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Buffalo Bills News - June 4, 2003

Marker Flashback: Bills 34, Dolphins 31 (OT) [5:25 PM] reports: This was the Bills first regular season appearance at Joe Robbie Stadium. Jim Kelly: "I don't know if this was my best game ever, but I'll tell you what, it's awfully sweet. I wouldn't trade this for anything. I prayed so much before that coin flip. I didn't want Marino to get the ball first."

Marker Tight End Campbell Ready to Contribute [4:28 PM] reports: '"I know Dave (Moore) has been around a long time," Campbell said. "A coach can take you so far but I think you really learn a lot from players that have played against opponents and know things that maybe a coach wouldn't know because they aren't on the field. I look forward to becoming a better player and learning from Dave."'

Marker Mike Doser: Wire: 'D will wreak havoc' [3:30 PM]
Shout! reports: Q: Coy, how much different is this defense compared to last year’s?
Coy Wire: Schematically, it’s a lot different. The philosophy that we have on defense has changed a little too. I think we’re combining Dick LeBeau and Jerry Gray’s schemes and philosophies and now we have this defense that, to me, is going to wreak havoc on opposing offenses.

Marker Takeo Spikes Q&A From Mini-Camp [3:29 PM]
WNSA reports: Q: Can you see where Coach LeBeau has put his stamp on the defense this year?
Spikes: “Yes. He came in and brought the “fire zone” and everything. And that’s going to help us out. Like I said, with Gregg (Williams) and then with Coach LeBeau and Jerry (Gray), we have the best of both worlds. Right now, I think I’m more familiar with the fire zones because that’s what I’ve been running every since I came into the league. But it’s all about getting everyone on the same page, so when we get ready to go out and do our thing – then it’s on.”

Marker Former Bills' RB Thurman Thomas To Be Inducted Into The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame [1:29 PM] reports: Former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas has been selected for induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame for 2003. He will be inducted along with ten other members of the Class of 2003 at an awards dinner on Wednesday, October 29 at the HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo.

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Greg Carter [9:42 AM] reports: Only the second true punter ever drafted by the Bills and the first one to make the team, Greg Cater came to Buffalo after being selected in the tenth round of the 1980 draft out of the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga.

Marker Gift of Life Walk [9:02 AM] reports: Date: Sunday, June 8, 2003 Check-in: 9:00 to 10:00 AM Walk Start: 10:00 AM Walk Distance: 5K (3.1 Miles) Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium (One Bills Drive off Abbott Road)

Marker Bills ease need for speed by signing Raiders' Jett [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm real excited to come out here and compete and try to make this team better," said Jett, who watched the Bills' minicamp practice. "We had a couple guys who had been around forever and a young guy coming in last year, so I kind of got lost in the shuffle."'

Marker Bills sign former Raider Jett [8:57 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: 'The arrival of Jerry Rice in 2001 and the emergence of third-year man Jerry Porter in 2002, combined with the fact that Jett does not play special teams, made him a non-entity during the Raiders AFC championship season.'

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June 3, 2003

Marker Buffalo signs WR James Jett [8:20 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The 32-year-old Jett posted career highs in catches (46) and touchdowns (12) in 1997. He then followed that season up with a career-best 882 yards in 1998.'

Marker Fletcher has help in bolstered Bills linebacking corps [8:17 PM]
AP reports: '''Nah, nah, I don't need to set a franchise record again,'' Fletcher said. ''When you have a defense where you have a great deal of talent on it, one person doesn't have to make all the plays.'' Also noting the addition of defensive tackle Sam Adams, Fletcher grinned and said: ''We've got a pretty stout group.'''

Marker Week 2 Of Mini Camp Starts With The Signing Of James Jett [8:02 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Jett says Sam Adams convinced him to come to Buffalo.'

Marker Bills sign ex-Raiders WR Jett [8:00 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills already have depth at receiver with Eric Moulds, Josh Reed and recent free-agent acquisition Bobby Shaw.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Introduce James Jett [6:56 PM] reports: Why Buffalo? What made it attractive?
"I talked to a couple of guys and they said it was a great place to be, a great place to play, good people here in the organization and they need some speed."

Marker James Jett Bio [5:39 PM] reports: 1998 Starter at wide receiver in all 16 league games for Raiders, finishing second on the team in receptions with 45, yardage with 882 and in receiving touchdowns with six…Average per reception of 19.6 ranked first on the Raiders and second in the NFL among receivers with at least 35 catches

Marker Bills Add Jett To Roster [4:19 PM] reports: Jett, known for his world class speed, has spent the past 11 seasons with the Raiders where he has caught 256 passes for 4,417 yards (17.3 average). In 1997, Jett posted career highs in catches (46) and touchdowns (12). He followed that season up with a career-best 882 yards in 1998.

Marker Packers sign former Dolphins T Spriggs [2:10 PM] reports: Marcus Spriggs, a six-year veteran who has started at both left and right tackle in the NFL, was signed by the Green Bay Packers. The 6-4, 310-pound Spriggs was chosen by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 1997 draft, and has been with the Miami Dolphins the last two years

Marker Veteran Dusty Zeigler fails physical; released [2:09 PM] reports: Dusty Zeigler was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent on March 6, 2000, after four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. With fellow veteran acquisitions Lomas Brown and Glenn Parker, he helped transform the offensive line into an efficient, effective unit that helped lead the Giants to a 12-4 record and a berth in Super Bowl XXXV. Zeigler was voted a Pro Bowl alternate that season.

Marker Bledsoe finds Portland a 'breath of fresh air' [11:37 AM]
Portland Tribune reports: 'Since January, when the purchase of his west-side house closed, Bledsoe has called Portland home.'

Marker Bills signee Simonton tearing up NFL Europe [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Simonton is realistic about his chances of making the Bills' roster. In addition to being at the bottom of the depth chart, he'll enter training camp after missing several minicamps and hours of on-field work and classroom study. But Simonton is confident his performance this spring has enhanced his chances of playing somewhere in the NFL. "I just want to play ball," he said. "I just feel like somebody will give me an opportunity if it doesn't work in Buffalo."'

Marker Dolphins' Taylor sees 'nail-biting' race [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor, who led the National Football League with 18 1/2 sacks last year, thinks his Dolphins are going to get even more competition this year from the Buffalo Bills, who beat his club twice last year. "They've added some guys in Sam Adams and Takeo (Spikes) who will really help them out," he said. "They're going to be tough. The Bills fans are fired up. I'm sure in Buffalo they're always ready for football, because there's not a whole lot else going on around here. It's great for the game. It's a great rivalry between the two teams. And the AFC East is the toughest division in football."'

Marker Nevada's Top Fan: Jonathan Burdette [9:03 AM] reports: I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I have only been to Buffalo once when I was a kid, but I brought back the greatest souvenir the city of Buffalo can offer, their passion for the Buffalo Bills.

Marker Book Review: The Making Of The Super Bowl [8:03 AM]
TBD reports: 'There are revelations about the personalities behind the scenes and those who were at the forefront of the battles. The "blackout" issue is widely discussed. There are many anecdotes about past Super Bowls (good and bad) and auxiliary NFL affairs.'

June 2, 2003

Marker Bills Fans Across America; Spotlight: Wyoming [4:21 PM] reports: 'No matter where I've lived, my love for all things BILLS has been my trademark. My husband enjoys watching what happens when someone who doesn't know me starts talking football, and crawls away after I've inundated them with BILLS smack.'

Marker Player Q&A: DT Justin Bannan [3:30 PM] reports: Defensive tackle Justin Bannan enters his second season in the NFL. As a rookie, the former Colorado standout provided quality depth along the defensive line for the Bills, playing in 15 of 16 games. He finished the season with 30 tackles (18 solo), 1.0 sack, one fumble recovery and seven QB pressures.

Marker Group Tickets On Sale Now [12:19 PM] reports: Only single seats are available for the home opener against New England on Sunday, September 7, and the September 28, meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Marker Dinkins a long shot at QB [9:53 AM]
Vancouver Sun reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, however, signed him to play running back, holding out the carrot that they might eventually evaluate him as a quarterback. Sent to NFL Europe for development, Dinkins became football's version of the Swiss army knife. With the Amsterdam Admirals, he was used as a quarterback, running back, defensive back, kick and punt returner and kick holder. "The Bills were looking at him as a free safety, and a running back," O'Billovich says.'

Marker Workout warriors [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The poster child for the Bills' offseason conditioning program is running back Travis Henry, who is coming off a great second season. "He's the example for the guys to see how we want this offseason program to work," Williams said.'

June 1, 2003

Marker Texans sign draft pick DT Wright, re-sign WR Black [11:20 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Houston Texans re-signed WR Avion Black on Friday. Black, acquired from the Buffalo Bills in the expansion draft, caught six passes for 52 yards last season and averaged a team-best 22 yards on 24 kickoff returns.

Marker The Week In Bills History (June 1-7) [1:43 PM] reports: June 7, 1965 - AFL TO EXPAND BY TWO TEAMS The American Football League (AFL) owners voted to expand the league by two teams for the 1966 season. They also approved expansion of the active roster to 40 players.

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