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Buffalo Bills News - July 24, 2002

Marker Bledsoe arrives at camp [8:32 PM]
AP reports: ``There's a high energy around here, you can just feel it by being here,'' second-year defensive lineman Tyrone Robertson said. ``You've got Drew Bledsoe, and just on both sides of the ball everything's looking better. ... All my friends back home asked me how we're going to do. And I said, 'Hey, the sky's the limit.'''

Marker 49ers Must Solve Rams' Puzzle [6:00 PM] reports: Beasley said that he believes the Rams replaced middle linebacker London Fletcher with Jamie Duncan because of the way Beasley terrorized Fletcher in blocks during games.

Marker Bills ranked 2nd in division by Dr Z [5:55 PM]
CNN SI reports: From the 'for what it's worth' department: good news is Dr Z thinks we're better than the Dolphins and Jets, bad news is we're ranked 15th in his preseason survey. Hey that's better than 30th. The O-linemen are going to have to hold their blocks for a while, but Rob Johnson got 'em used to that. Bledsoe will get the ball deep to Eric Moulds. He'll find Jay Riemersma down the seam. They'll run when they have to. The D-line? Don't ask.

Marker Training camp schedule [11:56 AM]
D and C reports: If it rains, practice will be moved indoors and public practice closed. Parade is in Pittsford on Friday at 6 PM. Veterans report on Saturday.

Marker Parking at Training Camp [11:53 AM]
D and C reports: They REALLY want you to use shuttles. Parking on lawns and streets within a mile of campus is banned. Violators will be towed. Doesn't sound like parking near the Ralph, does it?

Marker BHS grad Wright signs with Buffalo [9:09 AM]
Bakersfield Californian reports: 'Wright, drafted in the seventh round, ranked first in career receptions at Fresno State with 222 and second in receiving yards with 3,274.'

Marker Bills, Williams down to the wire [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams' contract is expected to rank second only to that of receiver Eric Moulds in Bills' history. Moulds signed a deal worth a little more than $40 million, and it included a $12.5 million signing bonus.'

Marker A question of talent [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I think the biggest thing I learned was no matter how hard you work and how organized you are, you can't predict injuries. There's no depth in the league anymore and that was a huge factor for us.'

Marker Top Ten Questions Heading Into Camp [7:03 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Bledsoe was popular for his personality and community involvement in New England, but Patriots fans had grown tired of his game on the field.'

Marker Bills sign two more draft picks [7:02 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Ch. 2 Sports has learned that Reed and Denny are close to agreements and should be reporting with the rest of the rookies on Wednesday at St. John Fisher College in Rochester for training camp. Negotiations with Williams might take a little longer, although #3 overall pick, quarterback Joey Harrington, did sign with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. Williams, at #4 overall, is now the highest unsigned first round pick.'

Marker Bills' Camp Goods In Store [6:59 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The signs of camp are everywhere in Pittsford. The team is being welcomed to town by merchants and customers alike--all eager to get their hands on Bills' products.'

Marker Bills 'grind' out plan to turn team around [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'In the time-honored NFL way, they played copycat, except rather than emulate a successful offensive style or defensive alignment, they duplicated the rebuilding formula of the San Francisco 49ers.'

Marker Bledsoe arrives at Fisher today [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'The new Bills quarterback arrives today and will be on the field Thursday morning at St. John Fisher College for the first workout involving rookies, free agents and select veterans.'

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July 23, 2002

Marker Bills sign three players [9:30 PM]
AP reports: Buffalo Bills signed draft picks Kevin Thomas and Rodney Wright, and free agent Delrico Fletcher on Tuesday. The Bills also waived rookie LB John Duckett.

Marker Limited number of Tickets available for Hall of Fame Trip [9:30 PM]
TBD reports: TBD is sponsoring a trip to Canton with reserved seating for parade and enshrinement ceremony. Check out the Jim Kelly Wall of Fame Induction board.

Marker Bills Sign Two More Draft Picks [4:05 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed two more of their 2002 draft picks - cornerback Kevin Thomas and wide receiver Rodney Wright. As is club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Marker Front four doesn't add up [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills need two starters to come out of relative nowhere - unless they sign a veteran free agent off the street.'

Marker Bills import talent, leadership [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'Still, nobody can knock the Bills for gambling on an infusion of a dozen veterans to float them from the depths of 3-13. There are foolish gambles and then there is necessity.'

Marker Bills' night tickets gone [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'In addition, fewer than 1,000 tickets are still available for the team's scrimmage with the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, Aug. 3.'

Marker Bledsoe: The perfect fit [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: '"We all became better coaches the moment that trade went down," coach Gregg Williams says.'

Marker Williams is ready for the big time [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Much is expected from the 6-foot-6, 375-pound behemoth who makes former Bills offensive tackle Howard "House" Ballard look more like a cottage. He plans on living up to those lofty expectations.'

Marker Revamped roster gives Bills fresh hope [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: '"You don't do it by talking about it, by looking at the roster and looking at the stats on guys. You do it by going out and hitting a guy in the mouth every single play to win a game. That's how you win games and have successful seasons."'

Marker Polian, most of NFL missed out on Fletcher [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'On Draft Day 1998, 241 players were selected, including 34 linebackers. None of them was named London Fletcher.'

Marker Bills abound in questions as work begins [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'What Drew Bledsoe did the Bills get? The quarterback who threw for 128 TDs and guided four playoff teams in his first six seasons in New England or the one who was sacked 105 times and threw more interceptions (39) than touchdowns (38) the past three years?'

Marker Autograph tips [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Be patient. It may take minutes, hours and even days to get your guy.'

Marker Revamped Bills once again excite fans [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '"We can't keep much of the new merchandise in the store. We have back orders on the new jerseys that we are trying to fill."'

Marker New blood makes team easier to market [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"We had to do a lot of things last year that weren't very comfortable," said Donahoe, referring to the release of nearly 20 players, including Doug Flutie, Henry Jones, Ted Washington and Antowain Smith. "But they had to be done to try and get the team on the right course. We feel we're on the track. We haven't headed very far down the track, but at least we're on the track."'

Marker Completing blockbuster possible 'steal for Buffalo' [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'That fact has left skeptics asking that if the 30-year-old Bledsoe is a player in his prime, with five or six good seasons ahead of him, as the Bills are convinced, why then were they the only serious bidder?'

Marker B&L eyes fans as it becomes camp sponsor [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Community groups invited to the camp -- mainly children and teenagers -- will receive free vision screenings as part of a tour.'

Marker Expectations rising quickly in WNY and beyond for new-look Bills [5:21 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Hype is nice, but doesn't score points or win games. Bledsoe should help do both, but how the rest of the newcomers around him fare will ultimately decide just how much better Buffalo becomes this year.'

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