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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2002

Marker Butler upbeat despite illness [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Marine who saw combat duty in Vietnam, vowed to battle his illness that has a 15 percent survival rate with the support of friends and his family, which includes wife Alice and teenage daughter Andrea.'

Marker Hollis gets his kicks in practice [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's a great feeling to have a guy who has confidence and who has experience," Smith said. "Mike will help our football team from his leadership, his experience and the quality person and player he is. And he'll help our young punter (Brian Moorman) to show him how to be a true pro."'

Marker Bledsoe follows his father's way [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"Even though the majority of the people were rooting against Drew and the Patriots, I always loved my trips there because it always was my picture of what the NFL is supposed to be all about," Mac said. "Those fans know their football. They even cheer the offensive linemen for making good blocks. In most places, the fans don't even know who their offensive linemen are."'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan of the day/camp schedule [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '"Bringing (Mike) Williams in was a big key. All these years, we never took a big offensive lineman in the draft. Getting Bledsoe was a great move, but you win or lose games in the trenches."'

Marker Canton braces for Kelly clan [5:21 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Hall of Fame spokesman Joe Horrigan figures he knows why so many pilgrims are planning to make the trip from Buffalo. ''This,'' he says, ''is shaping up as the Super Bowl celebration Buffalo never had.'''

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July 30, 2002

Marker Will Bledsoe's Popularity Reach The Level Of Flutie Mania? [9:55 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'However, Flutie had cult figure status among Bills fans. A family in Fairport named their dog "Flutie." There was even a local family that built a shrine to Doug Flutie in their home. Bledsoe may have to cross in to the world of food endorsements before he can even come close to Doug Flutie--who had a cereal and a Wegman's sub named after him.'

Marker Fletcher making impact with Bills [9:44 PM]
AP reports: 'What Fletcher -- at 5-foot-9, 245 pounds -- lacks in size, he makes up for with intensity and passion. He has quickly emerged as the Bills' defensive quarterback, calling the plays in the huddle and barking at teammates he believes are letting up.'

Marker Photos Gallery: Players In Action [1:29 PM] reports: Photo gallery of training camp action.

Marker 5th Down: Jennings Is Left In [1:27 PM] reports: Jonas Jennings has been moved to left tackle, perhaps football's toughest up front position.

Marker Canton Braces for Kelly Invasion [1:21 PM] reports: 'Among the names on Kelly's Hall-of-Fame invitation list are the men who coached him in midget-league football 34 years ago. He also invited coaches and teammates from junior high, high school, college, the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League, and, of course, the Bills. Almost every resident of East Brady is invited, meaning the tiny town could very well be all but deserted during the ceremonies.'

Marker Bills out in front in battle against heat [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Every Bill has to weigh in and out of practice. For each pound he loses, he has to drink 20 to 24 ounces of electrolyte-packed fluid - possibly Pedialyte or Gatorlite, a Gatorade loaded with electrolytes. That means if a 300-pound lineman drops five pounds in a practice - which is not uncommon - he has to drink about 100 ounces before his next workout.'

Marker Intense Fletcher pops Riemersma [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I guess I kind of forgot where I was," Fletcher said. "You don't really want to hit teammates like that, but those are the only guys we get to hit right now."'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Up Close And Personal With Mike Catalana [7:03 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'That means every game we play, we're going to go out with the intention of winning that ballgame, and we're going to do everything we can in our power to make that happen. It's obvious that in this league, you're not going to win every game--nobody has in a long time--but at the same time, every game that we will play this year, we're going to expect to win.'

Marker Commemorative Jim Kelly Football [7:02 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Nikco Sports is offering a limited edition of 5,000 NFL-licensed footballs commemorating Kelly's Hall of Fame induction, and donating 10 percent of the proceeds to the Hunter's Hope Foundation, an organization that raises funds to support research efforts to find a cure for Krabbe disease and other leukodystrophies.'

Marker Not so fast, fans [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hey, doesn't anybody remember this team finished 3-13 a year ago? Doesn't anybody care that the addition of nearly a dozen key newcomers merely improved the Bills -- on paper?'

Marker Rebels run toward new image [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"Camp has been an eye-opener," said Thomas, the 2001 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year. "It's more than football. There's a lot of textbook and technique and schemes. I just thought football was lining up and beating the guy across the line from you. But it's like a chess match; you're trying to outguess opponents."'

Marker Fletcher hit highlights night [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"Well, you don't want to hit your teammates like that too often in practice, but it added to the intensity and excitement," Fletcher said with a grin. "It's part of training camp. Guys are out there working hard and competing and right now, those are the only guys I get to hit. We laughed about it. I didn't hit him TOO hard."'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan of the day/camp schedule [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"You can always find a Bills fan wherever you go. Why? Because the Bills are the type of team that will hang in there. That's why I'll always be a fan. They're troupers. They never say never."'

Marker Female fans spike stereotype [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'For the Bills, the percentage gap between male and female fans is even smaller. Nearly 48 percent of people cheering for the Bills are women.'

Marker John Butler Diagnosed with Lung Cancer [12:16 AM]
ESPN reports: 'San Diego Chargers general manager John Butler has lung cancer, the team confirmed Monday night. Butler, 55, is undergoing chemotherapy treatments after learning of the disease in a routine physical on June 28. He will continue his executive duties with the Chargers.'

July 29, 2002

Marker Driver driven to rebound from knee injury [8:29 PM]
AP reports: '"Tony has probably had the best off-season of anybody on this team," coach Gregg Williams said. "Since he was injured, he never took any time off. He never missed any time in the meetings. And I think that speaks volumes for him about how serious he wants to make this team."'

Marker Moulds happy with expanded role in Bills offense [8:28 PM]
AP reports: '"He's making it fun out there again," Moulds said of Gilbride, as the Bills continued their first week of training camp in suburban Rochester on Monday. "We're getting an opportunity to go get the ball, go deep."'

Marker Bledsoe finds a home in Western New York [4:23 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Bledsoes, who reportedly were looking in the Clarence and Eggertsville area, bought a house in the Town of Aurora. According to public documents, filed on July 10, the Bledsoes paid $900,000 for the house.'

Marker London Fletcher Diary: Entry #1 [4:05 PM] reports: This is London Fletcher reporting from the 2002 Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp. I'll be touching base with you all (or every few days to give you the inside scoop of what's going on around here, so bookmark this page and keep in touch! Today I just wanted to check in and let you guys know how the first couple of days went.

Marker Win A Box Of "Kelly Krunch" Autographed Jim Kelly [4:04 PM] reports: As the "Countdown to Canton" continues, is asking fans to submit their favorite Jim Kelly memories. A selection of these submissions will be displayed on the site and if yours is picked, you'll win one box of Kelly Krunch autographed by Jim Kelly.

Marker Out on a wire [2:46 PM]
Canadaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"I'm still learning. The more I'm in there, the more I feel comfortable," said Wire. "I've got a lot to learn, but the coaches have been great, really patient with me."'

Marker Big man on campus [2:45 PM]
Canadaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"I feel good … spending time with the fans and spending extra time signing autographs after practice. It doesn't bother me, I enjoy it."'

Marker Williams goes on the offensive [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He and the Bills reached agreement on a six-year deal believed to be worth $38 million. He got an initial signing bonus of $7.5 million and will get another bonus of $4.25 million next spring, according to an NFL source.'

Marker Jennings' progress at tackle puts Teague on center stage [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Teague, who's played left tackle his entire professional career, will begin his time in Buffalo as the first-string center, head coach Gregg Williams said Sunday. Jonas Jennings opens training camp as the Bills' projected starter at left tackle.'

Marker Top draft pick full of talent, and humility [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After spending a short time with him, you come away with a sense that his smile and pleasant demeanor are very genuine. What you see is what you get.'

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