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Buffalo Bills News - August 5, 2002

Marker Fan of the Day [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"They made a lot of other good pick-ups, too. I think they'll be a lot better at quarterback and Mike Williams and Trey Teague are big improvements on the offensive line."'

Marker Deservedly so, Kelly is main attraction in Canton [5:20 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'As one Bills fan, Jason Cassata, told me Saturday, "Jim Kelly means everything to Buffalo. He put Buffalo on the map. Buffalo's not exactly a booming city, but he took us to four straight Super Bowls and made us proud to be Bills fans."'

Marker Kelly, Bills fans own the day [5:19 AM]
NFL Insider reports: "With all due respect to the other inductees -- John Stallworth, Dave Casper, Dan Hampton, and the late George Allen -- this day clearly belonged to Kelly and the thousands of fans who turned Fawcett Stadium into a sea of Bills blue." Vic Carucci

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August 4, 2002

Marker Bills, Browns get warmed up [2:50 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"We started off a little rough," Bledsoe said. "Their defense did a good job, but then we kind of got going."'

Marker Five's a crowd in Buffalo backfield [2:49 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'With five backs in the picture, Bryson's attitude seemed to suggest that a healthy dose of flexibility might be in order to all the Bills' running backs in the weeks ahead. "Whoever's going to play will be the best man, and the coaches will have to figure that out."'

Marker Jury out on Bills, Browns [2:47 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Bledsoe could easily have been talking about either team yesterday when he said, "We've got potential, which simply means we haven't accomplished anything yet."'

Marker Levy can lend strength to friend Butler on cancer [10:35 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"In Ralph's eyes, Butler was the store manager of a 7-Eleven who knew how to make a slurpy and nothing else."'

Marker Kelly's Hall-mark moment [9:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"What a swashbuckling figure he cut as he led our team on drive after drive into our opponents' end zone," Levy said. "If they were to make a movie about the life of John Wayne, Jim Kelly ought to play the part."'

Marker Kelly joins new home with old company [9:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Like 51-3 all over again.'

Marker Bills fans turn Canton into Buffalo West [9:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'People leave Buffalo daily, but Buffalo never really leaves them. It's just Buffalo.'

Marker Text of Jim Kelly's Hall of Fame induction speech [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Thank you, Canton, thank you Buffalo and God bless.'

Marker Bills' defense steps forward [9:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' first-team defense dominated, creating three turnovers and two sacks during the Browns' initial offensive series.'

Marker QB Brown improves his stock [9:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I can't say enough about Travis Brown, he had a great scrimmage today," coach Gregg Williams said. "We'll be looking at getting him a lot of reps in the preseason. We want to see him get a lot of work. Today, he was fantastic, we gave him the game ball."'

Marker Browns' Lang provides education for Williams [9:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite his shaky start, Williams had a decent day in his first taste of NFL action. Of course, this was nothing compared to what he'll see once the season starts.'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A fan was commenting how well QB Drew Bledsoe threw the ball when a lady beside him uttered these stunning words: "When did we sign Drew Bledsoe?" Apparently, the news didn't travel to the cave she's lived in the last five months.'

Marker Cowboys' Smith has shot to break Payton's record [9:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A big reason why the flip-flop of Trey Teague and Jonas Jennings on the Bills' offensive line makes so much sense is that Teague has more experience than Jennings, and Teague figures to be a better communicator of line calls.'

Marker Kelly in Hall, his hero on hand [6:39 AM]
D and C reports: '"Since the day I was elected (in late January), I prayed to God that my son would be here with me today," Kelly said. "God has granted me that blessing. It has been written throughout my career that toughness was my trademark. Well, the toughest person I've ever met in my life is my hero, my soldier, my son, Hunter."'

Marker Bills fans roar as Kelly soars again [6:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'I thought I had showed up at a Bills' tailgate party at the Ralph, not the induction ceremonies at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.'

Marker First impression wasn't good for Smerlas [6:37 AM]
D and C reports: '"But the minute he walked into the locker room, he walked up and spoke to me and Joe Devlin and Bruce Smith and Jim Ritcher and told each of us that he had followed us and he felt we had the material to become a winning football team. He immediately started rallying people. I had read him totally wrong."'

Marker Some signs of hope [6:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'All in all, the Bills performed admirably, but along with the good, there was more than enough bad that must be corrected before the Bills line up against the New York Jets in the season opener on Sept. 8.'

Marker Browns still struggle to move the ball [6:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'Missing featured running back William Green because of a minor injury to his right shoulder, the Browns first-team offense accomplished little, if anything, in the scrimmage at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Northcutt making a bid to start at wide receiver [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Looking for a No. 2 receiver so wide receiver Kevin Johnson has more room to operate, Browns coach Butch Davis has been raving all week about Northcutt's play in training camp.'

Marker Local NFL official ready for big year [6:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'This was the first time the Browns and McAulay's crew have met since Dec. 16, when the infamous beer bottle toss broke out in Cleveland.'

Marker Browns like Mike Williams [6:32 AM]
D and C reports: '''He's Paul Bunyan in cleats,'' said Lang of the 6-foot-6, 375-pound Williams. ''He's a big, strong guy with good feet who's going to learn how to play in this league. I bet he'll have a much better season next year because he'll know a lot more.'''

Marker Fan of the Day [6:31 AM]
D and C reports: '"I like the idea of bringing in Drew Bledsoe and I think they are going to be good, but I'm more excited about my Browns. I think they are going to make it to the playoffs."'

Marker Bills seek to establish confidence [6:30 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"We lacked in that area last year ... we had tons of opportunities, but whether we had enough skills to finish those opportunities..."'

Marker Fan to Kelly: Thanks for the memories [6:29 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He was the linchpin for a franchise about to take its long-suffering fans for the ride of a lifetime. In fact, I proposed to my wife in the afterglow of a playoff-clinching victory in 1990.'

Marker Class enters Pro Football Hall of Fame [6:28 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Hunter Kelly's fragile life is only five hard, surprising years long, but it has given his famous father a sense of purpose after football.'

Marker First step is a little unsteady [6:27 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The No. 1 defense roared out, causing a Drew Bledsoe incompletion and then three successive negative plays before Bledsoe whipped an 18-yard strike to Peerless Price. Price had another 20-yard gain before the defense held off Bledsoe with a sack at the Browns' 5 on the 12th play.'

Marker Kelly shows first-round 1983 draftees way to Hall of Fame [6:25 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Kelly is the first player from the Bills' Super Bowl teams to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He will not be the last. Next year, kick returner Steve Tasker will be eligible for the first time. "He's the greatest special teams player ever to play the game," Kelly said. "There was nobody, nobody like Steve Tasker."'

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