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Buffalo Bills News - August 26, 2002

Marker It's only preseason, but Bills sure look average [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Bills don't look like a playoff team. They're a work in progress, young and unproven at too many key positions. They will have ups and downs. They will excite you one moment and make you tear your hair out the next.'

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August 25, 2002

Marker Road test not so smooth [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Penalties, penalties, penalties.'

Marker Newcomer Ahanotu gets in the game [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It felt good to be out there again," Ahanotu said. "It's been a long time. This is the first time that I've had pads on since the Super Bowl. I felt all right. It will get better next week."'

Marker Football's greatest shrine isn't Hall of Very Good [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'From the time Jim Kelly was confirmed as one of the football immortals, Buffalo has gone Hall of Fame nutsy.'

Marker A Bills backer in Albany [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I root for the Buffalo Bills because they are New York's true team," Pataki said during his visit. "But I'll root for the Jets except when they play the Bills."'

Marker Colts, penalties dampen Bills optimism [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Quite simply, it was not a good night for the Bills as they were sloppy and largely unproductive in every phase of the game, and the clearest shred of evidence was a ghastly 16 penalties for 97 yards.'

Marker Bills don’t look too promising in loss [5:14 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Is it too soon to be concerned about the Buffalo Bills' season?'

Marker Defense dominates for Colts [5:13 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The No. 1 unit actually remained intact through the first series of the third quarter and had its way with the Bills.'

Marker Colts' offense produces no reason for optimism [5:12 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'So far, there has been no reason whatsoever to be optimistic the offense will carry the load for this team again. Not a single reason.'

Marker Colts defensive line gets new look and solid results [5:11 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Playing the first half and the first possession of the third quarter, the Colts line sacked Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe three times and anchored a defensive effort that over the time it was on the field limited the Bills to 95 total yards in a 19-7 Colts victory.'

Marker Colts 19, Bills 7 [5:10 AM]
AP reports: 'If it seemed a subpar night for the Colts, it was even worse for the Bills.'

Marker Indianapolis 19, Buffalo 7 [5:09 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Bledsoe continued his solid preseason play in the first half, completing 9-of-16 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. He started the second half and completed just 1-of-4 attempts and threw an interception.'

August 24, 2002

Marker AFC East preview [3:40 PM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Few expect a playoff team in Buffalo, but maybe a contender. New offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has taken over broken offenses before, but not always successfully.'

Marker Ex-NFL pro done with football theology [10:18 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'So while Reich is invariably introduced at prayer breakfasts and business lunches as the quarterback who engineered the greatest football comeback ever, he tends to play his light over the anti-climatic final chapters, too. "God is controlling all outcomes for his own purposes," Reich said. "We don't know the hidden purposes behind his work, so our responsibility is to give our all and seek the good."'

Marker Battle for jobs puts Bills under microscope [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills must cut 10 players to get down to a 65-man roster by Tuesday. The team could wait until next week's final cut to trim its backfield. It won't be easy whenever the cuts are made.'

Marker Bills' tune-up needed against Colts [5:44 AM]
D and C reports: 'The third preseason game is usually the one coaches take their longest look at the starters, and then the final exhibition is used to give on-the-bubble players one last chance to make a big push to earn a roster spot.'

Marker Former Bills linebacker dies [5:43 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills' linebacker Wayne Simmons, a starter on the Green Bay Packers' 1997 Super Bowl championship team, was killed early Friday when his car crashed and burst into flames. He was 32.'

Marker Colts looking to correct their offensive problems [5:43 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'During the Colts' week of preparation for tonight's preseason game with Buffalo in the RCA Dome, the topic of virtually every post-practice interview eventually turned to the struggles of the No. 1 offense.'

Marker Former NFL linebacker Wayne Simmons dies in car accident [5:41 AM]
AP reports: 'Simmons played five games for the Bills during the 1998 season.'

August 23, 2002

Marker Colts sign Maxie [7:08 PM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Maxie has been signed by the Indianapolis Colts and is expected to play tomorrow night against the Buffalo Bills, the team which cut him Tuesday.'

Marker Vehicle causes damage to Bills practice field [7:00 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Orchard Park police are closing in on the person who caused between $5,000 and $8,000 damage by doing "360s" with his vehicle on the practice field next to the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse, apparently Wednesday afternoon.'

Marker Fox Sports profile on Flutie is basically hero worship [6:59 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is the first of two Fox Sports Net specials on former Bills quarterbacks this fall. Jim Kelly is the Sept. 15 subject of the series.'

Marker Colts looking to get offense untracked against Bills [6:06 PM]
AP reports: '"I think it's going to let us know, just like last week with Randy (Moss) and Minnesota, they let us know where we stood as a defense," cornerback Chris Watson said. "They took us to the drawing board as far as corrections we needed to make."'

Marker Former Bill To Be Featured On ESPN's 25,000 Show On Sunday [2:25 PM] reports: The story of former Bills running back Doug Goodwin will be one of those featured during ESPN’s special show commemorating the 25,000th edition of “SportsCenter.” The program will air this Sunday evening at 11:00 PM (ET).

Marker Kelly Krunch Winner [2:24 PM] reports: 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. August 23 Winner

Marker Bills’ news and updates for the ultimate Buffalo fan [9:53 AM] reports: Virtually anywhere you go, you can stay on top of what’s happening with the Bills. The Buffalo Bills and Verizon Wireless have teamed up to bring you the latest news and information directly from the team. When the news is hot, you get it first.

Marker Jobs up for grabs on Bills' special teams [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We still have people fighting for some jobs and we have some holes to fill so it's a big game, and next week is a big game, too," said special teams coach Danny Smith. "We want to solidify our coverage and return units. We'll continue to play several people at the positions to give them a chance to win a job."'

Marker Hard hitter is leaving his mark [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '"Billy is going to be all around the ball, he's going to be tough and physical, that's how he plays," said Fletcher. "He's gonna hit me, he's gonna hit his teammates, he's gonna hit the opponents. He's a physical player and I'm glad to have him as a part of our defense."'

Marker AFC East still tough, balanced [5:14 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Team still lacks depth on defense and has big holes in the front seven. The offense shows promise, though, particularly if Bledsoe returns to Pro Bowl form.'

Marker AFC East [5:13 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Playoff outlook: Fair. While there is some talent on defense, too many holes remain to be a playoff-caliber squad.'

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