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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2002

Marker Henry making strides on the ground [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Henry is reveling in the fact that Bledsoe is here, and Rob Johnson isn't.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan of the day [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"I was at the opening (preseason) game and Drew Bledsoe really took charge. He got right up after that first sack and took them right down the field. You wouldn't have seen that with Rob (Johnson) last year."'

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August 18, 2002

Marker Price practices after signing with Bills [7:44 PM]
AP reports: '"We're so young there," said Bills team president Tom Donahoe. "Although we like a lot of our guys, Shawn gives us some experience. He did a good job for us last year, when he played hurt. Ahanotu wanted a couple of days to think about our offer, and we'll probably get his decision the early part of next week."'

Marker Balanced Bills get offense running [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Last week we came out on fire with the passing game. This week we really wanted to establish the run and really work the ball with both a passing and running attack. We seemed to accomplish what we set out to do."'

Marker After eight seasons, Ostroski nears the end of the road [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams has been tossing around the word "conditioning" lately, but what he really means is Ostroski is overweight.'

Marker Off-season moves, new quarterback stoke fan enthusiasm for Bills [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Since his arrival, season ticket sales have been steady. Sales have been around 36,000 the past two years. Though the Bills have not compiled the updated figures yet, they still hope to reach their goal of 40,000 season tickets, which hasn't been achieved since 1996.'

Marker Abramoski serves up tales from training room [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At the urging and underwriting of Bills owner Ralph Wilson, the original and longtime team trainer wrote a book. The finished product, "Tale of the Tape," by Eddie as told to Milt Northrop, veteran member of The Buffalo News sports staff, is being released this week.'

Marker Best and worst NFL cities [7:02 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '1. Buffalo...The lots open on Thursday afternoon, and some people make a weekend of it. It's a sight to behold.'

Marker Bledsoe is focusing on forward progress [5:38 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''I had to come to the right place,'' Bledsoe continued. ''It had to be a place with a good organization and a team with a chance to win games. I feel we've got that here. It's a good organization from the top down. Good people. I don't want to just say I needed a change, because it couldn't have been change just for the sake of change. I wanted to be someplace where I could help a team win.'''

Marker Australian fan travels 10,000 miles to cheer [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm in football heaven," says the 27-year-old Melbourne podiatrist who traveled more than 10,000 miles to Pittsford.'

August 17, 2002

Marker Bills, Vikings roll on offense [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The starting offenses for the Bills and Vikings marched up and down the field seemingly at will Friday night in Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Bills' 'D' all talk, not much action [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bengals came out throwing in the preseason opener and the Vikings did likewise.'

Marker Culpepper ready to rebound [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The only person I need to prove something to is myself," said Culpepper. "I don't feel like I have anything to prove this year. I know what I'm capable of."'

Marker Defense gets boost with signing of Price [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Terms of the contract weren't released, but it's believed he received a one-year deal worth slightly more than the veteran minimum of $650,000.'

Marker Kelly owes nobody for failed business [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I neither made nor lost a cent on Kelly or the corporation founded with him as its figurehead, but as far as the publicly known facts are concerned, I find no fault with him in that situation. I am disgusted anew with those who claim to think Kelly "ripped off" anyone there. He owes nobody for his business failure.'

Marker Vikings hang on [5:53 AM]
D and C reports: 'During the first 30 minutes, the litany of dismay looked like this: Culpepper completed 12 of 19 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown, he rushed seven times for 34 yards, and not once did the Bills come close to sacking him.'

Marker Bills, Vikings put on a good show [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: 'In two practice tilts so far, Bledsoe has rung up 27 points in seven possessions. That breaks down to 3 TDs, 2 FGs, 1 punt and 1 turnover. He can start unpacking the boxes at the 36-acre farm he purchased in East Aurora, he's got the team made.'

Marker Price brought back to bolster defense [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: '"We talked to him all winter, all spring, and it was just a matter of him being able to pass his physical," general manager Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker Defensive line still a problem for the Bills [5:51 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'For all the enthusiasm generated by the Bills' off-season trade for quarterback Drew Bledsoe - and he played well again on Friday night - this team's hopes for dramatic improvement rest with the performance of its defensive line. And, so far, the returns haven't been good.'

Marker Defence bails on Bills [5:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Though they were trailing only 17-13 -- and ultimately lost 24-21 -- the Bills' first-team defence surrendered 293 yards to the Vikings offence by halftime. Given that the Bills meet the Vikings for real in Week 2 of the fast-approaching NFL season, they may want to get up to speed sooner rather than later.'

Marker Vikings 24, Buffalo 21 [5:49 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'The starting offense rolled for 293 yards in the first half and did not punt in five possessions; quarterback Daunte Culpepper threw for 189 yards and tailback Michael Bennett ran for 49 yards in 30 minutes of work.'

Marker Rookie Campbell makes great grab [5:48 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: '• Cornerback Tyrone Carter briefly was credited with a 98-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter before officials reversed the call on replay. The call was so obvious that coach Mike Tice sent his defensive players back on the field while officials were still reviewing the film.'

Marker Vikings show strong upside [5:47 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'But the evening clearly belonged to the Vikings' offense.'

Marker Bennett boffo in Buffalo [5:47 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Overall, the secondary had a decent day against Drew Bledsoe, who completed 6 of 8 passes for a modest 70 yards.'

Marker Vikings 24, Bills 21 [5:46 AM]
AP reports: 'So much for first impressions. After a promising preseason debut, the Buffalo Bills took a step backward in a 24-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Friday.'

Marker Minnesota 24, Buffalo 21 [5:44 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'But the defense struggled, yielding 4.4 yards per rush and 7.6 yards per pass.'

Marker Als' Grey Cup coach returns [5:37 AM]
Montreal Gazette reports: '"Could there conceivably be a situation where I would return? Yes. That's all I can say. I don't want to try to define it. I don't want to shut the door on it, but I'm not actively seeking such a role."'

August 16, 2002

Marker Bills re-sign Price [9:37 PM]
AP reports: 'He started 11 games for the Bills last season and recorded 52 tackles and two sacks before he injured his left knee and required surgery.'

Marker Bills Sign Shawn Price [6:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Price, 32, has spent the last six seasons with the Bills after joining the team as a free agent prior to the 1996 season and has played in 78 games (20 starts). In 2001, he started the first 11 games of the season at left defensive tackle before suffering a knee injury at San Francisco (12/2) and missed the remainder of the year.

Marker Bills - Vikings Preview [2:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: buffalobills.com is streaming LIVE audio of Bills - Vikings preseason game. Cornerbacks Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield will test their skills against arguably the most explosive receiver in the NFL.

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