Bigger Than The Critics [11:12 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Buffalo Bills didn't hear the whispers that 5-foot-8 Antoine Winfield was too small to play cornerback in the NFL. Today, they're glad their hearing wasn't real sharp.'
Ceremonial Flaw [11:09 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'In his Pro Football Hall of Fame speech Saturday, Billy Shaw thanked just about everybody. Except his wife.'
Price Doesn't Look Peerless In First Training Camp But Making Progress [10:51 AM]
D & C reports: '"It's going smoothly now," Price said. Last week I was nervous and wondering if I could compete at this level. Once I got my feet wet, I became more comfortable. I picked up most of it, I'm still learning how to do the blitz pickups and the spread offense, but as soon as I get that down, I can go out and react on every play."'
Bills' Talent Hasn't Been This Deep Since '93 [10:46 AM]
D & C reports: '"Our competition level is certainly up this year," Phillips said. "Last year we needed some guys to come through and we got that so we were able to be successful. This year there's a lot of competition going in and as we've gone along here. They say during the Super Bowl years they had that kind of competition here, so that's a good positive note for us."'
Irvin And Kerner Keep The Faith, Travel Separate Roads [10:42 AM]
D & C reports: '"Sometimes the good guys don't win. That's life. But it doesn't mean you have to lose your faith," Irvin said. "Just because you've lost in the game, you don't lose in life. Marlon is probably more of a man because he believes he's going to come back. Nobody wants to go through difficulties, but that's life, too. You have to overcome things."'
Wiley Takes Another Step To Stardom [10:39 AM]
D & C reports: '"I want to be in the same situation where we can rest Bruce and we still play winning football. I'm starting to see the gray hairs coming out of (Smith's) nostrils, so it's almost my turn, but it's not there yet, I have to wait until the full beard turns gray."'
Hall Voters Have Shunned Hayes [10:31 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: An article promoting Bob Hayes (former Dallas Cowboy and a current Jacksonville resident) for the Hall Of Fame. The article includes a comment from former Cowboys president Tex Schramm (who also drafted Billy Shaw only to see Shaw sign with the Bills): "As for Billy Shaw, a Bills guard in the 1960s who was elected into the Hall of Fame this year by the Seniors Committee, Schramm said, ''You tell me what Billy Shaw did. I don't even remember who he was, and I was in the league.''"
Wideout Moulds Looking For Another Stellar Season With Bills [4:08 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'In the offseason Moulds was ordered to serve a 30-day jail term for contempt of court for delaying child support payments. Moulds, who is appealing the sentence, paid all of the back child support and complied with the other arrangements a few days before he was to go to court over the matter. He didn't dodge the issue at training camp Friday. "There were some things that happened in my past that came back against me,'' Moulds said. "It's something I have to learn from.'''
Smiles Everywhere [3:54 PM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Billy Shaw, you are the only Hall of Famer who spent his entire career in the AFL. You were always a gentleman when you played. Many of today's stars could take a lesson from you. You pumped your arms and clapped your hands Friday morning, and Friday night. Yes, you are finally here, and deservedly so.'
Winfield Can't Wait, But Bills Won't Go All Out In Scrimmage [3:46 PM]
D & C reports: '"It's not going to be exactly a scrimmage," Phillips said. "We'll go through all of our game procedures like making substitutions, things we'd do in a game. It will be physical, but we're not going to tackle them and take them to the ground. It'll be physical, but not a scrimmage per se."'
Former Bills Lineman Takes Place As Legend [3:41 PM]
D & C reports: '"Buffalo was a great place to play," he said. "The people of Buffalo are wonderful, they took this southern boy in and put their arms around me. I can't say enough for the treatment I received from the people of Buffalo."'
Ex-Jacket Entering Pro Hall [3:35 PM]
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: '[Billy Shaw] started at offensive guard and defensive tackle [at Georgia Tech] from 1958-60, earning All-SEC honors two years. He was inducted into the Tech Hall of Fame in 1979. Shaw, who was selected for induction into the Pro Hall by the veterans committee, parlayed his Tech success into a legendary career with the Bills of the fledgling American Football League. In nine seasons, Shaw was named Bills captain for eight seasons, earned first-team All-AFL honors five times and helped lead Buffalo to championships in 1964-65. All that, and his salary in each of his first two years was $11,000.'
Bills Team Report - 8/6 [12:06 PM]
The Sporting News reports:
Training Camp Photos [9:18 AM]
AP reports: Training camp photos with a smattering of Billy Shaw thrown in.
Johnson accepts Bills' QB scene [9:13 AM]
AP reports: Johnson accepts his current role, but still shows desire to show his talents.
Hall Of Fame Inductee Shaw A True Throwback [6:42 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'When [Billy] Shaw retired after the 1969 season, the Houston Oilers, who had lost both of their starting guards, made him an offer of three years for more money than he had made in all previous nine years combined. But he turned it down for reasons having nothing to do with money. "I could not envision myself putting on somebody else's uniform,'' he said. "I was a Buffalo Bill.''...Shaw also loved the [Buffalo] fans. "They were as faithful as faithful can be,'' he said.
Newsome, Mack Primed For Hall Of Fame Homecoming [6:38 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '[Tom Mack] had to wait 11 years to finally get the call to Canton, while [Billy] Shaw — a starring offensive guard for the Buffalo Bills from 1961 to 1969 — waited almost three times that. "There were only three guards in the hall. Now he and I make five,'' Shaw said. "I can't explain to you why more guards haven't made it into the Hall of Fame. But it's an honor.'''
Out Of Place [6:23 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Johnson is trying to be patient, but he can hear the clock ticking. "I want to play," he said. "I'm 26. This is going to be my fifth year, and I've started six games. It's not my decision; it's their decision," he said. "I like it here, I like the team. If they want to keep me, great. "I know there's somewhere in the league for me. If this is going to be Doug's team for years, they'll probably trade me and try to get something for me."'
New Tight End Jennings Says He'll Be A Bill [6:19 AM]
D & C reports: 'Jennings was signed after Jerry Ross left camp last weekend. Coach Wade Phillips wanted five tight ends in camp, so Jennings joined Jay Riemersma, Eric Stocz and fellow rookies Bobby Collins and Sheldon Jackson. Jennings played collegiately for Mississippi State, but he ran into academic problems and didn't play as a senior. For that reason, he went undrafted last April, but Cincinnati signed him to a free-agent contract. However, the Bengals released him before training camp, so he was available for the Bills, but regardless of what he thinks, he's a definite long shot to make the roster.'
Shuffling Of Line Proves Bills' Confidence In Hicks [6:15 AM]
D & C reports: '"I have enough confidence that we have three tackles (including left tackle John Fina) who are strong enough to play and you always have Jerry as the fourth," Phillips said yesterday. "If Hicks was ready but Spriggs wasn't, then we don't have enough guys and we don't make the move. But it was a combination of both those guys doing well enough. Last year, we weren't in that position."'
The Last Word [7:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Phillips has cultivated some depth at a variety of positions but, as always, how far the Bills go will depend largely on overall team health. It's the same for virtually every team in the league -- injuries tell the tale.'
Bills' Wiley Has Charges Dropped [6:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Wiley and his girlfriend filed charges against one another in Orchard Park Town Court following a domestic dispute in May, but each dropped the charges in court Tuesday.'
Back In The Backfield [6:31 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Bills' concern over Smith's condition has ranged from borderline panic to relaxed optimism. Wade Phillips used the word "chronic" in describing the injury earlier in the week, but Wednesday said he was expecting Smith back. He couldn't say when.'
Bills Won't Use Thomas To Replace Smith [6:27 AM]
D & C reports: 'Asked if he could return to full-time duty after settling into a speciality back role, Thomas, 33, said he'd do it but warned he'd be shot by mid-season. "I'm not ready to go back to full time," said the man who is ninth on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 11,786 yards. "I like the role I'm in, not all beat up and unable to practice until Thursdays. "If I have to play full time, go 60 or 70 plays, I'm ready to try early in the season but once it gets late in the year, I'd have to cut back and rest. It's just because of my age and I've been hit so much in 12 years. It's just the way it is, like a Marcus Allen."'
Bills, 'O' Marks The Spot On The Line [6:22 AM]
D & C reports: 'This season, second-year tackle Robert Hicks and third-year man Marcus Spriggs have demonstrated they're ready to contribute more than shade. Their readiness convinced the coaching staff it was time to reshuffle the deck and find the best starting five. That means the 325-pound Ostroski, one of the strongest players on the Bills, replaces the 298-pound Zeigler, who has struggled for two seasons at center against ever-enlarging nose tackles. It means Hicks, a mammoth 6-7, 340-pounder in the mold of Howard "House" Ballard goes in at right tackle, with the 315-pound Spriggs, presently nursing a hip flexor injury, there to push him. "I think it's a good combination," coach Wade Phillips said. "I wasn't positive we had the best five out there (before). We'll see if that's the case now."'
Running Back Not A Healthy Issue For Bills [1:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: "There are two nightmarish injuries for football players who are in running positions. Groin pulls and hamstring strains are the worst kind of physical woes for running backs, wideouts, defensive backs and linebackers. And, suddenly, the Bills’ interest in wayward running back Lawrence Phillips is understandable. It was an horrendous public relations decision, given Phillips low-character history. But it spoke volumes about the Bills’ concern over Smith’s health."
Versatile Ostroski Moves From Tackle Spot To Center [6:29 AM]
D & C reports: '"We brought Jerry back because he's a good player and he's versatile enough to play a lot of postions. In this case, it can really help us," Phillips said. "But there were a lot of factors. Hicks and Spriggs have looked good. Last year, no way could we do this. We didn't even know who the backups would be. But we're trying to get a starting unit, the best five, together and give it time to jell."'
Bills' QB Showdown [6:25 AM]
D & C reports: '"I prefer to stay here, but sure, I'd love to play somewhere else if Doug's going to be the man here for a long time," Johnson said. "This year will tell a lot. Salary cap wise, I'm sure they can keep us both another year and be fine but after that it'll get tough and I know, from talking to people, there are three or four spots out there where I could start. But they have me for five years if they want. We'll see. I don't worry about it now. I'm happy. I'm fine."'
Bruce On The Loose [6:19 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"We have some exciting new players and some who have been here a while and are ready to blossom," Smith said. "And we have some older players who just seem to keep getting better and better."
Bills Team Report - 8/3 [12:06 PM]
The Sporting News reports:
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