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Buffalo Bills News - September 3, 2002

Marker Donahoe and Bills continue with overhaul [1:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But as much as the 2000 draft was filled with failures, this year's roster survivors had plenty of success stories.'

Marker Clayton: Colts' backs were against the wall at RB [1:12 PM]
ESPN reports: The Colts tried everything they could to acquire a backup halfback from the Buffalo Bills, but they wouldn't settle on Richard Huntley, who was later released by the Bills. They preferred Sammy Morris or Shawn Bryson, but no trade could be worked out.

Marker Bills Add Four To Roster [10:38 AM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has claimed off waivers offensive lineman Mike Houghton, linebacker Maugaula Tuitele, and linebacker Anthony Denman. The Bills have also signed TE Cory Geason.

Marker Wire tapped to start at strong safety [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills chose Wire over Billy Jenkins, the veteran free agent signed during the offseason. While Jenkins played well, Wire was better in the eyes of the coaching staff.'

Marker Three players claimed, three released [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills claimed linebackers Maugaula Tuitele from New England and Anthony Denman from Cleveland, and also added offensive lineman Mike Houghton from Green Bay. To make room for the trio, the Bills released veteran linebacker Fred Jones, rookie linebacker Dominique Stevenson and offensive tackle Kris Farris.'

Marker Catholics need to pay the Bills [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Monsignor Martin Association has the same challenge this season that the Harvard Cup experienced last year: paying the Buffalo Bills for use of Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Rookie Wire earns start [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"Every single situation we've put him in, all he's done is make plays," Williams said of the aggressive 6-foot, 209-pound Wire.'

Marker Biggest upgrade at QB belongs to the Bills [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Has any veteran QB ever walked into a better situation than Bledsoe?'

Marker Bledsoe's Blur of Disbelief [5:14 AM]
New York Times reports: '"I can't imagine a better situation, for me personally, anywhere in the league," Bledsoe said. "Kevin's coaching style fits my style of play probably better than anybody I've ever worked with, from the standpoint of an offensive coordinator. He trusts me, and I trust him."'

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September 2, 2002

Marker Making the Club: Grant Irons' Story [11:57 PM] reports: A defensive end from Notre Dame, 23 year-old Grant Irons signed with the Buffalo Bills as a rookie free agent. That meant he was the longest of longshots to make this team.

Marker Texans pick up for players and the Bills three [11:48 PM]
ESPN reports: A total of 21 waiver claims were awarded to NFL teams Monday. The Bills pointed to the LB position. They picked up linebackers Maugaula Tuitele (New England) and Anthony Denman (Cleveland) and released Fred Jones and seventh-round choice Dominique Stevenson. The Bills replaced tackle Kris Farris with Mike Houghton, a sixth-round pick from the Packers. They also released LB Fred Jones. The Rams got Bills defensive end Bryce Fisher.'

Marker McDonnell rejoins Bills on practice squad [11:19 PM]
AP reports: 'McDonnell, who spent all of last season on the New York Giants' injured-reserve list, was considered a long-term project when he signed with the Bills last February. He had one catch for nine yards in three preseason games with Buffalo last month.'

Marker Will 2002 Bills be any improvement? [7:42 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'A potent attack will give Buffalo a shot at winning the close games the Bills lost last year, and the new No. 11 should find a way to get the final ledger to 7-9.'

Marker Rookie Wire named Bills' starting strong safety [7:10 PM]
AP reports: '"Every single situation we've put him in, all he's done is make plays," Williams said. "So he deserves to get a chance to get in and make some plays for us in a real game."'

Marker Bills Announce Practice Squad [6:04 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed the following players to the practice squad: Ahmad Brooks, Michael Early, Brady McDonnell, Rodney Wright

Marker Bills Begin To Prepare For Jets / Coy Wire Earns Start [4:24 PM] reports: Breaking News… Rookie Coy Wire has earned the start at strong safety in the season opener against the Jets.

Marker Predict Buffalo's 2002 Record [2:46 PM] reports: After missing the playoffs for two consecutive seasons, the Bills feel they have a group of players that can get them back into the playoffs. How do you think the Bills will finish in 2002? Place your vote.

Marker Fantasy Football Challenge For Bills Fans [10:49 AM] reports: - Bills fans - Now's your chance to prove that you're the most knowledgeable fans in the NFL. Pick an eight-player Fantasy team during any week of the season. The more points your Fantasy team scores, the more you help your favorite NFL team in our standings.

Marker September Wallpaper - Drew Bledsoe [9:48 AM] reports: Show your Buffalo Bills pride and download the September wallpaper featuring quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe and the Bills will kick off the regular season at home on Sunday, September 8 against the NY Jets.

Marker Bills cut Tillman, another 2000 draft bust [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills think Driver has more big-play ability than Tillman, and he fits their defensive system better. Tillman was drafted to be a center fielder in the zone-defense scheme of former Bills coach Wade Phillips, but the Bills don't play that system any more.'

Marker There's pride on line for Cowart [5:58 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Though Cowart won't say so publicly, he and Bills coach Gregg Williams didn't see eye to eye. Williams, an old-school disciplinarian, was a dramatic change from the laid-back Wade Phillips, the Bills' previous head coach, and his ways rubbed Cowart the wrong way.'

Marker Bills reach limit, cut two veterans [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills, however, saw more upside in going young, and chose fifth-round pick Justin Bannan of Colorado and second-year pros Ron Edwards and Tyrone Robertson as their defensive tackles, along with veteran Pat Williams.'

September 1, 2002

Marker Tillman among 13 players cut by Bills [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Among the other notables to make the team were two undrafted free agents, cornerback Jason Bostic, who proved a heavy hitter in preseason, and running back Joe Burns, who had 49 yards rushing on 15 carries last month.'

Marker Bills cut 13 players [8:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills cut 13 players and placed two others on the reserve-non-football injury list in order to trim their roster to the NFL maximum 53 players by Sunday's 4 p.m. NFL deadline.'

Marker Bills Trim Roster To 53 [6:32 PM] reports: Noted cuts are multi-year veteran Shawn Price who has spent the offseason rehabitilating an injury and Hichard Huntley who Donahoe recruited from Carolina. The team also announced that WR Reggie Allen (Central Michigan) and QB David Dinkins (Morehead State) have been placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list.

Ahmad Brooks, CB - Texas
Jon Carman, T - Georgia Tech
Michael Early, C - Norfolk State
Jarrett Ferguson, FB - Virginia Tech
Bryce Fisher, DE - Air Force
Corey Hulsey, G - Clemson
Richard Huntley, RB - Winston-Salem State
Muadianvita Kazadi, LB - Tulsa
Brady McDonnell, TE - Colorado
Shawn Price, DT - Pacific
Jimmy Robinson, LB - Western Illinois
Travares Tillman, S - Georgia Tech
Rodney Wright, WR - Fresno State

Marker Return to glory [9:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Besides Rogers, the Bills have another breakaway threat on punt returns in cornerback Nate Clements, who returned one 66 yards for a touchdown last year. Clements would love to get more chances to return punts than last year, when he fielded only four.'

Marker Bumbling offensive line leaves Bills lopsided [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A week away from opening day against the Jets in Ralph Wilson Stadium, the defense, and the improved special teams under eight-year veteran Danny Smith, may turn out to be Buffalo's best hope.'

Marker Bills' vehicles loaded with style [6:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'The SUV easily is the most popular vehicle among the Bills. On any given day, 50 or so Denalis, Escalades, Lincoln Navigators, Ford Expeditions, Toyota Range Rovers and Jeeps give their parking lot the appearance of a timber sports competition in the Adirondacks.'

Marker Bills won't be this year's Patriots [6:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'There is no mistaking the Bills will be better. How could they not be after 3-13? A climb to .500 would be a substantial step, and given the talent upgrades throughout the roster, it is imminently possible.'

Marker History shows Bills can climb worst to first [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think anything's possible," says Bledsoe, who looks like a man bent on proving that he still has plenty of good football left in his 30-year-old body. "Teams flip-flop in the standings in a hurry. It seems like every year, somebody new is winning division titles. So why not us this year?"'

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