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Buffalo Bills News - June 17, 2003

Marker Cracking the Record Books [4:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: RB Travis Henry had a banner season in 2002, rushing for 1,438 yards that ranks fifth on the Bills' single season chart. He became the 8th Bills' RB with a 1000-yard season and moved into the Bills' top 20 in career rushing yards.

Marker Bills Fans Across America: Maine Winner [4:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: I 100%, most definitely have BUFFALO BILL PRIDE oozing out from every part of my being. I am the best and most devoted Buffalo Bill fan in Maine!!!

Marker At 6-foot-3, 237 pounds, Rian Lindell looks more like a linebacker or tight end than a place-kicker. [1:58 PM]
CBS Sportsline.com reports: In drills this spring, special teams coach Danny Smith has had to make adjustments to Lindell's kickoff style in order to improve his consistency in getting the ball inside the 10-yard line. "His consistency wasn't very good on his kickoffs," Smith said. "We've changed his approach and we're kicking off better right now."
But is it good enough to have Lindell, who signed a four-year, $4.25 million deal, kick away as far as he can as a strategy? "To be honest, I don't think so," Smith said. "There's only a handful of guys in the league who can do it and he's not one of them. He's a good kicker, but we're going to have to move the ball around."

Marker Bulletin Board [1:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown of the Buffalo Bills will host his third annual motorcycle run to benefit the Ruben Brown Foundation on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Registration will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the rain-or-shine event.'

Marker The Bills add Ross Tucker to the offensive line [10:13 AM]
WGR-AM reports: Many expressed surprise in Dallas when Tucker was released because it was widely regarded that he played well.

Marker Frank Reich heeds another call to lead [9:10 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: Reich had been studying for several years there to become a pastor, but on July 1, he will instead take over as the head of the Reformed Theological Seminary campus in Charlotte.... Now 41, Reich is still best remembered for leading the greatest comebacks in both NCAA and NFL history. He also spent the majority of his 14-year NFL career on the bench, which will humble a man.

Marker For Bills' Sidney, familiarity breeds contentment [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was basically a case of familiarity," Sidney said. "I was comfortable with the system and the coaches. There wouldn't be a learning curve. The (playing time) situation here was good, but talent always works itself out."'

Marker Bills add guard to bolster line [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Prior to acquiring Tucker, the Bills had no backups at guard with NFL game experience.'

Marker Mutiny awaits if Williams is lame duck [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Williams fails, the Bills eat the contract. Right now they're greasing the skids before the season starts.'

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June 16, 2003

Marker Tight ends might do more than block [9:47 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Kevin [Gilbride] sure feels like he’s in a pretty good position because (he) has enough talent all the way around to go in either direction he wants to go or (he) can kind of go back and forth and keep people off balance. It’s easy to throw two tight ends an two running backs in and start pounding somebody or go four wide receivers and let it rip. I think it’s really going to be, No. 1, game planning, and No. 2, how our personality develops on offense.'

Marker Bills claim Tucker off waivers [9:34 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo has been looking for depth at the position, needing backups for starters Ruben Brown and Marques Sullivan.'

Marker Bills claim guard Tucker off waivers [9:33 PM]
AP reports: 'He started the final seven games of last season with Dallas before being released by the Cowboys earlier this month.'

Marker Bills All-Pro Lineman Hosting Third Annual Motorcycle Run To Benefit Ruben Brown Foundation [8:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: It will be held this Sunday, June 22, 2003 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Among the special guests participating include current Bills Drew Bledsoe, Alex Van Pelt and Pat Williams as well as Hall of Fame Bills QB Jim Kelly, and former Bills Fred Smerlas and Ted Washington.

Marker Bills Sign Guard Ross Tucker [6:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed guard Ross Tucker. After playing collegiately at Princeton, Tucker broke into the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2001. He was claimed off waivers by Dallas on 10/24/02. After being inactive for his first two games as a Cowboy, he went on to start the final seven games of the seasons at left guard.

Marker County, Bills to test preparedness plans [1:18 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, along with Erie County and Orchard Park officials, are planning an emergency disaster exercise Thursday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the first time the club has conducted such a test with local government authorities.'

Marker Bills' tickets, NBA Finals in U.S. Open [1:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Already approaching 42,000 season ticket sales, the Bills will have sold their highest total since 1994.'

Marker Bills stadium vendors vie for choice locations [5:21 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The locations are only for places outside the stadium. The Buffalo Bills or their concessionaire, Sportservice Corp., handle all retailing and food service sales inside the stadium.'

June 15, 2003

Marker Where Are They Now? [11:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: A legendary athlete who played only three years in Buffalo, Carlton "Cookie" Gilchrist was one of the most gifted players ever to play the game. He was AFL MVP in 1963 and helped the Bills win the 1964 AFL Championship in 1964. Read More about Gilchrist, Booker Moore, Mike Montler, and others.

Marker Dad of 11 teaches everyday is Father's Day [10:21 PM]
Kansas City Star reports: Article about former KC Chiefs and Buffalo Bills lineman Art Still. "It should be a mother's day every day, a father's day every day, a children's day every day or a grandparent's day every day. If people had that type of mentality, we probably wouldn't have as many problems that we have with the family now."

Marker Chief concerns [10:20 PM]
CNNSI reports: Who are the top five cornerbacks in the NFL?" asks Richard of Miami. Also, where would I place Champ Bailey? Is he better than the Dolphins corners? My top corners last year were Ronde Barber of the Bucs, Fred Thomas of the Saints, Aaron Glenn of the Texans, Troy Vincent of the Eagles, Patrick Surtain of the Dolphins, Mario Edwards of the Cowboys and Antoine Winfield of the Bills.

Marker We can be NFL legends [7:58 PM]
Glasgow Daily Record reports: 'Jonas Lewis insists he and Scottish Claymores running- back mate Ken Simonton can be legends in the NFL because they have big hearts and a massive desire to succeed..."I wanted to showcase my talent and I wanted to show that guys like myself and Ken who they say are not big enough to cut it in the NFL are wrong."'

Marker With new additions, aggression is the watchword for Bills' defense [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The defense should not have to play eight men in the box nearly as much as last year, which means the cornerbacks can play a little more zone coverage and might get a better look at the quarterback releasing passes. That might result in more interceptions.'

Marker Bills finish fine-tuning for training camp [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: '“I think it’s almost like the calm before the storm,” said veteran fullback Sam Gash. “Everyone is really excited knowing what we can do, but you’ve got to pace yourself right now. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, to bring back an old cliche. We’ve tried to make sure the guys don’t get too excited and blow a gasket.”'

Marker Tackling bills of Ex-Bills linemen [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'Adrian Jules Ltd., a tailor in Irondequoit, is suing two former Buffalo Bills offensive linemen for more than $20,000 after the players failed to pay for custom-made clothing.'

June 14, 2003

Marker Father had big influence on Spikes [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He taught me the integrity of just being a good man," Spikes says. "There are so many traits he had. I feel like I'm shortchanging him if I just say one. That's how much respect I have for him."'

June 13, 2003

Marker Garcia tops Manning as highest paid for 2002-03 [11:39 PM]
ESPN.com reports: Hardly a done deal yet, but the Buffalo Bills and two-year veteran punter Brian Moorman have nudged closer to a possible contract extension agreement. Moorman is one of the top young punters in the NFL, having averaged 36.9 yards net in his career, and the Bills would like to secure his tenure with the franchise for the long-term. Moorman is likely to sacrifice his free agency year if he signs a new deal but he seems to prefer to stay in Buffalo and the two sides would like to have something completed before the start of training camp next month.....And if the restricted market is going to heat up, fueled by the Redskins' ardor this year, some teams have considered protecting themselves by seeking longer-term deals on rookie contracts. The Buffalo Bills have already said they might attempt to negotiate four-year contracts with some of their later-round draft choices.

Marker Player Q&A: CB Kevin Thomas [8:44 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"The speed. The players are a whole lot smaller (in college) and the game is a lot faster (in the NFL). That's the only difference for me."'

Marker Comments from Drew Bledsoe [8:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We have got the ability to beat anybody in the league. The thing that is inspiring to me is to see the collective attitude that this team has right now. We are a fairly young team with some veterans mixed in. Across the board everybody is hungry, has bought into what we are doing, and is enthusiastic about what we are doing. We are working hard, practicing hard and practicing well, so even more than the talented people we have brought in, the attitude that this team has is what gives me hope."'

Marker Catching Up With...Takeo Spikes [8:40 PM]
NFL.com reports: I want to win a Super Bowl. Pretty cut and dry. Personally, I'd like to play in the Pro Bowl, and I'd like to be considered for the Defensive Player of the Year Award. That's one of my biggest goals right there. But like they say, it's all about the ring.

Marker Bledsoe, Bills buoyed as minicamp sessions end [8:39 PM]
AP reports: '''We have the players to be a playoff team, and that's what we expect,'' he said. ''Anything less than a good solid playoff berth will be a great disappointment.'''

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