Inspiration from a former Buffalo Bill [8:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Twenty-five years ago, a special young man's life was changed forever following a chance meeting with a member of the Buffalo Bills. That meeting happened at a Special Olympics race. Recently, the two men got together to run another race, a quarter of a century later.'
EWU's Sigler excited to make transition to NFL's Bills [4:28 PM]
Eastern Washington University Easterner reports: '“It’s kind of a different experience,” said Sigler, a 1998 graduate of Coeur d’Alene High School. “I have to do away with that stigma that goes with pro athletes.”'
Reese Back at 100 Percent [4:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"My calf was just going to take about two weeks to heal and we only had two weeks left in the season," Reese said. "That's why I was placed on Injured Reserve. If I had another week in the season I would have been able to come back."'
Shelton is Recommitted and Ready [1:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo, looking for some affordable fullback help signed Shelton to a two-year deal on Jan. 28, and he has since recommitted himself to the game. With Sammy Morris signing in Miami, and Sam Gash's departure to New Orleans, his signing is all the more important.'
Bills sign Euhus [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Noted for his catching ability and presenting a big target with a 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame, Euhus is expected to compete for a backup spot next season behind returning starter Mark Campbell.'
Former Packer Don Beebe takes high school coaching job for free [5:19 AM]
AP reports: 'He will tailor its complicated play-calling to his high school players by using a numbers system advocated by Marv Levy, Beebe's head coach in Buffalo.'
The Bills Get One Of Their 2004 Picks Under Contract [9:03 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Euhus was All-Pac 10 this season thanks to 49 catches for 645 yards and seven scores. In his career, Euhus grabbed 98 balls for 1,346 yards and nine TD's.'
Bills Sign Draft Pick Euhus [8:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Euhus is the first of the Bills six draft picks to sign with the team.'
Bills sign 4th-round pick, TE Euhus [8:52 PM]
AP reports: 'Euhus' agent William Heck said his client was pleased with how easily negotiations went, wrapping the deal up within a day.'
Jim Ritcher Answers Fan Questions [3:56 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: What was the most important aspect to your success as a player for the Bills?
JR: Being surrounded and having great coaches and great teammates always. Through high school, college and with the Buffalo Bills. I was always surrounded with good people.'
Lee Evans Decides On No. 83 [11:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tight end Mark Campbell, who picked up No. 83 after Dave Moore left this offseason and wore it during the team's first two mini-camps, will switch back to No. 84, the number he wore during the 2003 season.'
Bills Alumni Spotlight: Bill Brooks [1:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"You just had to go out there and do your job," Brooks said. "Steve Tasker got a chance to play and show everyone how good of a wide receiver he was. Everyone always looked at Steve as a special teams guy, but we saw Steve every day in practice and Steve was a great receiver. He went out there and played well. The guys stepped in and did their jobs. That’s what you have to do if you’re backing-up or you’re the third or a fourth receiver or whatever. When your time is called, just be ready. That’s what I was trying to do, not try to do more than what I can, just stay within myself and do my job. Give credit to the coaches for putting me in the right situations at the right times for my ability."'
Chandler Stands Tall Among Bills QBs [10:14 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I have faith that God is in control, that has always helped me through whatever happens," Chandler said. "I want to be a Buffalo Bill. I have a great coaching staff ahead of me, directly being under Sam Wyche who is a great offensive coach and quarterback coach."'
SWAN SONGS: Off-season list of NFL's retiring players [8:47 AM]
Fox Sports reports: BRUCE SMITH, defensive end — 19 seasons
Buffalo Bills (1985-99), Washington Redskins (2000-2003)
Career in a nutshell: Though some critics moaned that Smith stuck around too long with his eye solely on the all-time NFL sack record, no one can argue the fact that he was one of the best defensive ends of the last quarter century. Last season, he finally passed Reggie White for the all-time record and Smith is the only player with 200 career sacks. Under coach Marv Levy, Smith was a cornerstone of the fabled Bills teams that reached an unprecedented four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s.
For new starters, it's ready or not [11:59 AM]
NFL.COM reports: Getting after the passer is what San Diego needs Otis Leverette to do and Buffalo expects the same from Ryan Denney in Buffalo.
Backup Plan [11:58 AM]
CNN/SI reports: Blake would give Buffalo a fairly safe middle option, should starter Drew Bledsoe continue to struggle or go down with an injury, and first-round pick J.P. Losman prove to be at least a year away, as everyone expects.
Cornelius Bennett Inducted into Alabama Sports HoF [11:57 AM]
Birmingham News reports: "Starring for the Buffalo Bills, Bennett was named NFL Rookie of the Year. He played in five Super Bowls, appeared in five Pro Bowls and was named second team on the NFL All-Decade Team."
Open Market Not Kind to Collins [11:57 AM]
ESPN.com reports: Drew Bledsoe recognized the youth movement around the league and renegotiated his contract to buy time for J.P. Losman to eventually replace him in Buffalo.
Donahoe facing tough decisions on three linemen [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Left tackle Jonas Jennings, right defensive end Aaron Schobel and defensive tackle Pat Williams are entering the final year of their contracts.'
Wilson gives a primer on sharing [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The sharing of revenue is really the foundation of the NFL, and it dates back to George Halas in the early days of the league," Wilson said during a session at the league owners meetings in Florida. "It's what sets the NFL apart from the other leagues, who don't share hardly anything. . . . We have something special now. Let's keep it that way."'
Practice With The Pros A Hit [8:13 AM]
TiCats.ca reports: 'The Buffalo Bills were represented by Josh Stamer, Ross Tucker, Lauvale Sape, Ryan Neufeld, Jon Dorenbos and kicker Rian Lindell.'
The Influence of Numbers [11:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I think it's always going to be that way," said Williams of his stature. "Just being at my size is something that has kind of always been a knock against me, and people are going to look at it as long as I'm able to play football. It's just something I'm going to have to deal with."'
Playing on Perseverance [11:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"He's an overachiever," said Bills scout Joe Haering who was impressed with Lamar's work ethic, "and he's a physical corner. He's intelligent. He's got football smarts."'
Vincent Expected To Play Leadership Role [4:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I like to lead by example," Vincent said admitting that he is not a very vocal individual, but added, "When I am asked, I will lend or share any knowledge that I may have from personal experience. That is one of the reasons why Mr. Wilson, Coach Mularkey, and Tom Donahoe decided to bring me in, is from a leadership standpoint."'
Moulds To Appear At Practice With The Pros [11:52 AM]
TiCats.ca reports: 'This Saturday, young Ticat fans take the field to learn the fundamentals of football from their hometown players with a special appearance by an All-Pro receiver and some of his teammates. Eric Moulds, the All-Pro receiver from the Buffalo Bills, joins Ticat players and coaches and other Bills players as kids ages 8-13 are able to take the field at Ivor Wynne Stadium and “Practice with the Pros!"'
Bills announce hiring of national college scout [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills created the position of national college scout to hire Ross.'
Bills name Ross top national scout [5:30 AM]
Trenton Times reports: '"I'm looking forward to a new start with the Bills," Ross said. "It's a good organization. The owner (Ralph Wilson) is a great man. Have you ever met him? He's a real guy. He's just so down to Earth. He's the kind of guy you can go into and talk to any time."'
The Bills Bring In Another College Scout [9:14 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Marc Ross was the Eagles Director of College Scouting from 2000 until 2003.'
Introducing… Lee Evans [9:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: Who do you feel has contributed the most to your success?
LE: Good family support and the will to reach my goals.'
Bills hire Ross as national college scout [8:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Ross, a Princeton graduate, spent the past seven years as a scout with the Philadelphia Eagles, including the last three as the team's director of college scouting. With Buffalo, Ross is reunited with Tom Modrak, the Bills' assistant general manager and chief scout. Modrak had also been the Eagles' director of football operations from 1998-01.'
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