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Buffalo Bills News - July 27, 2001

Marker Autograph dodgers draw earful [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"Oh bull," Williams screamed. "Play stupid with me and I'll run your butts out of here... . First thing will be a lunch box and a road map. I'm not messing with you guys anymore."'

Marker Two battling for punting job [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'As for Bills Coach Gregg Williams, he just wants someone competent to punt, and by the time the regular season begins, it might be Taylor, it might be Moorman, or it might be someone else.'

Marker Rookie Spoon injures knee [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Spoon, the team's fourth-round pick out of North Carolina, is expected to make the team as a backup middle linebacker where the Bills' lack depth. His injury will be evaluated more completely this morning, Coach Gregg Williams said.'

Marker Parade will honor Bills in Pittsford [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"We just thought it would be a nice way to kick off the camp and a nice way to welcome the Bills back to Pittsford," said town Supervisor Bill Carpenter. "And we wanted to thank them for choosing our community -- we're fortunate to have this experience here."'

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July 26, 2001

Marker Chargers bring in another former Bills player [9:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Holecek is expected to arrive in San Diego on Monday to sign his contract and begin practicing.'

Marker Air Force commitments complete, Fisher prepared for Bills duty [9:06 PM]
AP reports: 'That the Bills have waited this long is a good sign. It helps, too, that Buffalo is in desperate need of defensive-line depth, having lost starters Bruce Smith, Marcellus Wiley and Ted Washington over the past two years. "I think I've got a great chance," Fisher said.'

Marker Johnson sees plenty of his father in Williams [9:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Johnson especially likes Williams' take-charge approach, something he said was lacking in the three previous years under Wade Phillips, who was fired last January. "I think (players) want to be disciplined. I think they want to have a leader that takes charge".'

Marker Rookies arrive in Rochester [9:03 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The rookies will practice twice on Thursday at St John Fisher. The veterans report to camp on Saturday.'

Marker Bills rookies and select vets report to camp [9:00 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Starting quarterback Rob Johnson is already in camp, and looks to be in great shape.'

Marker Bills' camp begins on the right foot [8:58 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: '"It's huge for me", said Johnson.'

Marker They're Rob's Bills now [8:52 PM]
D and C reports: '"I really like the people. I love how they get into football. It's so much a part of their community. I think they feel like they've been a little snake-bitten, coming so close to winning a Super Bowl all those years. I think it would be so cool to be a part of the team that finally brings that trophy to western New York."'

Marker No QB controversy here: Johnson the main man for Buffalo [9:58 AM]
The Sporting News reports: "He takes more hits than any quarterback in the league," says an AFC pro personnel director. "He had guys protecting him last year that would basically be seconds on most teams. Until Rob Johnson can be protected, he'll never be able to display the talents he has."

Marker Meticulous coach Williams leaving imprint on Bills [9:57 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Two years ago, as the Titans' defensive coordinator, Williams watched in pleasant disbelief as his team ousted the Bills from the playoffs with a controversial last-minute, trick-play kickoff return in another wild-card game.'

Marker Williams "can't wait" to get started [9:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Training camp's not supposed to be easy. It's tough, as it's a tough man's game."

Marker 5 QBs under the gun [9:55 AM]
The Sporting News reports: "Under former coordinator Joe Pendry, who was enamored with the quarterback's arm strength, Johnson was forced to take seven-step drops and throw down the field far too often. Now, Pendry is gone and Johnson will have the luxury of working from new coordinator Mike Sheppard's three-step-drop attack."

Marker Bills hit practice field for camp today [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There will be four practices, including two today (9-11 a.m. and 4-5:45 p.m.), before the remaining veterans report Saturday afternoon. The first full roster workouts are Sunday.'

Marker Fret, sweat and cheers [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: '"This is when people start to smell football in the air," Williams said. "I've been really appreciative of the last couple days that the weather has popped. Training camp's not supposed to be easy, it's supposed to be tough. This is a tough man's game."'

Marker Top pick Clements missing; all others expected [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: '"I expect that he would be here and ready to go. If he's not, I'll be coaching somebody who is here. I'm more worried about who's here than who's not."'

Marker First-week schedule of practices [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Tomorrow: Rookie camp (9-11 a.m. only). Parade in Pittsford at 6 p.m.'

Marker Bills camp sponsors back for a second winning year [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: '"To be able to utilize the Bills brand, which is probably the strongest brand in the state outside New York City, was just terrific for us," LeGrett said.'

July 25, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills Parade Route - map and route only [11:11 PM]
TBD reports: Map (image) showing parade route only.

Marker Route of Parade on Friday [11:08 PM]
TBD reports: Buffalo Bills Parade Route
Friday, July 27th - 6:00pm

Join Pittsford in welcoming the Buffalo Bills back to Pittsford with this town wide parade. The parade will step off from Sutherland High School and travel the following route:

Sutherland Street, to Lincoln Avenue, onto South Main Street where
it will pass by a reviewing stand and end at the corner of South Main and Monroe Avenue.

Marker Williams ready for training camp, with or without Clements [9:03 PM]
AP reports: '"I'm more worried about who's here than who is not here," Williams said. "This organization has lasted a long time without Nate Clements."'

Marker Bills place Moore on physically unable to perform list [9:01 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills placed Moore on the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday, saying he needs more time to recover after being shot in the leg seven weeks ago.'

Marker Packers show interest in linebacker Holecek [1:29 PM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'Other teams showing interest include Indianapolis, New England, the New York Jets, San Diego and Washington. Any potential contract will probably be for the veteran minimum of $477,000.'

Marker Everything you need to know about Buffalo Bills\' training camp [1:24 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: \'The Rochester area responded by turning out an average of 6,100 fans per workout and some 122,000 over the course of camp, both figures tops the National Football League.\'

Marker Kris Farris moves ahead of Robert Hicks according to Don Banks of SI [12:56 PM]
CNN/SI reports: The Bills believe they've almost picked up a free draft pick in Farris, a former 3rd rounder of Pittsburgh in 1999 who was out all last season with a left foot stress fracture. The 1998 Outland Trophy winner from UCLA, Farris signed in April and after some fine minicamp showings has moved ahead of incumbent right tackle Robert Hicks.

Marker Aaron Schobel, Travis Henry agree to similar contracts [12:44 PM]
AP reports: The Bills agreed to terms with their two 2nd round draft picks, defensive end Aaron Schobel and running back Travis Henry.

Both were scheduled to sign their respective deals when rookies and selected veterans were to report to training camp later in the day.

Marker Catchin\' up with Kwame [12:02 PM]
Daily Texan reports: As a rookie in 2000, he saw a small amount of playing time, finishing with three receptions on the year, but he did have one very important task.

\"I was the chicken man,\" Cavil said. \"Before games I had to go to KFC and get the chicken for the team. That was my job.\"

Marker Bills' wives team up to fight hunger [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'During the Sept. 30 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the women will collect money and nonperishable food items at the gates of the stadium. Each person who donates will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to slap each of the team's players high-five on the field at the next home game.'

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