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Buffalo Bills News - August 1, 2001

Marker Black just wants playing time [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'In 1996, fresh out of Maplewood High School in Nashville, Tenn., Black red-shirted his freshman season at Tennessee State. He didn't play, he just practiced. That's essentially just how his rookie season in the NFL went.'

Marker Hojnowski horns in on players' sleep [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills equipment manager Dave Hojnowski has been on the job 24 years. After that long, you'd think training camp would become ho-hum for "Hojo." To the contrary, he's having a blast.'

Marker Memory of 'Big Sis' empowers Cowart [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm hoping I can use my celebrity to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence," Cowart said.'

Marker 5,000 tickets go in 20 minutes [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: '"A few stores sat back, still waiting for 10:30. And when they turned the system on at 10:30, there were no tickets left."'

Marker QB Johnson says he's learning [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: '"I scrambled around too much," Johnson said. "When you're learning an offense, you should really stay in the pocket and get through the reads."'

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July 31, 2001

Marker Dude, where's the doctor? [10:26 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Antoine Winfield, Travares Tillman, Jay Riemersma, Brandon Spoon, Jeremy McDaniel, Ken Irvin, Leif Larsen, Lance Brown, Sammy Morris, Josh Roth and Corey Moore all sat out Tuesday morning's practice with various injuries. None are serious.'

Marker Feel-good football under the lights [10:25 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Monday night’s training camp session – the first evening training camp session in modern Bills history – was a made-for-TV event much like the Tiger Woods/David Duval/Annika Sorenstam/Karre Webb “Battle at Bighorn” golf match on ABC television.'

Marker Bills pull quick turnaround Tuesday morning [10:22 PM] reports: "I feel I'm getting better and better at it," Johnson said. "Last night I scrambled around too much, guys weren't open and when you're learning a new offense you should really throw in the pocket and try to go through all your progressions. … come game time, when the scrambles are there and you've got to make plays, then you take them, but it practice you really have got to get through the reads."

Marker Bills show new enthusiasm with changes in camp [10:20 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills started their first day of hard-hitting, aggressive practice on Sunday. The vets are back in camp and the fans are out in full force (5,130 the first day, 6,738 the second day) to get a glimpse of the new team everyone is buzzing about.'

Marker Bills hamstrung by rash of injuries [7:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Tuesday morning, 11 players watched practice from the sidelines at St. John Fisher College outside of Rochester. They included cornerback Antoine Winfield, tight end Jay Riemersma and tailback Sammy Morris, all starters who are nursing hamstring pulls -- the most common injury in camp.'

Marker Intensity of Camp Williams undeniable [4:27 PM]
The Sporting News reports: The Bills officially opened training camp this week, and it is already clear this summer is going to be very intense -- and we don't just mean the weather

Williams' personality is far more intense than Levy or Phillips, too, leaving observers to wonder if he's a master motivator or Atilla The Hun.

Marker marvy levy: A coach with a place in history [4:20 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Polian will have the honor of presenting the venerable 76-year-old former coach into Canton. For what he accomplished and for how long he lasted, Levy -- much like Hannibal -- also deserves to go down in history as one of the greatest field generals of all time.

Marker Unhappy "Camp-ers" Shut Out Of Second Night Practice [12:25 PM] reports: Bills fans were turned away at area Wegmans supermarkets this morning after the tickets went quickly. Although several thousand were available, they had to be divided among several Wegmans stores.

Some fans are accusing certain Wegmans stores of handing out tickets early; others say it was a computer glitch. Wegmans is working on a way to rectify the situation.

Marker Gone in 60 minutes [12:12 PM] reports: After holding a Monday night practice in front of 4,838 at St. John Fisher's Growney Stadium, the Bills sold out the August 6 night practice in just one hour Tuesday morning.

Marker Lodish, played in record six Super Bowls, retires [12:03 PM]
ESPN reports: Defensive tackle Mike Lodish, who played in an NFL-record six Super Bowls including two with the Denver Broncos and four with the Buffalo Bills, is retiring after 11 years in the NFL.

Marker Holecek headed for San Diego [11:16 AM]
Fox Sports reports: Former Buffalo LB John Holecek, one of the most sought-after free agents, has agreed to a one-year deal with San Diego.

Agent Brian Kelley on Thursday confirmed to that Holecek, released by the Bills in a cost-cutting move, chose the Chargers over the NJ Jets and Colts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is believed to be worth an estimated $1.2 million.

Marker Monday night football at St. John Fisher [9:20 AM] reports: "Right off the bat, it was an enthusiastic crowd and it was a good change for our team," coach Gregg Williams said following. "The crowd pumped us up in the first part of practice when things are a little bit sore, a little bit tight..."

Marker Gregg Williams night comments (7/30) [9:17 AM] reports: "The D line was really coming off tonight that's where we saw the speed when I see that speed coming off the pass rush from a defensive perspective and I like what I saw and I also liked how they practiced against each other interior wise material wise they could of really rocked and rolled back into Rob's feet tonight or Alex's feet and they didn't do that so they are learning how to practice against each other."

Marker Bills fans gorge to show loyalty, but at what cost? [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In what surely will be recorded as one of local radio's oddest contests, the WEDG (103.3 The Edge) radio duo of Shredd and Ragan have kicked off "Who's the Biggest Bills Fan?" competition, in which five locals go head to head - or in this case belly to belly - to see who can gain the most weight in a 30-day period, which started last Thursday.'

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."'

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.'

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