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Buffalo Bills News - June 18, 2003

Marker Bills Add To Player Personnel Staff [2:26 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has made some additions to its scouting staff, hiring Terry Wooden as an area scout and Tom Roth as College Scouting Administrator.

Marker New-look Bills appear ready to contend [1:20 PM]
The Sporting News reports: "I think the sleeping giant is about to awaken in Buffalo," says Colts GM Bill Polian, the lead architect of the Bills' Super Bowl run in the early 1990s. "Last year, (Bills GM) Tom Donahoe did a great job repairing their offense, and this year he appears to have done a similarly great job of fixing their defense. So much, of course, can still happen, with injuries, bad bounces of the ball, etc. But on paper, that's now a football team that has to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball."

Marker Buffalo Bills 2002 Payroll [10:19 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Drew Bledsoe...$ 9,501,530'.

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Thurman Thomas [10:12 AM] reports: 'I didnít have thoughts about not talking about [my alcoholism]. I had great thoughts of talking about it because I was put in a situation where I can help people. I was up (in Buffalo recently) for Jim Kellyís (golf) tournament and all the guys were really proud of me for what Iíve been through and for the things Iíve said once I made that announcement. Theyíre just extremely proud of me. A lot of them go through some situations that they really donít care to talk about, but my point was more of - 'hey, Iím an athlete. Iíve always been an athlete and I want to help as many people as I possibly can, even if theyíre athletes or not.'"'

Marker Veteran specialists re-sign with Bucs [9:41 AM]
ESPN reports: Defensive lineman DeVonte Peterson, who spent the recently concluded 2003 NFL Europe League season with the Scottish Claymores, has reached a contract agreement with the Colts. Peterson played at both DT and DE and posted 22 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed on a unit that was arguably NFLE's best defensive line. Peterson was in the Buffalo Bills' training camp in 2001.

Marker Bills want to feed off healthy Spoon [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Certainly, no one has ever questioned Spoon's toughness. But after suffering a sprained knee, dislocated elbow and torn biceps muscle in his first two NFL seasons, staying healthy has taken on greater importance.'

Marker QB Bledsoe led Bills at $9.5 million [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Compared to those players, Henry was a virtual pauper, earning $303,000 in his second season.'

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June 17, 2003

Marker Cracking the Record Books [4:18 PM] reports: RB Travis Henry had a banner season in 2002, rushing for 1,438 yards that ranks fifth on the Bills' single season chart. He became the 8th Bills' RB with a 1000-yard season and moved into the Bills' top 20 in career rushing yards.

Marker Bills Fans Across America: Maine Winner [4:17 PM] reports: I 100%, most definitely have BUFFALO BILL PRIDE oozing out from every part of my being. I am the best and most devoted Buffalo Bill fan in Maine!!!

Marker At 6-foot-3, 237 pounds, Rian Lindell looks more like a linebacker or tight end than a place-kicker. [1:58 PM]
CBS reports: In drills this spring, special teams coach Danny Smith has had to make adjustments to Lindell's kickoff style in order to improve his consistency in getting the ball inside the 10-yard line. "His consistency wasn't very good on his kickoffs," Smith said. "We've changed his approach and we're kicking off better right now."
But is it good enough to have Lindell, who signed a four-year, $4.25 million deal, kick away as far as he can as a strategy? "To be honest, I don't think so," Smith said. "There's only a handful of guys in the league who can do it and he's not one of them. He's a good kicker, but we're going to have to move the ball around."

Marker Bulletin Board [1:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown of the Buffalo Bills will host his third annual motorcycle run to benefit the Ruben Brown Foundation on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Registration will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the rain-or-shine event.'

Marker The Bills add Ross Tucker to the offensive line [10:13 AM]
WGR-AM reports: Many expressed surprise in Dallas when Tucker was released because it was widely regarded that he played well.

Marker Frank Reich heeds another call to lead [9:10 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: Reich had been studying for several years there to become a pastor, but on July 1, he will instead take over as the head of the Reformed Theological Seminary campus in Charlotte.... Now 41, Reich is still best remembered for leading the greatest comebacks in both NCAA and NFL history. He also spent the majority of his 14-year NFL career on the bench, which will humble a man.

Marker For Bills' Sidney, familiarity breeds contentment [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was basically a case of familiarity," Sidney said. "I was comfortable with the system and the coaches. There wouldn't be a learning curve. The (playing time) situation here was good, but talent always works itself out."'

Marker Bills add guard to bolster line [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Prior to acquiring Tucker, the Bills had no backups at guard with NFL game experience.'

Marker Mutiny awaits if Williams is lame duck [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Williams fails, the Bills eat the contract. Right now they're greasing the skids before the season starts.'

June 16, 2003

Marker Tight ends might do more than block [9:47 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Kevin [Gilbride] sure feels like heís in a pretty good position because (he) has enough talent all the way around to go in either direction he wants to go or (he) can kind of go back and forth and keep people off balance. Itís easy to throw two tight ends an two running backs in and start pounding somebody or go four wide receivers and let it rip. I think itís really going to be, No. 1, game planning, and No. 2, how our personality develops on offense.'

Marker Bills claim Tucker off waivers [9:34 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo has been looking for depth at the position, needing backups for starters Ruben Brown and Marques Sullivan.'

Marker Bills claim guard Tucker off waivers [9:33 PM]
AP reports: 'He started the final seven games of last season with Dallas before being released by the Cowboys earlier this month.'

Marker Bills All-Pro Lineman Hosting Third Annual Motorcycle Run To Benefit Ruben Brown Foundation [8:32 PM] reports: It will be held this Sunday, June 22, 2003 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Among the special guests participating include current Bills Drew Bledsoe, Alex Van Pelt and Pat Williams as well as Hall of Fame Bills QB Jim Kelly, and former Bills Fred Smerlas and Ted Washington.

Marker Bills Sign Guard Ross Tucker [6:12 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed guard Ross Tucker. After playing collegiately at Princeton, Tucker broke into the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2001. He was claimed off waivers by Dallas on 10/24/02. After being inactive for his first two games as a Cowboy, he went on to start the final seven games of the seasons at left guard.

Marker County, Bills to test preparedness plans [1:18 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, along with Erie County and Orchard Park officials, are planning an emergency disaster exercise Thursday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the first time the club has conducted such a test with local government authorities.'

Marker Bills' tickets, NBA Finals in U.S. Open [1:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Already approaching 42,000 season ticket sales, the Bills will have sold their highest total since 1994.'

Marker Bills stadium vendors vie for choice locations [5:21 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The locations are only for places outside the stadium. The Buffalo Bills or their concessionaire, Sportservice Corp., handle all retailing and food service sales inside the stadium.'

June 15, 2003

Marker Where Are They Now? [11:30 PM] reports: A legendary athlete who played only three years in Buffalo, Carlton "Cookie" Gilchrist was one of the most gifted players ever to play the game. He was AFL MVP in 1963 and helped the Bills win the 1964 AFL Championship in 1964. Read More about Gilchrist, Booker Moore, Mike Montler, and others.

Marker Dad of 11 teaches everyday is Father's Day [10:21 PM]
Kansas City Star reports: Article about former KC Chiefs and Buffalo Bills lineman Art Still. "It should be a mother's day every day, a father's day every day, a children's day every day or a grandparent's day every day. If people had that type of mentality, we probably wouldn't have as many problems that we have with the family now."

Marker Chief concerns [10:20 PM]
CNNSI reports: Who are the top five cornerbacks in the NFL?" asks Richard of Miami. Also, where would I place Champ Bailey? Is he better than the Dolphins corners? My top corners last year were Ronde Barber of the Bucs, Fred Thomas of the Saints, Aaron Glenn of the Texans, Troy Vincent of the Eagles, Patrick Surtain of the Dolphins, Mario Edwards of the Cowboys and Antoine Winfield of the Bills.

Marker We can be NFL legends [7:58 PM]
Glasgow Daily Record reports: 'Jonas Lewis insists he and Scottish Claymores running- back mate Ken Simonton can be legends in the NFL because they have big hearts and a massive desire to succeed..."I wanted to showcase my talent and I wanted to show that guys like myself and Ken who they say are not big enough to cut it in the NFL are wrong."'

Marker With new additions, aggression is the watchword for Bills' defense [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The defense should not have to play eight men in the box nearly as much as last year, which means the cornerbacks can play a little more zone coverage and might get a better look at the quarterback releasing passes. That might result in more interceptions.'

Marker Bills finish fine-tuning for training camp [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'ďI think itís almost like the calm before the storm,Ē said veteran fullback Sam Gash. ďEveryone is really excited knowing what we can do, but youíve got to pace yourself right now. Itís not a sprint, itís a marathon, to bring back an old cliche. Weíve tried to make sure the guys donít get too excited and blow a gasket.Ē'

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