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Buffalo Bills News - March 26, 2002

Marker Second time is the charm for Bengals, Burris [10:09 PM]
ESPN reports: @ A former Notre Dame star, Burris entered the NFL as a first-round choice of the Buffalo Bills in 1994. He played four seasons in Buffalo before signing with the Colts as a free agent in 1998.

Marker Out of Bounds: An interview with Nick Bakay [10:08 PM]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: ESPN sportswriter talks about his feelings about the Sabres and Bills. "For me, the worse Super Bowl was when the Bills played the Cowboys in Pasadena, Calif. (Super Bowl XXVI), because not only did they get trounced, when the whole second half is like an arena football game for the other team, it's just so bad."

Marker Promising offensive tackle Teague to sign with Bills [7:29 PM]
ESPN reports: 'By acquiring Teague, the Bills provide themselves with plenty of options in the 2002 draft. The conventional wisdom has been that general manager Tom Donahoe will take one of two standout offensive tackle prospects, either Mike Williams of Texas or Miami's Bryant McKinnie, with the fourth overall choice next month.'

Marker All about cornerback Pierson Priolea [3:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Q: If you could do any job for one day, what would it be? A: I would want to work in a Toll Booth because I've always wondered how they made it.

Marker 10 Worst choke artists of all-time [3:24 PM]
ESPN reports: 8. 1992-93 Houston Oilers
Up 35-3 at halftime against the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game, the Oilers managed to turn backup Bills quarterback Frank Reich into a one-day folk hero by losing 41-38 in OT, the biggest in-game turnaround in NFL history. This was particularly painful, since the Oilers never made the Super Bowl during their years in Houston.

Marker Offensive line straightening out [3:22 PM]
Denver Post reports: And the Broncos could find out today whether offensive tackle Trey Teague will re-sign or accept a more lucrative offer from the Buffalo Bills. Teague's agent, Kyle Rote, said Monday his client was about ready to make his decision.

Marker Driver & Sullivan To Attend Tonight's Booster Club Meeting [11:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: @ Bills safety TONY DRIVER and offensive tackle MARQUES SULLIVAN, both drafted by the team last year, will appear this evening at the monthly meeting of the Buffalo Bills Booster Club.

The meeting will take place at the Calvary Episcopal Church, located at Milton and Cayuga Streets in Williamsville, and begins at 7:30 PM.

Door prizes and raffles will be awarded with all proceeds going to the Booster Club's charity program. Members of the public are welcome.

Marker Chris Watson signed for two year deal [11:33 AM]
ESN reports: As reported on The Stadium Wall, Empire and Art Wander of WNSA FM have reported that Chris Watson has signed to remain with the Bills. Details will be updated as available (no link).

Marker Roy Williams is choice of Buffalo fans in Mock Draft [11:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: S Roy Williams, Oklahoma received 34% of 2,218 votes.

Marker Sleepers for latter rounds [11:19 AM]
ESN reports: Looking for some sleepers for the Bills on draft day? Try some of these for the later rounds:
Brian Westbrook of Villanova, who fits into the category of kickoff and punt returner. He also fits as a pass-catching back.
Cliff Russell of Utah, possibly the fastest receiver available. He played for Fred Graves, the Bills receivers coach.
Kyle Johnson of Syracuse, if the Bills are looking for a traditional fullback. The Orangemen considered him a winner.
Richard Williams of Gardner Webb, who started out as a defensive lineman, switched to offensive tackle and is seen as an NFL guard. He needs polish but his plusses are tenacity and athleticism.
Greg Scott of Hampton. He is fast, strong and needs polish.

Marker Evaluating Talent for the Job [10:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We saw about 330 players and hopefully we can get our fair share of them," said President/General Manager Tom Donahoe. "We were very impressed with not only the workouts this year but the interviews we did in the evening."

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March 25, 2002

Marker Beef for Buffalo - Bills report: Inside slant [11:06 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Rehashes week old news, but throws in some new quotes.

"GM Tom Donahoe left the NFL owner's meetings in Orlando a day early, but not because he didn't like the sunshine or continental breakfast. Donahoe traveled to Austin, Tex. to attend the private workout of Longhorns lineman Mike Williams, who could become the Bills' desperately needed cornerstone left tackle with the No. 4 overall pick in next month's draft."

Marker Fifth Down: Inside Football's Spin Cycle [4:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: @ Who's gonna be the next quarterback of the Buffalo Bills? Nobody knows. It could be Alex Van Pelt. It could even be Travis Brown. If the team signs Jeff Blake or trades for Drew Bledsoe, maybe that question could be answered.

Marker Monday Morning Quarterback [4:17 PM]
Monday Morning Quarterback reports: 9. I think Drew Bledsoe plays in Buffalo this season.

Marker Buffalo prepares...2002 NFL Draft [11:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Although the Buffalo Bills thoroughly scout for the very best players year-round, the annual combine held earlier this month kicked off the countdown to Draft Weekend, held April 20th-21st in New York City.

Marker Live chat with Vic Carucci on buffalobills.com 1:00 - 1:30 PM Wedneday! [11:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Talk 2002 Draft with Vic Carucci, NFL Insider senior editor, on Wednesday, March 27 from 1:00-1:30 p.m. In the meantime, share your thoughts on what the Bills should do with the fourth overall pick.

Marker Alex Van Pelt and fans pick Oscars; the results are in! [11:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills quarterback Alex Van Pelt showed off his film study talents this past week, picking three of the five major Oscar winners.

Marker Team sends mixed signals to Foreman [10:05 AM]
The Sporting News reports: @ The Bills never said they were disappointed with the play of right OLB Jay Foreman last season, but they seem to be telling the three-year veteran something different by entertaining other free agents to fill his spot the past few weeks. Foreman can't be happy about the Bills trying to find his replacement, but the job is still his for now. It might be just the motivation he needs to take his game to a higher level.

Marker Bledsoe's too immobile to shine for Bills [9:54 AM]
Shout! reports: @ Even if the Bills were serious about bringing in Drew Bledsoe, which I don't believe they are, I wouldn't get too excited about having him lead the Buffalo offense. Who can be confident that the line will protect a largely immobile quarterback such as Bledsoe?

Marker Nobody willing to give up 1st round draft pick got Bledsoe [7:55 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: @ The Bills [and most of their fans] are over the Doug Flutie-Rob Johnson debates, having jettisoned both of them, leaving them with Alex Van Pelt. Van Pelt isn't bad, but he's not going to sell tickets. Would the Patriots trade Bledsoe within their own division? If you buy into the fact that Bill Belichick has been able to get into Bledsoe's head in the past when he opposed him, wouldn't having Bledsoe in the same division be an advantage to the Patriots?

Marker Bledsoe and Bills unlikely match [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'If the Buffalo Bills could figure out a way to pay quarterback Drew Bledsoe, they'd probably give New England a third-round draft pick for him. But the Patriots believe Bledsoe is worth at least a first-round pick and the Bills won't give up that much.'

March 24, 2002

Marker Dinkins Shines in NFLE Scrimmage [5:57 PM]
NFL Europe reports: @ David Dinkins shone during the scrimmage, completing 3 of 5 passes for 100 yards, including a 37-yard TD pass to WR Marcus Knight (Oakland Raiders). Knight also had a 50-yard catch from Dinkins. Curtis Alexander carried 10 times for 33 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown dive.

Marker Williams' decision on top pick a tough one to tackle [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' first pick in the April draft might come down to the Big Two, the 374-pound Williams and the 337-pound McKinnie, if Buffalo does not trade down.'

Marker Few clues available about Bills' fate during 2002 season [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can anyone accurately predict who will be the starting quarterback for Buffalo?'

Marker Van Pelt hands off his Oscar choices [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: '"Other than one Japanese Film study class at the University of Pittsburgh, though, I really have no formal training in this area," Van Pelt adds, "But I feel I'm up to the challenge."'

Marker Are Wilson, Boeheim riding on easy street? [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'If Wilson is down on less than perfect weather, I wonder why he didn't insist that there is no place like dome and ask Erie County and New York state to build him a covered stadium. And I'm sure Wilson didn't mind the weather when his Bills were beating the San Diego Chargers 20-7 in the AFL Championship Game at War Memorial Stadium the day after Christmas 1964.'

Marker Drew to Bills? Don't bet against it [5:46 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'If the Bills make him the best offer, and he decides that keeping Bledsoe isn't an option, The Franchise better be prepared to pack his long johns for the long western New York winters. Not to mention some frustrating Sunday afternoons against Belichick's defenses. One of the reasons the Pats wouldn't hesitate to send Bledsoe to Buffalo is the success Belichick has had in defending Bledsoe in the past.'

Marker Kelly still puts up big numbers [5:44 AM]
Knight Ridder reports: 'A player can be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame only once. Area hotel and restaurant owners probably wish the Canton shrine would make an exception for Jim Kelly.'

March 23, 2002

Marker Levy to be inducted iinto second Hall of Fame on Sunday [3:48 PM]
NFL.com reports: @ Levy will be among eight individuals with NFL ties to be honored by Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Commack, N.Y.

Marker Bullish about fans [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, we signed a 15-year lease. I have no intentions of moving the team - as long as circumstances permit me to stay. That says it, doesn't it? That's about the best I can say."'

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