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Buffalo Bills News - August 1, 2002

Marker Johnson brings perspective to receiving corps [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm letting them know that - you know what? - it's a game," Johnson said. "You love the game. We're blessed to be in the position we're in. But you gotta remember to enjoy it. Have fun with it. I enjoy the game and I have fun with it."'

Marker Flowers must bloom [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: '"My first two years stunk," Flowers said without hesitation. "What am I supposed to say, that I had outstanding years? No, of course not."'

Marker Teague tackles duties as center [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: '"Right now, we feel it's the best way to get the best five guys out there," Williams said. "The fact everyone is versatile and we can move things if there's an injury (is nice), but that's the way we want to start camp and how we want to progress into the season."'

Marker Bannan has an opportunity on defensive line [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: '"So far, he's been everything we thought he'd be when we drafted him," said John Levra, the Bills defensive-line coach. "He has good quickness, good toughness, good change of direction and he's been good in the classroom, trying to absorb everything he can."'

Marker Retired Hansen has no regrets [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '"I might have played a year too long with the pounding. Now that it's over, my body's more important to me than beating the hell out of it. I couldn't do it at the level I wanted to anymore so I have no regrets (about retiring)."'

Marker Bills fan of the day [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '"Of all the teams in the league, I think we've improved the most in the off-season. Mike Williams will be an impact player: He's a mountain."'

Marker Bills star Jim Kelly ensures huge gang of friends, relatives all here [5:24 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'The Kelly contingent has booked 505 hotel rooms -- including 360 at the Quaker Square Crowne Plaza and Radisson City Center in downtown Akron. Could there be a bigger bash? Crowne Plaza director of sales Dave Cox said: ``I suppose if Elvis threw one."'

Marker Jim Kelly 'blessed' by son's presence [5:23 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``Hunter got to hear what it's like to have 75,000 fans cheering for you,'' Kelly said. ``That was the highlight of my career in that stadium. We're praying that we can have another moment like that one in Canton."'

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July 31, 2002

Marker Levra ready to retire after this season [8:33 PM]
AP reports: '"I've enjoyed it all, and I'm still enjoying it," Levra said Wednesday as the Bills continued training camp in suburban Rochester. "But my grandchildren are eight-years-old now, and I want to be able to spend some time with them. I didn't get a lot of time with my children when they were growing up because I was coaching."'

Marker Kelly just part of Metzelaars' weekend [8:32 PM]
NFL Insider reports: 'Metzelaars will be in Canton for the NFL's Youth Football Summit, a "think tank" for high school coaches from around the nation that will be held from Thursday through Saturday in conjunction with Hall of Fame Weekend.'

Marker London Fletcher Diary: Entry #2 [4:59 PM] reports: Fletcher: Greetings from the 2002 Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp! Camp is in full swing as we've been through a couple days of practices now and things are really starting to pick up.

Marker Art Shell: Life At Training Camp [4:51 PM] reports: I was nervous about my first camp. I got there and suddenly saw all these stars I had watched on TV. Jim Otto, the Hall of Fame center who wore "00" on his jersey, probably made the most lasting impression on me. I used to watch Jim Otto snap the ball on punts without even looking back -- I thought that was amazing. Then to get out there and see his leadership on the field. He's leading the group, guys are making fun of him, he's making fun of the guys. That was neat.

Marker Bills count on Hollis to kickstart special teams [4:31 PM]
AP reports: '"When you get a true professional like Mike Hollis, you're at a big advantage," said Bills special teams coordinator Danny Smith. "With his experience, his expertise in kicking, it just helps our whole football team. It helps young special teams player to have confidence in a guy like that who's been there."'

Marker To Show Scrimmage LIVE [2:32 PM] reports: On Saturday, August 3 will stream LIVE VIDEO of the sold out scrimmage between the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills held at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY.

Marker Bills bust in with a bang [1:15 PM]
Brighton Pittsford Post reports: '"As an opponent for nine years I know one thing - the Buffalo Bills have the best fans in the NFL," Bledsoe told the crowd from the reviewing stand.'

Marker Follow Your Bills In The Media [11:53 AM] reports: With the 2002 Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp in full swing, several Buffalo Bills players and personnel are scheduled to appear on local and national TV and radio shows. Here's a quick run down on where and when to hear from the Bills.

Marker Canton Braces For Kelly Invasion [11:31 AM] reports: Canton, get ready for a new standard for well wishing. A Kelly Invasion is coming. On Aug. 3, when Jim Kelly joins the Hall of Fame, about 1,200 people will be seated in an area reserved for Kelly's family and friends on the field in Fawcett.

Marker Office manages to move up depth chart [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Office did not play Division I college football. He wasn't drafted by the NFL. He got cut by the Bills at the end of preseason last summer. Yet as the Bills begin training camp, Office is penciled in - for now - as the starter at left defensive end.'

Marker Moulds, Price out to attain lofty goals [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams understands the need to get the ball to his two best athletes on offense. That's why he hired Gilbride, who knows how to put players in position to make big plays.'

Marker Judge downs street vendors' lawsuit against Bills [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A judge Tuesday dismissed a year-old lawsuit by street vendors trying to revive their game-day businesses outside Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.'

Marker Butler concerns Bills [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's a sad deal," veteran guard Jerry Ostroski said. "I had to deal with my father battling prostate cancer and thank God he's OK. But I can understand what John's wife and little girl are going through. I wish them all the best. If there is one guy who can beat this, it is John Butler because he is one tough SOB."'

Marker Butler upbeat despite illness [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Marine who saw combat duty in Vietnam, vowed to battle his illness that has a 15 percent survival rate with the support of friends and his family, which includes wife Alice and teenage daughter Andrea.'

Marker Hollis gets his kicks in practice [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's a great feeling to have a guy who has confidence and who has experience," Smith said. "Mike will help our football team from his leadership, his experience and the quality person and player he is. And he'll help our young punter (Brian Moorman) to show him how to be a true pro."'

Marker Bledsoe follows his father's way [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"Even though the majority of the people were rooting against Drew and the Patriots, I always loved my trips there because it always was my picture of what the NFL is supposed to be all about," Mac said. "Those fans know their football. They even cheer the offensive linemen for making good blocks. In most places, the fans don't even know who their offensive linemen are."'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan of the day/camp schedule [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '"Bringing (Mike) Williams in was a big key. All these years, we never took a big offensive lineman in the draft. Getting Bledsoe was a great move, but you win or lose games in the trenches."'

Marker Canton braces for Kelly clan [5:21 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Hall of Fame spokesman Joe Horrigan figures he knows why so many pilgrims are planning to make the trip from Buffalo. ''This,'' he says, ''is shaping up as the Super Bowl celebration Buffalo never had.'''

July 30, 2002

Marker Will Bledsoe's Popularity Reach The Level Of Flutie Mania? [9:55 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'However, Flutie had cult figure status among Bills fans. A family in Fairport named their dog "Flutie." There was even a local family that built a shrine to Doug Flutie in their home. Bledsoe may have to cross in to the world of food endorsements before he can even come close to Doug Flutie--who had a cereal and a Wegman's sub named after him.'

Marker Fletcher making impact with Bills [9:44 PM]
AP reports: 'What Fletcher -- at 5-foot-9, 245 pounds -- lacks in size, he makes up for with intensity and passion. He has quickly emerged as the Bills' defensive quarterback, calling the plays in the huddle and barking at teammates he believes are letting up.'

Marker Photos Gallery: Players In Action [1:29 PM] reports: Photo gallery of training camp action.

Marker 5th Down: Jennings Is Left In [1:27 PM] reports: Jonas Jennings has been moved to left tackle, perhaps football's toughest up front position.

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