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Buffalo Bills News - April 26, 2004

Marker Inside slant [12:31 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'While the Bills showed an incredible desire to pick up Losman with the 22nd pick, nine spots after spending their own first-round choice on Wisconsin receiver Lee Evans, Donahoe said the plan remains the same. Bledsoe will remain the starter in 2004 and if he's able to revive his career, it's his job to keep until further notice.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [12:30 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Even after the selection of J.P. Losman, the Bills still have not ruled out the possibility of signing a veteran backup to Drew Bledsoe before training camp opens in July.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [12:29 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Veteran Pro Bowl WR Eric Moulds was elated with the selection of Evans. Moulds, who saw more double coverage after Peerless Price was traded to Atlanta and who caught just one TD pass last season, has been lobbying the coaching staff to take a receiver with raw speed. "I'm very excited," Moulds said. "It's going to be rare that I get single coverage, but if teams try to do that, we're in a position to make them pay. We needed more speed on the outside and now we have it. We'll be able to stretch the field vertically and create some big plays in the passing game."'

Marker Mularkey Tackles First Draft as Head Coach [12:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It's been a great experience so far," Mularkey said. "It's more difficult to prepare though. When I was a position coach in Pittsburgh I only worried about positions. Here I have to look at the entire team and what's best for the team rather than just the offense."'

Marker Tutor Wyche sees J.P. as star pupil [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's not going to be anything but a hard working or blue-collar kind of guy. He'll be in the offensive line room and listening to what they have to say, our quarterbacks already do that, so he's going to fit right into where we are."'

Marker Draft feeds the needs of Bills' offense [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Obviously going into the draft, we felt there were some areas on offense that we would like to address," President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said during the Bills' post-draft news conference Sunday. "But you can't go into it saying "OK, we have to do this or we have to do that,' because usually when you do that, you come out disappointed. It may not fall that way, so you go into the draft and you say, "We want to help our football team wherever we can help the team.' In this particular case, (drafting offense over defense) just ended up that way."'

Marker Gap between Bills and Patriots still wide [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Like it or not, his reputation is on the line. No more Gregg Williams to serve as whipping boy. Donahoe's legacy in Buffalo will hinge on his evaluation of football talent. As he approaches his fourth year in charge, his grade is still incomplete.'

Marker Mularkey loves his first class [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”You have a combination of threats here and you’re going to have to do some extra work on Tuesday and pick your poison with the skill people we have on this team,” Mularkey said. “I think that’s kind of why we went in this direction because it will put some extra pressure on an opposing defense.”'

Marker Bills' Donahoe goes big on offense this time [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”We should’ve been better than 6-10 and we weren’t,” Donahoe said. “We’ve got a new staff and it’s up to all of us to do our part and put it together and correct what happened last year.”'

Marker Bills may have given up too much for Losman [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'My biggest problem with Buffalo’s draft and the entire off-season is that nothing of obvious significance has been done to improve the pass rush. Last season’s No. 2 ranking in defense was impressive but misleading considering the lack of takeaways.'

Marker Bills focus on offense as draft wraps up [5:15 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '"He's a real good athlete and has strong hands," Bills scout Terry Wooden said. "He's a tenacious blocker and a scrappy player. He was pretty productive for Oregon State. For what we're doing offensively here, he's a perfect fit."'

Marker Losman: those who call me cocky never met me [5:14 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"I like the fact that people don't like his personality," said Donahoe of the Bills new quarterback of the future. "Because he's a competitor and he's going to try to stick it in your face and he's going to try to stick it in everybody's face. That's what we like about him."'

Marker What's that draft? Manning's stock falling [5:13 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'The Bills should be ecstatic that they were able to come up with Losman on Saturday and not somebody who's going to pout and threaten to hold out when he doesn't get his way.'

Marker Greer not drafted, but talking to Buffalo [5:12 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: '''I'll be under some veterans in Buffalo that will really be able to show me what playing in the league is all about,'' Greer said. ''I'm looking forward to being on a big stage and playing in front of all those fans.'''

Marker Buffalo selects UM's McFarland in seventh round [5:11 AM]
Great Falls Tribune reports: 'McFarland, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle from Kalispell, was the sixth pick of the seventh round and the 207th selection overall. He was a two-time All-American at Montana who impressed scouts at the NFL combine by bench pressing 225 pounds 31 times.'

Marker Relief mixes with elation on draft day [5:10 AM]
Portland Oregonian reports: 'The Bills were one of my favorite teams growing up, partly because the team colors were the same as at my future high school's. In grade school, I had a shiny blue Starter jacket with the Bills' logo on it. I watched Thurman Thomas and Jim Kelly. I remember the Bills never being able to win a Super Bowl, but I always would cheer for them anyway.'

Marker Patriots come out on top in divisional battle [5:09 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'It appears the Buffalo Bills helped themselves, although it's unclear whether it's in the short term or the long term, and the Miami Dolphins got their first priority filled in a big way by eluding the Patriots' efforts to subvert them, but the big winner in the AFC East seemed to be the defending Super Bowl champions.'

Marker Donahoe stakes his reputation, Bills future on Losman [5:08 AM]
AP reports: '''The honeymoon's been long over,'' he said. ''It's time to produce.'''

Marker Dylan McFarland drafted by Buffalo, Snyder signs with Detroit [5:07 AM]
AP reports: '‘‘I had just gotten off the phone with Carolina, and Denver called when I was talking to the (offensive line) coach from the Bills. It was pretty quick and pretty exciting,'' he said. ‘‘I don't know much, other than they didn't draft any other offensive linemen,'' McFarland said. ‘‘That's a great deal for me. There is a huge opportunity there, and there is definitely a spot for me.'''

Marker Draft report cards: How the 32 teams fared [5:06 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Overall grade: C-. The first two picks will be scrutinized closely, especially Lee Evans and his knee.'

Marker Sudden impact: These first-day draft picks will help their teams right away [5:05 AM]
CNN/SI reports: Lee Evans (No. 13)
A season without Peerless Price proved one thing to the Bills: the need for speed. And Evans has plenty of that, but he is also very adept at catching the ball. As a Buffalo newspaper pointed out, Evans is no Bucky Brooks, a second-round pick from North Carolina in 1994 who washed out without catching a single pass. And the Bills threw 541 of them that year. "[Evans] is appealing in his speed and his ability to make big plays," GM Tom Donahoe said. "We felt that he was a complete receiver. There are a lot of guys that are fast who struggle catching the ball. Lee is a fast guy who can catch. That's a nice combination to have."

Marker Bills nab Evans with 13th pick [5:04 AM]
Wisconsin Badger Herald reports: '"It's great. I couldn't be more happy, more thrilled with what's going on," Evans said. "It's been an incredible ride. To be rated real high my junior year, to come back and play and still be rated high, it's a great feeling. I'm really enjoying the day with my family and all my friends."'

Marker Tim Euhus and Richard Seigler Selected in Fourth Round of NFL Draft [5:03 AM]
OSUBeavers.com reports: 'Euhus played his senior year at Oregon State at 6-5 247 pounds. The Eugene native played in 49 career games, starting 37 straight. He was a first team All-Pac-10 Conference selection as a senior. For his career he caught 98 passes for 1,346 yards and nine touchdowns. He also played in three bowl games, the Fiesta, Insight and Las Vegas. In addition, Euhus played one season of basketball for the Beavers.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Draft Jonathan Smith [5:02 AM]
WSUCougars.com reports: 'The Pasadena, Calif., native rushed for 961 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2003 while adding 349 yards and another score via pass receiving.'

Marker Transcript: Bills Select WR/RB Jonathan Smith [5:01 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A punt returner and a receiver. I think he's a fearless guy. He's a quicker than fast guy who does a great job in the return area but he's a guy that can give you an extra receiver. A slot type receiver. Big punt returns, tough guy. He's one of those guys who's not real tall but always has to be the first guy up off the ground after a hit. Jonathan Smith, he likes to be called Freddy, will be flexibly. He has the capability, it's nice to have that flexibility with a guy.'

Marker Transcript: Draft Day Two Wrap Up [5:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On picking five out of six offense picks: It just happens that way. Obviously going into the draft we felt there were some areas on offense that we would like to address. You can't go into the draft saying, 'ok we have to do this and we have to do that'. When you do that, you come out disappointed. You go into the draft and you say we want to try to help our football team wherever we can help the team. This particular case it ended up that way.'

Marker Transcript: OT Dylan McFarland [4:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'My aunt lived out there for a couple years in Buffalo. She was pulling big time for me to be a Bill. I think the weather is fairly comparable to up here in Montana. I'm excited about the snow. I like cold weather and I like to play in football weather. I know the fans are great. I'm just excited.'

Marker Transcript: Bills Select OT Dylan McFarland [4:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'He's a good athlete. He's got size and size potential. He's a very bright kid. We think he has a chance to be a two position guy in time. It takes a while for guys. We're looking at him as someone who could do one or the other, tackle or guard, because of his ability.'

Marker Transcript: WR/RB Jonathan Smith [4:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On being a "slash" player:
I have the abilities to do different things. I'm always up for trying new things, anything to help out the team.'

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April 25, 2004

Marker Losman Q&A: Ready to learn [9:07 PM]
NFL.com reports: Are you looking forward to working behind Drew Bledsoe? Yeah, of course. I was kind of prepared with Green Bay talk and sitting behind (Brett) Favre, and now here I am. You never know how the draft is going to work out. Luckily enough, I am able to be in another situation like this with another great quarterback who's been in the league so many years.

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