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Buffalo Bills News - September 2, 2002

Marker Bills cut Tillman, another 2000 draft bust [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills think Driver has more big-play ability than Tillman, and he fits their defensive system better. Tillman was drafted to be a center fielder in the zone-defense scheme of former Bills coach Wade Phillips, but the Bills don't play that system any more.'

Marker There's pride on line for Cowart [5:58 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Though Cowart won't say so publicly, he and Bills coach Gregg Williams didn't see eye to eye. Williams, an old-school disciplinarian, was a dramatic change from the laid-back Wade Phillips, the Bills' previous head coach, and his ways rubbed Cowart the wrong way.'

Marker Bills reach limit, cut two veterans [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills, however, saw more upside in going young, and chose fifth-round pick Justin Bannan of Colorado and second-year pros Ron Edwards and Tyrone Robertson as their defensive tackles, along with veteran Pat Williams.'

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September 1, 2002

Marker Tillman among 13 players cut by Bills [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Among the other notables to make the team were two undrafted free agents, cornerback Jason Bostic, who proved a heavy hitter in preseason, and running back Joe Burns, who had 49 yards rushing on 15 carries last month.'

Marker Bills cut 13 players [8:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills cut 13 players and placed two others on the reserve-non-football injury list in order to trim their roster to the NFL maximum 53 players by Sunday's 4 p.m. NFL deadline.'

Marker Bills Trim Roster To 53 [6:32 PM] reports: Noted cuts are multi-year veteran Shawn Price who has spent the offseason rehabitilating an injury and Hichard Huntley who Donahoe recruited from Carolina. The team also announced that WR Reggie Allen (Central Michigan) and QB David Dinkins (Morehead State) have been placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list.

Ahmad Brooks, CB - Texas
Jon Carman, T - Georgia Tech
Michael Early, C - Norfolk State
Jarrett Ferguson, FB - Virginia Tech
Bryce Fisher, DE - Air Force
Corey Hulsey, G - Clemson
Richard Huntley, RB - Winston-Salem State
Muadianvita Kazadi, LB - Tulsa
Brady McDonnell, TE - Colorado
Shawn Price, DT - Pacific
Jimmy Robinson, LB - Western Illinois
Travares Tillman, S - Georgia Tech
Rodney Wright, WR - Fresno State

Marker Return to glory [9:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Besides Rogers, the Bills have another breakaway threat on punt returns in cornerback Nate Clements, who returned one 66 yards for a touchdown last year. Clements would love to get more chances to return punts than last year, when he fielded only four.'

Marker Bumbling offensive line leaves Bills lopsided [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A week away from opening day against the Jets in Ralph Wilson Stadium, the defense, and the improved special teams under eight-year veteran Danny Smith, may turn out to be Buffalo's best hope.'

Marker Bills' vehicles loaded with style [6:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'The SUV easily is the most popular vehicle among the Bills. On any given day, 50 or so Denalis, Escalades, Lincoln Navigators, Ford Expeditions, Toyota Range Rovers and Jeeps give their parking lot the appearance of a timber sports competition in the Adirondacks.'

Marker Bills won't be this year's Patriots [6:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'There is no mistaking the Bills will be better. How could they not be after 3-13? A climb to .500 would be a substantial step, and given the talent upgrades throughout the roster, it is imminently possible.'

Marker History shows Bills can climb worst to first [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think anything's possible," says Bledsoe, who looks like a man bent on proving that he still has plenty of good football left in his 30-year-old body. "Teams flip-flop in the standings in a hurry. It seems like every year, somebody new is winning division titles. So why not us this year?"'

Marker Bills' wide receivers go deep [6:33 AM]
D and C reports: '"Some weeks, some people won't be as involved, but for the most part, we expect to be (a productive offensive team)," Price said. "We have a lot of weapons, good tight ends, Larry Centers, Travis Henry, Eric Moulds. This list can go on and on. We have a lot of playmakers so hopefully we can spread the ball around."'

Marker Too good to be Drew [6:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'While Bledsoe's departure may have divided some Patriots loyalists, it clearly has united the citizens of Bills Nation. The dawn of the Drew Era in western New York has fans stoked as they prep for next Sunday's National Football League opener against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The dress rehearsals indicate that Buffalo may have the last laugh; that this won't be another tragic comedy, a la Rob Johnson.'

Marker AFC preview [5:40 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Bills will be one of the league's most improved teams. But let's not give them too much credit. How about 8-8?'

Marker Buffalo Bills [5:39 AM]
ESPN The Magazine reports: 'No matter how bad the Bills D turns out be -- and it could really be bad -- Bledsoe will keep most games close.'

Marker Who's the NFL's next rags-to-riches team? [5:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'For starters, they got a future Hall of Famer in Bledsoe for next to nothing and they've surrounded him with soft hands. Wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, fullback Larry Centers and tight end Jay Riemersma were already onboard and then the Bills added second-round draft choice Josh Reed, a nifty wideout. The first-round pick was offensive tackle Mike Williams, who will protect Bledsoe's back.'

August 31, 2002

Marker Watson becomes a big hit [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Watson fits the mold the Bills desire in their cornerbacks. He has good size - 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds - so he can defend tall receivers. And he's comfortable playing man-to-man coverage, which the Bills emphasize.'

Marker Few seats left for opener [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only about 400 scattered seats are left for the Sept. 8 game in Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills also have three other games that are close to being sold out. A little less than 1,000 seats remain for the games against Chicago on Sept. 29, Oakland on Oct. 6 and New England on Nov. 3.'

Marker Bills' offensive line off to slow start [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'For the half, Buffalo's first unit rushed 10 times for 15 yards.'

Marker Big plays happen both ways on special teams units [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Like the offense and defense, the Buffalo Bills special teams units rode a roller coaster in Thursday's 20-13 loss to the Detroit Lions in the final game of the preseason.'

Marker War Room Questions [12:17 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Q: Will the Bills go to the 4-6 defense this year? I thought they were going to run it last year.
A: The Bills wanted to switch to the 4-6 defense but they simply did not have the personnel to do it last year. That, however, changed CB Nate Clements entered the starting lineup. With Clements and Winfield, the Bills have two CBs capable of playing on an island, which is exactly what the aggressive 4-6 defense needs to be effective. How important is it? Two of the biggest reasons the Titans had such a down year in 2001 were injuries in the secondary and the inability of their corners to play on an island.

August 30, 2002

Marker Bills' running attack stuck in neutral [8:10 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills' leading rusher this preseason is returning starter Travis Henry, who's racked up 80 yards on 27 carries, and accounted for the longest run from scrimmage -- a mere 20 yards. The backups have fared even worse.'

Marker Aug 30 Kelly Krunch Winner [5:42 PM] reports: While the Bills were a great team and were playing at home, the cynic in me would not allow me to believe that the Bills would actually go to the Super Bowl.

Marker Preseason Length Just Right [5:16 PM] reports: Preseason football wouldn't be complete without the annual debate over whether there is too much preseason football. You hear the discussions over the copy machine and the talk-show airwaves.

Marker Bills Fall In Preseason Finale [5:15 PM] reports: For the first time since the 1990 season the Bills finished the preseason 0-4. Could that be a good sign?

Marker Bills-Lions Post-Game Quotebook [5:13 PM] reports: "Too many negative plays - with the penalties and stuff. We need to get that straightened out. We get to go play for real now and I'm fired up about that. We have a very short time to get things straightened out. I have the confidence that we'll get it done."

Marker The Bills are nowhere near being ready [1:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And suddenly it's hard not to wonder whether Williams, who got the job because of his impressive interview with president/general manager Tom Donahoe, is the coach to lead this team back to the playoffs.'

Marker Positive finish [11:14 AM]
Windsor Star reports: 'Buffalo managed just 52 yards rushing in the game and 262 yards overall.'

Marker Bills offense flounders again in defeat [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills now have 10 days in which to prepare for their season opener against the New York Jets in Ralph Wilson Stadium. It looks like they need it.'

Marker Ford Field costly, but a better deal for Lions [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It has a capacity of 64,355, about 16,000 fewer seats than the Silverdome. But Ford Field has 8,641 club seats and 132 luxury suites.'

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