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Buffalo Bills News - June 14, 2002

Marker Man who kidnapped former Bill sentenced [5:27 AM]
AP reports: A man who kidnapped former Buffalo Bill and LSU football star Raion Hill and stole his vehicle was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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June 13, 2002

Marker Bills Auction Items For Charity Available [9:38 PM] reports: Earlier this week many of the Bills players participated in an autograph signing of items that will be sold for charity via NFL Auction, an online charity-based initiative of the NFL. The first five items from that signing will be available for fans to bid on starting tomorrow. They include a Drew Bledsoe signed helmet, an Eric Moulds autographed mini-helmet, a Mike Williams autographed panel football, a Keith Newman autographed mini-football and a Ruben Brown autographed authentic football.

Marker Bledsoe comfortable in new surroundings [9:38 PM]
AP reports: '``That process happened pretty quickly for me, really in a very short time that I started to feel like this is where I belong,'' said Bledsoe, acquired by the Bills in a trade last April. ``Would I have been as comfortable this quickly had I gone to another organization? I can't say, but I don't think so. This organization, this situation, this community, this team seems to be a good fit.'''

Marker Bills Wrap Up Off-Season Camp [5:20 PM] reports: The Bills wrapped up their final day of organized team activity on Thursday with a 90-minute workout inside the fieldhouse in Orchard Park, NY. 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.

Marker Organized Team Activity Coming To An End [11:38 AM] reports: As the Bills near the end of their final organized team activity before training camp, players are beginning to focus on what they need to do individually to make the 53-man roster in August.

Marker Uniform Evolution Wallpaper - Home or Away [9:48 AM] reports: Show your pride by putting the Bills on your computer's desktop. Get your uniform evolution wallpaper.

Marker Huntley new to Bills but familiar with system [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Huntley played for Kevin Gilbride, the Bills' new offensive coordinator, in Pittsburgh. It's an advantage that has drastically eased Huntley's transition - and he knows it.'

June 12, 2002

Marker ESN Bills Report - Ruben Brown hurt, Fisher and Early battle [5:20 PM]
ESN reports: Good camp report.
Ostroski and Germany have minor knee surgeries. Ruben Brown injured his knee and due to that Sullivan and Hulsey are working with first unit.
Someone should tell Bryce Fisher to make sure Michael Early has his helmet off next time Fisher wants to throw hay-makers. Fisher and Early got into a heated battle during practice, but the loser had to be Fisher's right hand. It appeared to land several times to the back of Early's helmet.

Marker PFW on Modrak promotion [5:14 PM]
ProFootballWeekly reports: Reporter Joel Buchsbaum, Tom Modrak's #1 fan, likes this move.

Marker Bledsoe Gains Respect On And Off The Field [1:56 PM]
ESN reports: I was on hand when Bledsoe was first introduced at One Bills Drive and was not overwhelmed by Drew's charisma. However, after just one month I am impressed with the laid back, approachable demeanor of the new signal caller Bills' players and fans are calling their leader.

Marker Chris Brown: Bryson Uncertain About Future in Buffalo [1:39 PM]
WGR reports: Bryson had ingrown toenail removed and was sore on Monday but he was able to practice on the toe Tuesday, and got his reps in team work, but he is still sitting behind Henry, Morris, and Huntley, in that order, in the RB rotation. Last yearís backup RB appears to have slipped a couple of notches. But Bryson is handling it as he always has, like water off a duckís back, ďIíve been in competition for the longest time. Even back at Tennessee. I guess itís just another mountain to climb.Ē

Marker Lary Bump: Modrak re-ups; where's Dwight? [1:35 PM]
Shout! reports: Conspicuously absent from the discussion of scouting staff changes was Dwight Adams, the holdover vice president/player personnel who also has been conspicuously absent from this mini-camp.

Marker 2002 Flag Football Tournament A Success [10:18 AM] reports: The third annual Buffalo Bills Flag Football Tournament was a tremendous success. There were 50 teams that participated in this year's event, and teams traveled from Canada and Pennsylvania to get in on the action. The weather was beautiful on Saturday for regulation play and on Sunday for the playoff games.

Marker Cop attempting to kick start a career [9:21 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: ''Well, the weather is bad and I'm kind of skeptical because the odds of finding somebody with the talent to move on at a place like that is, what, five hundred to one? But then Jon starts punting in the rain. With wet balls. And they're going 50 ... 60 ... 70 yards. So, now I'm looking at him and I'm saying to myself, 'Wow. This is a kicker.' ''

Marker Bills expect maximum results from minicamps [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"But we need to take advantage of as many days as we can in this program because we are so young and we are new."'

Marker Modrak makes move to assistant GM [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I like where we're going," Modrak said. "You work at this job for a lot of reasons, but one of them is to be successful. And I see the light at the end of the tunnel, we're going to be successful, we're going to win and that makes it even more appealing."'

Marker Bills' Modrak staying on [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: '''It's not the security of the job so much, I'm secure, but I also really like this organization. I like where we're going, I like the direction we're heading. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, we're going to be successful, we're going to win, and that makes it even more appealing."'

June 11, 2002

Marker Bills make sure they hold on to Modrak [10:04 PM]
ESPN reports: '"I felt this year's draft was as fine as any we have had in our history and Tom certainly was a key component," Bills owner Ralph Wilson said in a statement. "His knowledge in the areas of personnel and the game of football are top-notch and he will continue to play a very important role in our franchise."'

Marker Buffalo Bills Promote Tom Modrak to Assistant General Manager [10:03 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Modrak, 59, was hired last June as the team's director of football operations. Although his title will change, he will still oversee scouting of college and pro players and assist general manager Tom Donahoe with day-to-day operations, Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said.'

Marker Bills promote Modrak to assistant GM [9:44 PM]
AP reports: '"We look forward to having him for a long time. And I say that from the bottom of my heart," Bills president and GM Tom Donahoe said. "I have great respect for him in what he's done in personnel in this league, and I have even more respect for him as a person."'

Marker Camp Report: Tom Modrak Promoted To Assistant GM [5:58 PM] reports: While the Bills conducted their sixth organized team workout in the past eight days on Tuesday, the biggest news came off the field as President and General Manager Tom Donahoe announced that Tom Modrak has been promoted to Assistant General Manager of the Buffalo Bills.

Marker Recap of Gregg Williams on the Jim Rome radio show [5:56 PM]
TBD reports: He talked about
* the excitment he has for Drew Bledsoe coming to town. How having a player with a chip on his shoulder is so valuable and that he's been such a great leader even just to this point in the offseason.
* how important a good field goal kicker is, throwing out last year's stats of how many close games we lost and that in those games there were multiple kicks missed.
* what it is going to take to have a winning season. Winning close games early is the number one thing GW thinks this team needs to gain confidence and be successful. Of course, strong leadership by the veterans was mentioned also.

Marker Not everyone thinks the new Bills uniforms are better [4:05 PM]
ESPN reports: Poll on ESPN. Page 2 is all about sounding off, and this time it's your turn. We want you to decide if the Buffalo Bills has made the right moves in their new uniform styles.

Marker Chicks on Football: Pleasant Surprises at RB, TE [3:57 PM] reports: Travis Henry (RB), Buffalo: The Bills' powerful back is ready to shine as one of this year's Sophomore Sensations.

Marker Modrak Promoted To Assistant General Manager [1:22 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that Tom Modrak has been promoted to Assistant General Manager. Modrak, who signed a multi-year contract, served as Director of Football Operations since joining the club in early June of last year.

Marker Equipment Room Busy Incorporating New Look [10:20 AM] reports: The re-designed uniforms were revealed in a ceremony at Ralph Wilson Stadium this past Saturday in front of 16,000 plus screaming Bills backers. That's not where the story ends though. With the new look comes more changes behind the scenes and added tasks to an already busy schedule.

Marker Bills Host Chat With Uniform Expert On Wednesday [9:48 AM] reports: will host a thirty-minute live chat with Jet Blue Airways uniform design expert Stan Herman of Stan Herman Design (NYC) on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 3:30 PM (ET). Herman will answer questions about the new uniform design.

Marker Bills aren't joshing when they praise Reed [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They didn't think twice. They had to have Reed. They couldn't pass up the Biletnikoff winner, a first-team All-American who the team graded highly in character, effort, toughness, production and running after the catch.'

Marker Jersey-mania [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'On Sunday's Meet the Press program on NBC, host and Buffalo native Tim Russert closed the show by holding up his brand new Bills jersey, a dark blue home version.'

June 10, 2002

Marker Fashion show at the Ralph [11:10 PM]
WKBW reports: The new uniforms are still red, white and blue, but the patriotic blue is replaced by a darker navy blue. The uniforms were well received by fans, who formed long lines to purchase the new digs.

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