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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2001

Marker Defense, Duce are the bright spots [5:26 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'Andy Reid figured it was going to be a long night when one of his veteran players fielded the opening kickoff and promptly stepped out of bounds at the Eagles' 14-yard line. It set the tone for a typical first preseason game against, well, a team that made the typical exhibition opener mistakes the previous week.'

Marker Modrak: Reid's task tough [5:24 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'Deposed Eagles football operations chief Tom Modrak still hasn't heard from his successor, Andy Reid. Even last night, Modrak, now the director of football operations for the Buffalo Bills, was unable to get an audience with Reid before their preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker On offense, Eagles struggle [5:23 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'The offense, with Donovan McNabb and Duce Staley playing the entire first quarter, was shut out by the Bills in the delayed preseason opener. The first unit played four series and never crossed midfield in an uneventful 6-3 loss at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Staley gets 4 yards on 2 carries [5:21 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'Bills starting center Billy Conaty, a graduate of Camden Catholic High School, got to run out on the field through a gauntlet of teammates since the offense was introduced to start the game. However, the game ended for Conaty with him leaving the field through the same tunnel midway through the second quarter with a right shoulder injury.'

Marker Eagles’ offense stalls [5:19 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'The Bills' subsequent offensive success came as the result of a difference in coaching philosophies. Reid, who was committed to looking at his younger players, pulled his starters at the end of the first quarter. Buffalo rookie coach Gregg Williams, who was previously Tennessee's defensive coordinator, extended his starters longer, perhaps because the Bills were playing their second preseason game.'

Marker Firing personal for ex-personnel chief [5:18 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'Although Modrak has been with the Bills since June 5, he still lives in Cherry Hill with his wife, Sandy, and spends a lot of time during the summer in Ocean City. And he has no plans to move. He is scheduled to attend most of Buffalo's home games, but will otherwise spend most of the week on the road scouting the top college players.'

Marker Bills 6, Eagles 3 [5:16 AM]
AP reports: 'Gregg Williams' first preseason victory as Buffalo Bills rookie head coach was a costly one.'

Marker Bills offensive linemen Ostroski breaks right leg [5:15 AM]
AP reports: 'After Buffalo's 6-3 win, coach Gregg Williams said Ostroski will be reevaluated on Sunday to determine how long he'll be sidelined.'

Marker Buffalo 6, Philadelphia 3 [5:14 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Alex Van Pelt was impressive in place of injured quarterback Rob Johnson as the Buffalo Bills recorded a 6-3 exhibition victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle of otherwise struggling offenses.'

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August 18, 2001

Marker Jerry Ostroski out with broken tibia [11:15 PM]
TBD reports: ESN is reporting that OG Jerry Ostroski is out until November with a broken tibia (shin bone). Corey Hulsey replaced Ostroski after he left the game.

Marker Bills win defensive battle 6-3 over Eagles [11:01 PM] reports: 'Guard Jerry Ostroski injured his right knee while making a block on Buffalo's second offensive play of the game, center Bill Conaty injured his right shoulder, and Travis Henry suffered a groin injury in the first half.'

Marker Listen to the Eagles vs. Bills! [6:47 PM]
TBD reports: If you can't watch the game on the television, then listen to it on the internet! Please visit the GoBills! chat room while the game is on!

Marker Donahoe, Williams bring much-needed change [5:48 PM]
ESPN reports: 'For the remaining veterans who were a part of the historic stretch of four straight AFC championships -- and those still around from the team's last division title in 1995 -- that's a giant step in the right direction. Whether that step becomes a quantum leap at some point in the near future remains to be seen, but most players here agree that a change was due. And under the guidance of Donahoe and Williams, these definitely are not your father's Buffalo Bills, it has become readily apparent.'

Marker Johnson to rest finger during Eagles game [9:51 AM] reports: "He's really done well, and is feeling a lot better. We've made a decision that he's not going to play. That's my decision, he can play, there's no doubt about it, but rest is the best treatment right now. We're going to give it the weekend off, and get back here Monday and re-evaluate it and then make the next serious evaluation of where we're going with it."

Marker Join us in the GoBills! Fan Network Chat Room [9:49 AM]
TBD reports: Come join your fellow Bills fans from around the world in the chat room and talk about the game while the action unfolds! Last week we had an incredible 98 chatters in the room at the same time. Let's try to break the century mark this week! Game time is 7:30 pm, so plan to grab a seat as early as 6:30 pm!

Marker Bills' corners will be tonight's cover story [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There's been times in my defensive coordinator career where we had to have safeties playing corner spots on multiple packages when we have six and seven DBs in the ballgame," Williams said. "We've got five corners who can do a pretty good job in those packages."'

Marker Gonzalez, Hawley vie for No. 3 QB [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Third-year veteran Pete Gonzalez is scheduled to take over for backup QB Alex Van Pelt to start the second half. The fourth QB on the roster is Jack Hawley, a rookie from San Diego State. There's no guarantee that either will win the third-quarterback job.'

Marker Channel 4 staff takes its Bills wrap-up show to Channel 23 [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the first season since LIN put WNLO-TV (Channel 23) on the air, it has decided to carry a weekly Bills Sunday game highlight show, "Bills Wrap-Up," using WIVB-TV (Channel 4) sports personnel. The program will air at 10:30 p.m. Sundays, right after the 10 o'clock news. It will premiere on Sept. 9, the day the Bills open the regular season at home against the New Orleans Saints.'

Marker Hicks booted, message sent in Bills camp [7:57 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And Hicks' release carries a message for the other marginal players on Buffalo's roster heading into tonight's preseason game against Philadelphia at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Rookie RB Henry to start tonight [7:07 AM]
D and C reports: '"We're better at running the football now than we were when I was on the other side of the ball (coaching with Tennessee)," Williams said of his Buffalo team, steadfastly ignoring what happened against the Rams. It's too early not to give Williams the benefit of the doubt on this one.'

Marker Williams to sit Johnson [7:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'If tonight's game with Philadelphia were a regular-season contest, Buffalo Bills quarterback Rob Johnson said, "I'd play." However, because former Syracuse University star quarterback Donovan McNabb leads his Eagles into Ralph Wilson Stadium for a preseason game, Johnson will not play.'

Marker Modrak knows how to pick 'em [7:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Modrak, hired as the Bills' director of football operations 2 1/2 months ago, held the same job with the Eagles for the past three seasons. Despite playing a major role in transforming Philadelphia from a 6-9-1 team before he arrived to an 11-5 playoff club last season, he was dismissed in a bitter falling out with owner Jeffrey Lurie.'

Marker Someone likely to pick up Hicks [7:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hicks, who became a full-time starter in 1999 at right tackle in just his second season, played lethargically and lost his starting job last season. Though he returned this season in excellent shape, he continued to play disinterested, losing ground to rookie draft picks Jonas Jennings and Marques Sullivan and free agent Kris Farris.'

Marker Showing off [7:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills continue to host officials from other NFL clubs interested in their training camp operation at St. John Fisher. The expansion Houston Texans and Chicago Bears have been among the teams that have visited to gather ideas.'

Marker Bills' Conaty moves into starting position [7:02 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'Conaty, who lives in Ocean City in the offseason with wife Denise and 16-month-old son William III, said it was cool starting in the preseason opener last week against St. Louis. He is looking forward to playing against the Eagles, which he rooted for growing up in Pennsauken, but he is anxious for the regular-season opener.'

Marker Eagles (0-0) vs. Buffalo (0-1) [7:00 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Tom Modrak, who was fired last May as the Eagles' director of football operations, is the Bills' new director of football operations. Two Bills assistant coaches, Danny Smith (special teams) and Dan Neal (tight ends), were assistants for the Eagles. Smith worked under Ray Rhodes and Neal worked under Buddy Ryan.'

August 17, 2001

Marker Modrak takes the high road discussing Eagles [9:16 PM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'The classy Modrak had nothing but good things to say about his three years in Philadelphia. He said he planned to say hello to Lurie on Saturday night when the Eagles and the Bills meet in a preseason game in Buffalo.'

Marker Eagles itching to finally open preseason against Bills [8:55 PM]
AP reports: '"I guess I wasn't ready last week. This week, I'm ready to go," said Morris, who had been bothered by a tight hamstring. "With the talent we have back there, there's no reason we shouldn't be moving the ball forward."'

Marker Johnson will miss Eagles game because of sprained finger [4:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo coach Gregg Williams said Friday he was resting Johnson only as a precautionary move after the quarterback sat out his third straight day of practice.'

Marker Leadership by example [12:08 PM] reports: "Sam Cowart has really helped me come along," Robinson said. "He leads by his work ethic and if I have any questions I can ask. All the linebackers help each other out and they have all helped me in some way adjust to things here."

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