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Buffalo Bills News - August 29, 2002

Marker Bills can be encouraged by preseason [1:47 PM]
Corning Leader reports: 'While I realize many of you are aware of the nonexistent importance of NFL preseason action, there are still enough people out there who overreact to the exhibition season.'

Marker Jon Bon Jovi On Football [10:12 AM] reports: I have been fortunate to get to know Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick and have remained close with them over the years. I was lucky enough to be on the team bench and in the team locker room when the Giants won Super Bowl XXV in Tampa in 1990. How many people can say that Bill Parcells and Phil Simms have had dinner at their house?

Marker Where Are They Now: Mike Kadish [9:49 AM] reports: Miamiís top draft choice in Ď72, Kadish was on the teamís taxi squad as a rookie and witnessed the only undefeated season in NFL history. The following preseason, a strong performance by Kadish during a nationally televised game caught Bills coach Lou Sabanís attention.

Marker Bills get final auditions [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills must cut from 68 to 53 players by 4 p.m. Sunday.'

Marker Pete Prisco: Preseason rankings - #17 [8:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Adding Drew Bledsoe is the move of the offseason. If the two lines can stay healthy, the Bills will compete in the AFC East. The ball will go down the field to a good receiving group.

Marker Bills' starters to play longer [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'With nine days to recover before the start of the NFL's regular season, the Buffalo Bills starters will play halfway into the second quarter of tonight's preseason finale against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.'

Marker Riemersma: Bull's-eye in middle [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'With three preseason games over with and the regular-season opener against the New York Jets just 10 days away, Riemersma has just one catch for three yards.'

Marker Bills on the bubble [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have until Sunday to trim down to the 53-man roster limit. Tonight's preseason game against the Detroit Lions could go a long way in deciding which players stay. Here is a look at some players fighting for jobs...'

Marker Lions' Final exhibition [5:26 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'In fact, if it were up to McMahon -- the second-year quarterback and designated starter for the opener Sept. 8 -- the regular season could start now.'

Marker Roster spots are on the line [5:24 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Quarterback Mike McMahon will start and play 2-4 series, depending on how many plays the offense runs, before turning the offense over to rookie Joey Harrington and No. 3 quarterback Ty Detmer.'

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August 28, 2002

Marker A work in progress [9:17 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'If anything, the loss to the Colts, which put the Bills at 0-3 in the "it doesn't count" part, only points up what has sort of been forgotten in all the excitement of Drew Bledsoe. This is still a very, very, very young Bills team. Young players make mistakes, and mistakes lead to losses.'

Marker 2002 NFL forecast: Division winners and losers [8:57 PM]
ESPN reports: 'I know this much: Bills brass Tom Donahoe and Tom Modrak will ultimately get all the pieces in place, and sooner rather than later.'

Marker AFC East football capsules [8:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Prediction: Even though the Bills are tied with the San Diego Chargers for the toughest strength of schedule, the Bills should be better than last year's 3-13 record.'

Marker Lions and Bills play for first preseason win [4:30 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills and their new quarterback, Drew Bledsoe, have regressed since playing relatively well in their first preseason game against Cincinnati. They didn't look sharp in the second preseason game against Minnesota and looked even worse last week versus Indianapolis.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Preview [1:27 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Before the season starts, there could be more pickups along the D-line, but the Bills' biggest problem was cured when they got Bledsoe.'

Marker Two Minute Drill... With Josh Reed [12:28 PM] reports: Rookie wide receiver and second round pick Josh Reed sat down with for the Two Minute Drill. Read what he had to say about his teammates.

Marker Join the TBD Pick 'Em Contest! [10:51 AM]
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Marker Bad knee forces Ostroski to retire [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's better to walk away one or two years early than to limp away one or two years late,' " Ostroski said.'

Marker Bills bond when waiting for final cuts [9:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How much longer Jackson and Fisher will remain teammates all depends. Maybe for another season, maybe for a scant few days.'

Marker Sparring with Redskins, Bills and Hemingway [9:42 AM] reports: And I like Bledsoe's weapons -- Moulds, the rookie, Josh Reed, Jay Riemersma down the seam. Will the QB and the coordinator click? That's the question. I think Gilbride is better working with established players than young ones. It's not the offense I worry about with Buffalo, it's that D-line.

Marker Bills Offensive Lineman Ostroski Retires Because of Knee Injury [6:27 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'He started 102 of 106 career games -- 36 at right guard, 34 at center, 29 at right tackle and three at left guard.'

Marker The quest begins [6:02 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Bledsoe or no Bledsoe, the defense must dramatically improve for the Bills to have any shot at a playoff spot, and that's too much to ask. The prediction: 6-10, and no playoffs for a third straight year.'

Marker Ostroski retires on bad knee [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though limited athletically, the popular 6-foot-3, 323-pound Ostroski leaves a legacy of toughness, versatility and loyalty to the Bills, who signed him to their practice squad in 1993 after Kansas City and Atlanta cut him.'

Marker Bills could call on Jackson again [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though released by the Bills on Tuesday at the NFL's mandatory roster cut to 65 players, Jackson has a chance of landing on the team's practice squad next week.'

August 27, 2002

Marker Hey, holdouts: Get into camp now [11:04 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The hangup for Jammer, Sims and McKinnie seems to be the contract the Bills worked out with the No. 4 pick, Mike Williams. The deal has clauses and escapes the others all desire but there is no way the Chargers are going to surrender to those demands, and why should they?

Marker How the experts see it [10:53 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Vic Carucci is only CBS expert (of 10) who predicts the Bills make the playoffs, even as a wild card team.

Marker Pete Prisco: The real must-see TV: Top 10 NFL games to watch [10:47 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: New England at Buffalo, Nov. 3 -- Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe gets to face his old team for the first time.

Bledsoe wasn't exactly thrilled with the way he was treated at the end, forced to watch the Super Bowl as a spectator after years of good service, so he will be a little pumped.

Marker Andy Hanacek: Pro Football Weekly chat [10:39 PM]
ESPN reports: With the final cut one week away, who do you see being the odd-man-out in the Buffalo backfield: Bryson or Morris. I would prefer to keep Bryson.

It's an interesting situation in Buffalo, and I'm not sure what they'll do. I know there are rumors that the Bills are simply waiting for a major-RB injury to try to trade Bryson, and that would seem to make the most sense, as they wouldn't get anything for any of the other backs. i think you will see them keep all 4 RBs, shaking down this way on the depth chart: Henry, Bryson, Huntley, Morris. Morris is a very good special-teams player who they won't just give away, and we know what Bryson can do after subbing in for Henry last season. Huntley has been solid in the preseason so far too, so they're in good shape at RB.

Marker Lief Larsen waived-injured [10:02 PM] reports: In order to get to the 65-man roster limit, the Bills also designated defensive lineman Leif Larsen as waived-injured. He injured his groin earlier in camp.

Marker Bills veteran OL Ostroski announces retirement [9:24 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"My mind and my heart still say play, but my knee says no," Ostroski said.'

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