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Buffalo Bills News - May 29, 2003

Marker Williams has lost his limbs [4:06 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Gregg Williams reminds me a lot of the Black Knight from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."'

Marker Attention to defense in the AFC East [2:44 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills made the biggest jump as far as talent. Their stats were a little misleading a year ago. Although they ranked 15th overall, that was only because opponents ran the ball so well against them that they didn't give up a lot of passing yards. The Bills surrendered 132 yards a game on the ground and 4.5 yards a carry.

Marker Comments from Head Coach Gregg Williams [10:56 AM] reports: '"We have improved the team speed, but it is not one of the faster defenses that I have had the opportunity to coach, but we have improved significantly in that area. This team speed right now is the best since I have been here but we have still got to keep own players healthy. We have a long way to go before training camp starts. We are in some heavy phases of our program right now, in strength and speed phases. These next three weeks are critical and the final five weeks prior to training camp and opening day is another big phase that Rusty Jones and his staff have got to make sure that our guys are right on top of it."'

Marker Bledsoe, Bills Look For a More Balanced Team [10:55 AM] reports: '"It's all going to start up front…with out offensive line," Bledsoe said. "Last year, they showed what they could do. This year they're working together for the second straight year. I think they're going to be a dominant group."'

Marker Trust, good team chemistry can make all the difference in the world [7:43 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: The Bills revamped their entire offense last offseason simply by bringing in one key pawn — Drew Bledsoe. He tied everyone together by being the leader on a team that sorely needed one. Trust and good chemistry exploded among the offensive players, and the team jumped from 3-13 in 2001 to 8-8 and just out of the playoffs last season. The problem? There was little trust that the defense would do its share of the workload, which it rarely did. This offseason, Bills GM Tom Donahoe worked overtime to complete his repairs on that side of the ball. LB Takeo Spikes could turn into the Bledsoe-like leader the defense desperately needs. That in turn should improve the defense and allow the offense to transfer some of the load off its shoulders, rounding the team out and taking it to the playoffs.

Marker Brooks head of class in our Top 50 [7:41 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 27. Drew Bledsoe, QB, Buffalo Bills: One of the more underrated passers in the league, he is coming off one of his best seasons. When given time, and outside receivers, he is one of the best deep-ball throwers in the league.

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May 28, 2003

Marker Where Are They Now? 1973 Bills Players [4:39 PM] reports: OT Dave Foley - #78 - 1972-77 Great player at Ohio State who was drafted #1 by the NY Jets in 1969…obtained on waivers by the Bills in 1972…immediately inserted into the starting lineup at OT and was a key member of the "Electric Company" offensive line in 1973 that set the all-time Bills' record for rushing yards (3088)…retired after the 1977 season and now lives in Springfield, OH where he runs Foley Benefits Group (group benefits, financial planning)…served as a football official (umpire) in the Mid-American Conference for 18 years before retiring in 2002.

Marker NFL Auction [4:05 PM] reports: Place your bid on an Eric Moulds Autographed Authentic Jersey

Marker New Bills Wallpaper: DE Chris Kelsay [4:04 PM] reports: Featuring Chris Kelsay

Marker Bills Install AstroPlay - Photo Gallery [4:02 PM] reports: More Photos

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Eugene Marve [10:49 AM] reports: 'Traded to Tampa Bay in ‘88, Marve played four seasons for the Buccaneers and one in San Diego. Throughout his 11-year career, he planned for his post-career life. "I bought single-family houses; two and three bedroom homes, in my hometown of Flint, Michigan," Marve said. "I accumulated 63 homes. I’ve sold three since then, so I have 60 homes. I rent them all out. I’m a landlord."'

Marker Bledsoe 'fired up' to start his second year [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was really impressed last year with Drew thinking like Kevin," coach Gregg Williams said. "They were in really in sync. As they continue to work together, I think you will see Drew take another step and hopefully we will get better around Drew. I think we'll be as explosive as we were last year, and I think we have a chance to be even more explosive if we stay healthy."'

Marker Interview with Joe DeLamielleure [8:52 AM]
TBD reports: "I just liked playing... I loved playing... I liked the challenge... I was actually halfway decent at something - so when people keep encouraging you - when things are going good - like when my Mom & Dad did - I was the ninth of ten kids - I was playing for my family - this was the biggest treat in the world and my wife was the oldest of eight (kids) - so, hey - can you believe this?"

May 27, 2003

Marker The Bills Are On The Field For Mini Camp Number Two [9:02 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team will be on the field four days in each of the next three weeks.'

Marker AFC East first look [8:58 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'If the new additions come together quickly, the Bills could make some serious noise atop this division.'

Marker Bledsoe doesn't take long to find Moulds [8:23 PM]
AP reports: '''Eric's a guy that we expect to carry a heavy load as he has a lot of years here,'' Bledsoe said. ''But with Peerless gone, I think he's going to have to carry a little bit more of the load. And he knows that, and he's been working his butt off.'''

Marker Lions counting on Jefferson for veteran presence [4:32 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo also was interested in Jefferson, but he was familiar with three Lions assistants from their years together in San Diego in the early 1990s. "I know a little bit about those guys' way of thinking," Jefferson said. "I know they want to win. That's what intrigued me the most. Coach Mariucci, he's won everywhere he's gone."'

Marker Fourth Round Pick Looks to Silence Critics [4:32 PM] reports: Sam Aiken is still a Tar Heel at heart. He walks around the Bills training facility with sky blue from head to toe, yet he has never been more proud than he is now to be a Buffalo Bill. "I feel welcomed with opened-arms up here," said Aiken. "It's a great feeling to be a part of this team."

Marker The Week In Bills History (May 25-31) [4:31 PM] reports: May 26, 1979 - DUBENION GOES TO MIAMI Former Bills' WR Elbert Dubenion left the Bills' scouting department to become a college scout for the Miami Dolphins.

Marker Bills Install AstroPlay - Photos Part II [2:05 PM] reports: More photos of progress

Marker Bills Install AstroPlay - Photos Part I [2:05 PM] reports: Photos of progress

Marker One Year Later: A Defensive Comparison [1:21 PM] reports: 'This, by the way, is the man-versus-himself battle: If Jones can get his knee healthy enough to play, he could be a noticeable addition: With 13 sacks for the Bucs in 2000, Jones has the potential to be exactly the pass-rush specialist that Buffalo needs.'

Marker Inside Dish: Dolphins would be wise to follow the leader [8:02 AM]
The Sporting News reports: If every player in the league prepared in the offseason as well as Bills strong safety Coy Wire, coaches would have a lot less to scream about on game days. In addition to getting his body in top condition, Wire works overtime in the film room trying to understand his assignments, technique and opposing offenses.

May 26, 2003

Marker Bills report: Inside slant [9:28 PM]
CBS reports: Players work from about 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The goal is for the newcomers to hit the ground running when training camp starts. "It's got to help a lot," said defensive end Chris Kelsay, Buffalo's second-round pick out of Nebraska. "They expect the rookies to know their stuff and know their plays and they're preparing us. It's my job now and I don't want to get fired from my job."

Marker Pro Football Hall of Fame [2:53 PM] reports: 'Congratulations to Buffalo Bills photographer Thomas Wolf for winning Honorable Mention in the feature category of the 35th annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Photo Contest (below).'

Marker Offseason Overview: Buffalo Bills [1:54 PM]
ESPN reports: Team president Tom Donahoe's judgment is rarely questioned, but until Willis McGahee becomes a 1,400-yard rusher, the team's first draft pick is suspect. Yes, Travis Henry's contract could be an issue down the line. And yes, the third-year runner has a fumbling problem, but using such a high pick on a risky performer while the team had other holes to address is peculiar.

May 25, 2003

Marker DeLamielleure basks in his new celebrity [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Without football I don't know where I'd have wound up," he said. "Probably as a welder at St. Bonaventure University."'

May 24, 2003

Marker Claymores Keep Title Hopes Alive [8:57 PM]
NFL Europe reports: The Claymores benefited from a perfect mix of Craig Nall (Packers)'s arm and the legs of Malan, Ken Simonton (Bills) and Maurice Hicks (Bears) who accumulated a bulk of the yardage for the Scotland offense.

Marker Bremante Bryant and photographer leaving Empire [11:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'WGRZ-TV, Channel 2, has won the broadcast rights to carry three Buffalo Bills games that will be carried simultaneously by cable's ESPN. The first one is a preseason game with Tennessee on Aug. 16. The other two are Sunday night regular-season games with Miami on Sept. 21 and Kansas City on Oct. 26.'

May 23, 2003

Marker Baseball auction features WW's best [4:11 PM]
Walla Walla Union Bulletin reports: 'Items donated by Bledsoe, who quarterbacked at Washington State University and the NFL New England Patriots before joining the Buffalo Bills last season, has contributed an autographed Bills jersey, a Bills helmet, an NFL football and a WSU helmet. He has also autographed a Wa-Hi helmet and a Wa-Hi jersey No. 12 for auction.'

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