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Buffalo Bills News - August 11, 2001

Marker Tasker thankful for Camp Levy [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's hard to find a flaw in the organization," he said. "They have a lot of good teachers, they're getting things installed and they've got a really good, solid plan that the players seem to believe in. They're doing it the right way."'

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August 10, 2001

Marker Team begins to focus on Rams [7:00 PM] reports: "I think this will be a good test for [us], going into the first pre-season game," coach Gregg Williams said at his press conference today. "[The Titans] played St. Louis in the second pre-season game when I was at Tennessee last year, and also we had the opportunity to practice against them in the first week of training camp, just like we did with Cleveland this past week.

Marker Pre-season offers different challenges to coaches, players [6:59 PM] reports: "For the fans, the pre-season's tough to judge. It's hard to determine exactly where your team is, but we feel our fans will see regardless of who's on the field, a well-prepared team that will play hard and with a lot of enthusiasm. I think those are the things the fans can look for as the pre-season begins to unfold."

Marker Conaty finally becomes Bills' center of attention [6:46 PM]
AP reports: '"If you know Billy, when you're in meetings with him every day for the past four years, you know that the only thing that he's lacking is experience," veteran tackle John Fina said Friday during training camp at St. John Fisher College outside of Rochester, N.Y. "As far as the calls being made, Billy can make them in his sleep."'

Marker Bills-Rams pre-season preview [12:14 PM] reports: 'The last time the Bills played a game in Orchard Park, it was one of the worst weather conditions ever seen for a Bills game, with snow, wind and ice making for a blustery afternoon in Buffalo's home finale against New England.'

Marker Training Camp Update for 08/10 [12:13 PM] reports: 'FULL SQUAD SIGNING ON FRIDAY: While there are no more Monday night
practices, the Bills would like to alert fans that there will be a total of six practice sessions between now and the end of camp when the entire team will sign autographs following the session.'

Marker Rob Johnson answers questions from users [12:12 PM] reports: 'Bills quarterback Rob Johnson answered questions e-mailed from users. Thanks to Rob for taking time out to answer the questions, as well as the fans for sending them in!'

Marker Cowart gives Bills a scare [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Sam had his back tighten up a little bit and he got hot," coach Gregg Williams said after the morning session at St. John Fisher College. "So for a precaution we said back off a little bit. He'll be fine."'

Marker Ex-Steeler happy for new opportunity as a Bill [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe was the Steelers' director of football operations while Brown was in Pittsburgh. He drafted Brown in the fifth round in 1995 out of Indiana University. During his first season, Brown played for Pittsburgh and the Arizona Cardinals, then returned to the Steelers for two seasons before being released. Brown signed with Buffalo last March.'

Marker Collins' departure means opportunities [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Everyone's helping each other out," Sheldon Jackson said. "There is no one person bad-mouthing the others. Everyone's helping each other because they do realize that there's room for the guys that are here. And we have to pull for each other to be successful in the position."'

Marker Price through paying dues [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'With the jettisoning of Wade Phillips and the entire offensive coaching staff, the straitjacket that Price played with all last year has been removed and the former Tennessee standout and Sports Illustrated cover boy expects to enjoy a breakout season in 2001.'

Marker Stiff back bothers Cowart [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Once he reached the sideline, the training staff immediately doused him with water, and a few minutes later he was carted into the locker room. Williams said Cowart was fine after practice, but as a precaution, he did nothing during the special teams workout in the afternoon.'

Marker Rookies show that Irish spirit [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think graduating from any university is an accomplishment, but Notre Dame, they did demand a lot," O'Leary said. "The transition has been easy because I came in here from a place where they disciplined you and forced things on you. I think that's paying off because in camp, you've got to have your head on straight to get through this."'

August 9, 2001

Marker Gregg Williams press conference (8/9) [8:18 PM] reports: On injuries: "Sam Cowart has his back tightened up a little bit and got hot just from the heat. Just for precaution we said back off a little bit and you’ll be fine. Nothing significant. Keith Newman had a very slight strain and again I think that was heat related too and repetition and real slight, we are going to look at what he’s doing this afternoon, Keith is having a really good camp."

Marker Rob Johnson press conference (8/9) [8:17 PM] reports: On what he wants to accomplish Sunday: "Hopefully a couple of touchdown drives. I want to go in there, go through my reads, play sharp and keep everyone healthy."

Marker Bills under the heat in Pittsford [8:15 PM] reports: With the heat this morning, linebacker Sam Cowart left practice with what coach Gregg Williams described as having "his back tightened up a little bit, and [he] got hot just from the heat." He added, "Just for precaution, we said back off a little bit and you’ll be fine."

Marker Whitman: From tight end to full back [8:14 PM] reports: 'Bills rookie Josh Whitman has been presented with some interesting changes in his first training camp for the pros. With the trade of tight end Bobby Collins to Green Bay, more opportunities are knocking for hopeful rookies such as Whitman and Notre Dame's Dan O'Leary. Whitman is keeping cool with all the competition on the practice field though.'

Marker Cowart's success tempered by tragedy [8:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Sam Cowart, the Buffalo Bills hard-hitting middle linebacker, has a soft spot for his big sister Lashawn. Her tragic death, she was gunned down by a disgruntled boyfriend in 1989, is a big reason Cowart is where he is today -- coming off his first Pro Bowl season and considered one of the game's emerging best at his position.'

Marker Back spasms down Cowart [8:01 PM]
AP reports: 'Although his back remains stiff and he's not sure if he'll practice on Friday, Cowart said it's nothing that would have kept him out of a regular season game.'

Marker Who Are These Guys? [1:24 PM]
TBD reports: Early into the opening series of last Saturday's Buffalo Bills scrimmage vs Cleveland Browns at Edinboro, it hit me like an anvil landing on Wiley Coyote.  For the first time in 15 years I could not recognize the majority of the players donning Bills jerseys.  Never mind picking out the faces out of the media guide, we are talking about simple matching of names to the jersey numbers.

Marker Bills welcome new faces to camp [1:19 PM] reports: "It started to look like [I would be moved]," Bowens said. "They drafted Jamal Reynolds, and the practice times and reps I was getting were getting reduced. I kind of thought there would be a change of scenery sooner or later, but I was happy it was sooner."

Marker Bills add to roster [1:17 PM] reports: Allen was in Bills 1999 training camp and saw action in preseason. Recently he spent the last year playing in the Arena Football League for the Buffalo Destroyers, where he played in 7 of 24 games and had 8 touchdowns for a total of 371 yards (15.5 avg.).

Marker Buffalo shuffles around under the heat [1:16 PM] reports: "We had an opportunity to improve the organization and the team, we had some depth at tight end," Williams said, comparing the situation to Buffalo's moves on Draft day. "The same thing [happened] when this came about a few days ago prior to the scrimmage, because of our depth at tight end and [Green Bay's] lack of depth. We posed back to being able to get another pass rusher in here, and it worked out for both of us that way.'

Marker Williams learns at camp [1:14 PM] reports: "Camp is actually tougher than I thought it would be, but I would rather be taking the pain right now and enjoy the benefits later," he said. Williams has his teammates and enthusiastic coaching staff to keep him going on the field in the scorching heat. "Coach Williams is a great motivator. When he notices our performance on the field it really makes us work even harder."

Marker Full-team autograph session scheduled for Friday [12:12 PM] reports: Entire squad will be available for autographs following practice which runs from 4:00-5:45 PM on Friday.

Marker Ex-Bill Bobby Collins already practing with Packers [11:46 AM]
USA Today reports: Packers: Bobby Collins ran his route and barely saw the ball from Brett Favre before it hit him in the numbers and ricocheted to the grass. Welcome to Green Bay, kid. Collins, traded from Buffalo on Tuesday for defensive end David Bowens, must adjust to Favre's strength.

Marker Jennings making waves for starting spot [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Finding a starter at right tackle was a point of emphasis for the Bills going into this summer. Midway through their second full week of camp, the issue remains unresolved.'

Marker Newcomers Bowens and Allen practice [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defensive end David Bowens, obtained from the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday for tight end Bobby Collins, passed his physical and was on the field for the afternoon practice at St. John Fisher. Also joining the afternoon practice was wide receiver Reggie Allen, a free agent from Central Michigan.'

Marker Centers eyes idea of coaching career [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, the fullback saw a two things in Buffalo that no one else could offer: The chance to play in an offense that will utilize his pass-catching skills and to get a headstart on a coaching career Centers may pursue when his playing days end.'

Marker Referees also in pre-season mode [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'New Bills Coach Gregg Williams is taking full advantage of Carroll, a field judge in his seventh NFL season; Bob Wagner, an umpire in his 17th; Doug Rosenbaum, a side judge in his first year; and Tom Johnson, a head linesman in his 20th season. Also in camp is Jim Poole, who worked two Super Bowls during his 21 years as an official and who now trains officials for the league.'

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