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NEWS ARCHIVES - APRIL 25TH - MAY 1ST, 2005 PREVIOUS WEEK

First Minicamp Deemed A Success

Mularkey Called Camp Productive: Coach Mularkey addressed the media after the end of the mini camp today. He said he got a lot done including some things he never did before in a mini camp as a player or a coach like the blitzing and third down work. He said some rookies had to do more than they thought and they played well and it was a huge advantage to them to get the work in. Roscoe Parrish was the talk of the camp and Mularkey admitted he had very good hands in the camp and has some great quickness for an inside receiver. He feels the level of competition did not effect him, now he has to get the scheme down. He felt he was bigger than he had though and said he can be a special player. The coach felt Ron Edwards was effective as he battles for a starting nose tackle job. He felt he took advantage of the situation as he tries to win the job. The coach felt he was impressive along with fifth round pick Eric King who picked off a few passes. The coach encouraged the players to stay in town voluntary between now and the start of the organized team activities at the end of the month.

Losman, Parrish Impressive: Two players that have been impressive, according to all reports, are J.P. Losman and 2nd round draft pick Roscoe Parrish. Losman shook off some rust in day one of the camp and was very good on Saturday. Knowing when to change the play, picking up reads, knowing when to run and completing two beautiful passes to Lee Evans. Losman needs to win over the veterans on this team and so far they all seem impressed with his leadership abilities and his knowledge of the system. That comes from him working six days a week for over a month in the film room. Parrish has also showed the speed that got the Bills to draft him as their first pick. The Bills found it hard to believe that such an impact player was still available with the 55th pick in the draft.


Saturday April 30, 2005

Everett Not Evaluated: The Bills were suppose to have new information on the seriousness of the knee injury to rookie Kevin Everett. Coach Mularkey said that they will not evaluate the injury until the swelling goes down. They hope that will happen early next week. They are holding out hope that it is not a season ending injury.

Mularkey Playing It Safe: Coach Mularkey said he is being safe with some players and not pushing them if they have slight strains. Ryan Neufeld is being held out with a slight groin strain. Lauvale Sape was being held out with a slight calf strain. Josh Reed was being held out of practices because of a back problem. The coach cautioned that know jobs are won or loss on draft day or this mini camp. The coach thought Roscoe Parrish made some good plays during the third down practice this morning and the red zone work in the afternoon. The coach feels he will get more production once he gets more comfortable but he made some good plays. The coach feels Tim Anderson is much more comfortable and has put in extra work this offseason showing up very early. Injury Page.

Preston Prepared For The Pros: Duke Preston said his challenge right now is to get the playbook down but he is sure it will come. He said he's really excited to learn from Jim McNally since he has so much knowledge and a great personality. He said he's trying to get acclimated to all the terminology but the scheme is very similar to Illinois and his college system has helped him prepare for playing in the pros. He said his job is to be ready to go whenever his number is called.

Gandy Gets First Shot At Left Tackle: Mike Gandy said everyone has made his transition to Buffalo very easy as everyone has been open and friendly to him. He feels his injury problems are behind him and he hopes only good is ahead of him as he tries to help the Bills to make a Super Bowl run. He said he has confidence to play in any position and situation the team puts him in. The coaches are confident in him and he will do the best he can. He right now is getting reps with the first team at left tackle.

Everett On Crutches: Kevin Everett was on the practice field for the Bills today, unfortunately he was on crutches. No word yet on the seriousness of his injury. Coach Mularkey is expected to know more later today. Injury Page.

Mularkey Runs Fast Paced Walkthrough: Coach Mularkey said he doesn't know the extent of the injury to Kevin Everett but it is a twisted knee. The coach was real pleased with the work of J.P. Losman. He saw him make some adjustments on line calls and fixed some things. He threw some good balls but was late on a few. He had good command. They had a blitz drill, which is very rare on the first day of minicamp. The walkthrough was quickly paced as they wanted an up tempo approach. He called these practices very, very important. They will go through every player at every position on Tuesday and see what adjustments need to be made. He felt all the rookies looked like they belong in the league.

Matthews Not At Camp: Shane Matthews will not be at the minicamp since he hasn't officially signed his new one year contract. He is expected to participate in the organized team activities next month.

Losman Has Offense Down: J.P. Losman spoke to the media after his first practice as the starting quarterback. He was excited to hit the field and feels like he has everything down pat after studying all offseason. His teammates are excited for him and have been supportive. The hardest thing for Losman has been waiting to get on the field, he knows he has the offense down and just wants to show it. He calls it a huge difference from last year to this year and it was fun to show the players. He said he works real hard and won't stop now that he is the starter.

Everett Comfortable Before Injury: Before his injury Kevin Everett talked to the media. He said he feels real comfortable in Buffalo with Willis McGahee around. He's trying to get the little things down as the terminology is different than he's used to. He was going over players with Roscoe Parrish on Thursday night which made it easier to learn.

Parrish Thinks Game Is Fast: 2nd round pick Roscoe Parrish called the pace fast in his first NFL workouts on Friday. He's working on not thinking too much so he doesn't make too many mistakes. He said he studied last night to get the plays down. He's excited that he has a few Miami guys with him on the team. Parrish expects to learn a lot from Eric Moulds.

Friday April 29, 2005

Henry Disciplined: Coach Mularkey told the press that Travis Henry will be disciplined for missing mini camp. He would not say what the penalty will be however. Henry has said he will never play for the Bills again so he wasn't expected at the mandatory minicamp.

Everett Injured: Third round draft pick Kevin Everett injured his left knee late in today's second practice. He was in obvious pain and frustrated before being carted off. No word yet on how serious the injury is, or how long he'll be out. The Bills remain dangerously thin at tight end with Mark Campbell, Tim Euhus, and Ryan Neufeld already sitting out this mini camp. Injury Page.

16 Signings Announced: The Bills Officially announced the signing of 16 undrafted free agents today. Ten of them have been previously reported. Nehemmiah Glove is the only name we reported being signed that hasn't been made official yet. The other six are: LB Wendell Hunter, SS Daniel Leger, CB Evan Oglesby, WR Will Peoples, DT Tom Sverchek, and CB Marvin Ward. Depth Chart.

Thursday April 28, 2005

Thomas Willing To Come: Anthony Thomas spoke to the media after his visit in Buffalo. He said it went pretty well. He was able to talk to the coaches and things sound good right now. He said he's a guy that likes to lead by example and the team may want someone boisterous. He said the team would give him an opportunity to play and that is good enough for him. He said he's willing to play in Buffalo but wouldn't use the word backup. He said he has a lot of offers and wants to make the right choice for him and his family, he plans to make one more visit. He said the Bills seem eager to have him and he is eagerly thinking about coming to Buffalo.

Bills Add WR: As we wait official word on what undrafted free agents the Bills have signed, one more report has come out. The Bills have added Texas Tech WR Nehemiah Glover to the team. He is sixth all time on the Texas Tech receiving list.

Thomas Visits: The Bills have free agent running back Anthony Thomas in for a visit today. He is one of the few bright spots left on the market at this time. If the Bills do sign him it probably means they will move Henry even if they have to take less to get a deal done.

Henry Won't Report: As expected, Travis Henry will not be reporting to minicamp this weekend as he is unhappy to still be a member of the Bills. He told the Buffalo News that he is disappointed that he wasn't traded over draft weekend. He remains optimistic that something will happen and that he will get dealt. His agent also remains optimistic and says that they are working diligently towards a deal.

Bills Add Kicker: WGRZ-TV is reporting that the Bills have added Kansas State Kicker Joe Rheem. He is a solid kicker from inside the 40 yard line and has a career long 52 yard field goal. He is third on the all-time kicking list for Kansas St.

Rookies To Report: All the drafted players and undrafted free agents will be in Buffalo today as they get set for this weekend's minicamp. There will be two practices on Friday and Saturday and one on Sunday. None are open to the public. Most veterans are also expected to be there as well. Once the undrafted free agents sign their deals the Bills will release a complete list.


Wednesday April 27, 2005

Gause, Leonhard Have Potential: Of the nine undrafted free agents we know about now, George Gause and Jim Leonhard seem to have the best chance of being this year's steals. Leonhard is a safety, a position that has openings on the depth chart. He wasn't drafted because he is small but that has never stopped the Bills before. They have enjoyed success with smaller defensive backs for years. Gause was projected to be drafted but needs to improve his consistency. Defensive end is also a position that the numbers favor the undrafted free agent. If he performs well in the camps, he has a shot at making the team.


Tuesday April 26, 2005

Donnelly Released: The Bills now have a sudden glut at the tight end position, so they've decided to release one. TE Joe Donnelly was released today. He was signed in January shortly after the season ended. Front Office Page.

Still Waiting: The Bills have yet to release any signings officially. Technically nobody has signed a deal but the nine players we previously reported have agreed to deals and will sign them when they arrive on Thursday for the start of the rookie mini-camp on Friday. The Bills are expected to sign at least 15-20 non drafted players like they have in the past. Undrafted Free Agent Signings.


Monday April 25, 2005

Fontenot Added: The Bills have yet to release the name of all the undrafted free agents signed but the list keeps growing. One more player added to the list is Fresno State DB Therrian Fontenot. He's a 5'11" cornerback who started his college career at running back. He was not a starter until this past season.

Bills Add Two Northern Illinois Players: Reports from Northern Illinois University say that two of their players have signed with the Bills as undrafted free agents. TE Brad Cieslak is an in the trenches blocking tight end that the Bills are lacking. CB Rob Lee chose the Bills among three teams that were after him.

LB, WR Added: Reports continue to trickle in as the Bills have added two more undrafted free agents. LB Liam Ezekiel from Northeastern reportedly has joined the Bills. He's a tough and strong player, the type the Bills covet. WR Tony Brown comes from Tennessee. None of the free agent signings are official as of yet, the Bills should release a complete list later today. Front Office Page.

Gause Also Added: Reports keep coming in on undrafted free agents that the Bills have signed. The latest being South Carolina DE George Gause who was projected to go in the middle rounds. He was a three year starter for the Gamecocks. He struggles sometimes to shed blockers but is a well built end with speed and range.

Bills Add Three: The draft wasn't even over yet when teams started frantically trying to lock up undrafted players. The Bills have already signed two according to reports. They will most likely release a full list later today. The Bills have agreed to terms with Purdue FB Jon Goldsberry and Wisconsin S Jim Leonhard. Goldsberry is a punishing blocking fullback who loves to play in the running game. The Bills need depth at the position behind Daimon Shelton. Leonhard has been a three year starter for the Badgers and is projected as a free safety. He has also returned punts. He's short for the position at 5'8" but is strong with good muscle mass, he needs to add more weight. They also agreed to terms, according to reports, with University Of Albany offensive lineman Geir Gundmundsen. He signed less than an hour after the draft. The Bills thought enough of him that Jim McNally had dinner with him on Easter Sunday. Undrafted Free Agents.

Henry Deal Still Possible: Eagles coach Andy Reid said they haven't completely ruled out trading for Travis Henry. This came after they took RB Ryan Moats in round three of the draft. If the Eagles deal for Henry they would sign him to a long term deal. Some speculate they are just posturing to get Bryan Westbrook to sign a long term deal with them. The Bills have admitted that they are still trying to trade the disgruntled running back.

Draft Is For The Future: While the Bills said they took two playmakers on day one to help them now, the reality is that the players picked over the weekend are long term solutions. The Bills will hope that the second day players will develop but that may not help them this year. Check out our draft page as the one stop shopping for our reviews, capsules, grades, and more! Complete Review.

Average Grade: While it is nearly impossible to predict the grade of a draft that doesn't stop every expert, fan, and fan website from giving it a shot. We feel that it was an average draft. While the team did add some playmaking talent and some competitive players they didn't fill some immediate needs at both tackle positions. What do you think? After checking out our draft grade take the poll on the homepage. Draft Grade.



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