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Buffalo Bills News - August 13, 2002

Marker Lary Bump: Coaches demand more from D-line [9:10 PM]
Shout! reports: The coaching staff seemed particularly rough on the defensive line, and a brief look at the one-on-one pass-protection drill showed why. Tyrone Robertson, expected to start, couldn't get by Tom Schau, who quite likely won't make the team (unless even more offensive linemen are injured). The only defender who clearly won one on one was James Cotton, who ran around left tackle Kris Farris. Pat Williams redeemed himself after Corey Hulsey pushed him down on their first attempt, and Justin Bannan had the upper hand in a do-over with Marques Sullivan

Marker Banged-up line doesn't concern Bledsoe [9:08 PM]
AP reports: '"You'd love to have all those guys out there all of the time," Bledsoe said Tuesday, following the Bills training camp session in suburban Rochester. "But that's just not the way it works. Part of being a successful team is that you have to be able to compensate for those things."'

While Ostroski was surprised to hear the news, Bills GM Tom Donahoe denied a published report that the team has asked the veteran lineman to take a pay cut. Donahoe said he's had no discussions of that nature with Ostroski or his agent.

Marker Larry Felser: In Buffalo Bledsoe has weapons again. [8:59 PM]
Empire reports: Not only does he have one of the better one-two wide receiver punches with Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, but a spectacular rookie in Josh Reed, college football’s top receiver last year. Kevin Gilbride, the new OC, is using Larry Centers, the NFL’s all-time pass-catching back, downfield instead of exclusively a dink-and-dunk catcher. Bledsoe’s proven skill of hooking up with tight ends is double now with Jay Riemersma and Dave Moore.

Marker Injuries Mount on Bills Offensive Line [8:56 PM] reports: Coach Williams has made it clear that Trey Teague will not shift to tackle from the center position. It is unclear whether or not Jennings or Price will be available for Friday’s preseason matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Marker Coy Wire: Natural Born Hitter [5:36 PM] reports: Flies like a missile, that is. In last Friday\'s preseason contest against the Cincinnati Bengals-- the first professional game Wire ever attended-- he led the team with nine tackles. Keep in mind that Wire played only part of the game, and he did it at a completely new position-- strong safety.

Marker Follow Your Bills In The Media [5:26 PM] reports: Wednesday, August 14 - Quarterback Drew Bledsoe will be taping a segment in the morning for the Jim Rome Radio Show.

Marker Bills place Spoon on injured reserve [3:59 PM]
AP reports: 'Expected to be a major special teams contributor this season, Spoon was pegged to back up newly acquired veteran London Fletcher at middle linebacker.'

Marker Len Pasquarelli: Ostroksi to take pay cut for second year straight [3:14 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo offensive lineman Jerry Ostroski has lost his starting position and now could lose $1 million. Word is that the Bills have apprised Ostroski he needs to reduce his 2002 base salary from $1.75 million to $750,000 to ensure himself a roster spot. It looks like Ostroski will take the pay cut.
Ostroski has reported denied this report.

Marker Spoon Placed On Injured Reserve [10:40 AM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has placed linebacker Brandon Spoon on the Injured Reserve list.

Marker Bills get a charge out of depth at tight end [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jay is your starter right now and he gives you a guy who can press it up the field better than most tight ends can do," he said. "He's a blocker who is getting better and needs to continue to improve at the point of attack. In Dave Moore you have a good all-around tight end, a solid blocker who can run routes well. He gives you versatility. He can come back into the backfield. He doesn't have quite the up-the-field ability as Jay."'

Marker Brown, Williams giving back [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills guard Ruben Brown was honored for his extensive charity work, and defensive tackle Pat Williams did a good deed for his high school alma mater.'

Marker This game is a pain [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '"I hate all this attention, I hate being in training rooms and being with Rusty every day. I just want to play," Ostroski said Monday after another long day of rehabbing his surgically repaired knee with Jones and watching his teammates go through a pair of steamy practices. "It was never about all this stuff before, it was about showing up every day at work, doing your job and going home. Hopefully I can get back to that."'

Marker Sacks are Schobel's specialty [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'With the departures of players such as Smith, Ted Washington and Phil Hansen, there is an alarming absence of star power on the Bills' defensive line. The team is desperate for someone to emerge and would be disappointed if it wasn't Schobel.'

Marker Centers remains impact player [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though it's not very likely he will lead the team in receptions again, Centers is relieved to see new coordinator Kevin Gilbride knows who he is. "It's always good to be involved," Centers said.'

Marker MASH unit [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'X-rays on Jennings' ankle were negative but he will be hobbled for some time and may not be able to play in Friday's preseason game against Minnesota. Compounding the issue is that Price is his backup. Stepping into the starting spot during Monday's afternoon drills was Kris Farris, who is attempting yet another comeback after breaking his leg last season.'

Marker Fan of the Day [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: '"This year I think it's up to him to put up or shut up. They got him all the help they needed with Drew Bledsoe and proven veterans. Now he's got to go out and do it."'

Marker Future uncertain for Bills, Sabres as comeback 2002 season looms large [5:14 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Head coach Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and defensive line coach John Levra (who announced before camp that he's retiring after this season) have a little more than three weeks to find an acceptable starting combination around Williams. The contenders at tackle: Tyrone Robertson, Justin Bannan, Leif Larson, Devonte Peterson, Ron Edwards and Demetrious Maxie. At end: Kendrick Office, Bryce Fisher, Ryan Denney, Aaron Schobel, Erik Flowers and Grant Irons make up the depth chart. Impressed? Neither were the Bengals.'

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August 12, 2002

Marker Drew Bledsoe Has ''Parents With Dignity'' [8:36 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The Bledsoe family will hold a free parenting seminar at Buffalo Bills camp on Wednesday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. Parents are encouraged to bring their children.'

Marker Injury Bug Bites Bills [8:35 PM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Price should be back soon, once he woke up he was ready to rejoin the drill but was forced to sit out the rest of practice.'

Marker Safety Coy Wire leads new team in tackles in first game [8:00 PM]
AP reports: '"I thought he played very well in instinctive positions around the run," Williams said, "but we felt that would happen. He had good linebacker stats at Stanford."'

Marker London Fletcher Diary: Entry #5 [7:03 PM] reports: Hey, fans! How is everyone doing after our first preseason game against the Bengals? For our first live situation of the season we did all right. It felt good once we started playing out there and I didn't want to come off the field.

Marker Bills Bitten By Injury Bug In Morning Workout [5:01 PM] reports: Jennings joins Ruben Brown and Jerry Ostroski on the offensive line injury list. To make things worse Marcus Price, suffered a concussion shortly after.

"Obviously (Farris) is getting more repetitions now with a few of the guys down," said Williams. "He's technique has gotten better. This is a good time for him to stand up and show us he's back."

Marker Buffalo Bills Player Outfits Wossman Team [2:10 PM] reports: Pat Williams knows all about Wossman High School and the kids who go there. It's not just that the Bills defensive tackle comes home every summer to prepare for the frigid Buffalo winters in the sweltering streets of his home town. It's that he knows how lucky he was to have a high school coach who guided him through the tricky turns of adolescence in a place where young black men frequently bog down.

Marker Ruben Receives Pro Football Weekly's Humanitarian Award [2:02 PM] reports: Bills guard Ruben Brown, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, has added another accolade to his collection by earning the fourth annual Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award from Pro Football Weekly.

Marker Jennings and Price injured [1:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills' offensive line, already down two injured starters, suffered another blow Monday morning when both starting left tackle Jonas Jennings and his replacement were hurt.'

Marker Bills defense needs to find help [1:43 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: ''Anyone seen Erik Flowers lately, or for that matter, ever?'

Marker Spikes sidelined with chest injury [12:33 PM]
AP reports: 'Bengals LB Takeo Spikes has a slightly torn chest muscle and is out 2-4 weeks. Spikes got hurt while sacking Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe in the first quarter of the Bengals' 24-17 preseason victory Friday night. "I caught Bledsoe and I slipped off him and he was falling," Spikes said. "I was trying to go for the extra effort and pick him up and trying to dump him, and then I just felt like a catch in my chest."

Marker Falcons sign veteran linebacker Sam Rogers [12:27 PM]
AP reports: 'His best season was in 2000 when for the Bills he had a career-high five sacks and 74 tackles.'

Marker Buffalo Bills player outfits Wossman team [12:25 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams paid $10,000 for the new uniforms for the Wildcats. He also bought the basketball team new shorts. ``They had new jerseys, so I just got them shorts,'' Williams said. ``I just wanted to give something back, because football there meant so much to me.'''

Marker Bills Return From Preseason Opener Healthy [9:10 AM] reports: "This (first week of preseason games) gives us a chance to see some of the things we need to work on in a game situation as well get some more film to scout other teams," said Nate Clements. "This game here was a game to loosen our pads and get that football back in you."

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