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Buffalo Bills News - September 10, 2002

Marker Highest-Scoring, Most Competitive Kickoff Weekend Ever [3:20 PM] reports: The NFL kicked off its 83rd season this past week, and any way you slice it, it was exciting, unpredictable and just plain wild. The New York Times said, “Never in the 83-year history of the league had there been a Week 1 like this.”

Marker Game Ball of the Week [2:19 PM] reports: Throughout the 2002 season, the Bills and Tops will present the Game Ball of the Week to the Bills player chosen by you, the fans, as that week's MVP. This week's winner is Travis Henry.

Marker Despite return woes, Bills showed improvement [1:09 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The understandable focus on special teams obscured the fact Buffalo did a number of good things against New York.'

Marker The D-line passes first test [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills weren't pointing fingers Monday toward their special teams as the source of their defeat, perhaps because it was obvious.'

Marker Bills learn how to share the blame [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds' message was simple and forceful: The special teams did not lose this football game, guys. Remember, we win as a team and we lose as a team. So once those doors open, make sure there's no finger-pointing. But people pointed fingers, anyway - at themselves.'

Marker Bad tackling blamed for kick returns [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We had guys that were unblocked that missed tackles," Williams said Monday. "There's the thing. Defensive guys and offensive guys are on those units. We just can't have missed tackles."'

Marker Safety makes costly errors [8:13 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Falcons officials plan to work out safeties Jason Perry and Travares Tillman on Tuesday. Tillman, a former Toombs County High and Georgia Tech star, was drafted in the second round by the Bills in 2000, when Phillips was Buffalo's head coach. The Bills cut him last weekend.'

Marker Bills replay [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Cutting Sheldon Jackson and linebacker Fred Jones, two of the club's best special teams players, just five days before the opener doesn't seem so shrewd a move right now by GM Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams. Jones had 24 special teams tackles last year.'

Marker Bills rush to the positives [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '"There's so many good spots, bright spots, that came out of that ball game," coach Gregg Williams said. "We overcame so many things, but we weren't able to overcome the last one. Yeah, it's disappointing, but there were some tremendous efforts on top of that."'

Marker Billstuff: Football returns in spectacular fashion [5:21 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Buffalo's defense, universally acknowledged as the team's glaring weakness (at least until Sunday) limited the Jets to 266 yards. The Bills surrendered 300 on kick returns.'

Marker In the end, Jets do 'right' thing [5:20 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The call was "Wedge Right." The Jets might want to rename it "Everything Right," because for the final 14 seconds of their season-opening win Sunday over the Bills, everything went perfectly. The play went from Mike Westhoff's mind to a page in the playbook to the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium, unfolding ... well, just right.'

Marker Not great, but... [5:19 AM]
New York Post reports: 'SPECIAL TEAMS - A-: Chad Morton was the star of the game with his incredible two KO returns for TDs. Jerald Sowell led the team in kick-coverage tackles with five. Jason Glenn blocked a punt. There were too many penalties, though.'

Marker Bledsoe's Bills act scores big in Boston [5:18 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bledsoe impressed both head coaches. The Bills' Gregg Williams said: "He was calm under pressure, which is impressive to his teammates. It was great to see Drew make some big plays, and he kept us in the game....We just gave up too many big plays with missed tackles."'

Marker Fina, Roundtree add depth to offensive line [5:17 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: '"It adds good veteran depth to our offensive line," McGinnis said. "We've had our eyes on these guys for a while. Roundtree can play two positions, and Fina is a consummate pro who played 10 years at a high level in this league. He can be a third tackle right now, and as he gets acclimated, who knows?"'

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September 9, 2002

Marker Cards sign veteran OLs Fina, Roundtree [7:47 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Financial terms were not disclosed for Fina, who signed a one-year deal after spending his first 10 years with the Buffalo Bills. He was released in June in a salary cap move.'

Marker Cardinals Add Depth at Tackle By Signing John Fina for One Year [7:45 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The Tucson, Arizona, resident was the Bills' first-round draft pick in 1992 from the University of Arizona. He played on the Bills' teams that went to the Super Bowl following the 1992 and 1993 seasons.'

Marker Bills seek bright side after latest special teams breakdown [7:38 PM]
AP reports: '"Anything after the Music City Miracle' that goes wrong with the special teams, it's like, 'Oh, here we go again.' And I can understand that," linebacker Keith Newman said on Monday. "But I think nobody on this team is feeling, 'Here we go again.' I feel it's, 'Damn, we let one slip away."''

Marker 5th Down: The Look Says It All [3:17 PM] reports: "Guys, take a look at yourself," Bledsoe told his teammates on the sidelines. "Somebody in this group is going to make a play. I don't know who it's going to be, but somebody here is going to make a play to put us in position to win this game."

Marker Bills fall as Morton turns on the Jets [1:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In a performance reminiscent of the special teams meltdowns under former assistant Ronnie Jones, the Buffalo Bills doused an off-season of brimming optimism with a seasoning-opening loss for the NFL record book.'

Marker Morton's response to Edwards' challenge makes for special day [1:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He had just made NFL history and won the game for his team, and all Chad Morton could think about was the play that got away.' Link no longer available

Marker Game Highlights - Video [11:13 AM] reports: Watch highlights from Sunday's game.

Marker Jets 37, Bills 31 - Game Photos [11:12 AM] reports: Travis Henry, Pat Williams, London Fletcher, etc...

Marker Bills' running start derailed [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Somewhere, someone must be sticking pins in a voodoo doll that represents the Buffalo Bills' special teams.'

Marker Smith stunned by poor play on special teams [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In a game the Bills dominated most of the afternoon, their special teams miscues gave the Jets 16 points.'

Marker Morton takes his opportunity and runs with it [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' season opener and the regular-season debut of the Drew Bledsoe era was ruined by a 5-foot-8, 186-pound man who had never returned a kickoff for a touchdown as a professional. Sunday, he returned two.'

Marker Bledsoe fills the bill for Buffalonians [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And he does remind you of Jim Kelly, doesn't he? How could you not flash back to Jimbo when Bledsoe, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, sent 305-pound Jason Ferguson back to Friday with a shoulder block on a Peerless Price reverse?'

Marker Close loss proves Bills are indeed a better team [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' If you believe the Bills are a legitimate playoff contender, you fear that losing to a divisional rival might cost them a playoff berth down the road. But if you see them as a work in progress, a young, evolving team in transition, then you had to be encouraged by what you saw Sunday.'

Marker Moulds, Price have a ball in new offense [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds finished with eight catches for 112 yards and a touchdown, while Price added seven receptions for 80 yards.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The already popular Drew Bledsoe made a few more friends when he threw a crushing block on Jets 305-pound defensive tackle Jason Ferguson on a reverse to wide receiver Peerless Price. The only drawback was the play lost 7 yards.'

Marker Tailgating's grandest partyer [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The New Orleans native lives in a recreational vehicle and drives to 45 games a year. Sunday, Cahn's 2002 Tailgating America Tour brought him to the parking lots of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.'

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