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Buffalo Bills News - April 24, 2001

Marker Donahoe, Williams to speak [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe and head coach Gregg Williams will be guest speakers at an open meeting of the Buffalo Bills Booster Club at 7:30 tonight. The meeting will be held in the Bills Fieldhouse adjacent to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.'

Marker Phillips hearing held [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Attorneys from the National Football League conducted a hearing Monday in Buffalo concerning the contract dispute between the Buffalo Bills and former coach Wade Phillips.'

Marker Hasselbeck hooks up with Buffalo [6:08 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'He doesn't have any grandiose thoughts of supplanting Rob Johnson as the Bills' starter. He even concedes second-string duties to veteran Alex Van Pelt. Where Hasselbeck stands is in competition for the No. 3 spot with third-year signal-caller Pete Gonzalez...'.

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April 23, 2001

Marker Christie happy to re-sign with Bills [8:14 PM]
AP reports: '"I like this city," said Christie, who lives in suburban Buffalo about an hour's drive from his hometown of Oakville, Ontario. "It's a nice place to be. It's home. It's hard to leave."'

Marker Donahoe puts stamp on first draft as Bills GM [8:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As with any draft, the Buffalo Bills' success this weekend won't be fully-appreciated for two or three years. But for sheer numbers, it was a great three days for the teams new president/general manager Tom Donahoe.'

Marker Bills excited but cautious over draft [8:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He explained that when the Bills' pick came at No. 14, "we felt there wasn't anybody we were overly excited about.'

Marker Bills Sign QB Hasselbeck [12:33 PM]
Boston Herald reports: Not that one. QB Tim Hasselbeck from Boston College. He said the Bills and others called as early as the fifth round and Buffalo said he might be its pick in the seventh. He wasn't, but his deal was struck soon after the end of the draft.

Marker Mel Kiper - AFC draft report card [12:29 PM]
ESPN reports: Kiper rates the Bills draft a B, along with comments on all their picks. For the record, he rated the other AFC teams as such: the Colts a B-, the Dolphins a B, the Jets a B, and the Pats a B. And gave no one, not even Seattle an A.

Marker AFC East ... ND central [10:58 AM]
South Bend Tribune reports: '"Hopefully, I'll get a chance to step in there and play early," Driver said. "They want me to play more of a strong safety position. I'm just ready to go out there and start playing some ball."'

Marker Bills' harvest: Christie, 12 new rookies [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We went in with the intention of trying to improve our team, particularly looking at depth along both lines, the offensive line and defensive line. We wanted to try to get a big corner. We wanted to try to improve our special teams....We selected some players who have a chance to help in those areas."'

Marker Kicker gets wish to stay put [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Sometimes you hear loyalty doesn't exist anymore, but that's not true," Christie said Sunday after agreeing to a two-year contract with the Bills. "I have loyalty to Buffalo. I've been here nine years. I didn't want to sign with anyone else."'

Marker Bills' new linebacker has Spoonfuls of intensity [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When it comes to intensity, former Buffalo Bills linebacker Chris Spielman had no equal. However, the Bills may have found someone in the NFL draft who might come close.'

Marker Illini offensive lineman vows to prove skeptics wrong [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While Sullivan was a steady performer, he played better as a junior than he did last season. That may have hurt his draft stock, Gibbons said.'

Marker Tar Heels' Spoon ready to head north for professional career [8:49 AM]
W-S Journal reports: 'A nice feature on the LB, Buddy Nix goes as far as comparing him to Chris Spielman.'

Marker Steelers draft Bailey to start late-round run on OSU players [7:03 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'For Germany, who will be reunited with Clements at Buffalo, the pick meant a new lease on his football life after he was declared academically ineligible for the Outback Bowl. That started a dark period in his life, but he rebounded with a nine-catch performance in the Hula Bowl all- star game.'

Marker State has 13 players selected [6:58 AM]
AP reports: '"He's a very, very productive player," Bills coach Gregg Williams said of [Travis] Henry. "Production should mean something. If a guy was able to produce at a high level at the level before, he should able to produce at the next level."'

Marker Draft is best ever for Vandy [6:56 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Once projected as a possible first-rounder, he didn't hear from the Bills until late in the sixth round, 196th overall. "I kept seeing all of these cornerbacks going in front of me and I was getting a little bit angry," [Jimmy} Williams said.'

Marker Bills select Spoon in fourth round [6:55 AM]
Raleigh News and Observer reports: 'After watching the NFL draft for hours Saturday afternoon and night, Brandon Spoon had to go to sleep still wondering where he would play professional football. The wait Sunday wasn't so long. Spoon, a linebacker out of North Carolina, was taken early in the fourth round by Buffalo on the draft's second day.'

Marker Something special in the works in Buffalo [5:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"(Top pick Nate Clements) better have an excitement about playing the special teams before he thinks about playing defence."'

Marker Draft produces players, smiles [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Their first draft with the Bills now complete, Donahoe and Williams came away impressed by the process and the performance of the holdover scouting department headed by Dwight Adams. "Dwight and the scouts did a phenomenal job, it's the best job I've ever seen as far as preparation and thoroughness to get ready for a draft," said Donahoe.'

Marker Christie signs 2-year deal with Bills [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'What most likely hurt Christie on the open market was his ineffectiveness as a kickoff man. He no longer has the leg strength to consistently get the ball to the goal line, and that became a major problem when the Bills' special teams covered kicks so poorly.'

April 22, 2001

Marker Bills continue to bolster depleted roster [8:13 PM]
AP reports: '"Very good," was Donahoe's assessment of his team's draft. "We went in with the intention of improving our team, particularly looking at the depth on our offensive and defensive lines."'

Marker Price agrees in principal to re-sign with Bills [4:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Backup defensive lineman Shawn Price reached a deal in principal to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills re-sign Steve Christie [4:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Christie, who was an unrestricted free agent, will return for his 10th season with Buffalo.'

Marker Bills re-sign Christie [12:26 PM]
TBD reports: 'The Bills resigned kicker Steve Christie today in an effort to address the team's current place-kicking needs.'

Marker Interview with Brandon Spoon [11:46 AM]
All Pro-Scouting Services reports: One-on-one interview with Brandon Spoon, the UNC linebacker the Bills selected in the fourth round.

Marker Farris reunited with Donahoe [10:02 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Buffalo Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe still believes in Kris Farris, even though the Steelers gave up on him eight months ago.'

Marker The Stadium Wall is cranking [9:48 AM]
TBD reports: 'The Stadium Wall message board is the place to be for analysis of the Bills draft. Over 600 messages have been posted in the last 24 hours and the talk will continue today (as it does every day - 365 days a year). So, head on over to the Wall and post your opinion on the Bills first day of the draft and check back during the day for instant analysis of day two!'

Marker TBD Draft Chat is a Huge Success! [9:44 AM]
TBD reports: 'The TBD chat room was a hot bed of Bills talk yesterday. The discussion started well before the draft started and finished long after it ended. The room was packed with 60-70 fans during the peak times. Check it out today as we pick 7 more players!'

Marker In this corner, Bills pick Clements [9:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had three of the first 58 picks and five of the first 95. They have 12 choices overall. That's a potential windfall for a team that has seen 27 veterans skip town over the last two offseasons.'

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