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Buffalo Bills News - August 20, 2002

Marker Don’t get too excited about the journeymen [1:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The reality is the 6-foot-4, 290-pound, 32-year-old Price and the 6-foot-2, 285-pound, 31-year-old Ahanotu are journeymen. If you doubt it, ask yourself why they were unsigned some three weeks before the season starts.'

Marker Bills once again find running game [1:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Of the nearly 60-man roster (including injured reserve) president/general manager Tom Donahoe inherited in January of 2001, only 19 remain, a mere seven of them starters. And it's not unreasonable to assume that come the final cutdown on Sept. 1 that number could be a dozen left from the 2000 season.'

Marker A Tight (End) Relationship [12:48 PM] reports: For years, Bledsoe and Riemersma had watched each other play in divisional clashes between the Bills and New England Patriots. They knew each other well, yet didn’t know each other at all. That’s the thing with division rivals, particularly those who play on the same side of the ball: You watch those opposing players twice each year, get to know their styles and, if they’re deserving, admire their skills.

Marker "Kelly Krunch" Winner [11:43 AM] reports: With the Bills down by four, Buffalo intercepted a Dan Marino pass very late in the game. The radio reception became very spotty, with much garble and interference… a long Kelly pass to Andre Reed in the dying moments put the ball on the two-yard line.

Marker Flowers among nine players cut by Bills [11:26 AM]
AP reports: 'Flowers is the latest member of the Bills' 2000 draft class -- the last overseen by former general manager John Butler -- to be released.'

Marker Worst NFL teams of all time [11:24 AM]
ESPN reports: '4. 1971 Bills.'

Marker Forbes reports Bills among NFL's most profitable [11:13 AM]
Buffalo Business Journal reports: In its 2002 valuation, the Bills showed an operating income of $29.4 million, seventh-best out of 30 teams. The magazine said the Bills generated revenue of $131 million. The high-standing income comes despite the fact that the Bills, playing in one of the NFL's smallest markets, are rated just 25th in valuation at $458 million.

Marker Buchsbaum’s quick hits [11:08 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: The Chargers are also looking for a backup running back, and there’s a chance that they’ll do something with the Bills with regard to that. The possibility is that one of their backup linebackers (possibly Orlando Ruff, a starter last year) will go to Buffalo for a running back.

Marker Former Bills First Rounder a Victim of Bad Timing [11:07 AM] reports: Perhaps a position change is the next step for Flowers, who will most certainly be signed in the near future. In the NFL, speed on defense is held at a premium, and teams will be hard pressed to find a player with more pure, straight-ahead velocity than Erik Flowers. But as NFL teams are beginning to realize, there’s more to being a football player than speed.

Marker Bills cut Flowers, welcome Ahanotu [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said Ahanotu (whose name is pronounced CHEE-dee uh-HAHN-uh-too) would not play Saturday in Indianapolis.'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The defense doesn't have to be great because the offense is going to be pretty damn good," he said. "But if they stop the run on first down, now they can dictate to the offense and tee off on the quarterback in the passing game."'

Marker Bills Release Nine [8:50 AM] reports: Erik Flowers among the nine players released by the Bills.
Complete list:
Daryon Brutely, CB (Northern Iowa) Erik Flowers, DE (Arizona State) Demetrious Maxie, DT (UTEP) Jeremy McDaniel, WR (Arizona) Devonte Peterson, DT (Catawba) David Priestley, QB (Pittsburgh) Milton Proctor, S (Kansas State) Marc Samuel, K (Georgetown) Tom Schau, C (Illinois)

Marker Help arrives for defense [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ahanotu and Price bring a combined 18 seasons, 240 games and 47.5 career sacks to a defensive unit that's raised nothing but red flags this preseason.'

Marker Flowers cut [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flowers, taken with the 26th pick by former general manager John Butler, started only six games. He had four sacks.'

Marker Price shopping proves wise [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'To be sure, after the horrific play of the offensive line in 2001, bringing in just about anybody to bolster that unit qualified as an upgrade.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan of the day [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"I was hoping for a winning record, but now it looks more like six or seven wins. We just can't stop anyone with our defensive line."'

Marker Larry Felser: Bills Thoughts After Two Preseason Games [1:07 AM]
ESN reports: The Buffalo pass rush is so flimsy that it might be more productive to send threatening letters to enemy quarterbacks.

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August 19, 2002

Marker Bills cut loose DE Flowers [11:23 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills reshuffled their undermanned defensive line by signing veterans Shawn Price and Chidi Ahanotu, but they opened a roster spot by releasing 24-year-old defensive end Erik Flowers, the 26th player selected in the 2000 draft. Flower's release was expected because he had fallen onto the third team in the defensive line rotation before the signings of Price and Ahanoto. The 273-pound Flower only started six games in two seasons and had only four sacks. The Bills invested a first-round choice in Flowers with the hopes of developing him into an every down pass-rusher. Foot problems slowed him, and his playing time diminished once Gregg Williams took over as head coach last season.

Marker Bills Sign Free-Agent Defensive End Chidi Ahanotu to Contract [8:41 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The Bills didn't disclose financial terms. The National Football League's minimum salary for players with nine years of experience is $650,000.'

Marker Schobel challenged to build on rookie season [8:04 PM]
AP reports: '"I feel I played pretty good last year for being a rookie. But I've got to keep improving to keep that position," Schobel said, as the Bills continue training camp in suburban Rochester. "Six-and-a-half sacks is good for a rookie. But I need to improve. I need to try to get double digits."'

Marker The Month Of August In Bills History [6:50 PM] reports: Important dates in Buffalo Bills history

Marker London Fletcher Diary: Entry #7 [6:25 PM] reports: Away games are a little different from home games. I have to pack two uniforms and make sure that I have all my necessary toiletries along with my Walkman for the plane ride and pre-game in the locker room. Being on the road, we have to adjust to sharing a room and sleeping in a different bed.

Marker Bills bolster defensive line with Ahanotu [4:47 PM]
AP reports: '"When London said he was leaving the Rams, I said, 'I'm going where ever you go, London,"' said Ahanotu, impressed by how Fletcher quarterbacked the Rams defense. "I didn't think it would happen. But here I am. ... I was watching. It was in the back of my brain of why I might come to Buffalo."'

Marker Wingin' It in Buffalo [4:46 PM]
ESPN reports: 'I have looked forward to visiting Buffalo ever since I met Scooter almost two decades ago, and he immediately began raving about his hometown. He has long driven me nuts by naming every athlete who ever played or lived in the city, and when I finally reached the Queen City this weekend and met his family, I found out where he gets it from. They're even more like Scooter than Scooter is.'

Marker Ahanotu agrees to one-year deal with Bills [1:25 PM]
AP reports: '"He is super excited," said Ahanotu's agent, Scott Langley. "The Bills are a storied franchise and he wants to help them."'

Marker Bills Sign Chidi Ahanotu [12:21 PM] reports: St. John Fisher College - The Bills today announced that the team has signed defensive end Chidi Ahanotu (pronounced CHEE-dee uh-HAHN-uh-too).

Marker Ahanotu Inks With the Bills [11:29 AM]
Empire reports: Defensive end Chidi Ahanotu has signed with the team and is expected to be available for the Monday afternoon practice session. The agreement is a one-year deal.

Marker Pat Williams: Working In The Trenches [10:59 AM] reports: He is a 6-foot-3, 310-pound Cinderella…a Cinderella story that is. Sixth year pro Pat Williams has elevated himself from an undrafted rookie free agent in 1997 to a key member of the 2002 Bills team defense. Working his way through the trenches known as the defensive line he is making his presence known.

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Larry Centers [10:58 AM] reports: Fullback Larry Centers on his 2002 teammates.

Marker Undrafted Bills making names for themselves [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here's how some of the young free agents are doing as the Bills enter the final week of training camp at St. John Fisher College...'

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