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Buffalo Bills News - May 16, 2002

Marker Bills tap Jennings to center offensive line [9:27 PM]
AP reports: '"I think he can be one of the premier centers in the league if that's the position that we can afford to put him at," Gilbride said. "We're going to experiment with a couple of guys in a couple of different spots."'

Marker Jonas Jennings Center Of Attention [5:26 PM] reports: The first day of organized team activity for rookies and first and second year players centered around one player: second-year offensive lineman Jonas Jennings.

Marker Twenty-Three Days 'Til Uniform Unveiling [2:46 PM] reports: Gates will open at 12:30 PM and the event will start at 1:30 PM. While the festivities will be open to the public and free to attend, a ticket will be required for admission. Specific ticket information will be announced separately.

Marker Off-Season Camp Begins Today [9:31 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills will hold an organized team activity for rookies as well as first and second year players this Thursday and Friday, May 16-17. The entire team will participate in a similar activity next Monday through Thursday, May 20-23.

Marker New chief is no stranger to challenge [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kailbourne helped save the Bills, spearheading the drive to help the Bills sell $11 million worth of suites and premium seats, ensuring they'd stay in Buffalo for at least five years. Now Erkie Kailbourne, the 60-year-old retired banker who grew up in Wellsville, faces another gigantic challenge - helping save Adelphia Communications, which controls the fate of Buffalo's other major-league franchise, the Sabres.'

Marker Twenty-Four Days [12:43 AM] reports: DETAILS OF UNVEILING EVENT ON JUNE 8:
Gates will open at 12:30 PM and the event will start at 1:30 PM. While the festivities will be open to the public and free to attend, a ticket will be required for admission. Specific ticket information will be announced separately.

Marker Questions to be uncovered at mini-camp - Part II [12:39 AM]
Shout! reports: Questions need to be answered include who lines up at left end, what are we going to see from Erik Flowers and will Eddie Robinson, London Fletcher and Keith Newman be third down LBs as well.

Marker Questions to be uncovered at mini-camp - Part I [12:37 AM]
Shout! reports: Questions need to be answered include Two TE set, role of FB, who will be playing RB and LT and whether Fina will show up at all. The Bills 6 day mini-camp starts on Thursday.

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May 15, 2002

Marker Bills Visit Garden's Nursing Home [5:37 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills safety Tony Driver, offensive lineman Robert Hunt, defensive tackle Demetrious Maxie, wide receiver Andre Rone and mascot Billy Buffalo made a special visit to Garden's Nursing Home in the city of Buffalo. One resident made a request as the players left - "Get us in the playoffs," he said.

Marker Bills Uniform History Fact Of The Day [2:37 PM] reports: Do you remember Buffalo's first jersey in 1960? What about the white helmets with a blue and red charging buffalo that the Bills wore from 1974-83? Send your memories of Buffalo's uniforms and helmets.

Marker Salary figures today makes 1993 salaries look paltry [11:56 AM]
BillsDaily reports: Bob Lamb explains why Bills players are not longing for the good old days.

Marker Ostroski Chairs Sunday's "Gift of Life" Walk [11:31 AM] reports: Bills offensive lineman Jerry Ostroski will be among the participants in the National Kidney Foundation Gift of Life walk this Sunday, May 19 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Bills Archives Department Searching For Treasures [9:58 AM] reports: Over the years many coveted pieces of the Bills storied past have been scattered not only across Western New York but around the world. The Archives department is busy hunting these treasures down.

Marker Pieces In Place For Gilbride [9:29 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Gilbride loves to throw the intermediate and deep routes, an area in which Bledsoe excels. Bledsoe says one of the things he likes about Gilbride is that the coach is flexible, which implies that the system Bill Belichick wanted Bledsoe to run in with the Patriots was not.'

Marker Pats hero most overrated; Bills' Winfield on flip side [6:07 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Winfield hasn't made the Pro Bowl yet, but he will. He's a tough guy who can play solid man coverage.'

Marker Van still the man for Bills [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: '"He's our guy," Saurer said. "We evaluate things every season and ... the (Bills) broadcast speaks for itself. Up against any other NFL broadcasters, few if any are as exciting as Van."'

May 14, 2002

Marker Bills In Good Cap Shape [8:34 PM]
BillsDaily reports: A closer look shows the Bills need minimal money to sign picks. The Bills need only to free up a maximum worst case of $420,000 to sign all of their draft picks right now, even assuming that Tom Donahoe uses every dollar of the rookie allocation of $5.139 Million. This amount of cap space hardly necessitates the release of any players being talked about like John Fina, let alone Jay Riemersma.

Marker Twenty-five days... [5:09 PM] reports: After playing the 1960 and ’61 seasons in their original silver/gray and blue uniforms, the Bills made a switch prior to the 1962 regular season.

Marker Bills' Alexander had food poisoning [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Frankfurt Galaxy running back Curtis Alexander (Buffalo Bills), who left Saturday's game against the Rhein Fire after two plays, was suffering from food poisoning.'

May 13, 2002

Marker Curtis Alexander Leaves Game With Food Poisoning [4:51 PM] reports: NFL Europe Recap - RB CURTIS ALEXANDER, Frankfurt Galaxy Started and rushed for nine yards on two carries against Rhein before leaving the game due to food poisoning.

Marker Twenty-Six Days Until Uniform Unveiling [4:08 PM] reports: As announced yesterday, fans can get their first look at the team’s new uniforms in a special unveiling event on Saturday, June 8 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. In anticipation of that, look for more details on the event to be announced in the coming weeks as well as different historical facts about the Bills uniforms over the years.

Marker 5th Down: The Fan Who Wanted A Team [3:11 PM] reports: Ralph Wilson was more than a simple fan. He was a dreamer, though his fantasy wasn't to play or coach or scout. He wanted to buy his very own football team. "I wanted to do it as a fan," Wilson says. "I wanted to be involved in the game."

Marker TBD Opener tickets purchased [12:19 PM]
TBD reports: The tickets have been purchased for the TBD 3rd annual tailgate party and game on September 8 vs the Jets. We'll be in Section 330, starting in row 15. If you promised you would send in a check for your ticket, please do so as soon as possible. If you forgot to sign up, post a note and maybe someone has purchased an extra or two.

May 12, 2002

Marker Andre Reed interviewed on ESPN Radio [4:58 PM]
TheStadiumWall reports: A wall poster reports on the ESPN Radio interview with Andre Reed. Now that he is away from the game, Andre sems to appreciate the Bills organization a little more than he did in his final days there.

Marker Bills to unveil new duds in ceremony June 8 [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills also will set up the Bills experience outside the stadium and, of course, will make the new jerseys available for purchase.'

Marker Bledsoe: Comeback Kid? [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Drew Bledsoe has not lost his flair for the dramatic. On the golf course, at least.'

Marker Bills' new look arrives June 8 [6:54 AM]
D and C reports: 'The team will hold a public unveiling of its new uniform design at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Players will model the uniforms and sign autographs and a yet-to-be-announced national recording act will perform. Admission is free but fans will need a ticket.'

Marker Bills To Unveil Uniforms On June 8 [2:49 AM] reports: The Bills announced that fans will have their first opportunity to see the team's new uniforms on Saturday, June 8 in a special unveiling event at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

May 11, 2002

Marker Unbeaten Galaxy loses Alexander and game [11:46 PM]
NFLEurope reports: Something had to give and there was a blow for the Galaxy on their second play when Buffalo Bills-allocated running back Curtis Alexander, the league's leading rusher, was shaken up on the second play and did not return.

This occured not long after Alexander said they key for him in NFL Europe was to not get hurt.

Marker WNY viewers aren't flocking to Hasek's Cup quest with Wings [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Several Van Miller fans responded to last Saturday's column with e-mails of support for the voice of the Buffalo Bills. Here's a sampling...'.

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