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Buffalo Bills News - August 17, 2001

Marker Cavil focuses on improving [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'But when the season ended, the fun-loving, quick-witted Cavil realized something. He was so busy having a good time, cracking jokes and reveling in his status as a NFL player, he didn't really improve his game the way he would have liked.'

Marker OT Hicks cut as Bills go to youth [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hicks, who became a full-time starter in 1999 at right tackle in just his second season, played lethargically and lost his starting job last season.'

Marker Rookie Spoon makes return [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'Outfitted with a brace on his left knee, rookie linebacker Brandon Spoon returned to the practice field yesterday. The hard-hitting fourth-round pick from North Carolina sprained his medial collateral ligament early in rookie camp three weeks ago.'

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August 16, 2001

Marker Van Pelt ready as Bills backup quarterback [8:27 PM]
AP reports: 'It's this unthreatening nature, his close bond with Johnson and his knowledge of the Bills newly installed West Coast offense that makes Van Pelt a good fit as the team's backup.'

Marker Bills release Hicks [8:25 PM]
AP reports: '"I don't think it was a question of what we didn't like, I think it was a question of what we liked about the young kids,'' Bills president Tom Donahoe said during training camp at St. John Fisher College. ``All we can evaluate is what we see, and we see some good things from our young people.'

Marker Tom Donahoe comments (8/16) [6:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We made a roster move today, we released offensive tackle Robert Hicks, and you know it was not an easy decision. None of personnel decisions are, but we like a lot of our young tackles, and we feel that we have to get as much opportunity with them as we can these last three pre-season games, and get them as many reps in practice. That's what we've decided to do, and move forward."

Marker Bills release Robert Hicks [6:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills released Robert Hicks before Thursday afternoon's practice, and Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said that it was the impressive play of some of the team's young tackles that led to the decision to release the four-year veteran.'

Marker Finger sprain revives injury issue for Johnson [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's just bad luck, I guess," he said. "It's stuff that's really out of your control, like a freak thing like hitting your hand on a helmet. I did it once, and I didn't miss a practice. I did it twice, and maybe I have to miss some time now."'

Marker NFL teams get glimpses of their futures [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and every other team will know almost every opponent for the next eight years under a scheduling format released by the National Football League on Wednesday. The scheduling was completed as a result of realignment, which begins next season.'

Marker Bills need Flowers to bloom [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You would have thought that Bowens' arrival would have been a wake-up call for Flowers. So far, it appears that Flowers is still asleep.'

Marker Chemistry 101 [8:16 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Judging from the first preseason game, the Bills have a ways to go before they are a cohesive unit on both sides of the ball. The unsettled situation at right tackle has prevented the offensive line from coming together.'

Marker Tale of the Tape, St. Louis versus Buffalo [7:55 AM]
TBD reports: 'Full contact NFL football is back. The Bills versus St. Louis matched the great offense of the Rams against a rebuilding and retooling Buffalo club. St. Louis carried the additional advantage of a full contact pre-season match the previous week."

Marker Johnson rests fretful finger [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though an X-ray and a magnetic resonance imaging exam Tuesday night did not show a fracture, the swelling and pain Johnson has are real, so Williams decided to sit him out of yesterday's and today's practices.'

Marker Pataki loves N.Y. and Bills [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: '"We're proud to have the Giants practice in Albany and we're proud to have the Jets practice in Hempstead, but the Bills are New York's team, so I cheer for the Bills," Pataki said yesterday, when he arrived just as the afternoon training camp practice was ending at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Bills' focus is special teams [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'In rebuilding this segment of the team, new coach Gregg Williams is devoting two assistant coaches and full practice sessions to special teams.'

Marker Crosby continues to chase dream [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'He carried the ball just 10 times his entire senior season at Tennessee, was cut by the Buffalo Bills last summer and couldn't even hook on with an XFL team over the winter. So why in the world is Phillip Crosby back in training camp at St. John Fisher College?'

Marker Punters told 'hang it up' [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams was pleased but he wants to see more hang time out of his candidates for the punting job made available when Chris Mohr was cut.'

Marker Nails adds depth at offensive line [5:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Nails, listed at 6-6 and 360 pounds, is versatile, having played tackle at Florida A&M, but he will compete exclusively at guard for Miami.'

Marker Dolphins sign Jamie Nails [5:36 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Nails, who spent the past four seasons with the Bills, visited the Dolphins two weeks ago but reportedly wasn't signed because of his weight. The 6-foot-6 former Florida A&M standout weighed in at 360 pounds on Wednesday.'

Marker Left tackle a concern [5:36 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Nails worked out for the Dolphins on Aug. 2, but the club wanted to see him get in better shape before signing him. He dropped 12 pounds -- down to 360 -- and agreed to a one-year deal worth $477,000.'

August 15, 2001

Marker 5th Down: A star at walking the line [10:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In college at Pittsburgh, Brown had been recruited as a defensive lineman. He was switched during his freshman season because, as Brown recalled, his position coach said, "I cannot handle this guy. Hes totally uncontrollable. Either he goes or I go." '

Marker Bills offer back-to-school promotions [10:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills announced a special "Back-to-School" promotion for the team's August 18th preseason game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Bills-Eagles pre-season preview [10:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills host the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday night in their second pre-season game of 2001, and the second straight year Buffalo has taken on coach Andy Reid's Eagles in the pre-season.'

Marker New NFL schedule could bring Flutie back to Buffalo in 2002 [8:40 PM]
AP reports: 'For example, because of quirks in the former scheduling system, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have never played in Buffalo. Under the new format, the Buccaneers are scheduled to travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2009.'

Marker Johnson to miss two days with injured index finger [4:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Quarterback Rob Johnson will miss at least two days of practice after spraining the index finger of his right, throwing hand.'

Marker Dolphins sign guard Jamie Nails [4:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Looking for offensive line depth, the Miami Dolphins signed former Buffalo Bills guard Jamie Nails on Wednesday.'

Marker Bills opponents through 2009 [3:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Just in case some of us like to plan that far in advance!!

Marker Bruce Smith sidelined 2-6 weeks [12:12 PM]
Washington Post reports: He may miss the reminder of camp but will be ready for season opener. What a surprise. The same old show, just on a different channel....

Marker Carpenter bids to nail starting safety job [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And now, Carpenter's fighting spirit has elevated him from roster long shot as an undrafted rookie to a vital member of the Bills' defense.'

Marker Hurt finger puts Johnson in a jam [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson will be held out of today's morning practice, but might return for the afternoon session. For the moment, he is expected to start Saturday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

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