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Buffalo Bills News - May 3, 2002

Marker Staley likely won't be Eagles' answer at RB [5:13 PM]
The Sporting News reports: The Eagles have been hitting the free-agent market hard in hopes of finding a running back who can fill the void left by Buckhalter's season ending knee injury. Levens is currently being courted by coach Andy Reid, and so is Shawn Bryson.

Marker Three questions which need to be answered [2:36 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The spring is for new hope, but many times it is unwarranted. What might look good in April won't look good in September.
1. The Bills insist they have their franchise passer in Drew Bledsoe, but is he the same passer?
2. Can the running game work with a committee approach or does one of the three -- Travis Henry, Shawn Bryson and Sammy Morris -- have to take over the primary duties?
3. Who will provide the outside pass rush that is so necessary to the Gregg Williams defense?

Marker Dr. Z: Bledsoe and the Walsh offense? [12:31 PM]
CNN/SI reports: OC Kevin Gilbride has his whole background in the run 'n shoot, which is pretty far removed from Bledsoe's dropback style. Either Bledsoe is an old dog who has to learn new tricks (not likely) or Gilbride has to cut back on his tendencies and tailor his attack more to Bledsoe's talents, which makes greater sense. They've certainly got the people for it, namely Eric Moulds, one of the game's finest long-ball receivers, and TE Jay Riemersma, who's very effective coming down the seam. What they've got to do is put together a line that can hold its blocks longer, which is why they took the big tackle in the first round.

Marker LIVE Webcast Of NFL Europe Action (RB Curtis Alexander) [11:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Visit buffalobills.com on Sunday, May 5, at 10 a.m. EST to watch a LIVE webcast of the NFL Europe game between the Frankfurt Galaxy and the Scotland Claymores.

Marker Bills' Bledsoe, Gilbride a coordinated fit [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: '"You can see a bright guy, a guy who steps easily into the role of being a leader. It's exciting. There's a long ways to go and thank goodness we have all the time in world to work with him. But having said that, it's nice to be working with a guy with the tools he has."'

Marker Rob: 'I was the anti-Christ' [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'Reports from Tampa Bay's mini-camps indicate Johnson is the same old Johnson, holding the ball too long, taking sacks, throwing lots of interceptions.'

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May 2, 2002

Marker Dwight Adams to receive distinguished alumni award [9:57 PM]
Henderson State University reports: "Adams joined the NFL in 1985 as a scout for the San Diego Chargers before joining the Buffalo Bills in 1991, where he served as director of player personnel for seven years. Named vice president of player personnel in 2000, Adams remains a key component in the team's draft success. During his tenure, the Buffalo Bills have played in three Super Bowls. He is renowned in the NFL as a top talent evaluator and is often asked to present NFL Draft diagnosis to local radio and television stations in Buffalo."

Marker RB Curtis Alexander Live Call-In From Germany [6:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Visit buffalobills.com to hear a live audio broadcast of a conference call between the media and running back CURTIS ALEXANDER on Friday. May 3, beginning at 1:30 PM EST.

Marker List of possible June 1 cuts [1:41 PM]
ESPN reports: Speculation by John Clayton. Not many DT's will be available with June 1 cuts for teams with a need for those players including Bills, Jets, & Redskins.
LT John Fina, (2002 Cap savings: $3 million, 2003 Cap hit: $5,693,526)
TE Jay Riemersma (2002 Cap savings: $2.525 million, 2003 Cap hit: $1,372,000)

Marker Offseason musings: How has your team fared? [1:37 PM]
sportingnews.com reports: Eric Moulds will get similiar attention for the Bills as Drew Bledsoe will click with his first true downfield go-to guy since Terry Glenn had his heyday in New England. . . .

Marker Demotion upsetting to Kaplan; Hope outtakes spring eternal [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'TNT recently sent along a release saying that the film ["Second String"], which stars Jon Voight as the Bills coach and Gil Bellows as the second string quarterback who leads the team to a Super Bowl victory, won't air until August 2003.'

Marker Gota love big Mike [9:00 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: The humorous Mike Williams was the center of attention wherever he went during the draft in New York.

Marker Browns to Scrimmage Here [7:11 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'The Cleveland Browns will make their first ever visit to Rochester in early August for two days of workouts with the Bills at St. John Fisher College.'

May 1, 2002

Marker Chargers Sign Rookie WR Ryan Dennard [7:56 PM]
AP reports: His father, Preston, played wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers.

Marker Bills report: Inside Slant [10:53 AM]
Sportsline.com reports: Drew Bledsoe did in four minutes what Rob Johnson couldn't do in four years.

Marker QB-For-Pick Deals Never A Shoo-in [9:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: (NFL.com Feature): Based on recent history, there is no sure-fire way to indicate if the Buffalo Bills got the better end of the Drew Bledsoe deal with New England.

Marker Bills Have Toughest Schedule [8:42 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Buffalo Bills:
Opponents record: 131-109
Opponents winning percentage: .546
Games vs. +.500 Teams: 10

Marker One new player to be put on the Wall of Fame [8:37 AM]
Stadium Wall reports: "The exciting news... there will only be one player named to the Wall and we were told that it was a very popular player. The Bills rep was not at liberty to say any more than that and said he would have to kill me if I released the name."

Who do you think it will be? Post your answer on the Stadium Wall...

Marker Browns to join Bills at Fisher [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Browns have a huge following in Rochester and are considered the area's second-most popular NFL team.'

April 30, 2002

Marker May Wallpaper Available [9:06 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: May wallpaper has Bledsoe in a Bills uniform

Marker Inside the Huddle [9:04 PM]
ESPN reports: 'If the feelings between the Bills and Chargers weren't hot enough because of the western moves of general manager John Butler, quarterback Doug Flutie and others, they got hotter when Bills owner Ralph Wilson -- much to the dislike of the Chargers -- asked the league to schedule a home game against the Chargers late in the season as a good drawing card in cold weather. The result: a Dec. 15 game in Buffalo that won't chill this building rivalry.'

Marker Bledsoe Restarts Career In Buffalo [4:36 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: When Drew Bledsoe was acquired in a trade with New England on April 21, it marked the end of his nine-year career with the Patriots that ironically began in Buffalo on September 5, 1993.

Marker Jim Kelly's Greatest Moments [11:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalo's new quarterback Drew Bledsoe has been compared to Hall of Famer Jim Kelly in many ways. Here's a look back at the top 10 greatest moments in Jim Kelly's career with the Buffalo Bills.

Marker Bledsoe was prepared for trade [10:25 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo Coach Gregg Williams praised Bledsoe for his willingness to assume a leadership role. Though Williams didn't name names, his remarks were clearly directed at departed quarterback Rob Johnson.'

Marker Bills' Donahoe doesn't linger to take bows [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He despises public attention, ironic because he's brought so much upon himself. People have been adding things up, and it was inevitable someone would raise his most-hated subject. It happens to be Tom Donahoe.'

Marker Buffalo counts on Bledsoe [7:05 AM]
USA Today reports: '''Someone with Bledsoe's tremendous star power will draw people from all over the U.S. and Canada. And while they're here, hopefully, they'll spend money on products and services other than football, which will benefit the economy of the whole region,'' says Arun Jain, a marketing professor at the University of Buffalo.'

Marker Bills in no rush to stop the run [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Weighing similar low-money deals, Webster went to where he felt his best chances of winning are.'

Marker Denney's a rush of excitement [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'At 6-feet-7, 275 pounds, Denney bears a striking resemblance to Hansen. If the rookie plays the part as well as he looks it, the Bills will be ecstatic.'

Marker Buffalo wasn't cursed in the old AFL [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'I've never understood why people who say Buffalo never has won a major-league championship don't give the Bills credit for winning AFL championships in 1964 and 1965. The NFL record book fully recognizes AFL records and statistics.'

Marker Bledsoe gives hope to Bills' faithful [5:08 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'While free agency and the salary cap have shortened that requisite learning period from a few years to a few months, or even a few weeks, 12-4 or 13-3 is optimistic to the point of fantasy. But make no mistake, better the Bills will be. And that improvement starts with the quarterback.'

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