NHL's labor limbo complicates Empire's future [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On another note, Koshinski took issue with the industry perception that the Buffalo market couldn't support two sports-talk radio stations. He said the long-term plans for WNSA were disrupted years ago when former Adelphia executive Timothy Rigas made a last-minute decision that prevented the station from bidding for the Bills contract. "Our game plan was to carry the Bills games," Koshinski said. "We were 55 minutes away from doing that. Timothy Rigas pulled the plug then. We felt it was a very strong, competent bid. What we formulated as a business plan became flawed."'
Reed stops to talk to kids on way to Canton [5:55 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '''I felt I had at least another year or two left to play in the right situation,'' he said. ''But I didn't get the right situation and I wasn't going to go way out of my way just to prove to somebody that I could play another year or two. I left the game on my own terms, which is what you want as a player.'''
Thomas: Players need to mature [5:53 AM]
Mobile Register reports: '"I think people are starting to realize now what we accomplished," he said. "Two years ago (former Bills head coach) Marv Levy got into the Hall of Fame, and Jim Kelly got in, too. We had some great players on those teams and that's starting to get noticed, too."'
Peters may fill bill in Buffalo [5:45 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'In the end the Buffalo Bills signed the former Arkansas tight end as an undrafted free agent and will keep him at that position initially. However, some in the league believe he could be, with some work, a quality left tackle.'
Some teams can't get enough tight ends [8:56 PM]
ESPN reports: The three-year contract is worth $18.5 million and drops Bledsoe's cap charge for 2004 from $8.33 million to a much more palatable $4.147 million. Bledsoe, who is coming off the worst season of his career, received a $6.5 million signing bonus. His base salaries will be $2.25 million (for 2004), $3.3 million (2005) and $4.35 million (2006). There are roster bonuses of $1.05 million each for 2005 and 2006. The salary cap charge will rise to $6.5 million for '05 and to $8.316 million for '06, but those are still far less than the cap charges for those seasons under the old contract.
Evans: The Perfect Script [8:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'You can see the difference between the college and the pros right away. The defensive backs are a little bit more physical, a little bit quicker, a little bit stronger, so I have to use my speed and be physical too. Stepping out on that field was a blessing for me, now I just have to take advantage of it. Troy Vincent gave me some little pointers on certain things he's done in the League. Being patient, learning the game, and being a student of the game were probably the most important things he said.'
Introducing… Tim Euhus [8:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I usually throw up before a game.'
CB Troy Vincent Answers Fan Questions [11:17 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: What was the main factor when you decided to come to Buffalo over Kansas City and Cincinnati?
TV: Definitely the head coach.'
New ruler of roost [5:21 AM]
Aurora Beacon News reports: 'Beebe said he plans on installing a West Coast offense similar to the K-Gun named after and run by Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, a good friend of Beebe's. Beebe, though, wants to "simplify the offense and gear it more towards high school."'
Introducing… Dylan McFarland [4:20 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: If not for football, what would you be doing/career?
DM: I'd probably go to law school. I think that's interesting. I want to be a judge someday hopefully. I wouldn't mind doing that.'
Short Trip, Big Step for Graham [11:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Mark Graham the second team All-MAC free safety from the University at Buffalo signed as an undrafted free agent with the Bills, participated this past weekend in the team's rookie orientation camp and couldn't be more wide-eyed. "It's a little overwhelming, a lot of plays, and the game is a little bit faster," said Graham after the weekend came to a close.'
Travis Henry Plans Return to Polk [7:50 AM]
Lakeland Ledger reports: 'Buffalo Bills running back and Frostproof High graduate, Travis Henry, will be hosting his 1st Annual Travis Henry Day on Saturday, May 15th.'
Bills' Wyche awed by QB Losman [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”Sometimes when you put a list like that together, they are very tight in terms of feelings towards them,” Wyche said. “J.P., if I was to break it down, is a better athlete (than the other three). He’s niftier in the pocket, a scrappy kind of guy. He makes a decision and goes with it. He’s got as strong or stronger arm than those three other guys and football intellect, he’s going to be able to do anything we ask.”'
Coaches Clinic Set For May 22nd [5:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The clinic is free to high school and college coaches and will feature a series of seminars and lectures by new Bills head coach Mike Mularkey and his coaching staff that will discuss drills and techniques.'
Introducing… Jonathan Freddie Smith [11:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I have no idea what I would be doing without football.'
Inside the Bills Draft Room [3:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"There's so much time and effort put in by a lot of people for these picks," said head coach Mike Mularkey. "All you can do is trust the opinions and the final grade and say, 'These are the guys.'"'
Case signs free agent contract with NFL's Bills [1:27 PM]
Adams State University reports: 'This spring, Case has been playing minor-league arena football for the Casper (Wyo.) Calvary, a team in the National Indoor Football League’s Pacific West Division.'
Bills' Recharged Offense Hinges on Bledsoe [1:24 PM]
Washington Post reports: "He didn't have a very good year, but no one around him had a very good year," Donahoe said at the NFL scouting combine. "None of us had a very good year. I think we've put people around him who will help him have a better year."
Wilsons join Hospice ceremony [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., and his wife, Mary, on Sunday toured the expanded Hospice Inpatient Unit that bears their names, then rededicated the facility during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.'
Anderson: Dreamed of Playing in the NFL [8:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I have heard Bills games aren't that much different than Ohio State games. A lot of people said the fans are pretty comparable so that's definitely a good thing.'
WR Evans looks like a winner [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sure it was only four practices, the first of many more before the Bills kick off the season on Sept. 12, but Evans left no doubt he can be a factor his rookie season.'
Three-quarterback monte [4:41 PM]
SI.com reports: 6. I think these drafts I liked: Buffalo (because I love Lee Evans and think Losman's going to be a good player)
NFL Network will allow all exhibition games to be televised [4:39 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: All of the NFL's 65 exhibition games this season will be available on television for the first time. The league's four network partners -- ABC, CBS, ESPN and Fox -- will show 11 games, and NFL Network will broadcast the other 54. Some NFL Network games will be shown on tape delay during the four weeks of exhibition play.
None of the Bills games will be shown nationally on any of the network partners.
Brown treads water as QB pool deepens [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I do feel Travis is a guy that kind of gets overlooked in this situation," Bledsoe said at the Bills' rookie orientation camp this weekend. "Travis is a guy that is very smart. He has good ability. He throws the ball well."'
Give it a rest! Football needs an offseason [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Levy was criticized for taking it easy on his players, but he always kept the game in perspective. Looking back, Marv was onto something.'
Mularkey impressed with rookie class [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You saw some flashes," he said. "You got to see some things you'd hope you would in this camp, especially the more they got reps and the more time they're in there and their confidence in their ability in knowing what to do. It's amazing how fast the speed picks up once they figure out what they are supposed to be doing. This is a very good class of free agents. Our scouts did an unbelievable job and coaches as well getting them here."'
Kelly at Eastview [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly will appear from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 6 at Eastview Mall to benefit his Hunter’s Hope Foundation.'
Inside slant [5:32 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Speed, not size, is what Buffalo coveted and Evans - who consistently clocked in the high 4.3s in pre-draft workouts - not only will help get the Bills' passing game back get on track but he also will help stretch the field and open up the running game.'
Strategy and personnel [5:31 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Because of Anderson's great strength and work habits - he's been called a weight and film room "junkie - the Bills believe they've landed someone who could wind up having a long NFL career.'
Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:31 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'As many as seven players will be vying for the punt and kick return duties, including Antonio Brown, who averaged 21.8 yards per kickoff but just 4.4 yards per punt. Bruising free agent rookie running back Shaud Williams (5-7, 193) is among the players Buffalo will look at.'
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