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Buffalo Bills News - May 27, 2002

Marker NFLE Europe players on the rise - Curtis Alexander [4:00 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Alexander has accomplished nearly as much as Jamal Robertson on the ground, but he has more total yards from scrimmage because he has been a bigger factor in the passing game. Alexander was a fourth-round draft pick of the Broncos in 1998, but failed to make it through his first training camp. He has generated enough interest that if the Bills waive him, another team with less depth will bring him in for a tryout.

Marker Inside Dish: Fina drawing interest [3:56 PM]
The Sporting News reports: In several situations, impending cap casualties already have been contacted and deals are in the works with potential suitors. For example, OT John Fina's agent already has received several calls from teams considering the "former" Bill.

Marker Fantasy Football, NFL Head Coach style [12:41 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Head coaches were asked: Pick one player to build an expansion team around?
Faulk, a defensive coordinator's worst nightmare, garnered just two votes. One came from Bills coach Gregg Williams, a former defensive coordinator who knows a thing or two about trying to contain offensive firepower. "He presents too many match-up problems," said Williams. "And he causes these problems against every defense run in the league."

Marker Bledsoe costing Patriots $6.666 Million in cap space [12:32 AM]
Boston Globe reports: The final cap hits for Bledsoe and Terry Glenn are now on the books. According to the latest NFL documents obtained by the Globe, the Bledsoe cap hit for the Patriots was $6.666 million, and on Glenn it was $945,000. Bledsoe's number includes the $6 million in pro-rated bonus from his newest contract, plus $666,000 pro-rated from his old contract. As for Glenn, it's unclear why there was such a large hit. There was a "secret" settlement between the Patriots and Glenn and it has been kept under wraps by the team and the league. Bledsoe's cap hit will be the second-highest on the roster this season.

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May 26, 2002

Marker Some choose country over football [8:42 PM]
ESPN reports: 'At a time when it was acceptable for professional athletes to defer military service, Kalsu felt obligated to honor the ROTC pledge that had been as much a part of his life at the University of Oklahoma as had his All-American role on the football team. And so Kalsu left his pregnant wife and young daughter to fulfill what he deemed to be a responsibility he could not ignore.'

Marker New depth of talent turns Bills minicamp into scramble for jobs [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A year ago, the mystery was whether the team had enough viable players to fill out a complete lineup. Now it's a question of who pushes whom, or how much playing time some very good talents will get.'

Marker Mini-camps are a major deal [6:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'In other words, if a coach says jump in the off-season, players today are inclined to ask "How high?" not "How come?"'

May 25, 2002

Marker AFC East race should be thrilling, as usual [6:37 PM]
Sporting News - Voice of the Fan reports: I already thought the Bills would be much better this year after the way they finished up, giving the Dolphins and Patriots fits while also costing the Jets the division. They have a very good receiving corps and a new QB (Drew Bledsoe) who will help turn a mediocre offense into a good one, but the key will be the ground game. Bledsoe needs Travis Henry and Shawn Bryson to take some pressure off him. On defense, the Bills have some good, young talent and should improve in the second year of a new system. Overall, they will be much more competitive but not good enough to secure a wild-card berth.'

Marker Search for cover corners becoming endless [6:36 PM]
CBS reports: If teams have two good corners as their starters, it does give them a huge edge. Take the Buffalo Bills. They start Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield, two former first-round picks who are on their way to becoming one of the league's best tandems.

May 24, 2002

Marker Video footage of Training Camp - Bledsoe to Moulds [5:25 PM]
WKBW reports: For Bills WR Eric Moulds, this is his 7th season in the NFL. And Drew Bledsoe is the 8th QB he's worked with. The two have been working out their timing during the May "minicamp" at One Bills Drive. View the video for the full story as Bledsoe talks about learning to read body language.

Marker Donahoe/Williams Era Taking Shape [5:11 PM]
ESN reports: The Buffalo Bills starting lineup will look much different than the 24 guys (including the kicker and punter) than started on opening last season. As of the recent mini-camp 14, or possibly 15, of the 24 positions will change from last year's opening day starters. Furthermore, only eight of those positions will be manned by players from the pre-Gregg Williams/Tom Donahoe era.

Marker Chicks on Football: The Comeback Kids [5:09 PM]
FOXSports reports: Drew Bledsoe (QB, Bills): ...Bledsoe will be hooking up with some talented receivers in Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and rookie Josh Reed. We chicks smell another Pro Bowl season in the making!
Eric Moulds (WR, Bills): ...With a re-enthused Bledsoe to sling him the ball, Moulds should be ripping it up once again.

Marker Confusion about under tackles [5:04 PM]
Shout! reports: Lary Bump tries to untangle the confusion about the under tackle position as used by the Bills. "The nose tackle is shaded on the center's outside shoulder on the weak side. The under tackle is usually to the strong side, on the guard's outside shoulder."

Marker Big Mike and Josh Reed 1st hand report [2:29 PM] reports: A Bills fan from the Stadium Wall was at the Trading Card Show.

As a representative from Players Inc said, "If his playing ability is anything like his personality, Mike Williams is certain to be a Hall of Famer."

Don't think that pack bustin? isn't for the players. Josh Reed (WR, Buffalo Bills) couldn't get enough. He was digging through boxes for cards of his college teammates. A smile spread across his face when he pulled a Josh Booty Rookie Card.

Marker Prioleau now a free thinker [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think I'm up to the challenge," Prioleau said after the Bills completed their four-day minicamp Thursday. "I like the competition. It brings the best out of all of us. It makes us continue to push ourselves and work hard. Anybody that turns down a little competition doesn't really want to play."'

Marker Coach sees latest minicamp as a great way to start [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There's a lot of work to be done before the end of training camp. But this is a starting point. This is what these four days were all about."'

Marker Wilson praises changes, Williams [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"It would've been easy to say the heck with it, but we played hard with the exception of one or two games. But with more material to work with, some breaks on injuries, I think he's going to be a very good coach."'

Marker Starting positions are on the line [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Center and left tackle are the big question marks.'

May 23, 2002

Marker Bills End Minicamp [9:27 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Jonas Jennings appears to be getting more comfortable at center. He took all of his snaps there this camp, although there is a chance he could see some time at left tackle.'

Marker Bills Complete Organized Team Activity For May [6:09 PM] reports: The Bills concluded their four-day off-season camp with a 90-minute workout on Thursday. The team will break until early June when they plan to workout eight more times from June 4-7 and June 10-13 before the early group reports to training camp on July 24.

Marker Bills end minicamp on high note [4:29 PM]
AP reports: '"I thought it was very productive, as far as understanding tempo and systems," [Greg Williams] said. "There's still a long way to go. There's a lot of youth to the team, and when you have that many unrestricted free agents, we have to get to know one another."'

Marker Sixteen Days 'Til Uniform Unveiling [2:07 PM] reports: Tickets for the general public will be available beginning on Friday, May 31 at all Tops Friendly Markets locations and will be limited to four per person.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Answers Fan Emails [9:48 AM] reports: Bledsoe: I love Buffalo. It's been really a pleasant surprise for us. The people in Buffalo have welcomed us with open arms. Bledsoe: I think that the offense we are running with Kevin Gilbride is probably about as good as it gets for me.

Marker Teague wants job of watching Drew's back [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Second-year pros Marques Sullivan and Kris Farris also will compete for the job, but Teague's experience should give him the edge.'

Marker Time for Price to put money where mouth is [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Playing under his third coordinator in as many years, and with his fourth starting quarterback in four seasons, Price has a chance to realize the untapped potential he claims is inside him.'

Marker Bills' Super connection [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'While career receiving leader Andre Reed played 11 of his 15 seasons in Buffalo with one quarterback (Jim Kelly) and a couple of offensive coordinators, Moulds is starting over with his sixth starting quarterback and fifth coordinator.'

May 22, 2002

Marker Bills hang on to Centers with extension [8:35 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Financial details of the agreement were not immediately available because the deal is not signed, but the extension will run through the 2003 season. Without the new deal, Centers would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring.'

Marker Teague wants to watch Bledsoe's back [8:24 PM]
AP reports: '"The most important thing you can have as a quarterback is to know you're protected on your blind side," said Bledsoe, the Bills' new marquee player. "There's no question that having Trey over there with some experience is important. He has been effective against NFL pass rushers."'

Marker Teague testy about center [7:36 PM]
Shout! reports: The 27-year-old Teague has been somewhat defensive -- especially about the prospect of playing center, which he hasn't played since he was at the University of Tennessee.

"I'm looking forward to starting at left tackle. I'm prepared to compete for that position the best I can," he said. "At this time, I'm preparing the best I can to play tackle and learn the system here."

What about playing center? "I don't really want to get into that."

Marker The Battle For Jobs Has Begun [4:13 PM] reports: Now that the initial introductions are over, the battle for jobs has begun. "We're loaded at every position right now so people are going to have to fight for a job, said linebacker Brandon Spoon. "It's going to be an interesting June camp and training camp."

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