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Buffalo Bills News - June 5, 2001

Marker Modrak withdraws name from Chicago GM race, agrees to join Bills staff [5:06 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'From the start, Modrak had told friends he was uncomfortable with a process that included an interview with Russell Reynolds and Associates, a Manhattan executive search firm.'

Marker Modrak to join Bills' personnel [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Yesterday, Modrak withdrew his name from consideration to become general manager of the Chicago Bears. Instead, he is expected to accept Donahoe's standing offer of an undisclosed high-level front office position with the Buffalo Bills, likely heading up the team's college scouting department.'

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June 4, 2001

Marker Cottrell's Approach Has Calming Effect [6:18 AM]
New York Times reports: '"A lot of coaches, in their attempts to reach us, are out of touch," said Wiley, now with the San Diego Chargers. "They don't know the language. He knows all those things. He knows what we're thinking about. He was definitely like one of the guys, but not just like a private like we are. He was definitely a general."'

Marker Former Bills RB Smith reaches crux of career [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"Antowain needs the right fit and it was the not right fit in Buffalo. He's not Thurman Thomas, he's not shifty like that. But Mr. Wilson could never make that connection."'

June 3, 2001

Marker Linton among Bills cuts [11:38 AM]
USA Today reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' offensive backfield got even younger after they released multipurpose running back Jonathan Linton on Friday.'

Marker Moore charged with aggravated assault [11:38 AM]
AP reports: 'Though no motive has been determined for Moore being shot, the Sun reported Moore was arrested recently in Haywood County and charged with aggravated assault. Moore was allegedly involved in a May 15 incident where a man was hit with a beer bottle, Blackburn told the Sun. Moore was released on bond.'

Marker Kelly Wall ceremony Nov. 18 [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Quarterback Jim Kelly's name will go on the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame on Nov. 18, the team announced Saturday...Individual game tickets for 2001 will go on sale on July 14.'

Marker Bills press the flesh for image's sake [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The organization that for years seemed barely able to suffer the Western New York community, whose marketing approach might have been summed up as "The Bills: Love Us or We're Leaving," has changed its tune.'

June 2, 2001

Marker Linton could merit solid interest in free agency [4:00 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'By releasing Linton, the Bills saved $512,000. They received rebates of $418,000 apiece on two other players who were cut loose, cornerback Ray Hill and offensive lineman Victor Allotey.

Linton could merit solid interest in free agency, because he is a big back with some speed, and has been a part-time starter in the past.'

Marker Moore OK after shooting incident [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The bullet was lodged in soft tissue and can safely be left in Moore's leg permanently if he chooses...'.

Marker Bills draft profile: DT Ron Edwards [7:44 AM] reports: 'Here is the draft profile of recently signed defensive tackle, Ron Edwards.'

Marker Camp won't be a vacation anymore [7:41 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Former Bills coaches Marv Levy and Wade Phillips weren't big fans of heavy offseason contact. In fact, they did so little hitting their training camps often were referred to as Club Med. Those days are over. New coach Gregg Williams is bringing a more physical attitude to his first training camp this summer. In other words, expect to see plenty of hitting with full pads.'

Marker Corey Moore shot in leg [7:29 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: 'But Moore was arrested a few weeks ago in Haywood County and charged with aggravated assault. Moore allegedly was involved when a man, Jeremiah Taylor, was hit with a beer bottle on May 15, Blackburn said. He was released on bond.'

Marker Jim Kelly: Foiled again [7:24 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Jim Kelly is on the top (at least on CNN/SI NFL front page) of 'losers' in sports. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Sometimes it works (look under Lucci, Susan). Sometimes it doesn't (under Coyote, Wile E.) In sports, there can be only one winner, which means no matter how great you are, there's a distinct possibility of losing. No matter how badly you want that elusive trophy or title, there's never a guarantee it will come to you. looks at some of the "losers" in sports, legends who couldn't quite clear that one last hurdle.'

Marker Jonas Jennings Rookie Diary [7:22 AM] reports: 'Bills rookie lineman Jonas Jennings talks about his experiences thus far as he prepares for training camp.'

Marker June Team Camp starts Tuesday [7:21 AM] reports: 'The Bills final pre-training camp minicamp session begins Tuesday, with players taking part in two weeks of sessions.'

Marker AFC Team Roster Strategies [7:21 AM] reports: 'These three players are listed not because they are overpaid, or overrated, but because they are the only players remaining on the Bills roster that can give the team some cap space if they are released. Holecek is the projected starting middle linebacker, so it is very doubtful he'll be released...'

Marker Bills linebacker wounded in early morning shooting [7:03 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Corey Moore was shot in the leg early Friday while stopped in his vehicle at an intersection.'

Marker Strapped Bills release Linton [7:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'Jonathan Linton was sorry to see fellow running back Antowain Smith cut by the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago. Now he's joined him on the NFL free-agent market.'

June 1, 2001

Marker Linton among Bills cuts; draft pick Edwards signs [7:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Along with Linton, the Bills also released offensive lineman Victor Allotey and cornerback Ray Hill.'

Marker Bills' Guy displays sharp eye for sackers [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"John is a high-character individual, and we feel very fortunate to be able to bring John in at this time," Donahoe said. "He'll work very closely with me with regard to the players that are in the league. He'll work closely with our team and coach (Gregg) Williams and also do some advance scouting."'

May 31, 2001

Marker Retread coaches wearing thin in NFL [10:43 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "Empowerment is powerful," said Buffalo's Williams. "You have to be able to deal with the players with a hands-on approach. That's always been my way. I have to be tough enough, but you also don't want them scared when they see you in the halls."

Williams had a great rapport with the players in Tennessee when he was the Titans' defensive coordinator. They hated his constant yelling, but they came to respect him. He should make a good head coach.

Marker Jim Rome Tour Stop lands in Buffalo [10:42 PM] reports: 'Jim Rome announced today that Tour Stop 25 was awarded to Buffalo. WGR SportsRadio 55 will sponsor the Tour Stop which will be held on Saturday July 28 at Dunn Tire Park! More Details about ticket drops, times to be forthcoming!'

Marker Bills set to kick off eight-stop summer caravan [7:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The complete caravan schedule is...Hamilton...St. Catharines...Batavia...Jamestown...Waterloo...Syracuse...Corning...Bradford.

Marker Guy hits ground running as Bills new pro personnel director [7:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Rather than spend time congratulating Guy on his new post, it's better to get out of his way as he gets down to being the Bills chief pro scout.'

Marker Williams promises bruises on menu at training camp [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"With a young team, we need to make sure they get acclimated to how we want to play the game. There will be a few drills with some of our goal line sessions in the middle of training camp where it's full (speed), except for the quarterbacks. And the fans will really like those situations down around the goal line and those (short-yardage) areas."'

Marker Bills offer nighttime practices at camp [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'The practices on July 30 and Aug. 6 will run from 7:30 p.m. until just after 9 p.m. under the lights and on the artificial turf of Growney Stadium.'

Marker Bills remain a hit at box office [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'According to vice president/business development and marketing Russ Brandon, four of the eight regular-season home games could be virtual sellouts before individual seat tickets go on sale July 14: Pittsburgh...New Orleans...New York...Miami...'.

May 30, 2001

Marker Devlin's son, Winn's team, Martin's win [1:30 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Devlin played 13 seasons for Buffalo, before retiring after the 1989 season. Now 47 and an avid outdoorsman, Devlin made his home in rural Eden during his playing days and stayed there after he retired, rather than returning to his native Pennsylvania.'

Marker Bills coach once was king of hill [5:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'Word has leaked out at One Bills Drive that Gregg Williams once was a pretty fair baseball player. And that may explain why some of his co-workers are urging the Buffalo Bills rookie head coach not to hold back when he tosses out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight's Rochester Red Wings-Durham Bulls game at Frontier Field.'

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