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Buffalo Bills News - July 28, 2002

Marker Fan of the day [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: '"I was a big Doug Flutie fan but I tried to support Rob Johnson as much as I could. The thing is, he was such a wimp."'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Today, a.m.: Larry Centers, Curtis Alexander, Jarrett Ferguson. Entire team at the fence.'

Marker Rams rank first, Bills 20th in power ratings [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: '20. Buffalo Bills. Will be more fun to watch and should top last season's 3-13 record. They still need big improvement in rushing the passer and stopping the run to become a legitimate playoff threat.'

Marker Jim Kelly: A champion...after all [6:04 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Polian says Oakland and Dallas both tried to acquire Kelly's rights from the Bills. But Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson refused. "I went to Mr. Wilson very early," said Polian, who became Buffalo's general manager in 1986, "and I said I think we can trade the rights to Jim Kelly and probably get reasonably good compensation in return. This franchise was drawing 30,000 a game. Mr. Wilson, to his everlasting credit, said, no, we're signing Jim Kelly. Period."'

Marker Dinkins looking for clean bill of health [6:03 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"It's a little hole you get when you are a baby," Dinkins said. "A lot of times when you find out it hasn't closed, it's when something tragic happens. They find it in the autopsy. It was really scary, looking back. God pulled me through." Joe Linta, Dinkins' agent, called the discovery "a blessing in disguise." "Once it is corrected, he will be fine," Linta said.'

Marker Bledsoe gets a clean Bill [6:02 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'In 1983, the Bills drafted Jim Kelly in the first round. He showed up in '86 after the USFL folded and turned around the franchise. Bledsoe will try and do the same. "I've talked with Jim a bunch," Bledsoe said. "He was one of my heroes coming up and then when I first got in the league, he was one of the guys who kind of welcomed me and took me under his arm a little bit."'

Marker Bills Sign First-Round Draft Pick Mike Williams to Contract [5:15 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The 6-foot-6, 370-pound Williams was the first offensive lineman taken in the draft after earning All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors last season. He allowed one sack in 2001 and just two sacks in 27 starts over his four seasons at Texas.'

Marker Bills sign T Williams, fourth overall draft pick [5:14 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Williams has the same size as Davis but could have a bigger upside. He started every game at the University of Texas last season and was a consensus All-America. He played right tackle, which was the blindside for southpaw quarterback Chris Simms.'

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July 27, 2002

Marker Remaining Veterans Report To Camp [9:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Sheldon Jackson: "I'm looking forward to camp and getting on the field to focus on football," Jackson said. "My off-the-field issues have been resolved and now I'm just anxious to get on the practice field and concentrate on football."

Marker Bills sign top pick Williams [7:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the contract is expected to make Williams the highest-paid rookie in Bills history and the team's third-highest paid player behind quarterback Drew Bledsoe and receiver Eric Moulds.'

Marker Bills Sign Mike Williams [7:26 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has signed offensive tackle Mike Williams, the team's first round selection in 2002 and the draft's fourth pick overall.'

Marker Bledsoe a Happy 'Rookie' [7:24 PM]
Toronto Star reports: '"Drew has never had to depend upon movement or athleticism, the stuff Rob Johnson could do, the stuff Mark Brunell could do, or what Kordell (Stewart) could do," Gilbride said. "He's won with his arm and he's won with his brain. He's seen things and got rid of the ball when he had to. None of that's diminished. He's still a bright, insightful young man who looks to have a pretty good feel for what (rival) teams are doing to him. I think he's anxious to prove that, maybe, the Patriots made a mistake."'

Marker Flowers needs to bloom [7:21 PM]
AP reports: 'Flowers' weight -- he's listed at 274 pounds -- has only been part of the problem, and it hasn't helped that he has trouble maintaining bulk on his lanky 6-foot-4 frame. Flowers has also wound up the odd-man out in the coaching upheaval that hit the Bills.'

Marker Centers optimistic as Bills start fresh [7:20 PM]
AP reports: 'Not only are the newcomers expected to fill a number of gaping holes on what had been a banged-up and inexperienced Bills team last year, but just as notable is the leadership qualities they bring. That's important for Centers. Although last year was his first in Buffalo, Centers quickly emerged as one of the team's leaders. Now that load can be shared.'

Marker Camp Report: Bills Hold Final Practice For Rookies/Selected Vets [2:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills held their final practice for rookies and selected veterans on Saturday morning. The entire team will resume practice on Sunday, as the veterans will be present to take part in practice for the first time since the 2002 Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp started on Thursday.

Marker Photo Gallery: First Week Of Training Camp [9:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills began practice this week at St. John Fisher College for rookies and selected veterans. Misc. photos...

Marker Driver on right track for Bills [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Driver certainly has taken advantage of a second chance to make a good impression. Over the past 12 months, he has become a favorite of the coaching staff because of his work ethic.'

Marker Alexander runs on home cooking [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Last summer when Alexander tried out for the Bills, the team's hierarchy knew he could run, but running alone isn't good enough to make it in the NFL. You need to run, catch, block and play special teams, a fact Alexander became acutely aware of when he was cut despite leading the Bills' in pre-season rushing.'

Marker Moulds takes new route [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Moulds stopped at the Kirkhaven nursing home in Rochester for a 30-minute visit as he prepared to report to St. John Fisher College today with the rest of the Bills veterans.'

Marker BYU's Denney is Bills' latest signing [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Denney, Buffalo's second of two second-round picks (No. 61 overall), is expected to arrive in Rochester sometime today and will participate in the team's one practice Saturday morning.'

Marker Bills fan of the day [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: '''My family used to live down the street from the old Rockpile in Buffalo so being a Bills fan was bred into me. I've met them all: O.J. (Simpson), Thurman (Thomas), Bruce (Smith) and Jim (Kelly) ... This could be a great season if (Drew) Bledsoe stays healthy. The team made some bold moves but I think we had to put an end to that Flutie-Johnson era. I think we've got a quality quarterback with leadership and experience again.'''

Marker Bills training camp information [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'Players appearing in the McDonald's Autograph Tent, 20 minutes after each session. For kids 14 and under only. Today in a.m.: Alex Van Pelt, Mike Pucillo, Robert Hunt. Tight ends, kickers and punter at the fence.'

Marker Bills on parade in Pittsford [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: '"I love the Bills," said 14-year-old Mandy Weber of West Bloomfield, Ontario County, who arrived in Pittsford at 3:15 p.m. to secure good seats for the 6 p.m. parade. "We can't afford to all go to the stadium to see a game, so we came out here to see them," said Mandy's mother, Ann Weber. "This could be her only chance to see the Bills."'

Marker A primer on Bills’ training camp [6:01 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In addition to the workouts and various merchandise and food vendors, camp also be highlighted by the Buffalo Bills’ Experience. Segments include the quarterback challenge, 40-yard dash, bungee run, down-and-out, field-goal kick, football toss, obstacle challenge, climb-and-slide, fair-catch zone, touchdown run, obstacle course and basketball free throw.'

July 26, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills Parade In Pittsford [10:39 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Each of the players was introduced, and Coach Gregg Williams and quarterback Drew Bledsoe spoke to the enthusiastic crowd.'

Marker Local Star Hopes to Catch On with Bills [10:38 PM]
WROC-TV reports: 'A graduate of Marshall High, Jackson is the first Rochester native to play NFL football in his hometown...even if it is only practice.'

Marker Pittsford Welcomes Bills With Parade [8:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "As a player that has come in here as a opponent for nine years, I know one fact, the Buffalo Bills have the best fans in the NFL," Bledsoe said to open his brief speech. "Playing in Ralph Wilson Stadium was something I never looked forward to because the fans were so good supporting their team. Since I've been here you've done nothing but prove me right. I don't make many promises but I promise you this one thing we will do everything in our power to play football in a way that makes you proud to be a Buffalo Bills fan."

Marker Autograph Schedule Set [4:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The McDonald's Autograph Tent schedule is set for the remainder of the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp. Listed below are the players who are scheduled to be in the tent signing autographs for 20 minutes after each session for kids 14 and under.

Marker Camp Report: Bills Complete Second Day Of Workouts [3:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The intensity on the practice field increased as rookies and selected veterans took part in a morning workout on the second day of the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp at St. John Fisher.

Marker Pittsford Youth Invited to Bills VIP Training Camp [1:35 PM]
Town of Pittsford reports: 'The Town of Pittsford is proud to announce that the Buffalo Bills have extended tickets for children in the Pittsford community with special needs to participate at "Pittsford Youth Day" at Buffalo Bills VIP Training Camp on Wednesday, August 7th at 2:45 PM.'

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