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Buffalo Bills News - August 10, 2002

Marker Bledsoe gives Bills a reason to believe [5:57 AM]
D and C reports: 'As Bledsoe trotted off the field, his Buffalo "rookie" jitters behind him, he was serenaded to a sound that could become habit this fall, "Drewwww!" "Drewwww!" "Drewwww!"'

Marker Bills take big first step toward stopping the run [5:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are talking a good game regarding stopping the run this season. That can't be bad because having confidence is a positive first step in the pursuit of any goal.'

Marker For the most part, Bills impress in preseason opener [5:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In two series, Buffalo's first team defense delivered some blows, but also surrendered 96 yards and a touchdown. "We had them in some third-and-long situations, and we were unable to stop them from converting," admitted middle linebacker London Fletcher, echoing a persistent problem last season.'

Marker Based on a Drew story [5:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"He knew he had a limited amount of time and he never was flustered," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "He did a good job with the team on the sideline and a good job with the team in the huddle. His presence was felt from the moment he stepped in the stadium."'

Marker Bengals 24, Bills 17 [5:38 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bengals outgained the Bills 371-228 yards and achieved the balance they like. They had 190 yards passing and 181 yards rushing, including an even 100 by second-year back Rudi Johnson. Johnson averaged 7.1 yards on 14 carries.'

Marker Defense has set lofty goals [5:37 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Last season, the Bengals allowed an average of 19.3 points a game. The goal for 2002 is 14. The defense allowed 302 yards of offense a game. The goal is 280.'

Marker Bledsoe shreds No. 1 defense [5:35 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'While Bledsoe was in the game, though, the Bills' first offensive unit looked sharp.'

Marker Kitna shines in opener [5:34 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '''I was pleased with the play of all of the quarterbacks,'' LeBeau said. ''It was probably th e highlight of the game. All three of our quarterbacks exhibited poise and the ability to come back from some negative pl ays.'''

Marker Kitna, Frerotte about even in QB battle [5:33 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The reason Cincinnati trailed at halftime was because Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe outplayed all three of his Bengals counterparts. Although he threw an interception, Bledsoe was laser-sharp in completing 9 of 11 passes for 136 yards with two TDs. He found Eric Moulds from 31 yards and Peerless Price from 12 yards for scores.'

Marker Bengals' QB race heats up [5:32 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Bledsoe put on a dazzling show, completing 9 of 11 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, including a 12-yard TD pass to former Meadowdale High School star Peerless Price, in 18 minutes as the Bills built a 17-7 lead.'

Marker Rookie has rough start, but finishes strong [5:31 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Jones entered the Bengals' 24-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Cincinnati's first offensive series of the second quarter. He played the remainder of the game. He committed another penalty in the second half, a 10-yarder for illegal hands to the face, but he didn't allow a sack. And the Bengals rushed for 133 yards on 26 carries in the second half.'

Marker Dillon's preseason play to be limited [5:30 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: That wasn't Rob Johnson wearing No. 11 for the Buffalo Bills, and those weren't boos coming from the stands on Friday night.

Marker Bengals 24, Bills 17 [5:29 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills lost their preseason opener, 24-17 to the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night. But the significance was Bledsoe's poised performance in his Buffalo debut.'

Marker Cincinnati 24, Buffalo 17 [5:28 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I'll be honest, I had a little pregame jitters going on," Bledsoe said. "I was a little nervous, a little anxious. I was real excited to get out there and get a game under my belt."'

Marker Bills - Bengals Post-Game Quotebook [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Quotes from Bledsoe, Gregg Williams, Mike Williams, London Fletcher, etc...

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August 9, 2002

Marker Bledsoe not perfect, but pretty good in Bills [10:58 PM]
ESPN reports: 'If you'd like to see the glass as half full, consider Bledsoe's perfect opening drive and his 9-for-11, 136-yard, 2-touchdown evening. If you're the glass-half-empty sort, you'll dwell on that interception and the two sacks of Bledsoe, who can still be described as statuesque.'

Marker Bledsoe Has Productive Debut With Bills [10:57 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: QB Drew Bledsoe was 9-for-11 for 136 yards with two touchdown passes in his debut with the Buffalo Bills. His 31-yard TD pass to Eric Moulds just 3:34 after the opening kickoff put the Bills ahead, 7-0.

Marker Shaw Comes Bearing Gifts - Hall of Famer Donates Mementos from Career [3:09 PM]
Pro Hall of Fame reports: Billy Shaw, the only member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to play his entire career in the AFL (1960's incarnation), was one of nearly sixty enshrinees on hand for the 2002 Enshrinement Celebration. He arrived in town and as he sat in the museum's front office, it was the contents of his duffel bag that made his visit extra special. Many people have been in pursuit of those items ever since the former Buffalo Bills' all-league guard was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999. Included in the bag were the only pieces from his playing days that he still owned. They included three Buffalo Bills jerseys, an AFL All-Star jersey, his helmet, and shoes.

Marker Bengals may use Bledsoe’s rejection against him [1:49 PM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Asked if Bledsoe's presence gives the Bengals incentive to beat the Bills, Brown didn't hesitate. "It would be in my mind," he said. "I don't know if the players will think much one way or the other, but I don't know if I'll have forgotten."'

Marker Anderson: Bledsoe’s snub no issue today [1:47 PM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Anderson said the Bledsoe controversy is "something I think for management to kind of get hot about, for reporters to write about and for fans to say, ‘We all hate Drew Bledsoe.’ Last year's game against Baltimore was not about Elvis Grbac and this game is not going to be about Drew Bledsoe."'

Marker Bills install new security procedures [1:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Permitted in are fanny packs, purses and clear plastic bags (12 inches- by-12 inches or smaller), seat cushions, rain ponchos, small hand-held radios and TVs and blankets. In any case, if you’re bringing those items in, expect delays. There will be an express line, but ticket holders can’t be bringing anything into the stadium, including purses, to use that option. Fans with banned items must take them back to their vehicles or throw them away as Bills’ security will not store them.'

Marker O-line ready to step front and center [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bengals have one of the better young defenses in the NFL and should be a big challenge for the Bills in the game in Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Hard work comes easy to Robinson [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They told me that if you're a linebacker, just go up there and work hard, do your job and the fans will love you," Robinson said after a recent Bills practice in Pittsford. "It's a blue-collar town. You pay full price for a ticket, you want a full day's work out of a player."'

Marker Bills establish new policies for games [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Parking lots open on game days four hours before kickoff. No paneled or windowless vans or trucks will be permitted in any Bills lots.'

Marker Bledsoe comfortable as Bills' savior [9:04 AM]
NFL Insider reports: This is Drew Bledsoe 's team. That's obvious from the moment his 6-foot-5-inch, 240-pound frame comes swaggering into the huddle and takes instant command of the Buffalo Bills offense. This -- like everywhere else in Western New York -- is Bledsoe's town.

Marker Williams learns from first-year lumps [9:04 AM]
NFL Insider reports: 'A year ago, Gregg Williams entered his first training camp as an NFL head coach determined to put a tough, demanding, take-charge signature on the Buffalo Bills. He might have done a little bit too well in achieving his goal.'

Marker Foreman enjoys fresh start after tough ending with Bills [8:52 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"I kind of saw it coming from a couple of comments that coach Williams had made," Foreman said. "For a person who led the team in tackles and only played 60 percent of the time; for me being replaced or even talked about being replaced, I thought it was kind of weird. I wouldn't have minded competing, but when the writing is on the wall, the writing is on the wall. I kind of knew something was going to happen. Luckily, it happened in Houston. I feel like I'm in a better place and a better organization."'

Marker Plenty on the line in preseason opener [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'So while Bledsoe and just about every other starter on both sides of the ball will be relaxing on the sideline by the start of the second quarter, the big boys up front will still be banging heads with the Cincinnati Bengals, probably right up until halftime.'

Marker Jackson in a tight spot [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'He hears the scuttlebutt that Donahoe, who has already replaced 75 percent of Butler's team in just two seasons, won't be happy until it's more like 85 or 90. Will being one of Butler's boys hurt his chances of making the team this year?'

Marker Bills' voice recalls Hearn [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've always had very high regard for Drew Bledsoe when we had to play against him," said Levy, who visited Bills camp Wednesday afternoon. "I believe he's 30 years old which is really a prime time in a quarterback's career. He's experienced, he has great work ethic, he has confidence, and I think the Bills made a magnificent off-season move being able to sign Drew."'

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