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Buffalo Bills News - August 23, 2002

Marker Jobs up for grabs on Bills' special teams [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We still have people fighting for some jobs and we have some holes to fill so it's a big game, and next week is a big game, too," said special teams coach Danny Smith. "We want to solidify our coverage and return units. We'll continue to play several people at the positions to give them a chance to win a job."'

Marker Hard hitter is leaving his mark [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '"Billy is going to be all around the ball, he's going to be tough and physical, that's how he plays," said Fletcher. "He's gonna hit me, he's gonna hit his teammates, he's gonna hit the opponents. He's a physical player and I'm glad to have him as a part of our defense."'

Marker AFC East still tough, balanced [5:14 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Team still lacks depth on defense and has big holes in the front seven. The offense shows promise, though, particularly if Bledsoe returns to Pro Bowl form.'

Marker AFC East [5:13 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Playoff outlook: Fair. While there is some talent on defense, too many holes remain to be a playoff-caliber squad.'

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August 22, 2002

Marker Vandals at the Ralph [9:58 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Someone went for a joyride across the outdoor practice field at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Answering The Ten Camp Questions [9:54 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'It will probably be the best offense since the peak of the Jim Kelly Era. Yes--Drew's the perfect fit.'

Marker Gifted rookie receivers making impact [9:12 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Josh Reed, Bills (36th overall): He was viewed as the most-polished of all the receivers in the draft, and he has lived up to that. Reed might not have the outstanding speed of some of the others in this class, but he makes up for it with his ability to separate from defensive backs with his great route running. The Bills love this kid and he should be the No. 3 receiver behind Eric Moulds and Peerless Price. Reed has made several nice plays in the preseason. Doesn't look the part because he is a former running back with a thick body, but he understands the position.

Marker Fisher battling to stick with Bills [9:10 PM]
AP reports: 'This Saturday's preseason game at Indianapolis might be his last chance to make an impression and return for a second season with the Bills.'

Marker Fan Q & A With Owner Ralph Wilson [5:36 PM] reports: "As long as the franchise can remain viable in every way in the National Football League I envision the Bills honoring the lease"

Marker Erik Flowers Joins Texans [5:03 PM] reports: The Houston Texans have claimed defensive end Erik Flowers. Flowers was a first-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills in 2000. In addition, the Texans have formally signed quarterback Tony Banks.

Marker Bills pack up, head back to Buffalo [1:18 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"It was a good camp, obviously there were a lot of new faces, so we had to learn to work together and learn to communicate with each other," said quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who joined the Bills in April after nine seasons in New England. "We got a lot done. ... We're not ready to play a regular-season game, but we are close."'

Marker Tight end raring for season [1:17 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Though he believes the offense has shown considerable progress in training camp, Riemersma realizes there is plenty of work still to be done. "I think we've mastered the base offense," he said, "and here in the next few weeks, we can really start to concentrate on what we're going to be good at during the season."'

Marker Falcons sign veteran safety Jones [11:19 AM]
AP reports: The Atlanta Falcons signed veteran safety Henry Jones on Thursday. The 6-0, 200-pound Jones played 10 seasons in Buffalo before being waived last September. He signed with Minnesta and played five games but was waived in October.

Marker Where are they now: Jerry Butler [10:43 AM] reports: "I had chicken wings for the first time on that Saturday (before the game). The waitress said, ‘Have you tried wings?’ I said, ‘No, I could probably eat three or four.’ She said, ‘You’ve got to get them in 10 or 20.’ I said, ‘My God, how can anybody eat 10 or 20 wings?’ She said, ‘How would you like them? Hot, medium or mild?’

Marker Bostic tries to beat the odds [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 5-foot-9, 190-pound cornerback is locked in a battle for the fourth cornerback spot along with rookie Kevin Thomas, drafted in the sixth round out of UNLV in April. The first three spots are locks with Nate Clements, Antoine Winfield and Chris Watson. Bostic, who last played in the league with the Eagles in 2000, is listed behind Winfield at left cornerback.'

Marker Camp will stay put for another decade [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Said Bills coach Gregg Williams: "St. John Fisher did a great job putting the camp on and it improved from last year. I think it has to be one of the best camps in the National Football League with the whole production. The fans have been outstanding and we really enjoy them having a good time when they come out to practice because training camp can be hard."'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of the players who stood out during training camp, Williams said first-round draft pick Mike Williams is the "real deal" and second-year running back Travis Henry was productive.'

Marker Fisher camp is a wrap [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"St. John Fisher did a great job putting the camp on, it improved from last year, and it has to be one of the best in the NFL with the whole production."'

Marker Yes, punters do need rest [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'They believe a year of endless kicking -- starting with a full season in NFL Europe that ran right into the championship game, then winning the punting and kickoff jobs with the Bills in camp for another endless season -- deadened his leg by October or so.'

Marker Fan of the day [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'They're playing in a tough division but I think they'll go 8-8.'

Marker Bills, Fisher extend deal [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '"Having been exposed to it for two years, I really don't know if you could draw up a training camp situation better than what we have here at Fisher," Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills extend training camp pact in Rochester [5:14 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Several NFL officials recently visited the camp and have noted the support the team has received throughout Rochester in hopes of boosting its marketing presence beyond the immediate Buffalo area.'

Marker Bills give fans hope [5:13 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As a package, the Bills look, at the very least, intriguing with every possibility they could be a serious spoiler in the AFC East. If the offensive line comes together quickly enough and the defence is able to get its act together, they could be more than spoilers.'

Marker AFC East at a glance [5:12 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Projected record: 7-9.'

Marker Flowers heads south after being released by Bills [5:11 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Flowers is hopeful a change of scenery and a scheme that relies heavily on its outside pass rushers might resurrect his career.'

August 21, 2002

Marker Bills Extend Agreement With St. John Fisher College [9:09 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has extended its agreement with St. John Fisher College to hold training camp at the school through the summer of 2011.'

Marker Bills extend training camp agreement with St. John Fisher [9:08 PM]
AP reports: 'We could not be happier about the arrangement," Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe said. "I really don't know if you could draw up a better training camp situation than what we have here at Fisher."'

Marker Bills Extend Training Camp Contract With Fisher [9:04 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The contract that brought the NFL to Pittsford had two years left on it--until the Bills announced a seven-year extension, keeping the team and the fans through 2011.'

Marker Newberry Hurts Finger; McDaniel Added [8:55 PM]
San Francisco 49ers reports: 'The former University of Arizona standout was signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 1999. His best season was in 2000, when he played in 16 games and started six, and had 43 catches for 697 yards. For his career, he has 54 catches for 826 yards and two touchdowns.'

Marker Texans add defensive end to roster [8:52 PM]
AP reports: 'The Houston Texans claimed defensive end Erik Flowers, a former first-round draft choice, off waivers Wednesday.'

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