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Buffalo Bills News - September 3, 2002

Marker Biggest upgrade at QB belongs to the Bills [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Has any veteran QB ever walked into a better situation than Bledsoe?'

Marker Bledsoe's Blur of Disbelief [5:14 AM]
New York Times reports: '"I can't imagine a better situation, for me personally, anywhere in the league," Bledsoe said. "Kevin's coaching style fits my style of play probably better than anybody I've ever worked with, from the standpoint of an offensive coordinator. He trusts me, and I trust him."'

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September 2, 2002

Marker Making the Club: Grant Irons' Story [11:57 PM] reports: A defensive end from Notre Dame, 23 year-old Grant Irons signed with the Buffalo Bills as a rookie free agent. That meant he was the longest of longshots to make this team.

Marker Texans pick up for players and the Bills three [11:48 PM]
ESPN reports: A total of 21 waiver claims were awarded to NFL teams Monday. The Bills pointed to the LB position. They picked up linebackers Maugaula Tuitele (New England) and Anthony Denman (Cleveland) and released Fred Jones and seventh-round choice Dominique Stevenson. The Bills replaced tackle Kris Farris with Mike Houghton, a sixth-round pick from the Packers. They also released LB Fred Jones. The Rams got Bills defensive end Bryce Fisher.'

Marker McDonnell rejoins Bills on practice squad [11:19 PM]
AP reports: 'McDonnell, who spent all of last season on the New York Giants' injured-reserve list, was considered a long-term project when he signed with the Bills last February. He had one catch for nine yards in three preseason games with Buffalo last month.'

Marker Will 2002 Bills be any improvement? [7:42 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'A potent attack will give Buffalo a shot at winning the close games the Bills lost last year, and the new No. 11 should find a way to get the final ledger to 7-9.'

Marker Rookie Wire named Bills' starting strong safety [7:10 PM]
AP reports: '"Every single situation we've put him in, all he's done is make plays," Williams said. "So he deserves to get a chance to get in and make some plays for us in a real game."'

Marker Bills Announce Practice Squad [6:04 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed the following players to the practice squad: Ahmad Brooks, Michael Early, Brady McDonnell, Rodney Wright

Marker Bills Begin To Prepare For Jets / Coy Wire Earns Start [4:24 PM] reports: Breaking News… Rookie Coy Wire has earned the start at strong safety in the season opener against the Jets.

Marker Predict Buffalo's 2002 Record [2:46 PM] reports: After missing the playoffs for two consecutive seasons, the Bills feel they have a group of players that can get them back into the playoffs. How do you think the Bills will finish in 2002? Place your vote.

Marker Fantasy Football Challenge For Bills Fans [10:49 AM] reports: - Bills fans - Now's your chance to prove that you're the most knowledgeable fans in the NFL. Pick an eight-player Fantasy team during any week of the season. The more points your Fantasy team scores, the more you help your favorite NFL team in our standings.

Marker September Wallpaper - Drew Bledsoe [9:48 AM] reports: Show your Buffalo Bills pride and download the September wallpaper featuring quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe and the Bills will kick off the regular season at home on Sunday, September 8 against the NY Jets.

Marker Bills cut Tillman, another 2000 draft bust [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills think Driver has more big-play ability than Tillman, and he fits their defensive system better. Tillman was drafted to be a center fielder in the zone-defense scheme of former Bills coach Wade Phillips, but the Bills don't play that system any more.'

Marker There's pride on line for Cowart [5:58 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Though Cowart won't say so publicly, he and Bills coach Gregg Williams didn't see eye to eye. Williams, an old-school disciplinarian, was a dramatic change from the laid-back Wade Phillips, the Bills' previous head coach, and his ways rubbed Cowart the wrong way.'

Marker Bills reach limit, cut two veterans [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills, however, saw more upside in going young, and chose fifth-round pick Justin Bannan of Colorado and second-year pros Ron Edwards and Tyrone Robertson as their defensive tackles, along with veteran Pat Williams.'

September 1, 2002

Marker Tillman among 13 players cut by Bills [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Among the other notables to make the team were two undrafted free agents, cornerback Jason Bostic, who proved a heavy hitter in preseason, and running back Joe Burns, who had 49 yards rushing on 15 carries last month.'

Marker Bills cut 13 players [8:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills cut 13 players and placed two others on the reserve-non-football injury list in order to trim their roster to the NFL maximum 53 players by Sunday's 4 p.m. NFL deadline.'

Marker Bills Trim Roster To 53 [6:32 PM] reports: Noted cuts are multi-year veteran Shawn Price who has spent the offseason rehabitilating an injury and Hichard Huntley who Donahoe recruited from Carolina. The team also announced that WR Reggie Allen (Central Michigan) and QB David Dinkins (Morehead State) have been placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list.

Ahmad Brooks, CB - Texas
Jon Carman, T - Georgia Tech
Michael Early, C - Norfolk State
Jarrett Ferguson, FB - Virginia Tech
Bryce Fisher, DE - Air Force
Corey Hulsey, G - Clemson
Richard Huntley, RB - Winston-Salem State
Muadianvita Kazadi, LB - Tulsa
Brady McDonnell, TE - Colorado
Shawn Price, DT - Pacific
Jimmy Robinson, LB - Western Illinois
Travares Tillman, S - Georgia Tech
Rodney Wright, WR - Fresno State

Marker Return to glory [9:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Besides Rogers, the Bills have another breakaway threat on punt returns in cornerback Nate Clements, who returned one 66 yards for a touchdown last year. Clements would love to get more chances to return punts than last year, when he fielded only four.'

Marker Bumbling offensive line leaves Bills lopsided [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A week away from opening day against the Jets in Ralph Wilson Stadium, the defense, and the improved special teams under eight-year veteran Danny Smith, may turn out to be Buffalo's best hope.'

Marker Bills' vehicles loaded with style [6:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'The SUV easily is the most popular vehicle among the Bills. On any given day, 50 or so Denalis, Escalades, Lincoln Navigators, Ford Expeditions, Toyota Range Rovers and Jeeps give their parking lot the appearance of a timber sports competition in the Adirondacks.'

Marker Bills won't be this year's Patriots [6:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'There is no mistaking the Bills will be better. How could they not be after 3-13? A climb to .500 would be a substantial step, and given the talent upgrades throughout the roster, it is imminently possible.'

Marker History shows Bills can climb worst to first [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think anything's possible," says Bledsoe, who looks like a man bent on proving that he still has plenty of good football left in his 30-year-old body. "Teams flip-flop in the standings in a hurry. It seems like every year, somebody new is winning division titles. So why not us this year?"'

Marker Bills' wide receivers go deep [6:33 AM]
D and C reports: '"Some weeks, some people won't be as involved, but for the most part, we expect to be (a productive offensive team)," Price said. "We have a lot of weapons, good tight ends, Larry Centers, Travis Henry, Eric Moulds. This list can go on and on. We have a lot of playmakers so hopefully we can spread the ball around."'

Marker Too good to be Drew [6:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'While Bledsoe's departure may have divided some Patriots loyalists, it clearly has united the citizens of Bills Nation. The dawn of the Drew Era in western New York has fans stoked as they prep for next Sunday's National Football League opener against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The dress rehearsals indicate that Buffalo may have the last laugh; that this won't be another tragic comedy, a la Rob Johnson.'

Marker AFC preview [5:40 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Bills will be one of the league's most improved teams. But let's not give them too much credit. How about 8-8?'

Marker Buffalo Bills [5:39 AM]
ESPN The Magazine reports: 'No matter how bad the Bills D turns out be -- and it could really be bad -- Bledsoe will keep most games close.'

Marker Who's the NFL's next rags-to-riches team? [5:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'For starters, they got a future Hall of Famer in Bledsoe for next to nothing and they've surrounded him with soft hands. Wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, fullback Larry Centers and tight end Jay Riemersma were already onboard and then the Bills added second-round draft choice Josh Reed, a nifty wideout. The first-round pick was offensive tackle Mike Williams, who will protect Bledsoe's back.'

August 31, 2002

Marker Watson becomes a big hit [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Watson fits the mold the Bills desire in their cornerbacks. He has good size - 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds - so he can defend tall receivers. And he's comfortable playing man-to-man coverage, which the Bills emphasize.'

Marker Few seats left for opener [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only about 400 scattered seats are left for the Sept. 8 game in Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills also have three other games that are close to being sold out. A little less than 1,000 seats remain for the games against Chicago on Sept. 29, Oakland on Oct. 6 and New England on Nov. 3.'

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