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Buffalo Bills News - May 3, 2004

Marker Mularkey impressed with rookie class [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You saw some flashes," he said. "You got to see some things you'd hope you would in this camp, especially the more they got reps and the more time they're in there and their confidence in their ability in knowing what to do. It's amazing how fast the speed picks up once they figure out what they are supposed to be doing. This is a very good class of free agents. Our scouts did an unbelievable job and coaches as well getting them here."'

Marker Kelly at Eastview [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly will appear from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 6 at Eastview Mall to benefit his Hunter’s Hope Foundation.'

Marker Inside slant [5:32 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Speed, not size, is what Buffalo coveted and Evans - who consistently clocked in the high 4.3s in pre-draft workouts - not only will help get the Bills' passing game back get on track but he also will help stretch the field and open up the running game.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:31 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Because of Anderson's great strength and work habits - he's been called a weight and film room "junkie - the Bills believe they've landed someone who could wind up having a long NFL career.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:31 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'As many as seven players will be vying for the punt and kick return duties, including Antonio Brown, who averaged 21.8 yards per kickoff but just 4.4 yards per punt. Bruising free agent rookie running back Shaud Williams (5-7, 193) is among the players Buffalo will look at.'

Marker The Bills Are Not Shopping For A Veteran QB...For Now! [5:29 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mularkey said, "I think we're going to leave it at that. We're going to evaluate this talent that we have here before we go in any other direction."'

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May 2, 2004

Marker Transcript: Mike Mularkey Q&A Session [4:04 PM] reports: 'We basically started from scratch like we did at the veteran orientation camp. We started all over again. It was another chance for the vets to hear it and feel comfortable about it. We feel like we're starting at a pretty slow pace with the rookies to get them started and comfortable too. It's an emotional time for them to be able to get in and out of the huddle and know what they're doing and be confident about what they're doing. I think by the fifth practice you hope the speed picks up, and it did.'

Marker A confidence man [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is a person who is driven to succeed at all levels," said Angelo Gasca, his high school coach. "He's consumed with this desire to be great in football. He's thick-skinned, he's determined and he's overcome a lot of things in his life already."'

Marker Undrafted Peters could be big find [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peters also is far from a finished product. Some pro scouts thought he should have stayed at Arkansas, where he would have been a fifth-year senior. But his potential intrigues the Bills, who are giving him a close look in this minicamp.'

Marker Players appreciate first-look fans [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The players also spent several minutes after the practice signing autographs. Cornerback Troy Vincent, who was one of the last to leave the field, said open minicamp practices were rare in his previous stops in Philadelphia and Miami. "It shows you the enthusiasm that you have here in Buffalo and what this team means to the community," Vincent said. "It has to be important to us as players because they make up the game, and without them we don't have a sport. This is what it's all about when you can take your helmet off and meet the people."'

Marker Bledsoe puts team first by redoing deal [5:21 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“The thing that I respect most about him is how the other guys respond to him when he talks. Everyone respects him.”'

May 1, 2004

Marker Two High Picks And A Free Agent Look Good In Mini Camp [7:43 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bills number one pick Lee Evans had another decent day on Saturday as the club held mini camp in front of its fans.'

Marker Open Practice Deemed a Success [7:15 PM] reports: '"It was great that the fans could come out and support us," said Henry. "T
They just let us know how ready they are for the upcoming season." Henry s
said he can't imagine fan support like the Bills receive anywhere else. "I've never been around fans that love football as much as these fans do," he said.'

Marker Anderson adds depth to Bills defensive line [7:13 PM]
AP reports: '''I've never been gifted with a whole lot of ability, so everything I've gotten I've done through hard work,'' said the native of Clyde, Ohio. ''That's kind of how I've been so successful in the past by doing it the hard way.'''

Marker Evans bursts into Bills' plan of attack [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's a guy that obviously has great explosiveness," said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "He really catches the ball with his hands, which is something that I always look for. You watch Eric Moulds catch the ball and he goes strong with his hands to catch the ball. From what I see from Lee Evans he has that same type of ability. He's a very sure-handed guy to go with his explosiveness."'

Marker Losman has plenty of homework to do [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've been watching this guy for so long, and now I see him in person it's kind of like a little shock, too," Losman said. "All quarterbacks in the NFL you look up to growing up, and he was definitely one of them. I was learning from him as much as I can. He's just basically showing me how it's done, and he does it right every time. The thing that I respect about him the most is how much the other guys respond to him when he talks. Everyone respects him, and so you have to learn how to get that respect."'

Marker Ringing success [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”He called me as soon as it happened and said, ‘We’re going to have so much fun here. We’re going to take care of business, but J.P., I’ll tell you what, ask me any questions, anything,’” said Losman, recalling a conversation that left him stunned. ”It was very comforting,” Losman said. “I was coming in here with blinders, but when he called and let me know things are going to be fine, it really made me feel good.”'

Marker Bills Mini-Camp Kicks Off [5:19 AM] reports: 'The team will hold a practice opened to the public on Saturday beginning at 2:30 from Ralph Wilson Stadium and admission is free.'

Marker Golisano, Wilson Serve Up Benefit [5:18 AM] reports: 'Paychex founder and Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano raised his tennis racquet for charity. His opponent was Mary Wilson, wife of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson.'

April 30, 2004

Marker Number One Pick Shines As Mini Camp Opens [9:34 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This camp is optional for the veterans, but every single player on the roster was there. Mike Mularkey says that's the commitment every player has shown.'

Marker Transcript: Tim Anderson Q&A Session [9:20 PM] reports: 'I was just honored to get picked. I really didn't look at it as being the only defensive player selected. Obviously, they had a pretty good defense here last year so they didn't really need a whole lot of help. I'm just hoping I can come in and be a part of it.'

Marker Transcript: J.P. Losman Q&A Session [9:19 PM] reports: 'It's an overwhelming experience. I had cotton mouth the whole practice. I don't know if it was because I was nervous or because I was so excited to be a part of a team again. It's a great feeling I've been waiting for it for a long time. I'm just learning the ropes.'

Marker Transcript: Lee Evans Q&A Session [9:19 PM] reports: 'My mindset is to just come in here and contribute anyway I can. Throughout this mini-camp I can find out different things they want to do with me, getting the offense down and trying to be productive.'

Marker Transcript: Mike Mularkey Q&A Session [9:18 PM] reports: 'On the entire team participating in mini-camp:
It shows commitment on their part, that it is important to them. Obviously it's an advantage if they're here, they get another chance to get an install period in. It is good that they are all here at the same time, especially at some of those positions like offensive line where they can be together and hear it and go against a defense such as ours. It's a huge advantage for us.'

Marker Transcript: Drew Bledsoe Q&A Session [9:18 PM] reports: 'It's the first day, it's hard to say a whole lot. The veterans, we've actually gotten a lot of work done prior to this. I thought the first couple units were reasonably sharp, but obviously when you get bunch of young guys out there for the first time, it's going to be a little rough around the edges. It looks like we've got some guys that have some tremendous talent.'

Marker Bills To Hold Open Practice And Select-A-Seat [9:17 PM] reports: 'The event coincides with the team's annual "Select-A-Seat" day at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Potential season ticket holders will have the chance to try some of the best seats on for size from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Over 3,000 of the best available seats will be tagged and ready for purchase.'

Marker Losman ready and willing to wait in the wings [9:11 PM]
AP reports: ``It's comforting to know that you are in that situation,'' Losman said. ``Any young quarterback wants to show the nation, his coaches and the players that he can do it at a young age. Here we have a quarterback with a solid foundation, and I'm not going to argue with it or compare myself or anything.

Marker Howard Simon says "Thanks from WNSA" [7:50 PM]
TBD reports: As many of you know by now, WNSA ceased to exist today as we have known it. On behalf of all of the employees at WNSA, I wanted to thank all of you who have listened to the station and supported us over the last 4 years. Whether it was my show, Jim Brinson, Zig, the Larry Felser show, Steve Tasker or the Bills post game shows, we have always received tremendous support from Bills fans.

To the people who run Two Bills Drive, I wanted to let you know this site has been a very valuable tool in my daily preparation for the show thanks to the many articles that are linked here. Also, some of you may have noticed that some of the show topics came from different discussions at the Stadium Wall. Some of them have been very entertaining.

Again, thank you all for your support of WNSA and for the many emails and calls we have received wishing us well in addition to the posts at this site. We will all be fine and hope to continue working in Buffalo.

Howard Simon

Marker KHS graduate signed to Buffalo Bills [11:58 AM]
Cedar Creek Pilot reports: '"I was looking for a sixth or seventh round pick," the 305-pound, 6-5 two-year All Southland Conference tackle said. "Figured I'd go to either the Bears, Texans or 49ers. "When it didn't happen, I still felt somehow, some way I was going to get my chance." The chance came at about 5 p.m. Sunday when his agent, Ian Greengross, called. "Professionally, hearing from my agent has to be the greatest thing that's ever happened," Phillips continued.'

Marker Anderson's determination makes Bills smile [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”One of the true signs of his character and toughness was his workout,” said Bills defensive line coach Tim Krumrie, who looks like he enjoys chewing on glass himself. “He said he’d do all of the running but the 40, he’d save that for the end. Well, we worked him really hard, and I didn’t think he’d run the 40 because he was gassed. But to his credit, he ran and ran a 4.9. He wanted to prove to everybody he could hold up.”'

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