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Buffalo Bills News - June 3, 2003

Marker James Jett Bio [5:39 PM] reports: 1998 Starter at wide receiver in all 16 league games for Raiders, finishing second on the team in receptions with 45, yardage with 882 and in receiving touchdowns with six…Average per reception of 19.6 ranked first on the Raiders and second in the NFL among receivers with at least 35 catches

Marker Bills Add Jett To Roster [4:19 PM] reports: Jett, known for his world class speed, has spent the past 11 seasons with the Raiders where he has caught 256 passes for 4,417 yards (17.3 average). In 1997, Jett posted career highs in catches (46) and touchdowns (12). He followed that season up with a career-best 882 yards in 1998.

Marker Packers sign former Dolphins T Spriggs [2:10 PM] reports: Marcus Spriggs, a six-year veteran who has started at both left and right tackle in the NFL, was signed by the Green Bay Packers. The 6-4, 310-pound Spriggs was chosen by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 1997 draft, and has been with the Miami Dolphins the last two years

Marker Veteran Dusty Zeigler fails physical; released [2:09 PM] reports: Dusty Zeigler was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent on March 6, 2000, after four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. With fellow veteran acquisitions Lomas Brown and Glenn Parker, he helped transform the offensive line into an efficient, effective unit that helped lead the Giants to a 12-4 record and a berth in Super Bowl XXXV. Zeigler was voted a Pro Bowl alternate that season.

Marker Bledsoe finds Portland a 'breath of fresh air' [11:37 AM]
Portland Tribune reports: 'Since January, when the purchase of his west-side house closed, Bledsoe has called Portland home.'

Marker Bills signee Simonton tearing up NFL Europe [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Simonton is realistic about his chances of making the Bills' roster. In addition to being at the bottom of the depth chart, he'll enter training camp after missing several minicamps and hours of on-field work and classroom study. But Simonton is confident his performance this spring has enhanced his chances of playing somewhere in the NFL. "I just want to play ball," he said. "I just feel like somebody will give me an opportunity if it doesn't work in Buffalo."'

Marker Dolphins' Taylor sees 'nail-biting' race [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor, who led the National Football League with 18 1/2 sacks last year, thinks his Dolphins are going to get even more competition this year from the Buffalo Bills, who beat his club twice last year. "They've added some guys in Sam Adams and Takeo (Spikes) who will really help them out," he said. "They're going to be tough. The Bills fans are fired up. I'm sure in Buffalo they're always ready for football, because there's not a whole lot else going on around here. It's great for the game. It's a great rivalry between the two teams. And the AFC East is the toughest division in football."'

Marker Nevada's Top Fan: Jonathan Burdette [9:03 AM] reports: I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I have only been to Buffalo once when I was a kid, but I brought back the greatest souvenir the city of Buffalo can offer, their passion for the Buffalo Bills.

Marker Book Review: The Making Of The Super Bowl [8:03 AM]
TBD reports: 'There are revelations about the personalities behind the scenes and those who were at the forefront of the battles. The "blackout" issue is widely discussed. There are many anecdotes about past Super Bowls (good and bad) and auxiliary NFL affairs.'

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June 2, 2003

Marker Bills Fans Across America; Spotlight: Wyoming [4:21 PM] reports: 'No matter where I've lived, my love for all things BILLS has been my trademark. My husband enjoys watching what happens when someone who doesn't know me starts talking football, and crawls away after I've inundated them with BILLS smack.'

Marker Player Q&A: DT Justin Bannan [3:30 PM] reports: Defensive tackle Justin Bannan enters his second season in the NFL. As a rookie, the former Colorado standout provided quality depth along the defensive line for the Bills, playing in 15 of 16 games. He finished the season with 30 tackles (18 solo), 1.0 sack, one fumble recovery and seven QB pressures.

Marker Group Tickets On Sale Now [12:19 PM] reports: Only single seats are available for the home opener against New England on Sunday, September 7, and the September 28, meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Marker Dinkins a long shot at QB [9:53 AM]
Vancouver Sun reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, however, signed him to play running back, holding out the carrot that they might eventually evaluate him as a quarterback. Sent to NFL Europe for development, Dinkins became football's version of the Swiss army knife. With the Amsterdam Admirals, he was used as a quarterback, running back, defensive back, kick and punt returner and kick holder. "The Bills were looking at him as a free safety, and a running back," O'Billovich says.'

Marker Workout warriors [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The poster child for the Bills' offseason conditioning program is running back Travis Henry, who is coming off a great second season. "He's the example for the guys to see how we want this offseason program to work," Williams said.'

June 1, 2003

Marker Texans sign draft pick DT Wright, re-sign WR Black [11:20 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Houston Texans re-signed WR Avion Black on Friday. Black, acquired from the Buffalo Bills in the expansion draft, caught six passes for 52 yards last season and averaged a team-best 22 yards on 24 kickoff returns.

Marker The Week In Bills History (June 1-7) [1:43 PM] reports: June 7, 1965 - AFL TO EXPAND BY TWO TEAMS The American Football League (AFL) owners voted to expand the league by two teams for the 1966 season. They also approved expansion of the active roster to 40 players.

Marker Face time [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Last season, 11 of the 24 Bills starters were new, and eight of those were in their first season with the Bills. This season, it appears seven of 24 starters are sure to be new, and six are in their first season with the Bills. Obviously, the starting jobs aren't all decided. The number could jump to nine or even 10 new starters out of 24.'

Marker Bills accused of not playing the field in picking new turf [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This deal stinks to high heaven," said Gilman, whose firm is based in Montreal.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Training Camp: 2003 Important Dates [12:52 AM] reports: The following key dates for the 2003 Bills Training Camp have been announced.
Wed, Jul 23 Rookies Report
Sat, Jul 26 Veterans Report
Sun, Jul 27 First Day of Practice for Full-Squad
Mon, Jul 28 Night Practice
Fri, Aug 01 Workouts with Cleveland Browns (morning and afternoon)
Sat, Aug 02 Scrimmage with Cleveland Browns (11:00 AM)
Mon, Aug 04 Night Practice
Thu, Aug 21 Break Camp

Additional information will be announced as it becomes available.

May 31, 2003

Marker Group Tickets on Sale June 2 at 9 AM [6:29 PM] reports: Group tickets will be on sale starting June 2, 2003. You would need to purchase at least 15 game tickets for one game to be considered a group. Individual game tickets will go on sale later this summer.

Marker Bills Install AstroPlay - Photo Gallery [6:18 PM] reports: More photos... Endzones being worked on.

May 30, 2003

Marker Pittsburg High standout taking Europe by storm [4:12 PM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: '"It's tough not to notice the kind of season Ken's been having," Buffalo offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said on the Bills' Web site. "One of the great things about NFL Europe is, it gives young players like him the opportunity to get game experience against quality competition, and it's obvious Ken is taking advantage of that."'

Marker Sunday Is Bills Day At The Buffalo Zoo [4:07 PM] reports: 'There will be Bills interactive games, face painting and performances by the Buffalo Jills from Noon - 3:00 PM. Representing the Bills will be fullback Sam Gash, defensive tackle Pat Williams, kicker Rian Lindell, defensive back Ahmad Brooks, running back Joe Burns, offensive lineman Joey Hollenbeck, linebacker Josh Stamer, tight end Ryan Neufeld and running back De'Mond Parker.'

Marker NFL Europe Preview [1:15 PM] reports: Ken Simonton continues to make a strong case for the NFLEL MVP. Simonton added another stellar performance last week against the Amsterdam Admirals, rushing for 94 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown in Scotland's 31-20 victory. He also added three kickoff returns for 80 yards.

Marker JP Morgan Chase: Kodak wins two team titles [6:39 AM]
D and C reports: '“It always feels good because they always supported me when I was with the Bills. I know there are 10 to 15 thousand season ticket holders here in Rochester,” Jim Kelly said. “When I talk about the Buffalo Bills, you could call them the Rochester Bills.”'

May 29, 2003

Marker Williams has lost his limbs [4:06 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Gregg Williams reminds me a lot of the Black Knight from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."'

Marker Attention to defense in the AFC East [2:44 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills made the biggest jump as far as talent. Their stats were a little misleading a year ago. Although they ranked 15th overall, that was only because opponents ran the ball so well against them that they didn't give up a lot of passing yards. The Bills surrendered 132 yards a game on the ground and 4.5 yards a carry.

Marker Comments from Head Coach Gregg Williams [10:56 AM] reports: '"We have improved the team speed, but it is not one of the faster defenses that I have had the opportunity to coach, but we have improved significantly in that area. This team speed right now is the best since I have been here but we have still got to keep own players healthy. We have a long way to go before training camp starts. We are in some heavy phases of our program right now, in strength and speed phases. These next three weeks are critical and the final five weeks prior to training camp and opening day is another big phase that Rusty Jones and his staff have got to make sure that our guys are right on top of it."'

Marker Bledsoe, Bills Look For a More Balanced Team [10:55 AM] reports: '"It's all going to start up front…with out offensive line," Bledsoe said. "Last year, they showed what they could do. This year they're working together for the second straight year. I think they're going to be a dominant group."'

Marker Trust, good team chemistry can make all the difference in the world [7:43 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: The Bills revamped their entire offense last offseason simply by bringing in one key pawn — Drew Bledsoe. He tied everyone together by being the leader on a team that sorely needed one. Trust and good chemistry exploded among the offensive players, and the team jumped from 3-13 in 2001 to 8-8 and just out of the playoffs last season. The problem? There was little trust that the defense would do its share of the workload, which it rarely did. This offseason, Bills GM Tom Donahoe worked overtime to complete his repairs on that side of the ball. LB Takeo Spikes could turn into the Bledsoe-like leader the defense desperately needs. That in turn should improve the defense and allow the offense to transfer some of the load off its shoulders, rounding the team out and taking it to the playoffs.

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