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Buffalo Bills News - November 23, 2002

Marker Cowart makes his move [5:30 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The coaches felt Cowart would be better over the tackle instead of the tight end. It has given him more familiarity during games and it is not a secret he is playing better now.'

Marker Luck, hard work keep Gang Green healthy [5:29 AM]
New York Post reports: '"I think it is a little bit of both," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "I think it is a little bit of conditioning and a little bit of luck, too. I just think you have to be very careful, especially now at the end of the year, of how you run practice, making sure you are getting enough rest."'

Marker Baker's block party begins [5:28 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Chris Baker never thought about playing football in New York.'

Marker Jets Must Get to Bledsoe [5:27 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"He knows he'll get hit, but that doesn't bother him," Jets defensive tackle Josh Evans said admiringly Friday. "He'll sit back and take it. He just wants to get the ball in the receiver's hands."'

Marker Bills have dangerous duo [5:26 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"He hangs in there (the pocket)," Jets coach Herman Edwards said of Bledsoe. "He gives them another step or so to make a play. He's able to do that. He's got a strong arm. He makes the throws that other quarterbacks can't make, so that helps, too. But the receivers are gifted. They're good players.";

Marker Bills the Subject of TNT's Second String [4:31 AM]
TNT reports: 'Gil Bellows, Jon Voight, Richard T. Jones and Teri Polo star in the upcoming Turner Network Television (TNT) Original film SECOND STRING, a comedy-drama about a group of benchwarmers who go all the way to the Super Bowl.'

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November 22, 2002

Marker Bills' return policy: Jets don't get any [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm looking forward to smacking them in the mouth a couple times on special teams and let them know that was a fluke and it's not going to happen again," said linebacker DaShon Polk. "I'm picturing that kickoff on Sunday. I hope we get to kickoff to start the game so we can go put some wood to him and let him know, "Hey man, don't think it's going to happen again.' "'

Marker Newly signed Favors might play Sunday [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Favors, who began his career in Kansas City, started 27 of 32 games the last two years in Tennessee. He joined Indianapolis as an unrestricted free agent this year but was inactive for every game before getting released. He is expected to back up Keith Newman on the strong side, opposite the tight end.'

Marker Bills' Polk plans to return hurt on Jets [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills and Jets collide again Sunday in a critical AFC East showdown at Giants Stadium, and while Polk stopped short of making any Bengal-like guarantees, he was steadfast in his belief that Morton won’t be prancing through the kickoff coverage unit this time.'

Marker For Szott, Returning Requires Transition [5:22 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The remarkably fast comeback of Jets guard Dave Szott from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee will give the Jets' offensive line a boost in the final month of the season.'

Marker Gunfight at the Meadowlands [5:21 AM]
New York Post reports: '"The Buffalo Bills are going to feel like, 'You know what, Drew? Let's saddle it up, we're on your shoulders, take us to a win,' " Malone said. "They'll come out and throw it every single down, so I think the Jets will have their hands full."'

Marker Pennington gives Jets bright future [5:20 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Thanks to the emergence of quarterback Chad Pennington, the Jets no longer have the desperate look of a team that must win now or be rebuilt with a new quarterback, a new coach and a new system. Instead, the Jets are a team with a future and will benefit from the experiences of this season regardless of whether they make the playoffs or not.'

Marker It's a Chad, Chad world [5:19 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Sunday at Giants Stadium, where the Jets and Bills will play each other again, you can be sure that the Bills' special teams are on serious alert with regard to the Jets' kick-return game.'

Marker Beasley earns praise [5:18 AM]
New York Post reports: 'WR Laveranues Coles sat out practice yesterday with a sore back but is expected to play Sunday. RT Randy Thomas, who was upgraded from questionable to probable with a sprained right ankle, returned to practice.'

Marker Earning return engagement [5:17 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Since Morton's explosion, teams have been more hesitant to kick deep to the Jets, and that may again be the case Sunday.'

Marker Parity manages to skip Jets' schedule [5:16 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets, meanwhile, must play Buffalo, at Oakland (Jumbo, take note), Denver, at Chicago, at New England and Green Bay. It will be hard for them to avoid three more losses and an 8-8 finish.'

Marker Chad cool amid wireless frenzy [5:15 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It's no secret the Jets suffered periodic communication breakdowns last season on offense, resulting in forced timeouts, delay-of-game penalties and sloppy game management. This year, the operation has been much smoother, evidenced by what didn't happen Sunday in Detroit.'

Marker Healthy Cowart: This is Sam I am [5:14 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"He is looking like the Sam Cowart of old, so you have to really account for him and find out where he is on the field because he makes so many plays," Buffalo's Eric Moulds said. "He is one of those guys that receivers try to stay away from, one of those big-hitting guys. We have so much respect for Sam on this team that it was hard to see him go."'

Marker Return Engagement [5:13 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Ferguson said the Bills' kickoff-coverage unit must be "pretty much on alert. Just like we know what happened last time, they know what happened."'

Marker Hackett: It's Too Soon to Evaluate Pennington [5:12 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"We didn't know that there would be a quarterback change, but hey, there's been a quarterback change," Hackett said yesterday. "After he's played 50 [games], then we can sit and say, 'OK, what do you think about this quarterback? Now let's evaluate him.'"'

Marker Jets defense cuts to chase [5:11 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Henry, a powerful and quick 5-9, 220-pounder, repeatedly burned the Jets on a misdirection play in which he would get the ball, take a step or two one way and then go back the other way, following the fullback. Henry also victimized the Jets with cutback moves once he reached the hole.'

Marker Campbell has emerged on special teams [5:10 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Bledsoe has been sacked 36 times, second-most in the NFL, and it's often his own fault. "Sometimes Drew, and he has already admitted it, he'll hold the ball a little bit too long looking for the play down the field," Bills coach Gregg Williams said.'

Marker Jets' specialists on the prowl [5:09 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Buffalo special teams coordinator Danny Smith surely has introduced some wrinkles for his kick-cover unit. It could be that all the Bills will bunch up and then scatter at the kick as Miami did. They could jump lanes running downfield, something the Jets do. Kicker Mike Hollis could shorten his kickoffs, or kick it to LaMont Jordan. Whatever they do, said Morton, "They've got to be kind of nervous and scared. I would be."'

Marker Jets notes [5:08 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Buffalo coach Gregg Williams was Josh Evans' coordinator his first six seasons with the Titans, which is why the Jets' defensive tackle loves him. "Gregg's a motivator. He's the reason I'm here now," said Evans, who signed as an unrestricted free agent in July.'

Marker Jets' Morton eyes encore performance [5:07 AM]
Asbury Park Press/The Home News Tribune reports: '"I think they would be kind of nervous and scared, at least I would be if a team returned a couple against us," Morton said before the Jets practiced at Hofstra University on Thursday. "You kind of want revenge, but they have to be careful, too, that they don't break another one."'

November 21, 2002

Marker Szott makes quick comeback from knee injury [10:01 PM]
AP reports: 'Szott, who signed with the New York Jets as a free agent in March, tore the ACL in his right knee during non-contact drills on May 29. He underwent surgery on June 19, but never doubted he'd play this season even though such surgery usually requires a far longer recovery period. Now, after two weeks of light practice, Szott is getting repetitions on the offensive line. He's likely to slide in at right guard at some point for the inconsistent J.P. Machado, although not this Sunday against the Bills.'

Marker Great Start Could Be Just the Beginning [1:33 PM] reports: '“Chad has prepared himself to do that,” New York Coach Herman Edwards said. “When you prepare yourself and you surround yourself with players who are fulfilling their roles, it makes your role a lot easier. That is how he has gone about his business and how he is running the football team right now. It is good for him, and it is good for the guys that are around him. They are playing a lot better right now.”'

Marker The Other Side: A Buffalo View [1:29 PM] reports: '[Q:] What kind of mental state are the Bills in after a disappointing loss in Kansas City? [A:] Frustrated more than anything. It was a game they probably should have won. And maybe pretty handily.'

Marker Testaverde in ‘Drew’s role’ with the Jets [1:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“When Vinny had to have surgery this spring,” Pennington recalled, “I was able to take reps with the No. 1 team. That was what started my development on the field and gave me added confidence I could run the show.”'

Marker Bills have to disrupt Pennington [1:16 PM]
ESPN reports: ESPN's Merril Hoge says: "The best way to break Chad Pennington's rhythm is to combine pressure up front with pressure outside on the receivers. Sometimes, to disrupt a quarterback, defenses have to throw off the receivers. Getting pressure on Pennington is only part of the equation. The Bills can force Pennington to hesitate by changing coverages, challenging the receivers at the line of scrimmage and affecting how the receivers get in and out of their routes."

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