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Buffalo Bills News - May 22, 2002

Marker Bills abuzz over NFL's banning of supplement [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ephedra is an ingredient in about 200 supplements that are commonly used for weight loss, boosting energy or building muscle mass. Nevertheless, consumer watchdog Public Citizen last year called ephedra "the most lethal" dietary supplement and has urged the Food and Drug Administration to ban it.'

Marker Comeback belongs on Ralph's Wall [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tacking the date to the wall also would be a way of saluting the players from the Super Bowl years who won't make it up on the Wall individually: Frank Reich, who orchestrated that 41-38 victory out of thin air, Kenneth Davis, Jeff Wright, Nate Odomes, House Ballard and the rest.'

Marker Van Pelt is Bills' most loyal subject [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"When you have a chance to get a quarterback the caliber of Drew Bledsoe, you go after him as hard as you can. Yeah, I'm disappointed, but I'm a team player. The team is more important than me, and Drew gives us a better chance of winning. Even I know that."'

Marker One man's narrowing formula for long-term success [12:07 AM]
CNNSI reports: Bills one of five best teams with in terms of long term potential due to sound front office management, per Pat Kirwin.

Marker Big Mike is a real card [12:07 AM] reports: Big Mike, as the Buffalo Bills ' first-round draft pick often refers to himself, put on the biggest show at the Rose Bowl this past weekend, as he and 30 other NFL rookies took part in the Reebok NFL Players Rookie Premiere.

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May 21, 2002

Marker Mike Williams Returns To Practice [4:36 PM] reports: Tuesday marked the second day of the Bills off-season camp with the entire team present. It was also the first time first-round draft pick Mike Williams took the field with the veterans.

Marker Bills Uniform History Fact Of The Day [4:35 PM] reports: The Countdown Until The Uniform Unveiling

Marker Breakout player - RB Travis Henry & C Jonas Jennings [12:31 PM]
The Sporting News reports: A breakout season can be defined as the point at which ability, preparation and opportunity merge into production.

Henry - He would have had a 1,000-yard season as a rookie if he had stayed healthy. With a better line and an improved passing game to keep defenses playing the Bills more honestly, Henry should excel.

Jennings - Despite injuries last year as a rookie, he came on strong at right tackle. This year, he probably will be moved to center, a position he played at Georgia. Jennings has the intelligence and mobility to excel at that spot.

Marker How The BILLS Got Their Name [10:31 AM] reports: Since the end of the 1946 season Buffalo's professional football team has been known as the Bills. How did it get that name?

Marker Thomas could fit as No. 4 corner [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You never know, you get an injury here and you move up to third corner. You get a hamstring injury here and now you're on the edge playing as one of the first corners. He has to be able to make plays."'

Marker Leadership Centers on veterans [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Last year was so dim around here. It looked like there wasn't any light at the end of the tunnel. But there's such a different attitude around here now. We're walking with a swagger. That's something we didn't have last season."'

Marker Riemersma willing to re-do contract [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think one of the things that's been unfairly written about my situation is that Jay Riemersma refuses to restructure. Restructure and doing other things are two totally different things. I'm open to any possibilities."'

Marker Bills reward Centers with longer deal [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Details weren't released but Centers, who a year ago signed a two-year deal worth about $2 million with incentives -- including $800,000 in base salary for 2002 -- will very likely be given more guaranteed money and his deal will run at least through the 2003 season.'

Marker Riemersma hopes to stay [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: '''It's tough, let me tell you,'' Riemersma said. ''You read and see some of the things, I just hope this all gets resolved as quickly as possible. We'll find out here in a week or so but I'm up here in good faith, just trying to earn a spot like everyone else.'''

Marker Marino to play in charity game [5:06 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Marino and a collection of ex-Dolphins will play a team of Bills alumni quarterbacked by Jim Kelly in a charity flag-football game July 21 at the University of Buffalo. Other ex-Dolphins expected to participate include wide receiver Mark Duper, fullback Keith Byars and kicker Pete Stoyanovich.'

May 20, 2002

Marker Bills mini-camp gets underway [8:10 PM]
AP reports: '"I definitely think there have been a lot of positive changes made," Centers said. "Bringing in Drew Bledsoe and London Fletcher and Eddie Robinson, guys like that with leadership qualities."'

Marker Camp Report: Moulds Excited About Possibilities [6:42 PM] reports: "It's extremely exciting for me, said Buffalo's top receiver. "I'm just going to go out there and work hard. Drew loves to throw the ball deep so I think we're going to have some exciting times out there at Ralph Wilson Stadium."

Marker Centers shows up, Fina a no-show [4:48 PM]
Shout! reports: Williams denied that Fina's absence foretold an imminent release. "John and I talked about that," the coach said. "He probably came back (from off-season surgery) too fast last year. There's nothing to read into that."

Marker Bills Publish Online Book [3:51 PM] reports: As the Bills work through a busy off-season and prepare to write a new chapter in team history, columnist Tim O'Shei is spending the next several weeks collecting feedback from users to write an online book about the team.

Marker Superstar Bills [3:25 PM] reports: From Jack Kemp and Billy Shaw to Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas, the Bills have had some great players over the years. columnist Tim O'Shei take a look back at the Superstars in the third chapter of his online book.

Marker Don Beebe consultant to Bears [1:05 PM]
House of Speed reports: According to Chicago Tribune, Don Beebe and his company the House of Speed have become consultants to the Chicago Bears. Former Buffalo Bill Don Beebe will conduct speed drills with some of the team's players. Beebe will work with the team two times a week through June.

Marker Bills could deal RB Bryson soon [12:41 PM] reports: [Sporting News article] Buffalo has logjam at running back

Marker Kent Hull Inducted To Wall Of Fame [12:39 PM] reports: Hull was the greatest center in Bills history, playing with the franchise for 11 seasons. He was one of the reasons that the Bills were a dominant force in the AFC during the early 1990s. Hull joined the NJ Generals of the USFL in 1983, and when the USFL folded in 1986, he joined former Generals teammate Jim Kelly in Buffalo, where he spent his entire NFL career. Which game he will be inducted has not been revealed yet.

Marker Group Tickets Go On Sale Today [9:46 AM] reports: Individual game group tickets for the 2002 season have officially gone on sale. To order your group tickets call the Billsí Group Sales Department toll free: 1-877-BB-TICKS.

Marker Jennings welcomes switch from tackle [6:29 AM]
ESPN reports: But while Jennings rates among the Bills' top five linemen, according to their coaches and general manager Tom Donahoe, it would be premature to assume he will line up at tackle again in 2002. Instead, with Buffalo having improved the quality and quantity of a young blocking unit during the offseason, Jennings could be moved to center.

May 19, 2002

Marker Galaxy tops Admirals [6:22 PM]
NFL Europe reports: Curtis Alexander was a game hero, rushing 17 times for 109 yards (average 6.4 yards) and was the leading receiver as well catching 4 passes for 51 yards as their team rebounded from last week's first loss of the season last week without him. Alexander had many critcal plays including a 24 yard run and a 34 yard run and a 30 yard pass.

Marker Phony new Drew Bledsoe Jersey sold by shop at McKinley Mall [5:44 PM]
WKBW reports: The number 11 is the number of former Bills QB Rob Johnson, and just happens to be the number of Bills new QB Drew Bledsoe. A fan was sold a "taped" jersey with Bledsoe's name taped over a Johnson Jersey. Video clip included.

Marker The real deal [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The quarterback is most visible, and how Bledsoe carries himself will be watched closely in the coming months. How he represents Buffalo the team is how he represents Buffalo the town.'

Marker Hull eager to hit the Wall [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There have been two or maybe three centers besides Kent who I thought have been the superior centers in the game. Mike Webster (of Pittsburgh) was one. Then there was (Miami's) Dwight Stephenson and (Pittsburgh's) Dermontti Dawson. Each were a little different. I'd have to rate Kent the No. 1 pass protector of the four."'

Marker New faces, places get a run-through in Bills' minicamp [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He's still the $40 million man, and now he has the right quarterback and presumably the right offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride.'

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