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Buffalo Bills News - May 26, 2003

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.

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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.'

Marker 'They'll be happy McGahee's a teammate' [4:04 PM]
Shout! reports: Willis McGahee had nothing more to prove in college – even after his injury – says Miami running backs coach Don Soldinger. Soldinger added that when McGahee is ready, Buffalo will have a Pro Bowl-type player. Soldinger discusses that and other things in his exclusive interview with Mike Doser.

Marker Bulletin Board [2:00 PM]
Buffalo News reports: Ruben Brown of the Buffalo Bills will be one of the headline attractions in the inaugural Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting the Niagara Falls YMCA. Former Bill Shawn Price is also among the notables in the field for the event, to be held June 30 at Niagara Falls Country Club. Former Bills WR Don Beebe will hold his annual speed camp July 23-24 at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse in Orchard Park.

Marker A very *pow*erful runner [12:02 PM]
NFL Europe reports: RB Ken Simonton earned NFLE Offensive Player of the Week honors for the 2nd time this season in week five against the F.C. Barcelona Dragons. He gained 108 rushing yards on 20 carries, caught eight passes for 97 yards and returned five punts for 66 yards. His 271 total yards were just eight shy of tying a league mark. Simonton is the only player in the league to receive the POW distinction twice so far in 2003. He first earned the honor when he ran for 94 yards and tied a league record with four rushing touchdowns in the Claymores 62-31 win over the Berlin Thunder in week one.

Marker Notebook: Teams need to cover the corners [12:00 PM]
CBS reports: Winfield: He is a smaller (5-feet-9) corner, which might deter some teams, but he is a tough, physical player. The Bills love him and will do whatever it takes to keep him, which could mean using the franchise tag. They put that label on receiver Peerless Price before trading him to Atlanta. It's a safeguard for the team. But the Bills will have to decide if he's worth shutdown corner money. He certainly is if Bly can get $5 million a year.

Marker Q&A With Running Back Ken Simonton [10:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"As long as we are playing football, the level of play doesn't matter. The players don't grow an extra leg. The game is still the game to me, no matter the level of play."'

May 22, 2003

Marker 12th Man Casting Call: Winners Selected [1:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It was very difficult to select only 12 contestants from all of the 50-word essays we received. But we think we have a good representation from our avid fans to appear in the CBS spot. CBS is excited to shoot the promo and all of us are excited to see the spot when it airs.'

Marker Bills Install AstroPlay [1:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Photo gallery of turf installation

Marker Rookie Chat - First Impressions of the NFL [12:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: OL Ben Sobieski "It's a privilege to be here. But ever since I was a freshman I worked to get to this point. Even though I really went through some tough times where one part of me didn't know if I was going to continue to play football, I always kind of saw myself ending up here (in the NFL)."

Marker Darryl Talley Answers Fan Emails [12:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Yes. It is the highest honor you can achieve as a Buffalo Bill because if you think about all the guys that have played there how many guys have put on Buffalo Bill uniforms and how many guys are on that wall."

May 21, 2003

Marker Fans Can See Simonton Saturday [1:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This weekend Simonton and the Scottish Claymores will travel to Amsterdam to take on the Admirals. Fans in Western New York will be able to watch the contest live on the Empire Sports Network at 1:00 PM on Saturday.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Dave Behrman [11:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Why did he choose the Bills over the Bears? "Not saying it was a lot, but there was a big difference in the money. You’re not talking about the kind of money they play for now. Plus Ralph Wilson was a pretty well-liked guy and he’s always been a big supporter of Michigan State."

Marker Group Tickets on Sale June 2 [11:09 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: To order your group tickets, call the Bills’ Group Sales Department toll free: 1-877-BB-TICKS or contact a Blue Coat on stadium wall.

Marker Jim Kelly Visits United Way [8:25 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'The former Buffalo Bills quarterback was at the Oak Hill Country Club signing autographs for the United Way's biggest supporters. Kelly's in the area trying to raise support for the Hunter's Hope Ball this summer.'

Marker Gridiron Preview - Browns vs. Bills Scrimmage [7:55 AM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: The Browns and Buffalo Bills will scrimmage on Saturday, August 2 at 11:00 a.m. – Tickets will go on sale June 7 at 10:00 a.m. Buffalo features three offensive players named to the Pro Bowl in 2002: QB Drew Bledsoe, OG Ruben Brown and WR Eric Moulds.

May 20, 2003

Marker Lauvale Sape Adjusting To Life In The NFL [4:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It's a different level. Everybody is fast. Everybody is strong. You always think you're the strongest one in college and you come here and you're going to dominate everybody. When it comes to this level it's truly amazing and that's why I was just jumping offside. I was really excited and also I got really comfortable so it came out really good. So we'll see where it goes from there."'

Marker 2003 spotlight brightest on Holmes, Bills brass, 18 others [3:10 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Bills want to become a ground-control, defensive-oriented team. That's a far cry from the wide-open, pass-happy system from a year ago. The Bills were in the playoff hunt late in the season with that style but didn't accomplish enough to let the team keep playing that way. So they put much of their offseason focus on improving the defense, while letting the starting top speed WR, FB and TE leave.

Marker Bills report: Notes, quotes, anecdotes [12:54 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: If expanding the NFL playoff field from 12 to 14 teams comes up for a vote at league meetings Tuesday and Wednesday in Philadelphia, the Bills will vote yes. GM Tom Donahoe said last season's expansion to 32 teams makes expanding the playoff field logical and it wouldn't water things down, considering 18 teams would still be left out.

Marker Bills report: Inside slant [12:53 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Bills will give new meaning to the term "burn rubber" this season at Ralph Wilson Stadium. After two years of study, the club has decided to replace its much criticized artificial turf with a synthetic grass system that utilizes pulverized old rubber tires and is catching on as the wave of the future.

Marker A Breakdown of the Offensive Personnel [10:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: If football was a game played from a desk with a suit coat as the uniform and cell phones and paperwork as the equipment, then the Buffalo Bills would be in the Super Bowl already. After a busy off-season of roster additions, the Bills stand easily among the top playoff contenders. Buffalobills.com writer Tim O'Shei reviews Buffalo's offensive personnel.

Marker Bills interested in Jefferson [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jefferson is a 12-year veteran who caught 27 passes for Atlanta last season. Detroit reportedly is another club considering him. Jefferson, 34, will contend for a backup position wherever he signs. It's believed he is being offered minimum-salary contracts.'

May 19, 2003

Marker Chris Kelsay Talks About His New Job [4:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"My contribution to this team is unknown by anybody right now. If I said I knew what I was going to do I'd be lying. I'm not going to do that. Like I said, I definitely have goals for myself and I know I can play at this level. I'm going to give it everything I've got every time I step on the field be it practice or a game. I'm looking forward to it and I hope the coaches are too."'

Marker Bills Talking With Veteran Safety [4:00 PM]
ESN reports: An NFL source has told Empire Sports Network/WNSA that the Buffalo Bills are in discussions with veteran safety Marcus Robertson. Robertson has ties to Bills head coach Gregg Williams and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray from playing on their defensive unit during his playing days with the Tennessee Titans. Robertson was a member of the Seattle Seahawks roster the past two seasons.

Marker The Week In Bills History/Bills Birthdays [2:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: May 22, 1963 - BILLS SIGN RUTKOWSKI The Bills signed free agent all-purpose back Ed Rutkowski, out of Notre Dame. May 18, 1975 - Olandis Gary May 19, 1975 - London Fletcher

Marker Inside Dish: Despite rumors, Brady likely to remain a Jaguar [9:05 AM]
The Sporting News reports: One asset the Bills bought with free agents was defensive flexibility. The acquisition of Jeff Posey gives them a player who can play LB or rush end, and the opposing offense won't know which position Posey is playing on any given play. Takeo Spikes gives the Bills a second linebacker capable of covering on passing downs, as it already had London Fletcher. In fact, coach Gregg Williams' plan is for both linebackers to play in dime defenses.

Marker Growth industry [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Why not switch directly to a natural surface? Bills President Tom Donahoe said the experience in Green Bay shows fields really deteriorate late in the season after the grass becomes dormant. "It's just not practical in a lot of Northeast and Midwest stadiums," Donahoe said when announcing the AstroPlay contract.'

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