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Buffalo Bills News - April 23, 2001

Marker Kicker gets wish to stay put [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Sometimes you hear loyalty doesn't exist anymore, but that's not true," Christie said Sunday after agreeing to a two-year contract with the Bills. "I have loyalty to Buffalo. I've been here nine years. I didn't want to sign with anyone else."'

Marker Bills' new linebacker has Spoonfuls of intensity [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When it comes to intensity, former Buffalo Bills linebacker Chris Spielman had no equal. However, the Bills may have found someone in the NFL draft who might come close.'

Marker Illini offensive lineman vows to prove skeptics wrong [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While Sullivan was a steady performer, he played better as a junior than he did last season. That may have hurt his draft stock, Gibbons said.'

Marker Tar Heels' Spoon ready to head north for professional career [8:49 AM]
W-S Journal reports: 'A nice feature on the LB, Buddy Nix goes as far as comparing him to Chris Spielman.'

Marker Steelers draft Bailey to start late-round run on OSU players [7:03 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'For Germany, who will be reunited with Clements at Buffalo, the pick meant a new lease on his football life after he was declared academically ineligible for the Outback Bowl. That started a dark period in his life, but he rebounded with a nine-catch performance in the Hula Bowl all- star game.'

Marker State has 13 players selected [6:58 AM]
AP reports: '"He's a very, very productive player," Bills coach Gregg Williams said of [Travis] Henry. "Production should mean something. If a guy was able to produce at a high level at the level before, he should able to produce at the next level."'

Marker Draft is best ever for Vandy [6:56 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Once projected as a possible first-rounder, he didn't hear from the Bills until late in the sixth round, 196th overall. "I kept seeing all of these cornerbacks going in front of me and I was getting a little bit angry," [Jimmy} Williams said.'

Marker Bills select Spoon in fourth round [6:55 AM]
Raleigh News and Observer reports: 'After watching the NFL draft for hours Saturday afternoon and night, Brandon Spoon had to go to sleep still wondering where he would play professional football. The wait Sunday wasn't so long. Spoon, a linebacker out of North Carolina, was taken early in the fourth round by Buffalo on the draft's second day.'

Marker Something special in the works in Buffalo [5:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"(Top pick Nate Clements) better have an excitement about playing the special teams before he thinks about playing defence."'

Marker Draft produces players, smiles [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Their first draft with the Bills now complete, Donahoe and Williams came away impressed by the process and the performance of the holdover scouting department headed by Dwight Adams. "Dwight and the scouts did a phenomenal job, it's the best job I've ever seen as far as preparation and thoroughness to get ready for a draft," said Donahoe.'

Marker Christie signs 2-year deal with Bills [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'What most likely hurt Christie on the open market was his ineffectiveness as a kickoff man. He no longer has the leg strength to consistently get the ball to the goal line, and that became a major problem when the Bills' special teams covered kicks so poorly.'

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April 22, 2001

Marker Bills continue to bolster depleted roster [8:13 PM]
AP reports: '"Very good," was Donahoe's assessment of his team's draft. "We went in with the intention of improving our team, particularly looking at the depth on our offensive and defensive lines."'

Marker Price agrees in principal to re-sign with Bills [4:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Backup defensive lineman Shawn Price reached a deal in principal to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills re-sign Steve Christie [4:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Christie, who was an unrestricted free agent, will return for his 10th season with Buffalo.'

Marker Bills re-sign Christie [12:26 PM]
TBD reports: 'The Bills resigned kicker Steve Christie today in an effort to address the team's current place-kicking needs.'

Marker Interview with Brandon Spoon [11:46 AM]
All Pro-Scouting Services reports: One-on-one interview with Brandon Spoon, the UNC linebacker the Bills selected in the fourth round.

Marker Farris reunited with Donahoe [10:02 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Buffalo Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe still believes in Kris Farris, even though the Steelers gave up on him eight months ago.'

Marker The Stadium Wall is cranking [9:48 AM]
TBD reports: 'The Stadium Wall message board is the place to be for analysis of the Bills draft. Over 600 messages have been posted in the last 24 hours and the talk will continue today (as it does every day - 365 days a year). So, head on over to the Wall and post your opinion on the Bills first day of the draft and check back during the day for instant analysis of day two!'

Marker TBD Draft Chat is a Huge Success! [9:44 AM]
TBD reports: 'The TBD chat room was a hot bed of Bills talk yesterday. The discussion started well before the draft started and finished long after it ended. The room was packed with 60-70 fans during the peak times. Check it out today as we pick 7 more players!'

Marker In this corner, Bills pick Clements [9:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had three of the first 58 picks and five of the first 95. They have 12 choices overall. That's a potential windfall for a team that has seen 27 veterans skip town over the last two offseasons.'

Marker Buckeye reunion: Clements to join Winfield as a Bill [9:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're excited about Nate Clements," said Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe, who traded down from the 14th spot and still got his man. "He comes from a great family and a disciplined upbringing. Everybody we talked to about him had nothing but good things to say."'

Marker Preparation helps Bills load up with extra draft-day 'treats' [9:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kenyatta Walker, the hulking offensive tackle from Florida, didn't interest them. So even though he unexpectedly filtered to the 14th pick, 315 pounds of talented temptation, the Bills turned their heads with resolve.'

Marker TCU's Schobel endures long wait [9:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The senior defensive end from Texas Christian thought he would go in the first round, possibly to the St. Louis Rams with the 29th pick. But Schobel (pronounced Sha-bel) fell to the second round, where the Buffalo Bills snapped him up with the 46th overall selection.'

Marker Back end of the draft harbors many a treasure [9:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills, through the years, prospered mightily with some of their late picks.'

Marker OSU's Clements, Pickett picked in first round [9:37 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The Bills expect big things from him, general manager Tom Donahoe said, and not just at cornerback..."When you put the combination of size, speed, and special teams together, that's what made him attractive to us."'

Marker Local selections [9:35 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'If you drove down Sudbury Rd. it was easy to spot the doings at the home of Nathan and Emma Clements. When their son, Nate, got the word he was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills, the gathering of approximately 75 friends and relatives spilled out to the front lawn to celebrate.'

Marker Ohio State [9:34 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Clements was erratic last season but has all the tools--eye-popping speed, jumping ability and strength. He also is a flashy punt returner.'

Marker OT Kris Farris passes physical [9:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We said today that we felt it was nice to have Kris Farris, almost like an extra pick. His problems have stemmed from injuries. He took time last year, had surgery on his foot in December, and has responded well to the surgery. He's 6'8, 322 lbs., and those guys are nice to have. We brought him in for a workout and physical, and he passed. He's had no problems since the surgery."

Marker Busy first day at One Bills Drive [9:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With the Buccaneers' first round pick, Buffalo took Ohio State cornerback Nate Clements, who played with current Bill Antoine Winfield in his freshman year in Columbus.'

Marker Bills resign DT Shawn Price [9:27 AM]
TBD reports: 'Yesterday, the Bills resigned DT Shawn Price. The signing of the 7-year veteran is significant after losing defensive lineman Wiley and Washington this offseason. In addition, the team's draft needs were also impacted by the signing.'

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