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Buffalo Bills News - April 9, 2002

Marker Van Pelt is forgotten man in QB picture [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With Van Pelt, the number of sacks allowed dropped significantly and the offense functioned much better. He also has the respect of his teammates.'

Marker Peppers' road trip stops in Buffalo [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peppers, a 6-foot-6, 285-pounder, is rated as the top defensive lineman in the draft. He is expected to be taken with the second overall pick by the Carolina Panthers, who have a glaring need at defensive end.'

Marker With QB receiving so much attention, Bledsoe is best option [8:12 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: Bills management seemingly has made no bones about wanting to bring other quarterbacks onto the roster. The Bills have been in touch with Blake, Chandler & Quinn (or their agent). The argument can be made that Bledsoe is the best option at QB.

Marker Bills are dreaming of picking Peppers [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'Peppers was the third defensive lineman to make a visit, following Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth and Georgia's Charles Grant. The interest in Oakland Raiders free-agent tackle Grady Jackson is said to have cooled, so doing last-minute checks on college draft talent could be an indication of where the Bills are leaning.'

Marker Bills, Patriots mulling deal for Bledsoe [5:05 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"We've had some discussions to let them know our interest, and those discussions are ongoing," Donahoe said.'

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April 8, 2002

Marker Kevin Gilbride: Leading the Offensive Charge [3:54 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: In Gilbride's eyes, Buffalo has players who can take the ball and run with it. The Bills also have players who can catch the ball and do something dazzling

Marker DE Julius Peppers Visits The Bills [2:31 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: I'm just trying to take it all in. I'm not really getting that excited about it. I'm just trying to stay calm but I think I will be getting more excited as it gets closer.

Marker Ticket Sale Dates [10:05 AM]
TBD reports: The following are the dates for specific ticket sales.

Select-A-Seat - May 11th and 12th
Season Ticket Holder Additionals - May 13th
Group Tickets - May 20th
Individual Game Tickets - July 13th

Season Ticket holder's may get additional tickets at these numbers:
2: 50, 4: 150, 6: 300, 8: 500, 10: any amount

Marker Will Bledsoe stay or go? [9:21 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Since Buffalo is the only bidder, the Bills aren't offering the Patriots a big deal. They're certainly not going to give the Patriots the fourth pick in the draft. The Patriots have countered by saying they could bring Bledsoe back, even though that may not be realistic. That's why Bledsoe is likely to still be a Patriot when the draft opens a week from Saturday. Then it becomes interesting. The Bills are likely to test the Patriots' resolve during the draft after they make their first-round pick.'

Marker Draft Prospects: Tight Ends [8:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Based on several publications reviewed by buffalobills.com, here are the top quarterback, offensvie line, running back and wide receiver prospects in this year's draft. Click on the player's name for a detailed bio.

Marker Bills have to draw up a deal to get Drew [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So, for the time being, neither the Bills nor the Pats have the upper hand when it comes to leverage.'

April 7, 2002

Marker Bills Free Agent Recap [3:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Is your head spinning trying to keep up with all the offseason activity the Bills have been involved in? Worry no longer, here is a complete summary of what has happened at One Bills Drive during the past three months.

Marker Fear of a Flutie-Johnson flare-up might bring Bledsoe to Buffalo [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills and Pats talked further this week about a deal. The Bills remain in a position of bargaining strength. There's no other team at the moment that is interested in talking trade with the Pats. So the Bills have the luxury of waiting - probably until draft week - and seeing if the Pats will blink.'

Marker Winning or losing hinges on second day of draft [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills already have been awarded four extra draft choices, a third-rounder and three in the seventh, and they have to be prepared to use them well. The glamour and fizz take place on the first day of the draft, but the difference between a winning and losing season often hinges on how well a team does on Day Two, when the names mean little to the average fan.'

Marker Drew watch [6:18 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Bills can either stick with Alex Van Pelt, deal for Bledsoe, or sign either Jeff Blake or Chris Chandler, a couple of free agents they've maintained contact with. Pasquarelli, who worked with Bills general manager Tom Donahoe at ESPN, said the guy they want most is Bledsoe.'

April 6, 2002

Marker Tom Donahoe will never sign someone who's not completely healthy [9:37 PM]
Shout! reports: @ He just won't take those kinds of chances with Ralph Wilson's money.

Marker Bump: Bills WILL TRADE No. 4 pick and here's why [9:35 PM]
Shout! reports: @ Reasons?
1. Lure team desperate for QB/OT
2. Plenty of DTs available
3. Save significant salary-cap dollars in this and future years

Marker Here's ladder Rob Johnson has no problem climbing [6:12 PM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'At Buffalo, Johnson was flattened like a hash mark more times than his scrambled mind cares to remember. In fact, in 20 games over the past two seasons with the Bills, he was sacked 79 times for a loss of 487 yards. "When I was out there, I thought I played fine. I just couldn't stay healthy," Johnson said. "I got hit a bunch, whether it was scheme or me holding the ball or not protecting, it was one of those things that happened. When I've been healthy, I've played well."'

Marker Buffalo's Offseason Recap Center [6:11 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: Is you head spinning trying to keep up with all the offseason activity the Bills have been involved in? Worry no longer, here is a complete summary of what has happened at One Bills Drive during the past three months.

Marker Jenkins aggressive but erratic [9:22 AM]
Fox Sports reports: @ Buffalo added some insurance at strong safety with veteran Billy Jenkins. Jenkins is a good fit for the Bills' style of defense because he's a very aggressive and active guy in run support. But he's also erratic at times, especially in the open field, where he misses too many tackles. He's also a liability in pass coverage. Finding the right fit at strong safety is very important to Buffalo.

Marker Strong safety Jenkins signs with Bills [9:19 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'Jenkins reportedly received a $200,000 signing bonus, with a base salary of $525,000 this season and $750,000 next year.'

Marker McKinnie, Georgia DE pay visits [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Grant has the bulk to stop the run and the speed to get the passer, which is why he's a serious candidate to be taken by the Bills in the first round.'

Marker Troops in Afghan war get Bills gear [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has sent a package of Bills hats, shirts and other items to a U.S. military unit serving in Afghanistan.'

Marker Hoops didn't help Channel 4, but Bills schedule will [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With the Bills one of a handful of teams without a prime-time game, Channel 4 stands to carry between eight and 14 games courtesy of CBS next season.'

Marker Bills make pitch to land Bledsoe [7:24 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots and Bills were busy this week trying to strike a deal that would send Drew Bledsoe slightly northwest, to AFC East rival Buffalo, Patriot sources said yesterday.'

Marker DE Charles Grant Visits Bills [6:39 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: Buffalo is a great place to play football. There's a good tradition for guys like me at the Defensive End, guys like Bruce Smith. They are a young team and on the rise. The coaching staff and the people of Buffalo are great, since I've been here. They show a lot of interest in football.

Marker OT Bryant McKinnie Talks About His Visit To Buffalo [6:36 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: I've been looking at Buffalo for a while. I actually saw a magazine and the cover had my photo and it said 'Will He Be a Bill?' I've heard that for a while that I might be coming here. I have been looking at the team more closely.

Marker Season Ticket Prices Remain The Same [6:27 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the teamís season ticket prices will remain the same for the third consecutive year.

Marker Bills ticket prices go up, so could team's win total [6:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'The $3 price hike seems reasonable assuming there is a similar increase in the quality of the product on the field.'

April 5, 2002

Marker Grady Jackson Close to Signing With Jets [10:55 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: The Jets yesterday made an offer to Oakland Raiders unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Grady Jackson and he appears to be leaning towards accepting it after extending his visit another day.

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