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Buffalo Bills News - July 24, 2001

Marker Jets Talking to Linebacker Holecek [6:32 AM]
New York Times reports: '"He's a three-year starter in the league, and obviously he'd like to be a starter," Jets General Manager Terry Bradway said. "But he feels very comfortable with Teddy Cottrell, and he had a good visit. He's like a college recruit right now."'

Marker Jets Join Line For 'Backer [5:47 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Holecek, 29, released two weeks ago, is one of the top free agents on the market. He already has visited the Patriots, with the Packers still on his itinerary. The Chargers are also believed to be interested.'

Marker NFL Europe punter in camp with Bills [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Punter Brian Moorman will be a player to watch at camp this week at St. John Fisher College as he competes for the starting job left vacated by the release of veteran Chris Mohr.'

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July 23, 2001

Marker Bills picked 5th in division [9:43 PM]
MSNBC reports: 'But in a 4-3 front, you need solid linemen. Where's he going to find them? When your hopes lie with guys named Leif Larson and Erik Flowers, you got problems.'

Marker Two current, one former Buffalo Bill makes CBS' top 50 players. [9:42 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'If all the NFL players were put into a pool for a special draft, this list ranks the top 50 players in the league based on their ability. Pardon the street jargon, but here are what we'll call the Phat Phifty.'

Marker Bills sign five, release two [3:19 PM]
AP reports: 'Pete Gonzalez appeared to have the inside track to assume the role of Buffalo Bills No. 3 quarterback after the Bills on Monday released free agent Tim Hasselbeck.'

Marker Blls cut QB Tim Hasselbeck & punter Pat Pidgeon [2:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: They also signed 5 FA's - RB Curtis Alexander (from XFL), QB Jack Hawley, punter Brian Moorman (from NFLE Berlin Thunder), and WR Chris Rosier & Corey Thomas. None have NFL experience.

Marker Mid-summer thoughts on the Bills [1:34 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Chances are good that at least seven games will sell out this season, thanks to rivalries and marketing.'

Marker Bills' rookies reporting on Wednesday [9:02 AM]
reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will open training camp in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford for the second straight year when rookies and selected veterans report on Wednesday.'

Marker Bills' new offense aims to get off to a running start [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Take away quarterback scrambles and wide receiver reverses, and the Bills' running backs averaged a paltry 3.5 yards per carry in an offense that was inconsistent, predictable and lacked an identity.'

July 22, 2001

Marker The Taskmaster [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams' rise to Bills head coach is the story of a super-achiever who plotted each step on his path up the coaching ladder and went after his goals with a work ethic and maniacal organizational style that left colleagues in awe.'

Marker Rebuilding job to keep Gray busy in Buffalo [6:25 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'But Williams and Gray aren't asking for sympathy. After the hardships they experienced in moving from Houston to Tennessee and still getting the promotions they longed for, they know no football obstacle is too difficult to overcome.'

Marker Bills begin camping here this week [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: '"But we don't have staff meetings where we say, 'We've got to beat last year's numbers,' " says Russ Brandon, Bills vice president of business development and marketing. "We just want to provide a great family environment, one kids can remember throughout the winter."'

Marker New-look Bills promise effort, but will need time to grow [6:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'With so much going on, it would be unrealistic to expect immediate success from these new-look Bills. New jeans and sneakers take time to break in. Still, nobody on the Bills is crying "Wait for 2002."'

Marker Donahoe rebuilding Bills with steely work ethic [6:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Entrusted by owner Ralph Wilson to make sure these Bills aren't counterfeit like last year's stumblin', bumblin' 8-8 crew, Donahoe's game plan may ultimately determine the long-term future of the franchise in these parts. History suggests he is up for the challenge.'

Marker Williams stresses discipline, basics [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's not close," says the married father of three children, ages 16, 11 and 9. "The Buffalo Bills are a distant second in my life. My family is the most important thing to me and I would've turned this job down if I didn't think (western New York) was a good place to raise kids.'

Marker Johnson waits to thrive in West Coast offense [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"There were things as I watched on film of last year, structure-wise, that didn't give (Rob) answers back in the pocket, and he took the heat on some of those sacks," Williams said. "That is the beauty of this system . . . it challenges defenses to cover every zone or every receiver every time the ball is snapped. So he will have answers this year."'

Marker Camp success extends into community [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Fisher has 500 freshmen enrolled for the upcoming school year, 100 more than the previous high. Rooney stresses that the Bills camp was not the only factor in the increase, but he believes that the camp helped to promote the school to some students. They came to see the Bills; they saw the campus; they applied.'

July 21, 2001

Marker Titans add RB depth with Linton [1:25 PM]
Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports: '"He thinks he is a running back ... and you're looking for a guy who, if he comes in, you don't really have to change what you do," general manager Floyd Reese said. "But I'm not sure he's not a better blocker than he is a runner."'

Marker Titans sign Linton to one-year contract [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Tennessee Titans have agreed on a one-year contract with former Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Linton.'

Marker Practice tickets available [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Each evening session will begin at 7 with a 25-minute autograph session with the Bills' players and coaches will sign autographs. The practices will run from 7:30-9:15.'

Marker Pasch joins Bills' TV team [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dave Pasch, the radio voice of Syracuse University football and basketball for the past two seasons, has been drafted by the Bills to do some television work this summer. Pasch will do the play-by-play alongside analyst Steve Tasker on the two Bills preseason games that will be televised in August by WNYO-TV, Channel 49.'

Marker Tickets needed for Bills' night practices at SJF [6:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'The evening practices, scheduled for July 30 and August 6 at Fisher's Growney Stadium, are free, but fans must pick up a ticket at any area Wegmans.'

Marker Another RB job hopeful: ex-Bills player looks [6:22 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '"I guess I'm going to have to make some new friends," Linton said. "But that's great. I'm looking forward to it."'

July 20, 2001

Marker Titans agree to terms with running back Linton [10:19 PM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '"From what our people feel about him is that he can play running back, fullback, special teams and can do a lot of things and has had success in the league," Titans President Jeff Diamond said. "It's good to have that veteran type of experience."'

Marker Titans agree to terms with RB Linton [9:59 PM]
AP reports: 'He has rushed for 1,002 yards and six touchdowns, and caught 33 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns during his NFL career.'

Marker Titans sign free agent RB Linton [4:44 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Seeking to find a backup to Eddie George since Rodney Thomas defected to Atlanta, the Tennessee Titans on Friday agreed to terms with running back Jonathan Linton on a one-year contract.'

Marker UPDATED: Linton hired as backup to Titan\'s George [4:34 PM]
ESPN reports: NOTE: Earlier ESPN reported Linton signed for a 6 year deal The Titans reached agreement with former Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Linton on Friday for a one-year deal at the NFL minimum. If he hits certain incentives, Linton can reach $625,000 for the season.

Marker Lots of linebackers still looking for work [2:43 PM]
ESPN reports: 'A few statements about Holecek and, better yet, some bad mouthing of Jimmy Johnson. Further down are some comments about Holecek and Sam Cowart, and some information about the possible starting weakside LB.'

Marker Titans sign Linton to be George's backup [1:19 PM]
ESPN reports: The Tennessee Titans have found their backup to running back Eddie George.

The Titans signed former Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Linton on Friday to a six-year contract worth $3.7 million including a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Linton's deal can be voided after five years. He is scheduled to make $209,000 his first season, $298,000 his second, $389,000 his third, $418,000 his fourth, $448,000 his fifth and $477,000 his sixth.

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