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Buffalo Bills News - May 17, 2002

Marker New Veterans Participate In Workout [7:08 PM] reports: Head Coach Gregg Williams was pleased with the progress of his young players after the two workouts but was even more thrilled by the fact that some of the new veterans acquired this off-season were taking part in the the camp that was designed for first and second year players.

Marker No resolution on Fina, Centers? [5:44 PM]
Shout! reports: The biggest mystery surrounding the Bills in this mini-camp is whether John Fina or Larry Centers will be part of the team when the season begins.

Marker Dr. Z on Kevin Gilbride's adaptability [5:20 PM]
CNN/SI reports: How can I expect Kevin Gilbride to change his offense to suit Drew Bledsoe, when he couldn't cut it with Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh? Well, he'd better or the Bills will realize pretty quickly that a severe error has been made and Gilbride will be history.

Marker Twenty-Two Days 'Til Uniform Unveiling [1:57 PM] reports: Many of the Bills players will be on hand to celebrate the occasion and will be available for autographs afterwards.

Marker Kamla Unfiltered: Tight End Rankings [12:35 PM]
by Rick Kamla - Senior Editor, reports: 20. Jay Riemersma, Bills: Could someone please explain to me why the Bills signed Moore when they already had Riemersma? There are rumors that the Bills might release Riemersma after June 1. That’s sad, because we are talking about a tight end who has averaged 486 yards and four scores over the past three years. And he did it in spite of constant uncertainty at the QB position. With Drew Bledsoe added to the mix, Jay stands to raise those averages, but only if the recipe still calls for Riemersma.

Marker Off-Season Camp: Day 1 Photo Gallery [11:00 AM] reports: Photos from Buffalo's workout with the first and second year players on Thursday.

Marker Jennings is center of attention at workout [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We'll spend a week or two with Jonas at center," Gilbride said. "Then we'll move Trey Teague into center and let him do it, and move Jonas to left tackle. . . . I think we're going to see with Billy Conaty, Jonas and with Trey Teague, those three primarily will be the guys we're gonna experiment with (at center)."'

Marker Gilbride seeks his starting offensive linemen [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"We're just not sure who the five best are right now."'

Marker Buffalo Jills tryout Saturday [12:49 AM]
WGRF reports: Try-outs will be held on Saturday May 18th, 9am at ECC City Campus.

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May 16, 2002

Marker Cold minicamp opens in Buffalo [9:35 PM]
Shout! reports: "Bledsoe demonstrated his strong arm on a couple of throws. This time he wasn't holding his shoulder as he did in the other April workouts. That's a good sign."

Marker Bills tap Jennings to center offensive line [9:27 PM]
AP reports: '"I think he can be one of the premier centers in the league if that's the position that we can afford to put him at," Gilbride said. "We're going to experiment with a couple of guys in a couple of different spots."'

Marker Jonas Jennings Center Of Attention [5:26 PM] reports: The first day of organized team activity for rookies and first and second year players centered around one player: second-year offensive lineman Jonas Jennings.

Marker Twenty-Three Days 'Til Uniform Unveiling [2:46 PM] reports: Gates will open at 12:30 PM and the event will start at 1:30 PM. While the festivities will be open to the public and free to attend, a ticket will be required for admission. Specific ticket information will be announced separately.

Marker Off-Season Camp Begins Today [9:31 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills will hold an organized team activity for rookies as well as first and second year players this Thursday and Friday, May 16-17. The entire team will participate in a similar activity next Monday through Thursday, May 20-23.

Marker New chief is no stranger to challenge [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kailbourne helped save the Bills, spearheading the drive to help the Bills sell $11 million worth of suites and premium seats, ensuring they'd stay in Buffalo for at least five years. Now Erkie Kailbourne, the 60-year-old retired banker who grew up in Wellsville, faces another gigantic challenge - helping save Adelphia Communications, which controls the fate of Buffalo's other major-league franchise, the Sabres.'

Marker Twenty-Four Days [12:43 AM] reports: DETAILS OF UNVEILING EVENT ON JUNE 8:
Gates will open at 12:30 PM and the event will start at 1:30 PM. While the festivities will be open to the public and free to attend, a ticket will be required for admission. Specific ticket information will be announced separately.

Marker Questions to be uncovered at mini-camp - Part II [12:39 AM]
Shout! reports: Questions need to be answered include who lines up at left end, what are we going to see from Erik Flowers and will Eddie Robinson, London Fletcher and Keith Newman be third down LBs as well.

Marker Questions to be uncovered at mini-camp - Part I [12:37 AM]
Shout! reports: Questions need to be answered include Two TE set, role of FB, who will be playing RB and LT and whether Fina will show up at all. The Bills 6 day mini-camp starts on Thursday.

May 15, 2002

Marker Bills Visit Garden's Nursing Home [5:37 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills safety Tony Driver, offensive lineman Robert Hunt, defensive tackle Demetrious Maxie, wide receiver Andre Rone and mascot Billy Buffalo made a special visit to Garden's Nursing Home in the city of Buffalo. One resident made a request as the players left - "Get us in the playoffs," he said.

Marker Bills Uniform History Fact Of The Day [2:37 PM] reports: Do you remember Buffalo's first jersey in 1960? What about the white helmets with a blue and red charging buffalo that the Bills wore from 1974-83? Send your memories of Buffalo's uniforms and helmets.

Marker Salary figures today makes 1993 salaries look paltry [11:56 AM]
BillsDaily reports: Bob Lamb explains why Bills players are not longing for the good old days.

Marker Ostroski Chairs Sunday's "Gift of Life" Walk [11:31 AM] reports: Bills offensive lineman Jerry Ostroski will be among the participants in the National Kidney Foundation Gift of Life walk this Sunday, May 19 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Bills Archives Department Searching For Treasures [9:58 AM] reports: Over the years many coveted pieces of the Bills storied past have been scattered not only across Western New York but around the world. The Archives department is busy hunting these treasures down.

Marker Pieces In Place For Gilbride [9:29 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Gilbride loves to throw the intermediate and deep routes, an area in which Bledsoe excels. Bledsoe says one of the things he likes about Gilbride is that the coach is flexible, which implies that the system Bill Belichick wanted Bledsoe to run in with the Patriots was not.'

Marker Pats hero most overrated; Bills' Winfield on flip side [6:07 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Winfield hasn't made the Pro Bowl yet, but he will. He's a tough guy who can play solid man coverage.'

Marker Van still the man for Bills [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: '"He's our guy," Saurer said. "We evaluate things every season and ... the (Bills) broadcast speaks for itself. Up against any other NFL broadcasters, few if any are as exciting as Van."'

May 14, 2002

Marker Bills In Good Cap Shape [8:34 PM]
BillsDaily reports: A closer look shows the Bills need minimal money to sign picks. The Bills need only to free up a maximum worst case of $420,000 to sign all of their draft picks right now, even assuming that Tom Donahoe uses every dollar of the rookie allocation of $5.139 Million. This amount of cap space hardly necessitates the release of any players being talked about like John Fina, let alone Jay Riemersma.

Marker Twenty-five days... [5:09 PM] reports: After playing the 1960 and ’61 seasons in their original silver/gray and blue uniforms, the Bills made a switch prior to the 1962 regular season.

Marker Bills' Alexander had food poisoning [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Frankfurt Galaxy running back Curtis Alexander (Buffalo Bills), who left Saturday's game against the Rhein Fire after two plays, was suffering from food poisoning.'

May 13, 2002

Marker Curtis Alexander Leaves Game With Food Poisoning [4:51 PM] reports: NFL Europe Recap - RB CURTIS ALEXANDER, Frankfurt Galaxy Started and rushed for nine yards on two carries against Rhein before leaving the game due to food poisoning.

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