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Buffalo Bills News - July 21, 2002

Marker 'Fridge' sizes up flag game as 'nothing serious' contest [9:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly, known for his competitive nature, stacked his squad with skilled players who haven't been out the NFL for that long. Marino has guys like Perry, Dorsett and Ed "Too Tall" Jones, who have all been out the league for a least a decade.'

Marker Bills, Williams talk of super-sized deal [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'And incentives, like number of starts and postseason honors, will push the total package well past the $35-million mark.'

Marker Kelly faces rival Marino in benefit flag football [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'OK, it's only a flag football game and many of the players are well past their prime. But tonight's "Final Showdown" between and Kelly and former Bills teammates against Marino's Dolphins (plus a few more) hopes to draw 30,000-plus at the University of Buffalo.'

Marker At very least, Bills should be fun [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'Until the Bills improve markedly in rushing the passer and stopping the run, they aren't going to pull off any miracles.'

Marker HOF Festival adds security, restrictions [5:35 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Banned items include coolers, bags, backpacks, large purses, large camera cases, plastic bottles, bottled or boxed liquids, aerosol cans, flagpoles, banner poles and umbrellas. People with radios larger than a football or those with diaper bags but no small children won't be allowed into the events.'

Marker Kelly Ready to Take on Marino Again [5:33 AM]
AP reports: '"We're the best of friends," Kelly said. "But when we get on the field, it doesn't matter if it's on the golf course or deep-sea fishing trip, you're competitive. You want to catch the biggest fish."'

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July 20, 2002

Marker Bills throwing Bledsoe right on to the hot seat [6:51 PM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If off-season bombs counted in the standings, Tom Donahoe might have allowed himself to celebrate the touchdown.'

July 19, 2002

Marker Chris Mortensen: Did Patriots trade Bledsoe to weaken Dolphins and Jets? [9:10 PM]
ESPN reports: I think the Patriots dragged their feet on the deal, hoping they would not have to trade him inside the AFC East. The Pats struggled with the Bills in two victories last season (12-9 OT in Week 14). Certainly, Bill Belichick has confidence he has a handle on Bledsoe, but that would put Bledsoe in good company with just about any QB who has to face Belichick's defensive schemes. Bottom line: I think the Pats made the Bills a very interesting team in 2002.

Marker Management concerned with recent rash of off-field problems [7:44 PM]
The Sporting News reports: The signing of rookie Maurice Jackson is probably not related to Rogers' situation. However, it should be noted that Jackson was a terrific return man at Syracuse University because of his blazing speed. He reportedly ran an electronically timed 40-yard dash in 4.18 seconds during a workout at Syracuse in March 2000.

Marker Pasquarelli: Sam Adams costs too much for Buffalo [4:27 PM]
ESPN reports: The Buffalo Bills would love to make a run at Adams, too, club officials told ESPN.com, but their cap situation is such that they probably can't even do a one-year contract with him.

Marker Training camp Info [2:44 PM]
Fox Sports reports: Confusingly, the Village of Pittsford is an incorporated village within the Town of Pittsford. Village residents are Town residents, but Town residents aren't necessarily Village residents. One gets the impression that Village residents are somewhat pretentious, so don't confuse these important matters.

Marker Bills Backers Of Virginia Raises $1,000 For Multiple Sclerosis [10:14 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills Backers of Virginia, also known as Bills Backers International, recently they took part in the MS walk for Multiple Sclerosis. The team raised $1,000 and received the Bronze Team MS Award. View the Bill Backers directory (Requires the flash plug-in). NEW! Listing of Bills Backers Bars.

July 18, 2002

Marker Soaring Expectations in Buffalo [10:10 PM]
ESPN reports: Training Camp Report 2002: Second year coach Gregg Williams has many more options ths year than he did a year ago. Now the pressure is on to put the right pieces in the right places, and win at least 7 games for the restless fans (and owner) in Buffalo.

Marker Winners and losers in NFL off-season [10:08 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'All I know is that Buffalo will be better, and Donahoe can take a bow.'

Marker Where Are They Now: Chris Keating [4:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills were in search of linebackers during the 1979 draft and chose Tom Cousineau with the first overall pick and Jim Haslett in the second round. In short, picking Cousineau didnít really work out too well. However, a rookie linebacker who did work out for Buffalo was free agent Chris Keating.

Marker Team can live without offseason troubles [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While the Buffalo Bills have enjoyed an active offseason, the recent string of off-the-field incidents involving players is attention the organization can live without.'

Marker NFL's Rogers waives local assault hearing [9:11 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Buffalo Bills wide receiver Charlie Rogers avoided yesterday's municipal court hearing on a charge of assaulting an Old Bridge Township police officer by having his lawyer request the case be referred to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.'

Marker Bills' practice tickets available [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Tickets to the night practices are free and limited to six per person. The 7 p.m. sessions will include a 25-minute autograph session involving the entire team after the practice.'

July 17, 2002

Marker Don Banks: New faces in new places [11:43 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Drew Bledsoe, Buffalo: It still feels bizarre to even write the word Buffalo following Bledsoe's name, but we all better get used to it, because the Bills and him are married to each other for a while. But what a honeymoon it has been. Bledsoe got the rock star treatment in upstate NY this spring, and I for one think he deserved a nice break after handling the events of 2001 in New England with about as much dignity as anyone could have mustered. I'm not certain that Bledsoe remains among the NFL's elite QBs, but I think he has found himself an up-and-coming team and I'm convinced that he'll be infused with a motivation this season that hasn't been part of his game for several years. What do you bet that Bledsoe goes to bed every night counting down the days until those two late-season showdowns with New England?

Marker Bills sign Pucillo [8:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Pucillo, who played guard and center at Auburn, becomes the fifth of the Bills' 10 draft picks to sign with the team.'

Marker Mike Doser: Tasker says 'Final Showdown' could get serious [7:23 PM]
Shout! reports: Four days to Final Showdown: When we finally get in there Sunday and hike the ball for real, I'm sure it will be fun and kind of lighthearted in the beginning, but when it starts to get down to when someone has to actually win or lose, I'm sure the fangs are going to come out.

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With Pucillo [5:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with offensive lineman Mike Pucillo, the first of the teamís four selections in the seventh round of the 2002 Draft and the 215th overall pick. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Marker Brown and Arrington ready to shine [4:56 PM]
ESPN.com reports: Clements fits the bill
Cornerback Nate Clements of the Bills is the final breakthrough player, but he started to look like a Pro Bowler in the second half of last season.

Marker Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp Daily Practice Schedule [2:56 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The tentative practice schedule with practice times has been released.

Marker Tickets For Night Practices And Scrimmage Available Saturday At Tops [1:31 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that tickets for the teamís two Monday evening practices during the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp will be available to the public starting this Saturday at 9:00 AM at all participating Tops Friendly Markets locations. Also on Saturday, tickets for the teamís scrimmage with the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, August 3 will be available.'

Marker Inside slant [8:37 AM]
USA Today reports: After adding so many new faces (44 on the camp roster), what kind of chemistry have the Bills brewed? The 2000 Redskins (8-8) or the 2001 Patriots (Super Bowl champs)?'

Marker PFW: The Way We Hear It [8:26 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Look for Bills starting OLB Keith Newman to be more of a force in the pass rush this season. The Bills used Newman in that role two seasons ago, and he responded by racking up eight sacks. Last season Newman had only 3 1/2 sacks.'

July 16, 2002

Marker Bills sign rookie free agents Jackson and Bradley [9:35 PM]
AP reports: 'The signing of Jackson, a wide receiver and kick returner who played at Syracuse, followed the arrest early Saturday of Charlie Rogers, who was expected to fill those roles for Buffalo this season.'

Marker Chris Brown: DT Evans Not on Bills Radar Screen [9:04 PM]
WGR reports: WGR Sportsradio 55 has learned that the agent for free agent defensive tackle Josh Evans has made contact with the Buffalo Bills to gauge interest in his client. However NFL sources have told WGR 55 that there is not a burning interest on the part of the Bills to add the defensive lineman to their roster.

Marker Bills Sign Pair Of Free Agents [4:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed two rookie free agents -- cornerback Jykine Bradley and wide receiver Maurice Jackson.

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