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Buffalo Bills News - August 7, 2002

Marker Bills Fine-Tune For Friday's Preseason Game [7:53 AM] reports: With the first preseason game of the year on Friday, the Buffalo Bills held a single session workout on Tuesday, in which the team spent the majority of the practice fine-tuning their offensive and defensive packages.

Marker Henry says he won't back off [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride aren't worried about bruised egos, just who wants to emerge as the workhorse back in the club's old-is-new-again power attack, one capable of 20 to 25 carries a game. "We're going to let them compete and see who emerges," Gilbride said.'

Marker A passing performance [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'There are a number of positions where the Bills are dangerously lacking in depth, but quarterback is certainly an exception. Drew Bledsoe is a bona fide star, Alex Van Pelt is a capable backup who has started 11 NFL games, and then there's Brown, whom Gilbride and coach Gregg Williams think has a bright future despite his third-string status.'

Marker Bills notebook [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'This year, quarterback Drew Bledsoe has the green light to change any play that Kevin Gilbride sends into the game. "Kevin really allows us a lot of flexibility. If we see something we want to attack and we're in a poor play and there's something better, we can get to it," Bledsoe said after practice on Tuesday.'

Marker Fan of the day, upcoming schedule [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: '"Doug Flutie was my favorite. To me, he really got the shaft. They seemed to win every game he filled in."'

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August 6, 2002

Marker Prioleau earns second chance [2:51 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"I do feel more comfortable here in this camp than I did last year at this time in the Niners camp," Prioleau said. "I still have a lot of improving to do, but hopefully, I can be a part of this defense this year."'

Marker Fan of the Day with a Buffalo Jill [2:07 PM] reports: Fan of the Day with a Buffalo Jill - older fan of the day photos are archived.

Marker No ill will toward Bledsoe [2:03 PM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"I'm not going to make an issue of that," Bengals president Mike Brown said Monday. "This is a preseason game."'

Marker Bills To Be Featured On "Squawk Box" Wednesday [1:46 PM] reports: Please be advised that the Bills will be featured Wednesday morning on the popular CNBC financial program, “Squawk Box.”

Marker Photo Gallery: Jim Kelly [1:31 PM] reports: Photo Gallery of Jim Kelly's Hall of Fame Induction

Marker Bills Screensaver [1:30 PM] reports: The Bills have an all-new screensaver featuring the 2002 schedule, Drew Bledsoe, and more!

Marker Special Jim Kelly HOF Wallpaper [1:29 PM] reports: Three wallpapers of the greatest QB in Bills history.

Marker August Wallpaper on [1:28 PM] reports: August wallpaper featuring WR Josh Reed

Marker Emotional Kelly has the heart of a linebacker [10:32 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Of his son, Kelly said: "I don't know where he gets his strength." Some of us have a pretty good idea.'

Marker Lockdown [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Antoine and Nate are very good corners that will allow us to play the kind of defense we want," Williams said. "We're asking a lot from them, but we feel they can handle being out there in single coverage."'

Marker Club Gregg [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Actually, Williams isn't taking it easy on the players. His methods have more to do with keeping players fresh and healthy.'

Marker Kelly proves his manhood off the field [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And I swear, from his mother's death forward, he seemed a different man in public. There's a point in any life where you can't forestall manhood any longer and that's certainly it. All the money and adulation and victory in the world can't change what that first parental death teaches you (nor can most of us learn it until the moment when life says that we have to).'

Marker Hall of Fame performance [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim, you did us proud.'

Marker Bills seeking answers [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'Like the previous night-time workouts -- two last year and one last week -- it was more of a show than a grueling grind-it-out session. The Bills were intent on eliciting oohs and aahs from the large crowd and satisfying autograph requests.'

Marker Fan of the Day [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: '''The Bills look a lot better. They're going to have a strong line and I like the way Mike Williams is taking care of business on his side of the ball. They've got some speedy new wide receivers in Josh Reed and Maurice Jackson."'

Marker Several Bills missing from Monday workout [5:27 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams could not say whether any of the injured players would be available for Friday's opening preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. "We'll just take it day to day," the coach said. "For the most part these are veterans. We'll wait and see if they can play."'

August 5, 2002

Marker Kelly pays highest Hall tribute to son [6:06 PM]
USA Today reports: 'The quarterback earned his Hall credentials as a player, leading the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls. The fact they failed to win one now seemed dwarfed by the stirring memories he created.'

Marker Kelly invites 1,100 to Hall induction [5:44 PM]
Kittanning Leader Times reports: '"To win in the NFL you've got to have ability and, sometimes, you've got to have some luck," Hall of Fame Bills head coach Marv Levy said. "Jim Kelly had ability, and much more. I was the one who had the luck because, from the very first day I became head coach of the Buffalo Bills I was keenly aware of what a special player and a special person Jim Kelly was."'

Marker Son Hunter's appearance keys Kelly's greatest day [5:41 PM]
Kittanning Leader Times reports: 'Most medical experts would agree that it has taken divine intervention for this young boy to survive this long.'

Marker Freelancer Leroy Andre has covered Jim Kelly from start of football career [5:40 PM]
Kittanning Leader Times reports: 'Andre also said that while Kelly was playing youth football he once got discouraged and quit the team. "But his father (Joe Kelly) told him there'd be no chance of him making it to the Super Bowl, so he kept on trying."'

Marker Hometown heroes [5:39 PM]
Butler Eagle reports: 'In fact, so many people from East Brady made the pilgrimage to Canton that the town was all but a ghost town Saturday. The streets were empty and only a few lonely shopkeepers and bartenders interrupted an otherwise still afternoon.'

Marker Day in the sun [5:38 PM]
Butler Eagle reports: '"Since the day I was elected, I prayed to God that my son would be here with me today," Kelly said. "God has granted me that blessing."'

Marker Bledsoe clearly focus of offense, team [4:42 PM]
ESPN reports: '"Sure, it's nice to be wanted," said Bledsoe, who further cemented his relationship with the fans on Saturday by hustling off to Kelly's induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio. "I don't know any player alive who, given his choice, wouldn't want to be liked. It's been gratifying to be accepted, by my teammates and the fans and everyone, really, the way me and my family have been. But I've been around long enough to know that there's a lot more to it than this. But, yeah, we've been made to feel very much at home."'

Marker Bledsoe, draft picks bring optimism [4:41 PM]
ESPN reports: 'But when the Bills return to the playoffs, and some pundits feel that will be this season, it will be just as much a result of terrific drafts the past two years.'

Marker On the road again [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A sampling of Hall of Fame voters indicates Bruce Smith is a lock to be a first-ballot inductee when he is eligible, and Thurman Thomas is considered a lock to be inducted soon after he is eligible.'

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