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Buffalo Bills News - April 26, 2003

Marker 2003 Bills Draft Central [9:37 AM] reports: Be sure to check out's up-to-the-minute coverage of this weekend's NFL Draft. Presented by Tops Friendly Markets, the online Draft Central will provide complete player biographical information on each of Buffalo’s draft picks as well as live audio and video of the post-pick press conferences with President/General Manager Tom Donahoe, Head Coach Gregg Williams and other key team personnel.

Marker Inside Look At The Draft [9:36 AM] reports: "Anytime you look at your football team you are trying to add quality big people. It's a game of big people and if we can add some to either side of the ball we are going to try to do that. We need depth on our team at several positions. We could still use some depth in the secondary, at wide receiver and at running back so there's probably not any area of the football team that we can look at say we probably won't look at anyone there. We are going to look at everything. Based on who is there we are going to try to make intelligent decision that will help our team." - Tom Donahoe

Marker Buffalo's All-Time First Round Draft Picks [9:35 AM] reports: Here's a look at Buffalo's All-Time First Round Draft Picks

Marker Bills must wait in line for draft bandwagon - [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: Teams that might be willing to move down to the Bills' 23rd spot are New Orleans, which has the 17th and 18th picks, and Cleveland, at No. 21. New Orleans, however, would prefer to move up than down.

Marker Roll of the dice [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The worst pick...Walt Patulski...'

Marker The Bills Draft: 1967-2002 [9:09 AM]
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Marker Buffalo is on the clock [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'Only one thing is known: because of 11 free-agent signings in the offseason, “The Toms” -- Donahoe and assistant Tom Modrak -- can concentrate on taking the best available player and really mean it.'

Marker Faine could be Bills' center of attention [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'What would be wrong with selecting a player who might start at center for a decade or so? If Faine is the pick, the Bills would be hoping he contributes more than most of the team’s Notre Dame draft picks so far.'

Marker Big defensive player would suit Bills fine [5:24 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If none of the linemen are around, the Bills may look for a defensive back, either Texas A&M's Sammy Davis, USC's Troy Polamalu or Bethune-Cookman's Rasheen Mathis.'

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April 25, 2003

Marker Brown: Draft is icing on the cake for bolstered Bills [8:40 PM]
AP reports: '''I don't think we can go wrong in this draft right here,'' the Bills veteran offensive guard said. ''I think Tom has a pretty easy job. I think he could call me up and I could draft our first-round pick.'''

Marker Get Latest Draft Day News Via Verizon Wireless Text Messaging [1:41 PM] reports: "We want our fans to know all the latest draft day developments as they happen," said Bills President/General Manager Tom Donahoe. "We'll be sending out Coach's Corner alerts all weekend to keep our fans up to date on everything that happens during one of the most important weekends for our team."

Marker The rumor mill [12:00 PM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: The Bills (No. 23) might be inclined to trade up with the Browns to snatch one of the last defensive linemen in the first round. The Browns might only net a fifth-round choice by dropping two notches, but they could rationalize the value of taking a cornerback at No. 23.

Marker NFL Europe [11:59 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.

Marker Bills brain trust ready for draft day [10:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'In preparing for this weekend’s 68th NFL college draft, Buffalo culled the knowledge and connections of a 13-person personnel staff that boasts a grand total of 236 years in the league -- 154 of them spent finding talent for the Bills.'

Marker Expect the unexpected on draft day [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're not sure what we'll do at this point," said Donahoe, who recouped a first-round pick by trading wide receiver Peerless Price to Atlanta. "But whatever we do has to make sense for us."'

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.'''

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.

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