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Buffalo Bills News - May 1, 2003

Marker Henry plans on producing, not worrying [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I definitely want to get back to the Pro Bowl," he said. "I want to make it to the playoffs. I want to win a Super Bowl. I feel the same way. My feelings haven't changed since we drafted Willis McGahee."'

Marker Travis tiptoes on diplomatic high road [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's regrettable to see Henry go through this after his terrific season of 2002. But it's silly to suggest that McGahee will be a distraction to him next season, or that it will hinder his performance. If anything, it'll make him more determined.'

Marker Henry reverses position on McGahee [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '“At the time I felt that way, but after talking to the coaches and getting a better understanding of why they took the pick, I feel a whole lot better about it,” Henry said.'

Marker Hurtt says McGahee will make it back [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '“All those people who think this is a wasted draft pick are going to be eating their words,” says Hurtt, referring to the controversy surrounding the Bills’ selection of McGahee with the 23rd overall pick in last weekend’s NFL draft. “I know a thing or two about knees and I know a thing or two about Willis McGahee. What he’s done in just three months is nothing short of miraculous, and what he will wind up doing for the Buffalo Bills is going to make him a hero in western New York.”'

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April 30, 2003

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Merv Krakau [5:00 PM] reports: As a senior at Iowa State, defensive end Merv Krakau was named All-Big Eight, and was a third-team All-America. In a game against Nebraska that season, he had 11 unassisted tackles, two sacks, deflected three passes, caused two fumbles and recovered two fumbles. Yet when the 1973 NFL draft took place, no less than 343 players were selected before the Bills took Krakau. In fact, he was the 18th player and fourth linebacker chosen by Buffalo during the two-day draft.

Marker Henry now comfortable with Bills drafting McGahee [4:11 PM]
AP reports: '''I look at it as they took the best player available, and grabbing him had nothing to do with me,'' said Henry, the NFL's fifth-leading rusher last season. ''I can only control what I can control. And everything else will play out.'''

Marker RB Travis Henry Speaks Out [2:55 PM] reports: "The way I look at it, a lot of people were shocked. Most of the media thought we were going to pick a defensive end and we took a running back. I'm shocked like everybody else. I see the selection as the front office taking the best player available. I don't believe that my fumbling the ball last season had anything to do with it."

Marker Henry To Host Camp In Hometown This Weekend [2:33 PM] reports: Bills running back Travis Herny will be hosting his 1st Annual Celebrity Football Camp Weekend this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Central Florida.

Marker Jayhawks flock to NFL [1:46 PM]
Lawrence Journal World reports: 'Former KU assistant coach Pat Ruel will be Sands' position coach with the Bills. Sands said he expected to sign his contract today and report to mini-camp Thursday in Buffalo. An intern in KU's weight room this semester, Sands will graduate next month with a degree in exercise science.'

Marker Bledsoe Visits Portland United Bills Supporters [1:28 PM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe visited relatives in Portland, Oregon recently and visited the Portland United Bills Supporters (PUBS) chapter of Bills Backers.

Marker Andre Reed To Make NFL Europe Broadcasting Debut [1:27 PM] reports: Former Bills receiver Andre Reed will be in the broadcast booth this weekend providing commentary on Fox Sports Net's national broadcast of NFL Europe's game of the week.

Marker Paris's move to Buffalo puts chill on Canadian hopefuls [1:24 PM]
Vancouver Province reports: 'Paris Jackson's roots may be a little hard to trace, but there's no doubt about the strides he's made in his football career.'

Marker Player Bio: T.J. Watkins [10:39 AM] reports: Honorable mention All-ACC guard…first-team Strength All-American in 2001…started at three positions over his Clemson career…second on the Tigers in knockdown blocks in 2001 with 130…finished his career strong with 13 in the win over Louisiana Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Marker Bills discard Watson [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He was flagged for a team-high seven pass interference or illegal contact penalties. He also had one other penalty, a roughing-the-kicker call in New York on a 26-yard field-goal attempt. It gave the Jets first-and-goal at the 4 and started New York on the path to an easy win.'

Marker Making the grade [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills: Rolling dice on McGahee, but why not gamble on potential greatness? Second-round DE Chris Kelsay is first-round talent. Next three picks (LB Angelo Crowell, CB Terrence McGee and WR Sam Aiken) provide depth and special teams help. Grade: B.'

Marker Some win, some lose on a day of active trading [8:16 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Another player who was taken too early was RB Willis McGahee, but it wasn't to fill a need. That's what makes the Bills' 1st round selection even harder to figure. McGahee is not expected to be able to help the Bills much this season, and his ability to overcome the physical and mental barriers associated with tearing three knee ligaments is questionable. In the 1st round, risk should be at an absolute minimum.

Marker Booster meeting report [7:43 AM]
TBD reports: "We had fun."
-Tom Donahoe, on this year's draft

Second-best line of the night: emcee John Murphy asked TD (who had a root canal earlier in the day) whether he'd rather have three root canals or one telephone conversation with Drew Rosenhaus. That one got a big laugh.

Marker McGahee's deal with Bills a tough one [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Instead of the six-year, $38 million deal with a $10.5 million bonus that San Diego gave LaDainian Tomlinson -- the last running back chosen in the top 5 back in 2001 -- the market for McGahee is more like five years, $7.5 million with a $3.2 million bonus.'

April 29, 2003

Marker Bills release Chris Watson [8:06 PM]
AP reports: 'Watson struggled as the third cornerback last year, eventually losing his job to rookie Kevin Thomas at the end of the season. Earlier this month, the Bills signed free agent cornerback Dainon Sidney.'

Marker Watson released [8:05 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Watson's struggles in pass coverage last season led Bills fans to wonder, "What took you so long?"'

Marker Bills release Chris Watson [8:04 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills signed free agent cornerback Dainon Sidney earlier this month, making Watson expendable.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Draft Report Card [8:03 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Overall Draft Grade: C+'

Marker Jim Kelly Video [4:44 PM] reports: Jim Kelly was drafted with the 14th overall pick in 1983.

Marker Bills Couldn't Pass On Willis McGahee [3:56 PM] reports: Last year, on the second day of the draft, he engineered a trade with the Patriots that brought quarterback Drew Bledsoe and a lot of enthusiasm to Orchard Park. It’s fair to say Buffalo didn’t stand pat this year. About the only bigger surprise (outside of the Bills’ draft-room) would have been if NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced, ‘With the 23rd selection of the 2003 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills select … LeBron James.’

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [3:36 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has released CB Chris Watson. Watson spent the last three seasons with the Bills and played in 44 games and made 13 starts over that span.

The team has agreed to terms on a contract with OL T.J. Watkins, who was with the Seattle Seahawks as an UDFA during the 2002 preseason. Watkins played collegiately at Clemson, where he played both guard and tackle.

Marker Aiming High [12:51 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'That same little voice telling me the Bills just might roll the dice for McGahee, is now telling me not to be at all surprised, if one Willis McGahee is on the field by that time in a Bills uniform, making life miserable for the pro team he grew up watching.'

Marker Undrafted Free Agent: TE Raymond Thomas (Wake Forest) [10:58 AM] reports: Good athlete who has made strides as a pass blocker…Has large, soft hands and quickness getting off the line.

Marker Undrafted Free Agent: OT Justin Sands (Kansas) [10:57 AM] reports: Former defensive lineman who made the successful transition to offensive line as a junior … Named team co-captain as a senior, he started 27 games on the offensive line during his career.

Marker Undrafted Free Agent: WR Jerel Myers (LSU) [10:57 AM] reports: Four-year starter at split end who ranked fourth in school history with 149 catches and is eighth in the LSU career record books with 1,843 yards receiving.

Marker Member of Bills Chain Crew Passes Away [10:16 AM] reports: The Bills organization was saddened by the news that Henry "Hank" Andrzejewski has passed away at the age of 93.

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