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Buffalo Bills News - April 18, 2001

Marker NFL Draft Is a Guessing Game [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'The AP's Dave Goldberg has the Bills taking DT Marcus Stroud.'

Marker Tuesday Morning Quarterback: Mockery Draft [10:06 AM] reports: The always amusing Gregg Easterbrook does it again, spoofing everything from Michael Vick to the China Crisis. With the 14th pick, the Buffalo Bills select: "Bruce Smith, Washington Redskins. Wow, if the Bills ever got hold of a player like this, they'd never let him go..."

Marker Business as usual for Bills in draft [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"All I'm concerned with when it's all said and done is that we have a player in the right area for the Buffalo Bills," said Donahoe. "The most important thing is to get the player right."'

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April 17, 2001

Marker Bills draft preview [12:48 PM]
USA Today reports: Buffalo's draft strategy, needs, and rumors summarized.

Marker Bills - Third toughest schedule according to Hoge [9:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 3. Buffalo Bills: They have two divisional games (Dolphins and Colts) -- who also happen to be their biggest rivals -- on the road back-to-back. Then they host the Steelers, who've given them fits for decades.

April 16, 2001

Marker Jack Elway dies of apparent heart attack [3:00 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Jack Elway retired last year as the Broncos' director of pro scouting.

Marker Bills seek backup QB in draft [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have four of the top 95 picks in the draft and will address pressing needs on the offensive and defensive lines and at cornerback.'

April 15, 2001

Marker Wilson should quit carrying grudges and look ahead [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The customers have turned the page. So should the owner.'

Marker When it comes to draft Donahoe doesn't doze [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'Armed with the 14th pick in the first round, 10 picks overall and a track record that can match or beat that of any talent evaluator in the game today -- including John Butler, the man he replaced -- Donahoe is promising Bills' fans he will deliver.'

April 14, 2001

Marker Off the record, Bills GM Donahoe is a pretty funny guy [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Partly to stop the jumping to conclusions, to help the media understand the organization's thinking, and to show that he isn't as dull as his TV persona, the personable Donahoe is hosting some informal off-the-record luncheons with the media.'

April 13, 2001

Marker Flutie-Johnson duel gets a long buildup [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As if fans weren't already excited about next season's game between the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers, the National Football League is going to make them wait nearly half the season to see it.'

Marker Circle that date! [5:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has known for some time where he wants to his exact his revenge, now he knows when.'

Marker Bills open with challenges [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills' first three games are against teams that made the playoffs -- New Orleans, Miami and Indianapolis -- and with the latter two on the road, the Bills will be hard-pressed to get off to a good start.'

April 12, 2001

Marker Games with the best storylines in 2001 [11:39 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Bills owner Ralph Wilson continues to take shots at former Bills GM John Butler, who bolted to San Diego for more money. Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson couldn't get along in Buffalo, so the first thing Flutie would love to do is stab Johnson in the back by winning on his native California turf.'

Marker Johnson-Flutie showdown set for Oct. 28 when Bills travel to San Diego [8:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Two of the Bills games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN: at Jacksonville on Oct. 18, marking only the second time Buffalo has played on a Thursday night, and at San Francisco on Dec. 2.'

Marker First glimpse at Bills schedule [1:37 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The NFL schedule will be out today. Here's what we know now. The Bills will play at Miami on in Week 2 at 1:00. The Jets will be in Buffalo on Oct. 7 at 1:00 and The Bills go to NY on the last game of the year on Dec. 30 at 4:05'

Marker Mock Draft Board: Round 1 [1:08 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 14: Bills, Marcus Stroud, DT Georgia
Stroud is not the 14th-best player, but he is what the Bills need in terms of size and strength at defensive tackle. Why wait?

Marker Full Speed Ahead (Team Report) [10:52 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rob Johnson is making excellent progress in his quest to learn the new West Coast offense that Williams is installing... Johnson threw the ball well and seemed to have a grasp on what was going on. Since then, he has shone brightly in meetings and throwing sessions and Williams is excited about the way he has picked things up.'

Marker's 2001 NFL Mock Draft [10:49 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Buffalo Bills 8-8, Damione Lewis DT Miami (Fla.); Bills need a replacement for departed NT Washington.'

Marker 2001 NFL schedule unveiled today [10:47 AM]
TBD reports: 'The NFL will be releasing it's schedule today at 2:00 pm. Stay tuned to TBD to get your first glance at the Bills' schedule. TBD will soon be picking the game for readers to attend our annual tailgate party. Last year we had fans from as far as Alaska and San Diego attend!'

Marker Bills sign backup QB [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The move was expected as team President and General Manager Tom Donahoe had expressed his desire to take another veteran quarterback into training camp to compete with Alex Van Pelt for the backup to Rob Johnson.'

Marker Bills can find defensive line help [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be in the market for a few after losing defensive end Marcellus Wiley to San Diego and releasing nose tackle Ted Washington. The team also could lose versatile Shawn Price, an unrestricted free agent. Fortunately for Buffalo, this draft should provide some reinforcements.'

Marker Bills add Gonzalez to quarterback derby [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are also expected to select a quarterback in next week's NFL draft, giving them four for training camp.'

Marker RJ answers questions [1:05 AM] reports: 'Rob talks about offseason work, and weighs in on the extremely important and attention-grabbing bandana issue.'

Marker Interview with Peerless [1:04 AM] reports: 'Peerless tells what waiting on draft day was like for him.'

April 11, 2001

Marker Bills sign quarterback Pete Gonzalez [8:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Gonzalez entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Pittsburgh in 1998. After sitting out all of 1998, he appeared in one game in 1999, completing one pass for eight yards. He was released during the off-season. Gonzalez spent training camp last year with the Indianapolis Colts before being waived in August.'

Marker Bills see help on way in draft [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One look at the Buffalo Bills' roster should tell you what they are looking for in the NFL draft on April 21-22. Salary cap cuts and free agent defections have created glaring needs at defensive line, offensive line and cornerback.'

Marker Washington tips scales toward Bears [6:54 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'Wright did speak with Pittsburgh after talking with Cincinnati and Seattle. However, the Steelers lacked upfront money under the salary cap.'

Marker Bears bulk up front four [6:19 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'There's a risk to signing a 33-year-old, 350-pound defensive tackle with 10 years of NFL wear-and-tear on him--even one as good as three-time Pro Bowl player Ted Washington. But the Bears figured the price was right to take the chance.'

Marker First draft in works [5:36 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Adams also mentioned Florida Gators quarterback Jesse Palmer, an Ottawa-native whose stock rose with a strong showing in the Senior Bowl. "We've looked at (Palmer), he's a good, big guy," Adams said.'

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