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Buffalo Bills News - May 7, 2003

Marker Bills Back Shining In NFL Europe [6:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills RB Ken Simonton, who had another huge day in NFLE competition last week, will be back in action this Saturday as he leads the Scottish Claymores against the Frankfurt Galaxy. Kickoff from Frankfurt will be at 1:00 PM (ET).

Marker US Navy Visits Bills [5:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Photos

Marker GM Donahoe Assists Navy [4:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '" I set my alarm on Sunday mornings to watch the games,sometimes I'm up at 4:30 a.m. to catch the game at 6 a.m.," stated the dedicated sailor. "It's time well spent and well worth getting up that early. I'm excited for this year with a couple of night games on the Bills schedule I won't have to get up that early."'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: John Pitts [4:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I loved Buffalo. I will never forget, at 27 years old, I cried when I was traded."'

Marker What does McGahee do to chemistry? [2:57 PM]
Shout! reports: 'But sooner or later, perhaps even now, Travis is going to embrace it. He’s got to embrace it. If he doesn’t, he’s not the back he thinks he is.'

Marker Bills To Hold Select-A-Seat This Saturday [11:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Fans will also have the opportunity to check out the new playing surface that is being installed at Ralph Wilson Stadium. A special AstroPlay display will be set up so fans can see and feel the new surface for themselves.

Marker Reed won't accept No. 2 spot without fight [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Peerless was extraordinarily fast, but I think Josh can do some things well enough that we'll be fine," Bills offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. "He's going to give us some toughness. He'll give us a guy that runs with the ball very well after the catch. Not that Peerless didn't do a great job with those things because he was extraordinary. He was one of those guys that could take the ball and go the distance."'

Marker Bills will roll out the green carpet [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In a survey done by the NFL Players Association last season, The Ralph's surface was rated seventh worst in the league.'

Marker Bills plan to install a field of AstroPlay [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: '“There’s nothing but positives about it,” he said. “It’s nonabrasive. Kids can wear any kind of shoe they want on it. The drainage is unbelievable. We’ve been on it when it poured and there are no puddles. It also doesn’t get hard as a rock when it’s cold. It stays soft. It’s amazing stuff.”'

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May 6, 2003

Marker Pierson Prioleau talks about AstroPlay [10:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I think it's going to do well for us. Guys are very comfortable with it. We're excited. It's one of the few things we have to look forward to again this year. It's a new change and I think it's going to be good for us because players tend to play with more confidence when they're on a surface such as grass or something as forgiving as this new surface."

Marker Bills turf field by switching to AstroPlay [8:10 PM]
AP reports: '''We figure if it's good enough for the Army, it's good enough for the Buffalo Bills,'' Donahoe added.'

Marker Buffalo Bills pick SRI turf [4:30 PM]
Austin Business Journal reports: 'SRI's AstroPlay surface absorbs more shock from players and is more resilient to the harsh winters in Buffalo, N.Y., according to SRI.'

Marker Bills switching turf at stadium [1:36 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The cost of the new surface was not disclosed but it will be paid for by Erie County under terms the Bills stadium lease. Installation is to be completed by summer.'

Marker In-Depth Research Leads Buffalo Bills to Choose AstroPlay [1:13 PM]
SRI Sports reports: '"The immediate response from our coaches and players was that AstroPlay® was more comfortable to stand/play on," added Donahoe. "And, a key element in the Bills' climate, AstroPlay®'s rubber infill didn't freeze this past winter."'

Marker More Information on AstroPlay [12:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Here are but a few examples of the hundreds of fields installed: Buffalo Bills - Practice Facility University of Arkansas - War Memorial Stadium Boise State University - Humanitarian Bowl University of Illinois - Memorial Stadium University of Kansas - Memorial Stadium United States Military Academy - Michie Stadium

Marker Bills to tear up 'Turf [11:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'In a poll by the NFL Players Association that asked players which stadium has the best playing surface in the league, Ralph Wilson Stadium was ranked second-to-last (29 out of 31) stadiums.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Choose AstroPlay from SRI Sports [11:13 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"The players and coaches loved it (AstroPlay)," said Buffalo Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe. He said the team's two most important factors in choosing a field surface were safety and performance under adverse weather conditions.'

Marker Adams let go after 12 years with Bills [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We have opted not to renew Dwight's contract," team President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said in a statement. "We have decided to head into another direction, but we thank Dwight for his years of service in the Bills' organization and wish him the best of luck in the future."'

Marker Polian says Bills made right call with McGahee [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '“Thurman had played his entire senior season,” Polian said. “In his case, it was the fact he was missing part of a ligament in his knee discovered during the physical exams. It never had an effect on how he played but everyone simply got cold feet. There is some parallel here but I can’t recall anyone injuring himself as badly as McGahee then being drafted as high as he was. Having said that, he certainly warrants the pick.”'

Marker Adams let go after 13 years with the Bills [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'He played a key role in Donahoe’s first draft in 2001 that brought aboard five current starters. Adams assumed a lesser role after the arrival of assistant GM Tom Modrak and pro personnel director John Guy.'

May 5, 2003

Marker Bills shift focus to Henry [9:56 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'And that's where Henry comes in. It is he -- not McGahee -- who will determine how effective Buffalo will run the ball, and a year ago he was good enough to rush for 1,438 yards and 13 touchdowns and be named to the Pro Bowl. But while that is impressive, this is not: Buffalo ranked 24th in rushing, and Henry was one of the league's most unpredictable backs.'

Marker Lions sign cornerback Watson [9:44 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"It gives us another guy to compete," head coach Steve Mariucci said. "He is a veteran and he has been a good player in this league. He is a good special teams player. He has some size to him. You like to have corners with some size to them. They don't all have to have size, but it is good to add another one who has that."'

Marker Bills do not renew VP Adams' contract [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Adams played a key role in overseeing the Bills' draft as player personnel director under former general manager John Butler. Adams' role and influence was reduced after Butler was dismissed and replaced by current team president-GM Tom Donahoe in January 2001.'

Marker Bills Parting Ways With Adams [8:40 PM]
WGR reports: The Bills will not renew the contract of Vice President of Player Personnel Dwight Adams. The writing was on the wall when he did not make an appearance during the Bills NFL draft.

Adams spent 12 seasons with the Bills. He was known for his little sayings like "He plays like his hair's on fire."

Marker 2003 Buffalo Bills Draft Notes [4:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: For the fifth straight year Buffalo drafted at least one defensive lineman. Including this year's pair (Chris Kelsay & Lauvale Sape), the Bills have selected more defensive linemen (160) than any other position in the team's history: Offensive linemen (132), running back (111), defensive backs (101), linebacker (76).

Marker Sidney likes Williams, Bills' S.B. chances [1:22 PM]
Shout! reports: '"There are other places I could have signed, but I felt comfortable here. I know they got good players here already, but I know what a difference good coaching can do for you."'
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Marker An Iron-like Piece of the Puzzle [10:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"They're not that much different than us; there's not much separating Tampa Bay from us," Irons says. "I thought to myself, 'Why can't the Buffalo Bills be here competing for the Super Bowl championship? Why not us?' They started out in training camp doing two-a-days and playing preseason games, just like we did. From that perspective, it gives you a lot of hope and motivation to make it each and every day."'

Marker What's the big rush? [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Marcus Jones wasn't wearing a dark blue practice jersey, you could have mistaken him for one of the Buffalo Bills' coaches. The veteran defensive end would rather be taking instruction than giving it. Instead, he continues his recovery from a pair of surgeries to repair torn cartilage in his knee.'

Marker There's a Super feeling brewing among Bills [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fans should hop aboard too, because the potential for this team is real.'

Marker Williams says he's pleased about minicamp [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have three four-day minicamps over three straight weeks, beginning on May 27-30. The other camps will take place on June 3-6 and 10-13.'

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