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Buffalo Bills News - August 13, 2001

Marker Bills still have a lot of work to do [1:30 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Still, they out-gained the Bills, 375-173, in total yardage and were much more potent offensively, though trailing 10-7 with 14 minutes to play. As Williams noted, "We've got a lot to work on." And, clearly, he's right.'

Marker GoBills! Game Chat Filled to the Brink [11:55 AM]
TBD reports: We would like to give a special thanks to all the TBD, TSW, and Bills Daily readers who participated in the chat room last night. While we didn't break the century mark, we did reach a peak of 98 simultaneous fans in the room! That easily tops any of our chat sessions last year. Last night was a great success and we hope we can top that number this Saturday when the Bills take on the Eagles.

Marker Aug. 12: Bills vs. Rams pre-season photos [11:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Photos from the game.

Marker Rams defeat Bills 24-10 in Buffalo's pre-season opener [11:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'St. Louis recorded 17 points in the fourth quarter, giving the Rams a 24-10 win over Buffalo in front of 36,043 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Rams turned a 10-7 deficit early in the fourth with a Justin Watson touchdown, a Jeff Wilkins field goal and Chris Cummings kickoff fumble recovery for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to drop the Bills to 0-1 on the pre-season. '

Marker Henry provides only excitement in Bills' loss [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Travis Henry took Round One of the Buffalo running back derby, and the Bills suffered no serious injuries Sunday night. Those were the most significant developments in the Bills' preseason opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Punting prospects find their legs [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brian Moorman and Jay Taylor had their first opportunity to show they deserve the job Sunday night during the Bills' 24-10 preseason-opening loss to the St. Louis Rams at Ralph Wilson Stadium. For the most part, it was a good audition for both.'

Marker It's clear the rookie is the Bills' best back [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's only the first preseason game, but the Bills have a long way to go to justify Williams' contention that they're a playoff team. The good news is that rookie Travis Henry looks like the answer at the crowded tailback position.'

Marker Larsen comes to life on defense [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Larsen realizes he can gain playing time by being disruptive, which he was for one series Sunday in the Bills' 24-10 loss to the St. Louis Rams at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Larsen, the second-year player out of UTEP, played well despite being hampered by a groin injury since the beginning of the Bills' rookie camp.'

Marker New-look Bills show signs of old [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '"You can see that there were too many negative plays to start the ballgame out and throughout the ballgame," he said. "It's not the way we want to play. You can see we're still in camp, that's what training camp is for and we have a lot of work to do."'

Marker Flowers gets message, maybe [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Nobody's expecting Flowers to produce 16-plus sacks like Kearse did, but some passion would be nice. Too often he's ridden to the outside and out of sight. Too often he's all bark and no bite.'

Marker Cowart gives injured back a break [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Cowart suffered heat-related back spasms in practice Thursday. Second-year pro Kenyatta Wright started in his place last night.'

Marker Bills open pre-season action with a defeat [5:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The best showing of all for the Bills may have come from rookie running back Travis Henry, who is locked in a training camp battle with Shawn Bryson and Sammy Morris to become the team's featured ball carrier.'

Marker Rams put 10 and 10 together [5:15 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Midway through the second quarter, the Rams had outgained Buffalo 196-37, with 11 Rams players touching the ball on offense.'

Marker Rams "D" gets closer to graduating from preschool [5:14 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Seeing how Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed have retired, the Bills are fairly toothless on offense these days. They stayed basic on offense Sunday. Then again, the Rams kept it simple on defense, too.'

Marker Rams 24, Bills 10 [5:12 AM]
AP reports: 'The defenders came out sharp against Buffalo, limiting the Bills' first-string offense to 19 yards in three first-quarter series. Overall, Buffalo was limited to 173 yards of total offense and only 10 first downs.'

Marker St Louis 24, Buffalo 10 [5:12 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Rob Johnson played three series for the Bills and completed 3-of-5 for 13 yards. Backup Alex Van Pelt was 6-for-11 for 54 yards with an interception. The Bills were held to just 164 total yards.'

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August 12, 2001

Marker NFL Summary of Bills-Rams game [11:23 PM]
NFL.com reports: Stats of game.

Marker NFL game summary [11:22 PM]
NFL.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'

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