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Buffalo Bills News - August 9, 2002

Marker Bills install new security procedures [1:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Permitted in are fanny packs, purses and clear plastic bags (12 inches- by-12 inches or smaller), seat cushions, rain ponchos, small hand-held radios and TVs and blankets. In any case, if you’re bringing those items in, expect delays. There will be an express line, but ticket holders can’t be bringing anything into the stadium, including purses, to use that option. Fans with banned items must take them back to their vehicles or throw them away as Bills’ security will not store them.'

Marker O-line ready to step front and center [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bengals have one of the better young defenses in the NFL and should be a big challenge for the Bills in the game in Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Hard work comes easy to Robinson [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They told me that if you're a linebacker, just go up there and work hard, do your job and the fans will love you," Robinson said after a recent Bills practice in Pittsford. "It's a blue-collar town. You pay full price for a ticket, you want a full day's work out of a player."'

Marker Bills establish new policies for games [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Parking lots open on game days four hours before kickoff. No paneled or windowless vans or trucks will be permitted in any Bills lots.'

Marker Bledsoe comfortable as Bills' savior [9:04 AM]
NFL Insider reports: This is Drew Bledsoe 's team. That's obvious from the moment his 6-foot-5-inch, 240-pound frame comes swaggering into the huddle and takes instant command of the Buffalo Bills offense. This -- like everywhere else in Western New York -- is Bledsoe's town.

Marker Williams learns from first-year lumps [9:04 AM]
NFL Insider reports: 'A year ago, Gregg Williams entered his first training camp as an NFL head coach determined to put a tough, demanding, take-charge signature on the Buffalo Bills. He might have done a little bit too well in achieving his goal.'

Marker Foreman enjoys fresh start after tough ending with Bills [8:52 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"I kind of saw it coming from a couple of comments that coach Williams had made," Foreman said. "For a person who led the team in tackles and only played 60 percent of the time; for me being replaced or even talked about being replaced, I thought it was kind of weird. I wouldn't have minded competing, but when the writing is on the wall, the writing is on the wall. I kind of knew something was going to happen. Luckily, it happened in Houston. I feel like I'm in a better place and a better organization."'

Marker Plenty on the line in preseason opener [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'So while Bledsoe and just about every other starter on both sides of the ball will be relaxing on the sideline by the start of the second quarter, the big boys up front will still be banging heads with the Cincinnati Bengals, probably right up until halftime.'

Marker Jackson in a tight spot [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'He hears the scuttlebutt that Donahoe, who has already replaced 75 percent of Butler's team in just two seasons, won't be happy until it's more like 85 or 90. Will being one of Butler's boys hurt his chances of making the team this year?'

Marker Bills' voice recalls Hearn [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've always had very high regard for Drew Bledsoe when we had to play against him," said Levy, who visited Bills camp Wednesday afternoon. "I believe he's 30 years old which is really a prime time in a quarterback's career. He's experienced, he has great work ethic, he has confidence, and I think the Bills made a magnificent off-season move being able to sign Drew."'

Marker Fan of the day [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm very optimistic. I think an 8-8 or maybe even 9-7 season is possible if the offensive line comes around. We've got to put some points on the board so the defense isn't out there so much."'

Marker Jim Kelly to wave green flag Sunday [5:45 AM]
Corning Leader reports: 'Last weekend, Jim Kelly was sporting a gold jacket in pro football’s holy land. This weekend, he’ll be waving a green flag at one of American auto racing’s most storied tracks.'

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August 8, 2002

Marker Bills ready for Bledsoe's debut [8:53 PM]
AP reports: '"We're very confident. Everybody has the same mindset: "We're not giving a back 100 yards." Whether Cincinnati's Corey Dillon, who finished seventh in the NFL in rushing last season, plays or not, Bills defenders believe there's no better time than now to begin establishing a new reputation.'

Marker Legitimate optimism [1:59 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The biggest worry, with the lack of depth, is injury. The Bills must stay relatively healthy to have a realistic shot at 9 or 10 wins, which may be optimistic based on last year's 3-13 record.'

Marker Jenkins seeks redemption [1:24 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Despite his success in St. Louis, Jenkins saw his career take an unexpected turn when the Rams released him following their Super Bowl season. He spent a season in Denver, but was released by the Broncos after just six games last year, and finished the season with the Green Bay Packers.'

Marker Williams Announces Friday's Playing Time [11:20 AM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe will play the first quarter, Alex Van Pelt will play the second quarter and Travis Brown will play the third quarter and most of the fourth before giving way to David Priestley for the final two drives or so, depending on the length of plays the offense accumulates throughout the game.

Marker Shuffling Out of Buffalo [11:07 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '"I wanted out a year before that," he said, referring to when the Bills were weighing whether to keep him or Doug Flutie. "When they were dragging the process out, I called them and said, 'Listen, I don't want to be there. If this is that tough of a decision for you, let me go.' But when they said they wanted to keep me, I wanted to be there."'

Marker Polk's transition coming along nicely [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Based on his hard work in the offseason and a good showing early at St. John Fisher College, the Bills think Polk will be a quality backup to Keith Newman at strong side linebacker this season. Just as importantly, Polk is one of the leaders of the Bills special teams units.'

Marker Training Camp Billboard [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tyrone Robertson will start at left end and Ron Edwards will start at left tackle against the Bengals. Robertson had worked at left tackle most of camp.'

Marker Football is never far from Schobel family [9:06 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'That's because nearly everyone at the table has a story to tell. This is a football-loving family, from Andy down to his sons Ryan, Aaron and Matt and from Bob to his son Bo. All of them are or were fine players, but Aaron upped the ante in 2001 when he was Buffalo's second-round draft pick, becoming the first to play in the NFL.'

Marker Bledsoe's snub hasn't riled Bengals [9:05 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The last time the Cincinnati Bengals played a team led by a quarterback who snubbed them in free agency, there were fireworks. Not so this time.'

Marker Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day [9:02 AM] reports: Buffalo Bills player with fan of the day.

Marker Gregg Williams Learns From First-Year Lumps [8:49 AM] reports: This summer, Williams is taking a different approach at the Bills' St. John Fisher College camp. He has cut back on the number of two-a-day practices. He also has curtailed some of the physical contact and no longer makes his players run punishment laps for mistakes on the field.

Marker London Fletcher Diary: Entry #4 [8:49 AM] reports: Fletcher "Isn't this weather gorgeous? The temperature here is almost too good to be true! When it's 70 degrees out there, sometimes it gets hard to work up a sweat."

Marker Prioleau a fine find [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '"He got his chance, he took advantage of it, and we're happy he did," said Tom Modrak, the Bills' assistant general manager who made a positive recommendation to general manager Tom Donahoe on Prioleau's behalf. "I thought he had a good workout, and from there Tom pulled the trigger."'

Marker Irons has great football pedigree [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"Football is definitely a love (of my family). My father played 10 years in the NFL and to follow in his footsteps is a dream come true. Now I want to pave my own way and make the most of this opportunity."'

Marker A mentor with deep pockets [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'While at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a degree in business management and information systems, Irons became close friends with investment wizard Warren Buffett, recognized as the world's second-richest man.'

Marker McDonnell a 'puppy' who works like a dog [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Converted to tight end last year by the New York Giants after signing as a free agent, the Bills also believe he's better suited for the offensive line.'

Marker Flowers returns to practice [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flowers, the former first-round draft pick in 2000, suffered what was termed a ''chip fracture'' in his neck during the practices with the Cleveland Browns last Friday and did not work until Wednesday's pad-less practice at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Preseason play is a tough call [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'How much should Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe and the rest of the team's starters play in Friday night's preseason opener against Cincinnati?'

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