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Buffalo Bills News - April 25, 2003

Marker Wilson honored for gifts to WNY charities [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Every city you go to the people say, "Our fans are the best in the country,' " Wilson said. "But I've been all over the country. This market is the second smallest in size in the league, but it's No. 1 in passion for the football team."'

Marker Bills' Wilson honored by adopted hometown [5:22 AM]
AP reports: '''Anywhere I go in Buffalo, having been here for so long, people recognize me,'' Wilson said. ''I think after these years, it speaks for itself.'''

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April 24, 2003

Marker Bills Officially Ink Gary [5:31 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has officially signed free agent running back Olandis Gary.

Marker Bills Owner To Be Presented Humanitarian Award [4:53 PM] reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. will be presented the Seymour Knox III Humanitarian of the Year Award by WBEN-News Radio 930 and the Amherst Chamber of Commerce at a dinner at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo on Thursday, April 24.'

Marker Buffalo Bills and JetBlue Announce Winner [4:53 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills would like to congratulate Chad Smith of North Tonawada, NY as the winner of the JetBlue Airways Draft Day Fly Away Promotion. Chad and his wife Laura will be traveling to New York this weekend to see the NFL Draft live.'

Marker Rookie Review: Ryan Denney [1:25 PM] reports: '[Q:] Rumors are saying that you've bulked up a lot in the offseason what do you say to that? [A:] "I've been working out hard. That's one thing that I didn't do last year after the combine. Between the combine and the draft last year I wasn't really doing much. I was on pins and needles. Where this year, already in the first part of January I started working out again and getting into shape. I have bulked up a little bit. I'm looking forward to this year."'

Marker Updated Mock Draft Picks [12:42 PM] reports: 2003 NFL Draft: Mock Draft Picks

Marker Bills NFL Europe Preview [11:04 AM] reports: Ken Simonton will get a second chance to record history this week when the Claymores face the Berlin Thunder, the team that Simonton scored a record-tying 4 rushing touchdowns against in Week 1. Since that game, Simonton has only scored one touchdown but should be able to return to his winning ways against the worst defense in the league.

Marker NFL draftniks never know with Donahoe [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The way it looks to us," Donahoe said, "there will be a significant run on the defensive linemen. So a guy or two we thought might be there a month ago might not be there now. This draft is top-heavy in defensive linemen, but short in other areas."'

Marker AFC East '03 preview [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Unlike most of the seven other four-team divisions, there isn’t a weak link in the AFC East.'

Marker Bolstered Bills confident heading into draft [5:15 AM]
AP reports: '"You don't zero in on a position. We always don't," Modrak said. "But it's even more acute now. We're going to take a good player."'

April 23, 2003

Marker Buffalo Bills in the Media & Community [4:38 PM] reports: Upcoming interviews scheduled.

Marker Prospect Profile: DE Corey Redding [1:07 PM] reports: Very alert and instinctive athlete with above average agility, balance and body control…Shows toughness and aggression in his demeanor, doing a very good job with his hands and keeping his feet moving through the line to gain penetration…Shows explosion off the snap and turns to get up-field in a hurry.

Marker Prospect Profile: LB Boss Bailey [1:05 PM] reports: Great worker in the weight room with good speed and quickness…Stays on his feet and uses his hands effectively to defeat low blocks getting through traffic…Has .good recovery speed and the range to get deep in his pass drops…Shows good short area ball awareness running with the tight ends and tailbacks in the underneath routes…Has the natural hands needed for the interception

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Walt Patulski [10:12 AM] reports: Since 1967, the first year of a combined AFL-NFL draft, the Bills have had the top-overall selection four times. O.J. Simpson (‘69) is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bruce Smith (‘85), when, or if, he ever retires, will certainly join him in the gridiron shrine. Tom Cousineau (‘79) opted to play for the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, and never stepped foot on a field for Buffalo. His NFL rights were later traded to Cleveland. And then there’s Walt Patulski. The No. 1 pick in 1972.

Marker Donahoe prepares to test fate at Bills draft [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Two years ago when we started, we were just trying to get picks and get as many as we could because we were trying to fill up the roster. Last year it was a little different. This year, it's a little different and probably next year it will be a little different. But our job is to be prepared. We want to be prepared so that no matter what happens Saturday and Sunday we can react to it and we're prepared to react to it."'

Marker 'Marv Levy Live!' scheduled for June 6 [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The event featuring the former Buffalo Bills coach, a member of the Pro Football hall of Fame, will include music from the Jamestown High School marching band, fun events, and a celebration of cancer survival. Levy will sign autographs after his presentation.'

Marker Bills emphasize game-day talent [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: '“It’s what we see on tape that really counts, what we think of him as a football player, what his character is, his intelligence,” Modrak said, explaining what’s important to the Bills’ brain trust when they are sizing up prospective draft choices.'

Marker Draft needs: Teams Aggressive in Tough AFC East [5:26 AM]
CBS Sportline reports: Three weeks ago, gave Tom Donahoe, Gregg Williams, Tom Modrak and company the top spot of our offseason grades. They had no first-round pick and could not pay two receivers Eric Moulds money. They had the guts to franchise Price, then shop him for a No. 1. They found their dance partner in Atlanta and the Bills are back in the first-round derby.

April 22, 2003

Marker A Look Back: Buffalo Bills 2002 Draft Day Grades [4:30 PM] reports: Grading the impact of an NFL draft is a tricky business, particularly before the prospects have yet to report to their first minicamp. But you can be assured that on Monday morning following each and every NFL Draft, various media outlets across the country will share their thoughts on how teams fared. Now a full-year later, here's a look back at how Buffalo's 2002 Draft was graded.

Marker Olandis Gary Bio [10:51 AM] reports: Gary played in 13 games and made two starts (vs. St. L., 9/8 and at S.F., 9/15), rushing for 147 yds. on 37 carries (4.0) with a long of 26 and one touchdown, while catching 18 passes for 148 yds. (8.2) with a long of 19. He was declared inactive for the season finale vs. Ariz. (12/29).

Marker Knox award will recognize Bills' Wilson [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson will be presented the Seymour H. Knox III Humanitarian of the Year Award at a dinner Thursday night in the Adam's Mark Hotel. The Amherst Chamber of Commerce and Entercom Communications are hosts for the second annual event.'

Marker Bills land Gary for backfield [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gary is the 11th veteran player added by the Bills this offseason.'

Marker Donahoe-era drafts for Bills have been effective [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Of the 22 players picked in 2001 and 2002, 19 made the final 53-man roster and one made the practice squad in his rookie year. Eighteen played at least one regular-season game; the group totaled 98 man-games started in its respective inaugural seasons; and 18 of those players are still with the team.'

Marker RB Gary agrees to terms with Bills [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills should soon have a quality backup for running back Travis Henry.'

Marker Broncos' Gary signs with Buffalo [5:08 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'Gary and the Bills reached agreement Monday on a two-year deal that included a $175,000 signing bonus and enough makable incentives to earn the running back up to $3 million the next two seasons.'

Marker RB Olandis Gary agrees to terms with Bills [5:06 AM]
AP reports: 'Last season, Gary rushed 37 times for 147 yards and one touchdown and caught 18 passes for 148 yards. He figured to be a third option, at best, in Denver this season behind Portis, the 2002 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Mike Anderson, who won that honor in 2000.'

Marker Bills sign RB Olandis Gary [5:04 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Selected in the fourth round of the 1999 draft by Denver, Gary has rushed for 1,614 yards in his career. As a rookie, he started 12 games and gained 1,159 yards and seven touchdowns on 276 carries. He missed the following two seasons due to injury.'

April 21, 2003

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With RB Olandis Gary [10:41 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms on a contract with running back Olandis Gary. Selected in the fourth round of the 1999 draft by the Denver Broncos, Gary has rushed for 1,614 yards in four NFL seasons. In 2002, he ran for 147 yards as a backup to NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Clinton Portis.

Marker Gary chooses Bills over Lions and Chiefs [9:16 PM]
ESPN reports: A former University of Georgia standout, Gary rushed for 1,159 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie in 1999, replacing fellow Bulldogs star Terrell Davis when the latter sufferd a career-ending knee injury. But Gary suffered a knee injury the following year and has battled to regain the form of his debut campaign. In the past three seasons, Gary has rushed for 455 yards and two touchdowns on 107 attempts. He also has 46 catches for 346 yards.'

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