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Buffalo Bills News - May 8, 2001

Marker Bills sign free agent FB Larry Centers [7:21 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Larry Centers, the premier pass-catching fullback in the NFL, on Tuesday reached an agreement with the Buffalo Bills. Terms were not disclosed.'

Marker Larry Centers signed [11:19 AM]
WKBW reports:

Marker Antowain Smith on Cutting Block [11:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Len Pasquarelli says the Bills tried to send Smith to Carolina on draft day, but couldn't get the deal done. They need the $900,000 in cap room the release of Smith will carve out for them to sign rookies.

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May 6, 2001

Marker Where do we go from here? [9:01 PM]
USA Today reports: '... the Bills are in the middle of the pack in season ticket sales. Buffalo's season sales are in the mid 30,000 rage. And even though Ralph Wilson Stadium's capacity was reduced by nearly 5,000 with the addition of new luxuryboxes and club seats, the Bills' must move 75,339 tickets for a sellout.'

Marker Bear hunt [8:35 PM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"Director of football operations? Would it be appealing? Yes, particularly in Chicago. I'd have to say that," Levy said. "It's intriguing."'

Marker Beefy middle [8:31 PM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Washington, listed at 330 pounds in your program, weighed in at 385. The Bears were so concerned, they immediately placed a phone call to Buffalo to find out if this was particularly unusual. Former Bills coach Wade Phillips assured them that Washington's normal playing weight the last few seasons was closer to 360 pounds than 330.'

Marker Williams sets a new tone for Bills players [3:27 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Asked by reporters about the positional relocation of linebacker Sam Cowart, the Bills top defender, Williams said matter-of-factly he didn't care what Cowart or anyone else thought about it. Players play, coaches coach.'

Marker Wall of Fame Sunday becomes kids' day for Kelly, Smerlas [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When we go out in public and people ask for my autograph, sometimes she'll say, "Daddy, can I have your autograph, too?'"'

Marker Brave new Bills [7:39 AM] reports: 'The new coaching staff has also instated a more concentrated approach to conditioning, emphasizing speed and strength. Weight and bulk are out, lean and mean are in vogue at One Bills Drive.'

Marker Kentucky Derby History [7:35 AM] reports: 'Ralph Wilson, Jr. had two horses in rthe Derby in past years: in 1971 his horse, Jim French, placed 2nd and in 1992 in horse, Arazi, placed 8th. In this year's race, Congaree is the offspring of Arazi."

Marker 10 Burning Questions for Tim Hasselbeck [7:31 AM]
ESPN reports: 'What would you rather see happen, have your fiancée, Elisabeth Filarski, win "Survivor" or your brother, Matt, win the Super Bowl with the Seahawks?'

May 4, 2001

Marker Williams' way had minicamp all shook up [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'From what I've seen so far, the changes have been for the better.'

Marker Bills cap a tight squeeze [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Now that the Buffalo Bills have drafted a whopping 12 rookies, they have to find a way to sign them by the time training camp opens on July 29. Let the slicing of the salary cap pie begin once again.'

May 3, 2001

Marker Bills kick off fifth annual fitness club [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills kicked off the fifth annual HSBC/Buffalo Bills Fitness Club Wednesday at John T. Waugh Intermediate School in Angola. Bills linebacker Kenyatta Wright participated in the fitness presentation, an interactive program designed to educate young students on the importance of health, fitness and encourage them to adopt a healthy lifestyle.'

May 2, 2001

Marker Kelly, Smerlas set to hit wall [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly is considered by many to be the greatest Bill ever and has been retired the past four seasons. He holds virtually all of the Bills' passing records. He ranks ninth on the NFL's all-time passing efficiency list with a passer rating of 84.4.'

Marker Kelly, Smerlas on Wall of Fame [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'They will be inducted on separate home-game weekends in the fall.'

May 1, 2001

Marker May Wallpaper for your desktop [9:31 AM]
TBD reports: 'Download great Buffalo Bills artwork to use as wallpaper for your PC. Includes a calendar! The following calendar/wallpaper artwork was created by the talented Gina Mustico (Moose - for those of you who read the Stadium Wall message board)...'

Marker Bills like Schobel's pride [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"This isn't college anymore. That was pretty fast for not having any pads on. It was a learning experience and I have to adjust."'

April 30, 2001

Marker Minicamp photos [1:34 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills rookies Marques Sullivan, bottom left, Randall Cummins, background center, and Josh Lind catch their breath after doing sprints on the first day of mini camp Friday, April 27, 2001, in Orchard Park, N.Y.'

Marker One fan's reaction to mini-camp [12:02 PM]
TBD reports: 'I watched the Bills practice yesterday in the fieldhouse. The Bills are doing drills that I've never seen before. There was one play that took my breath away when the defensive player took the receiver to the turf rolling over a couple of times. They both bounced up, then I read the numbers..."

Marker Buffalo Bills roster as of Saturday [11:21 AM]
TBD reports: Names and jersey assignments as of this past weekend.

Marker Williams files upbeat progress report from minicamp [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I wouldn't say it was a great three days, but it was a pretty good three days," Williams said as workouts for veterans and rookies ended Sunday at Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse. "We have a better understanding about how we want to practice. It's not completely the way we want to practice yet, but the tempo is excellent."'

Marker Slate clean for Hicks [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fourth-year offensive tackle seemed to be on the fast track to stardom with the Buffalo Bills after a solid first year as a starter in 1999. But he quickly fell out of favor with the coaching staff last season and eventually lost his job to Marcus Spriggs. Even undrafted free agent Jon Carman was taking snaps from Hicks toward the end of the year.'

Marker Is Spoon 2nd coming of Spielman? [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: 'Like Spielman, Spoon has the short hair, a set of biceps so big you are forced to check for valve stems, an all-business attitude and one of those "You-talking-to-me?" stares.'

Marker Changes amaze Christie [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's a whole new team," said Christie, noting the 34 new faces on the roster and the almost entirely new coaching staff.'

Marker Centers an upgrade for Bills at fullback [5:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'Centers vs. Jonathan Linton as starting fullback is a no-brainer unless Centers has a negative we're not aware of.'

April 29, 2001

Marker Rookie looks like a Spielman clone [11:50 PM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills weren't necessarily in the market for a middle linebacker during the NFL draft, but when Chris Spielman's clone was there for the taking, they didn't think twice.'

Marker Several sophomores expected to break out in 2001 [11:41 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie coach Gregg Williams wants more speed in his Buffalo Bills defense, and free safety Travares Tillman could provide that element plus some blitzing ability. Tillman started the final four games of the regular season in place of the injured Keion Carpenter a year ago. It won't be an upset if Carpenter doesn't get his job back.'

Marker A. Smith gets second chance [11:36 PM]
Fox reports: 'Judge (who is a good judge of character, excuse the pun) thinks he'll be Buffalo's starting back this year.'

Marker If the Bills were truly Bill's [11:32 PM]
TBD reports: 'I always wondered why the Bills were called the Bills, if most of the players on the team weren't actually named "Bill" (or William). So, I have outlined which players SHOULD be on the Bills for the 2001 season.'

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