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Buffalo Bills News - May 5, 2003

Marker 2003 Buffalo Bills Draft Notes [4:19 PM] reports: For the fifth straight year Buffalo drafted at least one defensive lineman. Including this year's pair (Chris Kelsay & Lauvale Sape), the Bills have selected more defensive linemen (160) than any other position in the team's history: Offensive linemen (132), running back (111), defensive backs (101), linebacker (76).

Marker Sidney likes Williams, Bills' S.B. chances [1:22 PM]
Shout! reports: '"There are other places I could have signed, but I felt comfortable here. I know they got good players here already, but I know what a difference good coaching can do for you."'
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Marker An Iron-like Piece of the Puzzle [10:59 AM] reports: '"They're not that much different than us; there's not much separating Tampa Bay from us," Irons says. "I thought to myself, 'Why can't the Buffalo Bills be here competing for the Super Bowl championship? Why not us?' They started out in training camp doing two-a-days and playing preseason games, just like we did. From that perspective, it gives you a lot of hope and motivation to make it each and every day."'

Marker What's the big rush? [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Marcus Jones wasn't wearing a dark blue practice jersey, you could have mistaken him for one of the Buffalo Bills' coaches. The veteran defensive end would rather be taking instruction than giving it. Instead, he continues his recovery from a pair of surgeries to repair torn cartilage in his knee.'

Marker There's a Super feeling brewing among Bills [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fans should hop aboard too, because the potential for this team is real.'

Marker Williams says he's pleased about minicamp [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have three four-day minicamps over three straight weeks, beginning on May 27-30. The other camps will take place on June 3-6 and 10-13.'

Marker All weight aside, Adams a super Bill [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'I never look for a pit stop, he said. I got picked up late last year, but Im here now. This is home. Im going to be here for a long time, and God willing, were going to win a lot of rings.'

Marker Williams pleased with new staff [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'I like what I saw, Williams said. I liked the meetings; I liked the attitude. We thought that wed accomplished a bunch. The coaching staff did a really good job on selecting what we needed to install with these young guys. Overall we thought it was very successful.'

Marker Bills are thinking big things already [5:15 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '"We'd be selling ourselves short if we didn't (set our sights on the Super Bowl)," said second-year safety Coy Wire. "We've been blessed in this offseason to get a lot of guys who are not only great players on the field, but are guys of great character. "We know that we have something special here in Buffalo."'

Marker Lions sign cornerback Chris Watson [5:14 AM]
AP reports: 'The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Watson spent the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, playing in 44 games with 13 starts. In 2002, he had 44 tackles (37 solo), an interception and 11 pass defenses. He played in 14 games, starting eight.'

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May 4, 2003

Marker Coach Williams enthusiastic as Bills mini-camp ends [4:41 PM]
AP reports: '''This is the first time in many years that we've had back-to-back offensive systems,'' the coach said. ''And the defensive system has been evolving since we've been here.'''

Marker Lions ink unrestricted free agent Chris Watson [4:39 PM]
Detroit reports: '"It gives us another guy to compete," head coach Steve Mariucci said. "He is a veteran and he has been a good player in this league. He is a good special teams player. He has some size to him. You like to have corners with some size to them. They don't all have to have size, but it is good to add another one who has that."'

Marker Adams' NFL experience has kind of a nice ring to it [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Sam is a special talent that I've always admired and I wanted to get for years," Krumrie said. "Now I come here and I've got an opportunity for him to play for me. He is a true competitor, a fine defensive tackle and I'm excited he's here in Buffalo."'

Marker Bills have had damaged goods become great [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Goodbye, Al Dorow!" shouted Cookie, "Hello, Jack Kemp!"'

Marker Harris has rooting interest in winning a job [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I grew up watching the Bills and going to all the playoff games," the Buffalo native said during the Bills' minicamp for rookies and selected veterans. "It's a great opportunity and it would be a blessing and a dream come true for me to be out here wearing the red, white and blue and playing for my hometown team."'

Marker Pick of McGahee was worthwhile [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If you want to second-guess the McGahee pick, the most legitimate argument would be Donahoe should have taken University of Miami defensive tackle William Joseph, who went No. 25 to the New York Giants.'

Marker No rushing for McGahee [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'Many players offered Henry, who gained over 1,400 yards last season, support but also said a team can never have too many stars -- providing the chemistry is right.'

Marker Picking apart 'trade talk' isn't revealing [5:27 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Donahoe chose to gamble on youth and medical science. He's betting that the improvements both in surgical procedures and rehabilitation techniques are such that McGahee can come back to nearly full strength after tearing two ligaments in one knee. McGahee has shown thus far that he heals quickly and is willing to do all he can to speed up the process. Now the Bills are in a position to slow it back down and wait for him to catch up. That is why it was a bet worth making.'

May 3, 2003

Marker Price's departure opens door for Reed's emergence [10:44 PM]
AP reports: ''I'd say you've got your story skewed,'' Reed said Saturday, after the Bills completed their second day of a three-day weekend minicamp. ''Peerless was here, and that was the position he played. And there's no replacing him. It's just playing the position.'''

Marker Watson joins Lions with eye for starting in secondary [9:57 PM]
ESPN reports: In instant demand following his release by the Buffalo Bills earlier this week, free agent cornerback Chris Watson has quickly found a new address, with learning that he reached a contract agreement with the Detroit Lions on Saturday evening.

Marker Linebacker Takeo Spikes Shares His Thoughts [2:40 PM] reports: "I think for the most part a lot of the stuff is the same as Cincinnati. I think more so that anything, just veteran leadership and trying to show the young guys how to do it. I'm hungry man. I just want to win. I want to get to the playoffs, I want to get to the Super Bowl and win it all."

Marker Bills Organized Team Activity: Day 1 Notes [2:39 PM] reports: Rookies and veterans had a chance to meet for the first time when organized team activity got underway at the team's training facility in Orchard Park on Friday.

Marker New faces bring new energy [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It looks like new players may win at least a third of the starting positions - eight out of 24 spots counting the kicking positions. The Bills have added 11 veterans from other teams in the free-agency signing period. Then they drafted eight new players. So it's possible that 20 new players will make the 53-man roster - or about a 40 percent turnover from last year's 8-8 squad.'

Marker Kelsay already likes Buffalo's football fans [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Buffalo fans are awesome, a lot like Nebraskans," the defensive end said. "Where I come from, that's all there is to do in Nebraska, play Cornhusker football. Buffalo Bills fans are the same - it's 12 months out of the year."'

Marker Deal with Time Warner hits Empire where it hurts [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The ability of the Bills' brass to keep their plans a secret was evidenced by how long it took ESPN's Chris Berman to speculate that the Bills were going to gamble on McGahee. Berman, who always gets the Bills' pick accurately from "a cab driver," didn't actually say it was McGahee until a second before the pick was announced.'

Marker Kelsay gives Bills quickness off ball [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'The only thing different about where youre picked -- first, second, third round, whatever -- is the money aspect and Im not in this for the money, Kelsay said. Anybody Ive ever been around or played with will tell you that. Sure, some people said Id go higher but Im thankful to go as high as I did. And I was grateful when that phone rang and the Buffalo Bills were on the other line.'

May 2, 2003

Marker Returning vets impressed by new-look Bills [8:43 PM]
AP reports: '''It ought to be fun this year,'' Schobel said with a wide grin.'

Marker Bills Organized Team Activity Kicks Off [5:37 PM] reports: "There were a lot of new faces out there today. We made a lot of moves last year bringing Drew (Bledsoe) and Kevin (Gilbride's) offense with Eric (Moulds) and company- we had the weapons to get it done on the offensive side of the ball. Now we have our defensive side of the ball all ready. I'm excited where we are headed."

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, hed meet with a sports psychologist to work on various intelligence tests. All of this in preparation for the Senior Bowl and the leagues scouting combine in Indianapolis.

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