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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2002

Marker Bills cut loose DE Flowers [11:23 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills reshuffled their undermanned defensive line by signing veterans Shawn Price and Chidi Ahanotu, but they opened a roster spot by releasing 24-year-old defensive end Erik Flowers, the 26th player selected in the 2000 draft. Flower's release was expected because he had fallen onto the third team in the defensive line rotation before the signings of Price and Ahanoto. The 273-pound Flower only started six games in two seasons and had only four sacks. The Bills invested a first-round choice in Flowers with the hopes of developing him into an every down pass-rusher. Foot problems slowed him, and his playing time diminished once Gregg Williams took over as head coach last season.

Marker Bills Sign Free-Agent Defensive End Chidi Ahanotu to Contract [8:41 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The Bills didn't disclose financial terms. The National Football League's minimum salary for players with nine years of experience is $650,000.'

Marker Schobel challenged to build on rookie season [8:04 PM]
AP reports: '"I feel I played pretty good last year for being a rookie. But I've got to keep improving to keep that position," Schobel said, as the Bills continue training camp in suburban Rochester. "Six-and-a-half sacks is good for a rookie. But I need to improve. I need to try to get double digits."'

Marker The Month Of August In Bills History [6:50 PM] reports: Important dates in Buffalo Bills history

Marker London Fletcher Diary: Entry #7 [6:25 PM] reports: Away games are a little different from home games. I have to pack two uniforms and make sure that I have all my necessary toiletries along with my Walkman for the plane ride and pre-game in the locker room. Being on the road, we have to adjust to sharing a room and sleeping in a different bed.

Marker Bills bolster defensive line with Ahanotu [4:47 PM]
AP reports: '"When London said he was leaving the Rams, I said, 'I'm going where ever you go, London,"' said Ahanotu, impressed by how Fletcher quarterbacked the Rams defense. "I didn't think it would happen. But here I am. ... I was watching. It was in the back of my brain of why I might come to Buffalo."'

Marker Wingin' It in Buffalo [4:46 PM]
ESPN reports: 'I have looked forward to visiting Buffalo ever since I met Scooter almost two decades ago, and he immediately began raving about his hometown. He has long driven me nuts by naming every athlete who ever played or lived in the city, and when I finally reached the Queen City this weekend and met his family, I found out where he gets it from. They're even more like Scooter than Scooter is.'

Marker Ahanotu agrees to one-year deal with Bills [1:25 PM]
AP reports: '"He is super excited," said Ahanotu's agent, Scott Langley. "The Bills are a storied franchise and he wants to help them."'

Marker Bills Sign Chidi Ahanotu [12:21 PM] reports: St. John Fisher College - The Bills today announced that the team has signed defensive end Chidi Ahanotu (pronounced CHEE-dee uh-HAHN-uh-too).

Marker Ahanotu Inks With the Bills [11:29 AM]
Empire reports: Defensive end Chidi Ahanotu has signed with the team and is expected to be available for the Monday afternoon practice session. The agreement is a one-year deal.

Marker Pat Williams: Working In The Trenches [10:59 AM] reports: He is a 6-foot-3, 310-pound Cinderella…a Cinderella story that is. Sixth year pro Pat Williams has elevated himself from an undrafted rookie free agent in 1997 to a key member of the 2002 Bills team defense. Working his way through the trenches known as the defensive line he is making his presence known.

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Larry Centers [10:58 AM] reports: Fullback Larry Centers on his 2002 teammates.

Marker Undrafted Bills making names for themselves [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here's how some of the young free agents are doing as the Bills enter the final week of training camp at St. John Fisher College...'

Marker Keeping Price comes in handy [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'He's no All-Pro, he's no superstar, but you don't last 10 years in the NFL without having done a few things well along the way, and that's why the Buffalo Bills are thrilled they were able to re-sign Price last Friday.'

Marker Henry making strides on the ground [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Henry is reveling in the fact that Bledsoe is here, and Rob Johnson isn't.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan of the day [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"I was at the opening (preseason) game and Drew Bledsoe really took charge. He got right up after that first sack and took them right down the field. You wouldn't have seen that with Rob (Johnson) last year."'

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August 18, 2002

Marker Price practices after signing with Bills [7:44 PM]
AP reports: '"We're so young there," said Bills team president Tom Donahoe. "Although we like a lot of our guys, Shawn gives us some experience. He did a good job for us last year, when he played hurt. Ahanotu wanted a couple of days to think about our offer, and we'll probably get his decision the early part of next week."'

Marker Balanced Bills get offense running [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Last week we came out on fire with the passing game. This week we really wanted to establish the run and really work the ball with both a passing and running attack. We seemed to accomplish what we set out to do."'

Marker After eight seasons, Ostroski nears the end of the road [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams has been tossing around the word "conditioning" lately, but what he really means is Ostroski is overweight.'

Marker Off-season moves, new quarterback stoke fan enthusiasm for Bills [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Since his arrival, season ticket sales have been steady. Sales have been around 36,000 the past two years. Though the Bills have not compiled the updated figures yet, they still hope to reach their goal of 40,000 season tickets, which hasn't been achieved since 1996.'

Marker Abramoski serves up tales from training room [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At the urging and underwriting of Bills owner Ralph Wilson, the original and longtime team trainer wrote a book. The finished product, "Tale of the Tape," by Eddie as told to Milt Northrop, veteran member of The Buffalo News sports staff, is being released this week.'

Marker Best and worst NFL cities [7:02 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '1. Buffalo...The lots open on Thursday afternoon, and some people make a weekend of it. It's a sight to behold.'

Marker Bledsoe is focusing on forward progress [5:38 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''I had to come to the right place,'' Bledsoe continued. ''It had to be a place with a good organization and a team with a chance to win games. I feel we've got that here. It's a good organization from the top down. Good people. I don't want to just say I needed a change, because it couldn't have been change just for the sake of change. I wanted to be someplace where I could help a team win.'''

Marker Australian fan travels 10,000 miles to cheer [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm in football heaven," says the 27-year-old Melbourne podiatrist who traveled more than 10,000 miles to Pittsford.'

August 17, 2002

Marker Bills, Vikings roll on offense [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The starting offenses for the Bills and Vikings marched up and down the field seemingly at will Friday night in Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Bills' 'D' all talk, not much action [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bengals came out throwing in the preseason opener and the Vikings did likewise.'

Marker Culpepper ready to rebound [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The only person I need to prove something to is myself," said Culpepper. "I don't feel like I have anything to prove this year. I know what I'm capable of."'

Marker Defense gets boost with signing of Price [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Terms of the contract weren't released, but it's believed he received a one-year deal worth slightly more than the veteran minimum of $650,000.'

Marker Kelly owes nobody for failed business [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I neither made nor lost a cent on Kelly or the corporation founded with him as its figurehead, but as far as the publicly known facts are concerned, I find no fault with him in that situation. I am disgusted anew with those who claim to think Kelly "ripped off" anyone there. He owes nobody for his business failure.'

Marker Vikings hang on [5:53 AM]
D and C reports: 'During the first 30 minutes, the litany of dismay looked like this: Culpepper completed 12 of 19 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown, he rushed seven times for 34 yards, and not once did the Bills come close to sacking him.'

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