Fortunately, preseason games are history here [6:52 AM]
D and C reports: 'St. John Fisher is the team's new training camp and the proposed new soccer downtown stadium might accommodate as many as 25,000 fans, but don't expect the Buffalo Bills to ever play another preseason game in Rochester.'
The view from above [6:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'For 31 years, Kunttu literally has been above it all, filming and taping virtually every move the Bills make in practice and games. He has seen the good, the bad and the ugly; the 2-14 debacles and the trips to the Super Bowl. Though he claims to know little about football strategy and says he wants to keep it that way, his work has contributed mightily to the success the team has enjoyed. At the news conference announcing his retirement as Bills coach three years ago, Marv Levy praised Kunttu. Wade Phillips understands why. "Players and coaches get all the credit, but there are other people who have a say in your winning, and Henry's certainly one of those guys," says Phillips, the eighth head coach Kunttu has worked for in his three decades with the team. "Film has always been vital when you're developing your strategy, your game plan. But it's equally important as a teaching tool. You can tell a player what he's doing wrong, but it's more powerful if he can watch himself on film."'
Bills loosen grip on fans' drink containers [1:50 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've been a season ticket holder for 38 years, and I think it's great," Bob Buczynski of Cheektowaga said of the Bills' decision Friday to allow fans to bring one-quart thermoses of nonalcoholic beverages into the stadium. "This is Ralph Wilson and the Bills showing appreciation to the fans."'
New faces may help defense go places [1:48 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No one is claiming all the potholes seem repaired off one early-August exhibition game. There are no prophecies about a repeat as No. 1. But judging from some promising cameo appearances, the Bills still bear the look of a top 10 defense, which isn't bad for starters.'
Antowain delivers for Bills [1:47 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 228-pound back looked nearly unstoppable in a 21-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason opener before 37,282 fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium. "The biggest thing is I'm healthy again," Smith said. "You couldn't ask for a better start. Last year, I was slow out of the gates with a groin injury. That slowed me down. Then came the toe. "It feels good to get off to a positive start and see what we have looking forward to with this team out there."'
Simple no gain means plenty in Bryson's comeback [1:46 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bryson wasn't even supposed to play Friday. He hurt his knee at practice earlier in the week and was expected to be held out of the game. "I was particularly happy for Shawn Bryson," Bills coach Wade Phillips said. "All year he's been waiting. "He came to me the other day after he got banged up and said, "I want to play.' I said, "I'm not going to play you unless you're well.' We worked him out before the game and he was well. "It took him a little while to get the feel, but you could see what he can do, especially in the open field."'
Pressure is on Warrick to produce for Bengals [1:45 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Warrick caught two balls for 31 yards in his first pro contest but looked overmatched at times by Bills cornerback Ken Irvin's constant jams at the line of scrimmage. Still, Warrick was out there playing, doing what he loves to do even though he is as infamous for his off-field exploits as he is famous for his on-field excellence.'
Phillips impressed by rookies [1:42 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Coach Wade Phillips, normally reserved in his responses, was decidedly enthusiastic afterward. "Obviously, we've got a lot of things to work on, but I saw a lot of good things out there," he said. "We had a lot of young players who made some plays ... all the way down to the end of the ballgame. We had some individuals who played real well for us," Phillips continued, "We have some exciting young players and I think that points toward our future. Our draft choices made some big plays for us."
Bills beat Bengals 21-20 [11:15 AM]
Shout! reports: Buffalo Bills insider, Mike Doser, recaps the Bills' victory over the Bengals last night in Orchard Park.
Bills vs. Bengals Game Day Photos [11:08 AM]
Shout! reports: Catch some of the game day action in the Shout/TBD photo gallery.
Bengals find life in running game [6:08 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The Bengals didn't tear it up on the ground in their exhibition opener, running 40 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns. But the four guys angling to replace the malcontented Dillon - who seems more adamant than ever to sit out through the 11th game of the regular season - put on a pretty good audition against one of the best defenses in the AFC.'
No quarterback controversy in Bills' camp [6:06 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Johnson is the starter now. Flutie, when he returns from a severe groin injury a month into the season - as Dennis Miller would say, aren't groin injuries always severe? - will be on the bench. He will be ready to come in, as good a change-of-pace artist as there is in the NFL. He will get another chance to do his thing, as backup NFL quarterbacks always seem to do. He may even take the Bills back to the playoffs, and spark another controversy for another day. Until Flutie is healthy again, the pressure on Johnson is immeasurably less.'
Bills get positive efforts from QB's [6:02 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'And while there were several less memorable sequences for the Bills quarterbacks, there doesn't appear to be any need for injured quarterback Doug Flutie, who started the first 15 games of the 1999 season for the Bills, to hurry his return.'
Flowers preserves victory [5:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'When it was over, Buffalo was on the positive side of a 21-20 score as Erik Flowers preserved the win by blocking Doug Pelfrey's 29-yard field goal on the final play of the game, but that, of course, really didn't matter. This was a game Bills coach Wade Phillips said he was going to use for individual player evaluations, and he'll have plenty to evaluate in film sessions over the next two days.'
Receiver Black impresses with his speed [5:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'When the Bills selected Tennessee State wide receiver Avion Black in the fourth round of last April's NFL draft, the scouts raved about his sprinter's speed. They weren't exaggerating. Black turned a five-yard catch into an electrifying 34-yard touchdown play at the end of the first half, giving the Bills a 14-10 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals in last night's preseason opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
Defense needs turnovers to get respect [5:54 AM]
D and C reports: 'The defense may have been ranked first in yards allowed last season, but it ranked almost at the bottom in takeaways with 21. Nothing last night indicated the Bills have suddenly become pirate-like.'
Bills 21, Bengals 20 [5:52 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"We put 'em every which way but loose, but they won on the scoreboard," coach Bruce Coslet said. "We'll take the positives out of, and, boy, we've got to learn from some of the boo-boos we made."'
Bills 21, Bengals 20 [5:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Rookie linebacker Corey Moore blocked Doug Pelfrey's 29-yard field goal attempt with no time on the clock, and the Buffalo Bills hung on for a 21-20 victory in both teams' preseason opener.'
Bills 21, Bengals 20 [5:43 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Rookie defensive end Erik Flowers made a favorable first impression on his new teammates. Flowers blocked a potential game-winning 29-yard field goal by Doug Pelfrey as time expired, giving the Buffalo Bills a 21-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the exhibition opener for both teams.'
Bills vs. Bengals Audio Feed [11:34 AM]
TBD reports: Find out how you can hear the preseason games over the internet.
Cohen seeks spot with Bills [11:31 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Former Miami University linebacker Dustin Cohen is fighting for a slot as a second- and third-team strong-side outside linebacker with the Buffalo Bills.'
Bengals search for answers in tonight's exhibition opener [11:29 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'A backup center starting for the Bengals. A slimmed-down Ted Washington tag-teaming with Pat Williams. Who wins that battle?'
Johnson ready to show why he's No. 1 [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson is the starter. Any ounce of leftover doubt vanished the moment Flutie suffered a groin injury in training camp that could keep him sidelined for the first three games of the regular season. This is Johnson's team now. Tonight, Johnson will be behind center when the Bills open the preseason against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium. His performance against the Bengals will have no bearing on the depth chart at quarterback. For the first time since 1998, Johnson can start a game without controversy. "I'm just anxious to get back in the groove and throw the ball well," Johnson said. "Actually, last year, when they named me the starter, it was outside Buffalo where they were more shocked. The team was very supportive. That's what made it so easy for me."'
Bengals open preseason with goal: Win [7:51 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"It would be helpful for us to win games in the preseason,", club president Mike Brown said. "If you have an established team, there isn't the emphasis put on it. But for us, it's different. We have to build from the bottom up. And part of that is re-establishing our confidence and getting to feel a little better about ourselves."'
Miami U. star trying to make Bills [7:48 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Dustin Cohen, a Summit Country Day graduate and former Miami University football star, is trying to make the Buffalo Bills as a linebacker. Cohen 23, a two-time Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year for the RedHawks, was signed by the Bills as an undrafted college free agent. Working against Cohen is that the Bills had the NFL's top-rated defense in 1999. Working for him is the linebacker-oriented style of defense Buffalo plays, a true four-linebacker setup with three linemen.'
Bills undergoing smooth transition [7:04 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Good fair preview of season for the Bills.'
Bills fired up for first preseason test against Bengals [6:41 AM]
AP reports: 'Among the positions to watch are: Free safety, where Keion Carpenter, who's worked with the first unit all week, will start as he challenges Daryl Porter for the vacant job...Right defensive end, where Shawn Price will get his first start filling in for Wiley, and top draft pick Erik Flowers will make his debut...Offensive backfield, where running back Antowain Smith attempts to rebound from an injury-plagued season, and Sheldon Jackson makes his debut at H-back...And special teams, where Avion Black, Drew Haddad and Sammy Morris will contend for the No. 1 returner's job. With Flutie out until at least September, the Bills' quarterback situation is settled with Rob Johnson the starter and recently reacquired Alex Van Pelt backing up.'
Season starts with Johnson [6:31 AM]
D and C reports: '"My first goal is to stay healthy," Johnson said. "Playing wise, I think I'll do fine as long as I'm healthy. I just have to stay away from getting hurt." He withstood Jevon Kearse and the Titans but he'll need many more hospital-free Sundays before people quit looking at him as one of those medical-school skeletons. Johnson claims he hasn't grown tired of hearing the comment, "Rob's good, but he's injury prone." "I'm not tired of hearing that because I want to do it," he said. "It's good motivation. I haven't done it yet (play all 16 games). A lot of quarterbacks get hurt in the NFL, you just have to stay away from the big injuries. The hits you take with the size of guys today, you're going to get bumps and bruises, you just need to avoid the big injury. I can play with pain."'
Young players on display [6:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'As it usually is, the first preseason game will serve as the initial audition for most of the players on the roster. The first-string players will play briefly, but the rest of the night will feature rookies and young veterans making their first live-action statements to the coaching staff. Carpenter will have the first chance to prove himself at the free safety position. He and Daryl Porter are competing to become Kurt Schulz's replacement, and thanks to a good performance in last week's scrimmage and solid work in practice, Carpenter has moved up to No. 1 on the depth chart. Other areas head coach Wade Phillips will be watching closely will be cornerback, outside linebacker, wide receiver, running back and kick returns.'
Make plays to catch on [6:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'Rookie draft choices Avion Black and Drew Haddad and rookie free agents Kwame Cavil, Kevin Drake, Corey Sullivan and Scott Pingel are all vying for those precious positions and their performances in the preseason games will most likely decide their fate. "I feel like I've shown my worth in practice, now it's trying to come up with some big plays in the preseason games," said Drake, an intriguing candidate who spent the spring playing for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe and led that league with 12 touchdown receptions.'
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