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Buffalo Bills News - April 30, 2001

Marker Williams files upbeat progress report from minicamp [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I wouldn't say it was a great three days, but it was a pretty good three days," Williams said as workouts for veterans and rookies ended Sunday at Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse. "We have a better understanding about how we want to practice. It's not completely the way we want to practice yet, but the tempo is excellent."'

Marker Slate clean for Hicks [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fourth-year offensive tackle seemed to be on the fast track to stardom with the Buffalo Bills after a solid first year as a starter in 1999. But he quickly fell out of favor with the coaching staff last season and eventually lost his job to Marcus Spriggs. Even undrafted free agent Jon Carman was taking snaps from Hicks toward the end of the year.'

Marker Is Spoon 2nd coming of Spielman? [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: 'Like Spielman, Spoon has the short hair, a set of biceps so big you are forced to check for valve stems, an all-business attitude and one of those "You-talking-to-me?" stares.'

Marker Changes amaze Christie [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's a whole new team," said Christie, noting the 34 new faces on the roster and the almost entirely new coaching staff.'

Marker Centers an upgrade for Bills at fullback [5:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'Centers vs. Jonathan Linton as starting fullback is a no-brainer unless Centers has a negative we're not aware of.'

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April 29, 2001

Marker Rookie looks like a Spielman clone [11:50 PM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills weren't necessarily in the market for a middle linebacker during the NFL draft, but when Chris Spielman's clone was there for the taking, they didn't think twice.'

Marker Several sophomores expected to break out in 2001 [11:41 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie coach Gregg Williams wants more speed in his Buffalo Bills defense, and free safety Travares Tillman could provide that element plus some blitzing ability. Tillman started the final four games of the regular season in place of the injured Keion Carpenter a year ago. It won't be an upset if Carpenter doesn't get his job back.'

Marker A. Smith gets second chance [11:36 PM]
Fox reports: 'Judge (who is a good judge of character, excuse the pun) thinks he'll be Buffalo's starting back this year.'

Marker If the Bills were truly Bill's [11:32 PM]
TBD reports: 'I always wondered why the Bills were called the Bills, if most of the players on the team weren't actually named "Bill" (or William). So, I have outlined which players SHOULD be on the Bills for the 2001 season.'

Marker Robertson taken by Bills after 1 year at Hinds [5:29 PM]
Vicksburg Post reports: 'Robertson transferred to Hinds for academic reasons in 2000 and collected 38 solo tackles, 22 assists, nine sacks and nine other tackles for a loss as the Eagles rode a dominant defense to an 11-1 finish and a state championship.'

Marker Catawba players taking their shot at NFL [5:28 PM]
Salisbury Post reports: '"Hey man, I'm a Bill," Peterson gushed. "Yeah, man! A Bill! I'm a Buffalo Bill!" It was a bit overwhelming for a kid from Clinton, N.C. who didn't even play his first season of football until his junior season in high school.'

Marker Peterson to Bills; Lockhart to Jaguars [4:58 PM]
Salisbury Post reports: 'When the last of the 246 picks was called, Peterson found himself in a recruiting war as a free agent between Miami and Buffalo. He said he was leaning toward Miami and the warm weather until talking with his agent, Joe Linta..."Miami had five defensive tackles on the roster and they were only keeping five. Buffalo has only two defensive tackles. So that was our best bet."'

Marker In rush to judgment on the draft, Bills deeper by the dozen [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No matter how rosy the projections, however, the final grades on this draft will be available sometime around Thanksgiving.'

Marker Larsen on the right path [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the education of Leif Larsen continues. How quick a study he is will determine whether he has a future with the Bills.'

Marker Picking through AFC East [6:18 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Donahoe had a long history of success drafting in Pittsburgh, and his first effort for the Bills looks solid...count on Donahoe having brought in some young talent that will play well in this league.'

Marker Late draft pick impresses Bills [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've been blessed in life," Robertson said. "I took the long road to get here, but I've worked hard. I just want to make this team and prove to people I belong."'

April 28, 2001

Marker Bills' new cornerback renews old friendship [6:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Antoine Winfield knew Nate Clements could be a good defensive back the first time he saw him at Ohio State three years ago. They're in similar roles now with the Buffalo Bills. The team drafted both players in the first round -- Winfield in 1999, and Clements a week ago.'

Marker Bills' QB hopeful on quest to survive [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When it comes to scouting, Buffalo Bills coach Gregg Williams knows his stuff. When asked what attracted him to Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, Williams answered without hesitation. "His girlfriend," Williams said.'

Marker New coach hopes to have a Centers in backfield [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We just wanted him to come in and visit with the coaches and take a look at what we're trying to do," team president and General Manager Tom Donahoe said. "And then we'll see if it makes sense to try and sign him."'

Marker Hasselbeck catches prize [7:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hasselbeck's fiancee is Elisabeth Filarski, one of the castaways on Survivor who made it to the final four before meeting her demise Thursday night when she was voted off the island, leaving only two men and one woman alive for the $1 million grand prize.'

Marker Bills talk with fullback Centers [7:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills have contacted free agent defensive end Mike Mamula, a Lackawanna native cut this week by the Philadelphia Eagles, and may entertain signing him to help their pass rush.'

April 27, 2001

Marker Centers at Bills' minicamp; no offer made [8:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Larry Centers, the NFL's career leader in receptions by a running back, was at Buffalo's mandatory minicamp Friday, watching from the sidelines in street clothes.'

Marker Bills' top pick is thrilled [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm glad I have a chance to play for the Buffalo Bills, which are contenders and have a great reputation."'

Marker TBD Interview With Dwight Adams [12:24 AM]
TBD reports: 'In the offseason where the Bills' starting lineup and depth were once again ravaged by free agency, Dwight Adams once again held center court in the setting where he is most at home, the annual NFL draft.'

Marker Draftees have fascinating lives outside the lines [12:06 AM]
Philly Inquirer reports: 'There is a neat story about Tim Hasselbeck, the Boston College quarterback. He is the younger brother of Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck, but that's far from his only claim to fame. Tim's girlfriend, Elisabeth Filarski, is one of the remaining members on the CBS-TV show Survivor: The Australian Outback.'

Marker Bills Draft Review [12:04 AM]
USA Today reports: 'McPaper gives Donahoe and Co. a B+...'

Marker Rick Gosselin Draft Ratings [12:04 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: Big thumbs up to Tom Donahoe and Co. from Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin. He rates Bills with second best overall draft in the league, behind Seattle. Better than the Rams, the Pats, the Bears and - Ralph Wilson is lovin' this - the Chargers: ``Buffalo and Seattle had a league-high 12 picks apiece. The Bills had plenty of quality to go with their quantity with the best second day of this draft. Spoon, Sullivan, Driver, O'Leary, Williams, Germany ... all good players. A''

April 26, 2001

Marker Farris aims to prove critics wrong [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The most intriguing acquisition made by the Buffalo Bills last week snuck onto the roster under cover of pre-draft hype. He is Kris Farris, former Outland Trophy winner, 1999 draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a player who has the instant adoration of head coach Gregg Williams because he's hit town with a monster chip on his shoulder.'

Marker Bills Sign QB Tim Hasselbeck [8:44 AM]
AP reports: 'At Boston College, Hasselbeck threw for 29 touchdowns, fifth most in BC history, and 3,890 yards, sixth on the school's all-time list.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Dropped From NFL Lawsuit [8:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Fifteen teams including the Buffalo Bills were dropped Tuesday from a $1 billion lawsuit in which the Oakland Raiders claim the NFL forced them to leave the lucrative Los Angeles market.'

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