Terrell Owens in a Buffalo uniform.

Asked if he would trade all the great things he has accomplished and experienced in his 91 years for one Super Bowl win (the Bills are 0-4), Wilson put everything into perspective by saying, "No, I would not. Everybody wants to win the Super Bowl. That's what it's all about; you're the champion. But I have had so many wonderful years. I've met so many great people in Buffalo. The fans are so passionate that I wouldn't trade that for a Super Bowl win."

-- WR Terrell Owens was at the start of the Bills' training camp Saturday, and said he's getting more comfortable in the offense.

"Everything is coming back," he said. "Honestly, the minicamp and the OTA's definitely helped me out a lot coming in here the first day of training camp. I'm a lot faster as far as the dissecting and the knowledge of the plays, so once I go out there and I do that and I'll play faster and I'll play freely."

-- LT Langston Walker is considered one of the Bills' biggest question marks as he moves from the right side to the left to replace Jason Peters.

"I'm a prideful person and it is a challenge. And I'm sure there are a lot of detractors out there but I'm here to prove them wrong," said Walker.

-- DT John McCargo has to impress during training camp just to make the roster this year.

"John's a player that we all like and we all believe he has a future," said coach Dick Jauron. "We all did what we thought was best for everybody last year and the fact that he reverted back to us I think turns out to be a very positive thing. He's had a great attitude, we've always liked him and now we're hoping to get out of him what we believe is there. And he's worked very, very hard so we're excited about him being a part of our defensive line, a big part of the rotation."

McCargo (hamstring) was injured Tuesday. "We're thinking or hoping anyway, that it was very similar to Marcus' (Stroud) injury, and Marcus came back and practiced tonight," said Jauron. "We'll see where John goes tomorrow."

--Former Bills starting quarterback and first-round draft pick J.P. Losman will try and resurrect his career with the fledgling Las Vegas franchise of the new United Football League. Losman signed a one-year contract to play under former New York Giants coach and quarterback guru Jim Fassel. The league begins play in early October.

"By no means is it a slam dunk," Losman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I'm definitely taking some risks. But in the situation I find myself in, if I want to get back to the NFL, I need to play in the UFL."

Losman said he'll be taking a "substantial" pay cut from the $3.3 million he earned last year backing up Trent Edwards, but said he's been smart with his money and hopes proving himself in the UFL will pay off with another NFL contract down the road.

--The Bills defense jumped from 31st to 14th in yards allowed last year but was hardly a dominant unit due to its lack of playmaking. The team's 24 sacks were its fewest since 1979 and it forced just 22 turnovers (tied for 20th in the league). The Bills tied a franchise low with just 10 interceptions, none by the safeties. Look for forcing turnovers to be a major emphasis for the Bills this summer.

--Rookie TE Shawn Nelson, a fourth-round pick out of Southern Miss, is expected to vastly upgrade Buffalo's pass receiving ability at the position.

Under coach Dick Jauron, the Bills have mostly looked at tight ends that could block first and catch second. Nelson breaks that mold. The big question is will the coaching staff now how to use him?

"He's a legit 4.5 guy," said scout Shawn Heinlen when talking about Nelson's speed. "We ran him in the spring, with no training in the 40, and he ran that in about 4.56. So he's a big time vertical threat for us."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Training camp is a time where you get with your teammates, you develop camaraderie for the upcoming season. You got through the hard times, the sweat, the blood, the tears of training camp to make you a better football team." - Safety Donte Whitner.

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