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Buffalo Bills News - June 2, 2001

Marker Strapped Bills release Linton [7:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'Jonathan Linton was sorry to see fellow running back Antowain Smith cut by the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago. Now he's joined him on the NFL free-agent market.'

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June 1, 2001

Marker Linton among Bills cuts; draft pick Edwards signs [7:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Along with Linton, the Bills also released offensive lineman Victor Allotey and cornerback Ray Hill.'

Marker Bills' Guy displays sharp eye for sackers [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"John is a high-character individual, and we feel very fortunate to be able to bring John in at this time," Donahoe said. "He'll work very closely with me with regard to the players that are in the league. He'll work closely with our team and coach (Gregg) Williams and also do some advance scouting."'

May 31, 2001

Marker Retread coaches wearing thin in NFL [10:43 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "Empowerment is powerful," said Buffalo's Williams. "You have to be able to deal with the players with a hands-on approach. That's always been my way. I have to be tough enough, but you also don't want them scared when they see you in the halls."

Williams had a great rapport with the players in Tennessee when he was the Titans' defensive coordinator. They hated his constant yelling, but they came to respect him. He should make a good head coach.

Marker Jim Rome Tour Stop lands in Buffalo [10:42 PM]
wgr55.com reports: 'Jim Rome announced today that Tour Stop 25 was awarded to Buffalo. WGR SportsRadio 55 will sponsor the Tour Stop which will be held on Saturday July 28 at Dunn Tire Park! More Details about ticket drops, times to be forthcoming!'

Marker Bills set to kick off eight-stop summer caravan [7:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The complete caravan schedule is...Hamilton...St. Catharines...Batavia...Jamestown...Waterloo...Syracuse...Corning...Bradford.

Marker Guy hits ground running as Bills new pro personnel director [7:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Rather than spend time congratulating Guy on his new post, it's better to get out of his way as he gets down to being the Bills chief pro scout.'

Marker Williams promises bruises on menu at training camp [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"With a young team, we need to make sure they get acclimated to how we want to play the game. There will be a few drills with some of our goal line sessions in the middle of training camp where it's full (speed), except for the quarterbacks. And the fans will really like those situations down around the goal line and those (short-yardage) areas."'

Marker Bills offer nighttime practices at camp [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'The practices on July 30 and Aug. 6 will run from 7:30 p.m. until just after 9 p.m. under the lights and on the artificial turf of Growney Stadium.'

Marker Bills remain a hit at box office [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'According to vice president/business development and marketing Russ Brandon, four of the eight regular-season home games could be virtual sellouts before individual seat tickets go on sale July 14: Pittsburgh...New Orleans...New York...Miami...'.

May 30, 2001

Marker Devlin's son, Winn's team, Martin's win [1:30 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Devlin played 13 seasons for Buffalo, before retiring after the 1989 season. Now 47 and an avid outdoorsman, Devlin made his home in rural Eden during his playing days and stayed there after he retired, rather than returning to his native Pennsylvania.'

Marker Bills coach once was king of hill [5:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'Word has leaked out at One Bills Drive that Gregg Williams once was a pretty fair baseball player. And that may explain why some of his co-workers are urging the Buffalo Bills rookie head coach not to hold back when he tosses out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight's Rochester Red Wings-Durham Bulls game at Frontier Field.'

May 29, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills Caravan [9:02 PM]
TBD reports: 'Here are the dates and locations for the Bills caravan. Times are from 5 pm to 7 pm. No word on who will be at each location.'

Marker The Bills and Buffalo [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'State and county leaders ought to...begin working toward a binding long-term lease with the team.'

May 27, 2001

Marker NFL Insider [3:52 PM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"[John Guy] coached [special teams] at Pittsburgh with us in the early '90s," said Tom Donahoe, Buffalo's new president. "I wanted to hire him with the Steelers [in personnel], but I didn't think he had enough experience scouting. Now I think he's more prepared to do this job.'

Marker Buffalo Bills building their first retail store [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Construction is under way on the $400,000 project that will see a 2,000-square-foot store go up on a site between the ticket office and the field house at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park. The store is expected to start its rookie season in time for the Bills first home preseason game on Aug. 12.'

Marker Bills, Sabres rest little in hectic off season [8:14 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"When I started here, all the players that came in to see me all said they felt there was a lack of discipline here. That was without any prompting on my part," Donahoe said. "(Coach) Gregg (Williams) has certainly brought a very disciplined approach. The players have bought into it. No one has come in to me and complained."'

Marker WWII veteran Wilson: War is simply insanity [6:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Like many vets, Wilson has a difficult time discussing his war experiences. It's not easy recounting the sweeping devastation, the profound loss. The scenes remain indelible in his 82-year-old mind -- perhaps no scene more vivid than that visit to Hiroshima in the summer of 1945.'

May 26, 2001

Marker Off-season tour: Buffalo Bills [9:31 PM]
Real Team reports: 'Tom Donahoe is having a perfect off-season thus far for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker WNSA may lose Simon to radio giant KMOX [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It looks like Buffalo Bills fans will have to wait even longer to see their team win a Super Bowl. Even in Fantasyland. Rob Lieberman, the director of the TNT movie "Second String," was recently told that the airing of the film about a team of Bills' second-teamers winning the big game probably is going to be delayed again.'

Marker Bills have fierce battle brewing at RB [7:28 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Four young backs will be trying to prove their wares on the field, and the battle figures to be one of the more compelling ones in any training camp this summer.'

May 25, 2001

Marker Appetite for football attracts Crafts [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It wasn't until 1995, a year after being released by the Bills, that he finally came to grips with his problem. He was out of football, alone, a drunk. So he went into therapy for his alcohol addiction and began to pull his life back together.'

Marker Bills wait as Modrak decides [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe indicated to reporters at league meetings in Chicago he would give Modrak the time he needs waiting to hear from the Bears.'

May 24, 2001

Marker Bills pick the right Guy for front office job [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We were not in a situation where we needed to hire someone in February," he said. "The additional time afforded us the opportunity to make sure that we hired the best person for the job, and we have done so in hiring John to the position."'

Marker Antowain had no chance of staying [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe also suggested this week that Smith didn't show much loyalty to the organization because he stayed away from offseason workouts. But where was the Bills' loyalty to Smith when they tried to trade him?'

Marker NFL bobbles chance to make a fresh start [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Unlike the early-90s, Bills players today pay lip service to the Miami rivalry. Free agency prevents players from staying with a team long enough to work up a true hatred for an opponent.'

May 23, 2001

Marker Bills appoint Guy pro personnel director [8:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe is familiar with Guy, who served as the Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coordinator from 1992-94 while Donahoe was the team's director of football operations.'

Marker Donahoe comfortable with NFL's new realignment plan [1:32 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"t will be nice for the fans to look into the future and see what teams will be coming to Buffalo. Plus, the schedule will be much more balanced ... only two games (per season) will be based on where you finish."'

Marker Guy joins Bills as Director of Pro Personnel [1:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced the hiring of John Guy as Director of Pro Personnel. Guy had served most recently as a scout with the Cleveland Browns since 1998. Before that, he spent 26 years as an assistant coach in the NFL and in the NCAA's Division I ranks.'

Marker Off-season Tour: Buffalo Bills [12:42 PM]
realteam.com reports: "Tom Donahoe is having a perfect off-season thus far for the Buffalo Bills. New GM Donahoe obviously understands the first rule of running an NFL club -- know who you are, know who your team is."

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