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Buffalo Bills News - February 4, 2003

Marker 2003 Buffalo Bills in the NFL Europe League [3:53 PM] reports: The NFL Europe League training camp kicks off in February and runs to the end of March. Five of the six Bills players allocated have been assiged to a NFL Europe team.

Marker Bills sign cornerback Turner [2:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Turner, who was out of football last season, appeared in 51 games with the Chargers mostly as a special-teams player before he was released last August. Previously, he appeared in 41 games over three seasons with Washington.'

Marker Bills Sign CB Scott Turner [10:30 AM] reports: Turner (5-10, 180) was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh-round (226th overall) of the 1995 Draft out of Illinois. He played in 41 games over three seasons with Washington before being released and claimed off of waivers by the San Diego Chargers in 1998. In his four years in San Diego, Turner appeared in 51 games (4 starts) contributing 23 tackles and two interceptions.

Marker February Bills Wallpaper [9:29 AM] reports: Show your pride by putting the Buffalo Bills on your computer's desktop. February's calendar features offensive tackle Jonas Jennings. Jennings moved to the left tackle position prior to the start of the 2002 season and started 15 games, missing only one game due to a leg injury.

Marker Ex-Bills O-line coach to MTSU [6:15 AM]
Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports: '“When you don’t get in the playoffs things have to happen, guys have to make moves,” Vinklarek said. “I am a big boy, I understand it. What I hope to bring these young men here is an insight and an understanding that they have to develop, and I want to lend to them all the things I’ve picked up over the years."'

Marker McCollum Names Ex-Bills, Titans Assistant as Offensive Line Coach [6:11 AM]
Middle Tennessee State University reports: 'Vinklarek, 44, spent the past two years as the offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills where the offensive line paved the way in 2002 for a 4,359-yard passer in Drew Bledsoe, a 1,439-yard rusher in Travis Henry, and two 1,200-plus receivers in Eric Moulds and Peerless Price. Vinklarek was on the same Bills staff as former Blue Raider defensive coordinator Miles Aldridge.'

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February 3, 2003

Marker Hawaiian Experience - Billy Buffalo at the Pro Bowl [4:01 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe, Ruben Brown, Travis Henry, and Eric Moulds weren't the only ones representing the Buffalo Bills at the annual Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Billy Buffalo, the team's mascot, was part of the festivities on Sunday. For Billy, it was his second trip to the all-star game in past three years. Read his final postcard from Hawaii

Marker Ask Pro Bowl Buffalo Jill [3:17 PM] reports: Buffalo Jills cheerleader Diana was among the twenty-five cheerleaders selected for the 2003 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Diana is in her sixth season with the Jills. Diana will be in Honolulu, Hawaii from January 27 to February 5. When she returns she will talk about her Pro Bowl experience and share some photos of her trip with

Marker Request more information and a membership form for the Bills Kids Club [3:09 PM] reports: Become a member of the Bills Kids Club and show everyone who your favorite team is - the Buffalo Bills. When you sign up, you will receive your exclusive Bills Kids Club t-shirt, a special welcome card from me, Billy Buffalo, the official Bills team mascot. You will also get some fun stuff like sticker, Bills school supplies, team photos, a quarterly newsletter and a birthday card signed by one of the Bills players.

Marker The Week In Bills History (Feb. 3-8) [11:23 AM] reports: February 4, 1993 - RALPH WILSON RESTRUCTURES BILLS' ORGANIZATION Buffalo Bills' GM Bill Polian was released from his contract with the Bills as owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. began to restructure the front office.

Marker 5th Down: Chalk Talk with Ralph, Part I [10:55 AM] reports: Even though the Bills have salary cap room, they'll be cautious spenders in free agency this winter. Re-signing wide receiver Peerless Price is presumably high on the wish list, but the team won't overspend to do it."With Peerless Price, we would like to keep him," Bills owner Ralph Wilson said. "I don't know whether we can. That'll be up to our salary cap situation." Read this week's 5th Down

February 2, 2003

Marker Bledsoe's Pro Bowl Return Gratifying [10:09 AM] reports: 'What a difference a year makes. Now Bledsoe is on a new team and appearing in the fourth Pro Bowl of his 10-year career as one of the AFC's three quarterbacks. The others are Oakland's Rich Gannon , who will start Sunday against the NFC at Aloha Stadium, and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning.'

Marker CDS 25th Anniversary Dinner featuring Jim Kelly [10:08 AM]
Continuing Developmental Services reports: 'Join former Buffalo Bills quarterback and National Hall of Famer, Jim Kelly on March 6th at CDS' 25th Anniversary Celebration brought to you by BlueCross BlueShield of the Rochester area.'

Marker Tag for Peerless may exact too stiff a price [9:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the question remains for Donahoe: Can the Bills afford to have two players being paid like "1-A" players at the position? The answer almost certainly is no, which Donahoe already has acknowledged.'

Marker Kelly to speak at CDS dinner [6:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills star Jim Kelly will be the keynote speaker for CDS Inc.'s 25th anniversary dinner March 6 at the Hyatt Regency.'

February 1, 2003

Marker Update From Hawaii [12:13 PM] reports: 'There was an area for autographs, a sports card show, raffles, and live bands playing all day long. I was even able to buy some really cool Bills merchandise!'

Marker Ex-Bill Parker rides Giant experience into AFL studio [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He was practically railroaded out of town by some offensive comments made by local sports talk host Chuck Dickerson. Parker thinks Dickerson lit the fuse and others piled on, making him expendable when the Bills had salary-cap problems. After he left the Bills, Parker was named the most valuable player on the Kansas City Chiefs and went on to a Super Bowl with the Giants.'

January 31, 2003

Marker In Hawaii [1:59 PM] reports: 'This morning, I met Eric, Ruben and Travis for breakfast. Drew couldn't come because he was doing an interview for one of the TV stations. In was so hungry I had five omelets, 8 strips of bacon, and I lost track of all the pancakes. Even Ruben was in awe!'

Marker First Day In Paradise [1:58 PM] reports: 'Q: Danny from Salt Lake City, Utah asked if I am worried my tongue might get ripped out by an irate coach like the Calgary Flames mascot, and what precautions I am taking. A: I saw that clip too, Danny, and it was scary to see that such a thing could happen. So I guess I am a little scared. After all, I don't know any of the coaches that are here at the Pro Bowl. But I think if I behave myself and, most importantly, keep my mouth shut, I should be able to leave Hawaii in one piece.'

Marker On My Way [1:57 PM] reports: 'Spending 15 hours on a plane is tough, but when I got to the airport I found out that Mr. Wilson bumped my ticket up to first-class!'

Marker It's Human. Really! [1:57 PM] reports: 'What do athletes and politicians have in common? More than you might think…'

Marker 'Music City Miracle' isn't music to the ears of Buffalo Bills fans [1:53 PM]
Knoxville News Sentinel reports: 'Above all else, I enjoy and appreciate hearing from fans who are both passionate and sensible. The Buffalo fans I have heard from definitely meet (or exceed) this criteria. You guys rock.'

January 29, 2003

Marker Where Are They Now: Charley Ferguson [1:33 PM] reports: '"One thing that I’m proud of is being able to be part of a team that I thought was very, very good. Both defensively and offensively. What I mean by that is - the three years that we had a lot of success, ‘64, ‘65 and ‘66, although we did lose the (‘66) championship game to Kansas City. If we would have won that game, that would have given us the first opportunity of playing in the Super Bowl," Ferguson said. "I just thought at that time, we were really unified, a lot of camaraderie, the guys were very close, and we just showed that all the way. On the field and off the field."'

January 28, 2003

Marker Lary Bump: Joe D., Lofton deserving of Hall [6:07 PM]
Shout! reports: We knew that the Hall of Fame would be opening its doors to a number of Bills over the next few years, but who would have expected the two who will be going in this year?

Marker Distant Replay [1:19 PM]
Washington Times reports: '"They scared every team in the league but us," Banks said. "When we broke down the films, we saw they had abandoned the running game the last six games of the season. Their running game was a swing pass to Thurman Thomas. We said we were gonna play the pass and basically try to intimidate the receivers, punish them every time they got the ball. They ran a lot of crossing routes, similar to what the Raiders do."'

Marker Forcing Success [10:13 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'In fact, as I see it, even red zone stats, or third down stats, or opposing QB rating stats, aren’t nearly the measure of a championship defense as much as a defense’s ability to force turnovers.'

Marker Bucs reinforce Donahoe faith in balance [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've got a lot of work to do," Donahoe said. "I like a lot of things I saw with our offense this year. We have the potential to be balanced. We probably threw the ball more than we'd like to in the future. Our defense made some strides, but we have to get a lot better."'

January 26, 2003

Marker No. 2 QB couldn't find his way to San Diego [10:52 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"(The Super Bowl) sunk in when Disney asked me to sign a waiver sheet to cover their (rear end)," Johnson said. "To me, backing up is more stressful. You don't practice all week. But once you get in there, the butterflies go away."

Marker DeLamielleure, Lofton reach Hall [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was a landmark day for the Bills franchise.'

Marker 'D' Day is family affair [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...if ever there was a Bill who was a Buffalo type of guy, it was DeLamielleure, a reliable offensive guard who exemplified the town's blue-collar ethos during his 13-year NFL career - eight of them with the Bills.'

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