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Buffalo Bills News - April 27, 2004

Marker Bills sign Shaud Williams [5:14 AM]
Birmingham News reports: 'He signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills Sunday night but still felt the sting of not getting drafted. "The way I'm looking at it, I have to prove people wrong," Williams said.'

Marker T.D. Tied to J.P. [5:13 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The statement is loud and clear. This is our quarterback of the future. This is the guy we expect to lead our team for a decade. It also demonstrates the lack of confidence they have in Bledsoe's future in Buffalo.'

Marker Anything possible with Bills 2004 draft [5:12 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Say what you want, Tom Donahoe is not stupid even on his worst days, and Tom Modrak has some smarts as well and so does a Bills scouting staff that was convinced Lee Evans was the one player who could line up and make a difference right now.'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:11 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The team doesn't have anyone with proven experience behind Bledsoe, and Losman isn't ready to start.'

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April 26, 2004

Marker Bills Sign Iowa Quarterback And UB Safety [9:53 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have inked 18 college free agents including one from U.B.'

Marker Kelly hunting for cure [9:43 PM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"I had dreamed of having a boy I could go hunting, fishing and camping with,'' he said. "I'm an outdoors freak, and I was looking forward to having someone to share that with.'' Kelly paused and added softly, "But God had other plans.'''

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With Free Agents [9:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills have agreed to terms with the following free agents...'.

Marker Tiger cornerbcks first to sign NFL agent deals [9:30 PM]
Tennessee State University Athletics reports: Giddens played high school football at Glencliff before enrolling at TSU. He led the Tigers in interceptions each of the past two seasons and finished his career with 11 pickoffs. He led the Tigers in tackles with 82 his junior season. He was a second-team All-OVC selection in 2003 after earning first team All-OVC the previous season.

Marker Nevada Sends Four To NFL; Cordova Goes In Third Round [9:29 PM]
University of Nevada reports: Towns, a first-team All-WAC selectin last fall, signed Monday with Buffalo. The Pasadena, Calif., native was the leading tackler the past four years for Nevada and ranks third all-time in tackles. He was named the Coaches' Award winner at the annual football brunch.

Marker NFL Teams Load Up on Cougar Free Agents [9:29 PM]
Washington State University reports: Acholonu racked up 16.5 sacks as a senior in 2003, which tied for the national lead. The, Seattle, Wash., native's 32.5 career sacks is second all-time at WSU. Acholonu forced eight fumbles and recovered five during his four years on the Palouse.

Marker Brian Gaither, Nick McNeil and Michale Spicer Sign NFL Free Agent Contracts [9:28 PM]
Western Carolina University Athletics reports: Spicer, a two time All-SoCon pick and 2002 All-American selection, shattered the Western record for career tackles for losses (58), while finishing with 29 career sacks, one sack shy of Louis Cooper's school record.

Marker Hafford, Phillips Sign Free Agent Deals [9:28 PM]
Stephen F. Austin University reports: Phillips agreed to terms with the Bills following Sunday's draft and will report to Buffalo later this week for a rookie mini-camp. The 6-5, 300-pound offensive tackle started the final 33 games of his SFA career and did not allow a sack over the past two seasons. He was also a first team all-conference and Region VI CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in 2003.

Marker Sigler Signs Free Agent Contract With The Buffalo Bills [9:27 PM]
Eastern Washington University reports: In both 2003 and 2002, Sigler earned second team All-Big Sky Conference honors as an offensive tackle and first team Verizon Academic All-District VIII honors. He was also named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the third time as a senior in 2004. He was chosen to play in four different college all-star games and played in two - the 65th Blue-Gray Game and The Villages Gridiron Classic.

Marker Isaac Mitchell Signs Free Agent Contract with Buffalo [9:27 PM]
Idaho State University reports: He also broke Merrill Hoge's long-standing career record for rushing touchdowns, recording 34 in his career, and his 216 carries last season broke Hoge's previous school record of 213.

Marker Bills sign 18 free agents [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Among the signings was free safety Mark Graham from the University at Buffalo. Graham led the Bulls with 84 tackles and three sacks despite missing two games with an injury.'

Marker Booster club meeting Apr. 27th [9:05 PM]
TBD reports: Ask Tom Donahie or Mularkey Questions at the fieldhouse Tuesday night the 27th 7:30 pm. Scheduled guests are Tom Donohoe and Mike Mularkey, John Murphey and Alex Van Pelt. Possible others. Open to the public.

Marker Euhus shuffles off to Buffalo [2:55 PM]
Eugene Register Guard reports: '"I've played in rain and hail and snow and whatever else there is in the Northwest," Euhus said. "Except for the snowy season, I've heard it's a lot like Oregon."'

Marker Bills use draft to improve on offense [2:51 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If you had any doubt where the Buffalo Bills felt they needed help — or didn’t — this past weekend’s draft provided some answers.'

Marker Tulane's Losman, Moore, Selected in 2004 NFL Draft [1:29 PM]
Tulane Green Wave reports: '"With our last three starting quarterbacks selected in the first two rounds of the draft, we've established a standard that's very high at that position at Tulane University," Scelfo said. "You have to give a tremendous amount of credit to (quarterback coach) Frank Scelfo with the job he's done developing these last two (Losman and Ramsey). I think the tone is set that to play quarterback at Tulane you will get a lot of responsibility and gain a lot of valuable experience."'

Marker People are Guessing About Losman [1:11 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Anyone who tells you that they know the Bills made a good or bad choice in drafting J.P. Losman is either guessing or lying. They don’t know. Tom Donahoe doesn’t know. Neither does Mel Kiper, Jr. (By the way, who is Mel Kiper, Sr?)?

Marker Anderson Buffalo-bound [12:33 PM]
Freemont News Messenger reports: '"We were a little surprised when they called Tim," said his father, Jim. "They called out of the blue. Buffalo hadn't really been mentioned. There was no notice until he was selected. It hit the screen before Tim told us."'

Marker Inside slant [12:31 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'While the Bills showed an incredible desire to pick up Losman with the 22nd pick, nine spots after spending their own first-round choice on Wisconsin receiver Lee Evans, Donahoe said the plan remains the same. Bledsoe will remain the starter in 2004 and if he's able to revive his career, it's his job to keep until further notice.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [12:30 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Even after the selection of J.P. Losman, the Bills still have not ruled out the possibility of signing a veteran backup to Drew Bledsoe before training camp opens in July.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [12:29 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Veteran Pro Bowl WR Eric Moulds was elated with the selection of Evans. Moulds, who saw more double coverage after Peerless Price was traded to Atlanta and who caught just one TD pass last season, has been lobbying the coaching staff to take a receiver with raw speed. "I'm very excited," Moulds said. "It's going to be rare that I get single coverage, but if teams try to do that, we're in a position to make them pay. We needed more speed on the outside and now we have it. We'll be able to stretch the field vertically and create some big plays in the passing game."'

Marker Mularkey Tackles First Draft as Head Coach [12:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It's been a great experience so far," Mularkey said. "It's more difficult to prepare though. When I was a position coach in Pittsburgh I only worried about positions. Here I have to look at the entire team and what's best for the team rather than just the offense."'

Marker Tutor Wyche sees J.P. as star pupil [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's not going to be anything but a hard working or blue-collar kind of guy. He'll be in the offensive line room and listening to what they have to say, our quarterbacks already do that, so he's going to fit right into where we are."'

Marker Draft feeds the needs of Bills' offense [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Obviously going into the draft, we felt there were some areas on offense that we would like to address," President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said during the Bills' post-draft news conference Sunday. "But you can't go into it saying "OK, we have to do this or we have to do that,' because usually when you do that, you come out disappointed. It may not fall that way, so you go into the draft and you say, "We want to help our football team wherever we can help the team.' In this particular case, (drafting offense over defense) just ended up that way."'

Marker Gap between Bills and Patriots still wide [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Like it or not, his reputation is on the line. No more Gregg Williams to serve as whipping boy. Donahoe's legacy in Buffalo will hinge on his evaluation of football talent. As he approaches his fourth year in charge, his grade is still incomplete.'

Marker Mularkey loves his first class [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”You have a combination of threats here and you’re going to have to do some extra work on Tuesday and pick your poison with the skill people we have on this team,” Mularkey said. “I think that’s kind of why we went in this direction because it will put some extra pressure on an opposing defense.”'

Marker Bills' Donahoe goes big on offense this time [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”We should’ve been better than 6-10 and we weren’t,” Donahoe said. “We’ve got a new staff and it’s up to all of us to do our part and put it together and correct what happened last year.”'

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