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Buffalo Bills News - August 16, 2002

Marker Bills - Vikings Preview [2:00 PM] reports: is streaming LIVE audio of Bills - Vikings preseason game. Cornerbacks Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield will test their skills against arguably the most explosive receiver in the NFL.

Marker Bills - Vikings Series History [1:56 PM] reports: The Bills and Vikings have met nine times in regular season play and Minnesota holds a 7-2 edge in the series.

Marker Fan Q & A With Jay Riemersma [1:48 PM] reports: Riemersma: I think first and foremost is the excitement around here and I don't know if you would have had that without having Drew in here. He commands respect in the huddle and his presence in both the huddle and on the field is just phenomenal. It's just fun to play with him.

Marker D-line out to prove itself [1:20 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"(Last week) didn't sit well with the D-line or the whole defense," rookie defensive tackle Justin Bannan said. "We had a lot of mental mistakes, but then again, that's what preseason is for. That's how you improve."'

Marker Sullivan tackles new role with Bills [1:19 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Sullivan's best might be enough to keep Ostroski on the bench whenever the ninth-year veteran is cleared to come off the physically unable to perform list.'

Marker Is Williams being up front about defensive line? [1:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'That Buffalo has interest in Price and Ahanotu merely concedes the obvious...this is the team’s area of weakness.'

Marker NFL : One-on-one with Drew Bledsoe [1:17 PM] reports: '"I don't want this organization to ever get to the point where they say that the problem is at quarterback, let's change the quarterback. Hopefully, they'll never get to that. I'm very proud that this organization researched all their options and came to the conclusion that the best option was to trade for me."'

Marker Clements ready to put up against Moss [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"To be the best, you want to play against the best," he said following practice at St. John Fisher College. "I think me and Antoine (Winfield) are looking forward to seeing what he's got."'

Marker Lofton overdue to be enshrined in football hall [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lofton had the most receiving yards in history when he left Buffalo a decade ago. He's now second to Jerry Rice on the list. He had 14,004 yards on 764 catches. He averaged 18.3 yards a reception, easily the highest of any player ranked among the top 20 in total catches.'

Marker Training cmp billboard [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'LG Ruben Brown (knee), LT Jonas Jennings (ankle), RG Jerry Ostroski (knee) and DT Leif Larsen (groin) are out of tonight's game.'

Marker NFTA's Bills buses will operate all season [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Bus will continue express service to all Buffalo Bills home games, including tonight's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.'

Marker They view Drew as the glue [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'If necessary, they seem prepared to play a shootout each week until their running game emerges, their offensive line solidifies and their young defense comes together.'

Marker Bills aim to run as well as gun [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Still, Bledsoe cannot win games without a productive running game, and the Bills know this. "I think the running game is going to be a big part of our success," starting running back Travis Henry said. "If we can get a good run game established we open it up for guys like Eric Moulds and Peerless Price."'

Marker Bills notebook [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm still waiting for the Vikings game to go against Randy Moss, to see what all the hooting and hollering is all about," Clements said. "I think I can run with anyone in the league."'

Marker Vikings-Bills preview [5:20 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Like the Vikings, the Bills had a difficult 2001 season, going 3-13.'

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Marker Bills interested in bolstering defensive line [4:49 PM]
AP reports: '"Right now, I'm satisfied with what we've got," Gray said. "But the thing is, I'm waiting for somebody to step up. They're working hard. I'm not going to deny them that. But you still need somebody to step up and say, 'Hey, look. I want to be the man."''

Marker Ten Finalists Announced For The 2002 NFL Teacher of the Year Award Presented By MBNA [3:05 PM] reports: Mickey Cochran of Zeeland HS (Zeeland, MI) by Jay Riemersma, Buffalo Bills

Marker LIVE Pregame Chat with Tim O'Shei [2:25 PM] reports: O'Shei, who has covered the Bills extensively since 1994 and has been writing exclusively for since April of 2001, will discuss the progress of the Bills at Training Camp and the potential roster moves the team may make over the next few weeks.

Marker Driven to succeed [1:19 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Since being selected by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2001 draft, Driver has been almost as busy off the field as he has been on it. He represented the team in May when Buffalo hosted the Special Olympics, helped stage a football clinic for women, appeared at an ice skating show and at events celebrating Black History Month, and worked as a server for a Buffalo Children's Hospital benefit. Driver is also a frequent visitor to hospitals and nursing homes.'

Marker Bills high on Wire [1:18 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: The Bills were very happy with the play of Wire against the run in the Bengals game. If not for the great tackling by Wire, Cincinnati would have scored at least two more touchdowns and rushed for at least 100 more yards. However, Wire still seems uncertain in coverage. Nevertheless, he is almost a cinch to start for Buffalo, which generally plays its strong safety in the box in Gregg Williams’ defensive scheme.

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Sammy Morris [11:27 AM] reports: put running back Sammy Morris in the hot seat for the two minute drill. Read what he had to say about about his teammates.

Marker Reminder Of Policies At Ralph Wilson Stadium [10:54 AM] reports: In advance of the Bills second home game of the season vs. the Minnesota Vikings this Friday evening, the team would like to remind fans of the policies that will be in effect at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2002.

Marker Where Are They Now: Joe Ferguson [10:25 AM] reports: Over the past 30 years, only two players have worn No. 12 for the Bills: Jim Kelly and Joe Ferguson. Those two names are also atop most of Buffalo’s all-time career passing lists. An All-Conference quarterback at Arkansas, Ferguson was selected in the third round of the 1973 draft. The Louisiana native had thought that he might end up staying close to his roots.

Marker Friday's QB Rotation [10:22 AM] reports: Friday's game: Drew Bledsoe will play at least the majority of the first half. Travis Brown will work the bulk of the second half.

Marker Bills in hot pursuit of defensive end Ahanotu [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team is negotiating with free agent Chidi Ahanotu, and all signs point to him signing with the Bills, perhaps as early as today.'

Marker Bills' D-line fails to close experience gap [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You can debate the importance of a single preseason game, but the defensive performance in last Friday's opener against Cincinnati was troubling, to say the least.'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The whole deal is how you approach it. There's no such thing as a problem. It's just a challenge and a situation you've got to rise to. That's part of being a pro athlete." - Offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek on players replacing injured starters.'

Marker Todd DeLamielleure [7:09 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Todd DeLamielleure is the 23-year-old son of Joe DeLamielleure, a standout Buffalo Bills offensive guard and member of the "Electric Company" line that blocked for O.J. Simpson. Now it's the son's turn, as a 5-11, 240-pound linebacker in the Indianapolis Colts' training camp, to try to make it in the NFL.'

Marker Real men stay cool [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'On the practice field, water and Gatorade are everywhere. Denying players water breaks is from the leather-helmet era. Football may still be the ultimate macho game, but when the thermometer soars into the mid-90s and the humidity drives the heat index more than 100 degrees, the advice is be smart, not manly.'

Marker McDaniel tries to catch break [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'He's no better than sixth or seventh on the depth chart, battling to get 100 percent healthy after a series of leg and ankle injuries, trying to make the most of the few repetitions he receives in live training camp drills.'

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