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Buffalo Bills News - July 10, 2001

Marker Offensive burden falls on Johnson [10:15 AM]
The Sporting News reports: How the Bills will adjust to a new offense and a new coaching staff. After several lackluster offensive seasons under Wade Phillips, new coach Gregg Williams hopes to open things up.
He hired Mike Sheppard as his offensive coordinator, and Sheppard is installing the potentially explosive West Coast offense.

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July 9, 2001

Marker Ruben Brown Football Camp for Kids [11:34 PM] reports: 'Bills all-pro guard RUBEN BROWN will host a group of 150 youngsters from the Salvation Army at the inaugural "Ruben Brown Football Camp for Kids," sponsored by the Adam's Mark Hotel. The event will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10, at Ralph Wilson Stadium from 1:00-5:00 PM.'

July 8, 2001

Marker AFC East still open as camps start [6:55 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Some veteran Bills felt Phillips squandered what was a potential Super Bowl team when he took over for Marv Levy. Hoping to reach those heights this year is folly.'

July 6, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills 2000 Highlight Film [9:13 PM]
ESPN reports: The Buffalo Bills 2000 Highlight Film will be shown on ESPN2 at 6:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, July 7th. Repeats on Monday, July 9th on ESPN2 at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, July 22nd on ESPN2 at 3:30 a.m.

Marker Tim Hasselbeck hears from the fans! [4:08 PM] reports: poster, Bill Race, submitted this to Tim:

'A Buffalo Bills game is more than just a game, it is an experience. It starts meeting friends in the parking lot, shoot the breeze, look at all the impossible fan activities going on and fixing a fine lunch to share.

Next, off to the game at 12:15, meet more old friends inside. Now for a great game.

The Bills always win (almost). Back to the parking lot to rehash the game, moan about the officials and another meal. What did I like best??? …..The atmosphere!!!'

Marker Get to know … Tim Hasselbeck [4:05 PM] reports: 'Rookie quarterback Tim Hasselbeck recently sat down with to answer a few questions about his adjustment to Buffalo...'

Marker Crowded Backfields Abound in NFL [3:45 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'The rookie, Henry, has the best chance to be a first- and second-down back. He's a very powerful runner with a low center of gravity and tremendous desire. On the other hand, Morris is a terrific receiver with good run skills, adequate speed and very good balance and body control but questionable durability. Bryson has the best speed of the three and is a breakaway threat, but he also has the fewest run skills. Hands-wise, Bryson's between Henry and Morris.'

July 5, 2001

Marker Salary cap status of all 31 teams [3:24 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo Bills: $1.28 million.

Marker Marv Levy retirement speech [3:21 PM] reports: 'FLASHBACK: The following is a transcript of the speech Bills coach Marv Levy delivered at his retirement press conference on Dec. 31, 1997.'

Marker Bills draftee writes about returning home [3:19 PM] reports: 'Buffalo Bills third-round pick Jonas Jennings is entering his first season in the NFL following a standout career at the University of Georgia. Jennings will be sharing his thoughts on his first season throughout the year on You can also see his last report from the end of June Team Camp.'

Marker NFL needs to carefully enforce new rules [3:14 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Better sportsmanship will be emphasized, and the officials will be the police. If a player taunts, the referee will march off a 15-yard penalty. Sack dances, spikes, home run swings, incredible hulk type motions, ball spinning and military salutes aimed at opponents or benches will result in 15-yard penalties.'

Marker Negotiating contracts is the ultimate off-field game [10:07 AM] reports: Right now, McGee (agent from Peerless Price) and Jim Overdorf, the Bills' contract negotiator, are currently working on a deal to sign Henry. "Contracts are all about timing and patience," McGee says. "Like with Travis Henry, I want to get something done; it's just difficult at this time."

July 4, 2001

Marker How a Buffalo Bill Celebrates the 4th of July [3:42 PM] reports: 'The 4th of July is a time to enjoy fireworks, barbecues, family and friends. The Buffalo Bills use the holiday to appreciate their time at home. After all, these are their days to relax before the stress and hard work of training camp kick in at the end of the month. Some of the Bills prefer to stay low key and watch fireworks at home with their family.'

Marker Season of hope: Speculation about to give way to reality [3:40 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'QB Rob Johnson -- The Bills made the right decision in making Johnson their starter and letting Doug Flutie walk. Now it's time for Johnson to show that he can be a legitimate starter. He has all the tools, but he has had trouble staying healthy, some say because he holds the ball far too long. That's a criticism to some, but isn't that also an indication of his desire to make a play? Now that the Bills have adopted a version of the West Coast offense, Johnson should have a better chance of staying healthy. Plus, he doesn't have to worry about the pain from all the knives in his back courtesy of Flutie.'

Marker Coach Williams' praise of Peerless last night ... [11:25 AM] reports: 'Williams' was really excited about our offense. He said that we had so many weapons that teams are going to have a real hard time defending the field. He was especially high on Centers, Riemersma, and Moulds. He said that Peerless has been impressive in camp, but he has to take his game to a higher level this year. He said that he expected great things from him.'

Marker Ranking QB units from top to bottom [9:37 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 26. Bills. This is Rob Johnson's team after the departure of Flutie. Johnson was a better fit for the new offense, but now he must stay healthy. Backup support comes from Alex Van Pelt, Pete Gonzalez and Tim Hasselbeck.

July 3, 2001

Marker Desktop Wallpaper: July 2001 Edition [10:28 PM]
TBD reports: Download great Buffalo Bills artwork to use as wallpaper for your PC. It includes a calendar and best of all it is free!

Marker Bills consider switching turfs [8:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe added that because of Buffalo's harsh winters, it's unlikely that the Bills would choose natural grass.'

Marker Tim Hasselbeck wants to hear from the fans! [2:37 PM] reports: 'Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck wants to hear from the fans, and he wants to know your opinion about what your favorite part of game days at Ralph Wilson Stadium! To let Tim know what you like most about coming to Bills games, just drop him an e-mail and let him know!'

Marker 1995 scores another upset win, advances to final four [2:35 PM] reports: 'Continuing their string of upsets, the 13th seeded 1995 Buffalo Bills defeated the 5th seeded 1993 Bills 22-6 in the last Elite Eight quarterfinal game of the Super Bills Tournament.'

Marker Rookie Symposium serious business [2:34 PM] reports: 'On the surface, it's a great way to make a living, playing football for hundreds of thousands of dollars (perhaps millions) in the National Football League. The money, the fame, the adoring fans… However, there can be a dark side to the glory. Young rookies, starry-eyed after their being drafted and reporting to their first team camps, were asked to open their eyes last week.'

Marker Kelly, Levy and Smerlas using their heads to fill stadium [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In looking across the leagues at the incredible interest in bobbleheads, this seemed like the perfect year to jump in," said Russ Brandon, Bills vice president, business development and marketing.'

Marker Wegmans giving Bills bobbleheads [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'And starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, bobbleheads of ex-quarterback Jim Kelly, former coach Marv Levy and ex-defensive lineman Fred Smerlas will be available for Buffalo Bills fans who purchase a pair of tickets at Wegmans Food Markets Inc. to one of three selected 2001 games.'

July 2, 2001

Marker It's now their call: Head ref Seeman passes torch [10:44 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'It can be safely said that no one loves and appreciates game officials of any sport more than Jerry Seeman. And when he retires this week and returns home, he will leave with obvious sadness. He has had a no-win job -- who really ever embraces officials even when they are right?'

Marker You blew it: The worst calls in NFL history [6:27 PM]
Sporting News reports: Two terrible calls mentioned - Don Beebe stepping out in Bills-Oilers AFC playoff game and the 'lateral' in the Titans-Bills playoff game.

The Bills-Patriots game with multiple errors was mentioned as well.

Marker Robert Hicks and the Bills OL [6:13 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Still is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the Buffalo Bills offensive line, a unit that slipped dramatically in 2000. One exclamation point amid the question marks that exist, however, has been the offseason dedication of fourth-year tackle Robert Hicks, a prototype rightside power blocker who lost his focus and then his starting position a year ago.

Marker Bills cut three UDFA's [6:07 PM]
AP reports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills released three players, all recently-signed free agents, on Monday.

The Bills cut wide receivers Stephen Campbell and Teddy Johnson and long-snapper Ryan Diepenbrock. All three were signed last April. The
moves come less than a month before the start of training camp.

Marker Jim Kelly answers emails [1:53 PM] reports: 'This week, caught up with former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly at his Football Camp.'

Marker 2001 NFL Strength of Schedule [1:51 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Buffalo plays the 27th hardest schedule according to last year's results. The opponents had a combined record of 120-136 (0.469) in 2000. The Bills will play 8 games against teams with +0.500 records and 5 games against playoff teams.'

July 1, 2001

Marker Bills alumni remember team's best receivers [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The ex-Bills are conducting a poll, open to fans, to determine the 10 best wide receivers in the history of the franchise.'

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