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Buffalo Bills News - April 29, 2001

Marker Catawba players taking their shot at NFL [5:28 PM]
Salisbury Post reports: '"Hey man, I'm a Bill," Peterson gushed. "Yeah, man! A Bill! I'm a Buffalo Bill!" It was a bit overwhelming for a kid from Clinton, N.C. who didn't even play his first season of football until his junior season in high school.'

Marker Peterson to Bills; Lockhart to Jaguars [4:58 PM]
Salisbury Post reports: 'When the last of the 246 picks was called, Peterson found himself in a recruiting war as a free agent between Miami and Buffalo. He said he was leaning toward Miami and the warm weather until talking with his agent, Joe Linta..."Miami had five defensive tackles on the roster and they were only keeping five. Buffalo has only two defensive tackles. So that was our best bet."'

Marker In rush to judgment on the draft, Bills deeper by the dozen [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No matter how rosy the projections, however, the final grades on this draft will be available sometime around Thanksgiving.'

Marker Larsen on the right path [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the education of Leif Larsen continues. How quick a study he is will determine whether he has a future with the Bills.'

Marker Picking through AFC East [6:18 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Donahoe had a long history of success drafting in Pittsburgh, and his first effort for the Bills looks solid...count on Donahoe having brought in some young talent that will play well in this league.'

Marker Late draft pick impresses Bills [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've been blessed in life," Robertson said. "I took the long road to get here, but I've worked hard. I just want to make this team and prove to people I belong."'

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April 28, 2001

Marker Bills' new cornerback renews old friendship [6:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Antoine Winfield knew Nate Clements could be a good defensive back the first time he saw him at Ohio State three years ago. They're in similar roles now with the Buffalo Bills. The team drafted both players in the first round -- Winfield in 1999, and Clements a week ago.'

Marker Bills' QB hopeful on quest to survive [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When it comes to scouting, Buffalo Bills coach Gregg Williams knows his stuff. When asked what attracted him to Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, Williams answered without hesitation. "His girlfriend," Williams said.'

Marker New coach hopes to have a Centers in backfield [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We just wanted him to come in and visit with the coaches and take a look at what we're trying to do," team president and General Manager Tom Donahoe said. "And then we'll see if it makes sense to try and sign him."'

Marker Hasselbeck catches prize [7:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hasselbeck's fiancee is Elisabeth Filarski, one of the castaways on Survivor who made it to the final four before meeting her demise Thursday night when she was voted off the island, leaving only two men and one woman alive for the $1 million grand prize.'

Marker Bills talk with fullback Centers [7:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills have contacted free agent defensive end Mike Mamula, a Lackawanna native cut this week by the Philadelphia Eagles, and may entertain signing him to help their pass rush.'

April 27, 2001

Marker Centers at Bills' minicamp; no offer made [8:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Larry Centers, the NFL's career leader in receptions by a running back, was at Buffalo's mandatory minicamp Friday, watching from the sidelines in street clothes.'

Marker Bills' top pick is thrilled [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm glad I have a chance to play for the Buffalo Bills, which are contenders and have a great reputation."'

Marker TBD Interview With Dwight Adams [12:24 AM]
TBD reports: 'In the offseason where the Bills' starting lineup and depth were once again ravaged by free agency, Dwight Adams once again held center court in the setting where he is most at home, the annual NFL draft.'

Marker Draftees have fascinating lives outside the lines [12:06 AM]
Philly Inquirer reports: 'There is a neat story about Tim Hasselbeck, the Boston College quarterback. He is the younger brother of Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck, but that's far from his only claim to fame. Tim's girlfriend, Elisabeth Filarski, is one of the remaining members on the CBS-TV show Survivor: The Australian Outback.'

Marker Bills Draft Review [12:04 AM]
USA Today reports: 'McPaper gives Donahoe and Co. a B+...'

Marker Rick Gosselin Draft Ratings [12:04 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: Big thumbs up to Tom Donahoe and Co. from Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin. He rates Bills with second best overall draft in the league, behind Seattle. Better than the Rams, the Pats, the Bears and - Ralph Wilson is lovin' this - the Chargers: ``Buffalo and Seattle had a league-high 12 picks apiece. The Bills had plenty of quality to go with their quantity with the best second day of this draft. Spoon, Sullivan, Driver, O'Leary, Williams, Germany ... all good players. A''

April 26, 2001

Marker Farris aims to prove critics wrong [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The most intriguing acquisition made by the Buffalo Bills last week snuck onto the roster under cover of pre-draft hype. He is Kris Farris, former Outland Trophy winner, 1999 draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a player who has the instant adoration of head coach Gregg Williams because he's hit town with a monster chip on his shoulder.'

Marker Bills Sign QB Tim Hasselbeck [8:44 AM]
AP reports: 'At Boston College, Hasselbeck threw for 29 touchdowns, fifth most in BC history, and 3,890 yards, sixth on the school's all-time list.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Dropped From NFL Lawsuit [8:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Fifteen teams including the Buffalo Bills were dropped Tuesday from a $1 billion lawsuit in which the Oakland Raiders claim the NFL forced them to leave the lucrative Los Angeles market.'

Marker Jim Haslett selected for College Football Hall of Fame. [8:41 AM]
AP reports: 'Haslett set school records with 20 sacks and five fumble recoveries in a season before becoming a second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1979. He was the AP's defensive rookie of the year and played for nine years before going into coaching.'

Marker Ottawa (Kan) Univ. Hires Ronnie Jones As Coach [8:40 AM]
reports: 'There was a typo in the AP article - Ronnie Jones was NOT Special Teams coach in 1999 - he was paid to be a coach in 2000 as all Bills fans know.'

Marker Sticky Situation [8:39 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'Ruben Brown... has no idea of the fuss his prime, center-court 76ers season tickets have caused... QB Donovan McNabb and DT Hollis Thomas, have complained more than once this year about their seats at the First Union Center... Brown, a loyal fan, flew in from Buffalo (offseason conditioning) for Games 1 and 2.'

April 25, 2001

Marker Buffalo to sign Dinkins to free-agent contract [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Last season, Dinkins led all of Division I-AA in total offense and points responsible for, ranked second in scoring, third in rushing, 18th in all-purpose running and 26th in pass efficiency.'

Marker 4 more Mountaineers sign with NFL teams [2:00 PM]
Morgantown Dominion Post reports: 'Former WVU placekicker Jay Taylor, who spent last year in the XFL with Orlando, was signed by the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills beef up roster with 15 free agents [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, brother of the Seattle Seahawks quarterback and son of a former New England Patriots tight end, is among 15 undrafted free agents signed by the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Phillips hearing rescheduled [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A hearing on the contract dispute between Wade Phillips and the Buffalo Bills has been rescheduled for May 16, the National Football League reported Tuesday.'

Marker Front and Center: Cummins is a Proven Winner [8:56 AM]
Topeka Capital-Journal reports: Yesterday the Bills signed undrafted free agent Center Randall Cummins who played for Kansas State. This is a pre-bowl profile on the kid once nicknamed "Ogre" by his middle school teammates. Cummins was a horse for the K-State offensive line, starting at center in his sophomore, junior, and senior years while earning All Big 12 honors.

Marker No public practices this weekend at minicamp [8:02 AM]
TBD reports: President and General Manager, Tom Donahoe, announced that there will not be any practice sessions open to the public this weekend. However, there will be an open session at the next minicamp in June.

Marker Williams and Donahoe address Bills Boosters [8:00 AM]
TBD reports: We were the first public group to meet the new President and Coach. They were both very informative and gracious in answering questions and telling us the "why's" and the "what's" to expect. We even received a Rob Johnson update regarding his arm strength and speed in decision making (it looks very promising). Donahoe also told us about the players who gave up some serious money to help out with the dreadful cap situation and how they wanted to remain Buffalo Bills.

Williams stressed was that participation this week is NOT a mandatory, until this weekend for three days. There will be another mandatory camp in June. He is very pleased with the attitude of the players and demands quick resonses from all around him. He gave the players a week off, but warned them not to go off the diet and conditioning program and come back fat.

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