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Buffalo Bills News - May 20, 2002

Marker Centers shows up, Fina a no-show [4:48 PM]
Shout! reports: Williams denied that Fina's absence foretold an imminent release. "John and I talked about that," the coach said. "He probably came back (from off-season surgery) too fast last year. There's nothing to read into that."

Marker Bills Publish Online Book [3:51 PM] reports: As the Bills work through a busy off-season and prepare to write a new chapter in team history, columnist Tim O'Shei is spending the next several weeks collecting feedback from users to write an online book about the team.

Marker Superstar Bills [3:25 PM] reports: From Jack Kemp and Billy Shaw to Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas, the Bills have had some great players over the years. columnist Tim O'Shei take a look back at the Superstars in the third chapter of his online book.

Marker Don Beebe consultant to Bears [1:05 PM]
House of Speed reports: According to Chicago Tribune, Don Beebe and his company the House of Speed have become consultants to the Chicago Bears. Former Buffalo Bill Don Beebe will conduct speed drills with some of the team's players. Beebe will work with the team two times a week through June.

Marker Bills could deal RB Bryson soon [12:41 PM] reports: [Sporting News article] Buffalo has logjam at running back

Marker Kent Hull Inducted To Wall Of Fame [12:39 PM] reports: Hull was the greatest center in Bills history, playing with the franchise for 11 seasons. He was one of the reasons that the Bills were a dominant force in the AFC during the early 1990s. Hull joined the NJ Generals of the USFL in 1983, and when the USFL folded in 1986, he joined former Generals teammate Jim Kelly in Buffalo, where he spent his entire NFL career. Which game he will be inducted has not been revealed yet.

Marker Group Tickets Go On Sale Today [9:46 AM] reports: Individual game group tickets for the 2002 season have officially gone on sale. To order your group tickets call the Billsí Group Sales Department toll free: 1-877-BB-TICKS.

Marker Jennings welcomes switch from tackle [6:29 AM]
ESPN reports: But while Jennings rates among the Bills' top five linemen, according to their coaches and general manager Tom Donahoe, it would be premature to assume he will line up at tackle again in 2002. Instead, with Buffalo having improved the quality and quantity of a young blocking unit during the offseason, Jennings could be moved to center.

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May 19, 2002

Marker Galaxy tops Admirals [6:22 PM]
NFL Europe reports: Curtis Alexander was a game hero, rushing 17 times for 109 yards (average 6.4 yards) and was the leading receiver as well catching 4 passes for 51 yards as their team rebounded from last week's first loss of the season last week without him. Alexander had many critcal plays including a 24 yard run and a 34 yard run and a 30 yard pass.

Marker Phony new Drew Bledsoe Jersey sold by shop at McKinley Mall [5:44 PM]
WKBW reports: The number 11 is the number of former Bills QB Rob Johnson, and just happens to be the number of Bills new QB Drew Bledsoe. A fan was sold a "taped" jersey with Bledsoe's name taped over a Johnson Jersey. Video clip included.

Marker The real deal [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The quarterback is most visible, and how Bledsoe carries himself will be watched closely in the coming months. How he represents Buffalo the team is how he represents Buffalo the town.'

Marker Hull eager to hit the Wall [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There have been two or maybe three centers besides Kent who I thought have been the superior centers in the game. Mike Webster (of Pittsburgh) was one. Then there was (Miami's) Dwight Stephenson and (Pittsburgh's) Dermontti Dawson. Each were a little different. I'd have to rate Kent the No. 1 pass protector of the four."'

Marker New faces, places get a run-through in Bills' minicamp [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He's still the $40 million man, and now he has the right quarterback and presumably the right offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride.'

Marker Hull is next in line for Wall [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hull, a three-time Pro Bowler and hands-down the greatest center in Bills history, has been chosen as the Wall's 19th member.'

Marker Kelly to face Marino in benefit flag game [5:17 AM]
D and C/AP reports: 'Tickets ($32.50, $25.50) are available at and Tops Friendly Markets.'

Marker Bills to pay back Hull with place on Wall of Fame [5:16 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'My first year covering the team was 1973. And in the 29 years until now, nearly 600 players - 584, to be exact - have worn a Bills' uniform at least once during the regular season. And of that number, none did I like and respect more than Kent Hull.'

Marker Good-guy Cowart worth gamble [5:15 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '“I’m in an organization now which really believes in what I’m capable of doing,” Cowart said. “The most important thing I can do is just get myself ready."'

Marker Patriots beat poll results [5:14 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'A commanding win for Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Former Bills, Dolphins to play flag football game [5:13 AM]
AP reports: '"We talked about the competition between the Bills and Dolphins and what that rivalry always meant to us," said Kelly. "Both Dan and I know this event is going to be competitive . . . but the bottom line is we're going to come to enjoy ourselves and raise some money for some charities around here."'

May 18, 2002

Marker Gregg Williams rated #19 in Head Coach Fox Power Poll [11:07 PM]
Fox reports: Category: Not in jeopardy of losing my job
"Welcome to Buffalo Drew, where the wings are hot and the weather is cold."

Marker Admirals vs Galaxy on Fox Tommorrow [10:43 PM]
NFL Europe reports: The Admirals (featuring Bills allocated WR Reggie Allen and QB David Dinkins) visit the Galaxys (featuring Bills allocated RB Curtis Alexander) and is the featured game on Sunday at 1 PM EST on Fox.

Marker Fletcher and Jenkins Set Example [10:32 PM] reports: Two veterans have made a positive first impression with the coaching staff and their new teammates are linebacker London Fletcher and safety Billy Jenkins by showing up in camp when not required.

Marker Bills' Bannan tackling line opening [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question is: Does the fifth-round draft choice have the talent to help the Bills' defense as a rookie?'

Marker Kelly to host charity game [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The game's proceeds will benefit the Hunter's Hope Foundation - the nonprofit group established by Kelly and his wife, Jill, in 1997 after their infant son, Hunter, was diagnosed with Krabbe's Disease - as well as the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund and the UB Athletic Scholarship Fund.'

Marker Kelly and Marino to face off at UB in July [9:12 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Hall of Famer Marv Levy will coach the Kelly squad, which will feature Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, Don Beebe, Bill Brooks, Steve Tasker, Fred Smerlas, Darryl Talley, Kent Hull, Cornelius Bennett, Chris Speilman, Shane Conlan and Pete Metzelaars and more.'

May 17, 2002

Marker New Veterans Participate In Workout [7:08 PM] reports: Head Coach Gregg Williams was pleased with the progress of his young players after the two workouts but was even more thrilled by the fact that some of the new veterans acquired this off-season were taking part in the the camp that was designed for first and second year players.

Marker No resolution on Fina, Centers? [5:44 PM]
Shout! reports: The biggest mystery surrounding the Bills in this mini-camp is whether John Fina or Larry Centers will be part of the team when the season begins.

Marker Dr. Z on Kevin Gilbride's adaptability [5:20 PM]
CNN/SI reports: How can I expect Kevin Gilbride to change his offense to suit Drew Bledsoe, when he couldn't cut it with Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh? Well, he'd better or the Bills will realize pretty quickly that a severe error has been made and Gilbride will be history.

Marker Twenty-Two Days 'Til Uniform Unveiling [1:57 PM] reports: Many of the Bills players will be on hand to celebrate the occasion and will be available for autographs afterwards.

Marker Kamla Unfiltered: Tight End Rankings [12:35 PM]
by Rick Kamla - Senior Editor, reports: 20. Jay Riemersma, Bills: Could someone please explain to me why the Bills signed Moore when they already had Riemersma? There are rumors that the Bills might release Riemersma after June 1. Thatís sad, because we are talking about a tight end who has averaged 486 yards and four scores over the past three years. And he did it in spite of constant uncertainty at the QB position. With Drew Bledsoe added to the mix, Jay stands to raise those averages, but only if the recipe still calls for Riemersma.

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