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Buffalo Bills News - August 18, 2002

Marker Best and worst NFL cities [7:02 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '1. Buffalo...The lots open on Thursday afternoon, and some people make a weekend of it. It's a sight to behold.'

Marker Bledsoe is focusing on forward progress [5:38 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''I had to come to the right place,'' Bledsoe continued. ''It had to be a place with a good organization and a team with a chance to win games. I feel we've got that here. It's a good organization from the top down. Good people. I don't want to just say I needed a change, because it couldn't have been change just for the sake of change. I wanted to be someplace where I could help a team win.'''

Marker Australian fan travels 10,000 miles to cheer [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm in football heaven," says the 27-year-old Melbourne podiatrist who traveled more than 10,000 miles to Pittsford.'

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August 17, 2002

Marker Bills, Vikings roll on offense [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The starting offenses for the Bills and Vikings marched up and down the field seemingly at will Friday night in Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Bills' 'D' all talk, not much action [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bengals came out throwing in the preseason opener and the Vikings did likewise.'

Marker Culpepper ready to rebound [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The only person I need to prove something to is myself," said Culpepper. "I don't feel like I have anything to prove this year. I know what I'm capable of."'

Marker Defense gets boost with signing of Price [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Terms of the contract weren't released, but it's believed he received a one-year deal worth slightly more than the veteran minimum of $650,000.'

Marker Kelly owes nobody for failed business [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I neither made nor lost a cent on Kelly or the corporation founded with him as its figurehead, but as far as the publicly known facts are concerned, I find no fault with him in that situation. I am disgusted anew with those who claim to think Kelly "ripped off" anyone there. He owes nobody for his business failure.'

Marker Vikings hang on [5:53 AM]
D and C reports: 'During the first 30 minutes, the litany of dismay looked like this: Culpepper completed 12 of 19 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown, he rushed seven times for 34 yards, and not once did the Bills come close to sacking him.'

Marker Bills, Vikings put on a good show [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: 'In two practice tilts so far, Bledsoe has rung up 27 points in seven possessions. That breaks down to 3 TDs, 2 FGs, 1 punt and 1 turnover. He can start unpacking the boxes at the 36-acre farm he purchased in East Aurora, he's got the team made.'

Marker Price brought back to bolster defense [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: '"We talked to him all winter, all spring, and it was just a matter of him being able to pass his physical," general manager Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker Defensive line still a problem for the Bills [5:51 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'For all the enthusiasm generated by the Bills' off-season trade for quarterback Drew Bledsoe - and he played well again on Friday night - this team's hopes for dramatic improvement rest with the performance of its defensive line. And, so far, the returns haven't been good.'

Marker Defence bails on Bills [5:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Though they were trailing only 17-13 -- and ultimately lost 24-21 -- the Bills' first-team defence surrendered 293 yards to the Vikings offence by halftime. Given that the Bills meet the Vikings for real in Week 2 of the fast-approaching NFL season, they may want to get up to speed sooner rather than later.'

Marker Vikings 24, Buffalo 21 [5:49 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'The starting offense rolled for 293 yards in the first half and did not punt in five possessions; quarterback Daunte Culpepper threw for 189 yards and tailback Michael Bennett ran for 49 yards in 30 minutes of work.'

Marker Rookie Campbell makes great grab [5:48 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: '• Cornerback Tyrone Carter briefly was credited with a 98-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter before officials reversed the call on replay. The call was so obvious that coach Mike Tice sent his defensive players back on the field while officials were still reviewing the film.'

Marker Vikings show strong upside [5:47 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'But the evening clearly belonged to the Vikings' offense.'

Marker Bennett boffo in Buffalo [5:47 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Overall, the secondary had a decent day against Drew Bledsoe, who completed 6 of 8 passes for a modest 70 yards.'

Marker Vikings 24, Bills 21 [5:46 AM]
AP reports: 'So much for first impressions. After a promising preseason debut, the Buffalo Bills took a step backward in a 24-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Friday.'

Marker Minnesota 24, Buffalo 21 [5:44 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'But the defense struggled, yielding 4.4 yards per rush and 7.6 yards per pass.'

Marker Als' Grey Cup coach returns [5:37 AM]
Montreal Gazette reports: '"Could there conceivably be a situation where I would return? Yes. That's all I can say. I don't want to try to define it. I don't want to shut the door on it, but I'm not actively seeking such a role."'

August 16, 2002

Marker Bills re-sign Price [9:37 PM]
AP reports: 'He started 11 games for the Bills last season and recorded 52 tackles and two sacks before he injured his left knee and required surgery.'

Marker Bills Sign Shawn Price [6:12 PM] reports: Price, 32, has spent the last six seasons with the Bills after joining the team as a free agent prior to the 1996 season and has played in 78 games (20 starts). In 2001, he started the first 11 games of the season at left defensive tackle before suffering a knee injury at San Francisco (12/2) and missed the remainder of the year.

Marker Bills - Vikings Preview [2:00 PM] reports: is streaming LIVE audio of Bills - Vikings preseason game. Cornerbacks Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield will test their skills against arguably the most explosive receiver in the NFL.

Marker Bills - Vikings Series History [1:56 PM] reports: The Bills and Vikings have met nine times in regular season play and Minnesota holds a 7-2 edge in the series.

Marker Fan Q & A With Jay Riemersma [1:48 PM] reports: Riemersma: I think first and foremost is the excitement around here and I don't know if you would have had that without having Drew in here. He commands respect in the huddle and his presence in both the huddle and on the field is just phenomenal. It's just fun to play with him.

Marker D-line out to prove itself [1:20 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"(Last week) didn't sit well with the D-line or the whole defense," rookie defensive tackle Justin Bannan said. "We had a lot of mental mistakes, but then again, that's what preseason is for. That's how you improve."'

Marker Sullivan tackles new role with Bills [1:19 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Sullivan's best might be enough to keep Ostroski on the bench whenever the ninth-year veteran is cleared to come off the physically unable to perform list.'

Marker Is Williams being up front about defensive line? [1:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'That Buffalo has interest in Price and Ahanotu merely concedes the obvious...this is the teamís area of weakness.'

Marker NFL : One-on-one with Drew Bledsoe [1:17 PM] reports: '"I don't want this organization to ever get to the point where they say that the problem is at quarterback, let's change the quarterback. Hopefully, they'll never get to that. I'm very proud that this organization researched all their options and came to the conclusion that the best option was to trade for me."'

Marker Clements ready to put up against Moss [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"To be the best, you want to play against the best," he said following practice at St. John Fisher College. "I think me and Antoine (Winfield) are looking forward to seeing what he's got."'

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