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Buffalo Bills News - July 28, 2001

Marker Gregg Williams press conference (7/28) [4:47 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Nobody had a better off-season than we did, no one had a better attended off season that we did in the NFL. I'm very pleased from where we're starting out right now. Make no mistake, players play this game... We've got more than enough time to get ready. The huge thing about training camp is technique."

Marker Tom Donahoe comments (7/28) [4:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I've always said training camp's for the players. It's a great experience for the fans and our marketing people do a tremendous job creating an experience for young people. Those young people who are out there, bring your parents and bring them over, because it's great. The football's great, the interactive stuff is great."

Marker Frostproof's Henry Signs With Buffalo [2:07 PM]
Lakeland Ledger reports: 'He finished his high school career with 7,224 yards and 79 touchdowns.'

Marker Henry wants to keep following trail blazed by Emmitt [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'From the time he picked up a football, Travis Henry has heard the comparisons to Emmitt Smith.'

Marker First-round pick Clements agrees to deal [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The length of the contract is believed to be about five years. Cornrich wouldn't disclose the financial terms, but said, "This is a fair deal that I think both sides are very happy with."'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2001 Pittsford Training Camp Parade [8:20 AM]
Jack Wheeler reports: 'Photos of training camp parade at Pittsford, NY on July 27th, 2001.'

Marker Bills shuttle [7:14 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"We don't want to inconvenience anybody, we really don't. We want it to be a win win for everybody involved so the best thing to do is to move the location."'

Marker Clements signs [5:43 AM]
D and C reports: \'His contract is believed to be five years in length and worth roughly $7 million. Signing bonuses for first round picks are averaging $3-4 million.\'

Marker He's making his family proud [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'He fought his way out of the Atlanta ghetto to earn that football scholarship. Now that same football scholarship is benefiting Jennings in the next phase of his life as he tries to become a pro football player for the Bills.'

Marker Youth movement includes coaches [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: '"This is football 24 hours a day, and I like that. It's what I wanted," said Aldridge, the Defensive Coordinator at Middle Tennessee State last fall. "Gregg didn't have to sell me, Gregg sold himself. That was a given a long time ago.'

Marker No snap yet for O'Leary [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Williams has instituted a policy where if a player makes a dumb mental mistake such as jumping offside, he must run a lap around the practice field.'

Marker Hundreds turn out to see Bills on parade in Pittsford [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '"As much as you love the Buffalo Bills, we love you just as much," he said.'

Marker Bickering Bills a thing of the past [5:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Here's what I believe," Williams said in a recent interview. "Everyone craves discipline. From your child at home to my child at home to these grown men here, everybody enjoys it and understanding that, everybody (with the Bills) is pulling the same rope."'

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July 27, 2001

Marker Bills sign first-round pick Nate Clements [10:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Clements was scheduled to arrive at the Bills' camp outside of Rochester, N.Y., on Friday evening, and begin practicing with the team Saturday morning.'

Marker Bills Complete Another Day Of Practice, Get Ready For Tonight's Parade [6:30 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The Bills' general manager, head coach Williams, guard Ruben Brown, and the 2001 rookies will all take part in the parade.'

Marker Bills rookies hit field in Rochester with Rob Johnson [6:29 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'I don't have a lot of tolerance for laziness or for lack of attention. I'm not going to waste anyone's time.'

Marker Knee injury keeps Spoon from Bills camp [6:17 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams seemed optimistic that middle linebacker Spoon, the team's fourth-round draft choice from North Carolina, could recover more quickly than the customary four weeks for sprained knees.'

Marker Buffalo’s move to a 4-3 defense is quite a gamble [12:06 PM]
Corning Leader reports: \'It\'s one thing to have a certain coaching philosophy, but the Bills\' personnel should have dictated that they stick with the 3-4.\'

Marker Chargers continue raiding of Bills [12:02 PM]
North County Times reports: 'What he can do is tackle. Holecek - a fifth-round pick by Chargers general manager John Butler in 1995 - had at least 100 tackles the past three years in Buffalo, including 165 last season.'

Marker Air Force vet Fisher flies high at Bills camp [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"As far as they are concerned, I'm starting from square one," Fisher said. "Now I've got to prove why they should keep me rather than why they should want to keep me around for another year."'

Marker New regime a good fit for Johnson [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clearly, Johnson and Williams have developed an affinity for one another. It is partly necessity, to be sure. If Williams is to succeed in his first head job, he needs Johnson to prove he can thrive and survive as an NFL quarterback. Williams takes every opportunity to praise him and remind everyone that he is the Bills' guy.'

Marker Autograph avoiders feel sting of Williams\' wrath [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: \'Signing autographs is mandatory for all players.\'

Marker Bills' Henry hungry to start [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'And like before, he's out to prove that someone who stands 5-feet-9 can indeed enjoy great success on a football field. At least someone who's 5-9 and 221 pounds -- a bowling ball with muscles.'

Marker Autograph dodgers draw earful [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"Oh bull," Williams screamed. "Play stupid with me and I'll run your butts out of here... . First thing will be a lunch box and a road map. I'm not messing with you guys anymore."'

Marker Two battling for punting job [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'As for Bills Coach Gregg Williams, he just wants someone competent to punt, and by the time the regular season begins, it might be Taylor, it might be Moorman, or it might be someone else.'

Marker Rookie Spoon injures knee [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Spoon, the team's fourth-round pick out of North Carolina, is expected to make the team as a backup middle linebacker where the Bills' lack depth. His injury will be evaluated more completely this morning, Coach Gregg Williams said.'

Marker Parade will honor Bills in Pittsford [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"We just thought it would be a nice way to kick off the camp and a nice way to welcome the Bills back to Pittsford," said town Supervisor Bill Carpenter. "And we wanted to thank them for choosing our community -- we're fortunate to have this experience here."'

July 26, 2001

Marker Chargers bring in another former Bills player [9:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Holecek is expected to arrive in San Diego on Monday to sign his contract and begin practicing.'

Marker Air Force commitments complete, Fisher prepared for Bills duty [9:06 PM]
AP reports: 'That the Bills have waited this long is a good sign. It helps, too, that Buffalo is in desperate need of defensive-line depth, having lost starters Bruce Smith, Marcellus Wiley and Ted Washington over the past two years. "I think I've got a great chance," Fisher said.'

Marker Johnson sees plenty of his father in Williams [9:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Johnson especially likes Williams' take-charge approach, something he said was lacking in the three previous years under Wade Phillips, who was fired last January. "I think (players) want to be disciplined. I think they want to have a leader that takes charge".'

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