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Buffalo Bills News - August 21, 2002

Marker Burns hopes to stick with Bills [1:50 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'With a stable full of running backs already, Burns' chances of making the Bills are not good. He would be more likely to end up on the Bills' practice squad if he clears waivers. It does not matter to the 22-year-old Georgia native, all he wants is a chance to compete.'

Marker Bills GM rebuilding from the ground up [1:29 PM] reports: 'After visiting the Bills for a few days, there's no doubt in my mind that his reconstruction project is ahead of schedule but that his attempt to stay behind the scenes will fail.'

Marker Reclaiming his birthright [10:26 AM]
National Post reports: '"The personality of this offence will develop through the course of the year," Bledsoe says. "But I would say, in my opinion, I think we can be a very attacking offence. I think that we've got the weapons to get downfield in the passing game. "We can be a big-play offence, but, in order to do that, we also have to be very consistent in what we do. Because, if you take shots down the field, you're not going to hit all of them."'

Marker Rone isn't ready to run fade pattern [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's a smart player," Moulds said. "You can't teach the instincts that he has. The guy knows how to get open. He hits the zones well. He knows man-to-man coverage, and he can go deep. You can't teach those attributes. I think he has a chance to make the team, a legitimate shot. I hope he does. He's worked hard."'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Flowers was one of the all-time good guys, but he joins Walt Patulski and Phil Dokes on the Bills' Bust of Fame.'

Marker Williams biggest NFL question mark [9:01 AM] Sports reports: Buffalo was on track to jump close to the .500 mark even before the Drew Bledsoe trade, and if all the other pieces continue to fall into place as expected, a nine-win season seems realistic. If Bledsoe shines and stays healthy, the Bills could be this year’s surprise team.

Marker It's kind of a drag [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think camp should be a max of three weeks with two preseason games, maybe three at the most," said linebacker London Fletcher, who is wrapping up his inaugural Fisher camp after spending the first four years of his career with the St. Louis Rams.'

Marker Flowers 'may need change of scenery' [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '"Erik did everything we asked him to do, he worked hard, but for whatever reason it didn't happen for him here."'

Marker Another offensive lineman goes down [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills offensive guard Corey Hulsey, a key backup, suffered a left knee sprain in Tuesday's morning practice. He's likely to miss today's final practice at St. John Fisher College, but coach Gregg Williams said he's not been ruled out of playing in Saturday's third preseason game at Indianapolis.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan of the day [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"They've got a good quarterback now and they've just got to give him a little bit of protection. I don't know how far they can go, but I think they can definitely make the playoffs."'

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August 20, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills Release Former First-Round Pick Erik Flowers [9:39 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The 24-year-old Flowers started six of 31 games during his first two seasons and had four sacks and one interception. He played little in Buffalo's first two preseason games and was moved down the depth chart when the team signed Chidi Ahanotu yesterday.'

Marker Previewing the fall line for the AFC [7:42 PM] reports: Basically, the "46" has worked twice in NFL history -- the 1985 Bears and the 2000 Titans, where Williams cut his teeth. But each of these squads had premium talent and considerable good luck. Everyone else who has tried to use the "46" has paid dearly, since while most defenses are designed to cover up weaknesses, the "46" is designed to expose weaknesses and dare you to attack them.

Marker Camp notes for the Second to the last day of camp. [7:42 PM]
BuffaloBills.Com reports: Guard Corey Hulsey suffered a minor knee sprain (left) midway through the morning workout on Tuesday. He'll be held out of Wednesday's workout. A decision as to whether he'll play in Saturday's game will be determined later in the week.

Marker Watson finds his niche [1:21 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"We've got a lot of talent, a lot of speed, and I see some big plays coming out of this unit this year."'

Marker Don’t get too excited about the journeymen [1:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The reality is the 6-foot-4, 290-pound, 32-year-old Price and the 6-foot-2, 285-pound, 31-year-old Ahanotu are journeymen. If you doubt it, ask yourself why they were unsigned some three weeks before the season starts.'

Marker Bills once again find running game [1:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Of the nearly 60-man roster (including injured reserve) president/general manager Tom Donahoe inherited in January of 2001, only 19 remain, a mere seven of them starters. And it's not unreasonable to assume that come the final cutdown on Sept. 1 that number could be a dozen left from the 2000 season.'

Marker A Tight (End) Relationship [12:48 PM] reports: For years, Bledsoe and Riemersma had watched each other play in divisional clashes between the Bills and New England Patriots. They knew each other well, yet didn’t know each other at all. That’s the thing with division rivals, particularly those who play on the same side of the ball: You watch those opposing players twice each year, get to know their styles and, if they’re deserving, admire their skills.

Marker "Kelly Krunch" Winner [11:43 AM] reports: With the Bills down by four, Buffalo intercepted a Dan Marino pass very late in the game. The radio reception became very spotty, with much garble and interference… a long Kelly pass to Andre Reed in the dying moments put the ball on the two-yard line.

Marker Flowers among nine players cut by Bills [11:26 AM]
AP reports: 'Flowers is the latest member of the Bills' 2000 draft class -- the last overseen by former general manager John Butler -- to be released.'

Marker Worst NFL teams of all time [11:24 AM]
ESPN reports: '4. 1971 Bills.'

Marker Forbes reports Bills among NFL's most profitable [11:13 AM]
Buffalo Business Journal reports: In its 2002 valuation, the Bills showed an operating income of $29.4 million, seventh-best out of 30 teams. The magazine said the Bills generated revenue of $131 million. The high-standing income comes despite the fact that the Bills, playing in one of the NFL's smallest markets, are rated just 25th in valuation at $458 million.

Marker Buchsbaum’s quick hits [11:08 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: The Chargers are also looking for a backup running back, and there’s a chance that they’ll do something with the Bills with regard to that. The possibility is that one of their backup linebackers (possibly Orlando Ruff, a starter last year) will go to Buffalo for a running back.

Marker Former Bills First Rounder a Victim of Bad Timing [11:07 AM] reports: Perhaps a position change is the next step for Flowers, who will most certainly be signed in the near future. In the NFL, speed on defense is held at a premium, and teams will be hard pressed to find a player with more pure, straight-ahead velocity than Erik Flowers. But as NFL teams are beginning to realize, there’s more to being a football player than speed.

Marker Bills cut Flowers, welcome Ahanotu [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said Ahanotu (whose name is pronounced CHEE-dee uh-HAHN-uh-too) would not play Saturday in Indianapolis.'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The defense doesn't have to be great because the offense is going to be pretty damn good," he said. "But if they stop the run on first down, now they can dictate to the offense and tee off on the quarterback in the passing game."'

Marker Bills Release Nine [8:50 AM] reports: Erik Flowers among the nine players released by the Bills.
Complete list:
Daryon Brutely, CB (Northern Iowa) Erik Flowers, DE (Arizona State) Demetrious Maxie, DT (UTEP) Jeremy McDaniel, WR (Arizona) Devonte Peterson, DT (Catawba) David Priestley, QB (Pittsburgh) Milton Proctor, S (Kansas State) Marc Samuel, K (Georgetown) Tom Schau, C (Illinois)

Marker Help arrives for defense [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ahanotu and Price bring a combined 18 seasons, 240 games and 47.5 career sacks to a defensive unit that's raised nothing but red flags this preseason.'

Marker Flowers cut [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flowers, taken with the 26th pick by former general manager John Butler, started only six games. He had four sacks.'

Marker Price shopping proves wise [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'To be sure, after the horrific play of the offensive line in 2001, bringing in just about anybody to bolster that unit qualified as an upgrade.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan of the day [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"I was hoping for a winning record, but now it looks more like six or seven wins. We just can't stop anyone with our defensive line."'

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