Notes, quotes, anecdotes [1:08 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills like rookie free agent RB Shaud Williams as a backup and potential special teams star as a return specialist. Williams, who is 5-7, 193 pounds, led the SEC in rushing with 1,367 yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. But he was not selected in the draft because of his height, or lack of it. "I think it's always going to be that way," he said. "It's just something I'm going to have to deal with." Beware of the motivated little guy, he usually finds a way to succeed.'
Kelsay Enters Second Year with Confidence [11:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I was extremely happy to see that Krumrie was coming back," he said. "I love playing for that guy. He knows that I'll do anything for him as far as playing wise. I'm going to bust my butt for him and I think he realizes that. That's what he wants from his players."'
Talley's career rings true despite title-game defeats [5:17 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '"The only thing that keeps you coming back is that you know you're good," said Talley, whose 11-year run with the Buffalo Bills included Super Bowl seasons between 1991 and '94. "You know in the back of your mind that you should win this game. There are a lot of guys who played this game who never reach the Super Bowl. I was fortunate to have four bites of the apple, though I didn't eat the whole thing.' (registration required)
Darryl Talley: A closer look [5:15 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '"After Marv [Levy] came in and Walt Corey became defensive coordinator, Walt took us aside and said, 'If you can count to three, you can play this defense. That's basically it. Now go play. We're about running and attacking. We're not going to sit back and catch. We're going to have to make people adjust to us.' That's essentially what we did."' (registration required)
Joe D donates gold bracelet to the HOF [5:13 AM]
ProFootballHOF.com reports: 'DeLamielleure donated the gold bracelet that was given to him by Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson following the 1973 NFL season.'
Bills Alumni Spotlight: Walt Cudzik [1:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'As the starting center and captain of the Boston Patriots, he faced Buffalo’s defensive tackles Tom Sestak and Jim Dunaway and middle linebacker Harry Jacobs in the Bills’ very first playoff game in 1963. After both teams finished the regular season with 7-6-1 records, they met in a snowy War Memorial Stadium on a sub-freezing late December afternoon for the division title. "I’ll tell you what we had to do," recalls Cudzik. "Before the game, they had us doing some of the manual labor to get the field cleared enough to play. We were out there with shovels trying to get the markers and yard-lines clean. I don’t think we did the whole thing, but I thought that was kind of interesting."'
Introducing… Mark Graham [11:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: Growing up did you ever imagine yourself to be where you are today?
MG: No, I didn't start playing football until my sophomore year in high school. I always wanted to be a basketball player. I was a huge basketball fan. I still am but football has taken over that.
Burns: Degree of Success [9:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"My second dream job is to be a high school history teacher," said Burns. "There were a lot of teachers in my younger days that pushed me to go to college, and encouraged me to do other things besides just graduating from high school. I want to give other kids that same opportunity and motivate them so they know they can achieve any dream they have."'
Joe D continues to live HOF dream [3:31 PM]
Canton Repository reports: '“I watch the Bills all the time. With Drew, they need a good running game and then a three-step drop, because he’s not very mobile, and their tackles are fat, so they’re not very good protecting him around the edges. “If you can’t do that, then you better get a guy who can run."' (free registration required)
Champion Patriots improved even more [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can Drew Bledsoe tailor his game to the Mularkey system? Is McGahee an impact player? Is the offensive line good enough? Who will start at left guard? Can Evans contribute immediately? Can the defense improve from within?'
A day for legends [5:24 AM]
Wilkes Barre Times Leader reports: 'Mazur still cherishes the ring he earned from the Bills' championship year. "That's the fun thing about it, you play for the ring not the money," he said. "I got to be around some special people. Those are wonderful memories. I wish I could have those hours back."'
Kelly funds Krabbe's research foundation at UB [6:38 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'It will be part of the university's Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and named for the seven-year-old who suffers from the deadly disease.'
Inside Slant [1:06 PM]
USA Today reports: Bills owner Ralph Wilson, who has a winter home in Palm Beach, Fla., was at a pro tennis match recently, wearing a Bills cap, of course. Miami Dolphins public relations man Harvey Greene spotted Wilson and approached him to say hello, and while making small talk in the sunny weather, said to Wilson: "Beautiful day, huh, just like November at Rich Stadium." At that instance, Wilson's friend, seated nearby, turned to Greene and said: "It's called Ralph Wilson Stadium now."
No time like the present for evaluating 2001 draft [1:05 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Buffalo had a solid draft, although the Bills didn't parlay it into the same success Carolina has been able to attain. But the Bills struck early and often by hitting on CB Nate Clements before they got RB Travis Henry and DE Aaron Schobel in Round 2. Solid. Getting massive tackle Jonas Jennings in the third round was huge, literally and figuratively. They failed to hit big with latter gambles, but their top four picks provided terrific
Offseason of Change [12:58 PM]
Yahoo! Sports/Sporting News reports: Buffalo got younger at fullback (Daimon Shelton for Sam Gash) and left guard (one of three young linemen for Ruben Brown) and older at cornerback (Troy Vincent for Antoine Winfield). The team also likely will replace wideout Josh Reed with speedy rookie Lee Evans. New coach Mike Mularkey brought in offensive coordinator Tom Clement but retained defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. Grade: C+
Hunter's Hope Foundation, University at Buffalo Establish Research Institute to Study Krabbe Disease [8:30 PM]
University of Buffalo reports: '''Our family would like to thank all of Western New York for your continued love, prayers and support for the Hunter's Hope Foundation.'''
UB to establish Krabbe research center in Hunter Kelly's honor [8:29 PM]
AP reports: '''The Hunter James Kelly Research Institute is more than a dream come true for our family and Hunter's Hope,'' Jim Kelly said. ''When we started the Hunter's Hope Foundation seven years ago ... we could never had anticipated at that time how blessed we would be today.'''
Tucker Prepares for Life After Football [1:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This offseason I'm working with Merrill Lynch on Pearl and Chippewa Street downtown. I'm working with a team of financial advisors. One of whom is Kurt Schulz who played with the Bills for eight years and Detroit for two. I go two or three times a week for about 10-15 hours a week. I learn a lot, as much as I can, and try to add as much value as I can.'
Inspiration from a former Buffalo Bill [8:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Twenty-five years ago, a special young man's life was changed forever following a chance meeting with a member of the Buffalo Bills. That meeting happened at a Special Olympics race. Recently, the two men got together to run another race, a quarter of a century later.'
EWU's Sigler excited to make transition to NFL's Bills [4:28 PM]
Eastern Washington University Easterner reports: '“It’s kind of a different experience,” said Sigler, a 1998 graduate of Coeur d’Alene High School. “I have to do away with that stigma that goes with pro athletes.”'
Reese Back at 100 Percent [4:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"My calf was just going to take about two weeks to heal and we only had two weeks left in the season," Reese said. "That's why I was placed on Injured Reserve. If I had another week in the season I would have been able to come back."'
Shelton is Recommitted and Ready [1:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo, looking for some affordable fullback help signed Shelton to a two-year deal on Jan. 28, and he has since recommitted himself to the game. With Sammy Morris signing in Miami, and Sam Gash's departure to New Orleans, his signing is all the more important.'
Bills sign Euhus [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Noted for his catching ability and presenting a big target with a 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame, Euhus is expected to compete for a backup spot next season behind returning starter Mark Campbell.'
Former Packer Don Beebe takes high school coaching job for free [5:19 AM]
AP reports: 'He will tailor its complicated play-calling to his high school players by using a numbers system advocated by Marv Levy, Beebe's head coach in Buffalo.'
The Bills Get One Of Their 2004 Picks Under Contract [9:03 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Euhus was All-Pac 10 this season thanks to 49 catches for 645 yards and seven scores. In his career, Euhus grabbed 98 balls for 1,346 yards and nine TD's.'
Bills Sign Draft Pick Euhus [8:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Euhus is the first of the Bills six draft picks to sign with the team.'
Bills sign 4th-round pick, TE Euhus [8:52 PM]
AP reports: 'Euhus' agent William Heck said his client was pleased with how easily negotiations went, wrapping the deal up within a day.'
Jim Ritcher Answers Fan Questions [3:56 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: What was the most important aspect to your success as a player for the Bills?
JR: Being surrounded and having great coaches and great teammates always. Through high school, college and with the Buffalo Bills. I was always surrounded with good people.'
Lee Evans Decides On No. 83 [11:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tight end Mark Campbell, who picked up No. 83 after Dave Moore left this offseason and wore it during the team's first two mini-camps, will switch back to No. 84, the number he wore during the 2003 season.'
Bills Alumni Spotlight: Bill Brooks [1:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"You just had to go out there and do your job," Brooks said. "Steve Tasker got a chance to play and show everyone how good of a wide receiver he was. Everyone always looked at Steve as a special teams guy, but we saw Steve every day in practice and Steve was a great receiver. He went out there and played well. The guys stepped in and did their jobs. That’s what you have to do if you’re backing-up or you’re the third or a fourth receiver or whatever. When your time is called, just be ready. That’s what I was trying to do, not try to do more than what I can, just stay within myself and do my job. Give credit to the coaches for putting me in the right situations at the right times for my ability."'
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