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Buffalo Bills News - April 21, 2002

Marker Bills add a fast, wide body [5:01 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"If you want a quality football team in Buffalo, it starts with the offensive line," Donahoe said. "It makes the whole team better. You look at teams that are quality teams year in and year out and it usually starts with the offensive line."'

Marker Four state players taken on first day [5:01 AM]
Baton Rouge Advocate reports: '"I felt like they wouldn't have made that pick if they didn't think I could do it," Reed said. "They showed some belief in me so now I'm going to have to show some belief in myself."'

Marker After long wait, Reed at ease [5:00 AM]
Baton Rouge Advocate reports: '"It feels great to be selected by such a good team."

Marker Rayne product Reed opens second round of NFL Draft [4:59 AM]
Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports: '"It feels great to be selected by such a good team," Reed said. "It's been a long day, an anxious day. I'm really happy that it finally came in and the way it came in."'

Marker Bills keep Reed waiting until the second round [4:58 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'Reed is in the NFL. And the Bills are thrilled to have him. "He's tough, and he's going to give you a full day's work," said Tom Modrak, the Bills' director of football operations. "He'll sneak deep on you. . . . He knows how to get open."'

Marker Jolley, Denney taken; Staley kept waiting [4:58 AM]
Provo Daily Herald reports: '"I went out there (to Buffalo) and it was a great trip," Denney said. "I talked to each coach individually. They said there'll be an opening at left defensive and, and if I came there, I'd have a chance at that position. "I liked the trip out there. If I hadn't gone, I'd be a little preoccupied about (playing for Buffalo). But they have great coaches that are defensive-minded."'

Marker BYU's Jolley Is First Player With Utah Ties to Be Called [4:57 AM]
Salt Lake City Tribune reports: 'Although ESPN mistakenly used a photo of his younger brother, John, when announcing the pick, Denney was thrilled to wind up in Buffalo, where team officials told him he will have a chance to compete for significant playing time at left end -- particularly in running situations. The Bills need somebody to fill the void left by the retirement of Phil Hansen, and they made a trade with San Francisco to move up and take Denney.'

Marker 2 Y. players go in second round [4:56 AM]
Salt Lake City Deseret News reports: 'A short time later, Denney was fielding a phone call from the Pittsburgh Steelers, who informed him the team was set to select him with its No. 62 pick. But thanks to call-waiting, that conversation was interrupted by another call — this one from the Buffalo Bills, announcing they would pick Denney at No. 61.'

Marker 1 isn't the loneliest number [4:55 AM]
Austin American Statesman reports: 'Williams, who grew up outside Dallas, has never spent any extended time in the snow belt. That's why the first postdraft advice he received, Williams said, "was to buy an SUV."'

Marker Top Of The First [4:55 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'When the Buffalo area media asked Williams to describe his style of play, he said, "I've got a mean streak on the field. I want to dominate every man I go against. "That's what I've been doing, and that's what I plan to be doing."'

Marker Texas lineman thought Jammer a better bet [4:54 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Texas offensive lineman Mike Williams knew he would go high in the NFL draft, but not higher than teammate Quentin Jammer.'

Marker Big 12 scores four first-round selections [4:53 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Mike Williams missed his guess but earned perpetual bragging rights on former Texas teammate Quentin Jammer.'

Marker Bledsoe to remain with Patriots for now [4:52 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I simply wasn't going to give up a pick in this year's draft for a guy we never even got the chance to talk to," Donahoe said. "That's just not practical. We didn't know if Drew would even have reported to us. They never gave us the chance to ask him."'

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April 20, 2002

Marker Bills select Coy Wire [10:50 PM]
NFL.com reports: Strong Safety/Outside Linebacker, Stanford, 6'0",209<br>
Perhaps no player in the history of Stanford football can make the claim Coy Wire can: team leader in both rushing and tackles. He led the team in rushing in 1998 and tackles in 2000 and '01 after being moved from running back to safety to inside linebacker ? Coy had started seven games at RB from 1998-99, but was moved to safety in the spring of 2000 and then to ILB in the fall of 2000

Marker OTs grab spotlight from DTs [9:34 PM]
ESPN reports: With a quote which could have come from Bill from NYC:

"The fact is, protecting the quarterback is every bit as important as sacking him," allowed Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe, who initiated the feeding frenzy for tackles by taking Mike Williams of the University of Texas with the No. 4 pick. "The defensive tackles in the first round were very impressive. But there was some rare talent among the offensive tackles, too, and we saw that today. It was a big, athletically gifted bunch."

Marker Bills trade up, take DE Denney with 61st pick [9:20 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'A unanimous All-Mountain West Conference selection, Denney recorded 68 tackles and led the Cougars with seven sacks in his final collegiate season. He finished his career with 156 tackles and 16 sacks and helped his draft stock with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.'

Marker Bills select Ryan Denney [9:16 PM]
NFL.com reports: Bills trade #69 (3rd) and #102 (4th) via trade with SF for #61 (2nd)
DE, 6'7", 276 lbs from Brigham Young
Tall, rangy athlete with long arms and a thick chest ? Gets off the snap in an instant and has impressive upfield acceleration ? Very quick to diagnose the plays and is rarely caught out of position ? Has the balance and leg drive to hold firmly at the point of attack ? Uses his rip and swim moves to split combo blocks and delivers vicious arm swipes to stack ? Stays low to jam the tight ends at the line and has a jarring hand punch to rock the blockers back.

Marker Curtis Alexander Runs Wild - 192 Yards And Three TDs [9:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Galaxy running back Curtis Alexander, allocated by the Buffalo Bills, rushed for 192 yards and 3 TDs. Previously, the Galaxy had not had a running back break the 100-yard rushing barrier since Week 7 in 1997, a streak of 44 games.
QB Joe Hamilton found Alexander with a short pass and he weaved his way 68 yards before being forced out at the Dragons' three-yard line.

Marker More on Josh Reed [9:08 PM]
Shout! reports: One of the things (Coach) Williams mentioned was Reed's willingness to run-block. That might be a clue that the coach was dissatisfied with the down-the-field blocking of his wide receivers last year.

Marker Conference Call With WR Josh Reed [9:08 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: It feels great to be selected by such a good team. It's been a long day, an anxious day. I'm really happy that it finally came in and the way it came in.

Marker Josh Reed's thoughts leading up to Draft Day. [9:08 PM]
nfl.com reports: If I don't get picked in the first round, it wouldn't be really disappointing. Everyone hopes to go in the first round, but regardless, you try to make the most of it when you do get in the program and just try to build on that.

Marker 2002 2nd Round (36th overall) Josh Reed - Wide Receiver [6:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'One of the most decorated players in school history...Has virtually re-written the LSU and SEC record books for receiving...'.'

Marker Bills select LSU WR Reed with 36th pick in NFL draft [6:42 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Josh Reed of Louisiana State won the Biletnikoff Award as the best college receiver in the nation, but four other players at his position went before him in Saturday's NFL draft.'

Marker NFL Draft has Reed waiting, wondering [6:37 PM]
Baton Rouge Advocate reports: 'Reed, LSU's All-America and record-setting receiver last season, has been projected as the third-best receiver in the draft, according to NFL analyst Joel Buchsbaum...Reed's wait Saturday isn't expected to be long either. Reed is projected to be called late in the first or early in the second round.'

Marker Curtis Alexander and Galaxy defense defeat Dragons (54-14) [4:42 PM]
Frankfirt Galaxy web site reports: Curtis Alexander (# 22): "I try to always play hard and give everything."
He had three TDs vs the Dragons. Galaxy are tied with Admirals with 2-0 lead in NFL Europe.

Marker Tom Donahoe On Mike Williams [4:29 PM]
BuffalBills.com reports: What we liked is that we felt going into the off-season our biggest priority was the offensive line. We have to get better there and we have to upgrade, we feel we've made a couple of moves in free agency to add to the mix and with our first round pick we've really improved the competition and the quality of our offensive line. We like Mike's attitude, toughness, tenacity and he was a defensive lineman so he plays offensive lineman like a defensive guy.

Marker Conference Call With OT Mike Williams [4:29 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: I had no idea what to expect. I just said look, if they draft me I'm going to be happy, if they don't I'm going to be happy. Then I get down here to NY and everyone is like you are going to Buffalo, you are going to Buffalo. I just said well if that's true then I'm going to be so happy! If not, then I'm going to be kind of disappointed. I had set a goal that I wanted to be the first offensive tackle taken and I wanted to go as high as I can and be the best that I can.

Marker Quinn has not been touch with Bills either [3:17 PM]
WGR reports: @ Quinn is being considered for backup for Colts; he has not been contacted recently by the team, at least a week.

Marker Bills select tackle Mike Williams fourth overall [3:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams can play both right and left tackle, and is expected to compete for the starting job to replace veteran John Fina. Such a move would allow the Bills to move newly-acquired free agent lineman Trey Teague to center.'

Marker Peter King - Donahoe fooled no one [2:49 PM]
CNN/SI reports: @ I think I still think Bryant McKinnie will be a better NFL player than Mike Williams, though the Bills got themselves a heck of a player.

I think the reason there haven't been trades in the top five is simple: The teams got married to the players they wanted.

Take the Bills. Tom Donahoe said on ESPN that he never got a call during his time on the clock at No.4 and that's because everyone in the league knew he was sold on Mike Williams and because he couldn't work out the impossible deal with the Raiders that surfaced late in the week. Same with San Diego and Quentin Jammer.

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