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Buffalo Bills News - June 14, 2001

Marker Bills united as they wrap up minicamp [8:29 PM]
AP reports: 'If the new year began with turmoil and uncertainty following a major front-office purge, the new executive group headed by president Tom Donahoe and rookie head coach Gregg Williams appear to have steadied the Bills' ship.'

Marker Bills' Williams maximizing mini-camps [1:32 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Williams' no-nonsense approach has gotten the attention of the young Bills, desperate for some discipline after the laid-back posture of his predecessor, Wade Phillips. He meticulously checks attendance at the "voluntary" workouts, using them as a yardstick for a player's commitment to the team.'

Marker Moore apologizes for incidents [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moore, 24, apologized to the organization and his teammates because he believes his recent legal problems have been a distraction. Moore met with Bills coach Gregg Williams for 45 minutes following the team's two-hour minicamp workout on Wednesday.'

Marker Moore returns to Buffalo for mini-camp practice [5:44 AM]
D and C reports: '"What happens, happens," he said. "Coach Williams controls if I make this team or not."'

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June 13, 2001

Marker Bills sign Williams [8:25 PM]
AP reports: 'Vanderbilt defensive back Jimmy Williams became the latest in the string of draft picks to sign with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Moore finally arrives at Buffalo minicamp [4:29 PM]
AP reports: '"I want to apologize to the entire Buffalo Bills organization," Moore said Wednesday. "In my heart, I feel I have been a distraction."'

Marker New England claims CB Ray Hill [4:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Hill was re-signed by the Bills as a free agent Nov. 22, 2000, and waived on June 1.'

Marker Camp is a scream for Clements [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"All rookies come in thinking they own the world, and they don't," Williams said. "Not around me, they don't. He's going to have to earn it. These guys are expecting him to earn it. You have to learn it's a different gear, so I always like picking on him."'

Marker Schobel hopes for a taste of life in NFL [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Coming from high school to college it was a lot faster and I had to work a lot harder to get where the older guys were at that point, just to play at their level," Aaron said. "Somehow I got there and then I got a little faster than everyone else, played a little faster. Now I'm here and I'm hoping I can catch up and maybe even get ahead and then this won't seem so fast."'

Marker Moore charged with assault; hearing date set [6:58 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: '"We went to court today and we asked to have the hearing today, but Jeremiah Taylor (the alleged victim) said he had witnesses," said Jim Haywood, Moore's attorney. "So it was moved off until August."'

Marker Flight of Flutie a cool relief to Johnson [6:26 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Last year, you'd get about three or four 'uhs' before the play came (in the headset)," Johnson said. "A lot of the time you don't get a lot of confidence as a quarterback when that's what's coming out of the huddle. "I don't want to knock who was here in the past but Doug would tell you the same thing. We would get the play with 12 seconds left. You can't audible, you can't think."'

June 12, 2001

Marker Chiefs sign free agent guard Victor Allotey [9:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Allotey, selected in the second round of the 1998 draft by Buffalo, had been on the Bills' roster the past three seasons but did not appear in any regular-season games.'

Marker Bills sign Conaty, two draft picks [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Conaty, a restricted free agent, returns for his fifth season with the Bills after accepting the team's tender offer. Terms of the deal were not released. Conaty made a base salary of $385,000 last season.'

Marker Irvin out after pulling left hamstring in Bills minicamp [9:25 PM]
AP reports: 'Irvin said the Bills training staff told him that he would be fully recovered within two weeks and ready for training camp, which opens July 29.'

Marker Bills sign Brandon Spoon [12:28 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "Just one day after announcing the signings of three draft choices, the Buffalo Bills immediately got back to the negotiating table Tuesday by reaching an agreement with fourth-round selection Brandon Spoon, a linebacker from North Carolina. "

Marker Upward spiral [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Finally backed by a coaching staff that completely supports him, Johnson seems at peace with himself for the first time since arriving in Buffalo.'

Marker Practice makes perfect, even outdoors [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams said on Monday that the team is going to practice outdoors, even in November and December, until "it's so bad we can't be outdoors at all."'

Marker Holecek has fierce acts to follow [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Holecek said the Bills can still be a dominating defense, despite the absence of Ted Washington, Marcellus Wiley and Sam Rogers. But they are not deep, and the backups are very young. They cannot afford any serious injuries.'

June 11, 2001

Marker Competition heats up for Bills starting tailback job [9:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Now it's up to Morris, Shawn Bryson and second-round draft pick Travis Henry to prove that trust in them was warranted.'

Marker Bills sign three draft prospects [4:25 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills signed three draft picks Monday, including fifth-round selection, Illinois offensive tackle Marques Sullivan. Also signed were seventh-round picks, wide receiver Reggie Germany of Ohio State and defensive end Tyrone Robertson of Hinds Junior College. '

Marker Monday Training Camp Report [3:50 PM] reports: 1. Training camp held despite rain - good preparaton for season says Williams.
2. Hansen is excused so he may attend birth of first child
3. Fina's ankle turned in practice but not serious
4. Williams says rookies haven't shown anything yet.

Marker Bills reach 3 year deal with 'project' Robertson [9:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Robertson, who is a project defensive lineman, was signed by the Bills. Robertson skipped last two years of college elgibility due to acedemic troubles (he left University of Georgia in 1999). Assuming he makes it through mini-camp (which may not happen given the competition) why would the Bills sign a project to a three year contract? By the time he is productive, he will be a free-agent.'

Marker Donahoe wants Shields but can't afford waiver [9:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Buffalo general manager Tom Donahoe would like to make a waiver claim on two-year veteran free safety Scott Shields, released by the Steelers on Monday. After all, it was Donahoe who, during his tenure in Pittsburgh, drafted the huge (6-feet-4, 228 pounds) and rangy safety. But the Bills are so strapped by the salary cap, they can't even afford the $389,000 minimum salary for a third-year veteran that Shields would require. '

Marker Bills take big hit [9:08 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills, though, have a strong chance of being hurt even more by their choice to keep Rob Johnson over Doug Flutie as the starting quarterback, allowing Flutie to sign with the Chargers.'

Marker Pittsford parades positive pride [6:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Pittsford has a slew of other community events ready for coming weeks, including a parade on July 27 to welcome the Buffalo Bills to their training camp at St. John Fisher College..the upcoming Bills camp was a major draw for Positively Pittsford, with a parking lot off Main Street crammed with Bills memorabilia, plus some players signing autographs.'

June 10, 2001

Marker Offensive mastermind Erhardt gives Bills a running start [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams are big fans of Erhardt. They brought him into town last week to hold a one-day "clinic" with the Bills assistant coaches.'

Marker Big things predicted for Johnson this fall [7:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Sporting News' pro football analyst Dan Pompei this week lists position-by-position "the young veterans on offense most likely to have breakout seasons" in 2001. The quarterback pick might be offensive to Doug Flutie fans: Rob Johnson of the Bills.'

June 9, 2001

Marker Gregg Williams Quotes 6/8 [10:55 AM] reports: 'Williams gives his quotes regarding yesterday's practice and the week overall on the Bills official website...'

Marker A look at the AFC East shows Indy is the top team [10:54 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Luckily for the Colts, they have the talent to go undefeated in their division -- no one comes close to matching their offensive prowess. Miami still has quarterback questions. The Jets are trying to learn the complicated West Coast offense. Buffalo has no running game of which to speak. New England is in disarray.'

Marker 2000 Salary Cap numbers [10:53 AM]
USA Today reports: '2000 Salary cap numbers as calculated by USA Today.'

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