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Buffalo Bills News - June 24, 2002

Marker NFL Teams Claim Victory On The Internet [3:12 PM] reports: was picked as the fourth best team site according to a recent study designed by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. The study rated the 121 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL team web sites.

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June 23, 2002

Marker Bledsoe no longer takes easy route [9:11 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'But he always was a fairly shrewd one at gauging public opinion. He knew there was more upside to falling on his sword publicly even if he could have made a bigger difference by pointing that sword at the offending parties. But Bledsoe wasn't one for confrontation.'

Marker Familiar faces [6:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former coach Marv Levy and former special teams standout Steve Tasker will be the television announcing team for two Buffalo Bills preseason games in August.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins losing its luster [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'It reinforces the opinion that the Bills should have pursued a "Rustbelt Division" with Pittsburgh and Cleveland rather than insist upon keeping the rivalry with Miami.'

June 22, 2002

Marker Tasker and Levy get the call to work Bills' preseason games [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We have a Hall of Famer (Levy) and a guy (Tasker) who should make the Hall of Fame," said Scott Berchtold, Bills vice president of communications. "The chemistry will be good. And from the football standpoint, the fan will get a heckuva lot there."'

June 21, 2002

Marker Bills agree to terms with Charles Johnson [9:54 PM]
AP reports: 'An eight-year NFL veteran, Johnson had 14 catches for 133 yards and one touchdown in two starts last season, all career lows.'

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With Charles Johnson [5:11 PM] reports: Initially selected by the Steelers in the first round of the 1994 Draft (17th overall) out of Colorado, Johnson went on to play five years for the Steelers. He signed as a free agent with Philadelphia in 1999 and played two seasons for the Eagles before joining the Patriots last May.

Marker Bills Sign Justin Bannan [5:09 PM] reports: The Bills took Bannan in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft out of Colorado with 139th selection overall.

Marker Judge Notes: Ravens Hope to Keep Adams [10:06 AM] reports: Plus, president and general manager Tom Donahoe didn't draft Bryson; he drafted Henry, the leading candidate to start. Stay tuned.

June 19, 2002

Marker Weekly Where Are They Now: Will Wolford [2:43 PM] reports: Chosen with Buffalo’s second pick in the first round of the 1986 draft, as it would turn out, the Vanderbilt star couldn’t have joined the club at a better time. Only six days after signing with the team, a quarterback named Jim Kelly also made his way to Buffalo.

Marker Bills At Frontier Field - Photo Gallery [1:58 PM] reports: Photos of Bills taking batting practice before Tuesday night's Rochester Red Wings games.

Marker Bills Off-Season Camp Report Archive [11:31 AM] reports: The Bills completed their third and final off-season camp on Friday, June 13. The next time the Bills take the field, the 42-year old franchise will be in Rochester, NY, for their third Training Camp at St. John Fisher College, which begins on July 24.

June 18, 2002

Marker Rookies' share is too much of the salary cap [11:02 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills, for example, have 10 draft picks to sign; at the very least that's $160,000 of extra cap space to make up.

Marker The changing face of the Bucs [11:02 PM] reports: "It's very different," said Johnson, the former Bills Quarterback. "We kind of ran the remedial version of the West Coast up in Buffalo. Down here, it's a lot more advanced. Coach Gruden coaches it very well. He's very detailed, and knows where he wants everyone and what to do. He's a very good coach that way and it's nice to be in this type of system."

Marker Jim and Hunter to be Grand Marshalls of 4th of July Parade in Olean [11:01 PM]
TBD reports: The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce came around to my business and asked for donations for a big parade in Olean with Jim and Hunter acting as the Grande Marshalls.

Marker Bills E-Postcard [3:35 PM] reports: Select a Bills E-Postcard and send a message to family & friends. Set of Postcards includes one with Drew Bledsoe and London Fletcher modeling the new uniforms.

Marker World Bowl X Pits Berlin Thunder vs. Rein Fire Saturday On Fox [11:20 AM] reports: Recap of the Bills in the NFLEL. The NFL Europe League will conclude its 10th season on Saturday when the Berlin Thunder face the Rhein Fire in World Bowl X at the Rheinstadion in Düsseldorf, Germany.

June 17, 2002

Marker 5th Down: A New Era of Blue [4:37 PM] reports: In January of 2001, owner Ralph Wilson was looking rebuild his Buffalo Bills. He started at the top by hiring football expert Tom Donahoe to run the team. Donahoe had built the Pittsburgh Steelers into a powerful, playoff-bound team in the 1990s, and Wilson hoped he could do the same for the Bills.

Marker 2002 Flag Football Tournament - Recap/Photos [3:58 PM] reports: The four adult teams that won their respective divisions were Mallare (Red division), Buffalo Scale #1 (Blue division), Tony's Steakout (White division), and Stumpfs 2 (Green division).

Marker Ruben Brown To Host Second Annual Motorcycle Run To Benefit The Salvation Army [3:57 PM] reports: RUBEN BROWN, the Bills six-time Pro Bowl offensive guard, will be hosting his Second Annual Motorcycle Run to benefit The Salvation Army on Sunday, June 23, 2002 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Peter King: Bills' offseason ranked #6 [2:43 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Drew Bledsoe replaces Alex Van Pelt. Mike Williams and Trey Teague (who I'm not crazy about because he failed with the Broncos last year) upgrade the Bills at tackle. Tom Donahoe has fixed a horrible cap situation. Heck of an offseason, and it will show on the field in September.

Marker Buchsbaum: Steelers sign slot WR Mathis [12:45 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Since they signed Mathis, don’t be surprised if the Steelers trade disappointing former first-round pick Troy Edwards to the Bills, if they can. Otherwise, they may just let him go and hope he doesn’t sign with the Bills. Tom Donahue, the Bills' GM, was the driving force behind the Steelers taking Edwards in the first round.

Marker Rookies Hit The Ballpark [10:12 AM] reports: The Rochester Red Wings, the Triple AAA affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles major league baseball team, has announced that five members of the Bills draft class of 2002 will be at Frontier Field on Tuesday, June 18 to take batting practice prior to the game and sign autographs during the 7:05 p.m. game against the Columbus Clippers.

Marker Alexander's NFL Europe Season Comes To An End [9:18 AM] reports: Bills allocated RB Curtis Alexander finishes season with 1,040 total yards from scrimmage.

Marker Uniform Day Pictures [9:13 AM]
Boston Bills Backers reports: One of my fellow Backers organizers here attended the uniform unveiling ceremony and took some photos. I've posted them on our website. Enjoy.

Marker Consider life without pro teams [9:05 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'For the True Believers, "wide right" and "no goal" are not yesterday's sports news. They remain viable, current topics. Few days in the lives of True Believers have been darker than those days. And the "greatest comeback"? It continues to send spasms of pleasure along their spines. Plenty of people have videos of the game and regularly watch it.'

June 16, 2002

Marker Saints shopping for backup back [4:40 PM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'The club has discussed a deal for Buffalo's Shawn Bryson, a talented young reserve who is expendable in a backfield that includes 2001 second-round pick Travis Henry, free agent Richard Huntley and 2000 fifth-round pick Sammy Morris. The asking price for Bryson is believed to be a third-round draft pick.'

Marker Bledsoe is feeling born again in Buffalo [4:39 PM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'A younger Bledsoe had to play against Kelly, Thomas, Smith, Andre Reed, and other mainstays on Buffalo's four Super Bowl teams. They were like idols to him in a way. "I know a lot of those guys," Bledsoe said. "Jim Kelly is still a huge presence in Buffalo, and I've seen him quite a bit. We played golf a couple of times. I just hope we can get back to that level of dominance and we can take it one step farther than that last step that they were fortunate enough to make."'

Marker Corey Moore cut from Dolphins [10:36 AM]
Sun-Sentinel reports: Former Buffalo Bills draft pick Corey Moore was cut because "Moore also showed no instincts on special teams". Moore was a Bills project at LB after playing as an undersized DE in college.

Marker Bills come to Frontier [10:08 AM]
D and C reports: Five players (Josh Reed, Josh Bannan, Kevin Thomas, Mike Pucillo and Rodney Wright) chosen in the Buffalo Bills 2002 draft will be at Frontier Field on Tuesday, taking batting practice prior to the Red Wings' game against the Columbus Clippers and signing autographs.

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