Dr Z's comments on Bills, Johnson, OL & Gregg Williams [12:52 AM]
CNN/SI reports: It looks like this is the year they find out about Rob Johnson because he'll count $10 million against the cap next season and they either have to re-sign him or let him go. ... Do I think Johnson will put them over the top? No. Do I think they have a chance for anything at all? Possibly, because I like Gregg Williams so much and think their defense will be good.
Last of three auditions for Bengals QBs, Bills RBs [6:16 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills are doing the same thing at running back that the Bengals are doing with their quarterbacks -- waiting until the last week to make a choice.'
Thankless job has plenty of takers [10:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peerless Price and Avion Black insist they aren't fighting for the same job, and you can't blame them. After all, how many people actually aspire to become a punt returner in the National Football League?'
Pittsford's nice, but there's no place like Orchard Park [10:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills were relieved to be home Thursday after spending most of the previous four weeks sleeping in dormitories and attending meetings at St. John Fisher College.'
Join the GoBills! Office Pool [9:07 AM]
TBD reports: For the 3rd year in row, TBD will bring fans together for the annual pick 'em contest. This season we will host the contest on CBS Sportsline. Just sign-up at the link above. The group password is "gobills". Come join us!
Bengals pick up LB Moore [9:06 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"We've seen him play. We like his speed. We think he's got a chance to be a top-flight (speed) pass rusher," coach Dick LeBeau said. "If he can get to the quarterback, we'll have a spot for him."'
New signee to face old team very quickly [9:05 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The Bengals are hoping linebacker Corey Moore has a little revenge on his mind Saturday. Especially since his Bengals debut will come against Buffalo, the team that just cut him Wednesday. ''It's going to be just line him up and say, "Sic 'em,' '' Jim Lippincott, one of the Bengals' directors of pro/college personnel said of Moore, who was acquired off waivers Thursday.'
Bengals pick up onetime college star [9:04 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The Bengals assume Moore's Buffalo contract, which means Cincinnati is liable for his relatively low $289,000 base salary only if he makes the team.'
Backup Van Pelt earns Bills' trust [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: '"We've known for several years here in Buffalo with Alex backing up that he can go in and win games for us just like anybody else can," Riemersma said.'
No time to smell the roses [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Corey Hulsey will be glad to know that the majority of Buffalo Bills fans responding to a team Web site poll want him to start at right guard.'
Bryson hurt [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'Rookie Travis Henry worked out for the first time since injuring his groin against Philadelphia last week, but Shawn Bryson suffered a sprained ankle and probably won't play tomorrow at Cincinnati.'
Bengals claim Moore, Smith doubtful against Bills [5:09 AM]
AP reports: 'Linebacker Corey Moore was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, a day after he was released by the Buffalo Bills.'
Even I am getting a little aggravated... [10:56 PM]
StadiumWall.com reports: "Maybe I am the only one who doesn't understand why it was GOOD to release Corey Moore. From day one he has provided a nice push from whichever side he has rushed at nearly every opportunity. I am disappointed with Williams/Donahoe for moving this guy to the middle, his third position in two years, and then scarcely giving him a look in games before cutting him."
Henry returns; Bryson sprains ankle [8:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Bryson was to be evaluated later in the day after which his status would be determined for Saturday's preseason game at Cincinnati, coach Gregg Williams said. Bryson was hurt during a running play when he fell and wound up at the bottom of a pile, eventually requiring help to leave the field.'
Hard work, busy schedule paying off for Hulsey [7:56 PM]
AP reports: 'In the course of a year, the offensive lineman has gone from Buffalo's practice squad, to jetting across the Atlantic to play in NFL Europe, before returning to take part in Bills training camp this past month.'
5th Down: A postcard from Europe [4:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Christie, who travels to Scotland every off-season, affirms that Europeans don't pay a lot of attention to American football. "They're not that interested; they don't care about it that much," he said. "They see it in the wee hours of the morning, 2 or 3 in the morning. They'll stay up and watch the Super Bowl, but that's about it. Soccer is that game, and they're fanatics."
Jennifer: Jill of the Week! [3:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Our director, Nancy,requires each Jill to perform 25 hours of community service each year. Last year I did 60 and actually received an award at our end of year banquet for the Jill who did the most community service. I think it is great that she requires us to do this and I have had many rewarding experiences.'
Moorman has leg up on Bills' punting job [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' punting and kickoff jobs appear to be Moorman's to lose after the team released his only competition, Jay Taylor, on Wednesday. Moorman, NFL Europe's leading punter the last two springs, has never played in a regular-season NFL game.'
Haddad case: Another gaffe for Ronnie [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hey, what do you say we kick around Ronnie Jones, just for old times' sake?'
Brass pleased as first phase of camp ends [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was the second Bills camp in suburban Rochester, but the first for Donahoe and Williams, both of whom were impressed by the operation.'
Williams speaks at the end of camp [7:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We wanted to come out relatively injury-free. As you look across the league, I think we did that. We did have one injury with Jerry [Ostroski] here this past week. He's coming along well in that respect, but in the whole, we came out of camp with the tempo we had, the aggressiveness we had, relatively injury-free."
New-look Bills likely not better [7:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The much-anticipated countdown to NFL 2001 has begun in Buffalo. In 18 days, on Sept. 9 vs. the Saints, the Gregg Williams era of Bills football begins at the Ralph. What it all means, nobody knows. But, to start the season, it likely won't be pretty.'
Texas Bill-board [7:10 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, assistant secondary coach Steve Jackson and quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe give the Bills seven coaches with Houston-area connections. "We're like a family," said Thomas, who coached with Indianapolis after he left Houston and was in private business when Williams called to offer a job. "Not only has Gregg put together a hell of a staff, but we've got the kind of camaraderie that can take years to build."'
Team bids Fisher adieu but camp's not over yet [5:43 AM]
D and C reports: '"Typically, the last practice of camp is sloppy and a mishmash because focus and concentration is someplace else, but I think you saw today it wasn't," he said. "They came out today with an attitude to get a lot done in practice and it may have been one of our better ones today."'
Saying their goodbyes [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Quarterback Jack Hawley had about 10 hours of sheer joy yesterday. And then it wore off in a hurry.'
Confident but still very raw [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Confidence is not a problem for either Schobel or Edwards. The question is, when will that confidence start manifesting itself into meaningful production?'
Bills camp crowds off 30% [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'Next summer will be the third of the five-year deal with Fisher. The team will most likely hold more night practices and will explore hosting a scrimmage, said Russ Brandon, vice president of business development and marketing. "We always take a look at opportunities to make camp better and obviously that (a scrimmage) would be exciting," he said.'
Henry could play Saturday [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Rookie running back Travis Henry sat out his third straight day of practice because of a slight groin injury, but coach Gregg Williams said Henry could return to practice today when the Bills resume workouts at Orchard Park. "Travis probably could have gone today, and I really anticipate him going tomorrow, and if he comes through that practice OK, he'll play some this week," Williams said.'
Life at top has been topsy-turvy for Bills' Johnson [5:39 AM]
USA Today reports: 'After 3 years of being embroiled with popular Doug Flutie in a quarterback controversy that turned ugly, can Johnson ever win over Bills fans now that his archrival is gone?'
Bills claim QB Travis Brown released by Seattle Seahawks [11:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 24-year-old Brown signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2000 and spent the beginning of last season on Seattle’s practice squad before being elevated to the active roster on Nov. 21. He played in one game for the Seahawks last season.
In 2000 Mike Sheppard, Bills OC, was the quarterbacks coach for the Seahawks.
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