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Buffalo Bills News - March 25, 2002

Marker Fifth Down: Inside Football's Spin Cycle [4:21 PM] reports: @ Who's gonna be the next quarterback of the Buffalo Bills? Nobody knows. It could be Alex Van Pelt. It could even be Travis Brown. If the team signs Jeff Blake or trades for Drew Bledsoe, maybe that question could be answered.

Marker Monday Morning Quarterback [4:17 PM]
Monday Morning Quarterback reports: 9. I think Drew Bledsoe plays in Buffalo this season.

Marker Buffalo prepares...2002 NFL Draft [11:31 AM] reports: Although the Buffalo Bills thoroughly scout for the very best players year-round, the annual combine held earlier this month kicked off the countdown to Draft Weekend, held April 20th-21st in New York City.

Marker Live chat with Vic Carucci on 1:00 - 1:30 PM Wedneday! [11:30 AM] reports: Talk 2002 Draft with Vic Carucci, NFL Insider senior editor, on Wednesday, March 27 from 1:00-1:30 p.m. In the meantime, share your thoughts on what the Bills should do with the fourth overall pick.

Marker Alex Van Pelt and fans pick Oscars; the results are in! [11:29 AM] reports: Bills quarterback Alex Van Pelt showed off his film study talents this past week, picking three of the five major Oscar winners.

Marker Team sends mixed signals to Foreman [10:05 AM]
The Sporting News reports: @ The Bills never said they were disappointed with the play of right OLB Jay Foreman last season, but they seem to be telling the three-year veteran something different by entertaining other free agents to fill his spot the past few weeks. Foreman can't be happy about the Bills trying to find his replacement, but the job is still his for now. It might be just the motivation he needs to take his game to a higher level.

Marker Bledsoe's too immobile to shine for Bills [9:54 AM]
Shout! reports: @ Even if the Bills were serious about bringing in Drew Bledsoe, which I don't believe they are, I wouldn't get too excited about having him lead the Buffalo offense. Who can be confident that the line will protect a largely immobile quarterback such as Bledsoe?

Marker Nobody willing to give up 1st round draft pick got Bledsoe [7:55 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: @ The Bills [and most of their fans] are over the Doug Flutie-Rob Johnson debates, having jettisoned both of them, leaving them with Alex Van Pelt. Van Pelt isn't bad, but he's not going to sell tickets. Would the Patriots trade Bledsoe within their own division? If you buy into the fact that Bill Belichick has been able to get into Bledsoe's head in the past when he opposed him, wouldn't having Bledsoe in the same division be an advantage to the Patriots?

Marker Bledsoe and Bills unlikely match [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'If the Buffalo Bills could figure out a way to pay quarterback Drew Bledsoe, they'd probably give New England a third-round draft pick for him. But the Patriots believe Bledsoe is worth at least a first-round pick and the Bills won't give up that much.'

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March 24, 2002

Marker Dinkins Shines in NFLE Scrimmage [5:57 PM]
NFL Europe reports: @ David Dinkins shone during the scrimmage, completing 3 of 5 passes for 100 yards, including a 37-yard TD pass to WR Marcus Knight (Oakland Raiders). Knight also had a 50-yard catch from Dinkins. Curtis Alexander carried 10 times for 33 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown dive.

Marker Williams' decision on top pick a tough one to tackle [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' first pick in the April draft might come down to the Big Two, the 374-pound Williams and the 337-pound McKinnie, if Buffalo does not trade down.'

Marker Few clues available about Bills' fate during 2002 season [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can anyone accurately predict who will be the starting quarterback for Buffalo?'

Marker Van Pelt hands off his Oscar choices [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: '"Other than one Japanese Film study class at the University of Pittsburgh, though, I really have no formal training in this area," Van Pelt adds, "But I feel I'm up to the challenge."'

Marker Are Wilson, Boeheim riding on easy street? [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'If Wilson is down on less than perfect weather, I wonder why he didn't insist that there is no place like dome and ask Erie County and New York state to build him a covered stadium. And I'm sure Wilson didn't mind the weather when his Bills were beating the San Diego Chargers 20-7 in the AFL Championship Game at War Memorial Stadium the day after Christmas 1964.'

Marker Drew to Bills? Don't bet against it [5:46 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'If the Bills make him the best offer, and he decides that keeping Bledsoe isn't an option, The Franchise better be prepared to pack his long johns for the long western New York winters. Not to mention some frustrating Sunday afternoons against Belichick's defenses. One of the reasons the Pats wouldn't hesitate to send Bledsoe to Buffalo is the success Belichick has had in defending Bledsoe in the past.'

Marker Kelly still puts up big numbers [5:44 AM]
Knight Ridder reports: 'A player can be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame only once. Area hotel and restaurant owners probably wish the Canton shrine would make an exception for Jim Kelly.'

March 23, 2002

Marker Levy to be inducted iinto second Hall of Fame on Sunday [3:48 PM] reports: @ Levy will be among eight individuals with NFL ties to be honored by Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Commack, N.Y.

Marker Bullish about fans [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, we signed a 15-year lease. I have no intentions of moving the team - as long as circumstances permit me to stay. That says it, doesn't it? That's about the best I can say."'

Marker No. 11 at East Brady joins Kelly in Canton [5:35 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Quarterback Jim Kelly, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Aug. 3, has donated the Bulldogs' No. 11 jersey he wore while playing at East Brady. It is one of 17 items Kelly donated to the Hall of Fame this week, including mementos from his playing days with the USFL Houston Gamblers and the NFL Buffalo Bills.'

March 22, 2002

Marker Bills serious about Robinson due to visit in April [8:53 PM]
Shout! reports: @ The Bills are serious about signing veteran Tennessee Titans weakside LB Eddie Robinson. Buffalo has been interested in Robinson since the free agency period began, but this would be his first visit to Buffalo.

Marker Bucs against changing tuck rule for good reasons [8:50 PM]
Shout! reports: Of course McKay has Rob Johnson and is probably in favor of any rule that would help protect his new QB from fumbling during the 57 times he's scheduled to get sacked next season - that is if Johnson starts.

Marker Bills sign free agent linebacker Muadianvita Kazadi [8:07 PM]
WGR reports: His agent, Bob Lattinville, who also represents Jerry Ostroski confirmed it is for the league minimum. Even though Kazadi is a vested player in the league, he comes in at the second year salary level so he will make $300,000 this season and $375,000 next season.

Marker Bills looking to tackle draft [7:52 PM]
Len Pasquarelli, reports: Bills looking to tackle draft: While the Bills retain moderate interest in Riley and Denver unrestricted free agent tackle Trey Teague, look for Buffalo to use its first-round pick in next month's draft on either Mike Williams of Texas of Miami's Bryant McKinnie, the two highly-regarded tackle prospects in this year's lottery. GM Tom Donahoe personally scouted the campus workouts of both players and, on Wednesday, he and coach Gregg Williams spent extra time with Williams. A right tackle for the Longhorns, there is some question as to whether Williams can switch to the left side in the NFL, and the Bills made him do several drills with a left-handed stance. Buffalo would prefer to rid itself of 10-year veteran LT John Fina after June 1, when the impact of releasing him would be somewhat ameliorated on their salary cap. They could move second-year right tackle Jonas Jennings to the left side or draft one of this year's two top prospects. What they almost certainly will not do, despite rumors to the contrary, is use the fourth overall choice in the draft on Oregon QB Joey Harrington.

Marker Inside Slant - Buffalo Bills [7:52 PM]
USA TODAY reports: There is much speculation that Donahoe wants to trade down in the first round and acquire more picks, which he did last year. But his reputation as someone who always trades is unwarranted, Donahoe said.
"If it makes sense to sit there and take the pick, that's what we'll do," he said, adding that his philosophy is to be open-minded and ready to audible if a wise trade offer surfaces.

Marker Buffalo Bills Team Report [7:52 PM]
USA Today reports: As draft day nears, Buffalo continues to explore ways to upgrade its line through free agency, a tact that could change its draft-day game plan.

"Denver's still in the mix but right now, I'm just trying to see what's out there, maybe something that could be a good opportunity," Teague said. "I have a good feeling (about the Bills)."

Marker Chat wrap: Chris Mortensen [7:50 PM]
ESPN reports: Chris Mortensen: I bet Davis would love to get a shot at his Miami OT McKinnie but I'm not sure he would want to pay the price. I'm not ruling it out because I think the Bills (picking 4th) would be receptive to deal with the Browns (16th).

Marker Relatively Meaningless: Alex Van Pelt's Oscar picks [5:21 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Van Pelt's pick: Russell Crowe.'

Marker Redskins, Semple to Meet [5:20 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Redskins continued to wait yesterday for a resolution to their negotiations with free agent quarterback Jeff Blake. The Redskins seemed resigned to losing Blake when they were unable to complete a deal with him on Wednesday, but their hopes were boosted a bit when he did not immediately sign with the Buffalo Bills yesterday.'

March 21, 2002

Marker Tinker for tinkering's sake but NO change of rule [12:31 PM]
WNSA FM reports: @ One more item they looked into and didn't act on. Of course, it came a result of a play involving Buffalo. Remember when David Patten fumbled after making a catch - the ball is in-bounds while his head was out of bounds but the leg was touching the ball. New England retained possession. Is it to tough to say, "If a ball is loose in bounds - it's a free ball."

Marker Bills may stick with Van Pelt [11:03 AM]
Fox Sports reports: @ If the Buffalo Bills don't sign free-agent Jeff Blake and don't draft Joey Harrington, they think they can win with Alex Van Pelt. Honest. If the team doesn't sign a QG, look for it to draft one next month. That doesn't mean it'll be one who's going to play; Williams and GM Tom Donahoe like what they have in third-stringer Travis Brown.

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