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Buffalo Bills News - March 31, 2005

Marker Bills' April voted top special teams coach [3:58 PM]
AP reports: 'April's unit last year finished first in kickoff- and punt-return average, while also tying an NFL record by scoring five touchdown returns. Buffalo's special teams added a sixth TD when Jason Peters blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone in a 33-17 win at Cincinnati in December.'

Marker April to Receive Coach of the Year Award [1:10 PM] reports: 'Bills special teams coach Bobby April has been voted Special Teams Coach of the Year by his peers and will receive the award Tuesday April, 5th at a breakfast award ceremony in Reno, NV.'

Marker Kelly will be in Oak Forest Sunday for Krabbe benefit [12:08 PM]
Tinley Park Star reports: 'That's why it's important to stop by Gaelic Park on Sunday, meet Jim Kelly and listen to what he has to say. He's attacking this disease just like he did opposing defenses in the NFL.'

Marker Tackling Krabbe Disease [12:07 PM]
Liam Hammonds Memorial Foundation reports: 'Includes "Dinner With Jim Kelly", silent auction, 50/50 raffle, DJ provided by "Good Rockin' Tonight" and a cash bar.

Marker Pros would be poetry [6:00 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'Representatives from five NFL teams -- Buffalo, Miami, Green Bay, Philadelphia and Indianapolis -- came to the UAlbany campus on Monday to work out Campbell and Gudmundsen. Bills offensive line coach Jim McNally took Gudmundsen out to dinner on Easter Sunday.'

Marker Draft may spark Cards-Bills talks [5:01 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: '"Arizona understands our position, we understand theirs. So probably, unless somebody wants to blink, it's probably not going to get done. Sometimes as you get closer to the draft, and these ideas that looked like they were dead, they start to take on a new life. "So we will keep the door open and will continue to look, because that is probably the fair thing to do."'

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March 30, 2005

Marker Donahoe discounts Henry's threat to sit out [9:31 PM]
AP reports: 'In an interview with Sirius NFL Radio on Wednesday, Donahoe said he's still attempting to trade Henry, but added he expects the player to return to Buffalo for the final year of his contract if a deal doesn't materialize. ''I have heard every threat that there is. It's just that time of year where people posture,'' Donahoe said. ''But to take the year off and not play football, that is professional suicide.'''

Marker NFL Europe Interview with Kevin Thompson [9:30 PM] reports: 'Q: What about your chances to make the Bills roster?
A: I'm not looking that far. For me, it is important to focus on my team and game right here. I don't want to cheat myself and the team. I'll try to get better and improve my game. Anything else is not on my focus right now.'

Marker Bannan, Peters Line Up [11:56 AM] reports: 'The switch is a risk for Bannan who goes from one side of the ball to the other in the final year of his contract. "It is a risk," Bannan admitted. "I can go over there and it might not pan out like I want it to or the Bills want it to, but it's a risk I'm willing to take. If all else fails I'll go back to defense, but this is something I'm looking forward to and I want to help the team and win. If the coaches think I can be a good fit on the other side then why not? I'm ready to give it a shot."'

Marker Joe D takes a (steroid) shot at Haslett [10:31 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'DeLamielleure admitted he and Haslett were hardly fast friends. “I’ll never forget the first time I met that kid,” he recalled. “He wanted to know how much I made. ‘What's your contract?’ That guy says things without thinking, and it’s typical Jim Haslett, an attention-calling thing. Now he finds out that he looks like (a fool) so now he’s going to back off of it, but I have no sympathy for the guy.”'

Marker Bills cruising in lower gear this offseason [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Bills' conservative fiscal approach is the right way to go. They are too close to a postseason breakthrough and have worked too hard to get their salary cap under control to start throwing money around.'

March 29, 2005

Marker Memorabilia Collectors Club to Hold Event [3:58 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills’ “Memorabilia Collectors Club” plans to hold its first-ever event on this Saturday, April 2 in the Paul Maguire Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.'

Marker The right to move on [11:58 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Here's the reality: The Bills probably won't see a better offer. The market for running backs is too soft.'

Marker Mularkey hopes to build on momentum [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"But I've learned a lot. I think it's been a little smoother this year with a staff in place and you've got a system in place. You have a better idea of how you want to do things. There are even some tweaks and some things we're going to do in training camp that will be easier to put together than it was last year doing it for the first time."'

Marker Delamielleure unhappy with Haslett [5:03 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'After the 1985 season, Delamielleure was forced from the game, primarily because he couldn't add weight to his 260-pound frame. "I was very bitter; 260 got me into the Hall of Fame, and all of a sudden it's not big enough to play," he said. "No matter how hard I worked out, I couldn't get bigger than that. That last year I was barely hanging on. And guys were cheating but nothing was done until a couple of years later."'

Marker Football team back at LSU [5:02 AM]
Baton Rouge Advocate reports: 'In conjunction with the busy week, the LSU coaches will also host a football coaches clinic from Thursday through Saturday. In addition to Miles, LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, new defensive coordinator Bo Pelini and special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto will be featured speakers. Buffalo Bills special teams coach Bobby April will be the keynote speaker at the clinic, which will be held at the Sheraton Hotel Atrium.'

Marker Going Pro After Leaving the Pros [5:01 AM]
Business Week reports: '"When I walk away from the game, I won't think of it as the end of my career," Troy Vincent says. "I've been looking at different alternatives since the day I was drafted, making sure I kept balanced. I didn't want to be caught off guard."'

March 28, 2005

Marker Numbers prove Bledsoe most overrated QB ever [7:15 AM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'In fact, rather than comparing himself to Marino and Favre as a passing sensation, I've got two names that he appears more in line with: Jon Kitna and Trent Dilfer.'

Marker Bills Team Report [7:14 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'It seems the Bills feel Henry's value is higher than the rest of the league.'

March 27, 2005

Marker Jim Kelly keeps his roots in Western New York with popular summer camp [9:13 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“I am very excited about teaming up with the Buffalo Bills to continue something I love and in the stadium where I spent my career,” Kelly said. “My football camp has always been very special to me, and I truly enjoy working with kids and sharing my passion for the game.”'

Marker Inside slant [6:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ritcher once was listed at 272 pounds in the Bills media guide, but his real playing weight was about 260. He said he played in Super Bowl XXVI at 242. Ritcher said coaches often threatened to replace him with somebody bigger, but he never gave into using steroids, and starred for 14 seasons. He did use nutritional supplements, but gave them up after suffering too many pulled muscles.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [6:39 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 [6:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Since 1993 when the league began awarding compensatory draft picks for losing free agents, the Bills have been awarded 20 picks, fourth most in the league. Buffalo won't be adding to that total this year, however, as it did not receive any of the 32 picks the league has doled out for the 2005 draft. The Bills moves last year didn't make them eligible for compensation under the formula used. For example, Buffalo did lose star CB Antoine Winfield, but added Pro Bowl veteran CB Troy Vincent.'

Marker Haslett revelation stuns Hull [5:03 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'But put yourself in Hull's place. You've been out of football since 1996, finally finding peace with losing four consecutive Super Bowls. Then, one day out of the blue, a former teammate throws you under the bus like so...'.

March 26, 2005

Marker Carrying the message [1:01 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'When it comes to perseverance, it’s not easy being a Christian, nor was it easy for the Bills. “We got our heads caved in four times in a row,” Tasker said, remembering how Coach Marv Levy once said, “What I love about this team is that disappointment doesn’t destroy you, it ticks you off.”'

Marker Ex-Bill DeLamielleure lashes out at Haslett, denies ever taking steroids [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I never took one in my life, and if Haslett took them like he said he did, he must have been getting placebos because I played against him and he wasn't that strong," DeLamielleure told host Randy Cross, a former All-Pro guard for the San Francisco 49ers. "And to make a statement like that — I coach high school kids and I'm a personal trainer now and I do some other stuff — it sheds a bad light on you. I've never taken them and I know a lot of guys who played in that era and they never took them."'

March 25, 2005

Marker Young, unproven QBs figure to draw attention [10:21 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Having been seemingly dormant for weeks, discussions aimed at a swap of Buffalo Bills tailback Travis Henry and Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle L.J. Shelton were revived at the NFL owners meetings this week, and there is a decent shot the proposed trade will be consummated around draft time. The final hurdle: In addition to getting Shelton, who would replace Jonas Jennings as the starting left tackle, Bills general manager Tom Donahoe also wants to switch spots in the second round.'

Marker Frank Reich To Headline At Covenant's Athletic Symposium [9:59 PM]
Chattanooga Chattanoogan reports: 'Mr. Reich is famous for quarterbacking two of the greatest comebacks in college and pro football history. At Maryland, Mr. Reich led the Terrapins back from a 31-0 deficit against Miami, to a 42-40 win. In 1993, the Bills trailed the Houston Oilers in the NFL playoffs 35-3, before a Reich-led comeback resulted in a Bills 41-38 overtime victory. Mr. Reich is now the President of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, and is on the National Board of Athletes in Action, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. He is currently writing two books. Created to Compete examines a Christian worldview of competition and Every Play Counts deals with parenting children through youth sports.'

Marker Losman Already Off and Running [4:11 PM] reports: 'The decision to go with J.P. Losman as our quarterback wasn't immediate. The coaching staff needed some time to look at tape, think it through, and then get away from the offices and take a break. That gave everyone a chance to get their thoughts together. We came back and watched some tape again and just felt if this was our decision that the sooner it happened, the better we could plan the offseason from an offensive perspective. We're always trying to get ready for the offseason and we build it out in stages. The quicker you can do it the better it is for the team.'

Marker Cards still high on Bills’ Henry [3:01 PM]
East Valley Tribune reports: 'Henry said this week it is the Bills who are holding up a straight-up swap between Henry and Cardinals tackle L.J. Shelton. ESPN reported that Buffalo wants to make a switch of second-round picks part of the deal. The Cardinals choose with the 12th pick of the second round (44th overall), while the Bills have the 23rd pick (55th overall).'

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