Playbook heavy lifting for rookies [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When rookie defensive end Erik Flowers got his first playbook before the Buffalo Bills' minicamp in April, he must have thought playing in the NFL would be a cinch. Then he got a look at the real playbook. "It looks like a dictionary," the Bills' first-round draft pick said following Tuesday's minicamp workout at Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Field House. "It was stunned. I looked at it, and said to myself, "What am I supposed to do with this?' It taught me my first lesson that there's a lot more to learn."'
Four out on Day 1 [8:35 AM]
Shout! reports: "The Bills' third voluntary June mini-camp under head coach Wade Phillips opened with 73 players present from the 77-man roster. Missing were left offensive tackle John Fina, Sam linebacker Sam Rogers, kicker Steve Christie and non-drafted rookie wide receiver Corey Jones."
Check your programs for new Bills lineup [7:17 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'But don't try to tell head coach Wade Phillips that this is a rebuilding year, or that the team will be revamped, retooled or redesigned. In Phillips' mind, there's no reason the Bills should not be expected to build on its 11-5 record of a year ago and get deeper into the postseason that the division wild card game. Las Vegas oddsmakers clearly concur, recently listing the Bills at 8 to 1 to represent the AFC East in the Super Bowl.'
Giancola ready for kick at Bills [7:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Bills signed Giancola primarily for kickoffs, which is not a strong suit of veteran placekicker Steve Christie of Oakville...To be sure, the Bills need work in that department after losing to Tennessee in the first round of the playoffs on the Titans' miraculous last-play touchdown return.'
JetBlue Airways Named [7:14 AM]
JetBlue Airways reports: Obviously, JetBlue Airways needs a better spell-checker!
Colts' Polian hopes his future will be as successful as his past with Bills [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For Polian, it was a chance to reminisce about his days as the Bills' general manager. "Those were some really special times," said the President and General Manager of the Indianapolis Colts. "Western New York remains a very special place to everyone in my family. Seeing all the guys again is very special.'
Former Bills wideout Reed receives Broncos' attention [1:19 PM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: "Broncos officials said Friday the visit wasn't finalized yet but any decision likely would be made before the staff goes on vacation after the team's mini-camp Tuesday through Friday."
Kelly's son is beating the odds [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: "The difficult fight against Krabbe disease could not have found a much more fitting poster child than Hunter Kelly. The son of former Buffalo Bills quarterback has proven to be a fighter extraordinaire. He was expected to live only 14 months. He now is 3 years and 3 months old."
Titans' pass was indeed a lateral [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: "Yes, I know. The issue became moot long ago. The pass was completed. The Titans scored the touchdown. The officials reviewed the pass and decided it was a legal lateral. The Bills lost the game. The NFL published two photographs of the play to convince everybody that the referee's decision was correct. After a preliminary analysis, I decided that the officials were probably correct."
Kelly, pilot give differing accounts of accident [7:41 AM]
AP reports: "I know what happened, I know what I had to say,'' Kelly told the Buffalo News. "I know that when you get out of a plane and you go underwater, it's a little deeper than six inches. I know I'm not a goldfish, I know I'm not that small.''
Softer side of Wade sometimes obscures his achievements [5:09 PM]
Buffalo News reports: "Around the NFL, Phillips is admired for the work he did in picking up the pieces of the 1997 team, which bumbled to a 6-10 record in Marv Levy's farewell season. Phillips' first team reversed the record to 10-6 and made the playoffs."
The plane truth [5:08 PM]
Buffalo News reports: "(The pilot) said he landed in the tidal zone, in 6 inches of water," Jim LaBelle, who heads the National Transportation Safety Board in Anchorage, told the Associated Press.
Buried alive? [5:07 PM]
Buffalo News reports: "Up until reading the Page 1 article on the Bills (May 28), I was feeling great, playing tennis daily, and enjoying the 80-and-over international tennis tournament in Austria."
Even fibbing, Kelly can't win big one [5:06 PM]
Palm Beach Post reports: "Not enough, apparently, that he quarterbacked in four Super Bowls for the Buffalo Bills. Not enough that he takes his vacations in remote sections of Alaska accessible only by airplane and hundreds of miles from the nearest limo for hire. Not enough that he hunts bears there and not just defenseless ducks."
St. John Fisher, Bills to keep training camp free of alcohol [9:40 AM]
D and C reports: "Do you avoid Buffalo Bills games because you're afraid of having beer spilled on you by strangers? Or do you cringe at the thought of wading through a sea of tipsy, rowdy tailgaters in the Ralph Wilson Stadium parking lots?"
Pilot questions Kelly's version of landing [10:12 PM]
AP reports: "The pilot of the plane carrying Jim Kelly has a less harrowing account of the rough landing in the Berring Sea than the one given by the former Buffalo Bills quarterback."
Crash stories clash [7:42 AM]
Anchorage Daily News reports: "Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly says he is lucky to be alive after a plane he was in went down in the Bering Sea recently, 100 yards off the Alaska Peninsula."
Jim Kelly Bear Hunting Photo [7:41 AM]
National Post reports: That is one big bear...
Kelly brothers happy Jim Kelly returned home safe after plane crash [3:20 PM]
AP reports: "Pat Kelly was on the beach helplessly watching as the two-seat plane carrying his famous brother - ex-Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly - struggled to land on the Alaskan coast."
Bills allow fans' knees some room to roam [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: "No longer will Ralph Wilson Stadium have to be classified as an open-air theater to comply with the state building code. And all the Buffalo Bills had to do was tilt the tops of the seats forward a few inches."
Kelly survives plane crash during Alaskan hunting trip [8:47 AM]
AP reports: "Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly sustained minor cuts and scrapes when a two-seat plane he was in crashed into the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska during a hunting trip earlier this month."
Parking fees rise along Bills Drive [9:03 AM]
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Pigskin Poker - 2000 Draft Round-up [11:07 AM]
Maxim Mag reports: "The Good: Team seems immune to public sentiment when making personnel decisions (bumping mighty mite Doug Flutie behind Rob Johnson on QB depth chart was their ballsiest). Gotta love the pick of puny, (5'11", 222 lbs.) sack-happy Virginia Tech LB/DE Corey Moore in the third round."
The Story of Bob Kalsu [9:53 AM]
TBD reports: This is a reprint of a TBD article published August 3rd 1998.
Vietnam took Bills' Kalsu far too soon, leaving a son asking why [9:50 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "A former University of Oklahoma standout, Kalsu was selected by the Bills in the eighth round of the 1968 draft. His active ROTC status and the rate at which Army brass was calling for fresh troops to send to Vietnam scared off several teams in the NFL and the old AFL and plummeted him several rounds lower than projections."
Looking into the June 1 crystal ball [9:48 AM]
ESPNet reports: John Clayton reports that Bryce Paup wants to come crawling back.
Bills' Wiley Has Shown a Stick-With-It Attitude [6:25 AM]
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Cuts could yield high-profile free agents [6:22 AM]
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Group works on game plan for keeping Bills [6:22 AM]
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Reed, Rice and Irvin Nearing Retirement [6:21 AM]
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