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Buffalo Bills News - May 23, 2002

Marker Bills End Minicamp [9:27 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Jonas Jennings appears to be getting more comfortable at center. He took all of his snaps there this camp, although there is a chance he could see some time at left tackle.'

Marker Bills Complete Organized Team Activity For May [6:09 PM] reports: The Bills concluded their four-day off-season camp with a 90-minute workout on Thursday. The team will break until early June when they plan to workout eight more times from June 4-7 and June 10-13 before the early group reports to training camp on July 24.

Marker Bills end minicamp on high note [4:29 PM]
AP reports: '"I thought it was very productive, as far as understanding tempo and systems," [Greg Williams] said. "There's still a long way to go. There's a lot of youth to the team, and when you have that many unrestricted free agents, we have to get to know one another."'

Marker Sixteen Days 'Til Uniform Unveiling [2:07 PM] reports: Tickets for the general public will be available beginning on Friday, May 31 at all Tops Friendly Markets locations and will be limited to four per person.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Answers Fan Emails [9:48 AM] reports: Bledsoe: I love Buffalo. It's been really a pleasant surprise for us. The people in Buffalo have welcomed us with open arms. Bledsoe: I think that the offense we are running with Kevin Gilbride is probably about as good as it gets for me.

Marker Teague wants job of watching Drew's back [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Second-year pros Marques Sullivan and Kris Farris also will compete for the job, but Teague's experience should give him the edge.'

Marker Time for Price to put money where mouth is [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Playing under his third coordinator in as many years, and with his fourth starting quarterback in four seasons, Price has a chance to realize the untapped potential he claims is inside him.'

Marker Bills' Super connection [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'While career receiving leader Andre Reed played 11 of his 15 seasons in Buffalo with one quarterback (Jim Kelly) and a couple of offensive coordinators, Moulds is starting over with his sixth starting quarterback and fifth coordinator.'

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May 22, 2002

Marker Bills hang on to Centers with extension [8:35 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Financial details of the agreement were not immediately available because the deal is not signed, but the extension will run through the 2003 season. Without the new deal, Centers would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring.'

Marker Teague wants to watch Bledsoe's back [8:24 PM]
AP reports: '"The most important thing you can have as a quarterback is to know you're protected on your blind side," said Bledsoe, the Bills' new marquee player. "There's no question that having Trey over there with some experience is important. He has been effective against NFL pass rushers."'

Marker Teague testy about center [7:36 PM]
Shout! reports: The 27-year-old Teague has been somewhat defensive -- especially about the prospect of playing center, which he hasn't played since he was at the University of Tennessee.

"I'm looking forward to starting at left tackle. I'm prepared to compete for that position the best I can," he said. "At this time, I'm preparing the best I can to play tackle and learn the system here."

What about playing center? "I don't really want to get into that."

Marker The Battle For Jobs Has Begun [4:13 PM] reports: Now that the initial introductions are over, the battle for jobs has begun. "We're loaded at every position right now so people are going to have to fight for a job, said linebacker Brandon Spoon. "It's going to be an interesting June camp and training camp."

Marker Ticket Details Announced For June 8 Unveiling Event [1:41 PM] reports: The Bills today announced the ticket procedures for the team’s uniform unveiling event at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Saturday, June 8. The event is free to attend but a ticket will be required for admission.

Marker Off-Season Camp: Day 4 Photo Gallery [10:10 AM] reports: Photos of Drew Bledsoe, Mike Williams, Grant Irons, Eric Moulds, London Fletcher, Eddie Robinson, Ralph Wilson, etc.

Marker Bills abuzz over NFL's banning of supplement [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ephedra is an ingredient in about 200 supplements that are commonly used for weight loss, boosting energy or building muscle mass. Nevertheless, consumer watchdog Public Citizen last year called ephedra "the most lethal" dietary supplement and has urged the Food and Drug Administration to ban it.'

Marker Comeback belongs on Ralph's Wall [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tacking the date to the wall also would be a way of saluting the players from the Super Bowl years who won't make it up on the Wall individually: Frank Reich, who orchestrated that 41-38 victory out of thin air, Kenneth Davis, Jeff Wright, Nate Odomes, House Ballard and the rest.'

Marker Van Pelt is Bills' most loyal subject [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"When you have a chance to get a quarterback the caliber of Drew Bledsoe, you go after him as hard as you can. Yeah, I'm disappointed, but I'm a team player. The team is more important than me, and Drew gives us a better chance of winning. Even I know that."'

Marker One man's narrowing formula for long-term success [12:07 AM]
CNNSI reports: Bills one of five best teams with in terms of long term potential due to sound front office management, per Pat Kirwin.

Marker Big Mike is a real card [12:07 AM] reports: Big Mike, as the Buffalo Bills ' first-round draft pick often refers to himself, put on the biggest show at the Rose Bowl this past weekend, as he and 30 other NFL rookies took part in the Reebok NFL Players Rookie Premiere.

May 21, 2002

Marker Mike Williams Returns To Practice [4:36 PM] reports: Tuesday marked the second day of the Bills off-season camp with the entire team present. It was also the first time first-round draft pick Mike Williams took the field with the veterans.

Marker Bills Uniform History Fact Of The Day [4:35 PM] reports: The Countdown Until The Uniform Unveiling

Marker Breakout player - RB Travis Henry & C Jonas Jennings [12:31 PM]
The Sporting News reports: A breakout season can be defined as the point at which ability, preparation and opportunity merge into production.

Henry - He would have had a 1,000-yard season as a rookie if he had stayed healthy. With a better line and an improved passing game to keep defenses playing the Bills more honestly, Henry should excel.

Jennings - Despite injuries last year as a rookie, he came on strong at right tackle. This year, he probably will be moved to center, a position he played at Georgia. Jennings has the intelligence and mobility to excel at that spot.

Marker How The BILLS Got Their Name [10:31 AM] reports: Since the end of the 1946 season Buffalo's professional football team has been known as the Bills. How did it get that name?

Marker Thomas could fit as No. 4 corner [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You never know, you get an injury here and you move up to third corner. You get a hamstring injury here and now you're on the edge playing as one of the first corners. He has to be able to make plays."'

Marker Leadership Centers on veterans [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Last year was so dim around here. It looked like there wasn't any light at the end of the tunnel. But there's such a different attitude around here now. We're walking with a swagger. That's something we didn't have last season."'

Marker Riemersma willing to re-do contract [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think one of the things that's been unfairly written about my situation is that Jay Riemersma refuses to restructure. Restructure and doing other things are two totally different things. I'm open to any possibilities."'

Marker Bills reward Centers with longer deal [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Details weren't released but Centers, who a year ago signed a two-year deal worth about $2 million with incentives -- including $800,000 in base salary for 2002 -- will very likely be given more guaranteed money and his deal will run at least through the 2003 season.'

Marker Riemersma hopes to stay [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: '''It's tough, let me tell you,'' Riemersma said. ''You read and see some of the things, I just hope this all gets resolved as quickly as possible. We'll find out here in a week or so but I'm up here in good faith, just trying to earn a spot like everyone else.'''

Marker Marino to play in charity game [5:06 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Marino and a collection of ex-Dolphins will play a team of Bills alumni quarterbacked by Jim Kelly in a charity flag-football game July 21 at the University of Buffalo. Other ex-Dolphins expected to participate include wide receiver Mark Duper, fullback Keith Byars and kicker Pete Stoyanovich.'

May 20, 2002

Marker Bills mini-camp gets underway [8:10 PM]
AP reports: '"I definitely think there have been a lot of positive changes made," Centers said. "Bringing in Drew Bledsoe and London Fletcher and Eddie Robinson, guys like that with leadership qualities."'

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