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Buffalo Bills News - May 8, 2004

Marker Peters may fill bill in Buffalo [5:45 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'In the end the Buffalo Bills signed the former Arkansas tight end as an undrafted free agent and will keep him at that position initially. However, some in the league believe he could be, with some work, a quality left tackle.'

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May 7, 2004

Marker Some teams can't get enough tight ends [8:56 PM]
ESPN reports: The three-year contract is worth $18.5 million and drops Bledsoe's cap charge for 2004 from $8.33 million to a much more palatable $4.147 million. Bledsoe, who is coming off the worst season of his career, received a $6.5 million signing bonus. His base salaries will be $2.25 million (for 2004), $3.3 million (2005) and $4.35 million (2006). There are roster bonuses of $1.05 million each for 2005 and 2006. The salary cap charge will rise to $6.5 million for '05 and to $8.316 million for '06, but those are still far less than the cap charges for those seasons under the old contract.

Marker Evans: The Perfect Script [8:55 PM] reports: 'You can see the difference between the college and the pros right away. The defensive backs are a little bit more physical, a little bit quicker, a little bit stronger, so I have to use my speed and be physical too. Stepping out on that field was a blessing for me, now I just have to take advantage of it. Troy Vincent gave me some little pointers on certain things he's done in the League. Being patient, learning the game, and being a student of the game were probably the most important things he said.'

Marker Introducing… Tim Euhus [8:53 PM] reports: 'I usually throw up before a game.'

Marker CB Troy Vincent Answers Fan Questions [11:17 AM] reports: 'Q: What was the main factor when you decided to come to Buffalo over Kansas City and Cincinnati?
TV: Definitely the head coach.'

Marker New ruler of roost [5:21 AM]
Aurora Beacon News reports: 'Beebe said he plans on installing a West Coast offense similar to the K-Gun named after and run by Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, a good friend of Beebe's. Beebe, though, wants to "simplify the offense and gear it more towards high school."'

May 6, 2004

Marker Introducing… Dylan McFarland [4:20 PM] reports: 'Q: If not for football, what would you be doing/career?
DM: I'd probably go to law school. I think that's interesting. I want to be a judge someday hopefully. I wouldn't mind doing that.'

Marker Short Trip, Big Step for Graham [11:49 AM] reports: 'Mark Graham the second team All-MAC free safety from the University at Buffalo signed as an undrafted free agent with the Bills, participated this past weekend in the team's rookie orientation camp and couldn't be more wide-eyed. "It's a little overwhelming, a lot of plays, and the game is a little bit faster," said Graham after the weekend came to a close.'

Marker Travis Henry Plans Return to Polk [7:50 AM]
Lakeland Ledger reports: 'Buffalo Bills running back and Frostproof High graduate, Travis Henry, will be hosting his 1st Annual Travis Henry Day on Saturday, May 15th.'

Marker Bills' Wyche awed by QB Losman [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”Sometimes when you put a list like that together, they are very tight in terms of feelings towards them,” Wyche said. “J.P., if I was to break it down, is a better athlete (than the other three). He’s niftier in the pocket, a scrappy kind of guy. He makes a decision and goes with it. He’s got as strong or stronger arm than those three other guys and football intellect, he’s going to be able to do anything we ask.”'

May 5, 2004

Marker Coaches Clinic Set For May 22nd [5:00 PM] reports: 'The clinic is free to high school and college coaches and will feature a series of seminars and lectures by new Bills head coach Mike Mularkey and his coaching staff that will discuss drills and techniques.'

Marker Introducing… Jonathan Freddie Smith [11:59 AM] reports: 'I have no idea what I would be doing without football.'

May 4, 2004

Marker Inside the Bills Draft Room [3:00 PM] reports: '"There's so much time and effort put in by a lot of people for these picks," said head coach Mike Mularkey. "All you can do is trust the opinions and the final grade and say, 'These are the guys.'"'

Marker Case signs free agent contract with NFL's Bills [1:27 PM]
Adams State University reports: 'This spring, Case has been playing minor-league arena football for the Casper (Wyo.) Calvary, a team in the National Indoor Football League’s Pacific West Division.'

Marker Bills' Recharged Offense Hinges on Bledsoe [1:24 PM]
Washington Post reports: "He didn't have a very good year, but no one around him had a very good year," Donahoe said at the NFL scouting combine. "None of us had a very good year. I think we've put people around him who will help him have a better year."

Marker Wilsons join Hospice ceremony [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., and his wife, Mary, on Sunday toured the expanded Hospice Inpatient Unit that bears their names, then rededicated the facility during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.'

Marker Anderson: Dreamed of Playing in the NFL [8:45 AM] reports: 'I have heard Bills games aren't that much different than Ohio State games. A lot of people said the fans are pretty comparable so that's definitely a good thing.'

Marker WR Evans looks like a winner [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sure it was only four practices, the first of many more before the Bills kick off the season on Sept. 12, but Evans left no doubt he can be a factor his rookie season.'

May 3, 2004

Marker Three-quarterback monte [4:41 PM] reports: 6. I think these drafts I liked: Buffalo (because I love Lee Evans and think Losman's going to be a good player)

Marker NFL Network will allow all exhibition games to be televised [4:39 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: All of the NFL's 65 exhibition games this season will be available on television for the first time. The league's four network partners -- ABC, CBS, ESPN and Fox -- will show 11 games, and NFL Network will broadcast the other 54. Some NFL Network games will be shown on tape delay during the four weeks of exhibition play.

None of the Bills games will be shown nationally on any of the network partners.

Marker Brown treads water as QB pool deepens [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I do feel Travis is a guy that kind of gets overlooked in this situation," Bledsoe said at the Bills' rookie orientation camp this weekend. "Travis is a guy that is very smart. He has good ability. He throws the ball well."'

Marker Give it a rest! Football needs an offseason [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Levy was criticized for taking it easy on his players, but he always kept the game in perspective. Looking back, Marv was onto something.'

Marker Mularkey impressed with rookie class [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You saw some flashes," he said. "You got to see some things you'd hope you would in this camp, especially the more they got reps and the more time they're in there and their confidence in their ability in knowing what to do. It's amazing how fast the speed picks up once they figure out what they are supposed to be doing. This is a very good class of free agents. Our scouts did an unbelievable job and coaches as well getting them here."'

Marker Kelly at Eastview [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly will appear from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 6 at Eastview Mall to benefit his Hunter’s Hope Foundation.'

Marker Inside slant [5:32 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Speed, not size, is what Buffalo coveted and Evans - who consistently clocked in the high 4.3s in pre-draft workouts - not only will help get the Bills' passing game back get on track but he also will help stretch the field and open up the running game.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:31 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Because of Anderson's great strength and work habits - he's been called a weight and film room "junkie - the Bills believe they've landed someone who could wind up having a long NFL career.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:31 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'As many as seven players will be vying for the punt and kick return duties, including Antonio Brown, who averaged 21.8 yards per kickoff but just 4.4 yards per punt. Bruising free agent rookie running back Shaud Williams (5-7, 193) is among the players Buffalo will look at.'

Marker The Bills Are Not Shopping For A Veteran QB...For Now! [5:29 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mularkey said, "I think we're going to leave it at that. We're going to evaluate this talent that we have here before we go in any other direction."'

May 2, 2004

Marker Transcript: Mike Mularkey Q&A Session [4:04 PM] reports: 'We basically started from scratch like we did at the veteran orientation camp. We started all over again. It was another chance for the vets to hear it and feel comfortable about it. We feel like we're starting at a pretty slow pace with the rookies to get them started and comfortable too. It's an emotional time for them to be able to get in and out of the huddle and know what they're doing and be confident about what they're doing. I think by the fifth practice you hope the speed picks up, and it did.'

Marker A confidence man [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is a person who is driven to succeed at all levels," said Angelo Gasca, his high school coach. "He's consumed with this desire to be great in football. He's thick-skinned, he's determined and he's overcome a lot of things in his life already."'

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