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Buffalo Bills News - March 16, 2003

Marker Players taste game action [9:47 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Merceda Perry, a LB out of UNC Chapel Hill, who the Bills signed on January 24th and allocated to NFL Europe had 4 sacks in a game condition scrimmage for the Barcelona Dragons.

Marker Bills' best upgrades may be the guys carrying clipboards [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The difference is in the takeaway-giveaway ratio. Tell me who had the most takeaways in a game, and I can tell you the likely winner." The Bills had 19 takeaways in each of the past two seasons. They finished in the bottom five of NFL takeaway-giveaway ratio in both years.'

Marker Adams has the stuff to give Bills a championship defense [9:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Adams is the run-plugger who will keep the blockers off Fletcher and Spikes. He automatically would make Pat Williams better.'

Marker Patriots, Bills appear most improved in AFC East [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Here is how I rate the AFC East in terms of improvement since last season ended...'.

Marker Things are shaking in the AFC East [5:28 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''The Bills have done the most to improve their team but they're the one that needed the most. They significantly improved themselves on defense by signing [linebackers Jeff] Posey and [Takeo] Spikes. They lost Keith Newman but they more than made up for that with Spikes, who should really impact their defense."'

Marker Bills on the move [5:27 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'As encouraging as the Patriots' signings of linebacker/pass rusher Rosevelt Colvin, safety Rodney Harrison and cornerback Tyrone Poole have been, Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli are still a move or two away from matching the offseason improvement of the Buffalo Bills.'

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March 15, 2003

Marker Bills Work Overtime In Busy Two-Week Period [12:07 PM] reports: You would be hard pressed to find a staff that has been busier than Tom Donahoe's staff over the past two weeks. Since the free agency gates were opened on February 28, the Buffalo Bills President and General Manager has orchestrated a number of roster moves that have raised the level of excitement and anticipation among Bills backers everywhere.

Marker Two Bills Drive Mock Draft Track is alive and active [10:07 AM]
TBD reports: You can get a summary of which players various mock drafts have projected the Bills to pick from TBD and its staff of volunteers.

Marker NFL Europe Coaching Interns [10:03 AM] reports: The NFL Coaching Internship Program is a joint effort of the NFL and the NFL Players Association. This year's participants include two former Bills:
PETE METZELAARS (FC Barcelona Dragons - Training Camp) -
MARTIN BAYLESS (FC Barcelona Dragons - Full Season) -

Marker Channel 7 going to the videotape for two Bills preseason games [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills, however, are usually the top TV draw in the area. So Channel 7 should at least be able to do much better in the ratings with the Bills than they would do by carrying ABC's summer schedule of prime-time shows.'

March 14, 2003

Marker In the end, Jets unlikely to keep Coles [6:14 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Adams is smart enough to realize that the money in the free agent well is drying up quickly now and he won't wait forever on the Bills to get into what he feels his price range should be. In the next week or so, if there is no deal with Buffalo, he will begin exploring options. And don't be surprised if the Ravens are at the top of his list.'

Marker Send A FREE Buffalo Bills E-Card [12:00 PM] reports: Four different cards including one featuring recently-acquired linebacker Takeo Spikes.

Marker Another Visitor - Cornerback Alex Molden [11:57 AM] reports: Cornerback Alex Molden (San Diego) is the latest free agent to visit the Bills. Molden, a first-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 1996, played two years for the Chargers before the team released him this year.

Marker Bills host Jenkins; Molden next [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Molden's agent is Angelo Wright, who is trying to reach an agreement with the Bills and another client, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sam Adams.'

Marker In for a visit [8:42 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: Spielman said the Dolphins were playing host free agent TE Marco Battaglia on Thursday and today and are interested in former Bills TE Jay Riemersma. Battaglia was cut after two games with Tampa Bay last season and finished the season with Pittsburgh. The Bills recently released Riemersma. The Dolphins need a backup TE because Jed Weaver and Desmond Clark departed as free agents.

Marker Report: Falcons Re-Sign Punter Chris Mohr [8:28 AM]
AP reports: The Atlanta Falcons reportedly re-signed punter Chris Mohr to a six-year contract Thursday, a $5.2 million package including a $600,000 signing bonus. He joined the Bills in 1991 and became Buffalo's career leader in punts and punting average. His average last season with the Falcons was the second best of his career.

Marker Riemersma keeping options open for next season [5:42 AM]
Holland Sentinel reports: 'He is considered one of the premier tight ends in football.'

Marker Vikings keep Williams, trade Bouman, lose out on Brown [5:41 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'He visited Buffalo on Tuesday, and the Bills desperately wanted him as a backup for starter Travis Henry. The Vikings, however, locked him up by increasing their signing bonus.'

Marker Dolphins bring back Buckley [5:40 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Spielman said that with the loss of backup tight ends Jed Weaver and Desmond Clark in free agency, the team will have both Marco Battaglia and Jay Riemersma in for visits. Battaglia came in Thursday. No date for a visit with Riemersma has been set.'

March 13, 2003

Marker Browns set dates, times for preseason schedule [10:13 PM]
AP reports: 'The Browns host Buffalo in a scrimmage at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Aug. 2 at 11 a.m.'

Marker Adams still interested in signing with Bills [10:01 PM]
AP reports: Earlier Thursday, the Bills met with former Arizona Cardinals WR/kick returner MarTay Jenkins, an UFA. Jenkins had 21 catches for 251 yards and was the Cardinals top returner before missing the last half of last season with a broken shoulder blade. The Bills are seeking a new returner after electing not to re-sign Charlie Rogers last month.

Marker Free Agent MarTay Jenkins Visits Buffalo [5:27 PM] reports: "I can do both. I've done both throughout my career. Special teams is defiantly what made me. I made a name for myself out there. I've progressed as a receiver the last couple of years. It's kind of a bonus for me that I can do both. Plus gunner, kickoff and all those other added special teams they would want me to do so I would hope that would be an added incentive."

Marker Joe DeLamielleure Autograph Sessions [3:37 PM]
TBD reports: 2003 Hall of Fame inductee, Joe DeLamielleure, will be appearing in Chantilly Virginia this Sunday (March 16th)! Get your autograph this weekend!

Marker Jersey Number Changes [10:06 AM] reports: Andrew Bowers - 77 Mark Campbell - 84 Grant Irons - 99 Omari Jordan - 95 DaShon Polk - 52 Josh Stamer - 57

Marker Spikes brings warrior mentality to Buffalo [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I feel born again," said the 26-year-old Spikes. "I'm looking forward to meeting all of the guys, building up the camaraderie and enjoying life. I'm happy with where I'm at, I'm happy with everything that comes along with it and I'm looking forward to starting up."'

Marker Suddenly, Bills fever is spiking [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"And it ain't over yet," said John Guy, the Bills' director of pro personnel. "We still have more pieces to get. We're not in a rush, but when we find a guy who fits our situation, and at the right price, we'll spin our efforts that way. We're just trying to be patient, be flexible."'

Marker Adams set to sign with Bills; Blake goes to Cardinals [9:00 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: With strong interest on both sides, free-agent DT Sam Adams appears to be headed to Buffalo...

Marker Spikes adds bite to Bills defense [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'I feel born again, said Spikes, a first-round pick out of Auburn in 1998 who endured seasons of 3-13, 4-12, 4-12, 6-10 and 2-14 in Cincinnati. "It took 12 days (on the market), but it felt like two months. Im just happy where Im at. Im happy with everything that comes with this and Im looking forward to starting it up.'

Marker Spikes lured by Jennings [5:19 AM]
Shout! reports: They're not scouts, coaches, owners or general managers, but Takeo Spikes and Jonas Jennings have spent time recruiting one another during their relatively short football careers. Today, Spikes, 26, was officially welcomed as a Buffalo Bill.

March 12, 2003

Marker Playoffs now Spikes' top priority in Buffalo [9:16 PM]
AP reports: '``I know I said last week that I want to just smell the playoffs,'' Spikes said Wednesday in his first public appearance as a Bill. ``Let me correct that. I do want to smell the playoffs. But I want to bite the Super Bowl.'''

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