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Buffalo Bills News - July 14, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills summer reading program concluded Monday [11:21 AM] reports: The Bills and UPS will host the final two Hit the Books events this Monday, July 15th. The first will be at 2:00 PM at the Richmond Memorial Library located at 19 Ross Street in Batavia and the second will be at 4:00 PM at the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library located at 620 West Avenue in Medina.

Marker Levy to present Kelly in Hall of Fame [11:19 AM]
Pro Football Hall Of Fame reports: The Pro Hall of Fame announced what was known for weeks that Marv Levy, previous year Hall of Fame inductee, will be presenter for Jim Kelly.

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July 13, 2002

Marker Single-game Bills tickets available today [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Telephone purchasers may experience delays and busy signals due to the high volume of calls.'

Marker Some notes on Bills’ tickets 'n special rates [5:18 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Tickets can be purchased four ways: at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office, at participating Tops Friendly Markets, via the team's web site ( or by phone (1-877-228-4257).'

Marker Contract talks with Williams should pick up [12:34 AM]
The Sporting News reports: The Bills have a good track record of getting their top pick to camp on time. Last year's No. 1, CB Nate Clements, was a brief holdout, but it obviously didn't hinder his performance that much. However, it's imperative that Williams is in camp from day one. The 6-5, 370-pound OT from the University of Texas is slated to start at right tackle. The Bills could have as many as three new starters (last year's right tackle Jonas Jennings has moved to center) on the offensive line, so they need the five men up front to get as much work together as possible this summer to develop continuity.

Marker Mike Doser & Lary Bump: Reed 'likely will be draft-day steal' [12:27 AM]
Shout! reports: By season's end, if not before, expect Josh Reed to have most of the playing time as the Bills' third wideout and building a case to start in 2003.

Marker Lary Bump: Can Bledsoe avoid a pass rush? [12:24 AM]
Shout! reports: This once would have been the $64,000 question, though in these inflated days, it's probably more like the one-billion-dollar question. The answer is simple: no.

July 12, 2002

Marker New Left Tackles on the spot [11:40 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo will choose from three young candidates -- second-year veterans Jonas Jennings and Marques Sullivan and former Denver starter Trey Teague -- for the right to protect Drew Bledsoe. "It's a job you want because, the way the game is played now, (the blindside) tackle has almost been raised to skill-position status," said Teague, who started all 16 games for the Broncos last year. "You're on the spot every pass play, and there is a lot of pressure that comes with the responsibility, but I think most guys like to prove to themselves and to everyone else that they are up to the task."

Marker The Dying Dynasty: Ended by successful decision to build parity [1:07 PM]
ESPN reports: Bill Polian, who constructed the great Buffalo Bills teams that reached four consecutive Super Bowls from 1990-93, said he believes that kind of sustained excellence is no longer possible.

July 11, 2002

Marker Woulda, shoulda, coulda been a dynasty [9:29 PM]
ESPN reports: 'And then, of course, there were the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Guess who's coming to town? [1:35 PM]
Brighton Pittsford Post reports: 'Later this month, the Buffalo Bills are scheduled to fill the streets in a cavalcade marking the beginning of training camp. "I feel the excitement of the new season already," Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter said last week.'

Marker AFC East questions abound as training camps near [11:20 AM]
Boston Hearld reports: 'What will the Bills record be at the end of the season? 5-11 would be considered decent.'

Marker Hull goes on Wall Oct. 6 [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hull will become the 14th player placed on the Wall.'

Marker Bills ready to sell game tickets [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills fans can purchase individual game tickets for 2002 home games beginning 9 a.m. Saturday.'

Marker Teams hurt by carrying 'dead money' [5:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Despite thrifty cap management and a terrific job of whittling away at the pool of "dead money" he inherited, Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe is still working this year with a hole of nearly $15 million in his salary cap. Over $5 million of that is tied up in former starting quarterback Rob Johnson, released early in the spring.'

July 10, 2002

Marker Dates Set for 2002 Promotions [1:15 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that center Kent Hull will be placed on the team's Wall of Fame on Sunday, October 6 when the Bills host the Oakland Raiders.'

Marker Always in Buffalo [1:14 PM] reports: The 1986 downfall of the USFL became a windfall for the Bills. - Kent Hull

Marker Norwood feels your pain over wide right [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Man, if he only made the kick.'

Marker Ask Kent Hull a question [8:16 AM] reports: Kent Hull still remains active with the Bills through the team's Alumni Relations department and has agreed to answer your questions in an exclusive interview with

Marker Dan Arkush: Football chat [12:10 AM]
ESPN reports: And watch out for Buffalo, Bob. the early reports on Drew Bledsoe are very encouraging, and I think head coach Gregg Williams will keep the arrow pointing up. Nobody works harder. Nobody.

July 9, 2002

Marker Coy Wire: The complete package [9:53 PM] reports: "I'm going to be working harder than any other safety in the NFL! There are places that I want to go (in the league) and I have a lot of work to do to get there. I wouldn't want to be any other place doing anything else. I couldn't be happier."

Marker Kicking with attitude [7:32 PM] reports: "I'm having a lot of fun playing football again," Hollis said. "It's all about attitude, it really is."

Marker AFC East recovery room [6:31 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Dolphins have a series of nagging pains that must be monitored, but the Bills and Super Bowl champs have gotten off pretty clean.

RB Travis Henry (knee) -- Ready for camp.
Henry had his knee cleaned out to repair loose cartilage but has fully recovered. He has worked out and expects to be full bore for camp.

G Jerry Ostroski (knee) -- Limited in camp.
Questions still loom how his knee and leg will respond. The team's veteran guard continues to work through some problems in his knee derived from problems with a leg he broke last preseason. Doctors inserted a metal plate for support but the plate has aggravated his knee. Doctors then cleaned out some tissue in the joint in June to promote healing. He is expected to be limited in camp and the team is uncertain when he will return to 100 percent.

Marker AFC East Primer: Dolphins are best of a good bunch [6:22 PM]
Sporting News reports: If Buffalo can settle its uncertainty in the backfield and offensive line, it could easily sneak past .500 and into the playoffs. One daunting factor is the Bills' strength of schedule -- it's tied for the toughest in the league.

Marker Thunder wins Father's Day tournament [11:23 AM]
Miami Herald reports: Former [Buffalo Bills kicker] Booth Lusteg, a Pembroke Pines resident, is conducting Kicking for Christ, a free camp for kicking and punting Saturday July 14 at American Heritage School in Plantation, FL.

Marker Preseason / Training Camp Calendar [10:45 AM]
TBD reports: Training Camp is around the corner as is the Jim Kelly Final Showdown game and the Jim Kelly Hall of Fame Enshirnement / TBD Enshirnement Trip.

Marker Haddad Gets One More Shot at NFL [10:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: "It feels great to be in a situation where the big guys upstairs all the way down to the coaches believe in you and are on your side," Haddad said. "There were some questions in my head after the Bills released me. But going out there last preseason and being able to do something positive re-lighted my fire and made me realize that I could play. It made me feel that I belonged."

Marker Need Miami @ Bills tickets [8:15 AM]
The Stadium Wall reports: "I'm looking for good tickets to the Miami @ Bills game. I'm looking for 4 tickets in the lower level, trying to get 30-50 yard line."

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Marker Four 1st level, mid-field tickets available [8:12 AM]
The Stadium Wall reports: "I've got 4 extra tix for the final game of season vs. Cincy... could be a playoff clinching game. 1st level on 40 yard line visitor side. Unbelievable seats... I'll sell them for face value."

Marker Bills: Success hinges on Bledsoe [6:50 AM]
Sporting News reports: 'Key issue: Which Drew Bledsoe shows up. If the Bills get the Bledsoe of five or six years ago who had a nearly 2-1 ratio of TDs to interceptions, they will be a great offensive team. If they get the Bledsoe who was shoved aside by Tom Brady in New England last seaosn, it could be another long year.'

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