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Buffalo Bills News - July 28, 2001

Marker No snap yet for O'Leary [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Williams has instituted a policy where if a player makes a dumb mental mistake such as jumping offside, he must run a lap around the practice field.'

Marker Hundreds turn out to see Bills on parade in Pittsford [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '"As much as you love the Buffalo Bills, we love you just as much," he said.'

Marker Bickering Bills a thing of the past [5:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Here's what I believe," Williams said in a recent interview. "Everyone craves discipline. From your child at home to my child at home to these grown men here, everybody enjoys it and understanding that, everybody (with the Bills) is pulling the same rope."'

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July 27, 2001

Marker Bills sign first-round pick Nate Clements [10:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Clements was scheduled to arrive at the Bills' camp outside of Rochester, N.Y., on Friday evening, and begin practicing with the team Saturday morning.'

Marker Bills Complete Another Day Of Practice, Get Ready For Tonight's Parade [6:30 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The Bills' general manager, head coach Williams, guard Ruben Brown, and the 2001 rookies will all take part in the parade.'

Marker Bills rookies hit field in Rochester with Rob Johnson [6:29 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'I don't have a lot of tolerance for laziness or for lack of attention. I'm not going to waste anyone's time.'

Marker Knee injury keeps Spoon from Bills camp [6:17 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams seemed optimistic that middle linebacker Spoon, the team's fourth-round draft choice from North Carolina, could recover more quickly than the customary four weeks for sprained knees.'

Marker Buffalo’s move to a 4-3 defense is quite a gamble [12:06 PM]
Corning Leader reports: \'It\'s one thing to have a certain coaching philosophy, but the Bills\' personnel should have dictated that they stick with the 3-4.\'

Marker Chargers continue raiding of Bills [12:02 PM]
North County Times reports: 'What he can do is tackle. Holecek - a fifth-round pick by Chargers general manager John Butler in 1995 - had at least 100 tackles the past three years in Buffalo, including 165 last season.'

Marker Air Force vet Fisher flies high at Bills camp [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"As far as they are concerned, I'm starting from square one," Fisher said. "Now I've got to prove why they should keep me rather than why they should want to keep me around for another year."'

Marker New regime a good fit for Johnson [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clearly, Johnson and Williams have developed an affinity for one another. It is partly necessity, to be sure. If Williams is to succeed in his first head job, he needs Johnson to prove he can thrive and survive as an NFL quarterback. Williams takes every opportunity to praise him and remind everyone that he is the Bills' guy.'

Marker Autograph avoiders feel sting of Williams\' wrath [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: \'Signing autographs is mandatory for all players.\'

Marker Bills' Henry hungry to start [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'And like before, he's out to prove that someone who stands 5-feet-9 can indeed enjoy great success on a football field. At least someone who's 5-9 and 221 pounds -- a bowling ball with muscles.'

Marker Autograph dodgers draw earful [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"Oh bull," Williams screamed. "Play stupid with me and I'll run your butts out of here... . First thing will be a lunch box and a road map. I'm not messing with you guys anymore."'

Marker Two battling for punting job [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'As for Bills Coach Gregg Williams, he just wants someone competent to punt, and by the time the regular season begins, it might be Taylor, it might be Moorman, or it might be someone else.'

Marker Rookie Spoon injures knee [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Spoon, the team's fourth-round pick out of North Carolina, is expected to make the team as a backup middle linebacker where the Bills' lack depth. His injury will be evaluated more completely this morning, Coach Gregg Williams said.'

Marker Parade will honor Bills in Pittsford [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"We just thought it would be a nice way to kick off the camp and a nice way to welcome the Bills back to Pittsford," said town Supervisor Bill Carpenter. "And we wanted to thank them for choosing our community -- we're fortunate to have this experience here."'

July 26, 2001

Marker Chargers bring in another former Bills player [9:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Holecek is expected to arrive in San Diego on Monday to sign his contract and begin practicing.'

Marker Air Force commitments complete, Fisher prepared for Bills duty [9:06 PM]
AP reports: 'That the Bills have waited this long is a good sign. It helps, too, that Buffalo is in desperate need of defensive-line depth, having lost starters Bruce Smith, Marcellus Wiley and Ted Washington over the past two years. "I think I've got a great chance," Fisher said.'

Marker Johnson sees plenty of his father in Williams [9:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Johnson especially likes Williams' take-charge approach, something he said was lacking in the three previous years under Wade Phillips, who was fired last January. "I think (players) want to be disciplined. I think they want to have a leader that takes charge".'

Marker Rookies arrive in Rochester [9:03 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The rookies will practice twice on Thursday at St John Fisher. The veterans report to camp on Saturday.'

Marker Bills rookies and select vets report to camp [9:00 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Starting quarterback Rob Johnson is already in camp, and looks to be in great shape.'

Marker Bills' camp begins on the right foot [8:58 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: '"It's huge for me", said Johnson.'

Marker They're Rob's Bills now [8:52 PM]
D and C reports: '"I really like the people. I love how they get into football. It's so much a part of their community. I think they feel like they've been a little snake-bitten, coming so close to winning a Super Bowl all those years. I think it would be so cool to be a part of the team that finally brings that trophy to western New York."'

Marker No QB controversy here: Johnson the main man for Buffalo [9:58 AM]
The Sporting News reports: "He takes more hits than any quarterback in the league," says an AFC pro personnel director. "He had guys protecting him last year that would basically be seconds on most teams. Until Rob Johnson can be protected, he'll never be able to display the talents he has."

Marker Meticulous coach Williams leaving imprint on Bills [9:57 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Two years ago, as the Titans' defensive coordinator, Williams watched in pleasant disbelief as his team ousted the Bills from the playoffs with a controversial last-minute, trick-play kickoff return in another wild-card game.'

Marker Williams "can't wait" to get started [9:55 AM] reports: "Training camp's not supposed to be easy. It's tough, as it's a tough man's game."

Marker 5 QBs under the gun [9:55 AM]
The Sporting News reports: "Under former coordinator Joe Pendry, who was enamored with the quarterback's arm strength, Johnson was forced to take seven-step drops and throw down the field far too often. Now, Pendry is gone and Johnson will have the luxury of working from new coordinator Mike Sheppard's three-step-drop attack."

Marker Bills hit practice field for camp today [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There will be four practices, including two today (9-11 a.m. and 4-5:45 p.m.), before the remaining veterans report Saturday afternoon. The first full roster workouts are Sunday.'

Marker Fret, sweat and cheers [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: '"This is when people start to smell football in the air," Williams said. "I've been really appreciative of the last couple days that the weather has popped. Training camp's not supposed to be easy, it's supposed to be tough. This is a tough man's game."'

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