Pick of McGahee was worthwhile [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If you want to second-guess the McGahee pick, the most legitimate argument would be Donahoe should have taken University of Miami defensive tackle William Joseph, who went No. 25 to the New York Giants.'
No rushing for McGahee [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'Many players offered Henry, who gained over 1,400 yards last season, support but also said a team can never have too many stars -- providing the chemistry is right.'
Picking apart 'trade talk' isn't revealing [5:27 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Donahoe chose to gamble on youth and medical science. He's betting that the improvements both in surgical procedures and rehabilitation techniques are such that McGahee can come back to nearly full strength after tearing two ligaments in one knee. McGahee has shown thus far that he heals quickly and is willing to do all he can to speed up the process. Now the Bills are in a position to slow it back down and wait for him to catch up. That is why it was a bet worth making.'
Price's departure opens door for Reed's emergence [10:44 PM]
AP reports: ''I'd say you've got your story skewed,'' Reed said Saturday, after the Bills completed their second day of a three-day weekend minicamp. ''Peerless was here, and that was the position he played. And there's no replacing him. It's just playing the position.'''
Watson joins Lions with eye for starting in secondary [9:57 PM]
ESPN reports: In instant demand following his release by the Buffalo Bills earlier this week, free agent cornerback Chris Watson has quickly found a new address, with ESPN.com learning that he reached a contract agreement with the Detroit Lions on Saturday evening.
Linebacker Takeo Spikes Shares His Thoughts [2:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I think for the most part a lot of the stuff is the same as Cincinnati. I think more so that anything, just veteran leadership and trying to show the young guys how to do it. I'm hungry man. I just want to win. I want to get to the playoffs, I want to get to the Super Bowl and win it all."
Bills Organized Team Activity: Day 1 Notes [2:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Rookies and veterans had a chance to meet for the first time when organized team activity got underway at the team's training facility in Orchard Park on Friday.
New faces bring new energy [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It looks like new players may win at least a third of the starting positions - eight out of 24 spots counting the kicking positions. The Bills have added 11 veterans from other teams in the free-agency signing period. Then they drafted eight new players. So it's possible that 20 new players will make the 53-man roster - or about a 40 percent turnover from last year's 8-8 squad.'
Kelsay already likes Buffalo's football fans [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Buffalo fans are awesome, a lot like Nebraskans," the defensive end said. "Where I come from, that's all there is to do in Nebraska, play Cornhusker football. Buffalo Bills fans are the same - it's 12 months out of the year."'
Deal with Time Warner hits Empire where it hurts [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The ability of the Bills' brass to keep their plans a secret was evidenced by how long it took ESPN's Chris Berman to speculate that the Bills were going to gamble on McGahee. Berman, who always gets the Bills' pick accurately from "a cab driver," didn't actually say it was McGahee until a second before the pick was announced.'
Kelsay gives Bills quickness off ball [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: '“The only thing different about where you’re picked -- first, second, third round, whatever -- is the money aspect and I’m not in this for the money,” Kelsay said. “Anybody I’ve ever been around or played with will tell you that. Sure, some people said I’d go higher but I’m thankful to go as high as I did. And I was grateful when that phone rang and the Buffalo Bills were on the other line.”'
Returning vets impressed by new-look Bills [8:43 PM]
AP reports: '''It ought to be fun this year,'' Schobel said with a wide grin.'
Bills Organized Team Activity Kicks Off [5:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "There were a lot of new faces out there today. We made a lot of moves last year bringing Drew (Bledsoe) and Kevin (Gilbride's) offense with Eric (Moulds) and company- we had the weapons to get it done on the offensive side of the ball. Now we have our defensive side of the ball all ready. I'm excited where we are headed."
Packers in no rush to find Favre's replacement [4:36 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo's crowded backfield: The club recently signed him to a one-year extension, through the 2005 season, basically because Henry didn't have enough money to make it through the offseason. So he pocketed a $300,000 signing bonus, which ought to get him through training camp, and added a year to his original deal, at a team-friendly base salary of $1.25 million.
Bills Fortunate To Grab Chris Kelsay [2:42 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: For nearly two months, four times a day, Kelsay would run in the morning, lift weights after lunch and do position drills later in the afternoon. During the evenings, he’d meet with a sports psychologist to work on various intelligence tests. All of this in preparation for the Senior Bowl and the league’s scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Redskins Begin Minicamp [10:11 AM]
WTOP reports: DE Bruce Smith will be at minicamp and says he intends to stick around for his 19th NFL season in the fall. Smith, 39, is only three sacks shy of Reggie White's NFL record of 198. He didn't commit to returning even when members of the organization and his agent said they expected him to play.
New Bills back oozes with confidence [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've been working hard. I've been going at it every day, six days a week, nonstop. That's my main concern six days a week."'
McGahee gets high grade in working class [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And as he stood at the podium Thursday, a diamond earring in his right lobe, a confident smile on his face, who could help but wonder at the possibilities that could accompany the Bills cap atop his head?'
Bills release OL Boldin [6:45 AM]
AP reports: 'The Florida State player had signed with the Bills as a free agent in January after he was released by Washington last preseason.'
McGahee arrives in Buffalo; still not sure when he can play [9:58 PM]
AP reports: The Bills haven't ruled out placing McGahee on the physically unable to perform list, allowing him more time to rehab. Under NFL rules, the Bills would have the option to activate McGahee between weeks 10-14.
Bills Introduce First Round Pick Willis McGahee [8:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "It feels really good. I am very pleased to be here. I received a very warm welcome and things are starting out on the right foot. I have a job to do and that is the reason I came here (to Buffalo)."
Aiken’s former coach likes his player’s odds of making Bills [4:07 PM]
Wilmington Star News reports: 'The most likely scenario is that he will play special teams and eventually become a third receiver. At UNC, Aiken returned kicks and was on coverage squads.'
Ex-James Kenan, UNC player was chosen in round 4 [4:06 PM]
Wilmington Star News reports: '"He (Aiken) runs good routes,'' Bills' receivers coach Fred Graves said in a news conference following the draft. "I'd say he and Josh are about the same speed; he may be a step faster than Josh.'''
Rosenhaus straddles line of lying, exaggerating [1:23 PM]
USA Today reports: 'It's Rosenhaus' job to promote his client. Is it his job to misrepresent reality?'
Sneaky call from one yard out [1:15 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'At last we've found a sports agent who can be believed when he talks. How can you doubt one who admits he manipulates the truth? Bless you, Drew Rosenhaus.'
Bills Television Network Receives Two Telly Awards [12:22 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills Television Network (BTN) has been honored with two Telly Awards and was the finalist for two others. The Telly awards are bestowed annually for excellence in cable/non-network TV programs.
Lions' draft pick will give the NFL a whirl [11:57 AM]
Vancouver Province reports: 'Jackson, whose feet were in Surrey but heart in Buffalo, was equally baffled. "I read in the paper that the Lions weren't going to wait, but if I'm going to be picked I wouldn't want to go anywhere else," he said.'
Henry plans on producing, not worrying [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I definitely want to get back to the Pro Bowl," he said. "I want to make it to the playoffs. I want to win a Super Bowl. I feel the same way. My feelings haven't changed since we drafted Willis McGahee."'
Travis tiptoes on diplomatic high road [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's regrettable to see Henry go through this after his terrific season of 2002. But it's silly to suggest that McGahee will be a distraction to him next season, or that it will hinder his performance. If anything, it'll make him more determined.'
Henry reverses position on McGahee [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '“At the time I felt that way, but after talking to the coaches and getting a better understanding of why they took the pick, I feel a whole lot better about it,” Henry said.'
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