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Buffalo Bills News - July 20, 2001

Marker UPDATED: Linton hired as backup to Titan\'s George [4:34 PM]
ESPN reports: NOTE: Earlier ESPN reported Linton signed for a 6 year deal The Titans reached agreement with former Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Linton on Friday for a one-year deal at the NFL minimum. If he hits certain incentives, Linton can reach $625,000 for the season.

Marker Lots of linebackers still looking for work [2:43 PM]
ESPN reports: 'A few statements about Holecek and, better yet, some bad mouthing of Jimmy Johnson. Further down are some comments about Holecek and Sam Cowart, and some information about the possible starting weakside LB.'

Marker Titans sign Linton to be George's backup [1:19 PM]
ESPN reports: The Tennessee Titans have found their backup to running back Eddie George.

The Titans signed former Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Linton on Friday to a six-year contract worth $3.7 million including a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Linton's deal can be voided after five years. He is scheduled to make $209,000 his first season, $298,000 his second, $389,000 his third, $418,000 his fourth, $448,000 his fifth and $477,000 his sixth.

Marker Rob Taking charge [10:25 AM]
Orange County Register reports: No more last-minute changes. No more peering over his shoulder for the dreaded hook. No more QB controversy.

NFL training camps open today for the Falcons and Steelers. Johnson leaves his Laguna Beach home for Bills camp Tuesday. He already feels more comfortable.

"It's a nice change," Johnson said.

Marker Buffalo Bills Parade - Friday, July 27th - 6:00pm [8:54 AM]
Town of Pittsford Website reports: Join us in welcoming the Buffalo Bills back to Pittsford with this town wide parade. Joining us and serving as Master of Ceremonies for the parade will be Tony and Dee of WARM 101.3.

Marker First annual town of Pittsford/Buffalo Bills parade [8:52 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills and the Town of Pittsford announced today the First Annual Town of Pittsford/Buffalo Bills Parade will be held on Friday, July 27 at 6:00 PM.

Participants in the parade will be Bills President/General Manager Tom Donahoe, Head Coach Gregg Williams, guard Ruben Brown and the 2001 Rookies.

Marker Other rookies may set tone for Bills draft picks [8:36 AM]
D and C reports: "I'm always optimistic that we'll get them done on time, the problem is that in these first couple rounds, where our guys are, there is just very little movement," said Tom Donahoe.
"We hope something (happens soon). More teams are reporting to camp by the end of this week and we've got some time yet. We're working on it and the agents are. It's not to a stage of being nasty."

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July 19, 2001

Marker Ask Ralph Wilson! [2:05 PM] reports: 'Want to ask Bills owner Ralph Wilson a question? Now, here's your chance! Be sure to submit your question for Ralph Wilson via e-mail, and he will answer some of the questions asked next week!'

Marker Hulsey looks forward to second 2001 season [2:04 PM] reports: 'While most of his teammates were working hard stateside learning Gregg Williams' new offensive and defensive systems, Hulsey got a chance to play in actual games against other talented players allocated by other NFL teams.'

Marker Sammy Morris answers questions [2:03 PM] reports: 'Bills running back Sammy Morris took time out to answer some e-mailed questions from users this week.'

Marker Bill's team report - The Inside Slant [7:14 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Some teams clean house after a .500 season. The Buffalo Bills decided to knock down a few walls and re-lay the foundation...'

Marker Other rookies may set tone for Bills draft picks [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: \'Coach Gregg Williams is already on record saying \"this train is waiting for no one.\" \"Camp is for the players ... and rookies realize they need to be in camp on time,\" Donahoe said.\'

Marker Three Bills foes want Holecek [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that the hard-hitting linebacker is being courted by the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.'

Marker Jets wooing linebacker [5:49 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"John's going to visit the Jets next Tuesday," Brian L. Kelley, his agent, said Tuesday. "About five teams besides the Jets have contacted us. But the Jets would be a nice matchup."'

July 18, 2001

Marker Competitions to watch for in camp [12:59 PM] reports: 'I've picked four to talk about, because I've got a gut feeling (and maybe you do too) that sometime during the season, the winners of these jobs will play a big role..'

Marker Buffalo Bills Training Camp 2001 Daily Practice Schedule [11:55 AM] reports: 'The rookies report on the 25th, while veterans report on the 28th.'

Marker Buffalo Bills - CNNSI Preview [11:35 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Pivotal games: Back-to-back road games at Miami (Sept. 16) and Indianapolis (Sept. 23) will give the Bills an early indication of where they stand in the AFC East. A potential grudge match with Flutie looms in San Diego on Oct. 28.'

Marker Backs to the wall - Competition at RB will be intense this summer [11:33 AM]
CNN/SI reports: "As of today, I'm looking for the 5-9, 220-pound Henry -- the only true halfback on a roster loaded to the gills with glorified fullbacks -- to emerge as just that this summer."

Marker Bob Kalsu on Cover of SI [10:02 AM]
CNN/SI reports: Bob Kalsu was a promising tackle for the Buffalo Bills before he chose to server in Vietnam becoming the only pro athlete serving there. Sports Illustrated has his story (cover story).

Marker Jets eye former Bills Linebacker [5:53 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'But it may be tough to convince Holecek, who has recorded at least 100 tackles in each of the last three seasons, to accept a reserve role. If he signs, he will come in as Marvin Jones' backup in the middle.'

Marker Bills boost young readers [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '[Sammy] Morris showed up at this Rochester library to help launch the Hit the Books program -- an initiative sponsored by the Bills and United Parcel Service to encourage children to read.'

July 17, 2001

Marker Salary cap trapped Bills and Holecek [7:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills might get by without Holecek's presence on the field - though twice he made 17 tackles in a game - but something will be missing from the locker room.'

Marker Eventful Offseason [1:45 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Williams will never wear that slightly befuddled look on the sidelines that Phillips became famous for. The former Titans DC bested favorite Lewis in the interview process by being planned and organized to the nth degree.

The Bills may not be initially better, but the consensus is that they've laid a solid foundation for future success.

Marker Dr. Z's NFL Power Rankings [8:52 AM]
CNN/SI reports: In case you missed it, Dr. Z has the Bills at #16 in his power rankings.

Marker Ask Sammy Morris! [8:31 AM] reports: 'Want to ask Bills running back Sammy Morris a question? Now, here's your chance! Be sure to submit your question for Sammy via e-mail, and he will answer some of the questions asked late this week!'

Marker Moulds glad he didn't shuffle out of Buffalo [7:51 AM] reports: NFL Insider for
"I could have tested the market, but I wanted to stay in Buffalo. I think we have the personnel and talent to go far this season," Moulds says. "I want to be a part of it. I want to be there when we get to the Super Bowl."

Marker Holecek to visit Jets, others interested [7:37 AM]
ESPN reports: Clayton\'s Quick Hits:
Holecek is drawing considerable interest. The Jets plan to have him visit Tuesday. He\'s also drawn interest from the Colts, Chargers and Patriots.

Marker Bills tickets a hot item [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'Only single-seat tickets remain for the Buffalo Bills' Sept. 9 home opener against the New Orleans Saints, the team said. The team previously announced that the September 30 game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers is sold out.'

Marker Softer schedule will help Bills [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: 'I don't rate the Bills among the legitimate Super Bowl XXXVI contenders, but I do believe they are a slightly above average NFL team playing in a slightly below average division.'

July 16, 2001

Marker Judge on Best Offseason moves [12:12 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 8. TOM DONAHOE TO BUFFALO

You know what I like about the Bills' GM? He's not afraid to make the tough decision. He inherited a team divided between two quarterbacks who polarized the club and city, and he wasted no time letting one of them go.

I thought Buffalo was in trouble when it canned John Butler. It would have been if Donahoe wasn't around.

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