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Buffalo Bills News - May 6, 2002

Marker Tasker a model for Bills' picks to follow [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'With any luck, Buffalo's newest class has more individuals who want to be "the best" instead of just "pretty good." The trait that separated Buffalo's Super Bowl teams from the pack.'

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May 5, 2002

Marker Alexander helps Galaxy remain undefeated [9:54 PM]
NFL Europe reports: Frankfurt Galaxy 14, Scottish Claymores 10
Curtis Alexander carries the ball 22 times for 97 yards including key plays to keep ball out of Claymores hands after Claymores' comeback attempt.

Marker Former Steelers QB Gonzalez signs with CFL team [10:25 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'He also spent some preseason time last year with the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills. The Bills released him in training camp.'

Marker Moves make teams better in league's best division [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The AFC East enters the 2002 season as the toughest division in the NFL by several yardsticks.'

Marker Saints' front office duo hopes this season's gambles pay off [9:33 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will have a maximum of $5.13 million to spend on their 10 rookie draftees. That's the second-highest total to Houston...'.

Marker Bills pass the test [7:24 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Polian: ``I can only tell you what Drew looked like when we played against him, when we studied him on film, and what we saw against Pittsburgh. We see nothing that would lead us to believe he still doesn't have a lot left. He's probably got at least another four to five good years left.'''

May 4, 2002

Marker Alex looking for 2nd career as media critic? [12:42 PM]
Empire reports: Alex Van Pelt will be one of the panelists on "FAN TV" (Tuesday, May 7 at 4:30 p.m, ESN) "Taking Aim" segment discussing the best ever sports movies. Included is a feature to include Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly,

Marker Mike Doser's Insight into Tom Donahoe [12:22 PM]
Shout! reports: Comments on 1999 CNN/ Q&A with Tom Donahoe and how it applies to the Bills of 2002.

Marker Sour Patsie fan says Patriots came ahead in deal [11:10 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Despite what most fans think, the Patriots have done nothing to weaken their team after their Super Bowl championship season. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills are not going to be Super Bowl contenders this year.

Marker Bills' voice Miller needs to know when to sign off [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But from the letters and e-mails I received after last season's suggestion that Miller have a triumphant farewell tour, replacing him now wouldn't lead to much of a backlash, if any at all.'

May 3, 2002

Marker Bills RB Curtis Alexander Pushing For A Roster Spot [9:34 PM] reports: The one thing that is for certain come training camp time in the end of July is that the battle for a roster position in the Bills' backfield will be fierce. With five running backs and three fullbacks listed on Buffalo's current roster...

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] reports: Visit 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.'

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] reports: Visit 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] 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] 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] reports: ( 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.'

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