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Buffalo Bills News - April 30, 2004

Marker KHS graduate signed to Buffalo Bills [11:58 AM]
Cedar Creek Pilot reports: '"I was looking for a sixth or seventh round pick," the 305-pound, 6-5 two-year All Southland Conference tackle said. "Figured I'd go to either the Bears, Texans or 49ers. "When it didn't happen, I still felt somehow, some way I was going to get my chance." The chance came at about 5 p.m. Sunday when his agent, Ian Greengross, called. "Professionally, hearing from my agent has to be the greatest thing that's ever happened," Phillips continued.'

Marker Anderson's determination makes Bills smile [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”One of the true signs of his character and toughness was his workout,” said Bills defensive line coach Tim Krumrie, who looks like he enjoys chewing on glass himself. “He said he’d do all of the running but the 40, he’d save that for the end. Well, we worked him really hard, and I didn’t think he’d run the 40 because he was gassed. But to his credit, he ran and ran a 4.9. He wanted to prove to everybody he could hold up.”'

Marker Kelly tells group of 500 about son's fight [5:15 AM]
Corning Leader reports: 'Jill Kelly said she wants more children, but admitted the threat of Krabbe Disease scares her. That's where faith comes in, she said. "God uses all things for the good," Kelly said. "I know the things that hurt us can also bless us."'

Marker Graham signs with Bills [5:14 AM]
Monroe Evening News reports: 'Graham took over a starting role midway through his freshman season and had 38 straight starts until he was injured as a senior. He is the school's career leader in passes defended (interceptions, plus breakups) with 37 and finished with 12 career interceptions.'

Marker Losman, Moore drafted by Buffalo, Minnesota [5:13 AM]
Tulane Hullabaloo reports: Losman is the third Tulane quarterback drafted in the past six years, following in the footsteps of Shaun King and Patrick Ramsey. King was selected 50th overall in the second round of the 1999 draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ramsey went 32nd overall to the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2002 draft.'

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April 29, 2004

Marker Anderson to Add Depth, Youth to D-Line [8:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Maybe I don't have everything naturally like a lot of other guys do," Anderson said. "Everything I've had to develop through hard work, determination, work ethic, and all those types of things."'

Marker Third Schobel Enters the NFL [4:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills will take on the Titans in preseason, Saturday August 21. Aaron is excited to welcome Bo to Buffalo. "That's good that we play Tennessee, now I have something to look forward to in preseason," Aaron said.'

Marker Recent history has been unkind to rookie QBs [4:38 PM]
ESPN reports: Losman will also benefit from the trio of head coach Mike Mularkey, coordinator Tommy Clements and quarterbacks coach Sam Wyche, three excellent minds and three guys whose knowledge of the position is terrific.

Marker DFT Security signs on with Bills [8:37 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'DFT Security will provide security to the Bills, the team Field House and Ralph Wilson Stadium through its electronic safety system.'

Marker Golisano, Wilson square off in charity match [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”I can’t let Ralph and Drew Bledsoe and Travis Henry and the rest of the guys down,” Wilson said the other night via phone from her home in Grosse Pointe, Mich. “There’s a lot riding on this.”'

Marker Kalispell’s McFarland drafted by Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Kalispell Daily Inter Lake reports: 'McFarland’s draft position may have been affected by an injured hamstring that prevented him from running the 40-yard dash for scouts, but his strength tests at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis impressed a number of people. He said he’s talked to the Bills’ strength coach and his position coach, and he departs Thursday for the team’s first minicamp.'

Marker The Venice QB Who Got Away [5:14 AM]
Los Angeles Independent reports: 'Losman had been advised to look out for Buffalo, but when the Bills took Evans, he didn’t know what to think next. “Everyone's been telling me this Green Bay and St. Louis type thing, so I was kind of shaky, and I didn’t know. But when Buffalo traded up with Dallas, my eyes kind of opened up and my heart started pounding. Then they called my name, and it was just a sigh of relief.”'

April 28, 2004

Marker Bills sign undrafted free agent [9:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Case started every game at right guard the last two seasons for Adams State. Case was also the long snapper for his Division II college in Alamosa, CO.'

Marker QB Losman Decides On No. 7 [9:08 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Losman, who says he has worn No. 7 since he was 5 years old, will be the fourth quarterback and the ninth player in Bills history to wear that number.'

Marker Mularkey Q&A: Bills go for offense [8:24 PM]
NFL.com reports: New Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey had a busy first draft, selecting a wide receiver and quarterback in the first round. Here are his answers to questions on the 2004 NFL Draft.

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With Case [4:47 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Case started every game at right guard over the past two seasons and also handled long-snapping duties for the Division II college in Alamosa, CO.'

Marker UB's Graham, Johnson get shots at NFL [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They called me right away and I thought it was a great opportunity," Graham said. "I don't have to go into camp and compete against a first-round pick, or any draft pick. This is the best fit for me right now."'

Marker Stability at One Bills Drive [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We feel that J.P. is coming into a great situation," Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said. "He's a young quarterback with tremendous potential that does not have to play immediately, and he gets an opportunity to learn from one of the best quarterbacks in the game and to learn from probably one of the best quarterback coaches (Sam Wyche) in the league over the years. It looks like it's a win-win situation for everyone."'

Marker Bills played cards right with Bledsoe [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was blatantly obvious the Bills were going to pass on the $7 million Nov. 1 option that would have extended Bledsoe's contract three years at a total cost of $25 million.'

Marker Before Tillman, there was Kalsu [8:39 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Kalsu, who had been in ROTC at Oklahoma University, never considered not going when called to serve, although the Bills, as did all teams in all sports, could have pulled strings for him. He had made a commitment, so he honored it.'

Marker Giants add 280-pound QB from Kentucky [8:09 AM]
ESPN reports: Steinberg said Lorenzen signed a standard one-year free agent contract with a modest bonus. Steinberg wouldn't elaborate on the bonus. Buffalo and Cincinnati were also interested, the agent said, but Lorenzen chose the Giants because he felt there was a better opportunity there.

Marker Still a Bill [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'By tearing up the final seven years on an exorbitant 10-year, $103 million deal he signed with his old team, the New England Patriots, in March 2001, Bledsoe and the Bills helped each other on several fronts.'

Marker Bills sign Towns; Chargers sign Ross [5:15 AM]
Reno Gazette Journal reports: 'Two more Nevada football players have signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams. Linebacker Daryl Towns has signed with the Buffalo Bills and offensive guard Isaiah Ross has joined the San Diego Chargers.'

Marker Andrews graduate Shaud Williams signed with Buffalo Bills on Monday [5:14 AM]
Midland Reporter Telegram reports: 'Williams, who started his college career at Texas Tech, finished his senior season at Alabama as the Southeastern Conference's top rusher in 2003. He gained 1,367 yards and had 14 touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards a carry. At Andrews, Williams was a four-time all-district selection and three-time district most valuable player.'

Marker Drew's Sticking Around [5:13 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Bledsoe agreed to a three year deal to replace the ten year contract he signed with New England before his trade to Buffalo. The renegotiation provides Bledsoe with some security in Buffalo, gives the Bills some four million extra salary cap dollars to play with and frees both from Bledsoe's seven million dollar bonus due in November.'

Marker Tokasz, maybe; Masiello, no; Jim Kelly, no [5:12 AM]
AP reports: 'Republicans, meanwhile, had a momentary burst of excitement at the possibility that former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly might be coaxed to run. But that hope seemed to be dashed when Kelly's company poured cold water on the idea. ''I don't think he anticipates that he would be entertaining an idea of running for Congress,'' said Kelly's marketing manager Ann Broker.'

Marker Bills draft their 'big four' [5:11 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"I like the fact that people don't like his personality," said Donahoe of the Bills new quarterback of the future. "Because he's a competitor and he's going to try to stick it in your face and he's going to try to stick it in everybody's face. That's what we like about him."'

April 27, 2004

Marker Everybody had a grade-A draft, right down to the hundredths of a second [11:22 PM]
NFL.com reports: Buffalo: A-. Sports commentators said J. P. Losman was the first first-round quarterback Buffalo has taken since Jim Kelly in 1983. But since that time, the Bills twice have traded No. 1 picks for quarterbacks: Rob Johnson and Drew Bledsoe. Thus, Losman really isn't the franchise's first first-round try since Kelly, though obviously anything that rubs a little "Jim Kelly" onto the gentleman is highly welcome.

Marker Bills' Bledsoe Takes Pay Cut After Team Drafts Losman [11:19 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Bledsoe, 32, said he agreed to rework his contract to give the team flexibility to sign other players and provide stability at quarterback for several years. ``I decided that what was in the best interests of the organization and ballclub was also in my best interest,'' Bledsoe said at the news conference. ``At this stage in my life, let's face it, having a little extra money isn't going to make that big of a difference.'''

Marker Bledsoe agrees to restructure contract [11:18 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bledsoe had seven years left on his previous contract and was due to earn a multi-million dollar bonus in November. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $5.9 million next year.'

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