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Buffalo Bills News - August 22, 2002

Marker Bills, Fisher extend deal [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '"Having been exposed to it for two years, I really don't know if you could draw up a training camp situation better than what we have here at Fisher," Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills extend training camp pact in Rochester [5:14 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Several NFL officials recently visited the camp and have noted the support the team has received throughout Rochester in hopes of boosting its marketing presence beyond the immediate Buffalo area.'

Marker Bills give fans hope [5:13 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As a package, the Bills look, at the very least, intriguing with every possibility they could be a serious spoiler in the AFC East. If the offensive line comes together quickly enough and the defence is able to get its act together, they could be more than spoilers.'

Marker AFC East at a glance [5:12 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Projected record: 7-9.'

Marker Flowers heads south after being released by Bills [5:11 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Flowers is hopeful a change of scenery and a scheme that relies heavily on its outside pass rushers might resurrect his career.'

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August 21, 2002

Marker Bills Extend Agreement With St. John Fisher College [9:09 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has extended its agreement with St. John Fisher College to hold training camp at the school through the summer of 2011.'

Marker Bills extend training camp agreement with St. John Fisher [9:08 PM]
AP reports: 'We could not be happier about the arrangement," Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe said. "I really don't know if you could draw up a better training camp situation than what we have here at Fisher."'

Marker Bills Extend Training Camp Contract With Fisher [9:04 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The contract that brought the NFL to Pittsford had two years left on it--until the Bills announced a seven-year extension, keeping the team and the fans through 2011.'

Marker Newberry Hurts Finger; McDaniel Added [8:55 PM]
San Francisco 49ers reports: 'The former University of Arizona standout was signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 1999. His best season was in 2000, when he played in 16 games and started six, and had 43 catches for 697 yards. For his career, he has 54 catches for 826 yards and two touchdowns.'

Marker Texans add defensive end to roster [8:52 PM]
AP reports: 'The Houston Texans claimed defensive end Erik Flowers, a former first-round draft choice, off waivers Wednesday.'

Marker 49ers grab McDaniel on waiver claim [8:15 PM]
ESPN reports: The San Francisco 49ers, who spent much of the spring attempting to add another veteran WR to their mix, accomplished that goal on Wednesday; the team was awarded Jeremy McDaniel on a waiver claim.

Marker Flowers picked up on waivers [6:56 PM]
Houston Texans reports: The Houston Texans have claimed DE Erik Flowers. Flowers was a first round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills in 2000. Flowers, 6-4, 273, played 15 games last season with the Bills, starting five. He recorded 37 tackles (20 solo), two sacks and four qb pressures. As a rookie in 2000 he played in all 16 games on special teams and in the defensive line rotation totaling 23 tackles (11 solo), two sacks and one interception.

Marker Fina tackling the talks [6:39 PM]
ESPN reports: Interest in former Bills tackle John Fina is heating up, and he hopes to land with a team by the end of the week. Six teams checked in during the past few days, and most want to sign him as a tackle. But a couple of teams, such as the Redskins, are considering him for opportunities at guard. Fina is training in Tucson, Ariz.

Marker Centers Signs One year extension [6:20 PM]
ESPN reports: The extension is for one year and, added to the original two-year contract Centers signed last summer, ties him to the Bills through the 2003 season. Included is a Signing bonus of 250,000 with a reduction in salary from 800K to 750K giving him $1M for this season and a base of $1.1M next season.

Marker Offense clicking as Bills break training camp [4:05 PM]
AP reports: '"I think we're starting to understand each other," said Bledsoe, who has looked comfortable in Buffalo's first two preseason games. "I'm starting to know their body language. I can tell when they're coming out of cuts and they know what I'm looking for."'

Marker Big Mike forsakes Mic to focus on football [2:42 PM]
AP reports: '"No, I'm not going to do TV," said Williams, who's outgoing personality has piqued the interest of Buffalo-area broadcasters. "I think I just need to concentrate a little bit more on football. Especially in my rookie year." What's this? Big Mike without a Mic? "Well," the 370-pound, 6-foot-6 Williams added, "radio is a possibility. We'll see."'

Marker Burns hopes to stick with Bills [1:50 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'With a stable full of running backs already, Burns' chances of making the Bills are not good. He would be more likely to end up on the Bills' practice squad if he clears waivers. It does not matter to the 22-year-old Georgia native, all he wants is a chance to compete.'

Marker Bills GM rebuilding from the ground up [1:29 PM] reports: 'After visiting the Bills for a few days, there's no doubt in my mind that his reconstruction project is ahead of schedule but that his attempt to stay behind the scenes will fail.'

Marker Reclaiming his birthright [10:26 AM]
National Post reports: '"The personality of this offence will develop through the course of the year," Bledsoe says. "But I would say, in my opinion, I think we can be a very attacking offence. I think that we've got the weapons to get downfield in the passing game. "We can be a big-play offence, but, in order to do that, we also have to be very consistent in what we do. Because, if you take shots down the field, you're not going to hit all of them."'

Marker Rone isn't ready to run fade pattern [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's a smart player," Moulds said. "You can't teach the instincts that he has. The guy knows how to get open. He hits the zones well. He knows man-to-man coverage, and he can go deep. You can't teach those attributes. I think he has a chance to make the team, a legitimate shot. I hope he does. He's worked hard."'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Flowers was one of the all-time good guys, but he joins Walt Patulski and Phil Dokes on the Bills' Bust of Fame.'

Marker Williams biggest NFL question mark [9:01 AM] Sports reports: Buffalo was on track to jump close to the .500 mark even before the Drew Bledsoe trade, and if all the other pieces continue to fall into place as expected, a nine-win season seems realistic. If Bledsoe shines and stays healthy, the Bills could be this year’s surprise team.

Marker It's kind of a drag [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think camp should be a max of three weeks with two preseason games, maybe three at the most," said linebacker London Fletcher, who is wrapping up his inaugural Fisher camp after spending the first four years of his career with the St. Louis Rams.'

Marker Flowers 'may need change of scenery' [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '"Erik did everything we asked him to do, he worked hard, but for whatever reason it didn't happen for him here."'

Marker Another offensive lineman goes down [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills offensive guard Corey Hulsey, a key backup, suffered a left knee sprain in Tuesday's morning practice. He's likely to miss today's final practice at St. John Fisher College, but coach Gregg Williams said he's not been ruled out of playing in Saturday's third preseason game at Indianapolis.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan of the day [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"They've got a good quarterback now and they've just got to give him a little bit of protection. I don't know how far they can go, but I think they can definitely make the playoffs."'

August 20, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills Release Former First-Round Pick Erik Flowers [9:39 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The 24-year-old Flowers started six of 31 games during his first two seasons and had four sacks and one interception. He played little in Buffalo's first two preseason games and was moved down the depth chart when the team signed Chidi Ahanotu yesterday.'

Marker Previewing the fall line for the AFC [7:42 PM] reports: Basically, the "46" has worked twice in NFL history -- the 1985 Bears and the 2000 Titans, where Williams cut his teeth. But each of these squads had premium talent and considerable good luck. Everyone else who has tried to use the "46" has paid dearly, since while most defenses are designed to cover up weaknesses, the "46" is designed to expose weaknesses and dare you to attack them.

Marker Camp notes for the Second to the last day of camp. [7:42 PM]
BuffaloBills.Com reports: Guard Corey Hulsey suffered a minor knee sprain (left) midway through the morning workout on Tuesday. He'll be held out of Wednesday's workout. A decision as to whether he'll play in Saturday's game will be determined later in the week.

Marker Watson finds his niche [1:21 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"We've got a lot of talent, a lot of speed, and I see some big plays coming out of this unit this year."'

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