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Buffalo Bills News - June 11, 2001

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]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'

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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]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'

Marker Moore contacts Bills; faces court appearance on Tuesday [10:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Corey Moore's status with his coach might be the least of his worries.'

Marker Rome and Dickerson home in on new locations [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dickerson has been making noises about selling his Buffalo home and continuing to do his show after moving to Florida...."I don't see him wanting to do it full time...He loves Buffalo. He loves football. He's going to be here for the football season."'

June 8, 2001

Marker Clements makes first appearance at Bills' mini-camp [8:04 PM]
AP reports: 'He had a legitimate reason for his absence: He was in school.'

Marker Gregg Williams post-practice quotes (6/7) [12:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Many feel GW's style is one of intimidation. many do not care for it. Personally, I think it is a persona he has created specifically for the media.

Marker Patriots run right out and sign Smith [9:57 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'With the signing yesterday of 6-foot-2-inch, 230-pound former Buffalo Bills running back Antowain Smith to a one-year contract for $560,000, the Patriots made themselves bigger at that position. The question, of course, is whether they made themselves better.'

Marker Williams speaks to Moore [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It appears all is well with the Corey Moore situation, at least from the Buffalo Bills' point of view.'

Marker Smith roams into town [5:29 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Said Belichick: "Why was he featured in some games and not others? You'd have to ask people in Buffalo."'

Marker Pats have a new dimension [5:27 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It just didn't work out for me," Smith said. "The offense kind of changed from my rookie year. They brought in a different offensive coordinator. From there it kind of went downhill for me."'

Marker Johnson finds comfort in new Bills' surroundings [5:26 AM]
AP reports: 'It helps that Williams, unlike Phillips, stresses discipline and attention to detail -- from film study to fitness. For the first time, Johnson, son of a disciplinarian football coach, feels at home under the stricter regime.'

June 7, 2001

Marker Patriots snag ex-Bills RB Smith [8:06 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Smith was impressive in early workout this spring for the new Bills staff and Donahoe conceded there was a time he looked like the team's best back. But then he abruptly stopped showing up for workouts and that, combined with his cap status, sealed his fate.'

Marker Moore contacts Bills; faces court appearance on Tuesday [7:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Mackler said he and Moore were especially incensed over comments Williams made Wednesday, questioning Moore's commitment and criticizing him for failing to return Williams' messages.'

Marker New England signs ex-Buffalo RB [3:55 PM]
AP reports: 'Running back Antowain Smith signed a one-year contract Thursday with the New England Patriots after four years with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Patriots sign free agent RB Antowain Smith [3:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'After ranking 26th in the NFL in rushing with no feature back, the New England Patriots on Thursday signed free agent running back Antowain Smith. Terms were not disclosed.'

Marker Ranking the NFL's Coaches [12:42 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "He has prepared his whole life to be an NFL head coach, so don't expect Gregg Williams to blow it."

Marker Patriots sign Bills' Smith [11:29 AM]
New England Patriots reports: 'The Patriots have just signed running back Antowain Smith formerly of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Brown puts blame on Phillips [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just think that the ship wasn't run tightly," Brown said. "The plays weren't being called correctly. The right personnel weren't in all the time. The players were put in an awkward situation and it wasn't fair for us to be in that situation because a lot of us came out and really busted our humps."'

Marker Highly touted Modrak is Bills' gain, Bears' loss [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Modrak is considered one of the most astute talent evaluators in the NFL. He immediately became a target of several teams after being fired by Philadelphia last month. With the Bears moving at a slow pace, he decided joining the Bills was a better option.'

June 6, 2001

Marker Brown blames Bills blunders on Phillips [8:47 PM]
AP reports: 'Citing a host of troubles, from poor play-calling to an overall lack of organization, the five-time Pro Bowl guard accused Phillips of messing up what could have been a memorable Bills era.'

Marker Slow-paced Bears help land Modrak with Bills [8:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Considered a prime candidate for future NFL executive openings, Modrak didn't rule out the possibility his time might be short with the Bills.'

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