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Buffalo Bills News - June 6, 2002

Marker Bledsoe is the new Mr. Bill in Buffalo [5:39 PM]
The Sporting News reports: "I believe Drew Bledsoe is going to do wonders for me and for this football team," Moulds says. "He's got a presence about him. He's a take-charge guy. At times, when I'm in the huddle, I feel like I did when I was a rookie and Jim Kelly was the guy. After all this time, we've found a leader. Drew makes us legit."

Marker Unveiling Tickets Nearly Gone [5:16 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that all tickets available at Tops Friendly Markets for Saturday’s uniform unveiling event have been distributed. To meet demand, the team will make an additional 1,500 tickets available to the general public at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office starting tomorrow at 11:00 AM.

Marker Huntley Practices With Bills [3:48 PM] reports: Running back Richard Huntley didn't waste anytime getting to work with his new team. Two days after agreeing to terms with the Bills, Huntley took the practice field with his new teammates on Thursday.

Marker Uniform Special: Designs On The League [12:57 PM] reports: At first, changing uniforms may seem as simple as ditching your old jerseys and creating colorful new ones. At one time, it was that easy. Not anymore -

Marker Summer strategies [11:22 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Just what is it about Shawn Bryson that makes you drool at times, and wonder what he’s thinking at other times? He’s got size, great speed, fair hands as a pass receiver, and he’s improving at picking up blitzes. As I see it, Donahoe and Gregg Williams aren’t convinced Bryson is a guy they can win with. He’s not an instinctive runner, often missing holes and running poor pass routes.'

Marker Bills Announce Musical Act For Saturday's Uniform Unveiling [11:05 AM] reports: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Previous NFL experience for the band includes a performance during halftime of Super Bowl XXXIII. They have also performed at halftime of the Orange Bowl.

Marker Greater Buffalo Sports Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2002 [9:15 AM] reports: Former Bills’ star punter/linebacker (1964-70) and media analyst Paul Maguire headed the list of eleven new inductees into the Greater Buffalo (N.Y.) Sports Hall of Fame.

Marker Healthy Conaty faces competition [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"As long as I have a chance to compete, I can't complain," Conaty said after Wednesday's minicamp session in the Bills' field house. "If somebody on the roster is better than me at center, then I have no problem with that. But my concern is getting back 100 percent right now. When the time comes, I'll get the opportunity to be out on the field."'

Marker New card, same Drew [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'His first official Bills' trading card, produced for the NFL and Players, Inc. by card company Pacific, features an action shot of Bledsoe -- as a Patriot.'

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June 5, 2002

Marker Bills and Ralph Wilson help ex-Bills Fullback Doug Goodwin [11:29 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills, too, think about Goodwin. Owner Ralph Wilson has helped him financially and is exploring aid for him through the NFL Players Assistance Fund and Dire Need Fund. Ex-teammates such as Jack Kemp, Ed Rutkowski and Booker Edgerson made personal donations.

Marker Chris Brown: Free Agent DT Jim Flanigan Rebuffed by Bills [11:25 PM]
WGR reports: Flanigan’s agent said the Bills are simply not interested. Leshnock said he called the Bills to gauge their interest and said the Bills have decided to go with a youth movement, “They told me they want to go young.”

Marker [SUW] Mike Williams talks about Star Wars / Yoda [7:16 PM]
Players, INC reports: Bills rookie tackle Mike Williams talks (media clip) about his love of Star Wars.

Marker Mike Doser: Riemersma says current deal is it [5:57 PM]
Shout! reports: Riemersma said he is going to play under his current contract. Tom Donahoe said that Riemersma's agent Jack Wirth stated to him, "There is nothing to talk about." Donahoe seemed a bit put-off by the negotiations. Buffalo does not need more cap space to sign its rookies, but the manner in which Donahoe explained the situation tells me that if the team wants to bring in an additional free agent sometime, it might not have any qualms about cutting the veteran tight end at this point.

Marker Bills Make A Good Situation Better [4:34 PM] reports: The move came as a surprise to many Bills fans. With a young backfield that includes second-year man Travis Henry, NFL Europe star Curtis Alexander, late season starter Shawn Bryson, special teams specialist Sammy Morris, and rookie Joe Burns, the addition of Huntley, who is in his seventh season in the NFL, has been questioned.

Marker Huntley arriving this week at Bills camp [4:31 PM]
AP reports: 'But when asked if Huntley's signing would make a trade more likely, Bills president Tom Donahoe said, "Not really. Names come up in conversations, and most of it is just conversation."'

Marker Three Days 'Til Uniform Unveiling [3:05 PM] reports: Gates will open on June 8 at 12:30 PM and the event will begin at 1:30 PM. Players will be available afterwards for kids 14 and under and a ticket stub will be required to receive autographs. The event will feature a live performance by a national recording act, which will be announced later.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Comments After Practice [2:03 PM] reports: Bledsoe On Huntley: "I'm just glad to have him in the mix with us and how we use him we'll just have to wait and see. But he is a guy that we are happy to have in the mix with us."

Marker Good Cuts: Successful June Signings [11:12 AM] reports: One need look no further than at four recent members of June free-agent classes to see that teams looking for key pieces can occasionally find them among the raft of released players.

Marker It's defensive production or bust for Bills' Flowers [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is a make-or-break year for the former first-round draft pick, who is battling second-year pro Kendrick Office and second-round draft pick Ryan Denney for Hansen's left end spot. If Flowers doesn't produce, he'll be forever labeled as a bust.'

Marker Addition of Huntley clouds Bryson's future [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 5-foot-11, 225-pound Huntley is a big, physical back with good speed and elusiveness. He's been hampered by hamstring injuries but has been productive when healthy.'

Marker Dunaway must pay $579,112 to his children [9:11 AM]
Hattiesburg American reports: 'Jim Dunaway played for the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins and was married to Nonniel Dunaway for 35 years.'

Marker Bills expect Bledsoe to bring strong QB play, leadership [8:59 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: By any measure, it had already been a remarkable offseason for the Bills.

Fresh from a 3-13 disaster, they had lost LB Cowart to Jets via free agency, and injury-plagued QB RJ was exposed to Houston and then waived.

But before Bills’ fans could slip into depression, Tom Donahoe delivered a
megadose of hope. He signed eight modestly priced, but decidedly valuable veterans. Second he had a solid draft. And finally they traded for a starting QB Drew Bledsoe.

Marker Huntley will compete for starting job [8:33 AM]
ESN reports: Huntley likes the situation in Buffalo because of past relationships with Tom Donahoe and Kevin Gilbride while with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After his visit to Buffalo in April, Huntley was "sky high" about the possibility of playing in Western New York. He will now have that opportunity but it will likely mean the end of Bryson's career with the team.

Marker Empire to hold uniform unveiling live [8:31 AM]
ESN reports: Empire Sports Network will provide live coverage of the Buffalo Bills uniform unveiling on Saturday, June 8 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. It will be replayed at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. ESN is available outside western New York through Direct TV (ch.626) and EchoStar (ch.432) home satellite systems.

Marker Mike Doser: Huntley more of an ST than RB acquisition [8:24 AM]
Shout! reports: At first glance, the Richard Huntley acquisition seems to make little sense, particularly because Buffalo is in real need of a proven under tackle and left end, and it already has two decent backup running backs in Sammy Morris and Shawn Bryson. But the more you look at it, the more it adds up. I just don't know if it adds up more than their need at under tackle and left end.

Marker Lary Bump: Not very OFFENSIVE [8:22 AM]
Shout! reports: During the Bills' May mini-camp, their offense looked ahead of the defense. But when the June mini-camp opened Tuesday, the defense clearly had the upper hand.

Marker Moulds, NFL to meet [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '"For the most part, Eric had no idea (of the policy) and to be honest, none of us did either," said Greg Johnson, one of Moulds' agents. "But we're going to find out the extent of what he can and can't endorse and once we find out, we'll talk with the company. We've had a good relationship with them and we're just trying to make sense of it all, so it's not something that turns into a big deal."'

Marker Big back Huntley agrees to terms [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'Huntley's acquisition possibly paves the way for a long-rumored trade of Shawn Bryson to Philadelphia for a draft pick.'

Marker Running back Huntley signs with Bills [5:15 AM]
AP reports: 'Huntley becomes the ninth free agent to join the Bills this offseason, and enters a packed backfield.'

June 4, 2002

Marker Adding Huntley might lead to a possible trade [10:16 PM]
ESPN reports: Len Pasquarelli gives some thoughts on Huntley's potential value, including his role as a third-down back, special-teams player, and possibly kick-returner. However, he does mention something about being prone to off-the-field indiscretions...

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