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Buffalo Bills News - April 25, 2004

Marker Win Some, Lose Some [7:07 PM] reports: 'Some folks have panned the top of the Bills' draft for taking Wisconsin receiver Lee Evans too high at No. 13, and for giving up next year's No. 1 to Dallas in order to get back into the opening round and select Tulane quarterback J.P. Losman at No. 22. But not me.'

Marker Transcript: Sam Wyche on J.P. Losman [7:03 PM] reports: 'J.P. is a guy that we ranked right there in the bulk of guys including the top three people. I wouldn't say we said he was the best in the draft but he was right there with them. Some times when you put them in lists like that, they are not equidistant from each other. They are very tight in terms of our feelings towards him and the other picks. He was a guy that we said going into the draft, if we end up with him we have a good player. The thinking was from Mike Mularkey that if we don't draft one this year we're going to have to go get one next year. We can't go on and on restocking here. Why this year rather than wait until next year and have a raw rookie that has another year to wait before he's ready to go before he's ready to go to play. We'll give him that playing time, spend that next year's draft now and get the advantage of the playing time between now and next year. He's not coming in to take the opener. He's got a very comfortable transition period here.'

Marker Bills continue focusing on offense in Day 2 of draft [7:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Of Buffalo's six selections during the two-day draft, five were offensive players. It was a trend the team established on Saturday in an attempt to bolster an offense that finished 30th in the NFL last year, and was blamed for Buffalo's disappointing 6-10 finish.'

Marker Seventh Round: Dylan McFarland [6:28 PM] reports: 'The last three seasons he has been one of the key ingredients to Montana’s offensive success and has helped the Griz to be ranked among the national leaders in several offensive categories.'

Marker Seventh Round: Jonathan Smith [5:40 PM] reports: 'Versatile big-play performer who was Tech’s main offensive weapon in his senior year…In addition to regular duties as a wide receiver and punt returner, Jonathan also lined up at halfback and quarterback during his career.'

Marker Transcript: Bills Select TE Tim Euhus [4:52 PM] reports: 'He's a good athlete. In his freshman year at Oregon State he was on the basketball team. He's a tall athletic tight end. He's a good receiver. Big, strong hands. He has good speed for his size. He's a tenacious blocker. He's a tough scrapper and a hard nose player.'

Marker Transcript: TE Tim Euhus [4:52 PM] reports: 'It was good news for me. I figured that with all the other tight ends that had been taken, my number would come up pretty quick, and it was a little quicker than I thought. Quick news is good news.'

Marker First Round: Jonathan Losman [4:51 PM] reports: 'Can slide and elude the pass rush and has the ability to throw on the move…Does a very good job with his timing on the mid-range throws, as the receiver rarely has to work back to the ball…Has the field vision and awareness to look off his primary target to find his second and third options…Competitive player who can handle hard coaching.'

Marker Bills Trade Up, Snag Tulane's Losman [4:51 PM] reports: '"When we first did our board we had four quarterbacks that we thought had first round talents," Bills President and GM Tom Donahoe said. "As soon as we made our (first) pick we began to explore the possibility of trying to get back into the first round to pick J. P. We called just about every team from our pick on and proposed a trade to them. Finally, we were able to get it done with Dallas."'

Marker Bills go for two in first round [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This guy's a leader," Donahoe said. "We think he's got a heck of an arm and he's a good athlete. He's a quarterback who can move around and throw the ball on the move."'

Marker Cocky Losman believes he's as good as it gets [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's highly competitive, which probably rubs some people the wrong way," said Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe. "But that's the business we're in. We're in a competitive business, and we want people that want to lay it on the line every time they go out on the field, and when they're not successful we want them to be upset."'

Marker Knee injury couldn't slow down Evans [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"From when I was little he would always tell me about how hard it is getting up and working in a factory every day," Evans said Saturday on a conference call. "It's hard (work), to say the least. But my dad is a very hard worker, and he does what he has to do. He gets up every morning and goes to work to provide for his family. He instilled that work ethic in me. He's always inspired me to do some of the things he didn't do."'

Marker Bills' fortunes rely on more than draft alone [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tom Clements - Has the new offensive coordinator cooked up the right Travis Henry-McGahee casserole? The Bills are a running team now, or so they tell us. Nevertheless, Eric Moulds is still their best player. Will Clements make him more than an occasional weapon?'

Marker Bills drop another smart bomb, and it had better hit its target [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After awhile, you start to wonder if the Bills' primary objective on draft day is to show the football world just how smart they are, to prove that, if nothing else, they're more daring and inventive than any other organization in the league.'

Marker Bills get receiver, trade for Losman [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'No sooner had NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced the Losman (pronounced LAHS-man) pick than speculation about the future of Bledsoe begin.'

Marker Losman brings his Kelly-like swagger to Bills [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Losman is nothing if not cocky — in a Jim Kelly, grab-your-face mask kind of way. No, we’re not saying he’s the next Kelly. That would be unfair. But he appears to have take-charge leadership qualities that Kelly’s err apparents Todd Collins and Rob Johnson sorely lacked.'

Marker Donahoe, Losman linked [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'A bold move? Try one that sets the course for Buffalo’s future more than any made on draft day in the last 20 years. Forget Willis McGahee, the injured running back taken last year. This move will make or break Donahoe’s career.'

Marker Wheels and a deal for Bills [5:14 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '”The guy’s a leader, he has a heckuva an arm, he’s a good athletic quarterback who can move and throw the ball on the run,” Donahoe maintained.'

Marker Donahoe gets his man in Losman [5:13 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But, of the four QBs tabbed in the first round, he evokes the most mixed reviews.'

Marker Bills deal up to get Tulane QB [5:12 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Losman perfers the word confidence to cocky. Arrogant is not appropriate.'

Marker Bills Receive Help in Speedy Evans [5:11 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In Evans, they get a deep threat receiver who was shown himself to be productive throughout his career with the Badgers.'

Marker Buffalo bolsters anemic offence with QB, wideout [5:10 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'One was for today. The other was for tomorrow. Both were bold moves.'

Marker Lucky 13 for Evans [5:09 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: 'The situation in Buffalo could not be much better for Evans. He's going to a team that ranked 30th in offense last season, but has an established quarterback in Drew Bledsoe and another quality receiver in Eric Moulds. "They've got a great defense and a great quarterback," Evans said. "Some of the receivers there, in Eric Moulds and Josh Reed, I think they're two people I can certainly learn from."'

Marker Patience finally pays off for Evans [5:08 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: '"We think he is going to bring a special dimension to our offense," Tom Donahoe, president and GM of the Bills, said of Evans. "We think he can come in and contribute and help us to get our offense back on track."'

Marker Bedford grad Evans lands in Buffalo [5:07 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Evans added that his talks with the Bills went well and that he is confident Buffalo will be a good fit. "Yeah, I like it, I like it," he said.'

Marker Losman fits the bill for Buffalo [5:06 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: '"They told me to keep my eyes open for Buffalo with the 13th pick, but when they picked Lee Evans we didn't know what was going to happen," Losman said. "Everyone's been telling me this Green Bay and St. Louis type thing, so I was kind of shaky, and I didn't know. But when Buffalo traded up with Dallas, my eyes kind of opened up and my heart started pounding. Then they called my name, and it was just a sigh of relief."'

Marker Cowboys trade top pick but still fill need [5:05 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'About 90 minutes before the Cowboys were supposed to make their first-round pick, Buffalo president/GM Tom Donahoe phoned the Cowboys and talked about giving Dallas its first-round pick next year in exchange for the 22nd pick Saturday. Eventually, Donahoe offered Dallas second- and fifth-round picks in this draft and the first-round pick in 2005. After making the deal, Jerry Jones and Parcells each smiled broadly as they stepped out of the draft room to munch on brisket, sausage and fajitas. "They baited the trap with cheese," Jones said of the Bills' offer.'

Marker Back flip [5:04 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Taking advantage of a surprising offer from the Buffalo Bills, the Cowboys traded down from the 22nd slot for three picks -- a second-round choice (43rd overall) which they used to draft Notre Dame running back Julius Jones; a fifth-rounder today; and a first-rounder in 2005.'

Marker Cowboys up after trading down [5:03 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: 'In a move that drew immediate criticism from disappointed fans, Dallas traded its first-round pick Saturday to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the 12th pick in the second round (43rd overall), the 12th pick in the fifth round (83rd overall) and the Bills' first-round pick in 2005. The swap gave the Cowboys six picks for this year's draft, one more than they started the day with. More importantly, it gave them two first-round picks to play with in next year's draft.'

Marker Bills help and hurt Bledsoe [5:02 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Why Losman? ``We had four quarterbacks with first-round grades,'' Donahoe said. ``Once we made our first pick (on Evans) we started looking for ways to get back into the first round to get J.P. He's got arm strength. He's competitive. He's also a fiery competitor, something that has rubbed people the wrong way. But I like the fact that people don't like his personality. He's a competitor and will try to stick in everybody's face.'''

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