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Buffalo Bills News - April 23, 2001

Marker Something special in the works in Buffalo [5:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"(Top pick Nate Clements) better have an excitement about playing the special teams before he thinks about playing defence."'

Marker Draft produces players, smiles [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Their first draft with the Bills now complete, Donahoe and Williams came away impressed by the process and the performance of the holdover scouting department headed by Dwight Adams. "Dwight and the scouts did a phenomenal job, it's the best job I've ever seen as far as preparation and thoroughness to get ready for a draft," said Donahoe.'

Marker Christie signs 2-year deal with Bills [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'What most likely hurt Christie on the open market was his ineffectiveness as a kickoff man. He no longer has the leg strength to consistently get the ball to the goal line, and that became a major problem when the Bills' special teams covered kicks so poorly.'

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April 22, 2001

Marker Bills continue to bolster depleted roster [8:13 PM]
AP reports: '"Very good," was Donahoe's assessment of his team's draft. "We went in with the intention of improving our team, particularly looking at the depth on our offensive and defensive lines."'

Marker Price agrees in principal to re-sign with Bills [4:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Backup defensive lineman Shawn Price reached a deal in principal to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills re-sign Steve Christie [4:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Christie, who was an unrestricted free agent, will return for his 10th season with Buffalo.'

Marker Bills re-sign Christie [12:26 PM]
TBD reports: 'The Bills resigned kicker Steve Christie today in an effort to address the team's current place-kicking needs.'

Marker Interview with Brandon Spoon [11:46 AM]
All Pro-Scouting Services reports: One-on-one interview with Brandon Spoon, the UNC linebacker the Bills selected in the fourth round.

Marker Farris reunited with Donahoe [10:02 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Buffalo Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe still believes in Kris Farris, even though the Steelers gave up on him eight months ago.'

Marker The Stadium Wall is cranking [9:48 AM]
TBD reports: 'The Stadium Wall message board is the place to be for analysis of the Bills draft. Over 600 messages have been posted in the last 24 hours and the talk will continue today (as it does every day - 365 days a year). So, head on over to the Wall and post your opinion on the Bills first day of the draft and check back during the day for instant analysis of day two!'

Marker TBD Draft Chat is a Huge Success! [9:44 AM]
TBD reports: 'The TBD chat room was a hot bed of Bills talk yesterday. The discussion started well before the draft started and finished long after it ended. The room was packed with 60-70 fans during the peak times. Check it out today as we pick 7 more players!'

Marker In this corner, Bills pick Clements [9:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had three of the first 58 picks and five of the first 95. They have 12 choices overall. That's a potential windfall for a team that has seen 27 veterans skip town over the last two offseasons.'

Marker Buckeye reunion: Clements to join Winfield as a Bill [9:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're excited about Nate Clements," said Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe, who traded down from the 14th spot and still got his man. "He comes from a great family and a disciplined upbringing. Everybody we talked to about him had nothing but good things to say."'

Marker Preparation helps Bills load up with extra draft-day 'treats' [9:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kenyatta Walker, the hulking offensive tackle from Florida, didn't interest them. So even though he unexpectedly filtered to the 14th pick, 315 pounds of talented temptation, the Bills turned their heads with resolve.'

Marker TCU's Schobel endures long wait [9:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The senior defensive end from Texas Christian thought he would go in the first round, possibly to the St. Louis Rams with the 29th pick. But Schobel (pronounced Sha-bel) fell to the second round, where the Buffalo Bills snapped him up with the 46th overall selection.'

Marker Back end of the draft harbors many a treasure [9:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills, through the years, prospered mightily with some of their late picks.'

Marker OSU's Clements, Pickett picked in first round [9:37 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The Bills expect big things from him, general manager Tom Donahoe said, and not just at cornerback..."When you put the combination of size, speed, and special teams together, that's what made him attractive to us."'

Marker Local selections [9:35 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'If you drove down Sudbury Rd. it was easy to spot the doings at the home of Nathan and Emma Clements. When their son, Nate, got the word he was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills, the gathering of approximately 75 friends and relatives spilled out to the front lawn to celebrate.'

Marker Ohio State [9:34 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Clements was erratic last season but has all the tools--eye-popping speed, jumping ability and strength. He also is a flashy punt returner.'

Marker OT Kris Farris passes physical [9:33 AM] reports: "We said today that we felt it was nice to have Kris Farris, almost like an extra pick. His problems have stemmed from injuries. He took time last year, had surgery on his foot in December, and has responded well to the surgery. He's 6'8, 322 lbs., and those guys are nice to have. We brought him in for a workout and physical, and he passed. He's had no problems since the surgery."

Marker Busy first day at One Bills Drive [9:30 AM] reports: 'With the Buccaneers' first round pick, Buffalo took Ohio State cornerback Nate Clements, who played with current Bill Antoine Winfield in his freshman year in Columbus.'

Marker Bills resign DT Shawn Price [9:27 AM]
TBD reports: 'Yesterday, the Bills resigned DT Shawn Price. The signing of the 7-year veteran is significant after losing defensive lineman Wiley and Washington this offseason. In addition, the team's draft needs were also impacted by the signing.'

Marker Coaching staff to host clinic [9:22 AM] reports: 'Bills head coach Gregg Williams and his entire coaching staff will host the "Gregg Williams High School Coaches Clinic" on Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2 in the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse in Orchard Park.'

Marker First day wrap-up press conference [9:15 AM] reports: "I [Gregg Williams] am impressed on the number of guys who were able to watch and add to the voices in the room. It's been impressive coming from another organization seeing how good these scouts are in that room. It's been refreshing."

Marker UT's Henry to join old friends as Bills’ selection [6:19 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '"They really hadn't shown any interest, but called and said they were surprised I stayed on the board that long," Henry said. "I was hoping to go a little higher, but all that matters is that I get a chance to play on the next level."'

Marker Henry to join ex-Vol Bryson with Buffalo [6:15 AM]
Knoxville News Sentinel reports: '"I think I can stand the cold," joked Henry, who was the seventh running back selected in the draft. "Once I'm playing and my adrenaline gets flowing, it really doesn't matter."'

Marker Buffalo getting job done in draft [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills began yesterday with 10 picks, but thanks to a pair of trade-down maneuvers in the first and second rounds, they accrued two more without affecting their player selection strategy.'

Marker Bills take chance on aggressive corner [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've coached so many guys who won't take a chance," Williams said. "That really irritates me. . . . guys who stand out there and cover grass. There are a lot of those kind of guys in the NFL. You got to want to make a play."'

Marker Bills hope NFL babies can make a big boom [5:31 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I don't think it's a secret we need depth. We're hurting for bodies in Buffalo. We have 12 picks in this draft and we intend to do the best job with each and every one of them."'

April 21, 2001

Marker Bills take Tennessee RB Travis Henry with 58th pick [7:34 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'After splitting time with Jamal Lewis as a junior, Henry exploded for 1,314 yards and 11 touchdowns on 253 carries in 2000 and seems completely recovered from 1997 knee surgery.'

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