One year later, Portis is a believer [9:12 AM]
ESPN reports: Portis is part of a panel moderated by former NFL fullback and current ESPN analyst Merril Hoge, and which includes second-year veterans Antwaan Randle El (Pittsburgh), Coy Wire (Buffalo) and Scott Fujita.
Note: Article date is wrong - actually published on June 29
Cornerback giving back [5:29 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``For me to come back here and work with some of the kids in my hometown was long overdue,'' Winfield said. ``I think it's very important to give these talented kids a chance to meet someone who played on the same fields as they did. I'm hoping that they can look at me and see that if you work hard, you can be successful, not only on the football field, but in life.'''
Wolford named to KY Sports Hall of Fame [4:26 PM]
VandyMania.com reports: 'The 6-5, 295-pound Wolford enjoyed a stellar NFL career with the Buffalo Bills (1986-92), Indianapolis Colts (1993-95) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-98). Wolford played in three Super Bowls with the Bills and was named to the Pro Bowl three times (1990, 1992, 1995). He was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1994.'
Wolford, Dawson to enter Kentucky Hall of Fame [9:58 AM]
Louisville Courier Journal reports: 'Wolford now serves as majority owner of the Louisville Fire in the arenafootball2 league, but he once was the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.'
Injury could cloud Bills' sunny forecast [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe launched 610 passes last season. Alex Van Pelt, the veteran No. 2 quarterback, threw two, completed both for a total of five yards. Alex is 33, two years older than Bledsoe. He almost retired three years ago, putting his house on the market then taking it off and unretiring after Doug Flutie suffered a groin injury in the first week of training camp.'
DeHaven Has Special Shoes To Fill [4:14 PM]
DallasCowboys.com reports: '"A great deal of what I do is Marv Levy's organization," said DeHaven of the long-time Bills head coach. "He was one of the very first special teams coaches in the league. Like Parcells, Levy loved attention to the kicking game. The kicking game is just like offense and defense - you have to get better technique and better with your individual drills if you're going to get better as a team. So, we've just tried to find drills to get guys better without having to work it as a team."'
Bills Fans Across America [3:03 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: My name is Carlos Maye & I am the Bills #1 Fan in Georgia. There are 2 words that sum up why I am Georgia's #1 Bills fan: Loyalty & Dedication. I have been a Bills fan ever since I attended my first Bills game at Orchard Park with my father at age 4. Being born & raised in Rochester, it is very tough to not be at every home game. I usually make it to at least 1 home game a year. Last year, I attended the Dolphins home game on my birthday. What a great birthday that was.
Flashback: Bills 42, Browns 0 [3:03 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills upped their winning streak to six games as they defeated the Cleveland Browns, 42-0, in a rematch of the 1989 AFC Divisional playoff. Buffalo scored on their first possession when RB Thurman Thomas ran in from three yards out. With 13:06 left in the second quarter, Thomas hit pay dirt again as he bolted in from 11 yards out. LB Shane Conlan blocked Cleveland's first FG attempt and the second attempt was foiled by a bad snap.
Buffalo Bills Bosters Club Photos [8:55 AM]
TBD reports: On Tuesday, June 24, Howard Simon was the guest speaker at the Buffalo Bills Bosters Meeting. In Howard's talk he fielded questions and told about his view of the season. He thinks it will have to be a 12-4 team to win the East. He thinks the Bills have the possibility of being 11-5 team.
Ten 'must stops' on training camp tour [8:52 AM]
NFL.com reports: 10. Last but not least, the Buffalo Bills. Tom Donahoe has done a masterful job over the past two years -- clearing cap space, acquiring Drew Bledsoe, drafting well and securing quality veteran talent for the defense. Even if rookie running back Willis McGahee is out in shorts doing some drill work, it makes this stop a must. I think the Bills are poised to make a significant move this year, and I want to know this team inside and out.
Man held in linebacker's slaying [5:31 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Covington, who was living in Crofton, Md., was visiting friends at a Coachman Manor apartment on Gibbsboro Road when one of the residents answered the door. Three men with handguns rushed inside. They had hoped to rob the apartment of marijuana or money, prosecutors said.'
Man charged in ex-NFL linebacker's death [5:30 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Covington, of Winslow Township, was shot multiple times inside a unit at the Coachman Manor Apartments on Gibbsboro Road in Lindenwold on November 29. Covington was visiting friends at the apartment when three intruders, all with handguns, forced their way in.'
Man charged in Covington killing [5:23 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'A former Philadelphia man being held in a North Carolina jail on drug offenses has been charged with murdering former professional football player Damien Covington at the Lindenwold apartment of Covington's brother last fall.'
Training Camp Daily Practice Schedule [5:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. Fans are encouraged to call the team's training camp hotline (800-441-5942) or keep checking back to this page for more accurate information.
Snippets from the film room [3:21 PM]
Sporting News reports: Against the run, the 3-4 scheme uses three big, two-gap defensive linemen playing nose tackle and the two end positions. These linemen are asked to occupy blockers up front, forcing the outside linebackers to seal off the edges. This leaves two inside linebackers chasing down the run instead of one, which helps explain why smaller 4-3 middle linebackers Zach Thomas of the Dolphins and London Fletcher of the Bills wear down during the season.
Man wanted in killing of former NFL player found in North Carolina jail [3:01 PM]
AP reports: 'A man being held in a North Carolina jail has been charged with murder in the killing of former Buffalo Bills linebacker Damien Covington.'
Where Are They Now? [10:23 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Frank Reich, the QB who will always be remembered for leading the greatest comebacks in both NCAA and NFL history now lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Linda and their three daughters. Described as a "fervent Christian" in the Charlotte Observer, Frank will take over as the head of the Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte on July 1. Reich, 41, retired from the NFL in 1998 after a 13-year career with four teams (Bills, Panthers, Jets and Lions). Update on Tom Janik & Mark Brammer
Sammy Morris to read in children's libraries [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo running back Sammy Morris will kick off the UPS/Buffalo Bills Summer Reading Program on Friday in Buffalo and Fairport.'
McKenzie is honored for service to community [5:28 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Although football is the driving force, many who gather tonight are grateful to McKenzie because his after school programs assisted them with computer, social, mathematical and grammatical skills to make it in the everyday work force.'
Thurman Thomas Racing to debut at Lake Erie [2:44 PM]
Motorsport.com reports: '"I will be putting the same energy that I gave on the field during my NFL career into this race car team," Thomas stated. "We have an amazing team and I can't wait until we compete in our first race in Erie, Pennsylvania."
Bills Alumni Spotlight: George "Butch" Byrd [10:12 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Defensive back George "Butch" Byrd had a tough decision to make after his Boston University playing days were over in 1964. Take a chance with the AFL or go and play in the NFL. "At that particular time, the AFL was still a fledgling league and the NFL had everything going for it. So anybody who opted for the other league, if you will, was looked upon as you were kind of stupid," laughed Byrd, the Bills’ fourth-round selection.
Bills Express Tickets Selling Fast [9:18 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The train leaves Albany and makes pick-up stops in Schenectady, Syracuse, Utica and Rochester before arriving at the Depew station. From there, Bills Express passengers board buses which take them to Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Booster Club Meeting Tuesday [11:52 AM]
TBD reports: The booster club meeting is at the Ralph tonight. Howard Simon is the media personality. Possibly a few players but nothing for sure. The highlight video will be played.
Q&A with Bills RB Prospect Ken Simonton [11:50 AM]
ESN reports: But it is a crowded backfield, so the reps are going to be less.
Simonton: “No doubt and that’s just life. That’s going to be the situation anywhere you go as a free agent just getting signed in. You’re going to be the underdog. That situation is not going to change anywhere. I prefer to be around this kind of talent. If I’m going to sit out – it’s going to be because I got some damn good backs ahead of me.”
New-look Bills appear ready to contend [8:23 PM]
The Sporting News reports: "I think the sleeping giant is about to awaken in Buffalo," says Colts GM Bill Polian, the lead architect of the Bills' Super Bowl run in the early 1990s. "Last year, (Bills GM) Tom Donahoe did a great job repairing their offense, and this year he appears to have done a similarly great job of fixing their defense. So much, of course, can still happen, with injuries, bad bounces of the ball, etc. But on paper, that's now a football team that has to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball."
Receivers who will make big gains in 2003 [8:21 PM]
NFL.com reports: Josh Reed, Buffalo -- Drew Bledsoe is the QB, Peerless Price is gone and the defense will get the ball back for the offense more this year. Reed will enter his second season with enough experience to make the jump up to starter. With Eric Moulds opposite him, Reed should double his receptions in 2003.
Arena football: Crossover Appeal [8:20 PM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: Among Tampa Bay Storm players, WR/DB Antoine "T.T." Toliver and OL/SL Al Lucas have been offered tryouts with the Green Bay Packers. Offensive specialist Freddie Solomon has received interest from the Buffalo Bills. Defensive specialist Corey Sawyer worked out for the Bills during the season.
Smart Money [8:19 PM]
SI reports: Henry was told by Bills coach Gregg Williams two weeks after the season they were going to expand his role next year and that he'd probably carry the ball more. This is a man you want to replace?
Growing Up Bledsoe [3:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"When it was all said and done," Mac says, "he liked the guy in the mirror."'
Bills connect with out-of-town fans [5:09 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Within the NFL, the Bills are considered in the upper echelon in terms of fan support - both at home and away from the region.'
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