Here's What To Watch As Bills Open Preseason [2:19 PM] Olean Times Herald reports:
'Itís conceded that Doug Flutie will be the regular-season starter at quarterback off his inspired effort a year ago. But former first-stringer Rob Johnson is pressing him and, by most accounts, has outplayed Flutie in training camp.'
Better, Quicker Instant Replay Gets A Replay [2:09 PM] Seattle Times reports:
'Today's game will be the first live local broadcast of a sporting event in High Definition Television (HDTV). The system is shown on a horizontal screen (16X9) and gives a panoramic view. It offers five times more resolution than current TV signals, and it has twice the sharpness and CD-quality sound.'
Seattle Vs. Buffalo / Exhibition Game [2:06 PM] Seattle Times reports:
'The Bills, not looking to restart the debate of who will play quarterback, elected Doug Flutie as their leader. However, if backup Rob Johnson can string together a couple of fine performances in exhibition games, dare we say the words "quarterback controversy."'
Like Holmgren, Buffalo's Phillips Calls All The Shots [11:05 AM] D & C reports:
'His official, if less publicized title with the Bills, also includes the moniker vice president of football operations. It gives Phillips complete say in who plays for him, aside from what general manager John Butler might want.'
Bills Intensify Camp Search [11:04 AM] D & C reports:
'The Bills want to move their summer home to Rochester for marketing purposes. The Rochester area accounts for 25 percent of their ticket sales. A Rochester-based camp would also provide easier access to clients and fans in Syracuse and the Southern Tier.'
Bills Take First Look At Replay Rule Saturday [11:02 AM] D & C reports:
'With the exception of the last two minutes of each half when an official in the replay booth takes over, each head coach receives two chances per game to challenge calls. The referee watches replays off the television feed on a field-level monitor. If it's decided the correct call was made, the challenging team loses a timeout.'
NFL Plays Hardball: No Fixing Footballs [6:27 AM] D & C reports:
'"No names, but some of the guys were hitting rugby balls out there, that's why they were so effective," said Buffalo Bills kicker Steve Christie, who led the AFC in scoring last season. "By the time they were done with them, they were black. You'd ask, 'That's a game ball?' Yeah, right."'
Bills On Lookout For That Special Player [6:57 AM] Toronto Globe & Mail reports:
'"Can you find someone to replace Tasker and Pike?" DeHaven said. "You'd be asking an awful lot of a guy to come in and do that. But all of the guys we drafted this year can run."'
Bills On Lookout For Special Player [5:57 AM] D & C reports:
'Free agency and the salary cap continues to shred the depth of most NFL teams, therefore causing massive turnover on the special teams. DeHaven not only has to re-tool the units, he has to find someone capable of replacing the leadership that Tasker and Pike provided.'
August 10, 1999
Price Is Right [6:25 AM] Fox Sports reports:
'"He got started a little slow and didn't have a grasp of the offense until the last few days," said Dwight Adams, Bills director of player personnel. "But he has the speed and athletic ability that we drafted him for. He's made some good catches out here."'
Bills' Rookie Ready To Rejoin Uncle Sam [6:21 AM] D & C reports:
'Bills rookie defensive end Bryce Fisher knows that he has no chance of making the team's final roster this summer. That's because after Saturday's preseason opener in Seattle, Fisher must report back to the Air Force Academy where he still has two years to serve before he can even think about playing professional football.'