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Buffalo Bills News - April 21, 2001

Marker Redskins sign free agent Donovan Greer [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'The Redskins also signed free agent Donovan Greer, a nickel back with the Buffalo Bills the past three seasons.'

Marker DRAFT ANALYSIS: OFFENSIVE CENTER [1:31 AM]
TBD reports: 'Center is the most stable off-season position in the game of football. The 2001 off-season is no exception. There are likely only two teams in the NFL going into the draft with a major need at the position. Free agency could very easily reduce this to just one.'

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April 20, 2001

Marker Donahoe ready for first draft with Bills [8:33 PM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'He arrives at work before 6 every morning and never goes home before 10 that night.'

Marker Bills sign free agent for O-line [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Farris was a consensus first-team All-America and All-Pacific 10 Conference as a senior at UCLA in 1999. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native also won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top lineman.'

April 19, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills sign Kris Farris [8:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Farris was Pittsburgh's third-round draft pick in 1999 but missed the entire season with a broken foot. He was obtained on waivers by the Bengals in August only to be waived a day later.'

Marker Donahoe's first 100 days with Bills have been a blast [8:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Friday marks Donahoe's 100th day on the job. Despite the challenges he's faced, and on the eve of his first NFL draft at the helm, Donahoe is having the time of his life. "We kind of hit the ground sprinting, and it hasn't stopped. But it's been a lot of fun," Donahoe said. "I've never looked at it as a job. I feel rejuvenated."'

Marker Bills agree to terms with tackle Kris Farris [5:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with free agent offensive tackle Kris Farris. Farris (6-8, 322) entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1999 out of UCLA. He spent the entire 1999 season on injured reserve due to a stress fracture in his foot and also missed the entire 2000 season.'

Marker ESPN.com's mock draft: first round [12:53 PM]
ESPN reports: NFL mock draft, conducted by John Clayton, Greg Garber, Chris Mortensen, Mel Kiper, ESPN coordinating producer Howie Schwab, ESPN.com AFC columnist Mark Cannizzaro, ESPN.com NFC columnist Tom Oates, and ESPN.com NFL editors Joe Lago and Peter Lawrence-Riddell. Cannizaro has the Bills taking Miami's Damione Lewis at 14, "a guy the Jets love." Cannizaro covers the Jets for a NY paper; why would he think the Bills would love him too?

Marker Dolphins sign free agent T Marcus Spriggs [12:52 PM]
AP reports: "With free agent left tackle Richmond Webb in limbo, the Miami Dolphins plucked tackle Marcus Spriggs from AFC East rival Buffalo. Spriggs signed a two-year contract on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed."

Marker Trading down might be teams' best option [12:46 PM]
ESPN reports: "Normally, the thought of trading out of the top five of the draft is shameful. Trading down usually was a sellout. Though draftees are paid in accordance to their selection, what might be good for the budget may not be good for the personnel."

Marker Kiper: Risers, fallers and sleepers [12:44 PM]
ESPN reports: "Following are alphabetical lists of prospects who have appeared on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board throughout the 2001 season. For months, Mel has been evaluating these prospects, with the 2001 NFL draft in view."

Marker Kiper: Risers, fallers and sleepers [12:42 PM]
ESPN reports: "Following are a few lists that indicate how some players are being viewed going into this weekend's draft.."

Marker Look high and low in the draft [12:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Inside the War Room, Adams and his staff will be charged with providing on-the-spot information and advice to general manager Tom Donahoe, head coach Gregg Williams and his assistants. Obviously, they need to follow what other teams are doing so they know who is available."

Marker Players remember Draft Day [12:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "One current Bill who didn't have to worry about getting selected but where he would be picked was receiver Peerless Price. Price, who was a member of the the University of Tennessee's national championship season in 1999, had been persued by several NFL clubs and been touted as a first-round pick, heightening his expectations on Draft day..."

Marker Putting him to the test: Mel Kiper [12:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Writers at buffalobills.com examined Kiper's picks from 2000 to examine how accurately his picks predict the actual draft day order as well as how his picks match up in terms of performances last season."

Marker Behind the scenes at the NFL Draft [12:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "The 14th pick in the first round's a good pick, but you don't know what the teams in front of you are going to do, what trades that might be involved," Donahoe said. "There's always some speculation, and we'll play some games where we may do some mock drafts and see if certain teams take certain players..."

Marker Bills could try to tackle a defensive lineman [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's not hard to find the most glaring need for the Buffalo Bills entering Saturday's NFL Draft. Look no further than the defensive line, where the Bills have only two proven starters - end Phil Hansen and tackle Pat Williams.'

April 18, 2001

Marker Forty times are bogus in the NFL [11:24 PM]
Fox Sports reports: Dwight Adams puts the hammer down on what appears to be a big scam perpetrated on draftniks around the country... bogus forty yard dash times. Adams said, "The 40 is a common denominator in football, but itís blown way out of proportion. Itís physically impossible to run a 4.2 and, probably, a 4.3."

Marker NFL Draft Is a Guessing Game [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'The AP's Dave Goldberg has the Bills taking DT Marcus Stroud.'

Marker Tuesday Morning Quarterback: Mockery Draft [10:06 AM]
Slate.com reports: The always amusing Gregg Easterbrook does it again, spoofing everything from Michael Vick to the China Crisis. With the 14th pick, the Buffalo Bills select: "Bruce Smith, Washington Redskins. Wow, if the Bills ever got hold of a player like this, they'd never let him go..."

Marker Business as usual for Bills in draft [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"All I'm concerned with when it's all said and done is that we have a player in the right area for the Buffalo Bills," said Donahoe. "The most important thing is to get the player right."'

April 17, 2001

Marker Bills draft preview [12:48 PM]
USA Today reports: Buffalo's draft strategy, needs, and rumors summarized.

Marker Bills - Third toughest schedule according to Hoge [9:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 3. Buffalo Bills: They have two divisional games (Dolphins and Colts) -- who also happen to be their biggest rivals -- on the road back-to-back. Then they host the Steelers, who've given them fits for decades.

April 16, 2001

Marker Jack Elway dies of apparent heart attack [3:00 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Jack Elway retired last year as the Broncos' director of pro scouting.

Marker Bills seek backup QB in draft [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have four of the top 95 picks in the draft and will address pressing needs on the offensive and defensive lines and at cornerback.'

April 15, 2001

Marker Wilson should quit carrying grudges and look ahead [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The customers have turned the page. So should the owner.'

Marker When it comes to draft Donahoe doesn't doze [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'Armed with the 14th pick in the first round, 10 picks overall and a track record that can match or beat that of any talent evaluator in the game today -- including John Butler, the man he replaced -- Donahoe is promising Bills' fans he will deliver.'

April 14, 2001

Marker Off the record, Bills GM Donahoe is a pretty funny guy [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Partly to stop the jumping to conclusions, to help the media understand the organization's thinking, and to show that he isn't as dull as his TV persona, the personable Donahoe is hosting some informal off-the-record luncheons with the media.'

April 13, 2001

Marker Flutie-Johnson duel gets a long buildup [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As if fans weren't already excited about next season's game between the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers, the National Football League is going to make them wait nearly half the season to see it.'

Marker Circle that date! [5:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has known for some time where he wants to his exact his revenge, now he knows when.'

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