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Buffalo Bills News - August 15, 2002

Marker Where Are They Now: Joe Ferguson [10:25 AM] reports: Over the past 30 years, only two players have worn No. 12 for the Bills: Jim Kelly and Joe Ferguson. Those two names are also atop most of Buffalo’s all-time career passing lists. An All-Conference quarterback at Arkansas, Ferguson was selected in the third round of the 1973 draft. The Louisiana native had thought that he might end up staying close to his roots.

Marker Friday's QB Rotation [10:22 AM] reports: Friday's game: Drew Bledsoe will play at least the majority of the first half. Travis Brown will work the bulk of the second half.

Marker Bills in hot pursuit of defensive end Ahanotu [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team is negotiating with free agent Chidi Ahanotu, and all signs point to him signing with the Bills, perhaps as early as today.'

Marker Bills' D-line fails to close experience gap [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You can debate the importance of a single preseason game, but the defensive performance in last Friday's opener against Cincinnati was troubling, to say the least.'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The whole deal is how you approach it. There's no such thing as a problem. It's just a challenge and a situation you've got to rise to. That's part of being a pro athlete." - Offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek on players replacing injured starters.'

Marker Todd DeLamielleure [7:09 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Todd DeLamielleure is the 23-year-old son of Joe DeLamielleure, a standout Buffalo Bills offensive guard and member of the "Electric Company" line that blocked for O.J. Simpson. Now it's the son's turn, as a 5-11, 240-pound linebacker in the Indianapolis Colts' training camp, to try to make it in the NFL.'

Marker Real men stay cool [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'On the practice field, water and Gatorade are everywhere. Denying players water breaks is from the leather-helmet era. Football may still be the ultimate macho game, but when the thermometer soars into the mid-90s and the humidity drives the heat index more than 100 degrees, the advice is be smart, not manly.'

Marker McDaniel tries to catch break [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'He's no better than sixth or seventh on the depth chart, battling to get 100 percent healthy after a series of leg and ankle injuries, trying to make the most of the few repetitions he receives in live training camp drills.'

Marker Bills seek defensive line depth [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Price, a defensive tackle, and Ahanotu, an end, would bring a combined 18 years and 240 games of NFL experience to a Bills' line where six-year veteran Pat Williams is the most tenured player.'

Marker Injured Ostroski may take pay cut [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'His base salary would drop from $1.75 million to $750,000.'

Marker Bills make cuts [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bradley, out of Middle Tennessee, saw limited action in Friday's preseason game against Cincinnati, while Fletcher, out of Rutgers, dressed but did not play.'

Marker Fan of the day [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '"If Drew Bledsoe and Eric Moulds start hooking up, it will make a big difference. Rob Johnson could never get the ball to him."'

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August 14, 2002

Marker Bills' preseason report card [9:18 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Bills should make progress this season and play very competitively. But they have enough holes yet and a tough schedule that could keep them from making the playoffs. They could make things interesting over the latter half of the season as the core meshes together - but this could be a very intriguing team to watch in 2003.'

Marker Bills all about redemption [8:46 PM]
FOX Sports reports: 'The Buffalo Bills already seem so much better than last year’s sad sacks that linebacker London Fletcher has all but guaranteed the playoffs. I don’t know about that, but I do know the Bills can cause trouble in the AFC East if quarterback Drew Bledsoe and his offensive coordinator find what they’re after. Around here, it’s called redemption.'

Marker Q&A with Tom Donahoe [8:44 PM]
FOX Sports reports: You may not like him, but you can't help but admire Tom Donahoe for the strength in leadership he's shown in the short time he's been general manager of the Buffalo Bills. Donahoe is the guy who had the guts to cut Doug Flutie. He's the guy who straightened out the salary cap, too. He's the guy who found rookie replacements for salary-cap casualties. And now he's the guy who oversees the rebuilding of one of the AFC's best and brightest organizations through marvelous drafting and shrewd free-agent acquisitions.

Marker Bills going after Ahanotu [8:44 PM]
AP reports: '"It's not done yet, but it's looking positive," Ahanotu's agent Scott Langley said on Wednesday, updating the progress of contract talks. "I know it's close."'

Marker Bills & Verizon Fight Domestic Violence [4:11 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills and Verizon Wireless have teamed up to ask Western New Yorkers to help fight domestic violence. In the joint effort, Verizon and the Bills urge Bills fans to donate their no longer used wireless phones at the remainder of Bills' training camp and at Verizon Wireless stores. Also, a special collection will take place before the October 27, Bills game against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker "Kelly Krunch" Autograph Winner [3:55 PM] reports: 1st Winner Announced: Submit A Jim Kelly Memory/Win Autographed Box

Marker Bills' Brown, Jennings to miss Vikings game [3:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams said on Wednesday Brown is close to being cleared to resume practicing, and Jennings isn't expected to miss a significant period of time.'

Marker Whispers from around the NFL [2:11 PM]
ESPN reports: 'This could be a make-or-break camp for three Bills veterans: DE Erik Flowers, who is struggling with a neck injury, DE Bryce Fisher and WR Jeremy McDaniel. Trade rumors continue to float around Buffalo regarding RB Shawn Bryson. The thinking is that the Bills are waiting for another team to have an injury at RB, after which they can make an offer. Bryson is currently slated to be the primary backup for Travis Henry, but the Bills have two other RBs who could fill that role in Sammy Morris and Richard Huntley. Don't be surprised if Bills guard Marques Sullivan supplants veteran Jerry Ostroski as the starting right guard. Ostroski remains on the PUP list with a leg injury, and Sullivan has been playing very well.'

Marker Bills cut Bradley, Fletcher [1:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Both were late acquisitions, signed just before the start of training camp.'

Marker Experience seasons Newman [1:21 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: "Sometimes you can put too much pressure on a guy when he's in his third year... and I think that (happen) to Keith," Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. "(In 2000, he was) starting and dominating and then you have to play like Sam and you have to play in the nickel, the dime and the ruby (cover packages) - to me, it was actually too much, but he took it and didn't complain. He did his job and I think that will help Keith this year."

Marker Bill release 2 UFDA's [11:34 AM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has released CB Jykine Bradley and WR Delrico Fletcher. Bradley, a 5-10, 182-pound defensive back out of Middle Tennessee signed with the Bills as a free agent on July 17. Fletcher, a 6-1, 200-pound wide receiver out of Rutgers signed with the Bills as a free agent on July 23.'

Marker Lary Bump: Bills Trainers Show How to Handle the Heat [11:24 AM]
NFL HS reports: NFL high school site picked up article on Bills beating the heat.

Marker Jim Kelly speech audio from the 2002 NFL Youth Football Summit [11:18 AM]
NFL HS reports: Audio only link to Jim Kelly speech. Speech was given one day before Jim Kelly was inducted in Hall of Fame (13 minutes long).

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Tony Driver [11:18 AM] reports: put free safety Tony Driver in the hot seat for the two minute drill. Read what he had to say about about his teammates.

Marker Bills try to teach high schools lesson - anyone can help with heat [10:04 AM] reports: "At the professional level, we can have more. We have a staff doctor on hand at all times, IVs and complete first-aid facilities. High schools have water, but they don't have money for anything else," says Carpenter, whose team has a shed at his training camp piled high with case after case of Gatorade and another indoor facility to help cool overheated players. But a high school could find $30 for a pool that could help prevent a heat-stroke tragedy.

Marker Chris Brown: Veteran defensive lineman Shawn Price has passed physical [9:11 AM]
WGR reports: On several occasions the Buffalo Bills have maintained they have an interest in Price and were waiting for him to be physically healthy before opening discussions on a possible contract. The Bills will presumably put him through their own physical exam, but talks between the two sides are expected to begin shortly if they haven’t already.

Marker With Bledsoe at quarterback, the Bills might just be playoff contenders [9:07 AM]
Guelph Mercury reports: 'Today, it's a new game, hope springs again with the kidnapping of Drew Bledsoe, and with him, the biggest pothole in Buffalo has been filled.'

Marker For Crosby, football is a block party [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Starting fullback Larry Centers is a capable blocker. But the Bills don't want to wear him down in all short-yardage and goal-line situations during the year. That's where Crosby comes in.'

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