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Buffalo Bills News - November 1, 2002

Marker Ex-mates huddle up to discuss Drew [5:22 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``He had to be prepared for that, that's what it's all about. You have to be prepared in case your number is called. He went out and did the job knowing other people were depending on him and did real well.'''

Marker It's Belichick vs. Bledsoe [5:21 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bledsoe has the two leading receivers in yardage in the AFC. Bledsoe has the fourth-leading rusher. Bledsoe has the home field. Bledsoe has the momentum. Bledsoe has the emotion. Bledsoe has motivation, and his teammates want nothing more than to win one for Drew. Belichick has O-T-I-S and other assorted problems. Edge: Bills.'

Marker Shoulda kept Bledsoe?: Two QBs one big problem [5:20 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Use your imagination. Picture what New England's season would be like today if Belichick had asked Bledsoe to stick around and the quarterback had swallowed his pride and done so.'

Marker Drew likes his reception [5:19 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``I've got a bunch of receivers - not just Eric and Peerless, but Josh Reed and Jay Riemersma, Larry Centers out of the backfield, Travis Henry, a bunch of guys who when I drop back to pass, I know can all make plays for me.'''

Marker Ch. 5 joins in debate [5:18 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Ch. 38 has a Brady-Bledsoe ``Showdown in Buffalo'' special at 7 tomorrow night and ESPN's Sal Paolantonio has Bledsoe address his 2001 Pats' ordeal and Buffalo rebirth on ``NFL Countdown'' at 11 a.m. Sunday.'

Marker LB Johnson shows his stuff again [5:17 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'It was less than two months ago that it looked like Ted Johnson was finished as a viable member of the Patriots. Now he could be one of the players instrumental in turning around the team's fortunes.'

Marker Right time, place for Bledsoe [5:16 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'He's been good -- even great -- before. But never was he this good for this long. Why? "Because he's gotten off his (butt) and probably gotten himself in a little better shape," theorized Paul Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated. "Guys like him. They don't think he's a chicken (expletive). I don't think there's a secret formula. He decided he's at a crossroads. He could either let it go down the dumper or make something of the situation."'

Marker Arm injury has Otis Smith at 50-50 [5:15 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Otis Smith, who has handled that job for the Patriots for the last three years, continues to have problems with an arm injury, coach Bill Belichick said yesterday. Smith is listed as questionable on the injury report, meaning he has a 50 percent chance of playing Sunday in Buffalo. Belichick indicated Smith would have problems trying to play in his current condition.'

Marker A Score To Settle [5:14 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"It's totally different," Moulds said. "He gives you the freedom to say what you feel, but when it's time for him to talk and call the play, it's totally quiet [in the huddle]. Back in the day, last year, everyone was arguing and fussing. Give me an opportunity to make a play for you, and it's fun."'

Marker Price, Moulds best receiving combo in football [5:13 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'The Patriots are going to have a hard time slowing down these two even if Smith plays, but it'll be no picnic if Antwan Harris, Ben Kelly or Terrell Buckley has to start in his place.'

Marker Patriots better not forget about Henry [5:12 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"I played against Travis in college and he was a good back in college and he's even better now," said defensive lineman Richard Seymour, who graduated from Georgia two years ago. "He adds another dimension to their offense, he's a quick slashing runner. They don't run him that much, but when he runs they're effective."'

Marker Emotions will be key [5:11 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"For me, it's even more important to manage my emotions going into a game like this because I'm not a linebacker," Bledsoe said. "I don't get to run over people and take out my aggression that way. So I'll do everything I can, everything in my power, to be calm and cool and just have fun with it."'

Marker Smith to play large role [5:10 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Although they have played better of late, Buffalo ranks in the lower half of the league in most defensive categories. Controlling the ball with the help of some effective work by Smith could help the Patriots keep the Bills' potent offense on the sideline.'

Marker Revenge always sweet for QBs [5:09 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'There is not a more jacked-up, emotion-driven place to be this week.'

Marker Bledsoe regains his air of excellence [5:08 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Not only has Bledsoe had a Most Valuable Player-type season on the field, but he also has become more of a vocal leader in the locker room.'

Marker Bledsoe more than filling the bill [5:07 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'In Belichick's defense, there weren't a lot of teams interested in Bledsoe. Which tells you all you need to know about the incompetence that's running rampant in a lot of NFL front offices. The Cowboys preferred Quincy Carter to Bledsoe. The Bengals preferred Jon Kitna and Gus Frerotte. The Seahawks preferred Trent Dilfer.'

Marker Feud heats AFC East [5:06 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Hey, at least we have some honest emotion here, not some phony, "Oh, everything's OK."'

Marker Ex-Utes Coach Is Catching On to NFL Game [5:05 AM]
Salt Lake City Tribune reports: 'In 19 years of coaching University of Utah receivers, Fred Graves worked with some outstanding players and strong personalities: Kevin Dyson, Steve Smith, Bryan Rowley, Cliff Russell and others. None of them quite prepared him for Eric Moulds and Peerless Price.'

Marker Former pro football player comes home with new heart and a miraculous story [5:04 AM]
AP reports: 'The 60-year-old former player for the NFL's Buffalo Bills received a transplant at New York Presbyterian Hospital on Sept. 11, 2001, the day terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center.'

Marker Reeling Patriots face Bledsoe, Bills [5:03 AM]
USA Today reports: '"It's like competing against your brother," Bledsoe says. "When you're playing against somebody that you've gone to war with, that you've battled with over the years, you're going to want to win. ... A lot of those guys are still my friends. If we lose the game, I'm going to hear about it all year. That's the big motivator."'

Marker Bledsoe, fans know sports [5:02 AM]
Daily Illini reports: 'Bledsoe realized the situation and rolled with the punches. The fans did their part, too. When Bledsoe left, there wasn't a mass outcry of "don't let the door hit you on the way out." As much as they loved and admired Brady, they hated to see Bledsoe go.'

Marker 4:48 - The Moment The Bledsoe Era Ended [5:01 AM] reports: "The Bledsoe era ended suddenly that night in New England, and only time will tell if he'll join the list of Boston athletes who later came back to haunt their football team."

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October 31, 2002

Marker Bills aren't overlooking Brady's abilities [9:17 PM]
AP reports: '``He's still got MVP behind his name,'' Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said Thursday. ``And to me that says a lot.'''

Marker Looking for some payback [2:27 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'But his production began to slip. Then so did his playing time. Pretty soon his mail was being forwarded to a new NFL address. And guess what? Somewhere along the way he rediscovered his game, beat his old team and lived happily ever after. For at least one season anyway. The Drew Bledsoe Story, 2002? Maybe. But also the Antowain Smith Saga, 2001.'

Marker Bledsoe on their minds [2:26 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: '‘‘I really believe, and this is my own personal opinion, that a lot of people were waiting for a bargain sale maybe later on, all the way up to training camp,'' Bills coach Gregg Williams said. ‘‘We had a contingency plan that we were not going to let things die, and I think Tom Donahoe (Buffalo's president and general manager) did a great job of (sticking with it)."'

Marker Not just another game for Bledsoe [1:54 PM]
ESPN reports: '"I think the biggest thing he's going to have to contend with is his emotions," said Bills offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. "Just keeping them in check."'

Marker Bledsoe paying Bills [1:53 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'Yes, Bledsoe had to go. Whether he had to go to the Bills, an AFC East rival that the Patriots must face twice a year, is another matter entirely. But at the time of the trade, Belichick was a genius, and it was assumed that he believed Bledsoe washed-up and easy to defend.'

Marker Patriots meet their old quarterback [1:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Consider this the opposite of the theory about teams with winning streaks. A team that isn't bad enough to lose five straight won't. PATRIOTS, 27-26.

Marker Overlooked Bills defense worthy of concern [1:49 PM] reports: '“They're a little unique,” Belichick said of Buffalo's makeshift 46 defense reminiscent of Buddy Ryan's old Chicago Bears scheme. “They kind of use two systems in one and they complement each other well. Up front they play an over defense with all three defensive linemen on the tight end side of the formation, plus a linebacker outside of the tight end on the line of scrimmage."'

Marker Bills vs. Patriots Game Officially Sold Out [1:32 PM] reports: The Bills-Patriots game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out and will be televised locally. Including this Sunday’s contest with New England, all five home games so far in 2002 have been soldout in time to meet the blackout deadline.

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