Subtract Frerotte, Add Another Johnson To Bills-Skins Clash [6:35 AM] Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
'Flutie and Rob Johnson are both listed as starters on the Bills' depth chart, but even Johnson admits Flutie is No. 1 right now. Both will get more time than in the 24-10 victory at Seattle last week, when coach Wade Phillips brought the subs in early and didn't use Andre Reed, Bruce Smith and Thurman Thomas at all.'
Old Reliables [6:30 AM] Fox Sports reports:
'Buffalo veterans Bruce Smith, Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas won't play forever. Or will they?'
Preseason Games Still Mean Very Little To Bills [6:25 AM] D & C reports:
'In 39 previous summers, the team has had just eight winning records in practice games. Four of them occurred in the franchise's first seven years. Only one has occurred in the past 16.'
Renfro Proving He Deserves A Long Look From Bills [6:23 AM] D & C reports:
'Dusty Renfro, the pride of Cleburne, Texas, is an undrafted rookie trying to beat the odds with the Buffalo Bills. But three short weeks into training camp, the leading tackler at the University of Texas the past two seasons has shown that maybe he's not such a long shot Longhorn.'
August 19, 1999
For Starters, Redskins Will Outlast Bills [4:15 PM] Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
'Washington coach Norv Turner, who played most of his starters for an entire half in last week's 20-14 victory at New England, said his first-teamers will play well into the third quarter against the Bills.'
As Skins Break Camp, Turner Accepts Future [6:30 AM] Washington Post reports:
'[Norv] Turner indicated that he plans to use his starters for at least a half against the Bills. Some starters will play into the third quarter, Turner said. He indicated that [Brad] Johnson will play longer than the 1 1/2 quarters of work he got against the Patriots.'
Fredonia Or Rochester? Bills Pondering Next Summer's Camp Site [6:25 AM] Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
'The college has presented a proposal to the Bills that could keep them in Fredonia, but the team has taken no action yet. "It would effect our pride more than our economy," said Mayor Frank Pagano of the fallout from any Bills exodus. "We always say that the road to the Super Bowl starts in Fredonia."'
Washington Skips Workout, Joins Family After House Fire [6:19 AM] D & C reports:
'"The fire was extensive enough that they couldn't stay there so he's in the process of relocating his family and getting all those things done," Phillips said. "But we're happy his family is fine. The other things certainly can be replaced."'
Bills Say Final Goodbye To Fredonia [6:17 AM] D & C reports:
'"We're talking primarily with St. John Fisher and I'm confident we can strike a deal with them," Bill Duffy, the team's executive vice president of administration, said yesterday. "We've exchanged proposals. Have we reached a final proposal? No. But we are in negotiations."'
August 18, 1999
Workhorse Gray Looks Like Darkhorse For Bills [1:28 PM] Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
'With the Buffalo backfield depleted by injuries, he could become the biggest longshot running back to make the Bills' active squad out of training camp since Benedictine's Jamie Mueller in 1987...The Bills lack depth at running back with promising rookie Shawn Bryson lost for the season with a knee injury. Antowain Smith, the top running back last season, says his torn groin muscle is still a bit sore. Veteran Thurman Thomas can still carry the load at 33, but not all of it. Thomas has adjusted to his role as a part-time back. Jonathan Linton had trouble holding on to the ball at Seattle on Saturday.'
Bills Owner Wilson Named Winner Of Pete Rozelle Award [6:39 AM] Fox sports reports:
'According to the selection committee, the recipient is someone who has "set a standard of excellence that has had a tremendous influence on the game of football at the professional level and is worthy of special recognition."'
Bills Veterans Will See Action In Washington [6:33 AM] D & C reports:
'Andre Reed and Bruce Smith, who are starting their 15th seasons, and Thurman Thomas, starting his 12th, will see action in the Bills' preseason game at Washington Friday night.'
Call It Super-Marketing [6:32 AM] D & C reports:
'Two Saturdays ago, the first day individual game tickets went on sale, the Bills sold a single-day club record 24,135 tickets. Team officials say distribution through Wegmans stores was the main reason.'