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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2001

Marker Foreman starts to show why he's a starter [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' outside linebacker was a bit stunned to see his team had cut inside linebacker John Holecek. As a result, a starting position virtually fell into Foreman's lap.'

Marker Super charged! [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'PLB Sports, the Pittsburgh-based marketing company that dreamed up Flutie Flakes during the diminutive quarterback's run with the Bills, reports a flood of Internet orders from area residents for the newest rendition of the breakfast cereal. Never mind that Super Charged Flutie Flakes feature Flutie decked out in San Diego Chargers gear on the blue and gold-striped box...'.

Marker Evening practice lights up camp [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The NFL and ABC didn't schedule the Buffalo Bills for any "Monday Night Football" games this year. So the Bills made their own.'

Marker Bills Hold First Night Practice, Continue This Morning [8:17 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The Bills will have another nighttime practice next Monday. Tickets are available at any area Wegmans beginning today. There are only 4,000 tickets available--they are free but with a limit of four per person.'

Marker Bills' nighttime practice a success [8:16 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Head Coach Gregg Williams wanted the practice to be as close to game like conditions as possible and after an autograph session, the players were introduced just like it was a game.'

Marker Hall of Fame Enshrinee Marv Levy [5:35 AM]
North Canton Sun Journal reports: '"Marv knew exactly the right words to say at the right times," Kelly recalled. "He knew how to handle the players, and everybody would do anything to help him and the team."'

Marker Monday night football begins [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"I thought it was nice the way they lined up for the autographs, they didn't do that last year," said Peck. "They gave enough time for the players to do the autographs, so it was well organized, well put together. I'll be coming back."'

Marker 'Full pads' does not mean full contact [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'For the first time since Hank Bullough was coach in 1986, the Buffalo Bills wore full pads for a training camp practice yesterday morning. It wasn't the remake of Braveheart that many had anticipated.'

Marker Fisher wants promotion to Bills [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'One of the front office survivors from the purge at One Bills Drive was Dwight Adams, the team's player personnel director. Adams had a big say in the decision to select Fisher out of the Air Force Academy in the seventh round of the 1999 draft. Fisher called him and Adams quickly allayed his fears.'

Marker Williams done with Holecek [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"John was playing the middle linebacker only on first-down packages (for us)," Williams said. "What was decided as an organization was to have as much speed on the field as possible. This defense is all about running. We had to make a decision on the cap, the numbers, and depth on the team."'

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July 30, 2001

Marker Flowers ready to blossom in new Bills defensive system [8:06 PM]
AP reports: 'With the off-season loss of starter and last year's sack leader Marcellus Wiley, who signed a lucrative free-agent deal with San Diego, the Bills are counting on Flowers to take over on the right side.'

Marker Young vets look to become leaders [2:34 PM] reports: 'One of those players is running back Sammy Morris, who broke out of nowhere to record six total touchdowns in 12 games for Buffalo in 2000. Now, he's competing with two other young players, Shawn Bryson and Travis Henry, for the starting job, but also he wants to be a leader on the Bills.'

Marker Determined Levy is No. 2 no more [1:53 PM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Unlike some coaches haunted by their failure to advance to the NFL championship game, Levy holds his head of white hair high despite the crushing defeats in the Super Bowl. Returning to the Super Bowl three times after a heartbreaking, one-point loss in the first appearance was a coaching accomplishment in which Levy takes great pride.'

Marker New era begins for Bills [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This training camp definitely has a different feel than the ones we've had before since I've been here," wide receiver Eric Moulds said. "Any time you've got a new environment, a new coaching staff and a new way of doing things, I think guys get excited about that."'

Marker Jones, Hansen like new look [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Instead of going through the same old stuff that we've done the last five years, I have to study more and pay closer attention in our meetings and really learn this. It's like a pick-me-up. It's got me energized out there. Hopefully it'll have the same effect on the other guys."'

Marker There's plenty to love about Williams - for now [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe the Bills will surprise everyone, finish 10-6 and make the playoffs. But they could very well go 6-10 in his first season. Will you still love Gregg Williams?'

Marker Veterans get early wake-up [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Getting up at 6 is a lot different than it has been the last few months," said Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds. "I heard (the horn) coming down the hall and I turned over and then it got closer and then I started to get up."'

Marker Eric Moulds: Q & A of the Day [7:11 AM] reports: "You have to go out and be consistent. From the first day I became a starter, I wanted to go out and improve each year and get better. I'm going to try to do that, and each year get better, and make a play here and there to get us over the top. My goal is to get to the Superdome [for Super Bowl XXXVI].

Marker Pat Williams' out with sore tooth [7:03 AM]
Shout! reports: 'An infected tooth kept Pat Williams’ out of training camp workouts Sunday. Williams watched from the sideline as the Bills participated in their first training camp sessions with veterans and rookies. Leif Larsen and Jarrett Procell initially subbed for Williams with the first team.'

Marker Let the pounding begin [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: '"There's an excitement here, a brand new offense, a brand new defense, a new coaching staff and GM, you've got a wholesale change here," said tight end Jay Riemersma. "It's fun, it's exciting, and I think the practice and tempo that you saw today will continue throughout the practices."'

Marker Wilson gives $100,000 to student fund [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's just a wonderful facility, not just for the players, but for the franchise," Wilson said. "People can come here from all over and watch practice and it creates enthusiasm, especially for the youngsters. Rochester's a great city and very important to the Bills. They've embraced us."'

Marker Flutie fans still miss their hero [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Even inside the Wegmans merchandise tent on the Fisher campus, the division manifested itself. Flutie bobbing head dolls and T-shirts were displayed right next to ones bearing Johnson's likeness. A worker, requesting anonymity, said the Flutie shirts were out-selling the Johnsons.'

Marker Calculating coach lays the groundwork [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'Five minutes in Williams' presence, and one feels the urge to run home and organize the sock drawer.'

Marker Money nice, teammates nicer [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: '"I could have gone somewhere else and got some type of numbers like that, but you have to have teammates to get it done. To win a Super Bowl, I can't win it by myself."'

Marker Billboards beam Marv's honor, big time [5:07 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The billboards feature a shot of Levy in a blue Bills jacket and the words, "right here, right now," which are taken from one of the coach's most oft-quoted pre-game speeches. The hall of fame's logo also appears on the billboard.'

July 29, 2001

Marker Wilson preaches patience [7:35 PM]
AP reports: '"I think our organization with Tom and the coach, we're going to have a really good team. It may take a little longer than what the fans would like, know what I mean?"'

Marker Led by Moulds, Bills won't have trouble passing [5:22 PM]
AP reports: '"You look at it, I think I'd be hard-pressed to find a group in the NFL as deep and as good as this group," Bills rookie receivers coach Fred Graves said.'

Marker Wiliams press conference 07/29/01 [4:05 PM] reports: "It was good to get started the whole team back together today. Both Tom Donahoe and I were talking at practice on how crisp things were for the first practice, and I want to give credit to these guys for the time they put in the off-season. They started off today without missing a beat from where they left off June 14th, and that was exciting. We did a lot of first situational things this morning. We did a few third down things, but for the most part it was based on both sides of the ball..."

Marker Donahoe speaks on the "State of the Bills" [4:04 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills President / General Manager Tom Donahoe spoke to Bills' corporate partner Choice One Communications in the Molson Hospitality Tent Friday, July 27.

Marker St. John Fisher presents Ralph Wilson with Scholarship fund [4:03 PM] reports: On behalf of St. John Fisher, President Kathryn Keough presented Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. with a Scholar/Athlete Scholarship fund last night at a special Wegmans/ Buffalo Bills Training Camp Kick Off Event.

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