Billy Shaw has made it to the Hall of Fame [4:40 PM]
No Guarantees [7:23 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"I have to use this camp to prepare to be the starter," Flutie said. "I've got to perform. There's no security in this profession, and Rob's one hell of a quarterback."'
Wakeup Call [7:18 AM]
Fox Sports reports: "Propelled by rigorous workouts and guided by countless hours of studying tape with running backs coach Bishop Harris, Smith is determined to prove that Buffalo made the right choice when it drafted the former University of Houston star in the first round in 1997."
Smith Fired Up For Bills Camp [6:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: "When Buffalo running back Antowain Smith heard that the Bills were taking a serious look at troubled Lawrence Phillips during the off-season, he got moving. He woke up early to lift weights. He went running in the searing heat of Houston's summer afternoons. He peeled the skin off chicken and piled vegetables on his plate. "They were trying to tell me something," said Smith, who gained a respectable but unspectacular 1,124 yards last season while averaging what for him was a disappointing 3.8 yards per carry."
Tight End Candidate Leaves Camp; Reed Checks In Late [6:41 AM]
D & C reports: "Jerry [Ross] worked real hard in the off-season and I thought he was committed to playing. But he said his heart wasn't in it and you have to respect that," Phillips said. "If your heart isn't in this game, you're in trouble, so it's best he did leave."
Monumental Washington Stresses Conditioning [6:39 AM]
D & C reports: "This year I have some goals to attain and I'm going to go and try to get 'em," said Washington, who despite a second straight trip to the Pro Bowl is coming off a season in which his pants size overshadowed his immense talent. "I didn't think I had a good season last year and I want to try and get back to where I was in '97."
Bills Training Scout To Find More Unheralded Players [6:32 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: "In scouting you're seeing the future of a team right in front of you," [Dennis Abraham, a Bills' scouting assistant who dreams of one day becoming a full-fledged scout] says. "You get to see the future stars of the NFL, and you're going to hit or miss on them, that's the challenge. Everybody can scout the big superstars. But it's a big challenge to find the Phil Hansens, the House Ballards. That's how Buffalo really set itself in the early '90s and late '80s. It really set itself on that. We have the best scouting staff in the NFL, bar none."
Stadium Renovations Expected To Be On Budget [6:15 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: "On time. On budget. Those might be the most important terms in any construction project and they fit perfectly with the $63.25 million retrofitting of Ralph Wilson Stadium."
Bills' Flutie Starting QB For Now [10:23 AM]
AP reports: '"I have to use this camp to prepare to be the starter," Flutie said. "I've got to perform. There's no security in this profession, and Rob's one hell of a quarterback."'
For Buffalo Bills Junkies, Even Practice Is Perfect [10:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: "Among the features at this year’s training camp are new sideline seating with bleachers closer to the field, interactive games from the Buffalo Bills’ Experience, a Wegman’s booth with five holes of miniature golf, booths doing face-painting and temporary tattoos, a Jills’ booth with the team’s cheerleaders and a collectors’ corner for purchasing cards and sports memorabilia."
Wade Brews QB Controversy in Buffalo [9:33 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'If the season opened today, Phillips said Flutie would start because that's the way '98 ended. "But we're not playing today," Phillips said. "Doug made the Pro Bowl and he deserved it. And the other guy didn't do anything wrong. I want to give Rob an opportunity to play."'
Bills Rookies In Camp On Time [8:41 AM]
D & C reports: "For a seventh straight year, general manager John Butler got all the team's draft picks signed on time."
Bills' Smith Out To Prove He's 'The No. 1 Man' [8:39 AM]
D & C reports: '"Of course it caused me some concern," Smith said about Buffalo's serious effort to land Phillips. "Maybe it sent a message to me that they aren't as happy with me as they need to be. I just took it upon myself not to worry about it. He's a great athlete, I can't take nothing from him, but I don't consider myself a slouch. Basically, it gave me some incentive to come out here and work hard and show them they don't need anybody else, that I'm the No. 1 man."'
Photo of Bruce Smith at training camp [12:10 AM]
Flutie signs autograph at camp (photo) [12:08 AM]
Doug Flutie photo from training camp [12:08 AM]
Rob Johnson Photo from Training Camp [12:07 AM]
Go Camping With The Bills [9:09 AM]
D & C reports: 1999 Training Camp Facts
Bills Say Nucleus Is In Place [9:08 AM]
D & C reports: "I know we started 0-3 (last year), but we weren't the same team once we started winning," Phillips said. "If we can regain that . . . with the same players, and hope to get better, if we do that, we'll be awfully strong."
Bills, Reed On Verge Of New Deal [9:06 AM]
D & C reports: "It's believed general manager John Butler and agent Jack Wirth hammered out a one-year extension, tying Reed to the Bills through 2001. A bonus could double Reed's 1999 pay, set at $1.3 million, and the extra year will provide the Bills salary cap room."
Reed signs new contract! [3:06 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Wooohooooo!
Bills Team Report - 7/30 [12:06 PM]
The Sporting News reports:
Bills open training camp on Saturday [10:01 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: It's finally here! After being deprived of real football for months, we can now drink up!
Bills announce formation of "Jamestown Club" [10:00 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: Bills are finally marketing regionally. Lets hope this type of smart marketing keeps the Bills in Buffalo for at least another 40 years.
Reed A Holdout Unless Bills Pay Him More [6:19 AM]
D & C reports: "On his own team, the 35-year-old Reed has seen teammates with much less time and contributions to the Bills soar past him on the salary chart. This off-season, 36-year-old quarterback Doug Flutie, tackle Jerry Ostroski and cornerback Ken Irvin were given deals averaging $5.5 million, $3.125 million and $2.7 million."
Flutie Flaunts His Talent With Drums [7:14 AM]
D & C reports: Buffalo has a multi-talented QB in Flutie. He certainly has the ability to improvise!
Unnecessary Roughness [1:41 PM]
St. Catharines Standard reports: "If the bars are knowingly breaking the law by bringing in the TV signal by false pretenses, that is a crime. But to use bully tactics to seek penalties of an enormity which could cause these businesses to close up shop is overkill."
McKenzie and Smerlas win Service Award [11:38 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: Those of us who are old enough to remember McKenzie and Freddy know that these awards are very well deserved.
Bills sign three draft picks [11:37 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: With these 3 signings, Buffalo has 6 of 9 picks signed.
Walsh Insists RB Is Matured [7:05 AM]
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports: "The Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers were also interested in [Lawrence] Phillips, but he chose the 49ers because, he said, the chances are better to immediately break into the starting lineup."
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