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Buffalo Bills News - 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] 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] 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.'

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June 18, 2003

Marker Gash Returns With Unfinished Business [9:38 PM] 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] 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] 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] 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.'

Marker QB Bledsoe led Bills at $9.5 million [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Compared to those players, Henry was a virtual pauper, earning $303,000 in his second season.'

June 17, 2003

Marker Cracking the Record Books [4:18 PM] reports: RB Travis Henry had a banner season in 2002, rushing for 1,438 yards that ranks fifth on the Bills' single season chart. He became the 8th Bills' RB with a 1000-yard season and moved into the Bills' top 20 in career rushing yards.

Marker Bills Fans Across America: Maine Winner [4:17 PM] reports: I 100%, most definitely have BUFFALO BILL PRIDE oozing out from every part of my being. I am the best and most devoted Buffalo Bill fan in Maine!!!

Marker At 6-foot-3, 237 pounds, Rian Lindell looks more like a linebacker or tight end than a place-kicker. [1:58 PM]
CBS reports: In drills this spring, special teams coach Danny Smith has had to make adjustments to Lindell's kickoff style in order to improve his consistency in getting the ball inside the 10-yard line. "His consistency wasn't very good on his kickoffs," Smith said. "We've changed his approach and we're kicking off better right now."
But is it good enough to have Lindell, who signed a four-year, $4.25 million deal, kick away as far as he can as a strategy? "To be honest, I don't think so," Smith said. "There's only a handful of guys in the league who can do it and he's not one of them. He's a good kicker, but we're going to have to move the ball around."

Marker Bulletin Board [1:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown of the Buffalo Bills will host his third annual motorcycle run to benefit the Ruben Brown Foundation on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Registration will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the rain-or-shine event.'

Marker The Bills add Ross Tucker to the offensive line [10:13 AM]
WGR-AM reports: Many expressed surprise in Dallas when Tucker was released because it was widely regarded that he played well.

Marker Frank Reich heeds another call to lead [9:10 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: Reich had been studying for several years there to become a pastor, but on July 1, he will instead take over as the head of the Reformed Theological Seminary campus in Charlotte.... Now 41, Reich is still best remembered for leading the greatest comebacks in both NCAA and NFL history. He also spent the majority of his 14-year NFL career on the bench, which will humble a man.

Marker For Bills' Sidney, familiarity breeds contentment [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was basically a case of familiarity," Sidney said. "I was comfortable with the system and the coaches. There wouldn't be a learning curve. The (playing time) situation here was good, but talent always works itself out."'

Marker Bills add guard to bolster line [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Prior to acquiring Tucker, the Bills had no backups at guard with NFL game experience.'

Marker Mutiny awaits if Williams is lame duck [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Williams fails, the Bills eat the contract. Right now they're greasing the skids before the season starts.'

June 16, 2003

Marker Tight ends might do more than block [9:47 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Kevin [Gilbride] sure feels like heís in a pretty good position because (he) has enough talent all the way around to go in either direction he wants to go or (he) can kind of go back and forth and keep people off balance. Itís easy to throw two tight ends an two running backs in and start pounding somebody or go four wide receivers and let it rip. I think itís really going to be, No. 1, game planning, and No. 2, how our personality develops on offense.'

Marker Bills claim Tucker off waivers [9:34 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo has been looking for depth at the position, needing backups for starters Ruben Brown and Marques Sullivan.'

Marker Bills claim guard Tucker off waivers [9:33 PM]
AP reports: 'He started the final seven games of last season with Dallas before being released by the Cowboys earlier this month.'

Marker Bills All-Pro Lineman Hosting Third Annual Motorcycle Run To Benefit Ruben Brown Foundation [8:32 PM] reports: It will be held this Sunday, June 22, 2003 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Among the special guests participating include current Bills Drew Bledsoe, Alex Van Pelt and Pat Williams as well as Hall of Fame Bills QB Jim Kelly, and former Bills Fred Smerlas and Ted Washington.

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