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Buffalo Bills News - September 8, 2002

Marker Finding franchise QB a tall order for most [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe began the trek to greatness several times when he was a Patriot. He could complete that journey in Buffalo.'

Marker No friction, no fooling [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: 'Twenty-six of the 53 men who made the final roster were not with the Bills last year when this once-proud franchise sank to the depths of the NFL with a 3-13 record.'

Marker New Bills paying for old personnel sins [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '"Remember the Indy game last year? Six TDs on six straight possessions by Peyton Manning. The Jets averaged 25.3 points per game in the preseason so I'd say Vinny has gotten the hang of the West Coast offense. As the Bills try to stop Martin with eight men in the box, Winfield and Clements are going to see a lot of single coverage today against Coles, Chrebet and Moss."'

Marker Ahanotu provides a royal presence at DE [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though he turns 32 next month, he doesn't believe he is on the downside of his career. He is confident his ability to stop the run and pressure the passer, plus dole out veteran advice, is just what the Bills' young and inexperienced defensive line needs.'

Marker Q&A with Mike Williams [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] What is your favorite food? [A:] ''Man, I don't have a favorite food. That one has always plagued me. I really don't have one. I eat nutritional food (laughs with his tongue firmly implanted in his cheek).''

Marker New-look Bills face old challenge [5:48 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“But we’re working hard and we have a good game plan. Our package is narrowed down a little bit from what we tried to do throughout the pre-season, where we had everything available from every game.”'

Marker Bledsoe’s ready for some football [5:47 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I’ve heard these fans ... Buffalo Bills’ fans are crazy,” Bledsoe said. “I’ve said it before, coming in here as an opponent was an extremely difficult proposition because they’re so loud. They stand by their team. I would expect the reception we get when we come out will be crazy. Quite honestly we need them. We need that help and that huge home field advantage that the Bills have had historically. It has to continue, and I expect that it will.”'

Marker Jets-Bills scouting report [5:46 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Final score: Jets 24, Bills 16.'

Marker Cowart's Health Remains in Doubt [5:45 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'But that's the problem. It's hard to remember the last time Cowart was healthy.'

Marker Jets vs. Bills [5:44 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Prediction: Jets 30, Bills 21.'

Marker The new Drew [5:43 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Dubbed ``True Drew'' by a fawning Buffalo media, Bledsoe is already extremely popular with his new teammates. Wide receiver Eric Moulds -- who can compare him to Kelly, Flutie, Frank Reich and Johnson -- said: ``Drew is a harder thrower than Kelly, though I caught Jim in his last year. Drew also takes command in the huddle like Kelly.'''

Marker Jay Riemersma Ready In 2002 [12:32 AM] reports: In 10 career games vs. the Jets, Jay has racked up 277 receiving yards on 25 catches, including two TDs. The yardage total is his most against any NFL team.

Marker Submit your football pool picks! [12:00 AM]
TBD reports: In order to give players more time to submit their picks, we have eliminated the Thursday Night games from scoring. That means if you haven't submitted your picks for week one yet - then there is still time!

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September 7, 2002

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [8:55 PM] reports: If you’ve read or heard anything about the Buffalo Bills in the last six months, it’s probably been about Drew Bledsoe. From the moment the quarterback was traded here from the New England Patriots last April, people have speculated that Bledsoe and wide receiver Eric Moulds could create a new millennium version of the Jim Kelly-Andre Reed connection.

Marker Bills' 'D' will feel the rush all season [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Eleven of Buffalo's 16 games will be against eight of the NFL's 12 leading rushers from last season.'

Marker Receivers' route to freedom has Moulds off and running [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds felt restricted in Sheppard's West Coast scheme, which required receivers to run to a certain spot even if the defensive coverage dictated doing something else. As a result, Moulds believed Sheppard's schemes made it easier for defenses to take him and Price out of the passing game.'

Marker Empire revives Bills postgame; Sabres await TV deal [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Immediately after the Bills-New York Jets opener ends on Channel 4 Sunday, Empire plans to simulcast Howard Simon's postgame coverage on the regional cable channel and sister radio station WNSA-FM.'

Marker Road name change would honor Kelly [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A bipartisan group of Erie County legislators called Friday for a portion of Abbott Road in Orchard Park to be renamed "Jim Kelly Boulevard" to honor the former Buffalo Bills quarterback.'

Marker Bills ready to lay it on the line [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'On paper, this line is vastly improved but that improvement hasn't yet transferred onto the field.'

Marker Williams not on hot seat yet [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'But is Williams really in danger of a quick hook? Hardly. He is the hand-picked coach of general manager Tom Donahoe, who also plucked the fiery Bill Cowher from the ranks of the obscure to coach the Pittsburgh Steelers back to prominence. The difference is that these two can actually stand being in the same room together. They have mutual admiration. Their personalities mesh. They are a team within the team.'

Marker 29 years of covering the Bills, and counting [5:27 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Thus, here's one man's list of the Bills' best home games each season since 1973...'

September 6, 2002

Marker On the record with Eric Moulds [8:52 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Q: Going deep means more Eric more of the time doesn't it? MOULDS: It should. It gives me an opportunity to do what I can do. Last year that wasn't me. That wasn't my strength. We did some things that teams took advantage of by putting a guy underneath and putting a guy over the top, and it was easy to take me out of the game. I never really had a chance to go deep. I think this year's a little bit better because I have an opportunity to get open.'

Marker Cowart gets to test injury against Bills [1:43 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'On Sunday, Cowart will play first and second downs, but will gradually be worked into third down situations once he tests his Achilles to assess whether it’s ready for the rigors of pass coverage.'

Marker New In 2002 For the Buffalo Bills [10:53 AM] reports: 26 players currently on the 53-man roster are appearing in a Bills uniform for the first time. In addition to the new personnel on the field, Kevin Gilbride joined the Bills staff as offensive coordinator in February of 2002, bringing 12 years of NFL coaching experience to the staff.

Marker Cowart itching to put on his Sunday best [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The former Bills Pro Bowler will start at weak-side linebacker for the Jets. He is healthy. But whether he is back to being the dominating, sideline-to-sideline tackling machine he was with the Bills remains uncertain.'

Marker Fan-tastic idea [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Through the team's marketing partnership with Tops Friendly Markets, the Bills are offering discounts of nearly 30 percent on four-packs of tickets for the alcohol-free Tops Family Corner. It's the first time the Bills have offered discounted individual game tickets.'

Marker New uniform, same Bledsoe [7:15 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"He adds a real sense of legitimacy," Bills linebacker London Fletcher said. "You have to respect our quarterback position, because he does have the ability to put up 400 yards on a given week if you're not on top of your game from a defensive-secondary standpoint."'

Marker Cowart now part of Jets' future, not Bills [7:07 AM]
AP reports: 'Defensive tackle Pat Williams is well past missing Cowart. "It won't be weird," Williams said. "It's a business now. He's over there. He's the enemy. I'll talk to him after the game -- once we whup them."'

Marker Bills in a hurry to slow the run [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Eleven of their 16 games overall will be against a running back who gained 1,000 yards in 2001.'

Marker Bills ready with two TV shows as season opens [5:15 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"Bills All Access with Steve Tasker"..."The Gregg Williams Show".'

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