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Buffalo Bills News - June 24, 2003

Marker 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.

Marker 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: ďNo doubt and thatís just life. Thatís going to be the situation anywhere you go as a free agent just getting signed in. Youíre going to be the underdog. That situation is not going to change anywhere. I prefer to be around this kind of talent. If Iím going to sit out Ė itís going to be because I got some damn good backs ahead of me.Ē

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June 23, 2003

Marker 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."

Marker 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.

Marker 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.

Marker 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?

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

June 22, 2003

Marker Lynch learns from true field general [4:42 PM]
Boston Globe reports: 'How does [Donohoe] assess his own team after minicamp? ''It's getting harder to tell what your offensive and defensive linemen can do at these camps because there's no hitting,'' he said. ''We're complying with the letter of the basic agreement more than ever. I know that with cap money being tight, if your player moves haven't worked out by mid-August, there's not a lot you can do.'''

Marker Bills Fans Selected To Promote NFL Coverage on CBS [1:47 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The cast members, which also included the celebrity Bills Brothers and the well-known Elvis impersonator, were asked to dress and cheer as they would on game day at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Throughout the different scenes that were shot, the group acted out different parts of the game, cheering for kickoffs, touchdowns, missed passes and big hits. Snow was also created to add effect. Photos

June 20, 2003

Marker A Closer Look atÖ Travis Brown [1:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '[Q:] What restaurant has the best wings in Buffalo? [A:] "I haven't eaten at a lot of different places, but the best that I have had were at the Big Tree."'

Marker Chiefs sign NFL Europe LBs Cohen and Jones [7:50 AM]
NFL.com reports: LBs Dustin Cohen and Fred Jones each agreed to one-year contracts. Cohen originally entered the league as a UDFA with Buffalo in 2000 and also spent time on Chicago 's practice squad that season. Jones entered the NFL as a UDFA with Buffalo in 2000 and was cut by Buffalo as suprise final cut on September 2, 2002.

Marker Unsung heroes on special teams [7:46 AM]
NFL.com reports: Levy was always proud to promote the special teams game to his players. He would usually keep five receivers on the roster, but the fifth receiver wasn't necessarily the fifth-best receiver he had in camp, but rather a solid special teams player. That's how Steve Tasker made the Bills. Ironically, both of those coaches have taken teams to the Super Bowl.

Marker Bills sign Sobieski [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Sobieski was taken 151st overall in last Aprilís draft after a six-year career at Iowa, during which he missed the 1999 and 2000 seasons because of shoulder injuries.'

June 19, 2003

Marker The Bills Have Another Draft Pick Under Contract In Sobieski [8:04 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills project him as a center, but he played mostly tackle in mini camp.'

Marker Donahoe has addressed Billsí needs [7:58 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It started as research for a Pro Football Weekly feature on the Buffalo Billsí defense. But it ended with some unexpected insight.'

Marker Bills sign 5th-round pick [4:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Sobieski was taken 151st overall in last April's draft after a six-year career at Iowa, during which he missed the 1999 and 2000 seasons because of shoulder injuries. He played both right tackle and right guard at Iowa, and appeared in all 13 games for the Hawkeyes last season.'

Marker Bills Sign Sobieski [4:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Sobieski becomes the third of the Bills eight 2003 draft picks to sign with the team, joining WR Sam Aiken and DT Lauvele Sape.'

Marker Emergency Teams and the Buffalo Bills Conduct Exercise [3:20 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills in conjunction with emergency responders from throughout our area conducted a "table top" emergency exercise this morning at the Ralph Wilson Field House in Orchard Park.

Marker Tough to put a price tag on a keepsake [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is a football bearing the signatures of more than half the members of the Buffalo Bills 1965 American Football League championship team. There's Jack Kemp and Daryle Lamonica. Mike Stratton and Marty Schottenheimer. Billy Shaw and George Saimes. Twenty-five players all told.'

Marker The Bills Add And Adjust In The Scouting Department [5:22 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have hired Terry Wooden and Tom Roth in the scouting department.'

June 18, 2003

Marker Gash Returns With Unfinished Business [9:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It's very comfortable being back with Drew," Gash said. "We went through a lot of wars and a lot of battles together. He knows me and my personality and he knows I'm going to give everything that I have to the team. I don't think there's a better quarterback in the league. It's amazing how much he's grown as a player since we've played together."'

Marker Wooden joins Bills' scouting staff [9:34 PM]
AP reports: 'Wooden, who completed a nine-year playing career with Oakland in 1998, was hired as an area scout. He also played seven seasons at Seattle and a year at Kansas City.'

Marker Bills Flashback: Sept. 16, 1973 [4:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: RB O.J. Simpson rushed for an NFL record 250 yards on 29 carries and Larry Watkins also topped 100 yards. The team set records for rushing yards (360), attempts (51) and rushing first downs (18).

Marker Bills Add To Player Personnel Staff [2:26 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has made some additions to its scouting staff, hiring Terry Wooden as an area scout and Tom Roth as College Scouting Administrator.

Marker New-look Bills appear ready to contend [1:20 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."

Marker Buffalo Bills 2002 Payroll [10:19 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Drew Bledsoe...$ 9,501,530'.

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Thurman Thomas [10:12 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I didnít have thoughts about not talking about [my alcoholism]. I had great thoughts of talking about it because I was put in a situation where I can help people. I was up (in Buffalo recently) for Jim Kellyís (golf) tournament and all the guys were really proud of me for what Iíve been through and for the things Iíve said once I made that announcement. Theyíre just extremely proud of me. A lot of them go through some situations that they really donít care to talk about, but my point was more of - 'hey, Iím an athlete. Iíve always been an athlete and I want to help as many people as I possibly can, even if theyíre athletes or not.'"'

Marker Veteran specialists re-sign with Bucs [9:41 AM]
ESPN reports: Defensive lineman DeVonte Peterson, who spent the recently concluded 2003 NFL Europe League season with the Scottish Claymores, has reached a contract agreement with the Colts. Peterson played at both DT and DE and posted 22 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed on a unit that was arguably NFLE's best defensive line. Peterson was in the Buffalo Bills' training camp in 2001.

Marker Bills want to feed off healthy Spoon [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Certainly, no one has ever questioned Spoon's toughness. But after suffering a sprained knee, dislocated elbow and torn biceps muscle in his first two NFL seasons, staying healthy has taken on greater importance.'

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