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Buffalo Bills News - April 30, 2002

Marker Bills in no rush to stop the run [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Weighing similar low-money deals, Webster went to where he felt his best chances of winning are.'

Marker Denney's a rush of excitement [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'At 6-feet-7, 275 pounds, Denney bears a striking resemblance to Hansen. If the rookie plays the part as well as he looks it, the Bills will be ecstatic.'

Marker Buffalo wasn't cursed in the old AFL [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'I've never understood why people who say Buffalo never has won a major-league championship don't give the Bills credit for winning AFL championships in 1964 and 1965. The NFL record book fully recognizes AFL records and statistics.'

Marker Bledsoe gives hope to Bills' faithful [5:08 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'While free agency and the salary cap have shortened that requisite learning period from a few years to a few months, or even a few weeks, 12-4 or 13-3 is optimistic to the point of fantasy. But make no mistake, better the Bills will be. And that improvement starts with the quarterback.'

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April 29, 2002

Marker Bills' Alexander Helps Frankfurt To Win In Week Three Action [4:06 PM] reports: Buffalo's Alexander rushed for 75 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run, to help the Galaxy to the win. Alexander leads NFL Europe with 358 yards rushing and a 6.4-yards-per-carry average.

Marker Browns, Bills to Scrimmage in August [4:05 PM]
Cleveland Browns reports: 'The Browns and Buffalo Bills will conduct a summer practice session and scrimmage on August 2 and 3 at St. John’s Fisher College in Rochester, NY, the Bills’ training camp home.'

Marker Alexander Leading NFL Europe [3:31 PM] reports: Alexander, who is one of seven Bills allocated to NFL Europe, starts for the Frankfurt Galaxy and leads the league in rushing yardage (358), total yards from scrimmage (434), and rushing touchdowns (4). For the season, Alexander is averaging 6.4 yards on 56 rushing attempts.

Marker Bledsoe Can't Do It Alone… [3:29 PM] reports: He will be the leader and he can make the difference, but Bledsoe won't be a one-man revolution.

Marker Some notes on Bledsoe and the class of '02 [3:15 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Training camp is almost three months away, but it's not too early to speculate about the impact of this year's draft class.'

Marker Part IV: Fans React to Bledsoe Trade [1:59 PM] reports: The response to the acquisition of Drew Bledsoe has been enormous, with emails pouring in to by the minute. Here are a few of the latest emails received. Additional emails will be posted throughout the week.

Marker Shout Song Was Almost History [11:44 AM]
BillsDaily reports: Bob Lamb, the tall man in the hard hat at TBD tailgates, tells the tale of almost losing the Shout Song.

Marker Bledsoe Leaves with Homework [11:40 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Even if he does not know the whole offense, it did not stop the three-time Pro Bowler from showing off his arm at the three days of workouts. He connected on numerous deep passes, and looked sharp running a system that relies less on short passes to backs than deeper crossing passes to receivers and tight ends.'

Marker The enemy no longer [11:39 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Drew Bledsoe doesn’t make the Bills an instant Super Bowl contender. But he does accelerate the rebuilding effort by warp speed, by turning what was a glaring weakness into a positive. He also gives the Bills the legitimate “star” they’ve been missing that helps sell tickets.'

Marker Bills Set Lineup Of TV Partners [11:31 AM] reports: WIVB will become the new preseason television partner of the Buffalo Bills and will also air “The Gregg Williams Show” Sundays at 11:30 AM.

Marker Bills picked right Guy to help stellar front office [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're very fortunate right now when you look at our personnel department and what we've assembled here," he said. "It's as good as it gets."'

Marker Offense ahead of defense in first minicamp [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm excited about the start, but we have a long ways to go," said Williams. "Today was a day where lots of things started jumbling together for some of the young guys."'

Marker Difficult to find a downside with Bledsoe deal [8:59 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Is Bledsoe really worth a first-round draft pick next year? To the Bills he is worth more than that, as the spike in season ticket sales indicates.'

Marker Wire electrifies Bills' staff [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"He just has a great feel for the game. He's a projection in our defense to play safety but he played it (free and strong) pretty well at the Senior Bowl. The bottom line is that Coy Wire is a football player."'

April 28, 2002

Marker Bills Wrap Up Orientation Camp [3:02 PM] reports: The three-day orientation camp for rookies and first-year players concluded on Sunday morning with a two-hour workout in the field house. Overall, head coach Gregg Williams was pleased with what the young players showed on the field but he was quick to reiterate that they have a lot of work to do.

Marker Does Drew still have it? [9:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: The Buffalo News spoke with several football experts...Here is some of what they had to say...'

Marker Buffett banks on Irons to succeed [9:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One of Grant Irons' heroes never scored a touchdown or made a tackle in the NFL. But he is a superstar in another profession. Perhaps you've heard of investment wizard Warren Buffett.'

Marker Coaches may determine fate of new-look Bills [9:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One of the hallmarks of a successful coach is a streak of ruthlessness. Gregg Williams was plenty tough with his players a year ago, but one coaching change on a staff of 15 assistants does not qualify as ruthless.'

Marker After last week, Bills suddenly look a lot tougher [9:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills still probably will be picked to finish last by most NFL followers in what is the league's toughest division. But it's a lot closer call because Drew Bledsoe gives the Bills the best quarterbacking in the division.'

Marker Bills just couldn't pass on receiver Reed [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: '"I guess once the football's in my hands, I have that running back's mentality," he said. "A lot of receivers have the mind-set that the play's pretty much over once they catch the ball. My mind-set is that the play is just beginning. A catch for me is like a hand-off. It's like the quarterback has put the ball in your hands, now let's see what you can do with it."'

Marker Bills have legitimate chance at playoffs [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'Playing in the AFC East -- a division without a dominant team -- boosts Buffalo's hopes of winning the division or winning enough division games to help earn a wild-card berth.'

Marker Ironic twists in Bledsoe saga [6:01 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Tom Donahoe, general manager/president of the Bills, was the one man in the league who wanted Bledsoe. This is the same man who two years ago was 24 hours away from being the football boss of the Patriots, before Belichick got the job.'

Marker Bledsoe could be the next Clemens [6:00 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Pats didn't say Bledsoe was finished. Nor has Bledsoe, despite his disappointment, said anything bad about his former team. But actions speak louder than words, and the action should be furious when Bledsoe and Buffalo take on Brady and the Patriots come fall.'

Marker Time will answer merit of trade [5:59 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'In the next couple of seasons, it will be interesting to see if the Patriots can protect that stronghold or if Bledsoe and the Bills can establish a foothold of their own.'

Marker How tough is East? Even Bills have skills [5:58 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"He's just in different surroundings, that's all," cornerback Patrick Surtain said. "He's a great quarterback, and he's got some weapons in Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and Josh Reed. That's going to make Drew that much better."'

April 27, 2002

Marker Denney drawing comparisons to Hansen [10:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills rookie Ryan Denney, because of his tall frame, the position he plays and the No. 90 jersey he's been assigned, has drawn comparisons to Phil Hansen. Whether he can play like Hansen, the Bills' 11-year, blue-collar defensive end, who retired last January, is now the question.'

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