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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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."'
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.
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
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.
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.'
Four's a crowd [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We'll see about second-round pick Chris Kelsay in training camp. Is there a quality third cornerback? Kevin Thomas and Dainon Sidney will battle. Will Reese (Broncos) give Pierson Prioleau a run for the free safety job? Will Reed be good? Is there hope for the long-suffering return game? Will the team decide it looks odd to have coach Gregg Williams in the last year of his contract and the coordinators with two years left on their deals?'
Bills fans have shot at TV sport [5:21 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Over 600 season tickets were sold as the Bills staged their annual Select-A-Seat day. Fans got to meet players, tour the lockerroom, take the quarterback challenge and touch and test the stadium’s new AstroPlay surface. In addition, some 3,000 prime season ticket locations were marked with over 20 percent of them being sold.'
Ex-Browns' comings, goings [5:20 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'He said that when he quit playing, he gave up ice cream. He quipped that he worked out all the time and was 14 percent body fat, while Greg and Mike Pruitt never worked out, yet were 9 percent. At one point, he and his wife debated adopting a Korean child, but weren't sure. So one day, he walked into a Dairy Queen and ordered an ice cream for the first time in two years. While he was there, a man walked in with a Korean child. ``I went up to him and said, `Where did you get him? I want one of those,' '' DeLamieulleure said to many laughs. In the end, DeLamieulleure wound up adopting two Korean children. ``God has a plan for all of us,'' he said.''
Opportunity Knocks For Ken Simonton [4:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: There might be a running back battle in Buffalo this season, but it has nothing to do with the drafting of Willis McGahee. Ken Simonton wasn't even on an NFL roster last season, but he has done just what the Bills' player personnel department hoped he would in Europe -- get better. Now Simonton has exploded offensively as a member of the Scottish Claymores and will challenge any other running back in Bills camp.
Willis McGahee To Appear On BDSHP [2:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: On Friday's "The Best Damn Sports Show Period", Buffalo Bills first round draft pick Willis McGahee and SU hoops star Carmelo Anthony will appear on the show which can be seen on Empire Sports Network at 8:00 p.m.
Buffalo Bills in the Media & Community [2:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Saturday, May 17 Event Time Steve Tasker & Buffalo Jills Meyer's RV Stadium Sale 3:00 - 4:00 PM
'Express' on track [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Prices in Rochester are $49 for the train only or $95 for train and game ticket.'
Bills to offer train service to 3 games [4:03 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Amtrak service begins in Albany/Schenectady with pick-ups in Utica/Syracuse and Rochester. The train stops at the Depew station just outside Buffalo and fans are bused the remaining distance to Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
Buffalo Bills Express 2003 [4:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills Express will be available for three regular season games in 2003, including the home opener with the New England Patriots on September 7. In addition to the Patriots contest, fans can take the Express to see former Syracuse star Donovan McNabb lead the Philadelphia Eagles into Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 28 and catch the return of Bruce Smith to Orchard Park when the Washington Redskins come to town on October 19.'
Denmark Import At Bills' Coaches Clinic [10:23 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Last weekend's Bills' Coaches Clinic had dozens of the area's high school coaches trying to gain some insight from their pro counter parts. But there was one coach who traveled a bit further than the rest of the coaches for the clinic, as Denmark's Johan Laurizen came from half a world away to listen to Gregg Williams and his staff.
HOF ride jump-started [5:30 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``I'm very excited. The longer it took, the sweeter the taste,'' said DeLamielleure, who waited 13 years before he was elected. ``You think it's never going to happen.'''
Bills’ Talley stood out on and off field [10:29 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But my most vivid memory of Talley was off the field and away from the stadium. Shortly after he left the Bills and had signed with the Falcons in the winter of 1995, Darryl took out a full page ad in the Buffalo News and used it to publish an open letter to the fans, thanking them for a dozen great seasons. It was one of the classiest gestures ever made by a pro athlete.'
Top 10 most stable franchises [10:27 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Ralph Wilson lacks big-time money and the financial condition of the Bills hasn't been great over the last several seasons, but Wilson is one of the few traditional owners remaining. What puts the Bills into the top 10 is having Tom Donahoe running the football operations. Donahoe is among the most respected football men in the league and has been known for stability and his solid philosophy on personnel over the years.'
12th Man Casting Call [2:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills are looking for their most loyal and avid fans to appear in a national television spot on CBS promoting the network's coverage of the NFL.
Buffalo Bills NFL Auction on eBay [10:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Mike Williams Autographed Football, Eric Moulds Autographed Jersey
Bills Alumni Spotlight: Scott Radecic [10:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: After three years with the Chiefs, starting in all but three games during the final two campaigns - linebacker Scott Radecic was released late in the 1987 preseason. Granted, he joined the Bills after being claimed on waivers only days before the season opener, but because defensive coordinator Walt Corey had been his coach in Kansas City, the linebacker knew Buffalo’s defensive strategy better than he knew his teammates. Buffalo Bills Alumni
Bills Release Hardge & Harris [8:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Hardge had signed on January 22 while Harris followed on February 4. Both participated in the team's most recent camp earlier this month.'
Bills release Hardge, Harris [8:13 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills released free agent defensive backs Ronald Hardge and Ken Harris on Tuesday.'
Notch One Up For Talley [3:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'When the locker room door closed, every player on those championship Bills teams turned to Talley for leadership. His words carried the combined weight of all 52 of his teammates, even though is name didn't capture the fame of those such as Bruce and Jim Kelly.'
Unrestricted free agent signs one-year deal [8:26 AM]
ESPN reports: One of the league's best teams at unearthing bargain basement veterans, the Raiders added a pair -- OL Corey Hulsey and DT Damian Gregory. Both signed one-year contracts for the $300,000 league minimum. Hulsey started in 12 games at guard for Buffalo in 2001 but was out of the league last season.
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