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Buffalo Bills News - April 13, 2005

Marker Bills 2005 Schedule Set [9:36 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'It's a sixth straight season opener at home for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Texans face Buffalo in NFL season opener [9:34 PM]
Houston Business Journal reports: 'The Houston Texans will begin the 2005 National Football League season with a road game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Sept. 11.'

Marker Henry trade on hold until draft [9:33 PM]
Arizona Republic reports: 'Buffalo also would like to swap places in the second round, taking the Cardinals’ pick, the 44th overall, with the Cardinals sliding to the 55th selection. The Cardinals, however, are balking at that – at least for now. With the eighth overall pick, the Cardinals should have a chance to take one of the top three running backs in the draft: Cedric Benson of Texas and Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams of Auburn. If they take one of them, the trade will be off.'

Marker Bills to host Texans in season opener [9:32 PM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'The Houston Texans open the 2005 season against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo on Sunday, Sept. 11.'

Marker Losman scheduled to make NFL debut at home against Texans [4:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Overall, the Bills' schedule will be against teams that went a combined 136-120 last season, and features five opponents that made the postseason.'

Marker Bills will open at home against Houston [4:24 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo's bye week appears exactly in the middle of the year, Sunday, Nov. 6 and there are exactly four home and four road games in each half of the season.'

Marker 2005 Schedule [12:41 PM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
SUN 9/11 HOUSTON AT BUFFALO 1:00p (ET)
SUN 9/18 BUFFALO AT TAMPA BAY 1:00p (ET)
SUN 9/25 ATLANTA AT BUFFALO 1:00p (ET)
SUN 10/2 BUFFALO AT NEW ORLEANS 12:00p (CT)
SUN 10/9 MIAMI AT BUFFALO 1:00p (ET)
SUN 10/16 NEW YORK JETS AT BUFFALO 4:15p (ET)
SUN 10/23 BUFFALO AT OAKLAND 1:15p (PT)
SUN 10/30 BUFFALO AT NEW ENGLAND 8:30p (ET)
SUN 11/6 BYE
SUN 11/13 KANSAS CITY AT BUFFALO 1:00p (ET)
SUN 11/20 BUFFALO AT SAN DIEGO 1:15p (PT)
SUN 11/27 CAROLINA AT BUFFALO 1:00p (ET)
SUN 12/4 BUFFALO AT MIAMI 1:00p (ET)
SUN 12/11 NEW ENGLAND AT BUFFALO 1:00p (ET)
SAT 12/17 DENVER AT BUFFALO 8:30p (ET)
SAT 12/24 BUFFALO AT CINCINNATI 1:00p (ET)
SUN 1/1 BUFFALO AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00p (ET)

Marker Bills delighted with 2005 first-round draft choice they got a year early [11:50 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I’ve never been in a position where you wait until 55 (to make an initial draft pick), but it couldn’t have come at a better time for the player we got.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2005 Draft Preview [11:48 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Donahoe has indicated that he'll be seeking depth on both lines first and foremost, and the club would also do well to add some bodies at tight end, cornerback, and fullback.'

Marker Bills need to make move with Henry [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But he'd better do something with Henry before training camp, and preferably sooner. The notion that Henry could still be a Bill next season is ludicrous. It would be bad for everyone involved, a needless distraction for a team trying to break in a new quarterback.'

Marker Henry is an ace in Bills' deck for draft [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Noted for his draft day blockbusters, Donahoe has a big ace card this year with which to work a trade and move up the draft order: disgruntled former starting running back Travis Henry. A depressed market for ball carriers and Donahoe's insistence on getting what he decides is "fair market value" for Henry have prevented a deal from taking place so far. But things tend to happen fast on draft weekend.'

Marker Bills aren't pushing for new stadium [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We had no idea," Donahoe said of the resolution presented by councilman Antoine Thompson that was approved by the council. "We had nothing to do with it. It's a nice idea but it's not something we're pushing."'

Marker Bills Schedule to be Announced Wednesday [5:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The NFL plans to announce the schedule at 2 p.m. ET on the NFL Network's signature show, NFL Total Access. Meanwhile, the schedule will be posted at Buffalobills.com in unison with its release on NFL Network.'

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April 12, 2005

Marker Top Bills Selection Acquired a Year Early [5:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'So will the Bills sit and wait for the 55th pick this year? "It's great to speculate," said Donahoe. "Where is this guy going to go and who is this team going to take? Will there be trades? How will it affect the round if there are significant trades made? People get into it. A lot of our fans and the media have great ideas about it and we think we do too."'

Marker Losman working hard this offseason as he assumes starter's role [1:14 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: '“I’m sure there will be some Sundays that we watch the process of trial and error, and the learning curve causes us to pull our hair a little bit,” Wyche said. “Then there will be other Sundays when he’s going to make something happen out of the blue because he’s a natural at the position — a natural quarterback, a natural runner, and he can make things happen. I don’t know what it will mean in terms of wins and losses. I don’t know if anyone can predict that. … He should step right in. I think he’ll be OK.”'

Marker Bears finalize 2005 preseason schedule [12:28 PM]
ChicagoBears.com reports: 'Chicago will then play at St. Louis on Fri., Aug. 12 and at Indianapolis on Sat., Aug. 20 at Indianapolis before hosting Buffalo on Fri., Aug. 26 and Cleveland on Thurs., Sept. 1. All five games begin at 7 p.m. central time.'

Marker QB likes change of scenery [10:32 AM]
Portland Tribune reports: 'The lightning rod for criticism from Buffalo fans through the first six weeks was Bledsoe. “Everyone was ready to send me home,” he says. “The fans, the media — they wanted to put me to pasture. If I came out of the season with anything positive personally, it was that I was able to persevere through all that and come out the other side.”'

Marker Donahoe doesn't regret trading No. 1 pick [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think he could be the first player taken (this year)," Donahoe said of Losman at a pre-draft media briefing Monday in Orchard Park. "That's just my opinion. I think he's definitely the first quarterback taken, and generally quarterbacks go first."'

Marker Can Buffalo Afford a New Bills Stadium Downtown? [5:01 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'I certainly don’t want to rain on anybody’s parade. Nearly a dozen new stadiums have been built in the last half-dozen years, with more coming, and Buffalo simply can’t afford one. Still, you have to give Councilman Thompson credit. There’s nothing wrong with thinking big.'

April 11, 2005

Marker Bills Talk Draft [9:49 PM]
RNews.com reports: '“We feel we do have a first round pick, and our first round pick is on our team and we feel good about that,” Donahoe said Monday. “Now, if the situation presents itself and it's the right player and we can make the move to get back in there, that would be great. But if it doesn't, then we'll all develop a little patience this year.”'

Marker Bills Speak About The Draft [9:47 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Donahoe says that there have been offers to move back into the first round from other teams, but none of those offers were substantial.'

Marker Losman Disappointed in Opening Pitch [12:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Losman has a baseball background, having played shortstop growing up and centerfield and right field as a freshman at Tulane before giving the sport up to concentrate completely on football.'

Marker QB Thompson Off and Running in Europe [11:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Once again the Bills Backers Germany met with Bills allocated quarterback Kevin Thompson, this time after his second win in as many games. Kevin scored two rushing touchdowns, had three scrambles for first downs, and was not picked off in a 23-10 victory over the Rhein Fire. Here's what Kevin said after the game.'

Marker Inside slant [7:03 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I've always been of the opinion that we don't need a new stadium in Buffalo, we can't afford it," Wilson told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "We can't afford $150,00 suites; they would all be empty. We can't afford to charge $60 for a ticket; we wouldn't have 25,000 people in the stands. We have to tailor our prices to what the market can afford. So far, we've been able to do that (and remain competitive)."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [7:02 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Following the departure of Jonas Jennings, Mike Williams might switch to the left side. Either way, Mike Gandy isn't the answer as a starter. The Bills need someone who can step in and play on the left or right side.'

Marker Notes, quotes [7:01 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It's the feeling of the coaches and our medical people that Willis (McGahee) still has some room to improve and get stronger and obviously, get more comfortable in our offense. The encouraging thing with Willis is that each time he went on the field, he got better. I think next year we'll see the real Willis McGahee. What we saw this year was pretty good, but he's a got a chance to be even better."'

Marker Former UTEP player profiled on TV show [6:17 AM]
El Paso Times reports: 'Former UTEP football player Jon Dorenbos was featured Sunday on the first episode of E! Entertainment Television's "True American Stories" on cable Channel 43.'

Marker Bills have 55 reasons to seek trade [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Donahoe hasn't closed the door on pulling off a deal in order to get back into the first round. But while the urge to resist such a move will be like a ball bearing running from a magnet, it's very likely the Bills will stand pat, content to sip coffee and plot second-round strategy for most of the day. One big reason is the overall talent pool.'

Marker Inside the Herd: LB Josh Stamer [5:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With coach Bobby April we can come to the sideline and tell him what we are seeing and he'll make adjustments quickly. He'll take your opinion into account. He'll let us change things on the field. There were a couple of times in games where Crowell and I just started crossing on kickoffs just to mess up the double teams. He doesn't mind you adlibbing a bit but don't mess up. He's awesome at putting you on the right match up with a guy that is similar in height, weight, strength, and speed.'

April 10, 2005

Marker Bills Team Report [7:19 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'There is talk of moving C Trey Teague to left tackle. Regardless, the Bills have to start thinking about a successor at center. The Bills love versatile linemen, so Michigan's David Baas would be a great pick in the second round. Baas is a tough and technically sound player with experience at center and guard.'

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