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Buffalo Bills News - April 20, 2005

Marker Draft Coverage [5:32 PM] reports: ' will be broadcasting NFL Network draft coverage from Wednesday, April 20 to Sunday, April 24. The shows that will be aired on the team's official site will include NFL Total Access and NFL Playbook.'

Marker QB Matthews re-signs with Bills [5:02 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills were particularly pleased with how Matthews helped mentor Losman through his rookie season.'

Marker Matthews Is Back [4:37 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have confirmed that they've resigned QB Shane Matthews.'

Marker Donahoe, as always, ready to make a deal [4:22 PM]
AP reports: '''We just feel that if we're going to make a trade, we want something we think is equal value,'' Donahoe said. ''We will decide, the Buffalo Bills will decide, what's a fair offer, not Travis and not Travis' agent.'''

Marker Productive Weekend for NFL Europe Bills [3:55 PM] reports: 'At first I met former Buffalo Bills quarterback and current Bills radio color analyst Alex Van Pelt. This season he is the quarterbacks coach of the Galaxy.'

Marker Bills Looking To Add Depth During Draft [9:59 AM] reports: 'One of the things that make this draft very interesting is the lack of top level talent. This can work to the Bills advantage.'

Marker 2005 Mock Draft [9:58 AM] reports: 'It's tougher to predict than usual (not that it is ever easy). That is because the Bills do not have a first round pick, thanks to the J.P. Losman deal. They aren't scheduled to pick until the 55th overall selection in the second round of the NFL Draft.'

Marker Matthews will return as No. 3 QB [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Matthews has reached a verbal agreement, according to a source close to the quarterback, to return to the Bills as No. 3 behind starter J.P. Losman and new No. 2 Kelly Holcomb.'

Marker Beebe proves long shots can win [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm proof of that. They might not get a world-beater, but they can find another piece of the puzzle, and that's how you build a winning football team — piece by piece."'

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April 19, 2005

Marker Looking to Move Up [9:35 PM] reports: '“We think that Travis is a starting running back in the league and he's proven what he can do,” Donahoe added. “He's been to a pro bowl, and he's had production and it's been consistent when the opportunity's been given to him to play. We just feel that if we're going to make a trade we want something we think is equal value and we may get it, we may not.”'

Marker Hunter's Hope Ball Is July 29 [5:14 PM]
WROC-TV reports: 'The 3rd Annual Hunter's Hope Candlelight Ball will happen in late July. It's named for Hunter Kelly, son of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.'

Marker Bills to Host Flag Football Tournament [5:05 PM] reports: 'The tournament will be held on the team’s grass practice field adjacent to Ralph Wilson Stadium. Adult teams (ages 18 & up) will play a four-on-four version of the game with two substitutes and will compete in men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions. Youth teams (ages 12-14 & 15-17) will participate in five-on-five play with one substitute.'

Marker Facts & Figures On 2005 NFL Draft [10:52 AM] reports: 'The first three rounds will conclude on Saturday by approximately 10:00 PM ET. In 2004, the first round consumed five hours and 24 minutes; the second, two hours and 47 minutes; and the third, one hour and 56 minutes. The draft will resume on Sunday at 11:00 AM ET for the final four rounds, ending at approximately 6:00 PM ET.'

Marker It may be time to shut door on NFL draft [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You have to admit, it would be far more interesting if the rookie free-agency period opened at noon Saturday instead of waiting for the Bills to make the 55th pick sometime far into the night.'

Marker Bills' Tom and Tom Show a success [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One thing we do know for sure: Modrak has been there and done that as GM of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1998 to 2000. He wouldn't bite even if the job was offered.'

Marker Redskins May Trade Draft Pick [5:01 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Redskins and Bills have not discussed a Clements trade, sources said.'

April 18, 2005

Marker Donahoe to Answer Fans’ Draft Questions [9:28 PM] reports: 'The Verizon Wireless Text Messaging Chat with Donahoe will begin at noon on Tuesday, April 19 and will offer fans the opportunity to send their questions directly to Donahoe and receive real-time answers via text messages on their wireless phone.'

Marker The X-factor [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Introducing Matt Jones, who has been called the salary cap bargain of 2005, a player many experts believe would be an intriguing fit for the Buffalo Bills with the 55th overall pick. That's if Jones is still available.'

Marker Losman can win Game 1 [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are expected to begin the 2005 NFL season with a new starting quarterback, and the oddsmakers must have some confidence in J.P. Losman.'

April 17, 2005

Marker Bills Team Report [9:05 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The Bills are excited about the development of DT Lauvale Sape.'

Marker Inside slant [6:33 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The crop of blue-chip quarterbacks available in the NFL draft April 23-24 is piano wire thin, with only Utah's Alex Smith, Cal's Aaron Rodgers and maybe, Akron's Charlie Frye, deserving of selection in the first round. That makes the Buffalo Bills feel good.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [6:32 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Unrestricted free agents: LS Bradford Banta; WR Drew Haddad; QB Shane Matthews; OT Marcus Price; OL Mike Pucillo (not tendered as RFA); FS Izell Reese.'

Marker Notes, quotes [6:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"You could do a lot of things with him, create all kinds of mismatch problems. With Coach Mularkey's scheme, he likes to throw wrinkles into his offense and he's a kid he'd love to have. With his size and speed ... he can create nightmares for defenses trying to scheme him. He's one of the fastest players in the draft, and one of the tallest, so with that combination, he can get down field and make plays, just get him the ball anyway possible." - Bills scout Shawn Heinlen on Arkansas' Matt Jones, a 6-5 QB who is projected as a WR or TE at the NFL level.'

Marker McGahee makes run at elite status [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I rate the following eight backs a notch above McGahee, based on their past production and projections for this season: Shaun Alexander, Ahman Green, Priest Holmes, Edgerrin James, Jamal Lewis, Curtis Martin, Fred Taylor and LaDainian Tomlinson.'

Marker Ex-Bills join Kelly in Drive For Hope [5:00 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: '"The toughest part for me since I retired is not being around my teammates, Jim and Bruce and Andre (Reed) and Darryl (Talley)," Thomas said. "We were a family for 16, 17, 20 weeks out of the year and that's probably the part that's hardest for people who haven't played to understand. That's what makes these types of events fun, and even though we may have lost four Super Bowls, we were still one heck of a football team and a heck of a lot of guys that still care about each other."'

Marker Small-town boys followed, fulfilled dreams [4:59 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"I was always one of the littlest guys around," Tasker said, "and that's one reason why dads bring their sons up to me and say, 'See, son, you don't have to be a giant to play in the NFL.' Or they say, 'If he can play, you can.'"

April 16, 2005

Marker Kids Day to be against Packers [9:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Meanwhile, Bills fans will have the chance to ask their NFL Draft questions to team President and General Manager Tom Donahoe through a text messaging chat held by Verizon Wireless this week. The chat will run from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and is open to subscribers of any cell phone carrier.'

Marker Bills absent from MNF once again [9:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is the first time in Bills history since MNF began that the team hasn't made the schedule after a winning season.'

Marker Bucs, Eagles join list of teams in pursuit of Bills' Henry [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buccaneers are without a starting-caliber running back and are exploring ways to obtain Henry so they can concentrate on selecting one of the top receivers in the draft. Coach Jon Gruden is also interested in moving up to take either Utah quarterback Alex Smith or Cal's Aaron Rodgers.'

Marker Buffalo's Henry on Eagles' wish list [5:05 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'The Eagles are considering a deal for Henry because they feel they may need to protect themselves against the possibility that Brian Westbrook will depart after this season.'

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