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Buffalo Bills News - August 8, 2002

Marker Shuffling Out of Buffalo [11:07 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '"I wanted out a year before that," he said, referring to when the Bills were weighing whether to keep him or Doug Flutie. "When they were dragging the process out, I called them and said, 'Listen, I don't want to be there. If this is that tough of a decision for you, let me go.' But when they said they wanted to keep me, I wanted to be there."'

Marker Polk's transition coming along nicely [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Based on his hard work in the offseason and a good showing early at St. John Fisher College, the Bills think Polk will be a quality backup to Keith Newman at strong side linebacker this season. Just as importantly, Polk is one of the leaders of the Bills special teams units.'

Marker Training Camp Billboard [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tyrone Robertson will start at left end and Ron Edwards will start at left tackle against the Bengals. Robertson had worked at left tackle most of camp.'

Marker Football is never far from Schobel family [9:06 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'That's because nearly everyone at the table has a story to tell. This is a football-loving family, from Andy down to his sons Ryan, Aaron and Matt and from Bob to his son Bo. All of them are or were fine players, but Aaron upped the ante in 2001 when he was Buffalo's second-round draft pick, becoming the first to play in the NFL.'

Marker Bledsoe's snub hasn't riled Bengals [9:05 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The last time the Cincinnati Bengals played a team led by a quarterback who snubbed them in free agency, there were fireworks. Not so this time.'

Marker Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day [9:02 AM] reports: Buffalo Bills player with fan of the day.

Marker Gregg Williams Learns From First-Year Lumps [8:49 AM] reports: This summer, Williams is taking a different approach at the Bills' St. John Fisher College camp. He has cut back on the number of two-a-day practices. He also has curtailed some of the physical contact and no longer makes his players run punishment laps for mistakes on the field.

Marker London Fletcher Diary: Entry #4 [8:49 AM] reports: Fletcher "Isn't this weather gorgeous? The temperature here is almost too good to be true! When it's 70 degrees out there, sometimes it gets hard to work up a sweat."

Marker Prioleau a fine find [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '"He got his chance, he took advantage of it, and we're happy he did," said Tom Modrak, the Bills' assistant general manager who made a positive recommendation to general manager Tom Donahoe on Prioleau's behalf. "I thought he had a good workout, and from there Tom pulled the trigger."'

Marker Irons has great football pedigree [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"Football is definitely a love (of my family). My father played 10 years in the NFL and to follow in his footsteps is a dream come true. Now I want to pave my own way and make the most of this opportunity."'

Marker A mentor with deep pockets [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'While at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a degree in business management and information systems, Irons became close friends with investment wizard Warren Buffett, recognized as the world's second-richest man.'

Marker McDonnell a 'puppy' who works like a dog [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Converted to tight end last year by the New York Giants after signing as a free agent, the Bills also believe he's better suited for the offensive line.'

Marker Flowers returns to practice [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flowers, the former first-round draft pick in 2000, suffered what was termed a ''chip fracture'' in his neck during the practices with the Cleveland Browns last Friday and did not work until Wednesday's pad-less practice at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Preseason play is a tough call [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'How much should Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe and the rest of the team's starters play in Friday night's preseason opener against Cincinnati?'

Marker Fan of the Day [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '''I think Drew Bledsoe is a great addition to the team, now they just need to get (New York Yankees shortstop Derek) Jeter. The offensive line looks a lot stronger and I like the new uniforms. Now I have to go out and buy my three sons all new hats."'

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August 7, 2002

Marker Jim Kelly To Wave Green Flag [9:16 PM]
Watkins Glen International reports: '"I am incredibly honored to have been selected as the honorary starter for the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen," said Kelly. "I am a big fan of NASCAR racing and I'm excited to play such an important role in the weekend. To be here on behalf of Hunter's Hope Foundation, makes it even more special."'

Marker Kelly Honorary Starter at Glen [9:15 PM]
WROC-TV reports: '"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Jim Kelly to Watkins Glen International," said track president Craig Rust. "Jim is a true football icon and has a wide following of fans that stretches outside of the State of New York. His work with Hunter's Hope Foundation is truly an inspiration and we are very pleased to have him join us for New York State's largest weekend spectator sporting event."'

Marker Kelly to wave green flag [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Kelly, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last week, will wave the green flag for the 43-car field in the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen event at Watkins Glen.'

Marker Bills cautious with Ostroski [8:28 PM]
AP reports: '"He's coming along very well," Williams said, without providing a timetable on when Ostroski might be cleared for practice. "We want to make sure that once he gets out there, there's not going to be any setbacks."'

Marker Rookie Reed quickly catching on with Bills [8:27 PM]
AP reports: '"I think Larry Centers has put it well," coach Gregg Williams said, referring to the veteran fullback's assessment of Reed. "He's walked by me in practice and said, 'It's pretty safe to go ahead and put (Reed's) name on his jersey."''

Marker Brown expected to miss Bills' preseason opener [8:25 PM]
AP reports: '"Ruben is progressing real well, but it's doubtful that he'll play," coach Gregg Williams said Wednesday. "He's made a lot of progress the last few days, but I'm just not going to rush him."'

Marker Reminder Of Policies At Ralph Wilson Stadium [5:53 PM] reports: In advance of the Bills first home game of the season vs. the Cincinnati Bengals 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 Fan Q & A With Nate Clements [5:10 PM] reports: Clements: I'm definitely confident in my abilities to go out there and shut down receivers and I get more and more confidence each year.

Marker Brown happy in Buffalo [2:53 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"Travis Brown came in and had a good scrimmage," head coach Gregg Williams said. "As we go through this preseason, a big thing we will be looking at will be Travis getting (more) reps. We got him in our camp last year I think two days before the last preseason game and then we saw him a lot in practiced during the year, but we didn't see him in a lot of game reps. ... We want to see a lot of work out of him in the preseason."'

Marker Where Are They Now: Darryl Talley [2:24 PM] reports: Where Is He Now: During the early ‘90s, the Bills had one of the strongest chains in the NFL, partly because of linebacker Darryl Talley. Talley never missed a game during his 12-year career with the Bills.

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Ruben Brown [2:23 PM] reports: Brown says Bryson is the fastest player on the team

Marker Sullivan staking his claim at guard [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Not only has Sullivan looked good, it may be very difficult for Ostroski or anybody else to take the job away from him.'

Marker John Butler will battle to the end [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only 15 percent survive battles with lung cancer.'

Marker Training camp [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rookie WR Josh Reed has been one of the big stories in camp. It seems he makes a spectacular catch every day.'

Marker Kitna will start against Bills [8:43 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Jon Kitna will get the start and will be followed in playing order by Gus Frerotte, Akili Smith and Scott Covington. "Each one of them will probably play a quarter,'' LeBeau said.'

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