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Buffalo Bills News - August 17, 2002

Marker Bills, Vikings put on a good show [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: 'In two practice tilts so far, Bledsoe has rung up 27 points in seven possessions. That breaks down to 3 TDs, 2 FGs, 1 punt and 1 turnover. He can start unpacking the boxes at the 36-acre farm he purchased in East Aurora, he's got the team made.'

Marker Price brought back to bolster defense [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: '"We talked to him all winter, all spring, and it was just a matter of him being able to pass his physical," general manager Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker Defensive line still a problem for the Bills [5:51 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'For all the enthusiasm generated by the Bills' off-season trade for quarterback Drew Bledsoe - and he played well again on Friday night - this team's hopes for dramatic improvement rest with the performance of its defensive line. And, so far, the returns haven't been good.'

Marker Defence bails on Bills [5:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Though they were trailing only 17-13 -- and ultimately lost 24-21 -- the Bills' first-team defence surrendered 293 yards to the Vikings offence by halftime. Given that the Bills meet the Vikings for real in Week 2 of the fast-approaching NFL season, they may want to get up to speed sooner rather than later.'

Marker Vikings 24, Buffalo 21 [5:49 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'The starting offense rolled for 293 yards in the first half and did not punt in five possessions; quarterback Daunte Culpepper threw for 189 yards and tailback Michael Bennett ran for 49 yards in 30 minutes of work.'

Marker Rookie Campbell makes great grab [5:48 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: '• Cornerback Tyrone Carter briefly was credited with a 98-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter before officials reversed the call on replay. The call was so obvious that coach Mike Tice sent his defensive players back on the field while officials were still reviewing the film.'

Marker Vikings show strong upside [5:47 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'But the evening clearly belonged to the Vikings' offense.'

Marker Bennett boffo in Buffalo [5:47 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Overall, the secondary had a decent day against Drew Bledsoe, who completed 6 of 8 passes for a modest 70 yards.'

Marker Vikings 24, Bills 21 [5:46 AM]
AP reports: 'So much for first impressions. After a promising preseason debut, the Buffalo Bills took a step backward in a 24-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Friday.'

Marker Minnesota 24, Buffalo 21 [5:44 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'But the defense struggled, yielding 4.4 yards per rush and 7.6 yards per pass.'

Marker Als' Grey Cup coach returns [5:37 AM]
Montreal Gazette reports: '"Could there conceivably be a situation where I would return? Yes. That's all I can say. I don't want to try to define it. I don't want to shut the door on it, but I'm not actively seeking such a role."'

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August 16, 2002

Marker Bills re-sign Price [9:37 PM]
AP reports: 'He started 11 games for the Bills last season and recorded 52 tackles and two sacks before he injured his left knee and required surgery.'

Marker Bills Sign Shawn Price [6:12 PM] reports: Price, 32, has spent the last six seasons with the Bills after joining the team as a free agent prior to the 1996 season and has played in 78 games (20 starts). In 2001, he started the first 11 games of the season at left defensive tackle before suffering a knee injury at San Francisco (12/2) and missed the remainder of the year.

Marker Bills - Vikings Preview [2:00 PM] reports: is streaming LIVE audio of Bills - Vikings preseason game. Cornerbacks Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield will test their skills against arguably the most explosive receiver in the NFL.

Marker Bills - Vikings Series History [1:56 PM] reports: The Bills and Vikings have met nine times in regular season play and Minnesota holds a 7-2 edge in the series.

Marker Fan Q & A With Jay Riemersma [1:48 PM] reports: Riemersma: I think first and foremost is the excitement around here and I don't know if you would have had that without having Drew in here. He commands respect in the huddle and his presence in both the huddle and on the field is just phenomenal. It's just fun to play with him.

Marker D-line out to prove itself [1:20 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"(Last week) didn't sit well with the D-line or the whole defense," rookie defensive tackle Justin Bannan said. "We had a lot of mental mistakes, but then again, that's what preseason is for. That's how you improve."'

Marker Sullivan tackles new role with Bills [1:19 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Sullivan's best might be enough to keep Ostroski on the bench whenever the ninth-year veteran is cleared to come off the physically unable to perform list.'

Marker Is Williams being up front about defensive line? [1:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'That Buffalo has interest in Price and Ahanotu merely concedes the obvious...this is the teamís area of weakness.'

Marker NFL : One-on-one with Drew Bledsoe [1:17 PM] reports: '"I don't want this organization to ever get to the point where they say that the problem is at quarterback, let's change the quarterback. Hopefully, they'll never get to that. I'm very proud that this organization researched all their options and came to the conclusion that the best option was to trade for me."'

Marker Clements ready to put up against Moss [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"To be the best, you want to play against the best," he said following practice at St. John Fisher College. "I think me and Antoine (Winfield) are looking forward to seeing what he's got."'

Marker Lofton overdue to be enshrined in football hall [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lofton had the most receiving yards in history when he left Buffalo a decade ago. He's now second to Jerry Rice on the list. He had 14,004 yards on 764 catches. He averaged 18.3 yards a reception, easily the highest of any player ranked among the top 20 in total catches.'

Marker Training cmp billboard [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'LG Ruben Brown (knee), LT Jonas Jennings (ankle), RG Jerry Ostroski (knee) and DT Leif Larsen (groin) are out of tonight's game.'

Marker NFTA's Bills buses will operate all season [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Bus will continue express service to all Buffalo Bills home games, including tonight's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.'

Marker They view Drew as the glue [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'If necessary, they seem prepared to play a shootout each week until their running game emerges, their offensive line solidifies and their young defense comes together.'

Marker Bills aim to run as well as gun [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Still, Bledsoe cannot win games without a productive running game, and the Bills know this. "I think the running game is going to be a big part of our success," starting running back Travis Henry said. "If we can get a good run game established we open it up for guys like Eric Moulds and Peerless Price."'

Marker Bills notebook [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm still waiting for the Vikings game to go against Randy Moss, to see what all the hooting and hollering is all about," Clements said. "I think I can run with anyone in the league."'

Marker Vikings-Bills preview [5:20 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Like the Vikings, the Bills had a difficult 2001 season, going 3-13.'

August 15, 2002

Marker Bills interested in bolstering defensive line [4:49 PM]
AP reports: '"Right now, I'm satisfied with what we've got," Gray said. "But the thing is, I'm waiting for somebody to step up. They're working hard. I'm not going to deny them that. But you still need somebody to step up and say, 'Hey, look. I want to be the man."''

Marker Ten Finalists Announced For The 2002 NFL Teacher of the Year Award Presented By MBNA [3:05 PM] reports: Mickey Cochran of Zeeland HS (Zeeland, MI) by Jay Riemersma, Buffalo Bills

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