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Buffalo Bills News - September 11, 2002

Marker Where Are They Now: Ben Williams [4:30 PM] reports: Ben Williams was in a word - refreshing, when he joined the Bills in 1976. Selected in the third round out of the University of Mississippi, the All-Southeastern Conference defensive lineman didn’t arrive in Buffalo with the attitude that the NFL deserved him or vice-versa.

Marker Drew Bledsoe's Crushing Block (Video) [3:44 PM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw a crushing block on Jets 305-pound defensive tackle Jason Ferguson on a reverse to wide receiver Peerless Price in Buffalo's first drive Sunday.

Marker Vikings to face Buffalo Bills in 2002 home opener [3:26 PM]
Minnesota Vikings reports: 'The game will be televised by CBS (Channel 4 in the Twin Cities) with Brent Jones and Gus Johnson calling the action.'

Marker United Way launches effort for record goal [3:19 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Gallivans were joined for the campaign kickoff on the 20-yard-line by Buffalo Bills president and General Manager Tom Donahoe, Bills offensive guard Ruben Brown, United Way President Arlene F. Kaukus and more than 30 United Way volunteers plus staff members. Brown, the Bills' United Way spokesman, will appear in this year's National Football League-United Way commercial for the Bills.'

Marker Bills Pregame: A Patriotic Tribute (Photos) [2:20 PM] reports: Sunday's pregame ceremony was a fantastic display of national pride as well as a tribute to the victims, the survivors and the heros of 9/11.

Marker Bills Visit Buffalo Firefighters [2:16 PM] reports: As we pause to reflect on the tragic events that happened on Sept. 11, 2001, the Bills spent time on Tuesday (Sept. 10) honoring Buffalo firefighters.

Marker Sept. 11 brings mixed emotions for former Bill [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sept. 11, 2001, will stand as one of the worst days in U.S. history, but it marked a second chance for Goodwin, a fullback with the Buffalo Bills in 1965-66 in the American Football League.'

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September 10, 2002

Marker Travis Henry Hits Ground Running [10:49 PM] reports: Perhaps no Bills player worked harder to prepare for the 2002 season than second-year running back Travis Henry. Last Sunday vs. the Jets, that hard work started to pay dividends as Henry registered career-highs with 149 yards on 31 carries and 3 rushing TDs (5, 3, and 2 yards).

Marker Party for Bledsoe ends in loss [5:04 PM] reports: Throughout the game, Drew's crew fed off their new leader. He stood in the pocket time and time again, taking hard hits and bouncing right back up. After completions he would sprint down the field, slap "five" with the receiver, and then beckon his other teammates to run after him. And he made play after play, finishing 26-of-39 for 271 yards.

Marker Chris Mortensen: Top-five lists from a fantastic Week 1 [5:04 PM] reports: Most Impressive in Defeat
#2. Bills 31, Jets 37 -- Set aside the disastrous kick coverages and the Bills served notice that all the "hype" about their offseason upgrades was well-deserved. Not only did Drew Bledsoe play phenomenal football, but there wasn't a more impressive running back in Week 1 than Travis Henry.

Marker Highest-Scoring, Most Competitive Kickoff Weekend Ever [3:20 PM] reports: The NFL kicked off its 83rd season this past week, and any way you slice it, it was exciting, unpredictable and just plain wild. The New York Times said, “Never in the 83-year history of the league had there been a Week 1 like this.”

Marker Game Ball of the Week [2:19 PM] reports: Throughout the 2002 season, the Bills and Tops will present the Game Ball of the Week to the Bills player chosen by you, the fans, as that week's MVP. This week's winner is Travis Henry.

Marker Despite return woes, Bills showed improvement [1:09 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The understandable focus on special teams obscured the fact Buffalo did a number of good things against New York.'

Marker The D-line passes first test [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills weren't pointing fingers Monday toward their special teams as the source of their defeat, perhaps because it was obvious.'

Marker Bills learn how to share the blame [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds' message was simple and forceful: The special teams did not lose this football game, guys. Remember, we win as a team and we lose as a team. So once those doors open, make sure there's no finger-pointing. But people pointed fingers, anyway - at themselves.'

Marker Bad tackling blamed for kick returns [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We had guys that were unblocked that missed tackles," Williams said Monday. "There's the thing. Defensive guys and offensive guys are on those units. We just can't have missed tackles."'

Marker Safety makes costly errors [8:13 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Falcons officials plan to work out safeties Jason Perry and Travares Tillman on Tuesday. Tillman, a former Toombs County High and Georgia Tech star, was drafted in the second round by the Bills in 2000, when Phillips was Buffalo's head coach. The Bills cut him last weekend.'

Marker Bills replay [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Cutting Sheldon Jackson and linebacker Fred Jones, two of the club's best special teams players, just five days before the opener doesn't seem so shrewd a move right now by GM Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams. Jones had 24 special teams tackles last year.'

Marker Bills rush to the positives [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '"There's so many good spots, bright spots, that came out of that ball game," coach Gregg Williams said. "We overcame so many things, but we weren't able to overcome the last one. Yeah, it's disappointing, but there were some tremendous efforts on top of that."'

Marker Billstuff: Football returns in spectacular fashion [5:21 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Buffalo's defense, universally acknowledged as the team's glaring weakness (at least until Sunday) limited the Jets to 266 yards. The Bills surrendered 300 on kick returns.'

Marker In the end, Jets do 'right' thing [5:20 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The call was "Wedge Right." The Jets might want to rename it "Everything Right," because for the final 14 seconds of their season-opening win Sunday over the Bills, everything went perfectly. The play went from Mike Westhoff's mind to a page in the playbook to the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium, unfolding ... well, just right.'

Marker Not great, but... [5:19 AM]
New York Post reports: 'SPECIAL TEAMS - A-: Chad Morton was the star of the game with his incredible two KO returns for TDs. Jerald Sowell led the team in kick-coverage tackles with five. Jason Glenn blocked a punt. There were too many penalties, though.'

Marker Bledsoe's Bills act scores big in Boston [5:18 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bledsoe impressed both head coaches. The Bills' Gregg Williams said: "He was calm under pressure, which is impressive to his teammates. It was great to see Drew make some big plays, and he kept us in the game....We just gave up too many big plays with missed tackles."'

Marker Fina, Roundtree add depth to offensive line [5:17 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: '"It adds good veteran depth to our offensive line," McGinnis said. "We've had our eyes on these guys for a while. Roundtree can play two positions, and Fina is a consummate pro who played 10 years at a high level in this league. He can be a third tackle right now, and as he gets acclimated, who knows?"'

September 9, 2002

Marker Cards sign veteran OLs Fina, Roundtree [7:47 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Financial terms were not disclosed for Fina, who signed a one-year deal after spending his first 10 years with the Buffalo Bills. He was released in June in a salary cap move.'

Marker Cardinals Add Depth at Tackle By Signing John Fina for One Year [7:45 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The Tucson, Arizona, resident was the Bills' first-round draft pick in 1992 from the University of Arizona. He played on the Bills' teams that went to the Super Bowl following the 1992 and 1993 seasons.'

Marker Bills seek bright side after latest special teams breakdown [7:38 PM]
AP reports: '"Anything after the Music City Miracle' that goes wrong with the special teams, it's like, 'Oh, here we go again.' And I can understand that," linebacker Keith Newman said on Monday. "But I think nobody on this team is feeling, 'Here we go again.' I feel it's, 'Damn, we let one slip away."''

Marker 5th Down: The Look Says It All [3:17 PM] reports: "Guys, take a look at yourself," Bledsoe told his teammates on the sidelines. "Somebody in this group is going to make a play. I don't know who it's going to be, but somebody here is going to make a play to put us in position to win this game."

Marker Bills fall as Morton turns on the Jets [1:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In a performance reminiscent of the special teams meltdowns under former assistant Ronnie Jones, the Buffalo Bills doused an off-season of brimming optimism with a seasoning-opening loss for the NFL record book.'

Marker Morton's response to Edwards' challenge makes for special day [1:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He had just made NFL history and won the game for his team, and all Chad Morton could think about was the play that got away.' Link no longer available

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