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Buffalo Bills News - April 24, 2005

Marker Stamer featured on Buffalo Bills Web site [6:07 PM]
Vermillion Plain Talk reports: 'Josh Stamer, a 2001 South Dakota graduate, is featured in a new forum created by the Buffalo Bills and available on its Web site.'

Marker Bills draft Vanderbilt guard Geisinger [5:57 PM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Geisinger, a 6-foot-4, 322-pounder, was the 197th pick overall. The road-grader's strengths for the Commodores were his consistency and excellent trap-blocking skills.'

Marker Lawrence native Preston watching NFL Draft with great interest [5:53 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Several scouting reports say Preston is a hard worker who is noted for his smarts. On the downside, scouts question his mobility. One report had him going in the seventh round.'

Marker Henry saga ends with Arrington pick [4:22 PM]
East Valley Tribune reports: '"We kept our communication with Buffalo open until the time of the pick," vice president of football operations Rod Graves said. "But we also felt it wasnít going to work and we had an opportunity to get a player like J.J. Arrington and to be honest with you, we feel very, very good about that."'

Marker NFL is front and center for ex-Sundevil Preston [3:53 PM]
North County Times reports: 'Preston may turn out to be more than a center at the NFL level. He said Philadelphia told him they like him as a guard, and that Atlanta and Kansas City have expressed interest in him as a tackle. He also impressed NFL talent evaluators as a long snapper during the East-West Shrine Game. That was stunning because he didn't handle those duties at Illinois.'

Marker Buffalo adding Miami flavor [3:42 PM]
AP reports: '''He was telling me how it's a good football city, how the fans love Buffalo and how he adapted to the weather quick,'' Parrish said. ''I'm willing to adapt to the weather quick.'''

Marker Buffalo Drafts Eric King In Fifth Round [3:41 PM]
WakeForestSports.com reports: '"It's just a great feeling to have your named called on Draft Day," King said. "I'm just so blessed to be going to a beautiful city and place like Buffalo."'

Marker DeLamielleure, Biron shape up for Billittier run [9:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'DeLamielleure, 54, is no stranger to running, having done it in high school. "I ran track in high school - the 100 dash - and threw the shot," he said. "I played fullback in high school. I'm only jealous of long distance runners when they buy clothes. Running is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I've always admired runners and swimmers. Those sports require such discipline, and you have to do it yourself and not rely on a team."'

Marker Hurricane tracking leads Bills to picks [9:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They selected smurf-like speed receiver Roscoe Parrish of Miami with their second-round pick and then took receiving tight end Kevin Everett, another Miami Hurricane, in the third round. Both players will have a chance to contribute immediately as rookie targets for new quarterback J.P. Losman.'

Marker McGahee helps Parrish catch wind of pick [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In this world we live in you need playmakers, and that's what he is," said Bills Assistant General Manager Tom Modrak. "He's a strong kid for 170 pounds. He's small, but he plays strong and plays very tough. He's a competitive kid."'

Marker Bills not counting on sudden impact [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I suspect that we'll see a great deal of running but also a lot of play-action passes from the Buffalo offense as Losman discovers his sea legs.'

Marker Bills pick graduate of Tight End U. [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At 6-4 and 241 pounds, Everett certainly looks the part. He's a terrific athlete with good hands and runs very well for a big man.'

Marker It's tough to find fun during draft's long, long wait [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After four excruciating hours and one romp through the buffet line, the media was desperate for a legitimate bit of news. Please, trade Travis Henry. Trade him for a backup long snapper, a blocking sled or a fax machine, but make a move. Give us something to analyze.'

Marker Bills draft TJ ex Kevin Everett in third round [6:30 AM]
Port Arthur News reports: '"They told me they wanted a tight end who can block and catch the ball. I can do that," he said. "It's a great opportunity and I'm very excited about it. I don't know much about them, other than they are going with a young quarterback named J.P. Losman."'

Marker Henry stays put; Bills pick Miami receiver Parrish [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Donahoe said the Bills worked the phones all day but were not presented with much to consider for Henry and will try again today, probably to land a future pick. They would've taken a third-rounder for the former Pro Bowler but nobody offered it.'

Marker A long, long day, so let's speed it up [5:11 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But taking Parrish wasn't the biggest surprise of this endless day. More stunning was the inactivity of Donahoe and assistant GM Modrak. The Bills' wheelers and dealers weren't able to make any bold moves to get into the first round. They stayed put at 55th. The waiting game tested their patience, too. "It did take a while," Modrak said. "I've never been in that situation before."'

Marker Draft moves along with glacier-like quickness [5:10 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Remember, it was only three years ago that the Bills were singing the praises of wide receiver Josh Reed, who was selected in the first round. Now Reedís job could be in jeopardy with the selection of Parrish.'

Marker Patient Cards stick with picks to fill needs [5:08 AM]
Arizon Republic reports: '"We kept our communication open with Buffalo right up to the time of the pick," said Rod Graves, the team's vice president for football operations. "We also felt it wasn't going to work. And we had an opportunity at a player like J.J. Arrington."'

Marker Well worth the wait for Canes [5:07 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''I didn't know who I was going to, but I felt good about the Bills,'' said Parrish, who celebrated with a throng of family members and friends in his living room. ``I talked to their receiver coach on the phone for about 30 minutes on Friday and he talked to me about coming in and playing the slot receiver and returning kicks for them. I'm ready right now.'''

Marker AFC East draft selections [5:06 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The diminutive Parrish will have to prove he can withstand the rigors of the NFL.'

Marker Bills add two receivers, fail to deal Henry [5:05 AM]
AP reports: '''We've been very aggressive trying to see if we could find something that made sense,'' Bills president Tom Donahoe said. ''But we weren't really presented with anything that did make sense. We weren't presented with very much to be honest with you. ... We'll see what happens tomorrow.'' Donahoe said he would've been willing to trade Henry for a third-round pick.'

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April 23, 2005

Marker Bills Pick Parrish [10:40 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Buffalo tabbed Miami's second leading receiver with its next selection. Tight end Kevin Everett went to the Bills in the third round with the 86th overall pick. Everett caught 23 passes for 310 yards in 2004.'

Marker Bills Select WR Parrish [10:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Parrish has the quick burst and isn't afraid to go over the middle and has shown the ability to hang onto the ball after taking the big hit. Has great speed and shows a second gear when tracking the ball downfield. Parrish does lack size, being only 5'9", and 168 pounds.'

Marker Bills: Henry trade options dwindling [10:36 PM]
Fanball.com reports: 'The Eagles and Titans remain possible destinations for Henry, but the options are clearly evaporating. He has sworn that he will not play for the Bills again, so something has to give. Stay tuned.'

Marker Bills select WR Parrish with 55th pick [10:35 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The 5-10 Parrish declared for the draft following his junior season. He has 4.43 speed and is a dynamic returner, averaging 16.2 yards on punt returns last season.'

Marker Bills select WR Parrish with second-round pick [10:32 PM]
AP reports: 'A junior out of Miami, Parrish is regarded as having explosive speed and led the Hurricanes with 43 catches for 693 yards and led the ACC with eight touchdowns last season. He was drafted 55th overall after the Bills traded this year's first-round pick to Dallas to select quarterback J.P. Losman 22nd overall last year.'

Marker Bills Re-sign Cornerback Kevin Thomas [5:25 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Thomas was the Bills' 6th round draft pick in 2002. He played in all 16 of teams' games last season, registering 45 tackles, one sack and no interceptions.'

Marker Bills sign DT Brown [4:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Most recently, Brown was waived by Colorado of the Arena Football League in January.'

Marker Bills will keep an eye on the big picture [9:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Offensive line is the Bills' biggest area of need, followed by defensive line. A distant third on their list arguably is cornerback, where they are very deep but where Pro Bowler Nate Clements is entering the final year of his contract.'

Marker Success: An inside job [9:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are getting closer to the league's elite in terms of building through the draft. But the numbers suggest the Bills still need to increase their percentages of draftees on the roster.'

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