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Buffalo Bills News - August 10, 2002

Marker Bledsoe gets high marks in first test [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' marketing department couldn't have asked for a better opening-night performance from their new franchise quarterback, or from their revitalized offense.'

Marker Bills' 'D' takes good with bad [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Obviously, it's the first preseason game so you can't tell all that much," Fletcher said. "I won't draw any conclusions, but we have a long ways to go. We did do some good things, but there's a lot to work on."'

Marker Offensive line starts slowly [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The starters played fairly well for the most part. Bledsoe had mostly good protection on his 11 throws and left the game in one piece. The run blocking still needs work, as expected. Although the running backs had a few good gains, the Bills finished with just 50 yards on 15 attempts.'

Marker For campers, tailgate parties at Bills' games last a weekend [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'During the regular season, most campers arrive on Thursday - Wednesday for more important games - and stay until Monday. The extra time allows fans to ponder the finer points of Bills football.'

Marker Football and business [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If memory serves me, this multimillionaire hid behind bankruptcy laws to shaft people he owed money when his restaurant closed.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs Bengals game pictures [9:14 AM] reports: Action photos of Eric Moulds, Drew Bledsoe, Price, Reed and others

Marker Bledose is Sharp in Buffalo Debut [8:01 AM] reports: 'For the record, the Cincinatti Bengals defeated the Buffalo Bills in friday night's preseason contest by the score of 24-17, scoring 17 unanswered points in the second half. However, I don't think you'll find a soul in Buffalo who realy cares.'

Marker Bledsoe Era begins in style [5:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'There weren't a lot of other positives for the Bills on this warm summer night, especially during a dreadful second half when the Bengals possessed the ball nearly 23 of the final 30 minutes.'

Marker Bledsoe gives Bills a reason to believe [5:57 AM]
D and C reports: 'As Bledsoe trotted off the field, his Buffalo "rookie" jitters behind him, he was serenaded to a sound that could become habit this fall, "Drewwww!" "Drewwww!" "Drewwww!"'

Marker Bills take big first step toward stopping the run [5:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are talking a good game regarding stopping the run this season. That can't be bad because having confidence is a positive first step in the pursuit of any goal.'

Marker For the most part, Bills impress in preseason opener [5:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In two series, Buffalo's first team defense delivered some blows, but also surrendered 96 yards and a touchdown. "We had them in some third-and-long situations, and we were unable to stop them from converting," admitted middle linebacker London Fletcher, echoing a persistent problem last season.'

Marker Based on a Drew story [5:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"He knew he had a limited amount of time and he never was flustered," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "He did a good job with the team on the sideline and a good job with the team in the huddle. His presence was felt from the moment he stepped in the stadium."'

Marker Bengals 24, Bills 17 [5:38 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bengals outgained the Bills 371-228 yards and achieved the balance they like. They had 190 yards passing and 181 yards rushing, including an even 100 by second-year back Rudi Johnson. Johnson averaged 7.1 yards on 14 carries.'

Marker Defense has set lofty goals [5:37 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Last season, the Bengals allowed an average of 19.3 points a game. The goal for 2002 is 14. The defense allowed 302 yards of offense a game. The goal is 280.'

Marker Bledsoe shreds No. 1 defense [5:35 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'While Bledsoe was in the game, though, the Bills' first offensive unit looked sharp.'

Marker Kitna shines in opener [5:34 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '''I was pleased with the play of all of the quarterbacks,'' LeBeau said. ''It was probably th e highlight of the game. All three of our quarterbacks exhibited poise and the ability to come back from some negative pl ays.'''

Marker Kitna, Frerotte about even in QB battle [5:33 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The reason Cincinnati trailed at halftime was because Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe outplayed all three of his Bengals counterparts. Although he threw an interception, Bledsoe was laser-sharp in completing 9 of 11 passes for 136 yards with two TDs. He found Eric Moulds from 31 yards and Peerless Price from 12 yards for scores.'

Marker Bengals' QB race heats up [5:32 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Bledsoe put on a dazzling show, completing 9 of 11 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, including a 12-yard TD pass to former Meadowdale High School star Peerless Price, in 18 minutes as the Bills built a 17-7 lead.'

Marker Rookie has rough start, but finishes strong [5:31 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Jones entered the Bengals' 24-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Cincinnati's first offensive series of the second quarter. He played the remainder of the game. He committed another penalty in the second half, a 10-yarder for illegal hands to the face, but he didn't allow a sack. And the Bengals rushed for 133 yards on 26 carries in the second half.'

Marker Dillon's preseason play to be limited [5:30 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: That wasn't Rob Johnson wearing No. 11 for the Buffalo Bills, and those weren't boos coming from the stands on Friday night.

Marker Bengals 24, Bills 17 [5:29 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills lost their preseason opener, 24-17 to the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night. But the significance was Bledsoe's poised performance in his Buffalo debut.'

Marker Cincinnati 24, Buffalo 17 [5:28 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I'll be honest, I had a little pregame jitters going on," Bledsoe said. "I was a little nervous, a little anxious. I was real excited to get out there and get a game under my belt."'

Marker Bills - Bengals Post-Game Quotebook [1:45 AM] reports: Quotes from Bledsoe, Gregg Williams, Mike Williams, London Fletcher, etc...

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August 9, 2002

Marker Bledsoe not perfect, but pretty good in Bills [10:58 PM]
ESPN reports: 'If you'd like to see the glass as half full, consider Bledsoe's perfect opening drive and his 9-for-11, 136-yard, 2-touchdown evening. If you're the glass-half-empty sort, you'll dwell on that interception and the two sacks of Bledsoe, who can still be described as statuesque.'

Marker Bledsoe Has Productive Debut With Bills [10:57 PM] reports: QB Drew Bledsoe was 9-for-11 for 136 yards with two touchdown passes in his debut with the Buffalo Bills. His 31-yard TD pass to Eric Moulds just 3:34 after the opening kickoff put the Bills ahead, 7-0.

Marker Shaw Comes Bearing Gifts - Hall of Famer Donates Mementos from Career [3:09 PM]
Pro Hall of Fame reports: Billy Shaw, the only member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to play his entire career in the AFL (1960's incarnation), was one of nearly sixty enshrinees on hand for the 2002 Enshrinement Celebration. He arrived in town and as he sat in the museum's front office, it was the contents of his duffel bag that made his visit extra special. Many people have been in pursuit of those items ever since the former Buffalo Bills' all-league guard was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999. Included in the bag were the only pieces from his playing days that he still owned. They included three Buffalo Bills jerseys, an AFL All-Star jersey, his helmet, and shoes.

Marker Bengals may use Bledsoe’s rejection against him [1:49 PM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Asked if Bledsoe's presence gives the Bengals incentive to beat the Bills, Brown didn't hesitate. "It would be in my mind," he said. "I don't know if the players will think much one way or the other, but I don't know if I'll have forgotten."'

Marker Anderson: Bledsoe’s snub no issue today [1:47 PM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Anderson said the Bledsoe controversy is "something I think for management to kind of get hot about, for reporters to write about and for fans to say, ‘We all hate Drew Bledsoe.’ Last year's game against Baltimore was not about Elvis Grbac and this game is not going to be about Drew Bledsoe."'

Marker Bills install new security procedures [1:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Permitted in are fanny packs, purses and clear plastic bags (12 inches- by-12 inches or smaller), seat cushions, rain ponchos, small hand-held radios and TVs and blankets. In any case, if you’re bringing those items in, expect delays. There will be an express line, but ticket holders can’t be bringing anything into the stadium, including purses, to use that option. Fans with banned items must take them back to their vehicles or throw them away as Bills’ security will not store them.'

Marker O-line ready to step front and center [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bengals have one of the better young defenses in the NFL and should be a big challenge for the Bills in the game in Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

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