Brave new Bills [7:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The new coaching staff has also instated a more concentrated approach to conditioning, emphasizing speed and strength. Weight and bulk are out, lean and mean are in vogue at One Bills Drive.'
Kentucky Derby History [7:35 AM]
kentuckyderby.com reports: 'Ralph Wilson, Jr. had two horses in rthe Derby in past years: in 1971 his horse, Jim French, placed 2nd and in 1992 in horse, Arazi, placed 8th. In this year's race, Congaree is the offspring of Arazi."
10 Burning Questions for Tim Hasselbeck [7:31 AM]
ESPN reports: 'What would you rather see happen, have your fiancée, Elisabeth Filarski, win "Survivor" or your brother, Matt, win the Super Bowl with the Seahawks?'
Williams' way had minicamp all shook up [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'From what I've seen so far, the changes have been for the better.'
Bills cap a tight squeeze [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Now that the Buffalo Bills have drafted a whopping 12 rookies, they have to find a way to sign them by the time training camp opens on July 29. Let the slicing of the salary cap pie begin once again.'
Bills kick off fifth annual fitness club [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills kicked off the fifth annual HSBC/Buffalo Bills Fitness Club Wednesday at John T. Waugh Intermediate School in Angola. Bills linebacker Kenyatta Wright participated in the fitness presentation, an interactive program designed to educate young students on the importance of health, fitness and encourage them to adopt a healthy lifestyle.'
Kelly, Smerlas set to hit wall [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly is considered by many to be the greatest Bill ever and has been retired the past four seasons. He holds virtually all of the Bills' passing records. He ranks ninth on the NFL's all-time passing efficiency list with a passer rating of 84.4.'
Kelly, Smerlas on Wall of Fame [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'They will be inducted on separate home-game weekends in the fall.'
May Wallpaper for your desktop [9:31 AM]
TBD reports: 'Download great Buffalo Bills artwork to use as wallpaper for your PC. Includes a calendar! The following calendar/wallpaper artwork was created by the talented Gina Mustico (Moose - for those of you who read the Stadium Wall message board)...'
Bills like Schobel's pride [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"This isn't college anymore. That was pretty fast for not having any pads on. It was a learning experience and I have to adjust."'
Minicamp photos [1:34 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills rookies Marques Sullivan, bottom left, Randall Cummins, background center, and Josh Lind catch their breath after doing sprints on the first day of mini camp Friday, April 27, 2001, in Orchard Park, N.Y.'
One fan's reaction to mini-camp [12:02 PM]
TBD reports: 'I watched the Bills practice yesterday in the fieldhouse. The Bills are doing drills that I've never seen before. There was one play that took my breath away when the defensive player took the receiver to the turf rolling over a couple of times. They both bounced up, then I read the numbers..."
Buffalo Bills roster as of Saturday [11:21 AM]
TBD reports: Names and jersey assignments as of this past weekend.
Williams files upbeat progress report from minicamp [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I wouldn't say it was a great three days, but it was a pretty good three days," Williams said as workouts for veterans and rookies ended Sunday at Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse. "We have a better understanding about how we want to practice. It's not completely the way we want to practice yet, but the tempo is excellent."'
Slate clean for Hicks [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fourth-year offensive tackle seemed to be on the fast track to stardom with the Buffalo Bills after a solid first year as a starter in 1999. But he quickly fell out of favor with the coaching staff last season and eventually lost his job to Marcus Spriggs. Even undrafted free agent Jon Carman was taking snaps from Hicks toward the end of the year.'
Is Spoon 2nd coming of Spielman? [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: 'Like Spielman, Spoon has the short hair, a set of biceps so big you are forced to check for valve stems, an all-business attitude and one of those "You-talking-to-me?" stares.'
Changes amaze Christie [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's a whole new team," said Christie, noting the 34 new faces on the roster and the almost entirely new coaching staff.'
Centers an upgrade for Bills at fullback [5:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'Centers vs. Jonathan Linton as starting fullback is a no-brainer unless Centers has a negative we're not aware of.'
Rookie looks like a Spielman clone [11:50 PM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills weren't necessarily in the market for a middle linebacker during the NFL draft, but when Chris Spielman's clone was there for the taking, they didn't think twice.'
Several sophomores expected to break out in 2001 [11:41 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie coach Gregg Williams wants more speed in his Buffalo Bills defense, and free safety Travares Tillman could provide that element plus some blitzing ability. Tillman started the final four games of the regular season in place of the injured Keion Carpenter a year ago. It won't be an upset if Carpenter doesn't get his job back.'
A. Smith gets second chance [11:36 PM]
Fox reports: 'Judge (who is a good judge of character, excuse the pun) thinks he'll be Buffalo's starting back this year.'
If the Bills were truly Bill's [11:32 PM]
TBD reports: 'I always wondered why the Bills were called the Bills, if most of the players on the team weren't actually named "Bill" (or William). So, I have outlined which players SHOULD be on the Bills for the 2001 season.'
Robertson taken by Bills after 1 year at Hinds [5:29 PM]
Vicksburg Post reports: 'Robertson transferred to Hinds for academic reasons in 2000 and collected 38 solo tackles, 22 assists, nine sacks and nine other tackles for a loss as the Eagles rode a dominant defense to an 11-1 finish and a state championship.'
Catawba players taking their shot at NFL [5:28 PM]
Salisbury Post reports: '"Hey man, I'm a Bill," Peterson gushed. "Yeah, man! A Bill! I'm a Buffalo Bill!" It was a bit overwhelming for a kid from Clinton, N.C. who didn't even play his first season of football until his junior season in high school.'
Peterson to Bills; Lockhart to Jaguars [4:58 PM]
Salisbury Post reports: 'When the last of the 246 picks was called, Peterson found himself in a recruiting war as a free agent between Miami and Buffalo. He said he was leaning toward Miami and the warm weather until talking with his agent, Joe Linta..."Miami had five defensive tackles on the roster and they were only keeping five. Buffalo has only two defensive tackles. So that was our best bet."'
In rush to judgment on the draft, Bills deeper by the dozen [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No matter how rosy the projections, however, the final grades on this draft will be available sometime around Thanksgiving.'
Larsen on the right path [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the education of Leif Larsen continues. How quick a study he is will determine whether he has a future with the Bills.'
Picking through AFC East [6:18 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Donahoe had a long history of success drafting in Pittsburgh, and his first effort for the Bills looks solid...count on Donahoe having brought in some young talent that will play well in this league.'
Late draft pick impresses Bills [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've been blessed in life," Robertson said. "I took the long road to get here, but I've worked hard. I just want to make this team and prove to people I belong."'
Bills' new cornerback renews old friendship [6:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Antoine Winfield knew Nate Clements could be a good defensive back the first time he saw him at Ohio State three years ago. They're in similar roles now with the Buffalo Bills. The team drafted both players in the first round -- Winfield in 1999, and Clements a week ago.'
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