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Buffalo Bills News - July 7, 2002

Marker Williams expected to receive supersized contract [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've had a couple conversations but nothing of real substance yet," said Bills President Tom Donahoe of talks with Williams' California-based agent, David Dunn. "But it's still early. Things usually don't heat up till later in July for the top picks in the first round."'

Marker QB competition will bring rare air of excitement to Bengals camp [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Scott Norwood will return to Buffalo for a rare public appearance at "Kelly vs. Marino: The Final Showdown," the flag football game between the two quarterbacking greats July 21 in UB Stadium.'

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July 5, 2002

Marker Impact players: The deals with a difference [8:37 PM]
ESPN reports: 'He's playing behind an upgraded offensive line that may take until midseason to come together, so his goal is staying healthy. Still, no player acquired this offseason is in a position such as Bledsoe. His performance can make or break the Bills season.'

Marker NFL Bills show interest in Bradley [9:18 AM]
Roanoke Times reports: 'The Roanoke Steam could lose another player to the NFL. Buffalo Bills pro personnel director John Guy said Tuesday there is a good chance his team will sign Steam defensive specialist Jykine Bradley.'

July 4, 2002

Marker Three draft picks agree to Bills' pacts [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Terms were not disclosed for any of the deals.'

Marker 2 saved in crash involving ex-Bulldog [9:19 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'Sciandra said Bills' officials have asked to be kept informed of the case but have made no comments about it.'

Marker Wright's latest act is that of a coward [9:18 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: '"I've said it all before. I've said, 'I matured. I've thought about a lot of things. I messed up in the past.' I've said those things before and messed up again. So I can't really talk about it. I've just got to do it." Wright told a Bee reporter those words two years ago. It's too bad he failed to live by them.'

Marker Versatile Wire could see playing time this season [8:32 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Wire, 23, drew excellent reviews from coach Gregg Williams and his staff during the Bills' minicamps and offseason conditioning program. Because of his inexperience, he probably won't challenge immediately for a starting job, but should at least play in some 'dime' situations in a Buffalo secondary still in flux at the safety spots. The Buffalo coaches certainly consider Wire a prospect who eventually will start.'

July 3, 2002

Marker Bills agree to terms with three draft picks [8:32 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills on Wednesday agreed to terms with three draft picks: safety Coy Wire from Stanford, fullback Jarrett Ferguson of Virginia Tech and linebacker Dominique Stevenson from Tennessee.'

Marker Where Are They Now: Joe DeLamielleure [5:36 PM] reports: Selected in the first round of the 1973 draft with a pick obtained from Miami for wide receiver Marlin Briscoe, DeLamielleureís excitement over being chosen soon vanished because of the results of a physical examination.

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With Three More Draft Picks [5:34 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with three of the teamís 2002 draft picks - safety Coy Wire, fullback Jarrett Ferguson, and linebacker Dominique Stevenson.

Marker Bills Continue Summer Reading Program On Monday [5:33 PM] reports: The Bills and United Parcel Service will be hosting a pair of events as part of Hit the Books, The UPS - Buffalo Bills Summer Reading Program, this Monday, July 8th. The first will be at 1:30 PM at the Audubon Library located at 350 John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst and the second will be at 3:30pm at the Fronczak Branch Library located at 1080 Broadway Street in Buffalo.

Marker Josh Reed: From The Bayou To Buffalo [2:35 PM] reports: With all this praise coming into the league, without ever running a route in an actual NFL game, you would think that Reed would possess a certain amount of overconfidence. However, that's about the furthest thing from the truth.

Marker Bills draft pick arrested after crash [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two of Wright's cousins were later found with his vehicle at an apartment complex near the accident scene. Witnesses said Wright had been driving and his cousins said he was intoxicated and fled on foot because he was afraid of being caught, police said.'

Marker New Bills uniforms are just plain ugly [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now the home field get-up isn't too bad. The simple navy jersey with red rib stripe, gray outlined numbers and red/blue side-striped pants is, in fact, quite attractive. It's the team's away uniform that is so unbearably putrid.'

Marker Ex-Bulldog athlete booked [9:04 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'Beckwith said witnesses identified Wright as the driver of a car that collided with a van and then departed. He said the van was knocked into a post, where it caught fire, and that the occupants were helped out of the wreckage by bystanders. Three people reportedly were riding in the van, Beckwith said. He said there were reports of injuries in the van, but that he didn't know how many people were hurt or what type of injuries they might have suffered.'

Marker Wright Investigation [7:46 AM]
KFSN-TV reports: 'Wright's attorney, Sal Sciandra, explained why it took so long, "We just became aware that they were looking for him, and as soon as he became aware that they were looking for him, we started making arrangements for him to turn himself in. Part of the delay was making the arrangements with the officers, and some of the delay was my schedule."'

July 2, 2002

Marker Training Camp Preview: Buffalo Bills [10:05 PM] reports: 'All eyes in training camp will be on Bledsoe. Can he shake the rust off and return to his elite form? If he can, that should translate into very big things from Eric Moulds, and possibly a breakout year from Peerless Price.'

Marker Bills draftee Rodney Wright arrested after accident [10:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Witnesses said Wright had been driving, and his cousins said he was intoxicated and fled on foot because he was afraid of being caught, police said.'

Marker Former FSU football player suspected in hit-and-run [5:43 PM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'Wright, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in April but has not yet signed with the team, remained missing as of 1:45 p.m. today. Beckwith was quick to say that no charges have been filed against Wright and that the investigation is continuing.'

Marker Police seek Bills draftee Rodney Wright after accident [1:19 PM]
AP reports: 'Police began a search for Fresno State wide receiver Rodney Wright, a seventh-round pick by Buffalo in the NFL draft, in connection with an accident Tuesday that injured two people.'

Marker PFW: Team Report [7:57 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: What was once a potential weakness for the Bills is now a potential strength. The Bills have developed their WR corps nicely, and additions made this offseason should help round out the group.

Marker Rochester's Maurice Jackson invited to Bills camp [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: '"We were going to New Orleans, but Buffalo came in," he said Monday. "(The Bills) wanted me to work out for them last Wednesday. I went there and it went well."'

Marker Jackson to sign with Bills [5:09 AM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'Because of the Fourth of July holiday, Jackson says he'll officially sign with the Bills next week.'

July 1, 2002

Marker 2001 Buffalo Bills Yearbook [4:13 PM]
ESPN reports: Televised dates (EDT):
1:00 p.m. July 1st ESPN
8:00 p.m. July 3rd ESPN2
5:00 a.m. July 7th ESPN
2:30 p.m. July 8th ESPN2

Marker Bledsoe, Beebe And A Autographed Ball [3:27 PM] reports: Mac and Barbara have spoken at events all across the country. Mac estimates that he has spoken to 350,000 people in the last three years. Recently, the Parenting With Dignity board decided to limit the Bledsoes' appearances to Buffalo (where they are setting up an office) and their home state of Montana.

Marker Individual Game Tickets on sale July 13! [2:38 PM] reports: The Bills 2002 regular season home schedule includes out-of-division games with the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals as well as important AFC East dates with the Jets, Patriots, and Dolphins. The team will also host Cincinnati and Minnesota in the preseason.

Marker Weekly "Where Are They Now" Feature [2:36 PM] reports: Have you ever wondered what happens to NFL players when their playing days are done? What former Bills would you like to hear from?

Marker NFL Europe: Frankfurt Galaxy Season Review [2:35 PM] reports: For the first six weeks of the season, Doug Graber's side was the league's powerhouse, compiling a 5-1 record on the back of Joe Hamilton's passing, Curtis Alexander's rushing and a top-ranked defense.

Marker The Buffalo Bills And Gatorade Team-Up To Quench Thirst In The Community [2:34 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills and Gatorade have joined forces for the third consecutive year to bring the Bills Gatorade Junior Training Camps to area youth organizations. This year, ten youth programs, comprised of various Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCA's from the Buffalo area, will be visited by the colorful Bills Gatorade Junior Training Camp truck; approximately 700 youth are to participate.

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