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Buffalo Bills News - April 15, 2004

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."'

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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.'

Marker Mularkey will wait until January to face former team [8:32 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills' upcoming opponents combined for 131-125 record last season, with half of the 16 opponents at .500 or better.'

Marker Bills Announce 2004 Schedule [5:05 PM] reports: 'All eight regular season home games will take place on Sundays and start at 1:00 PM.'

Marker 2004 Schedule [4:26 PM] reports:
Week 2 9/19 at Oakland
Week 3 9/26 BYE
Week 4 10/3 NEW ENGLAND
Week 5 10/10 at New York Jets
Week 6 10/17 MIAMI
Week 7 10/24 at Baltimore
Week 8 10/31 ARIZONA
Week 9 11/7 NEW YORK JETS
Week 10 11/14 at New England
Week 11 11/21 ST. LOUIS
Week 12 11/28 at Seattle
Week 13 12/5 at Miami
Week 14 12/12 CLEVELAND
Week 15 12/19 at Cincinnati
Week 16 12/26 at San Francisco
Week 17 1/2 PITTSBURGH

Marker Bills will open preseason with two home games [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All four games will be televised on Channel 7.'

Marker Bills announce 4-game preseason schedule [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Last year’s Kid’s Day game drew a crowd of 62,286, the third-highest attendance ever for a Bills preseason game and the most since the team’s first season in Orchard Park, in 1973.'

Marker Packers negotiating with Couch [5:04 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'Losman is regarded as the fourth-best quarterback in this year's draft class and figures to be available when the Packers select 25th in the first round...Losman, who will complete his visit this morning, previously made stops in Pittsburgh and St. Louis and is scheduled to travel to Buffalo later in the week.'

Marker Bills draft shrouded in mystery [5:03 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'Bills executives aren't letting on about any plans for Draft day, coming up on April 24, but at yesterday's pre-Draft press conference, you kind of get the feeling they know more about their plans than they're letting on.'

April 13, 2004

Marker The Bills Open The Preseason Vs Denver [6:22 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tennessee visits Wilson Stadium on August 21st also at 7:00. That game is Kid's Day. Kids 14 and under will be let in for $8.00. It's $6.00 for season ticket holders.'

Marker Bills open preseason hosting Denver on Aug. 15 [6:21 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills' regular season schedule is set to be announced on Wednesday when the NFL releases its entire schedule.'

Marker Kids Day Against Titans Highlights Preseason [4:35 PM] reports: 'Sunday, August 15 DENVER 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 21 TENNESSEE 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 28 at Indianapolis 8:00 PM
Thursday, September 2 at Detroit 8:00 PM'

Marker Chris Brown's 2004 NFL Mock Draft [11:02 AM] reports: 'WR Reggie Williams - Washington
DE Will Smith - Ohio State
QB Phillip Rivers - N.C. State.'

Marker NFL Network, to unveil schedule [11:01 AM] reports: 'Tune in to the NFL Network at 5 p.m. ET and also log on to to see your team's 2004 slate.'

Marker Bills' plan for draft is very flexible [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They traded down from No. 14 to No. 21 to take cornerback Nate Clements in 2001 and dealt the 14th pick to New England in 2002 for quarterback Drew Bledsoe. The Bills regained a first-round pick last year in the Peerless Price trade with Atlanta and surprisingly took running back Willis McGahee with the 23rd pick.'

Marker Toledo hires former NFL lineman, coach [6:42 AM]
Toledo Blade reports: 'He was chosen in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL draft by Buffalo, where he played for three seasons, including the 1993 season when the Bills played in Super Bowl XXVIII.'

Marker Donahoe no fan of youth trend in football [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '”Football is such a different game than basketball, or baseball or hockey,” Donahoe said. “We have a lot of fifth-year, red-shirt seniors who come into our league who are physically and mentally not ready for the NFL. You don’t even want to think about a high school kid and his ability. Would there be an exception here and there? There always is. Herschel Walker may be one; Randy White. But how many of those guys are there in the whole history of football?”'

April 12, 2004

Marker The Bills Discuss Their Outlook For The Draft [8:31 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Donahoe says the club doesn't necessarily have to get a man that will play right away. He did mention that they already have a franchise quarterback in Drew Bledsoe, but they want to draft another one. Donahoe said if a franchise quarterback was available between picks ten and 13, it would be hard to turn that player down.'

Marker Bills Brass Discuss Draft [8:30 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills brass sat down with the media Monday to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft. Team President and General Manager Tom Donahoe, Assistant General Manager Tom Modrak and Head Coach Mike Mularkey fielded questions concerning the Bills needs.'

Marker Bills Open Practice to Be Held May 1 [8:29 PM] reports: 'Buffalo conducted a three-day mandatory veteran camp March 24-26 and the team will hold 14 days of organized team activity that begins in late May and extends into mid-June. Mularkey anticipates some veterans will take part in the rookie orientation camp.'

Marker NFLEL Bills Have Quiet Weekend [1:02 PM] reports: 'After playing significant roles in their team's season openers, quarterback Greg Zolman (Rhein Fire) and safety Kahlil Carter (Scottish Claymores) were quiet in their week two NFL Europe matchup this past weekend.'

Marker Phil Mickelson and the Bills [11:32 AM] reports: 'He was asked at the time whether he felt a common bond with the Bills, who also have a history of finishing just short in the quest for that elusive championship. "I haven't looked at it that way," he said. "Hopefully this will be the year we both break through."'

Marker What the Bills are Doing Now [11:31 AM] reports: 'The players are split up into three groups for the positional strengthening program. The offensive line and defensive line are one group, the second group contains the wide receivers, quarterbacks, defensive backs, and kickers. The final group contains the linebackers, tight ends and running backs.'

Marker Draft Dish: Raiders and Redskins ready for draft-day dealing [9:49 AM]
The Sporting News reports: OLB Takeo Spikes had a history of hamstring problems -- until he signed with the Bills last year. On the advice of Bills strength and conditioning coordinator Rusty Jones, Spikes changed his diet and stretching routine. The result was a player who didn't miss so much as a practice last season.

Marker Inside slant [5:17 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Finding an explosive No. 2 wide receiver to complement Eric Moulds, and a young quarterback to groom as Drew Bledsoe's backup and eventual replacement, have chewed up a lot of Mularkey's planning hours.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:16 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Adams turns 31 and Williams 32 this season and it's not too early to plan for the future. This month's draft features three DTs scouts rate with star quality: Oklahoma's Tommie Harris, Miami's Vince Wilfork and Texas' Marcus Tubbs. The Bills have scouted all three in person, with DL coach Tim Krumrie checking out Harris at Oklahoma's Pro Day.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'And in a not-so-subtle knock on previous head coach Greg Williams, Wilson said he's encouraged that the players will immediately accept Mularkey because he's a former player himself. "I think he's very solid, very sound. He's been a player for nine years. He'll have the respect of the players. He's not a know-it-all guy. He's going to take the good advice he gets. Sam Wyche (quarterbacks coach) is a top guy and so is Jim McNally on the offensive line. So all those things put together, plus the talent we have, makes me feel good."'

Marker Bills To Hold Open Practice [5:14 AM] reports: 'Parking is free and the practice is weather permitting while "Select-A-Seat" will be held rain or shine.'

April 11, 2004

Marker Columbus fleet navigating NFL [12:10 PM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Every off-season, Matt, a tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals, and his older brother, Aaron, a defensive end for the Buffalo Bills, return to their roots. Their cousin Bo, who finished his playing career at TCU last fall, joins them when he can break away from school. The Schobels will become something of a trivia question in two weeks, when Bo, a defensive end projected as a second-round pick, is selected in the NFL Draft. Only a handful of families have at least three players in the NFL.'

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