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Buffalo Bills News - April 21, 2002

Marker Bills fitness guru to weigh in at Lewiston obesity conference [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rusty Jones, the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, will be the keynote speaker at "Lighten Up, Niagara!" a daylong conference on obesity Thursday in the New York Power Authority building in Lewiston.'

Marker Business People [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills organization named Karen Marsch executive director of business development.'

Marker A Texas-sized tackle [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills chose Williams because they love his humongous yet agile 6-foot-5, 375-pound body and the mean streak that courses through his veins on every snap.'

Marker Donahoe makes safe, smart pick at No. 4 [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Finally, a first-round pick by the Bills that legitimately addresses a line that's been in decay for a decade. A pick to make amends for Corey Louchiey, Jamie Nails and Robert Hicks.'

Marker Bills, Patriots put Bledsoe deal on hold [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bledsoe trade rumor story that had Bills fans stoked in the days leading up to Saturday's NFL draft did not come true. A deal could not be consummated.'

Marker Up Close: Mike Williams [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: '[Mike Williams] needs to get his weight to the 340-pound area in order to maintain stamina.'

Marker Bills draft capsules [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: '[Mike Williams] Was considered the most polished blocker in the draft, a dominant performer who was not only extremely talented and athletic, but he played with a notable nasty streak.'

Marker Bills take a pass on Bledsoe trade [5:08 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''One thing I will say is that we weren't going to give up a pick in this year's draft,'' he said. ''We never had the opportunity to speak to Drew or his agent. We are not going to be put in that type of position.'''

Marker Pats won't fill Bills [5:07 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Pats want a first-round pick as part of the compensation package for Bledsoe. The Pats are apparently willing to accept a conditional pick, but it has to be fair. The Patriots believe the Bills' offer on Friday - a 2003 second-rounder that can become a first-rounder if Bledsoe plays in 12 games and the Bills make the playoffs - isn't close.'

Marker QB picture status quo in AFC East [5:06 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Instead of Bledsoe, the Bills ended up with a 365-pound offensive tackle as their key acquisition of the day.'

Marker As sun comes up, Bledsoe still a Pat [5:05 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Bills were set to take Tulane quarterback Patrick Ramsey in the second round, but Washington took him with the last pick in the first round.'

Marker And Drew shuffles off to...nowhere [5:04 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: '...Belichick and Pioli will look like geniuses for not giving in yesterday and taking what ever they could get for him.'

Marker Bills tab Texas-sized OT [5:03 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Of Williams, Bills' president/general manager Tom Donahoe enthused, "He's a large, agile, tough individual who adds chemistry to our football team." Indeed, personality was seemingly one factor that pushed him ahead of McKinnie.'

Marker No Beldsoe, no draft-day trade [5:02 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"We never got a call," said an almost incredulous Buffalo president/general manager Tom Donahoe, who quickly added, "and we never made one."'

Marker Bills add a fast, wide body [5:01 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"If you want a quality football team in Buffalo, it starts with the offensive line," Donahoe said. "It makes the whole team better. You look at teams that are quality teams year in and year out and it usually starts with the offensive line."'

Marker Four state players taken on first day [5:01 AM]
Baton Rouge Advocate reports: '"I felt like they wouldn't have made that pick if they didn't think I could do it," Reed said. "They showed some belief in me so now I'm going to have to show some belief in myself."'

Marker After long wait, Reed at ease [5:00 AM]
Baton Rouge Advocate reports: '"It feels great to be selected by such a good team."

Marker Rayne product Reed opens second round of NFL Draft [4:59 AM]
Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports: '"It feels great to be selected by such a good team," Reed said. "It's been a long day, an anxious day. I'm really happy that it finally came in and the way it came in."'

Marker Bills keep Reed waiting until the second round [4:58 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'Reed is in the NFL. And the Bills are thrilled to have him. "He's tough, and he's going to give you a full day's work," said Tom Modrak, the Bills' director of football operations. "He'll sneak deep on you. . . . He knows how to get open."'

Marker Jolley, Denney taken; Staley kept waiting [4:58 AM]
Provo Daily Herald reports: '"I went out there (to Buffalo) and it was a great trip," Denney said. "I talked to each coach individually. They said there'll be an opening at left defensive and, and if I came there, I'd have a chance at that position. "I liked the trip out there. If I hadn't gone, I'd be a little preoccupied about (playing for Buffalo). But they have great coaches that are defensive-minded."'

Marker BYU's Jolley Is First Player With Utah Ties to Be Called [4:57 AM]
Salt Lake City Tribune reports: 'Although ESPN mistakenly used a photo of his younger brother, John, when announcing the pick, Denney was thrilled to wind up in Buffalo, where team officials told him he will have a chance to compete for significant playing time at left end -- particularly in running situations. The Bills need somebody to fill the void left by the retirement of Phil Hansen, and they made a trade with San Francisco to move up and take Denney.'

Marker 2 Y. players go in second round [4:56 AM]
Salt Lake City Deseret News reports: 'A short time later, Denney was fielding a phone call from the Pittsburgh Steelers, who informed him the team was set to select him with its No. 62 pick. But thanks to call-waiting, that conversation was interrupted by another call — this one from the Buffalo Bills, announcing they would pick Denney at No. 61.'

Marker 1 isn't the loneliest number [4:55 AM]
Austin American Statesman reports: 'Williams, who grew up outside Dallas, has never spent any extended time in the snow belt. That's why the first postdraft advice he received, Williams said, "was to buy an SUV."'

Marker Top Of The First [4:55 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'When the Buffalo area media asked Williams to describe his style of play, he said, "I've got a mean streak on the field. I want to dominate every man I go against. "That's what I've been doing, and that's what I plan to be doing."'

Marker Texas lineman thought Jammer a better bet [4:54 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Texas offensive lineman Mike Williams knew he would go high in the NFL draft, but not higher than teammate Quentin Jammer.'

Marker Big 12 scores four first-round selections [4:53 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Mike Williams missed his guess but earned perpetual bragging rights on former Texas teammate Quentin Jammer.'

Marker Bledsoe to remain with Patriots for now [4:52 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I simply wasn't going to give up a pick in this year's draft for a guy we never even got the chance to talk to," Donahoe said. "That's just not practical. We didn't know if Drew would even have reported to us. They never gave us the chance to ask him."'

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April 20, 2002

Marker Bills select Coy Wire [10:50 PM] reports: Strong Safety/Outside Linebacker, Stanford, 6'0",209<br>
Perhaps no player in the history of Stanford football can make the claim Coy Wire can: team leader in both rushing and tackles. He led the team in rushing in 1998 and tackles in 2000 and '01 after being moved from running back to safety to inside linebacker ? Coy had started seven games at RB from 1998-99, but was moved to safety in the spring of 2000 and then to ILB in the fall of 2000

Marker OTs grab spotlight from DTs [9:34 PM]
ESPN reports: With a quote which could have come from Bill from NYC:

"The fact is, protecting the quarterback is every bit as important as sacking him," allowed Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe, who initiated the feeding frenzy for tackles by taking Mike Williams of the University of Texas with the No. 4 pick. "The defensive tackles in the first round were very impressive. But there was some rare talent among the offensive tackles, too, and we saw that today. It was a big, athletically gifted bunch."

Marker Bills trade up, take DE Denney with 61st pick [9:20 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'A unanimous All-Mountain West Conference selection, Denney recorded 68 tackles and led the Cougars with seven sacks in his final collegiate season. He finished his career with 156 tackles and 16 sacks and helped his draft stock with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.'

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