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Buffalo Bills News - August 16, 2001

Marker Tale of the Tape, St. Louis versus Buffalo [7:55 AM]
TBD reports: 'Full contact NFL football is back. The Bills versus St. Louis matched the great offense of the Rams against a rebuilding and retooling Buffalo club. St. Louis carried the additional advantage of a full contact pre-season match the previous week."

Marker Johnson rests fretful finger [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though an X-ray and a magnetic resonance imaging exam Tuesday night did not show a fracture, the swelling and pain Johnson has are real, so Williams decided to sit him out of yesterday's and today's practices.'

Marker Pataki loves N.Y. and Bills [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: '"We're proud to have the Giants practice in Albany and we're proud to have the Jets practice in Hempstead, but the Bills are New York's team, so I cheer for the Bills," Pataki said yesterday, when he arrived just as the afternoon training camp practice was ending at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Bills' focus is special teams [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'In rebuilding this segment of the team, new coach Gregg Williams is devoting two assistant coaches and full practice sessions to special teams.'

Marker Crosby continues to chase dream [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'He carried the ball just 10 times his entire senior season at Tennessee, was cut by the Buffalo Bills last summer and couldn't even hook on with an XFL team over the winter. So why in the world is Phillip Crosby back in training camp at St. John Fisher College?'

Marker Punters told 'hang it up' [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams was pleased but he wants to see more hang time out of his candidates for the punting job made available when Chris Mohr was cut.'

Marker Nails adds depth at offensive line [5:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Nails, listed at 6-6 and 360 pounds, is versatile, having played tackle at Florida A&M, but he will compete exclusively at guard for Miami.'

Marker Dolphins sign Jamie Nails [5:36 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Nails, who spent the past four seasons with the Bills, visited the Dolphins two weeks ago but reportedly wasn't signed because of his weight. The 6-foot-6 former Florida A&M standout weighed in at 360 pounds on Wednesday.'

Marker Left tackle a concern [5:36 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Nails worked out for the Dolphins on Aug. 2, but the club wanted to see him get in better shape before signing him. He dropped 12 pounds -- down to 360 -- and agreed to a one-year deal worth $477,000.'

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August 15, 2001

Marker 5th Down: A star at walking the line [10:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In college at Pittsburgh, Brown had been recruited as a defensive lineman. He was switched during his freshman season because, as Brown recalled, his position coach said, "I cannot handle this guy. Hes totally uncontrollable. Either he goes or I go." '

Marker Bills offer back-to-school promotions [10:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills announced a special "Back-to-School" promotion for the team's August 18th preseason game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Bills-Eagles pre-season preview [10:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills host the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday night in their second pre-season game of 2001, and the second straight year Buffalo has taken on coach Andy Reid's Eagles in the pre-season.'

Marker New NFL schedule could bring Flutie back to Buffalo in 2002 [8:40 PM]
AP reports: 'For example, because of quirks in the former scheduling system, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have never played in Buffalo. Under the new format, the Buccaneers are scheduled to travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2009.'

Marker Johnson to miss two days with injured index finger [4:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Quarterback Rob Johnson will miss at least two days of practice after spraining the index finger of his right, throwing hand.'

Marker Dolphins sign guard Jamie Nails [4:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Looking for offensive line depth, the Miami Dolphins signed former Buffalo Bills guard Jamie Nails on Wednesday.'

Marker Bills opponents through 2009 [3:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Just in case some of us like to plan that far in advance!!

Marker Bruce Smith sidelined 2-6 weeks [12:12 PM]
Washington Post reports: He may miss the reminder of camp but will be ready for season opener. What a surprise. The same old show, just on a different channel....

Marker Carpenter bids to nail starting safety job [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And now, Carpenter's fighting spirit has elevated him from roster long shot as an undrafted rookie to a vital member of the Bills' defense.'

Marker Hurt finger puts Johnson in a jam [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson will be held out of today's morning practice, but might return for the afternoon session. For the moment, he is expected to start Saturday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Johnson reinjures finger in practice [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'While Johnson was taken quickly to the locker room for treatment and was not made available to the media, it appears his latest injury wasn't as serious as it looked and he will play in Saturday's preseason game against Philadelphia at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Bills' free spirit Jackson gets job done with style [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'Budding tattoo artist. Owner of painted finger nails. Cultivator of creative facial hair designs, like the 6-inch goatee that wanted desperately out of his chin strap.'

Marker Alexander the journeyman [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'Right now he's best known to fans as "the guy wearing Jonathan Linton's old jersey (No. 35)," not Alabama's best back in 1997 that was a fourth-round pick by the Super Bowl champion Broncos in the 1998 draft.'

Marker Flowers hurts knee vs. Rams [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flowers was hit on the knee on a cut block and had "significant swelling," coach Gregg Williams said. "All indications are that things will be fine."'

August 14, 2001

Marker Bills return to work, get a bit of a scare [9:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills returned to practice Tuesday afternoon following Sunday's game with the Rams, and they got a little bit of a scare when quarterback Rob Johnson left practice early after suffering an injury in drills. However, coach Gregg Williams said his injury wasn't serious and wouldn't keep Johnson out for a significant length of time.'

Marker Quarterback's wince gives Bills a scare [8:51 PM]
AP reports: '"It looks like Rob banged that jammed (index) finger again," Williams said. "We'll go ahead and treat it and ice it. After a good practice today, we were going to hold him out tomorrow anyway."'

Marker Price turns fearless in quest to be peerless [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It shows that he has some confidence in me," Price said. "Coach Williams and I have a great relationship. He's on me a lot. He wants me to perform well. He thinks that I can perform at a high level, and that's basically what he was throwing out there. It's time for me to step up and have a big year."'

August 13, 2001

Marker Bills regroup after preseason-opening loss [7:55 PM]
AP reports: '"Overall, we have a lot to work on and point to next week," Williams said as Buffalo resumes practicing at St. John Fisher College outside of Rochester, N.Y., on Tuesday. "We have to go back to training camp and concentrate on correcting the little things."'

Marker Rookies Henry and O'Leary step up [5:47 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With a new West Coast Offensive scheme under head Coach Gregg Williams and a new starting quarterback , Rob Johnson, it seems things are about to change for the Buffalo Bills. The players that will stand out and make the Bills final roster are the ones who step up here in the preseason.'

Marker Quotes from game [5:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "For sure you can see that there were too many negative plays here to start the ballgame out and throughout the ballgame. That's not the way we like to play. I thought that I saw some good positive things to build on. I thought I saw Travis Henry run the ball pretty effectively."

Marker Bills first round draft pick answers fans [5:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I feel naturally I play aggressive, a lot of people say I play too aggressive. Naturally playing aggressive will help me to fit in to a solid defense.'

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