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Buffalo Bills News - April 2, 2002

Marker Rights without responsibility mean nothing [8:09 AM]
Buffalo Business Journal reports: With rights come responsibility as illustrated by a scene at a Bills game.

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April 1, 2002

Marker MMQ Draft: a service for draftniks and NFL general managers [7:54 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Peter King's interesting note: Buffalo plays 16 Sunday afternoon games, the last 13 at 1 p.m. Don't overdrool on the safeties. This includes teams like Buffalo and Minnesota that pick in the top 10 and absolutely love Oklahoma safety Roy Williams. Only eight of the 62 starters at strong and free safety at season's end in the NFL were first-round picks. Sixteen were undrafted college free agents. Good safeties can always be found down the line in the draft.'

Marker Profootball Weekly free agent signings [7:40 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'UFA LB John Holecek has reportedly reached an agreement with the Falcons, where he should be able to help the team in its transition to a 3-4 defensive front. Holecek had also been receiving interest from the Texans, who will also employ the 3-4. Holecek is expected to compete for the second starting ILB position next to LB Keith Brooking. He played in a 3-4 scheme in Buffalo for Wade Phillips, now the Falcons defensive coordinator.'

Marker Holecek rejoins Wade Phillips in Atlanta [7:37 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'John Holecek isn't a superstar, but his lunch-pail work ethic made an impression on Falcons DC Phillips, who coached Holecek with the Bills. Holecek missed a handful of games with injuries last season in San Diego and played a minimal role in his first season away from Phillips watch. Buchsbaum: Phillips coached Holecek in Buffalo and is very high on him because of his intangibles and instincts. Granted, he gets hurt quite a bit and is neither big nor tall nor athletic, but he plays as hard as any player in the game and is a very smart player.'

Marker Ex-Rams, Broncos, Packers SS getting a look [7:32 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The Bills are looking at Packers unrestricted free agent strong safety Billy Jenkins. Jenkins was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Howard who signed with the Rams in 1997. He was the team's starting strong safety in 1999, when they won the Super Bowl.'

Marker Bills in NFL Europe update [7:19 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The teams have left for Europe, and all seven players the Bills assigned to the league have made NFLEL rosters. The season begins Saturday, April 13, and concludes with World Bowl X Saturday, June 22.'

Marker Buffalo gets four extra draft picks as compensation [5:57 PM]
AP reports: 'The additional selections give the Bills a total of 11 picks, including the fourth overall. The compensatory picks are awarded under a formula comparing the number and quality of free agents a team loses and signs the previous year.'

Marker Inside the Huddle: David Dinkins [5:55 PM]
NFL Europe reports: 'A glance at the training camp roster of the Amsterdam Admirals might be slightly misleading. The NFL Europe League has David Dinkins (Buffalo Bills) listed as a QB. While that is true, there is not enough space on the roster to list all that Dinkins does for the Admirals. During training camp, Dinkins has thrown TD passes, caught TD passes, covered punts and returned kickoffs and punts.'

Marker Bills get league high four compensatory picks and that is no joke [5:53 PM] reports: 'The Bills received a league-high four compensatory picks in the 2002 NFL Draft, the NFL announced today. The picks will come at the end of the third round (97th overall) and three in the seventh round (picks number 250, 252 and 260 overall). Combined with their own picks in each of the seven rounds and the Bills now have a total of 11 selections in the 2002 NFL Draft.'

Marker The Free Agency Chess Game [3:33 PM] reports: 'The big question, however, remains the same: What will Buffalo do with its fourth round pick? Judging from e-mails I've been receiving, picking a quarterback (Joey Harrington) is the popular choice amongst fans.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Preseason Schedule [12:26 PM]
sportsnetwork reports: 'Full league preseason schedule linked.
08/09 Fri Cincinnati at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
08/16 Fri Minnesota at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
08/24 Sat Buffalo at Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m.
08/29 Thu Buffalo at Detroit, 8:00 p.m.

Marker NFLE Report - Scrimmage Reports [10:27 AM] reports: 'Amsterdam Admirals: WR Reggie Allen scored on a TD from 17 yards out. David Dinkins also saw extensive action at QB for the Admirals, completing 7 of 12 passes for 60 yards. Allen added 3 receptions for 33 yards. Frankfurt Galaxy: Curtis Alexander had 20 yards on 5 attempts. Cut list for NFLE was released after scrimmages. No Bills players were on it although a former Bill (Kwame Cavil) was placed on Admirals practice squad.'

Marker Position Breakdown - 2002 Draft Analysis [9:17 AM] reports: @ Reviews of top quarterback and offense line prospects in this year's draft.

March 31, 2002

Marker Lary Bump: Caught in a draft [1:31 PM]
Shout! reports: @ The more I think about what the Bills might do with their first pick, the more confused I get. I think. It probably helped the Bills that they signed Trey Teague. But it sure as hell didn't help those of us trying to figure out what Tom Donahoe and Gregg Williams might do when it comes time to pick.

Marker TASKER'S TAKES: Teague gives Bills options [1:28 PM]
Shout! reports: @ I LIKE THE Trey Teague signing a lot. He's a guy who has already started in the NFL as a 16-game starter and he has been in the league four years. He's a solid left tackle for a team that, up until recently, had designs on going to the Super Bowl and winning it. Teague's a very good player. He can come in to Buffalo and be the starter, instead of another guy who will compete for a starting job.

Marker North Carolina's Sims seems to have right stuff for Bills [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defensive tackle is the obvious new direction the Bills should head in the draft now that they have signed offensive left tackle Trey Teague from Denver. Teague's arrival eliminates the need to draft one of the top two offensive tackles, Mike Williams of Texas and Bryant McKinnie of Miami, in the No. 4 spot.'

Marker Read Wilson's lips: No moving vans [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wilson thought he was reassuring the customers when he said, "I don't want the fans to worry. I want to get them to get a good night's sleep." Nice thought, but they'll still toss and turn, counting moving vans in their heads. This is Buffalo, remember.'

Marker The Grapevine [8:11 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'As for Drew Bledsoe scuttlebutt, it's looking more and more as if the Bills are earnestly after Bledsoe.'

March 30, 2002

Marker Steve Christie to revisit Buffalo in 2002 as San Diego Charger [10:57 PM]
ESPN reports: The Chargers retained UFA kicker Christie, signing the 12-year veteran to a one-year contract Friday night. Christie was initially signed to a one-year deal late last year after he was released by Buffalo on the eve of the regular-season opener. He spent much of the season rehabilitating a groin injury and then joined the Chargers when incumbent Wade Richey struggled. The one-year contract includes a base salary of $750,000.

Marker First Bills West, now Bills South [10:41 PM]
ESPN reports: The Atlanta Falcons have reached a contract agreement in principle with unrestricted free agent linebacker John Holecek, a six-year veteran who should aid the team's transition to a 3-4 defensive front. Holecek, 29, played for Wade Phillips when the Falcons' new defensive coordinator was the head coach in Buffalo and becomes the second former Bills starter to move to Atlanta in free agency. The team earlier signed safety Keion Carpenter, a three-year veteran.

Marker Rusty Jones: The Man Behind The Machines [10:05 AM] reports: @ Jones has been with the Bills his entire career and is entering his 18th season with the team. He is recognized around the league as one of the finest, strength, conditioning and nutrition experts in the business. He gained league-wide notoriety for getting the Bills players in top physical condition when Buffalo enjoyed the tremendous success with the "no-huddle" offense in the early 1990's.

Marker Schulz seeks return to Buffalo [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Kurt Schulz, who played eight seasons for Buffalo (1992-99) before joining the Detroit Lions as a free agent, could rejoin the Bills soon if the sides can cut through some contract language, his agent said. "We're trying to work something out," Keith Schulefand said. "Assuming the terms and conditions are right, Kurt would love to come back and play. We're just trying to break through a logjam."'

Marker Bills won't feel guilty about TV overexposure [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Only four of the NFL's 32 teams have been judged not worthy of prime-time exposure: Buffalo, Carolina, Kansas City and San Diego.'

Marker Bring Bledsoe to Buffalo [5:21 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Would you rather pay a 10-million dollar signing bonus and a salary to an unproven college player like Joey Harrington, or bring in Bledsoe's 5-6 million dollar salary and his 30-thousand yards passing, 166 touchdowns, and 3 Pro Bowl appearances.'

Marker Bills get a season in the sun [5:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The last time Buffalo didn't have a prime time game was in Levy's first full season with the Bills, 1987.'

March 29, 2002

Marker Blake still looking for new home [6:27 PM]
ESPN reports: 'And the Bills believe Blake might still be looking for a job two or three weeks from now, and will spend that time before the draft in earnest pursuit of a trade for New England backup quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Blake's agent, Ralph Cindrich, this week faxed the Bills a contract proposal. It called for a two-tiered signing bonus, $1 million this year and then $4.1 million in 2003, but Buffalo is hardly leaping to the phone to respond.'

Marker Donahoe Delivering for Bills [1:45 PM]
Empire Sports reports: "Donahoe is beginning to exhibit the front office skills that the national media and NFL insiders knew he had. He could have had several jobs but he chose instead to take the job in Buffalo."

Marker Bills sign ex-Broncos OT Trey Teague [1:29 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: @ Desperate to improve their offensive line, the Bills signed free-agent OT Trey Teague to a four-year, $10 million contract with a two-tiered signing bonus of $3.5 million that will be spread over this year and next. Teague, 27, played his first four years in the league with Denver. He started all 16 games at left tackle for the Broncos last year.

Buchsbaum: At one point, the Broncos felt Teague was going to be a good replacement for Tony Jones at left tackle. But last year as a starter, he really struggled. The Bills feel he?ll be an upgrade over John Fina, and now that he?s got the starting experience under his belt, he?ll only get better. He is a good athlete and he does have good feet.

Marker Lonely Down There [1:16 PM]
The Sporting News reports: @ You almost have to feel bad for the Bills, who have an early season schedule against the Jets, Vikings, Broncos, Bears and Raiders that could leave them at 0-5. Don't look for any Bills sleepers until the second part of the year.


Five winners: Dolphins, Browns, Vikings, Packers, Cardinals.
Five losers: Giants, Bengals, Rams, Bills, Patriots.

Marker Being in the East makes Bills' schedule a beast [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' schedule is tied for eighth-toughest in the league - based on last year's records, which, of course, is not always a reliable indicator of this year's performance.'

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