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Buffalo Bills News - April 19, 2004

Marker An all-out blitz [5:16 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"To many of us, and I include myself in this, it may appear that the majority of NFL players have a distorted sense of reality," Tucker said. "Not so. The life they live every day is their reality. Imagine what it's like when you've got to catch a plane in 10 minutes and there's 40 people lined up for an autograph."'
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Marker Sizing up the AFC East [5:15 AM]
Corpus Christi Caller Times reports: 'They are in a position to go in many directions. Rivers and Roethlisberger will likely go before the Bills pick. In the past three drafts the Bills have selected defensive ends with their second-round pick with mixed results. The Bills brass may have faith in their development, but if Smith or Udeze were available, they would be very tough to pass up. The same goes for Josh Reed, who failed to fill Price's receiver role. If Mike Williams slides to 13, the Bills would have to consider him. In the end, look for the Bills to grab Smith and look for a receiver in the second round and a quarterback next year.'

Marker Inside slant [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills do like Rivers but if they don't have him among their 13 best players, they will stay the course and address three other areas of need: wide receiver, defensive end and defensive tackle.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills have no experienced depth behind starter Mark Campbell, but the draft could add a very good prospect or two. Buffalo will start its hunt in the second round at the earliest and should have a shot at Georgia's Ben Watson.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:12 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'GM Tom Donahoe's three drafts with Buffalo have produced eight starters and 21 of 30 picks that are still on the roster (.700). "Nobody bats 1.000 doing this but you better bat more than .400, and if you do that, it's a pretty good average," he said.'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:11 AM]
Sporting News reports: 'The team is interested in adding a veteran linebacker who will provide needed depth. The challenge will be finding a quality player willing to accept a limited role. Buffalo is one of the few teams in the NFL with three every-down linebackers--Takeo Spikes, London Fletcher and Jeff Posey.'

Marker Roethlisberger is a hot prospect [5:10 AM]
Toledo Blade reports: “Most quarterbacks with skills that he has make it big in the pros,” said Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach Sam Wyche. “There are occasionally some that don't make the transition, but when you break his game down and add his size and intellect, I think he's going to be a very good player.”

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April 18, 2004

Marker If the Big Three are gone, can a QB save the day for Bills? [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There only are two other quarterbacks available who will be taken on the first day - meaning in the first three rounds. They are Virginia's Matt Schaub and Tulane's J.P. Losman. The conservative scouts around the NFL like Schaub. The risk-takers like Losman.'

Marker Guessing games fill draft season [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Look for the Big Three quarterbacks - Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Rivers - to be selected before Buffalo picks or moves up in the draft.'

Marker Bills look like a 9-7 team this season [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Kicking off with our annual early-bird look at the Buffalo Bills schedule and projected record for the 2004 season.'

Marker This year, it's better to receive in the NFL [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills don’t need a No. 1 pass target — nine-year pro Eric Moulds is still among the league’s elite and is recovered from a nagging groin injury. But they do desperately need to jazz up a receiving corps that was a big part of the team’s slump to 30th-place rankings in both yards and points during last season’s 6-10 finish.'

Marker Strong draft still confusing for the Bills [5:15 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We have said publicly we want to take a young quarterback,” Donahoe admitted. “ And I don’t think our stance has changed. But when do you take him? How does the guy develop? What does he turn into? Who knows?”'

April 17, 2004

Marker NFL doesn’t want high schoolers [5:39 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And Donahoe doesn’t buy the argument that young players could be stashed on a roster as they learn and mature. “I don’t totally agree with it, if that’s what somebody’s thinking,” he said. “When you have a 53-man roster, you’d like to think all those guys can play. You may need them at some time during the year. To have two to four guys who are redshirts ... you’d be scared to death to put them in a game. I don’t think too many coaches want to be in that situation.”'

Marker Swap meet [12:16 AM]
CNNSI reports: Mike Williams, with his very average speed and a good, but far-from-great workout, might linger on the board even longer. Most personnel men now have him going somewhere in the teens, with No. 13 Buffalo said to be zeroing in him.

Marker Road trippin [12:14 AM]
CNNSI reports: New England at Buffalo, Week 4 -- Both teams will be coming off the dreaded Week 3 bye as they play their first AFC East division game of the season.

Marker Elite receiver class overshadows speedy Evans [12:13 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: "There's nothing wrong with Lee Evans," Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Tom Modrak said. "I like Lee Evans a lot. The kid can catch and run." Modrak, a scout since 1973, was asked to consider the first wide receiver selected in the last 10 drafts and compare them to Evans. In chronological order, the list included Charles Johnson (17th overall pick), Michael Westbrook (4), Keyshawn Johnson (1), Ike Hilliard (7), Kevin Dyson (16), Torry Holt (6), Peter Warrick (4), David Terrell (8), Donte' Stallworth (13) and Charles Rogers (2). According to Modrak, he'd take Evans over five, he'd take four of the top picks over Evans and one was too close for him to call.

Marker Signing period ends Friday [12:13 AM]
ESPN reports: "Based on what occurred last year, the consensus was that (the restricted market) would be pretty active, but that hasn't been the case," said Buffalo Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe. "It's moved back to how it was before (2003)."

April 16, 2004

Marker Jones Enters 20th Season With New Title [8:07 AM] reports: '"I am still doing the things that I have always done, but now I have the assistant to the head coach title," said Jones. "There is so much paperwork in the offseason to get the group in here and keep things organized. I do flight schedules, help figure out what days we will have off, the payroll, and I also do the addendums to the contracts that are necessary. If the offseason paperwork is not kept organized it becomes chaotic. My duties may very well carry into the season with things like itineraries."'

April 15, 2004

Marker Tough Road Trips Late For Bills [3:19 PM] reports: 'It's hard enough to win on the road in the NFL, but the Bills stretch run in the second half of the season could be a major challenge.'

Marker Home improvement tops Bills' to-do list [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Six of their first 10 games are at home, and their road slate looks decidedly more daunting than their home schedule.'

Marker Honestly, Bills may take Rivers [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We have one franchise quarterback," Donahoe said, "and we're looking for another one."'

Marker Bills open at home vs. Jacksonville [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Twice in the final two months, they will play back-to-back road games, with two West Coast trips.'

Marker Bills deserve Monday night snub after dismal year [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Oct. 3 home game against New England could be huge in determining whether the Bills are a playoff caliber team.'

Marker Schedule makers hand Bills an easy start to NFL season [4:33 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The Buffalo Bills appear to have something of a scheduling sandwich for next season, with what could be soft games at the start and finish of the year and a tough middle to chew on.'

Marker Steelers' 2004 schedule plays up rivalries old and new [4:32 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The end comes Jan. 2 at Buffalo, where fired Steelers personnel boss Tom Donahoe is the team president and general manager who hired Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as his new coach. Even Dan Rooney's Irish eyes brightened over the possibility that the season finale in Buffalo between old friends might mean something. "It'll be good," Rooney said. "Hopefully, it's for all the marbles."'

Marker Bills Announce 2004 Schedule [4:31 AM] reports: 'While the Bills won't get to play on Monday night, they do have one nationally televised Sunday night game on ESPN. That takes place on November 14 when Buffalo visits Super Bowl Champion New England at 8:30pm.'

Marker Victory Beyond Competition [4:30 AM] reports: The third annual Athletes in Action's Victory Beyond Competition Experience took place in downtown Buffalo's Hyatt Regency on March 27 where many people gathered to celebrate the greatest comeback game in the NFL and to honor this year's Call to Courage Award winner.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Alumni Present Over $50,000 in Checks to Area Non Profit Organizations [4:29 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills Alumni hosted their annual Check Presentation Luncheon and Awards Program on February 25, 2004. Over $50,000.00 was distributed to 20 local non-profit organizations. Donations ranged from $500.00 to $15,000.00. All recipients were invited to attend and as you can see by the many smiling faces, it wasn't just the food that made it a luncheon no one would want to miss!

Marker Lee Evans says Bills may be a fit [4:28 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'BOB STELTON: "Were any of them more interested than the others? Or do they all try and keep a poker face?" EVANS: "Actually, they all did a pretty good job of telling me their mindset. The Bills seem to be the team where it's the most feasible that they'd take me. I mean, you look at the Steelers and they have three real good receivers. You look at the Browns, they are going through some things, but they have some good receivers over here. So I don't know, but Buffalo seems to be, of all the visits, the one that is probably the most feasible in taking me."'

April 14, 2004

Marker The Bills Open At Home [8:33 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The only night game is at New England November 14th on ESPN.'

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