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Buffalo Bills News - July 3, 2002

Marker Bills draft pick arrested after crash [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two of Wright's cousins were later found with his vehicle at an apartment complex near the accident scene. Witnesses said Wright had been driving and his cousins said he was intoxicated and fled on foot because he was afraid of being caught, police said.'

Marker New Bills uniforms are just plain ugly [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now the home field get-up isn't too bad. The simple navy jersey with red rib stripe, gray outlined numbers and red/blue side-striped pants is, in fact, quite attractive. It's the team's away uniform that is so unbearably putrid.'

Marker Ex-Bulldog athlete booked [9:04 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'Beckwith said witnesses identified Wright as the driver of a car that collided with a van and then departed. He said the van was knocked into a post, where it caught fire, and that the occupants were helped out of the wreckage by bystanders. Three people reportedly were riding in the van, Beckwith said. He said there were reports of injuries in the van, but that he didn't know how many people were hurt or what type of injuries they might have suffered.'

Marker Wright Investigation [7:46 AM]
KFSN-TV reports: 'Wright's attorney, Sal Sciandra, explained why it took so long, "We just became aware that they were looking for him, and as soon as he became aware that they were looking for him, we started making arrangements for him to turn himself in. Part of the delay was making the arrangements with the officers, and some of the delay was my schedule."'

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July 2, 2002

Marker Training Camp Preview: Buffalo Bills [10:05 PM] reports: 'All eyes in training camp will be on Bledsoe. Can he shake the rust off and return to his elite form? If he can, that should translate into very big things from Eric Moulds, and possibly a breakout year from Peerless Price.'

Marker Bills draftee Rodney Wright arrested after accident [10:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Witnesses said Wright had been driving, and his cousins said he was intoxicated and fled on foot because he was afraid of being caught, police said.'

Marker Former FSU football player suspected in hit-and-run [5:43 PM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'Wright, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in April but has not yet signed with the team, remained missing as of 1:45 p.m. today. Beckwith was quick to say that no charges have been filed against Wright and that the investigation is continuing.'

Marker Police seek Bills draftee Rodney Wright after accident [1:19 PM]
AP reports: 'Police began a search for Fresno State wide receiver Rodney Wright, a seventh-round pick by Buffalo in the NFL draft, in connection with an accident Tuesday that injured two people.'

Marker PFW: Team Report [7:57 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: What was once a potential weakness for the Bills is now a potential strength. The Bills have developed their WR corps nicely, and additions made this offseason should help round out the group.

Marker Rochester's Maurice Jackson invited to Bills camp [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: '"We were going to New Orleans, but Buffalo came in," he said Monday. "(The Bills) wanted me to work out for them last Wednesday. I went there and it went well."'

Marker Jackson to sign with Bills [5:09 AM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'Because of the Fourth of July holiday, Jackson says he'll officially sign with the Bills next week.'

July 1, 2002

Marker 2001 Buffalo Bills Yearbook [4:13 PM]
ESPN reports: Televised dates (EDT):
1:00 p.m. July 1st ESPN
8:00 p.m. July 3rd ESPN2
5:00 a.m. July 7th ESPN
2:30 p.m. July 8th ESPN2

Marker Bledsoe, Beebe And A Autographed Ball [3:27 PM] reports: Mac and Barbara have spoken at events all across the country. Mac estimates that he has spoken to 350,000 people in the last three years. Recently, the Parenting With Dignity board decided to limit the Bledsoes' appearances to Buffalo (where they are setting up an office) and their home state of Montana.

Marker Individual Game Tickets on sale July 13! [2:38 PM] reports: The Bills 2002 regular season home schedule includes out-of-division games with the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals as well as important AFC East dates with the Jets, Patriots, and Dolphins. The team will also host Cincinnati and Minnesota in the preseason.

Marker Weekly "Where Are They Now" Feature [2:36 PM] reports: Have you ever wondered what happens to NFL players when their playing days are done? What former Bills would you like to hear from?

Marker NFL Europe: Frankfurt Galaxy Season Review [2:35 PM] reports: For the first six weeks of the season, Doug Graber's side was the league's powerhouse, compiling a 5-1 record on the back of Joe Hamilton's passing, Curtis Alexander's rushing and a top-ranked defense.

Marker The Buffalo Bills And Gatorade Team-Up To Quench Thirst In The Community [2:34 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills and Gatorade have joined forces for the third consecutive year to bring the Bills Gatorade Junior Training Camps to area youth organizations. This year, ten youth programs, comprised of various Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCA's from the Buffalo area, will be visited by the colorful Bills Gatorade Junior Training Camp truck; approximately 700 youth are to participate.

Marker July Wallpaper on [10:49 AM] reports: Show your pride by putting the Bills on your computer's desktop. The July wallpaper featuring Peerless Price is now available!

June 30, 2002

Marker DaShon says thanks [5:36 PM]
Los Angeles Daily News reports: '"It's my way of saying thank you and giving back a little bit," Polk said. "I'm no big-time superstar or anything, but you know, when I was a kid, I don't remember anyone from the NFL coming around to do anything for us, and we could have all benefited from something like that. So even though it's just going to be me and some of my friends, hopefully this is just one day some kids can be a part of something good. One day when they can avoid trouble."'

June 29, 2002

Marker Kelly Krunch unveiled [6:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'As part of the deal, proceeds from the cereal's sale will go toward Hunter's Hope, a charity Kelly founded in honor of his son Hunter, who suffers from the deadly Krabbe's disease.'

June 28, 2002

Marker Kelly Krunch Cereal [8:21 PM]
PLB Sports reports: 'Available exclusively at Tops Friendly Markets, and'

Marker Kelly Krunch debuts [8:20 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The former Bills' quarterback, Jim Kelly unveiled his new cereal today...Kelly Krunch.'

Marker Mike Williams at mandatory rookie symposium [6:21 PM]
CNN/SI reports: "Little, simple stuff that you've overlooked. This is all stuff we didn't have to take care of because our parents took care of you or you got a scholarship and you didn't have to worry about anything," Williams said. "But now it's kind of like we're young men and you've got to pay your bills on time and you've got to be responsible. I'm not saying that none of us are, but we're coming to a different field."

Marker Len Pasquarelli: Bills Still Considering Ahanotu [6:19 PM]
ESPN reports: Apparently reports that the former Buccaneer has already signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons are incorrect. The Bills front office continues their amazing offseason by pursuing depth and experience for the most questioned area left to address.

Marker Vic Carucci: Development Coordinators Play Key Role [1:45 PM] reports: Paul Lancaster, the Director of Player Programs for the Bills, works closely with the players and oversees the ares of continuing education, family assistance, financial planning, and post-football career development.

Marker AFC East: 'Super' Patriots stay on top [10:43 AM]
ESPN reports: I had a hard time picking the Buffalo Bills last, but they are in a strong division. I know Gregg Williams feels good about his team. They had several new players last year. Now they have added Bledsoe, who I think is a steal. He gives them instant credibility at QB and makes the Bills a completely different team offensively. If Moulds doesn't catch 100 balls, I'll be shocked. The Bills defense runs around and has very physical corners. They will win seven-plus games and could easily win 10 games and battle for first place.

Marker Dr. Z: A comprehensive breakdown of the AFC's hired help [9:06 AM]
CNN/SI reports: Call it a great offseason if the Bledsoe trade works out and the O-line is sturdy enough to give him time to get the ball downfield.

Marker Jackson arrested in Illinois [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills tight end Sheldon Jackson was arrested Wednesday near Moline, Ill., on charges of driving with a suspended license and possessing less than 2.5 grams of marijuana. Both charges are misdemeanors.'

Marker Bills' TE busted for marijuana in Henry County [9:05 AM]
Moline Dispatch reports: (See bottom of page, paid subscription required)
'If convicted of the Class C misdemeanor drug charge, Jackson could face up to 30 days in the Henry County Jail and fines up to $1,000.'

Marker Patriots' run gives AFC East teams hope [5:21 AM]
ESPN reports: 'For years, Belichick always felt he had the defensive schemes to contain Bledsoe, so trading him to Buffalo doesn't scare him in their home-and-home series. But if Bledsoe gets hot, he will easily elevate the Bills to a respectable record and make them a threat.'

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