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Buffalo Bills News - October 3, 2002

Marker Raiders' linemen present king-size problems [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Raiders rank No. 1 in the NFL against the run, allowing just 52 yards a game.'

Marker Gilbride knows Bills must stay on even keel [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, I've been lucky," Gilbride said. "This isn't the first good team I've been on, or the first great offense. But I'm very proud of the way these guys have bought into what we've been teaching. Now the key is, can we keep on doing it the rest of the season? That's the measuring stick."'

Marker Raiders have celebrated many happy returns [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills rank 30th in the NFL in punt return coverage and 31st in kickoff return coverage.'

Marker Bledsoe stars again in Buffalo [6:50 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'He is on stage again. He got his wish. Buffalo got its quarterback. ``Crazy,'' he says. ``I guess it just worked out."'

Marker Defensive scheme sacks Newman [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'But, truth be told, the fourth-year pro -- who started all 32 games the Bills played in 2000 and 2001 -- is not thrilled by his lack of involvement in Buffalo’s defensive scheme this year.'

Marker Bills happy with decision to play the blues at home [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'But players have been lobbying for an all-blue look at home and all-white look for the road ever since the new colors were unveiled in June. Coach Gregg Williams and general manager Tom Donahoe have listened.'

Marker No prime time for Bledsoe's show [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Could there be a better Week 5 Sunday night or Monday night matchup than the Bills hosting the Oakland Raiders?'

Marker Buffalo under air attack [5:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Granted it's early in the season, but both veterans are on pace to shatter a number of team and league passing records. So don't expect either to stop flinging it now.'

Marker Raiders aware of Bledsoe influence [5:12 AM]
Silver and Black Illustrated reports: '"Drew Bledsoe has changed that football team," Raiders' outside linebacker Bill Romanowski said. "He's given them the ability to throw downfield. The guys believe in him."'

Marker 'It's dangerous out there' — but amazing Favre keeps on keeping on [5:11 AM]
Jackson Clarion Ledger reports: 'Sunday, in Buffalo, Greenwood's Kent Hull will become the 19th player in the 42-year history of the Buffalo Bills to have his name placed on that franchise's Wall of Fame. Couldn't happen to a more consistent player — or a better guy. Hull missed only two starts in 14 years, playing the physically demanding position of center.'

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October 2, 2002

Marker Bills' Robertson Suspended Four Games for Violating Drug Policy [8:20 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The league doesn't disclose details of such suspensions.'

Marker Gilbride has Bills' offense off to potent start [8:07 PM]
AP reports: '''The guys are playing well,'' Gilbride said. ''It's somewhat satisfying to see them raise their performance level, understand what they're trying to get done. I've been around some good teams before, but I don't know if I've ever had one consistently come through in the clutch the way they have.'''

Marker DT Robertson suspended four games [8:05 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The former Hinds (Miss.) Community College standout, who started his college career at the University of Georgia, was fined several times last year for being tardy to meetings. The fact he had not dressed for a game yet this season was likely a reflection of his lack of maturity.'

Marker NFL suspends Bills DT Robertson four games for substance abuse [8:03 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'A seventh-round pick by the Bills in 2001, Robertson will not be paid during the suspension, which will cost him $70,588. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on October 27.'

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Pierson Prioleau [5:27 PM] reports: Prioleau says Eric Moulds has the best hands on the team and Peerless Price is the best dresser off the field.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Raiders Preview [4:28 PM] reports: "It's always a little special going against a guy that's as hot as Rich Gannon is and who plays the game the way that he does. You know that it presents a challenge because it's a lot to ask of your defense to hold an offense like theirs down the whole game. You know you have to go out and take advantage of your opportunities a little bit more."

Marker Week 5 Injury Report [2:23 PM] reports: Travis Henry and Jay Riemersma listed as probable for the Bills.

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [1:56 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has elevated LB Dominique Stevenson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and signed defensive tackle Omari Jordan to the practice squad.

Marker Robertson suspended four games by NFL [1:06 PM]
AP reports: 'The NFL would not elaborate on the details of the violation.'

Marker Alumni Update: Daryle Lamonica [10:26 AM] reports: "I went to (Notre Dame head coach) Joe Kuharich and he said, ‘That’s a pretty good contract and you ought to sign it.’ I remember walking back to my dorm and I thought, ‘God, I’m worth more money than that!’ So I called Johnny Mazur back and I said, ‘Coach, I’m ready to sign but I’ve got to have more money.’ He said, ‘Well, what do you need?’ I said, ‘I need a $2,000 bonus and a $12,000 contract.’

Marker Bills' tight ends join receiving line [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well, what do you know? Tight ends really do exist in the Buffalo Bills' offense.'

Marker The defense doesn't rest during overtime [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jerry was more aggressive with his third down calls in overtime," said middle linebacker London Fletcher. "Even against Minnesota, we were aggressive each time their offense had the ball. We came after (the Bears) that last time and forced a hurried throw by (quarterback Jim) Miller."'

Marker Bledsoe making teams pay for not believing [6:41 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: '"Drew's on a mission because of what happened last year," Bills President Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills' Robertson suspended for four games [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills reserve defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violation of an undisclosed league policy.'

October 1, 2002

Marker Bills And The ONDCP Rally To Prevent Youth Drug Use [3:37 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) have joined forces to help prevent teen drug use and in particular, marijuana use among this age group.

Marker Bills Safety Tony Driver Among Finalists Sept. Extra Effort Award [3:09 PM] reports: While rehabbing in Buffalo during the offseason, Driver spent mornings at the stadium and afternoons and evenings at community events. He was involved in the NYS Special Olympics Summer Games, attending the kickoff breakfast and the Opening Ceremonies in June where he walked with the athletes during the ceremony.

Marker Bills penalties [1:35 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'That’s not to say the Bills are a serious contender for a division title, but it is getting more difficult to say they can’t be, if they can cut down on penalties. A fumble-less game from Travis Henry, and oh, even an interception, might help too against the Raiders.'

Marker Bills' attitude reminiscent of breakthrough ‘87 team [1:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So the next step in Buffalo’s improvement must come from the defense. After Sunday’s win, cornerback Antoine Winfield admitted, “Right now our offense is playing very well ... putting up points and putting us in a position to win. Defensively, we’ve given up too much ... too many penalties ... touchdowns instead of field goals. “We’ve got to do more.”'

Marker Some upbeat shows on Buffalo to air on TNT, Travel Channel [9:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'TNT has moved up by several months the airing of the fantasy movie, "Second String," in which the Bills win the Super Bowl. It now plans to carry it on Dec. 18.'

Marker Bills playing like division contenders [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The win not only improved the Bills to 2-2, it put them in a position few people outside the organization - and maybe some inside it - ever imagined.'

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