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Buffalo Bills News - June 25, 2001

Marker Tom Donahoe answers e-mails [11:13 AM] reports: 'We've talked in detail about a surface called "SportTurf." It's almost a combination. It looks like grass, but it's more artificial. Seattle played on it last year at the University of Washington, and it got rave reviews from their players and the visiting teams' player. The surface was a good surface to play on, so we're going to look into it.'

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June 24, 2001

Marker Scout work before camp trips [10:27 PM]
Boston Globe reports: The Boston Globe reviews the teams that helped themselves the most this offseason. Bills rank #9.

'The Bills are not in the top 10 in talent but they're better than last year's record, and new coach Gregg Williams has them working overtime for the first time in years.'

Marker Moulds believes in QB Johnson, new system [9:19 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Bills receiver and two-time Pro Bowl player Eric Moulds hasn't let his rich new contract spoil him. Moulds, who signed a six-year, $40 million contract this offseason, has been one of the most active participants in the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program. Moulds usually spends his offseasons near his home in New Orleans but recognized the importance of buying into the new system.

Marker Lewis harbors no ill feelings over being bypassed [8:24 AM]
USA Today reports: Very last item on page:
Fingers of blame were pointed by several black assistant coaches within the NFL at Donohoe for not hiring Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis as the team's coach after the Ravens won the Super Bowl. Lewis finally has made it clear to Donohoe that he harbors no ill feelings over being bypassed

June 23, 2001

Marker Bills sign Georgia lineman Jennings for 4 years [10:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The deal includes a signing bonus of $450,000 and base salaries of $209,000 (2001), $298,000 (2002), $389,000 (2003) and $418,000 (2004). The 2001 cap value is $321,500. It is only the second contract beyond the second round this year to be for more than three years.

June 22, 2001

Marker Spoon adjusting to Buffalo [11:09 PM] reports: 'Linebacker Brandon Spoon made his wife and and nine-week old daughter, Avery, a little happier last week when he signed his contract with the Bills.'

Marker Marv Levy Answers Emails [11:08 PM] reports: 'This week, interviewed Bills former head coach and soon to be Pro Football Hall of Famer Marv Levy.'

Marker Bills sign Jonas Jennings [4:47 PM]
AP reports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have three of their 12 draft picks left to sign after agreeing to a deal Friday with tackle Jonas Jennings.
Still unsigned are Buffalo's top three selections, including first-rounder Nate Clements.

Marker Backfield Shakeup [4:02 PM]
ESPN reports: 'ESPN's Chris Mortensen discussing Antowain Smith and the loss of Ted Cotrell.'

Marker Anchor in the storm [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '[Tyrone] Robertson, the kid who had passed through so much fire, is now a man who feels blessed to be even in this position. It seems as if he's lived a hundred lives to get here, often times experiencing more than his 21 years would suggest.'

Marker Local fans welcome Bills Caravan [8:25 AM]
Bradford Era reports: 'Morris also said he feels that there is a new sense of urgency this season when asked about the new coaching staff. When questioned about the differences in coaching styles, Morris said Coach Williams is more vocal and hands-on then his predecessor Wade Phillips, who, as Morris put it, was "more laid back."'

Marker Dr.Z: Thurman should have been MVP in Giants-Bills Super Bowl [8:04 AM]
CNN/SI reports: It's a disgrace that he (Thurman) wasn't the game's MVP. I was a selector then, & I tried to convince the dim bulbs who were my fellow selectors who kept mumbling that you had to vote for a guy on the winning team that Thomas had twice the game that Anderson did. In fact, I bitched so long and so loud that I was never again a selector.

June 21, 2001

Marker Buchsbaum comments on the Bills’ offseason survival [2:54 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Buchsbaum: For a team that lost one of the top general managers in football and a number of star players because of an enormous, impossible salary-cap situation, the Bills have survived this offseason as well as anyone could’ve expected.

Marker Salary cap roundtable [2:52 PM]
Fox Sports reports: Salary cap roundtable hosted by Clark Judge with Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy, Buffalo general manager Tom Donahoe, 49ers DT Dana Stubblefield, and Tom McDevitt, a managing director at Societe Generale.

Marker New Bills coach Williams set to tackle any problem head-on [7:10 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''The young guys, they've been babied and pampered all through college. I've got to show them I don't run a day-care center. We're there to work."'

June 20, 2001

Marker Bills' caravan to make a stop in Bradford [1:37 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'For area Bills' fans needing a fix, the team's caravan will make the final stop on an eight-city tour, Thursday night at Bradford's Union Square Plaza, on Davis St. at the intersection with Boylston. Several players, a few team alumni, a couple of Jills and Billy Buffalo will be at the site from 5-7 p.m.'

Marker A great time at Bills caravan - for the fans, too [6:32 AM]
Elmira Star Gazette reports: '"I heard we had some crazy fans out here," said [Tony] Driver, a safety. "I'm going to see what they're talking about when it's sub-zero outside. But it's a nice chance to come out and meet them now."'

June 19, 2001

Marker Brrrrr! NFL's playoff schedule isn't fan-friendly [10:44 PM] reports: 'If you missed it, the NFL announced this week that Saturday playoff games on Jan. 5 and Jan. 12 will be played at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to maximize the potential television audience (which has been declining on Saturday afternoons).'

Marker Bills' No. 1 back? May the best man win [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's going to be a fun battle to see in training camp," Bills coach Gregg Williams said during minicamp last week. "Competition makes us all better, so I think this position will be much stronger because of that."'

Marker Gregg Williams - Like father, like son [7:37 AM]
NFL Insider reports: Gregg Williams was raised in a household where having a strong work ethic wasn't optional.

June 18, 2001

Marker Offseason Power Rankings [4:50 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'New coach Gregg Williams' discipline will make this team better. He will have the players in shape. The draft will prove to be a good one since Nate Clements will probably start at corner, and second-round pick Travis Henry will be a steal. He has 1,000-yard potential as a rookie.'

Marker Tackle Hicks re-signs with Bills [4:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Tackle Robert Hicks re-signed with the Buffalo Bills on Monday, returning for a fourth season with the team...Also Monday, the Bills signed safety Tony Driver, one of their three sixth-round draft picks.'

Marker Motorcycle run to help Salvation Army [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ruben Brown, an offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills, will host a motorcycle run to benefit the Salvation Army at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

June 17, 2001

Marker Chargers open single-game sales June 23 [7:07 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Tickets [including vs. Buffalo 10/28] also may be purchased by calling TicketMaster at (619) 220-8497 or by logging on to'

Marker Johnson looks ready to take next step [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is a meshing of personalities between Johnson and his new coaches.'

Marker Bills fire away at Phillips, Flutie [5:55 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"I really believe that Marv Levy left a championship team, a Super Bowl team here when he retired,'' Brown said. "Had he been the coach, we probably would have won one or two. When those guys (Phillips and his staff) came in, they let it fall apart."'

June 15, 2001

Marker Chalk up Bills' camp as a success [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The team doesn't need to lose it's focus just because we're away from here," said Bills safety Keion Carpenter. "We still have a season to play and a season to prepare for and we need to go home and take care of ourselves and come back in shape. We have to held accountable because we are professionals."'

Marker Bills using 'Throwback' as a lesson [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A lot of guys say special teams is a third of the game, but how many devote a third of the practice and a third of the meeting to it?" said Danny Smith, the special teams coordinator. "Well, we do here. And that's a credit to Greg."'

Marker Johnson, Moulds heading West [5:43 AM]
D and C reports: 'Moulds said yesterday he will spend two to three weeks throwing and running with Johnson in Laguna Beach, Calif., Johnson's residence, as a final tuneup for training camp. "Generally, Rob works out with different receivers on the West Coast so I said I'll be there to work on our timing before camp," Moulds said.'

June 14, 2001

Marker Signing draft picks Bills top priority, Donahoe says [8:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe's goal is to get all five signed by the end of the month in order to give himself and his staff some time off before training camp, which opens on July 29.'

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