New ghosts will haunt Bills' payroll [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With the release of veteran safety Henry Jones, the Bills have about $20.5 million in cap space committed to players who are no longer on the team. That means 30 percent of their $67.4 million salary cap total for this year is devoted to invisible men.'
Williams burns his signature into Bills' canvas [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The coach had other ideas. No matter how good the Bills were on defense last year, they weren't as good as the unit Williams had overseen in Tennessee. The Titans' relentless, swarming defense yielded the fewest yards in the league. They played out of the 4-3, and so would the Bills. If the personnel didn't fit the mold, well, he'd cram it home.'
NFL kicks in to give football field a face-lift [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'City officials and representatives from the Buffalo Bills will hold a news conference at noon Tuesday at Emerson Field, next to Emerson Vocational High School on Sycamore Street. They are expected to discuss a $243,000 restoration that will include an improved playing surface, new bleachers and a new scoreboard.'
Bills waive bye to safety Jones [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: '"We've got a certain style of defense that we are trying to implement here and it requires a strong safety to play a little differently than maybe the previous defense required the strong safety to play. "The strong safety in our defense plays more like a linebacker, probably more than some of the other defenses in the league so, philosophically, we have a different style of defense."'
Jones tops list of most surprising cuts [6:06 PM]
ESPN reports: '"Stunned," said Jones, a 10-year veteran, after his release. "There's no other word for it. I never saw it coming. There were no hints at all."'
Veteran safety Jones among Bills players cuts [5:23 PM]
AP reports: 'Without Jones, the most experienced player in the backfield is third-year veteran Keion Carpenter. Backing up Jones on the current depth chart is Raion Hill, who appeared in 16 games last season, mostly on special teams.'
Bills make cuts [4:37 PM]
Bills have already started cutting and examining waiver wire [11:29 AM]
WNSA reports: They were lesser known players, Allen – Rosier (WRs) and LB Robinson. The Bills will now be making more decisions before Sunday afternoon.
It's also expected the Bills will be scouring the waiver/cut wires to see if there is someone that could be useful to the Bills – especially on the offensive line. Even getting someone with NFL experience would pose a problem for the player since he would have to start fresh with a new system.
Right cornerback: Irvin still has it covered [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He's too short. He's not fast enough. He doesn't make enough big plays. He can't cover the top wide receivers. If those things are true, why is Irvin starting at right cornerback for the Buffalo Bills? Is it out of the goodness of the Bills' heart that he's been a starter for three of his first six seasons in the NFL? Or is it that maybe, just maybe, Irvin is better than he's been given credit for.'
Coach Williams isn't the only one who makes lists about the Bills [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson needs to adopt some of that old Jim Kelly swagger, the attitude that says, "I'm the Man and I don't care what anyone thinks." Could you imagine Kelly complaining that Sports Illustrated had photographed him in a hot tub and depicted him as a playboy? He'd have thrown a party at his house and handed out copies.'
To be, or not to be . . . Bills have way more questions than that [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the last 12 games, starting with the Jets at The Ralph on Oct. 7, the Bills play just two 2000 playoff teams. Even with a horrible start could they make enough hay in the next three months to make a run at a wild-card spot? Or is 8-8 the best we can expect?'
Bills depth chart [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have to cut their roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. today.
Here is the depth chart as of Saturday afternoon...'.
Arthur Diemer Obituary [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Arthur N. "Archie" Diemer, who was considered the Buffalo Bills' first season-ticket holder, died Saturday (Sept. 1, 2001) in United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, after a lengthy illness. He was 81.'
Arrival of Flutie has teammates charged up [5:47 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"I knew [the Bills] were going to cut somebody out of there," [A.J] Smith said. "We didn't know which one, but we did suspect it, because of Doug's age, and it's well-documented that Ralph Wilson does not like Doug Flutie."'
Plenty of questions [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe and Williams won't admit it, but they are. This team will be hard-pressed -- even if it stays healthy -- to win seven or eight games, and that might be pushing it. The Bills need time to adapt to their new styles of offense and defense, their new players, and their new coaches. This will be a season of learning, and some of the lessons will be tough ones.'
Cowart's not just a momma's boy [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'And as he prepares for his fourth NFL season which begins next Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, he may be on the verge of greatness. He is only 26, and the switch to middle linebacker in coach Gregg Williams new attacking-style "46'' defense is expected to take full advantage of Cowart's extraordinary sideline-to-sideline agility and quickness.'
Wilson says Johnson can still be 'great' QB [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: '"If Rob can learn to get rid of the ball in this new West Coast offense, I think he'll be a great quarterback," Wilson said. "I use the word 'great', too. I really believe that. He's intelligent, he's tough, he's accurate, he can move around. Will he get hurt? Heck, they all get hurt. Hopefully he won't. But he's got as good an arm as I've ever seen. If they can coach him in this scheme, I think he can be outstanding."'
New boss, new plan in place [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's the learning curve of the offense," Johnson said. "It's just a matter of doing it over and over. We've been working hard and I think we'll be all right."'
Bills take on a different sound [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'Both WHAM and WCMF will have extensive Bills programming before and after games, as well as during the week, when each station (and their affiliated stations) will trot out a series of experts to talk about the team. "We're putting more time and effort and energy into coverage of the Bills this year than we did when we had the play-by-play," says Jeff Howlett, station manager at WHAM. Howlett adds that WHAM decided not to buy the play-by-play rights because of the high cost, a cost it did not want to pass along to its longtime advertisers. WHAM has been running ads that declare that its coverage is not "the company line," suggesting that WCMF will cave into pressure from the Bills to be positive.'
On any given Sunday [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '20. Buffalo Bills...predicted record 6-10.'
Let the games begin [11:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: “I’m just glad we got the preseason out of the way, and we can start working on the Saints,” said defensive tackle Pat Williams. “We just ran basic fronts, and we didn’t want to show anything. We’re saving everything for the Saints. For the grand opening, you will see our whole playbook.”
Bills have decisions to make, look to finalize roster [11:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I felt a few guys came out and played pretty decent tonight overall," Gregg Williams said after Thursday's pre-season finale in Pittsburgh. "I thought some of our young guys didn't step up to the plate and do some things that they could have done better.
Post-preseason Audio Interview with Tom Donahoe [9:25 AM]
The Sporting News reports: [Audio only - recorded prior to Pittsburgh game]
Donahoe talks about old issues, preseason (Bills are a work in progress), officials (no concern, officials are competent), 3-4 defense (some players better suited for 3-4, Gregg was willing to go 4-3 but ultimately he was going to go to 3-4) and Buffalo on Superbowl losses (hope champiobnship in time).
Henry hammers his way into starting lineup [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Travis Henry gets the football in his hands, he knows where he's going. Any novice fan can see it.'
Hulsey waits for final call [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hulsey, a 6-foot-5, 340-pounder, seemed to hold his own again at right guard in the Bills' preseason finale. It appears he will win the job created when Jerry Ostroski suffered a broken leg.'
Channel 29 seeks Johnson, Flutie doubleheader [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Fox affiliate is carrying the Bills-Saints opener Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. because the road team determines which network gets to carry the game. The Saints are a NFC team so the game goes to Fox. Channel 29 also gets to carry a second game on a Fox doubleheader weekend, since the game won't conflict with a Bills home game. WUTV has asked for Flutie's opening game when San Diego hosts Bruce Smith and the Washington Redskins at 4 p.m. It won't find out if its request is being granted until Tuesday, but it would be a major surprise if Fox said no because it has to realize the interest here.'
WR Eric Moulds is #4 in compensation this year [8:42 AM]
ESPN reports: At $12,502,560, Eric Moulds is one of 54 players making $5 Million a year more in compensation including a player's base salary for 2001 and all signing, reporting, roster and offseason workout bonuses.
Bills pretender to AFC Championship [8:34 AM]
ESPN reports: The Bills are coming off an 8-8 season and have a new HC, who's brought in a positive attitude.
The problems are that Buffalo chose the wrong QB in keeping Johnson over Flutie and there simply are too many questions on this team, such as who's going to run the football?
Johnson, who's being backed up by Van Pelt, a player who it seems hasn't taken an NFL snap since Ronald Reagan was in office, has to stay healthy -- something he's never been able to do.
Locker room barriers broken [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"When we came in, both Tom (Donahoe) and I, that was one of the first things we talked about is that there was some division in the locker room," Williams recalled. "So why not get down to brass tax and correct it immediately. That's something a coach can correct, so we intermixed the team and that's the way it will be as long as we're here."'
Topping Titans last season a reason for Bills' optimism [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills looked ready in their final preseason game Thursday night -- ready to go about 3-13 this season. Bills fans can only hope that strangely confident coach Gregg Williams and upbeat quarterback Rob Johnson are saving their good stuff for the Sept. 9 season opener against the New Orleans Saints.'
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