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Buffalo Bills News - August 30, 2002

Marker Lions secure offensive line [5:25 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'With one modification, the starting five for the regular season will be the same unit that opened Thursday night's final exhibition game against Buffalo at Ford Field.'

Marker McMahon deserves to start, but Harrington clearly is future [5:24 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'The sad reality is, many are waiting for McMahon to stumble.'

Marker Lions fans ease into market scene [5:23 AM]
Detroit News reports: '"We've got the No. 1 stadium and the worst tailgating situation in the country," groused John Basile, complaining about inconvenient shuttle rides and long walks necessary to get from Eastern Market to Ford Field several blocks away.'

Marker Fair makes a favorable return [5:22 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'There must have been some anxious Lions when Charlie Rogers returned the Lions' first punt 71 yards for a touchdown. Four Lions appeared to have Rogers contained, but he broke free and was not touched once he reached midfield.'

Marker Lions sloppy, but pull out 20-13 win against Bills [5:21 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'The Lions avoided going 0-4 in the preseason for the first time since the 1989 season. The Bills, meanwhile, did finish the preseason 0-4.'

Marker Questions arise about Howard, but Mornhinweg says Lions saving him for opener [5:20 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'One of the biggest questions from Thursday's preseason game between the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills centered around a player not in uniform.'

Marker Lions 20, Bills 13 [5:19 AM]
AP reports: 'They had a chance to tie it with about 6 minutes left, but Corey Harris hit Morris as he tried to reach over a pile for a score and Brian Walker recovered the fumble. Buffalo had another opportunity with just under 2 minutes to play, but rookie Chris Cash intercepted Travis Browns' pass at Detroit's 8.'

Marker Detroit 20, Buffalo 13 [5:18 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'McMahon hit on 5-of-5 passes for 81 yards in limited play while Harrington, drafted No. 3 overall, was 21-of-35 for 187 yards with a touchdown and an interception.'

Marker AFC East scouting report [5:17 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, under the leadership of new quarterback Bledsoe, expect significant improvement. This is the second year in Buffalo for Gregg Williams, a coach who has Bills management - and fans - excited for a turnaround.'

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August 29, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills 2002 Season Preview [9:27 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Thinking that Buffalo could be this season's version of the Patriots is not out of the realm of possibility, but the safe pick is an 8-8 finish.'

Marker Bledsoe tops list of new faces in new places [9:09 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Drew Bledsoe won a Super Bowl ring last season because he did not play. Can he win one this year because he did play?'

Marker AFC East: Bills might not get due in beastly East [4:39 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: If the two lines stay upright, the Bills will surprise a lot of people. When you have a quarterback like Bledsoe, there is reason to think the Bills could sneak in as a wild-card team.

Marker Five fresh faces to follow [4:38 PM]
NFL.com reports: '1. Drew Bledsoe, Buffalo Bills: The strong-armed pocket passer now finds himself on a team loaded with explosive talent. After the Flutie-Johnson debacle, Bledsoe brings sturdy leadership as well as a strong arm. Nobody is smiling more than Eric Moulds...'.

Marker Buffalo Bills @ Detroit Lions [4:37 PM]
Directv reports: 'Channel 636 - Friday 3:00 a.m.; Friday 12:00 p.m.; Sunday 3:00 p.m.; Monday 10:30 a.m.

Marker Bills can be encouraged by preseason [1:47 PM]
Corning Leader reports: 'While I realize many of you are aware of the nonexistent importance of NFL preseason action, there are still enough people out there who overreact to the exhibition season.'

Marker Jon Bon Jovi On Football [10:12 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: I have been fortunate to get to know Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick and have remained close with them over the years. I was lucky enough to be on the team bench and in the team locker room when the Giants won Super Bowl XXV in Tampa in 1990. How many people can say that Bill Parcells and Phil Simms have had dinner at their house?

Marker Where Are They Now: Mike Kadish [9:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Miamiís top draft choice in Ď72, Kadish was on the teamís taxi squad as a rookie and witnessed the only undefeated season in NFL history. The following preseason, a strong performance by Kadish during a nationally televised game caught Bills coach Lou Sabanís attention.

Marker Bills get final auditions [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills must cut from 68 to 53 players by 4 p.m. Sunday.'

Marker Pete Prisco: Preseason rankings - #17 [8:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Adding Drew Bledsoe is the move of the offseason. If the two lines can stay healthy, the Bills will compete in the AFC East. The ball will go down the field to a good receiving group.

Marker Bills' starters to play longer [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'With nine days to recover before the start of the NFL's regular season, the Buffalo Bills starters will play halfway into the second quarter of tonight's preseason finale against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.'

Marker Riemersma: Bull's-eye in middle [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'With three preseason games over with and the regular-season opener against the New York Jets just 10 days away, Riemersma has just one catch for three yards.'

Marker Bills on the bubble [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have until Sunday to trim down to the 53-man roster limit. Tonight's preseason game against the Detroit Lions could go a long way in deciding which players stay. Here is a look at some players fighting for jobs...'

Marker Lions' Final exhibition [5:26 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'In fact, if it were up to McMahon -- the second-year quarterback and designated starter for the opener Sept. 8 -- the regular season could start now.'

Marker Roster spots are on the line [5:24 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Quarterback Mike McMahon will start and play 2-4 series, depending on how many plays the offense runs, before turning the offense over to rookie Joey Harrington and No. 3 quarterback Ty Detmer.'

August 28, 2002

Marker A work in progress [9:17 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'If anything, the loss to the Colts, which put the Bills at 0-3 in the "it doesn't count" part, only points up what has sort of been forgotten in all the excitement of Drew Bledsoe. This is still a very, very, very young Bills team. Young players make mistakes, and mistakes lead to losses.'

Marker 2002 NFL forecast: Division winners and losers [8:57 PM]
ESPN reports: 'I know this much: Bills brass Tom Donahoe and Tom Modrak will ultimately get all the pieces in place, and sooner rather than later.'

Marker AFC East football capsules [8:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Prediction: Even though the Bills are tied with the San Diego Chargers for the toughest strength of schedule, the Bills should be better than last year's 3-13 record.'

Marker Lions and Bills play for first preseason win [4:30 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills and their new quarterback, Drew Bledsoe, have regressed since playing relatively well in their first preseason game against Cincinnati. They didn't look sharp in the second preseason game against Minnesota and looked even worse last week versus Indianapolis.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Preview [1:27 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Before the season starts, there could be more pickups along the D-line, but the Bills' biggest problem was cured when they got Bledsoe.'

Marker Two Minute Drill... With Josh Reed [12:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Rookie wide receiver and second round pick Josh Reed sat down with buffalobills.com for the Two Minute Drill. Read what he had to say about his teammates.

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