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Buffalo Bills News - July 15, 2002

Marker Time to induct Larry Felser into Hall of Fame? [10:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: Letter to the editor making the case for Larry Felser.

Marker Wade Phillps converting Atlanta to 3-4 defense [9:42 AM]
CNN/SI reports: Phillips worked roughly the same magic in Buffalo in 1995, coaching a unit that wound up with an NFL-high 49 sacks. Named Buffalo's head coach in 1998, Phillips' defense ranked sixth, first and third overall in his three seasons on the job.

Marker Thursday's Police Report [9:10 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: ' Wright arraignment postponed to Sept. 24. An expected court arraignment for former Fresno State football star Rodney Wright, who is accused of a hit-and-run collision in which two people in another vehicle were injured, failed to happen Wednesday since no formal charges have been filed.'

Marker DWI charge brought in Hamburg crash [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The man was charged with drunken driving and various traffic violations. He told officers he was on his way home from Ralph Wilson Stadium, where he had been since 1:30 a.m. drinking and waiting to buy Bills tickets, police said.'

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July 14, 2002

Marker Pasquarelli: Best RB depth in the league? [8:39 PM]
ESPN reports: The winner? In a close call, we're making it Buffalo over Pittsburgh, once again because the Steelers' Jerome Bettis must prove he is beyond a 2001 groin injury. Buffalo is actually four-deep at tailback, with Travis Henry, Sammy Morris, Shawn Bryson and Richard Huntley. And that doesn't even count Curtis Alexander, who had a terrific season in NFL Europe this spring, but probably won't make the roster. The tailbacks are augmented by venerable fullback Larry Centers, never much more than an adequate blocker, but still one of the NFL's premier receivers out of the backfield, even at age 34.

Marker Hall of Fame class names presenters [4:52 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Jim Kelly will be introduced by his former head coach Marv Levy. It was an easy choice for the former Buffalo Bills quarterback. Kelly and Levy directed the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls.

Marker Chris Brown: Rookie signing updates from TD [4:51 PM]
WGR reports: TD talked with Mike Shopp about the status of signing the 6 unsigned draftees. No real suprises--expect the lower round draftees to sign this week with the top 3 lagging into the end of the week or early next week. Sounds like the potential for hold-outs is pretty minimal. Because of the rookie cap the sides start a lot closer financially than they did in the pre-cap years. Length of contract and guaranteed money are the negotiating points.

Marker Chris Brown: Germany, Ostroski injury updates from TD [4:49 PM]
WGR reports: Germany likely to miss the start of camp. Ostroski looks to be ready. Germany's situation may provide the reason for signing Charles Johnson.

Marker Ruben Brown scores again for Salvation Army [11:23 AM] reports: Just one week after Ruben's Run, the huge, annual motorcycle event that Ruben Brown has created to benefit the Salvation Army, Ruben Brown took his mission to the Salvation Army Youth Programs. On Wednesday, July 3, 190 boys and girls from the Buffalo and Rochester Salvation Army Youth Programs gathered at Ralph Wilson Stadium to experience Ruben Brown's Youth Football Camp.

Marker Buffalo Bills summer reading program concluded Monday [11:21 AM] reports: The Bills and UPS will host the final two Hit the Books events this Monday, July 15th. The first will be at 2:00 PM at the Richmond Memorial Library located at 19 Ross Street in Batavia and the second will be at 4:00 PM at the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library located at 620 West Avenue in Medina.

Marker Levy to present Kelly in Hall of Fame [11:19 AM]
Pro Football Hall Of Fame reports: The Pro Hall of Fame announced what was known for weeks that Marv Levy, previous year Hall of Fame inductee, will be presenter for Jim Kelly.

July 13, 2002

Marker Single-game Bills tickets available today [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Telephone purchasers may experience delays and busy signals due to the high volume of calls.'

Marker Some notes on Bills’ tickets 'n special rates [5:18 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Tickets can be purchased four ways: at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office, at participating Tops Friendly Markets, via the team's web site ( or by phone (1-877-228-4257).'

Marker Contract talks with Williams should pick up [12:34 AM]
The Sporting News reports: The Bills have a good track record of getting their top pick to camp on time. Last year's No. 1, CB Nate Clements, was a brief holdout, but it obviously didn't hinder his performance that much. However, it's imperative that Williams is in camp from day one. The 6-5, 370-pound OT from the University of Texas is slated to start at right tackle. The Bills could have as many as three new starters (last year's right tackle Jonas Jennings has moved to center) on the offensive line, so they need the five men up front to get as much work together as possible this summer to develop continuity.

Marker Mike Doser & Lary Bump: Reed 'likely will be draft-day steal' [12:27 AM]
Shout! reports: By season's end, if not before, expect Josh Reed to have most of the playing time as the Bills' third wideout and building a case to start in 2003.

Marker Lary Bump: Can Bledsoe avoid a pass rush? [12:24 AM]
Shout! reports: This once would have been the $64,000 question, though in these inflated days, it's probably more like the one-billion-dollar question. The answer is simple: no.

July 12, 2002

Marker New Left Tackles on the spot [11:40 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo will choose from three young candidates -- second-year veterans Jonas Jennings and Marques Sullivan and former Denver starter Trey Teague -- for the right to protect Drew Bledsoe. "It's a job you want because, the way the game is played now, (the blindside) tackle has almost been raised to skill-position status," said Teague, who started all 16 games for the Broncos last year. "You're on the spot every pass play, and there is a lot of pressure that comes with the responsibility, but I think most guys like to prove to themselves and to everyone else that they are up to the task."

Marker The Dying Dynasty: Ended by successful decision to build parity [1:07 PM]
ESPN reports: Bill Polian, who constructed the great Buffalo Bills teams that reached four consecutive Super Bowls from 1990-93, said he believes that kind of sustained excellence is no longer possible.

July 11, 2002

Marker Woulda, shoulda, coulda been a dynasty [9:29 PM]
ESPN reports: 'And then, of course, there were the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Guess who's coming to town? [1:35 PM]
Brighton Pittsford Post reports: 'Later this month, the Buffalo Bills are scheduled to fill the streets in a cavalcade marking the beginning of training camp. "I feel the excitement of the new season already," Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter said last week.'

Marker AFC East questions abound as training camps near [11:20 AM]
Boston Hearld reports: 'What will the Bills record be at the end of the season? 5-11 would be considered decent.'

Marker Hull goes on Wall Oct. 6 [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hull will become the 14th player placed on the Wall.'

Marker Bills ready to sell game tickets [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills fans can purchase individual game tickets for 2002 home games beginning 9 a.m. Saturday.'

Marker Teams hurt by carrying 'dead money' [5:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Despite thrifty cap management and a terrific job of whittling away at the pool of "dead money" he inherited, Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe is still working this year with a hole of nearly $15 million in his salary cap. Over $5 million of that is tied up in former starting quarterback Rob Johnson, released early in the spring.'

July 10, 2002

Marker Dates Set for 2002 Promotions [1:15 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that center Kent Hull will be placed on the team's Wall of Fame on Sunday, October 6 when the Bills host the Oakland Raiders.'

Marker Always in Buffalo [1:14 PM] reports: The 1986 downfall of the USFL became a windfall for the Bills. - Kent Hull

Marker Norwood feels your pain over wide right [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Man, if he only made the kick.'

Marker Ask Kent Hull a question [8:16 AM] reports: Kent Hull still remains active with the Bills through the team's Alumni Relations department and has agreed to answer your questions in an exclusive interview with

Marker Dan Arkush: Football chat [12:10 AM]
ESPN reports: And watch out for Buffalo, Bob. the early reports on Drew Bledsoe are very encouraging, and I think head coach Gregg Williams will keep the arrow pointing up. Nobody works harder. Nobody.

July 9, 2002

Marker Coy Wire: The complete package [9:53 PM] reports: "I'm going to be working harder than any other safety in the NFL! There are places that I want to go (in the league) and I have a lot of work to do to get there. I wouldn't want to be any other place doing anything else. I couldn't be happier."

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