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Buffalo Bills News - September 9, 2002

Marker A day of clicking and screaming for the Mortons [5:49 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'On the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Chad Morton could feel the life spilling out of his legs, so he began to bargain with them. "Come on now!" he yelled, into the desperate din of 72,751 voices. "Don't get caught! Don't fall down! Just a little bit more! Just a little bit more!"'

Marker Instant returns [5:49 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"They had a great game plan for us offensively," said strong safety Sam Garnes, one of the new starters. "Bledsoe was just a warrior out there. We have a lot of respect for him, and I have even more because I haven't played him as much as my teammates. He played a hell of a game. I have to give him his props."'

Marker More than pure speed [5:49 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'As wide receiver Wayne Chrebet observed, "Chad's starting to write his ticket to the Pro Bowl already."'

Marker Morton, Jets make special delivery [5:48 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: ' The Jets left Ralph Wilson Stadium with pounding hearts, a wild victory and acres of room for improvement.'

Marker Martin not hurt badly [5:48 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'Martin had carried four times for 6 yards and caught five passes for 35 yards when he left a game in which he was the only Jet to suffer a significant injury.'

Marker Unspecial teams rob Bills, Bledsoe of good effort [5:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Poor Danny Smith. One game into the season, and already he's dumber than a speed bump.'

Marker Great day, sure, but perfect? [5:48 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'There had been 317 overtime games in NFL history before the Bills made the mistake of losing the coin toss. Only one of those games had ended with a kickoff return for touchdown.'

Marker Bledsoe tunes out past, hits high note [5:47 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''He showed our guys that with Drew in there, the game is never over,'' said Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe. ''He's lost none of his ability to throw."'

Marker Drew shines, but Jets steal show [5:46 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Even those who believe Drew Bledsoe is a better quarterback than Tom Brady must admit this: When it comes to winning, Brady gets the breaks and Bledsoe does not.'

Marker Jets ruin Bledsoe's debut 37-31 [5:40 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Alas for Buffalo, Drew Bledsoe cannot play special teams.'

Marker Party for Bledsoe ends in loss [5:15 AM]
ESPN reports: '"He is a true leader," said Bills left guard Ruben Brown. "I'm just so glad he's here."'

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Marker Week 1: Bills-Jets Postgame Quotebook [7:18 PM] reports: "It was a wild game with a lot of big plays up and down the field. It was great to see Drew make some big plays and he kept us in the ball game. Defensively they really played with their backs to the wall and overcame a bunch of things during the ball game. We gave up too many big plays and the big play that beat us at the end of the ball game."

Marker Jets 37, Bills 31, OT [4:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Bledsoe, acquired to spark the Bills offense in a deal with New England last April, almost capped a dramatic debut. He forced overtime when he threw his first TD pass of the game with 26 seconds remaining -- a 29-yarder to Eric Moulds.'

Marker NY Jets 37, Buffalo 31 (ot) [4:43 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Chad Morton stole the spotlight from Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Van Miller-Bills Radio Voice Enters 36th Season [10:03 AM] reports: Van Miller is in his 36th season as the team's play-by-play radio announcer. The Dunkirk native has broadcast over 700 Bills' games including preseason, regular season and postseason games since 1960.

Marker High Hopes For Moulds In 2002 [10:02 AM] reports: Wide receiver Eric Moulds begins his seventh season with the Bills and his first catching passes from Drew Bledsoe. Moulds has 11 catches for 244 yards and one touchdown in the team's last two home games vs. the Jets. He also has 295 receiving yards on 18 catches (16.4 average) in the last four season openers.

Marker Bledsoe gets down to work for Bills today [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How quickly the Bills can get their offensive talent to jell remains a giant question. Will four of their first five drives be derailed by penalties and sacks?'

Marker Extra seasoning [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I know people are talking about us going to the Super Bowl or the playoffs, but I just want to get back to winning."'

Marker Bills, Jets bring new faces to settle old scores [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If today's game is anything close to the two matchups last year, fans would be advised to stick around to the end.'

Marker Finding franchise QB a tall order for most [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe began the trek to greatness several times when he was a Patriot. He could complete that journey in Buffalo.'

Marker No friction, no fooling [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: 'Twenty-six of the 53 men who made the final roster were not with the Bills last year when this once-proud franchise sank to the depths of the NFL with a 3-13 record.'

Marker New Bills paying for old personnel sins [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '"Remember the Indy game last year? Six TDs on six straight possessions by Peyton Manning. The Jets averaged 25.3 points per game in the preseason so I'd say Vinny has gotten the hang of the West Coast offense. As the Bills try to stop Martin with eight men in the box, Winfield and Clements are going to see a lot of single coverage today against Coles, Chrebet and Moss."'

Marker Ahanotu provides a royal presence at DE [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though he turns 32 next month, he doesn't believe he is on the downside of his career. He is confident his ability to stop the run and pressure the passer, plus dole out veteran advice, is just what the Bills' young and inexperienced defensive line needs.'

Marker Q&A with Mike Williams [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] What is your favorite food? [A:] ''Man, I don't have a favorite food. That one has always plagued me. I really don't have one. I eat nutritional food (laughs with his tongue firmly implanted in his cheek).''

Marker New-look Bills face old challenge [5:48 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“But we’re working hard and we have a good game plan. Our package is narrowed down a little bit from what we tried to do throughout the pre-season, where we had everything available from every game.”'

Marker Bledsoe’s ready for some football [5:47 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I’ve heard these fans ... Buffalo Bills’ fans are crazy,” Bledsoe said. “I’ve said it before, coming in here as an opponent was an extremely difficult proposition because they’re so loud. They stand by their team. I would expect the reception we get when we come out will be crazy. Quite honestly we need them. We need that help and that huge home field advantage that the Bills have had historically. It has to continue, and I expect that it will.”'

Marker Jets-Bills scouting report [5:46 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Final score: Jets 24, Bills 16.'

Marker Cowart's Health Remains in Doubt [5:45 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'But that's the problem. It's hard to remember the last time Cowart was healthy.'

Marker Jets vs. Bills [5:44 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Prediction: Jets 30, Bills 21.'

Marker The new Drew [5:43 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Dubbed ``True Drew'' by a fawning Buffalo media, Bledsoe is already extremely popular with his new teammates. Wide receiver Eric Moulds -- who can compare him to Kelly, Flutie, Frank Reich and Johnson -- said: ``Drew is a harder thrower than Kelly, though I caught Jim in his last year. Drew also takes command in the huddle like Kelly.'''

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