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the billboard: A daily dose from Bills training camp

Prison camp?

Cornerback Terrence McGee apparently is not a big fan of the grind of training camp. He said, half-jokingly, it's like being in a prison with the regimented schedule from sunup to sundown and not much free time in between. Guess that makes head coach Dick Jauron the warden and his assistants the correctional officers.

Quarterback J.P. Losman didn't agree with McGee's remark. Not entirely anyway.

"Training camp is not exactly like prison, but it's close due to the lack of, uh, female companions?" Losman said with a wide grin. "Yeah, I guess it is a prison from that standpoint."

But seriously, Losman believes training camp has its benefits.

"Yeah, it is a grind. We've got 3 1/2 weeks, but this is what we do," he said. "This is what we get paid for. We really, really enjoy this, trust me. We want to be here. We love being here. Wish we didn't have to stay in a dorm, but that's what comes with it. That's part of growing together, teammates, football and camaraderie. It's good."

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Lineman signed

The Bills added rookie free agent offensive lineman Nevin McCaskill to the roster Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound McCaskill started the last 38 games at left tackle for Hampton University and was an first-team, All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selection as a senior. He will play guard for the Bills. To make room for McCaskill, the Bills waived rookie offensive lineman Zac Tubbs.

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Sideline views

Losman looked sharp again, showing off his strong arm on several throws to the sideline. His best toss of the day was a 40-yard strike to Lee Evans between two defenders in a morning passing drill. . . . Tight end Kevin Everett was involved heavily in the passing game and showed nice hands and improved route-running skills. On one play, he took advantage of blown coverage to haul in a 40-yard pass from Losman. . . . Linebacker Keith Ellison showed up in the highlights again, leaping to knock down a Losman pass over the middle to Evans. Ellison has three interceptions and numerous pass breakups in the first six practices.

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Directions

From Buffalo take the Thruway to Exit 47. Take Route 490 East for 25 miles to Exit 25 (Fairport Road -- 31F). Turn right or left and follow signs to fan parking. Shuttle buses take fans from the nearby lots to the practice fields. The lots are at Pittsford-Mendon High School this week. Starting Monday the closest lot is at East Rochester High School, south of the campus on Fairport Road.

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Schedule

Today's walk-through workout is closed to the public. The team practices from 11 a.m. to 1:05 p.m. Monday. The first night practice is Tuesday from 7 to 9:05. Tickets for the evening workout are sold out. Only fans with tickets will be admitted.

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On the Web

Check out the Bills daily blog at buffalonews.com. To post your comments, go to buffalonews.typepad.com/billboard].

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Quote of the Day

"I like the two-a-days myself because you do have an opportunity to improve twice a day. But the way we conduct our practices right now it allows our guys to be a little bit fresher during the season, and I think that's smart." -- Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on the end of double sessions.

--Compiled by Allen Wilson

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