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Buffalo Bills News - April 25, 2005

Marker Inside slant [7:04 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The team's defense, ranked No. 2 in the NFL two years running but growing older and suffering a hit at defensive tackle with the loss of free agent Pat Williams (Minnesota), was especially neglected.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [7:03 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Coaxing Matthews back is a coup for the Bills.'

Marker Notes, quotes [7:02 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Had the Bills hung onto their 2004 first-round pick, they would've chosen 20th overall. As it turns out, they would've had the chance the select Cal's Aaron Rodgers, the second-ranked quarterback who went to Green Bay at 24.'

Marker Did steps help Patriots, AFC East foes keep up? [6:35 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Bills did, however, succeed in achieving a major objective -- adding speed to bolster the league's 27th-ranked passing game. They got that with two University of Miami players, wide receiver Roscoe Parrish and tight end Kevin Everett.'

Marker Henry scenario not a dead deal [6:21 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'Yet, they haven't traded for Henry, which would seem to fuel suspicions that their involvement with Buffalo has a lot to do with trying to get Brian Westbrook to sign a long-term contract at a number they can accept. If the Eagles trade for Henry, who has a year left on his contract, they are said to be ready to sign him to a long-term deal, which would pretty much shut the door on one with Westbrook. The Eagles have offered Westbrook a 1-year restricted free-agent tender, for $1.43 million. He hasn't signed it.'

Marker Eagles have some issues heading into camp [6:20 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'No one completed a trade for Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry, and Reid continued to leave open the possibility his team would make such a move despite selecting Louisiana Tech tailback Ryan Moats with the 77th pick. ''We're probably OK right now, [but] we haven't completely pulled out of the other deal [for Henry],'' Reid said after the Eagles finished making their 11th and final draft pick of 2005.'

Marker Suspense ends early for Illinois' Preston [5:58 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'The Bills' Jim McNally is one of the most respected line coaches in the league, and Preston could be groomed to replace Trey Teague as soon as the 2006 season. "I think it's going to be a real good opportunity to play,'' Preston said. "I'm real confident.'''

Marker Bills Ink Two Free Agents [5:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The club will announce its full list on Monday, but two players known to be signed are Purdue FB John Goldsberry and Wisconsin safety Jim Leonhard. Goldsberry was an inside linebacker when he came to Purdue. Leonhard is a good punt returner.'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:47 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The decision not to draft defensive tackles is a ringing endorsement of Tim Anderson, who is the favorite to replace Pat Williams (Vikings), and top backup Ron Edwards.'

Marker 1st Dane drafted [5:44 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'Gudmundsen, who is 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, signed with the Bills less than an hour after the draft ended after a phone call from Bills offensive line coach Jim McNally, who had dinner with Gudmundsen on Easter Sunday. They first met a few years ago, when McNally was a Giants' assistant and Gudmundsen was working as a security guard at the team's training camp at UAlbany. "He's a legend in his field," Gudmundsen said. "I told him I'd be playing for him one day."'

Marker Not much left to do with Travis [5:42 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'The Bills say the trade possibilities aren’t dead, but right now they appear to be in critical condition.'

Marker Haye, Geisinger have a long wait [5:41 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''I'm certainly extremely happy to be with Buffalo. I know they liked me a lot. I think I'm a player that can fit into their system. It's a blue collar type of city and I like that.'''

Marker Illinois Center Duke Preston Drafted [5:37 AM]
WCIA-TV reports: 'Preston was the second player selected from the Illinois team this year, joining cornerback Kelvin Hayden who was selected by Indianapolis in the second round yesterday.'

Marker Five Badgers Taken On Day 2 Of NFL Draft [5:36 AM]
WMTV-TV reports: 'Badgers not drafted that signed free agent deals are Safety Jim Leonhard(Buffalo Bills), and Long Snapper Matt Katula(Baltimore Ravens) among others.'

Marker Undrafted Vols finding work [5:33 AM]
WBIR-TV reports: 'Receiver Tony Brown has signed a free agent deal with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Two Illini drafted by NFL [5:32 AM]
Illinois Daily Illini reports: 'Preston visited Buffalo on April 6 and met with the coaching staff. He said he discussed playing center for the Bills and expects to fill a role on the field early on. "I should have a really good opportunity to go out there and do my thing," Preston said. "You don't see a lot of guys go to play guard, that inside swingman, so I figured that would be me."'

Marker NFL dream still alive for area ACC players [5:30 AM]
Greensboro News and Record reports: '"I play with a chip on my shoulder," King said. "For so long -- all my life, actually -- I've been told what I can't do. I just try to prove the naysayers wrong."'

Marker Goldsberry taking shot at the NFL for Buffalo [5:28 AM]
Evansville Courier and Press reports: 'Goldsberry played fullback for Purdue and was a team co-captain his senior year. While he had only 10 carries for 50 yards, he was a key blocker when the wide-open Boilermaker offense was in short-yardage situations.'

Marker Bills add more depth, playmakers for offense [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In football parlance, That means the Bills chose six players — five on offense, one on defense — who will be expected to provide depth for a roster that they feel is already in pretty good shape.'

Marker Bills take speed over blocking to help Losman [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'No longer should we be thinking of things like how to build the best concrete and steel wall around an immobile quarterback, who had the art of the sack/fumble/touchdown return down cold. What we should be thinking about is how best to take advantage of a highly mobile quarterback whose legs are his best protection against the pass rush, not lumbering sides of beef with feet.'

Marker Thoughts on draft — good and bad [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'My opinion: Thumbs up to Donahoe.'

Marker King, WFU cornerback, picked by Bills [5:12 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: '"We like his production. That was one of the big things that put him on the board. We liked that he came up big in the big games for them and played well against their best opponents."'

Marker Trade for Henry never even close [5:11 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: 'Coach Dennis Green told ESPN on Sunday that the Bills told the Cardinals last week that they had no interest in trading for offensive left tackle L.J. Shelton.'

Marker Bills end long wait for Preston and Sundevils [5:10 AM]
North County Times reports: '"I sat here for 11 hours (Saturday) and that (stunk)," Preston said. "But it worked out, and I'm excited about where I went. Fourth round is pretty darn good, so I was pretty pleased with that."'

Marker Goldsberry Signs With Bills [5:09 AM]
WHET-TV reports: 'Jon Goldsberry has a new home in Buffalo.'

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April 24, 2005

Marker Bills Draft Complete [7:09 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the sixth round the Bills went back to the offensive line and selected guard/center Justin Geisinger from Vanderbilt. At 6'3" and 325 lbs., he says he can play all three positions on the offensive line. He had a sprained MCL in his senior year but says he has fully recovered. The Bills are looking to move him to guard.'

Marker Henry Remains A Bill [7:08 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Donahoe said he was not even offered a third round pick. Donahoe said, "If we could have, we would've been interested in that, but that was not in anybody's conversation." "I don't think it is what we've wanted, I think we've been pretty consistent from the start, we just want something that's fair and we really haven't been offered very much. That's frustrating and a little bit puzzling to us. It's amazing to me that you have backs like Edgerrin James, Shaun Alexander and Travis Henry and nobody is really trying to be very aggressive to get any of those players and I don't know why, I don't have the answer."'

Marker Bills add speed, size, but can't deal Henry [6:12 PM]
AP reports: 'The most significant addition came when the team took hefty Illinois center Raymond Preston with their fourth-round pick, 122nd overall. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 311 pounds, Preston allowed only one sack in three years as a college starter. He was the fourth center selected in this year's draft and has the opportunity to make an immediate impact on a line that lost three players most notably starting left tackle Jonas Jennings to free agency last month. ''He's not a developmental guy,'' Bills scout Doug Majeski said. ''This is a guy that we've liked for a long time.'''

Marker Stamer featured on Buffalo Bills Web site [6:07 PM]
Vermillion Plain Talk reports: 'Josh Stamer, a 2001 South Dakota graduate, is featured in a new forum created by the Buffalo Bills and available on its Web site.'

Marker Bills draft Vanderbilt guard Geisinger [5:57 PM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Geisinger, a 6-foot-4, 322-pounder, was the 197th pick overall. The road-grader's strengths for the Commodores were his consistency and excellent trap-blocking skills.'

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