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Buffalo Bills News - August 12, 2001

Marker NFL game summary [11:22 PM] reports: "Rob Johnson had a hard time adjusting to the West Coast offense."

Bills starting quarterback Rob Johnson was in for three series, going 3-for-5 for 13 yards and managing just one first down.

"We obviously would have like to have moved downfield and put the ball in the end zone, but this was the first game for us and we'll look to improve," Johnson said.

Marker Bills' youth movement gets first test [12:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sixty-two of their 80 players, in fact, have played just two NFL seasons or fewer. Almost half the players on the team (37) never have appeared in an NFL regular-season game.'

Marker Rams missing Faulk, Canidate [12:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fourth-year back Robert Holcombe will start in the backfield because All-Pro Marshall Faulk and former No. 1 pick Trung Canidate both are injured.'

Marker Super Bowl faceoff, Clintons style [12:25 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bill: "I was so glad Washington beat Buffalo in the Super Bowl tonight. Believe me, that made the Washington press so slap-happy they pretty much forgot about me and Hillary for a day or two." Hillary: "They call it "60 Minutes.' The interview only lasted about 10 minutes. It felt like 10 hours. And I wish Buffalo had won. I've always been a New York woman at heart."'

Marker Bulger to get good test against Bills [10:34 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: 'Bills quarterback Rob Johnson, now the undisputed starter following Doug Flutie's release, will be running a newly installed West Coast offense. "Hopefully a couple of touchdown drives," Johnson said of what he hoped to accomplish in the game. "I want to go in there, go through my reads and play sharp."'

Marker Listen to the game over the internet [9:21 AM]
TBD reports: If you can't receive the game over your television, then log-on and listen over the the internet. Join us in the chat room while you listen!

Marker Join us in the GoBills! Fan Network Chat Room [9:19 AM]
TBD reports: Our wildly popular preseason chat sessions are back for another year! Come join your fellow Bills fans from around the world in the chat room and talk about the game while the action unfolds! Game time is 7:30 pm, so plan to grab a seat as early as 6:30 pm!

Marker Tom Donahoe answers e-mails [9:09 AM] reports: "It's gone very well. The attitude of the players has been excellent. The facilities and the setup here really help camp run smoothly. The fact that we get a lot of fans is a big positive to the players, and coach Williams and his staff have worked very hard, so it's been very positive, and we're anxious to play a game now. We've been seeing the same faces and beating up the same bodies, so it'll be nice to go against a different opponent."

Marker Fun in the sun [5:55 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford serves up a festival-like atmosphere while showcasing the football of the beloved blue-collar team.'

Marker Williams eager to see Bills play a game [5:42 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"When you spend every waking hour preparing these guys to play," he said, "it makes those three hours on Sunday enjoyable." We'll see how he feels tonight.'

Marker Reclamation project [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: '"We were the worst and that was embarrassing because one of the foundations of this franchise during the '90s was solid special teams play," said veteran kicker Steve Christie, one of the unit's few dependable performers with four game-winning field goals. "When Marv Levy was here, he put an emphasis on special teams, but that went out the window last year, and the whole team wound up paying for it."'

Marker Rams an early test for Bills [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'But Williams also recognizes that tonight's game is merely an exhibition, a player-evaluation process where the goal isn't necessarily to win, but to start getting a sense about who will and won't play for the Bills this season.'

Marker Versatile Dinkins running to win special teams vote [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'But if he's going to have an impact with the Bills, it won't be by emulating Kordell Stewart, the Pittsburgh Steelers' slash-and-dash quarterback, or Donovan McNabb, the new star quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. Dinkins is targeted to be an all-purpose special teams player, returning and covering kicks.'

Marker Kelly merits first-ballot election [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'Quarterback Jim Kelly is eligible to appear on the ballot for the first time this year, and the response of the voters will provide a strong clue to the future hopes of his most prominent Buffalo teammates.'

Marker The Bills have made a series of major changes [5:30 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"It didn't take us long once we got here to know we had to make a decision," said Williams, whose Bills play the Rams tonight in a preseason game with Rob Johnson alone at the helm. "The team is relieved that there is one guy who is our guy, our starter, our leader. The (other players) have been very positive in accepting him in that role. Any quarterback has a tendency to have a more confident air about him when he knows he's not looking over his shoulder."'

Marker Mike Martz wants his defense to be a hit from the start [5:28 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Look for all of the Rams' defensive starters to play longer against Buffalo. Against Miami, coordinator Lovie Smith began pulling some starters after the first series or two. There will be a similar plan in effect on offense, except for the Rams' headliners.'

Marker Things to Watch—Rams v. Buffalo [5:26 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Once again, Kurt Warner will barely be in long enough to work up a sweat. Mike Martz plans to play him one series, before Joe Germaine gets the rest of the first half. Marc Bulger could play the entire second half.'

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August 11, 2001

Marker Team finalizes preparation for Sunday's game [3:33 PM] reports: "Anytime you get a chance to play in front of your home crowd and get an opportunity to play, you're going to have a good showing," Eric Moulds said. "Even though it's a pre-season game, you still want to go out there and make plays. A lot of guys are trying to make the team, and it's important for those guys to have a good showing, because you always find the guy who steps up at this point in pre-season."

Marker Levy returning to Williamsburg as neighborhood Hall of Famer [3:31 PM]
Norfolk Virginian Pilot reports: 'Marv Levy left Williamsburg 32 years ago for a pro football career that earned him fame and glory, if not a Super Bowl victory. Soon, he'll return to leafy Kingsmill as the neighborhood Hall of Famer.'

Marker Bills prepare to test defense against mighty Rams [2:55 PM]
AP reports: '"They've got the best offense in football," Bills rookie defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. "We want to see if we can play with them. And that's a big test for us."'

Marker Cowart questionable for Bills preseason opener [2:53 PM]
AP reports: '"I'm hoping I can get out there tomorrow, but I'm not going to rush it if I don't feel like I can get out there and contribute," he said. "I'm feeling a lot better than I was yesterday. ... If I do (play), it'll be a game-time decision."'

Marker Van Pelt's situation better than ever [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I couldn't have picked a better scenario than to stay in Buffalo and have the West Coast offense come here," Van Pelt said Friday. "I think this is a great fit for me."'

Marker Alternate routes suggested for Bills' game [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fans en route to the stadium will find construction at the Thruway near the Route 190 interchange; Transit Road in Elma and West Seneca; Union Road in Cheektowaga near William Street; Orchard Park Road in Orchard Park; Route 5 in Lackawanna and Route 179 in Hamburg.'

Marker Rookie hazing downgraded at camp [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams isn't a fan of rookie hazing. "I believe that young guys in this league have to earn their place," Williams said. "I don't think there needs to be unnecessary hazing because we have to have young guys step up and improve this team. We are not about hazing. We are about making you earn your dues. Those kind of things we haven't been doing and won't do."'

Marker Taking Charge [6:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'It makes the Oct. 28 meeting between the Chargers and Bills in San Diego one of the dream matchups of the coming NFL season. Bills owner Ralph Wilson guaranteed that. When Wilson became incensed that Butler was bolting for San Diego, he was quoted as saying he'd rather beat the Chargers than win the Super Bowl.'

Marker No small feat in a land of giants [6:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Doug Flutie remembers the snickers around the league when he first became a Buffalo Bill in 1998 -- that at age 35 he was too old. Now he sees becoming a 40-something quarterback in the NFL as a badge of honour that may be his lasting legacy.'

Marker Williams tuned in to wear a headset [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'Williams said his headset system connects him to all his offensive assistants and his defensive assistants with the flip of a switch. He has a direct line to offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard, who will work from the press box and relay play calls through quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe, and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who will be on the sideline.'

Marker Search still on for top running back [5:53 AM]
D and C reports: 'Head Coach Gregg Williams thinks any one of the three leading candidates at running back -- Sammy Morris, Shawn Bryson and Travis Henry -- is capable of starting at the position. What Williams doesn't know is which one it's going to be when the Buffalo Bills open the regular season Sept. 9 against the New Orleans Saints.'

Marker Driver of the defense [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's not just three of us out there doing the work," says Williams, who turns 29 on Oct. 24. "Now, it will be me and Phil (Hansen) and Shawn Price and Erik Flowers and some of the other young guys. I don't see the pressure being on just me. It's on the entire line because we are trying to replace not just Ted but also Marcellus Wiley."'

Marker Tasker thankful for Camp Levy [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's hard to find a flaw in the organization," he said. "They have a lot of good teachers, they're getting things installed and they've got a really good, solid plan that the players seem to believe in. They're doing it the right way."'

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