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Buffalo Bills News - May 2, 2003

Marker Packers in no rush to find Favre's replacement [4:36 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo's crowded backfield: The club recently signed him to a one-year extension, through the 2005 season, basically because Henry didn't have enough money to make it through the offseason. So he pocketed a $300,000 signing bonus, which ought to get him through training camp, and added a year to his original deal, at a team-friendly base salary of $1.25 million.

Marker Bills Fortunate To Grab Chris Kelsay [2:42 PM] reports: For nearly two months, four times a day, Kelsay would run in the morning, lift weights after lunch and do position drills later in the afternoon. During the evenings, he’d meet with a sports psychologist to work on various intelligence tests. All of this in preparation for the Senior Bowl and the league’s scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Marker Redskins Begin Minicamp [10:11 AM]
WTOP reports: DE Bruce Smith will be at minicamp and says he intends to stick around for his 19th NFL season in the fall. Smith, 39, is only three sacks shy of Reggie White's NFL record of 198. He didn't commit to returning even when members of the organization and his agent said they expected him to play.

Marker New Bills back oozes with confidence [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've been working hard. I've been going at it every day, six days a week, nonstop. That's my main concern six days a week."'

Marker McGahee gets high grade in working class [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And as he stood at the podium Thursday, a diamond earring in his right lobe, a confident smile on his face, who could help but wonder at the possibilities that could accompany the Bills cap atop his head?'

Marker Bills release OL Boldin [6:45 AM]
AP reports: 'The Florida State player had signed with the Bills as a free agent in January after he was released by Washington last preseason.'

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May 1, 2003

Marker McGahee arrives in Buffalo; still not sure when he can play [9:58 PM]
AP reports: The Bills haven't ruled out placing McGahee on the physically unable to perform list, allowing him more time to rehab. Under NFL rules, the Bills would have the option to activate McGahee between weeks 10-14.

Marker Bills Introduce First Round Pick Willis McGahee [8:17 PM] reports: "It feels really good. I am very pleased to be here. I received a very warm welcome and things are starting out on the right foot. I have a job to do and that is the reason I came here (to Buffalo)."

Marker Aiken’s former coach likes his player’s odds of making Bills [4:07 PM]
Wilmington Star News reports: 'The most likely scenario is that he will play special teams and eventually become a third receiver. At UNC, Aiken returned kicks and was on coverage squads.'

Marker Ex-James Kenan, UNC player was chosen in round 4 [4:06 PM]
Wilmington Star News reports: '"He (Aiken) runs good routes,'' Bills' receivers coach Fred Graves said in a news conference following the draft. "I'd say he and Josh are about the same speed; he may be a step faster than Josh.'''

Marker Rosenhaus straddles line of lying, exaggerating [1:23 PM]
USA Today reports: 'It's Rosenhaus' job to promote his client. Is it his job to misrepresent reality?'

Marker Sneaky call from one yard out [1:15 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'At last we've found a sports agent who can be believed when he talks. How can you doubt one who admits he manipulates the truth? Bless you, Drew Rosenhaus.'

Marker Bills Television Network Receives Two Telly Awards [12:22 PM] reports: The Bills Television Network (BTN) has been honored with two Telly Awards and was the finalist for two others. The Telly awards are bestowed annually for excellence in cable/non-network TV programs.

Marker Lions' draft pick will give the NFL a whirl [11:57 AM]
Vancouver Province reports: 'Jackson, whose feet were in Surrey but heart in Buffalo, was equally baffled. "I read in the paper that the Lions weren't going to wait, but if I'm going to be picked I wouldn't want to go anywhere else," he said.'

Marker Henry plans on producing, not worrying [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I definitely want to get back to the Pro Bowl," he said. "I want to make it to the playoffs. I want to win a Super Bowl. I feel the same way. My feelings haven't changed since we drafted Willis McGahee."'

Marker Travis tiptoes on diplomatic high road [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's regrettable to see Henry go through this after his terrific season of 2002. But it's silly to suggest that McGahee will be a distraction to him next season, or that it will hinder his performance. If anything, it'll make him more determined.'

Marker Henry reverses position on McGahee [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '“At the time I felt that way, but after talking to the coaches and getting a better understanding of why they took the pick, I feel a whole lot better about it,” Henry said.'

Marker Hurtt says McGahee will make it back [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '“All those people who think this is a wasted draft pick are going to be eating their words,” says Hurtt, referring to the controversy surrounding the Bills’ selection of McGahee with the 23rd overall pick in last weekend’s NFL draft. “I know a thing or two about knees and I know a thing or two about Willis McGahee. What he’s done in just three months is nothing short of miraculous, and what he will wind up doing for the Buffalo Bills is going to make him a hero in western New York.”'

April 30, 2003

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Merv Krakau [5:00 PM] reports: As a senior at Iowa State, defensive end Merv Krakau was named All-Big Eight, and was a third-team All-America. In a game against Nebraska that season, he had 11 unassisted tackles, two sacks, deflected three passes, caused two fumbles and recovered two fumbles. Yet when the 1973 NFL draft took place, no less than 343 players were selected before the Bills took Krakau. In fact, he was the 18th player and fourth linebacker chosen by Buffalo during the two-day draft.

Marker Henry now comfortable with Bills drafting McGahee [4:11 PM]
AP reports: '''I look at it as they took the best player available, and grabbing him had nothing to do with me,'' said Henry, the NFL's fifth-leading rusher last season. ''I can only control what I can control. And everything else will play out.'''

Marker RB Travis Henry Speaks Out [2:55 PM] reports: "The way I look at it, a lot of people were shocked. Most of the media thought we were going to pick a defensive end and we took a running back. I'm shocked like everybody else. I see the selection as the front office taking the best player available. I don't believe that my fumbling the ball last season had anything to do with it."

Marker Henry To Host Camp In Hometown This Weekend [2:33 PM] reports: Bills running back Travis Herny will be hosting his 1st Annual Celebrity Football Camp Weekend this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Central Florida.

Marker Jayhawks flock to NFL [1:46 PM]
Lawrence Journal World reports: 'Former KU assistant coach Pat Ruel will be Sands' position coach with the Bills. Sands said he expected to sign his contract today and report to mini-camp Thursday in Buffalo. An intern in KU's weight room this semester, Sands will graduate next month with a degree in exercise science.'

Marker Bledsoe Visits Portland United Bills Supporters [1:28 PM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe visited relatives in Portland, Oregon recently and visited the Portland United Bills Supporters (PUBS) chapter of Bills Backers.

Marker Andre Reed To Make NFL Europe Broadcasting Debut [1:27 PM] reports: Former Bills receiver Andre Reed will be in the broadcast booth this weekend providing commentary on Fox Sports Net's national broadcast of NFL Europe's game of the week.

Marker Paris's move to Buffalo puts chill on Canadian hopefuls [1:24 PM]
Vancouver Province reports: 'Paris Jackson's roots may be a little hard to trace, but there's no doubt about the strides he's made in his football career.'

Marker Player Bio: T.J. Watkins [10:39 AM] reports: Honorable mention All-ACC guard…first-team Strength All-American in 2001…started at three positions over his Clemson career…second on the Tigers in knockdown blocks in 2001 with 130…finished his career strong with 13 in the win over Louisiana Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Marker Bills discard Watson [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He was flagged for a team-high seven pass interference or illegal contact penalties. He also had one other penalty, a roughing-the-kicker call in New York on a 26-yard field-goal attempt. It gave the Jets first-and-goal at the 4 and started New York on the path to an easy win.'

Marker Making the grade [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills: Rolling dice on McGahee, but why not gamble on potential greatness? Second-round DE Chris Kelsay is first-round talent. Next three picks (LB Angelo Crowell, CB Terrence McGee and WR Sam Aiken) provide depth and special teams help. Grade: B.'

Marker Some win, some lose on a day of active trading [8:16 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Another player who was taken too early was RB Willis McGahee, but it wasn't to fill a need. That's what makes the Bills' 1st round selection even harder to figure. McGahee is not expected to be able to help the Bills much this season, and his ability to overcome the physical and mental barriers associated with tearing three knee ligaments is questionable. In the 1st round, risk should be at an absolute minimum.

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