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Buffalo Bills News - July 24, 2002

Marker Bills 'grind' out plan to turn team around [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'In the time-honored NFL way, they played copycat, except rather than emulate a successful offensive style or defensive alignment, they duplicated the rebuilding formula of the San Francisco 49ers.'

Marker Bledsoe arrives at Fisher today [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'The new Bills quarterback arrives today and will be on the field Thursday morning at St. John Fisher College for the first workout involving rookies, free agents and select veterans.'

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July 23, 2002

Marker Bills sign three players [9:30 PM]
AP reports: Buffalo Bills signed draft picks Kevin Thomas and Rodney Wright, and free agent Delrico Fletcher on Tuesday. The Bills also waived rookie LB John Duckett.

Marker Limited number of Tickets available for Hall of Fame Trip [9:30 PM]
TBD reports: TBD is sponsoring a trip to Canton with reserved seating for parade and enshrinement ceremony. Check out the Jim Kelly Wall of Fame Induction board.

Marker Bills Sign Two More Draft Picks [4:05 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed two more of their 2002 draft picks - cornerback Kevin Thomas and wide receiver Rodney Wright. As is club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Marker Front four doesn't add up [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills need two starters to come out of relative nowhere - unless they sign a veteran free agent off the street.'

Marker Bills import talent, leadership [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'Still, nobody can knock the Bills for gambling on an infusion of a dozen veterans to float them from the depths of 3-13. There are foolish gambles and then there is necessity.'

Marker Bills' night tickets gone [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'In addition, fewer than 1,000 tickets are still available for the team's scrimmage with the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, Aug. 3.'

Marker Bledsoe: The perfect fit [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: '"We all became better coaches the moment that trade went down," coach Gregg Williams says.'

Marker Williams is ready for the big time [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Much is expected from the 6-foot-6, 375-pound behemoth who makes former Bills offensive tackle Howard "House" Ballard look more like a cottage. He plans on living up to those lofty expectations.'

Marker Revamped roster gives Bills fresh hope [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: '"You don't do it by talking about it, by looking at the roster and looking at the stats on guys. You do it by going out and hitting a guy in the mouth every single play to win a game. That's how you win games and have successful seasons."'

Marker Polian, most of NFL missed out on Fletcher [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'On Draft Day 1998, 241 players were selected, including 34 linebackers. None of them was named London Fletcher.'

Marker Bills abound in questions as work begins [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'What Drew Bledsoe did the Bills get? The quarterback who threw for 128 TDs and guided four playoff teams in his first six seasons in New England or the one who was sacked 105 times and threw more interceptions (39) than touchdowns (38) the past three years?'

Marker Autograph tips [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Be patient. It may take minutes, hours and even days to get your guy.'

Marker Revamped Bills once again excite fans [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '"We can't keep much of the new merchandise in the store. We have back orders on the new jerseys that we are trying to fill."'

Marker New blood makes team easier to market [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"We had to do a lot of things last year that weren't very comfortable," said Donahoe, referring to the release of nearly 20 players, including Doug Flutie, Henry Jones, Ted Washington and Antowain Smith. "But they had to be done to try and get the team on the right course. We feel we're on the track. We haven't headed very far down the track, but at least we're on the track."'

Marker Completing blockbuster possible 'steal for Buffalo' [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'That fact has left skeptics asking that if the 30-year-old Bledsoe is a player in his prime, with five or six good seasons ahead of him, as the Bills are convinced, why then were they the only serious bidder?'

Marker B&L eyes fans as it becomes camp sponsor [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Community groups invited to the camp -- mainly children and teenagers -- will receive free vision screenings as part of a tour.'

Marker Expectations rising quickly in WNY and beyond for new-look Bills [5:21 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Hype is nice, but doesn't score points or win games. Bledsoe should help do both, but how the rest of the newcomers around him fare will ultimately decide just how much better Buffalo becomes this year.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Practice Schedule released [12:52 AM] reports: This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. Fans are encouraged to call the team's training camp hotline (800-441-5942) or keep checking back to this page for more accurate information.

Marker Norwood proves he is a winner [12:45 AM] reports: When Scott Norwood returned to Buffalo this past weekend to participate in the Jim Kelly-Dan Marino "Final Showdown" flag football game, he proved to everybody that he is a winner.

July 22, 2002

Marker Planning on going to training camp? [5:36 PM]
TBD reports: Map to training camp parking lots.

Marker Peter King: Monday Morning QB [2:28 PM]
CNN/SI reports: #4. I think Drew Bledsoe will be reborn in Buffalo. You know how much fun it'll be for him to launch the deep ball to Peerless Price and Eric Moulds? He didn't have that in New England after Terry Glenn imploded.

Marker Kelly wins the comeback showdown [2:08 PM]
WKBW reports: Jim Kelly can still lead a comeback. The former Buffalo Bills quarterback, retired for five years, sparked a 23-point third quarter as the Buffalo Bills All-Stars beat the N-F-L All-Stars 42-34 tonight in an exhibition flag football game.

Marker Kelly And Company Win Final Showdown [11:37 AM] reports: Five years from retirement and two weeks from becoming the fourth member of the Buffalo Bills organization to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jim Kelly showed his arm still has what it takes to lead the Bills to an exciting win over long-time rival Dan Marino.

Marker Final Showdown autograph session photos [10:39 AM]
TBD reports: Autograph session photos of Jim Kelly, Steve Tasker, Thurman Thomas, Kenny Davis, Mark Kelso, Andre Reed & Jim Ritcher and more.

Marker Photos from Final Showdown [9:16 AM]
AP/Yahoo reports: Six photos from flag football game.

Marker Major reconstruction begins for Bills' offense [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gilbride envisions a balanced offense that takes advantage of the players' strengths. He also wants to use various formations and personnel groups to keep defenses guessing.'

Marker Kelly, Marino relive old days [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Even though Dan and me were competitors on the football field, when he comes up here, people realize what he's all about."'

Marker Jim and Hunter - teamed for the game of life [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I thought about the things every dad thinks about, about going in the backyard and being able to toss a football around, or a baseball, or going camping, doing all the things fathers do with their sons," Kelly said. "We can't do that but, through him, we're going to help other people. We know we're on the right path."'

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