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Buffalo Bills News - August 14, 2002

Marker Bills' Brown, Jennings to miss Vikings game [3:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams said on Wednesday Brown is close to being cleared to resume practicing, and Jennings isn't expected to miss a significant period of time.'

Marker Whispers from around the NFL [2:11 PM]
ESPN reports: 'This could be a make-or-break camp for three Bills veterans: DE Erik Flowers, who is struggling with a neck injury, DE Bryce Fisher and WR Jeremy McDaniel. Trade rumors continue to float around Buffalo regarding RB Shawn Bryson. The thinking is that the Bills are waiting for another team to have an injury at RB, after which they can make an offer. Bryson is currently slated to be the primary backup for Travis Henry, but the Bills have two other RBs who could fill that role in Sammy Morris and Richard Huntley. Don't be surprised if Bills guard Marques Sullivan supplants veteran Jerry Ostroski as the starting right guard. Ostroski remains on the PUP list with a leg injury, and Sullivan has been playing very well.'

Marker Bills cut Bradley, Fletcher [1:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Both were late acquisitions, signed just before the start of training camp.'

Marker Experience seasons Newman [1:21 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: "Sometimes you can put too much pressure on a guy when he's in his third year... and I think that (happen) to Keith," Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. "(In 2000, he was) starting and dominating and then you have to play like Sam and you have to play in the nickel, the dime and the ruby (cover packages) - to me, it was actually too much, but he took it and didn't complain. He did his job and I think that will help Keith this year."

Marker Bill release 2 UFDA's [11:34 AM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has released CB Jykine Bradley and WR Delrico Fletcher. Bradley, a 5-10, 182-pound defensive back out of Middle Tennessee signed with the Bills as a free agent on July 17. Fletcher, a 6-1, 200-pound wide receiver out of Rutgers signed with the Bills as a free agent on July 23.'

Marker Lary Bump: Bills Trainers Show How to Handle the Heat [11:24 AM]
NFL HS reports: NFL high school site picked up article on Bills beating the heat.

Marker Jim Kelly speech audio from the 2002 NFL Youth Football Summit [11:18 AM]
NFL HS reports: Audio only link to Jim Kelly speech. Speech was given one day before Jim Kelly was inducted in Hall of Fame (13 minutes long).

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Tony Driver [11:18 AM] reports: put free safety Tony Driver in the hot seat for the two minute drill. Read what he had to say about about his teammates.

Marker Bills try to teach high schools lesson - anyone can help with heat [10:04 AM] reports: "At the professional level, we can have more. We have a staff doctor on hand at all times, IVs and complete first-aid facilities. High schools have water, but they don't have money for anything else," says Carpenter, whose team has a shed at his training camp piled high with case after case of Gatorade and another indoor facility to help cool overheated players. But a high school could find $30 for a pool that could help prevent a heat-stroke tragedy.

Marker Chris Brown: Veteran defensive lineman Shawn Price has passed physical [9:11 AM]
WGR reports: On several occasions the Buffalo Bills have maintained they have an interest in Price and were waiting for him to be physically healthy before opening discussions on a possible contract. The Bills will presumably put him through their own physical exam, but talks between the two sides are expected to begin shortly if they haven’t already.

Marker With Bledsoe at quarterback, the Bills might just be playoff contenders [9:07 AM]
Guelph Mercury reports: 'Today, it's a new game, hope springs again with the kidnapping of Drew Bledsoe, and with him, the biggest pothole in Buffalo has been filled.'

Marker For Crosby, football is a block party [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Starting fullback Larry Centers is a capable blocker. But the Bills don't want to wear him down in all short-yardage and goal-line situations during the year. That's where Crosby comes in.'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's the nature of this game: Guys get hurt. The teams that are successful are the teams that can move on and not lose a step."'

Marker Robertson really learning on job [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'This kid, who turns 23 on Thursday, has all the potential in the world and Robertson knows it, coach Gregg Williams knows it and defensive line coach John Levra knows it.'

Marker Bledsoes' cause really hits home [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"Any ideas in kids' heads will rule their world and whether parents want to believe it or not, their kids will make all the big decisions in their lives on their own."'

Marker Fan of the day [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"When they lose, I feel sick to my stomach..."'

Marker The second coming of Bledsoe [5:19 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Bledsoe is determined to do what that hokey song says and eventually lead the Bills to the Super Bowl, where they are overdue to get it right next time. The championship ring he received from New England does not glitter for him. "I'll be more proud," he said, "of the one I win here."'

Marker TMQ does not look favoribly on Preseason tailgating [12:46 AM]
ESPN reports: Further proof of the decline of western civilization: At Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., fans began parking RVs and campers in stadium lots to start tailgate parties two days before a preseason game.

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August 13, 2002

Marker Lary Bump: Coaches demand more from D-line [9:10 PM]
Shout! reports: The coaching staff seemed particularly rough on the defensive line, and a brief look at the one-on-one pass-protection drill showed why. Tyrone Robertson, expected to start, couldn't get by Tom Schau, who quite likely won't make the team (unless even more offensive linemen are injured). The only defender who clearly won one on one was James Cotton, who ran around left tackle Kris Farris. Pat Williams redeemed himself after Corey Hulsey pushed him down on their first attempt, and Justin Bannan had the upper hand in a do-over with Marques Sullivan

Marker Banged-up line doesn't concern Bledsoe [9:08 PM]
AP reports: '"You'd love to have all those guys out there all of the time," Bledsoe said Tuesday, following the Bills training camp session in suburban Rochester. "But that's just not the way it works. Part of being a successful team is that you have to be able to compensate for those things."'

While Ostroski was surprised to hear the news, Bills GM Tom Donahoe denied a published report that the team has asked the veteran lineman to take a pay cut. Donahoe said he's had no discussions of that nature with Ostroski or his agent.

Marker Larry Felser: In Buffalo Bledsoe has weapons again. [8:59 PM]
Empire reports: Not only does he have one of the better one-two wide receiver punches with Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, but a spectacular rookie in Josh Reed, college football’s top receiver last year. Kevin Gilbride, the new OC, is using Larry Centers, the NFL’s all-time pass-catching back, downfield instead of exclusively a dink-and-dunk catcher. Bledsoe’s proven skill of hooking up with tight ends is double now with Jay Riemersma and Dave Moore.

Marker Injuries Mount on Bills Offensive Line [8:56 PM] reports: Coach Williams has made it clear that Trey Teague will not shift to tackle from the center position. It is unclear whether or not Jennings or Price will be available for Friday’s preseason matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Marker Coy Wire: Natural Born Hitter [5:36 PM] reports: Flies like a missile, that is. In last Friday\'s preseason contest against the Cincinnati Bengals-- the first professional game Wire ever attended-- he led the team with nine tackles. Keep in mind that Wire played only part of the game, and he did it at a completely new position-- strong safety.

Marker Follow Your Bills In The Media [5:26 PM] reports: Wednesday, August 14 - Quarterback Drew Bledsoe will be taping a segment in the morning for the Jim Rome Radio Show.

Marker Bills place Spoon on injured reserve [3:59 PM]
AP reports: 'Expected to be a major special teams contributor this season, Spoon was pegged to back up newly acquired veteran London Fletcher at middle linebacker.'

Marker Len Pasquarelli: Ostroksi to take pay cut for second year straight [3:14 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo offensive lineman Jerry Ostroski has lost his starting position and now could lose $1 million. Word is that the Bills have apprised Ostroski he needs to reduce his 2002 base salary from $1.75 million to $750,000 to ensure himself a roster spot. It looks like Ostroski will take the pay cut.
Ostroski has reported denied this report.

Marker Spoon Placed On Injured Reserve [10:40 AM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has placed linebacker Brandon Spoon on the Injured Reserve list.

Marker Bills get a charge out of depth at tight end [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jay is your starter right now and he gives you a guy who can press it up the field better than most tight ends can do," he said. "He's a blocker who is getting better and needs to continue to improve at the point of attack. In Dave Moore you have a good all-around tight end, a solid blocker who can run routes well. He gives you versatility. He can come back into the backfield. He doesn't have quite the up-the-field ability as Jay."'

Marker Brown, Williams giving back [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills guard Ruben Brown was honored for his extensive charity work, and defensive tackle Pat Williams did a good deed for his high school alma mater.'

Marker This game is a pain [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '"I hate all this attention, I hate being in training rooms and being with Rusty every day. I just want to play," Ostroski said Monday after another long day of rehabbing his surgically repaired knee with Jones and watching his teammates go through a pair of steamy practices. "It was never about all this stuff before, it was about showing up every day at work, doing your job and going home. Hopefully I can get back to that."'

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