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Buffalo Bills News - July 27, 2002

Marker BYU's Denney is Bills' latest signing [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Denney, Buffalo's second of two second-round picks (No. 61 overall), is expected to arrive in Rochester sometime today and will participate in the team's one practice Saturday morning.'

Marker Bills fan of the day [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: '''My family used to live down the street from the old Rockpile in Buffalo so being a Bills fan was bred into me. I've met them all: O.J. (Simpson), Thurman (Thomas), Bruce (Smith) and Jim (Kelly) ... This could be a great season if (Drew) Bledsoe stays healthy. The team made some bold moves but I think we had to put an end to that Flutie-Johnson era. I think we've got a quality quarterback with leadership and experience again.'''

Marker Bills training camp information [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'Players appearing in the McDonald's Autograph Tent, 20 minutes after each session. For kids 14 and under only. Today in a.m.: Alex Van Pelt, Mike Pucillo, Robert Hunt. Tight ends, kickers and punter at the fence.'

Marker Bills on parade in Pittsford [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: '"I love the Bills," said 14-year-old Mandy Weber of West Bloomfield, Ontario County, who arrived in Pittsford at 3:15 p.m. to secure good seats for the 6 p.m. parade. "We can't afford to all go to the stadium to see a game, so we came out here to see them," said Mandy's mother, Ann Weber. "This could be her only chance to see the Bills."'

Marker A primer on Bills’ training camp [6:01 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In addition to the workouts and various merchandise and food vendors, camp also be highlighted by the Buffalo Bills’ Experience. Segments include the quarterback challenge, 40-yard dash, bungee run, down-and-out, field-goal kick, football toss, obstacle challenge, climb-and-slide, fair-catch zone, touchdown run, obstacle course and basketball free throw.'

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July 26, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills Parade In Pittsford [10:39 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Each of the players was introduced, and Coach Gregg Williams and quarterback Drew Bledsoe spoke to the enthusiastic crowd.'

Marker Local Star Hopes to Catch On with Bills [10:38 PM]
WROC-TV reports: 'A graduate of Marshall High, Jackson is the first Rochester native to play NFL football in his hometown...even if it is only practice.'

Marker Pittsford Welcomes Bills With Parade [8:24 PM] reports: "As a player that has come in here as a opponent for nine years, I know one fact, the Buffalo Bills have the best fans in the NFL," Bledsoe said to open his brief speech. "Playing in Ralph Wilson Stadium was something I never looked forward to because the fans were so good supporting their team. Since I've been here you've done nothing but prove me right. I don't make many promises but I promise you this one thing… we will do everything in our power to play football in a way that makes you proud to be a Buffalo Bills fan."

Marker Autograph Schedule Set [4:48 PM] reports: The McDonald's Autograph Tent schedule is set for the remainder of the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp. Listed below are the players who are scheduled to be in the tent signing autographs for 20 minutes after each session for kids 14 and under.

Marker Camp Report: Bills Complete Second Day Of Workouts [3:21 PM] reports: The intensity on the practice field increased as rookies and selected veterans took part in a morning workout on the second day of the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp at St. John Fisher.

Marker Pittsford Youth Invited to Bills VIP Training Camp [1:35 PM]
Town of Pittsford reports: 'The Town of Pittsford is proud to announce that the Buffalo Bills have extended tickets for children in the Pittsford community with special needs to participate at "Pittsford Youth Day" at Buffalo Bills VIP Training Camp on Wednesday, August 7th at 2:45 PM.'

Marker Traffic Advisory for the Buffalo Bills Parade [1:34 PM]
Town of Pittsford reports: 'On Friday July 26th, 2002 the Town of Pittsford will host the Buffalo Bills Parade which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.'

Marker Bills sign Denney [11:55 AM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have only one draft pick -- top prospect Mike Williams -- left to sign after agreeing to a deal with second-round selection Ryan Denney on Friday.'

Marker Opening day [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I expect us to be very efficient and very precise going into the first regular-season game," he said. "As far as my role in that, I'm going to do whatever I can in working with my guys to build the communication, to build the relationship that we have to have for us not only to be efficient in the basis of the offense, but also to make adjustments during the games."'

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With Denney [9:13 AM] reports: The Bills have agreed to terms with draft choice Ryan Denney, the team announced this morning. Per team policy, terms of the contract are not disclosed.

Marker Opening Day is a revolving door [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Not only did the Bills take to the field at St. John Fisher College for a pair of workouts on Thursday, they made a series of roster moves that impacted six players.'

Marker Can Jackson make jump? [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'As an undersized, undrafted rookie who put up only modest receiving numbers (19 catches, 254 yards, 2 touchdowns) during his senior season at Syracuse University, Jackson realizes that he has his work cut out for him. He is one of 10 receivers in camp, and only five or six will make the final cut.'

Marker Bills mini-camp information [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'TODAY - Morning practice only, 8:25 to 10:30 a.m., Pittsford parade, 6 p.m.'

Marker Fan of the day [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think they have a good shot at making the playoffs but the AFC East is one of the toughest divisions in football."'

Marker Bills parade will reroute traffic in Pittsford today [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'If you're not heading out for the Buffalo Bills parade or the street celebration that will follow, it might be a good idea to avoid the village's four corners this afternoon.'

July 25, 2002

Marker Bills Sign One Receiver, Lose Another [10:25 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The roster currently stands at 85. The team has five roster exemptions for players who spent the season in NFL Europe.'

Marker Camping Out: Bills' Style [10:21 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Fans can get more of the Bills at Friday night's parade in Pittsford. The parade will start at 6:00 p.m. on South Main Street.'

Marker Reed raring to go after signing with Bills [9:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Reed, selected 36th in last April's draft, signed a reported four-year deal worth close to $3.5 million.'

Marker Dinkins to undergo heart surgery [9:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Linta said the surgery, which will be performed in Pittsburgh, is relatively minor, and Dinkins could rejoin the Bills within two months.'

Marker Bledsoe erases past Bills QB troubles [9:45 PM]
AP reports: 'With Johnson in Tampa Bay, and Flutie entering his second season in San Diego, the Bills gear up for a new type of camp, one that doesn't feature any hint of the divisive Johnson-vs.-Flutie feud that clouded the team the previous four years.'

Marker Bills Kick Off Camp With Pair Of Practices [9:18 PM] reports: Rookies and selected veterans were on the field for a pair of practices on Thursday, July 25 to officially open the 2002 Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp at St. John Fisher College.

Marker Bledsoe Talks About First Practice [8:44 PM] reports: Effectiveness of Wide Receiver Tandem: I look for them to be among the best in the league as a tandem of outside receivers. They are both extremely talented guys with good speed and size and can catch the ball very well. Peerless (Price) is a very precise route runner, while Eric (Moulds) is explosive after he catches the ball and very hard to tackle.

Marker Bills sign Reed [11:32 AM]
AP reports: 'Reed, last year's Biletnikoff award winner as the nation's top wide receiver, earned a reputation at LSU as an aggressive receiver in traffic. He was the 36th player selected in the draft.'

Marker Reed Signs With Bills [10:25 AM]
D&C reports: Reed signs with Bills. Also reports that Reggie Germany was waived after failing a physical. If that's the case, it may be the first surprise of the year.

Marker Bills Agree to Terms With Reed; Additional Roster Moves [10:23 AM] reports: The Bills have agreed to terms with second-round draft choice WR Josh Reed. Additionally, the Bills this morning announced several other roster moves.

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