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Buffalo Bills News - August 30, 1999

Marker When Ralph's Gone, Will His Name Live On? [6:30 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Is it possible that Rich/Bills/Ralph Wilson Stadium may one day again have a different name on it? That, it seems, may hinge on what kind of deal the next owner of the Bills strikes..."What the contract says is the Bills have a right to name the stadium," said Michael Hughes, spokesperson for Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski, of the new lease agreement signed earlier this year. "The county has the rights to review it if the Bills sell the name of it."'

Marker Bills Ready For Season; Bengals Running Out Of Time [6:22 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Both of their quarterbacks look sharp, the backup receivers are putting on a show and the defense is as stingy as ever. No wonder the Buffalo Bills feel so good about themselves two weeks shy of the season opener.'

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August 29, 1999

Marker Rick Gosselin's Pro Football Report: AFC Notes [8:28 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Doug Flutie passed the Buffalo Bills into the playoffs and himself into the Pro Bowl last season. But you wouldn't know it by the treatment he has received from coach Wade Phillips this summer.'

Marker Bengals Fall 30-3 To Bills [7:53 AM]
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Marker Fans Don't Expect Much From Bengals [7:10 AM]
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Marker Bengals Notebook [7:08 AM]
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Marker Smith Makes Pro Debut [7:08 AM]
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Marker Bengals Shouldn't Rush Akili [7:06 AM]
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Marker Drive Chart: Offense Going Nowhere [7:05 AM]
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Marker Bills 30, Bengals 3 [7:03 AM]
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Marker Flutie Directs Drubbing Of Bengals [7:00 AM]
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Marker Bills Position-By-Position Depth Chart [6:59 AM]
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Marker For Their Encore, Bills Need Playoff Wins [6:58 AM]
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Marker Spotlight's Glare Not As Bright [6:57 AM]
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Marker Still Just A Kid From Natick [6:56 AM]
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Marker Bills 30, Bengals 3 [6:51 AM]
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Marker Game Summary [6:49 AM]
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August 28, 1999

Marker The Matchup: Buffalo Bills At Bengals [9:31 AM]
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Marker Smith Could Make Debut Against Bills [9:26 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Smith is expected to make his pro debut tonight in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. It won't amount to much -- after signing a contract earlier this week, the quarterback from Oregon needs to catch up before he can play much.'

Marker Bills Play Naming Game With Quarterbacks [9:24 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Phillips has been evasive and prickly about the subject of his quarterbacks, each of whom earns a starter's salary. "Maybe I'm being hard-headed about it," Phillips said. "We've got two good quarterbacks, our team is happy about that. That's it."'

Marker Bills' Newcomers Face Final Chance Against Bengals [9:18 AM]
D & C reports: 'NFL rosters must be trimmed to 65 players by Tuesday, making tonight's third preseason game at Cincinnati a night of last auditions. Making the game more critical for those on the bubble is that Bills coach Wade Phillips plans on using much of it honing his first units and working on things they will be operating this year. If some starters need rest, they can take it next Saturday when the Bills end their practice schedule at home against Pittsburgh. What it means is less opportunity tonight for newcomers to make a good impression.'

August 27, 1999

Marker Defensive End Wiley Gearing Up For Big Year With Bills [6:25 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't want to try to unseat Bruce or Phil because that's not my position here," Wiley said. "We have two great defensive ends already and hopefully I can step from good to great and the team would benefit from it."'

Marker Newman Making An Impact At Linebacker [6:18 AM]
D & C reports: '"You can see Keith has ability," linebacker coach Chuck Lester said. "He's got natural things that will allow him to rush the passer. He's got body lean and he's strong, the way he sheds blockers. He has improved every practice."'

Marker Choice One Gets Naming Rights In Bills Phone Deal [6:14 AM]
D & C reports: 'Choice One will receive the naming rights to the Buffalo Bills Rochester Club, an enclosed 450-seat suite where fans get a catered buffet and in-seat beverage service. The club, meant for corporate customers as well as individuals, is located above the tunnel entrance of the stadium behind the east end zone. The club, to be renamed "Choice One Club," was part of the stadium's $63 million offseason renovation.'

August 26, 1999

Marker Buffalo's QB Questions Are Self-Created [1:29 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: Wade Phillips: “We’re getting two quarterbacks ready ... that’s all we’re doing. “When we finish preseason, we’ll be in great shape at quarterback ... I don’t have any doubt. And there isn’t any more to it than that. I think people are trying to read more into it than there is.”

Marker No QB Problems For Bills [7:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The simple truth is that, in today's NFL, whether you designate a No. 1 or not, without two quality quarterbacks it's tough to survive an entire season and remain in contention.'

Marker Smith May Play Saturday [6:37 AM]
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Marker Free Agent Punter Still At It After All These Years [6:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Football has not been kind to Bill Kushner. He has been axed more times than a cord of wood.'

Marker Smith Could See Action Saturday [6:26 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Coslet said [Akili] Smith could play Saturday when the Bengals face the Buffalo Bills in their preseason home opener, but only in the right circumstances. "I refuse to put him in there to fail,'' he said. "I'm not going to put him in there when (reserve right tackle) Mike Doughty's playing left tackle and Bruce Smith is still in there.'

Marker AFC East Preview [6:20 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: '[The Bills are] a solid football team across the board but short on the superstars that win championships. Wide receiver Eric Moulds is entering that zone, but both wideout Andre Reed and defensive end Bruce Smith are descending in the mid-30s. The Bills have been so good for so long that they haven't drafted high enough to add those necessary blue-chippers.'

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