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Buffalo Bills News - August 23, 2001

Marker Haddad case: Another gaffe for Ronnie [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hey, what do you say we kick around Ronnie Jones, just for old times' sake?'

Marker Brass pleased as first phase of camp ends [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was the second Bills camp in suburban Rochester, but the first for Donahoe and Williams, both of whom were impressed by the operation.'

Marker Williams speaks at the end of camp [7:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We wanted to come out relatively injury-free. As you look across the league, I think we did that. We did have one injury with Jerry [Ostroski] here this past week. He's coming along well in that respect, but in the whole, we came out of camp with the tempo we had, the aggressiveness we had, relatively injury-free."

Marker New-look Bills likely not better [7:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The much-anticipated countdown to NFL 2001 has begun in Buffalo. In 18 days, on Sept. 9 vs. the Saints, the Gregg Williams era of Bills football begins at the Ralph. What it all means, nobody knows. But, to start the season, it likely won't be pretty.'

Marker Texas Bill-board [7:10 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, assistant secondary coach Steve Jackson and quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe give the Bills seven coaches with Houston-area connections. "We're like a family," said Thomas, who coached with Indianapolis after he left Houston and was in private business when Williams called to offer a job. "Not only has Gregg put together a hell of a staff, but we've got the kind of camaraderie that can take years to build."'

Marker Team bids Fisher adieu but camp's not over yet [5:43 AM]
D and C reports: '"Typically, the last practice of camp is sloppy and a mishmash because focus and concentration is someplace else, but I think you saw today it wasn't," he said. "They came out today with an attitude to get a lot done in practice and it may have been one of our better ones today."'

Marker Saying their goodbyes [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Quarterback Jack Hawley had about 10 hours of sheer joy yesterday. And then it wore off in a hurry.'

Marker Confident but still very raw [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Confidence is not a problem for either Schobel or Edwards. The question is, when will that confidence start manifesting itself into meaningful production?'

Marker Bills camp crowds off 30% [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'Next summer will be the third of the five-year deal with Fisher. The team will most likely hold more night practices and will explore hosting a scrimmage, said Russ Brandon, vice president of business development and marketing. "We always take a look at opportunities to make camp better and obviously that (a scrimmage) would be exciting," he said.'

Marker Henry could play Saturday [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Rookie running back Travis Henry sat out his third straight day of practice because of a slight groin injury, but coach Gregg Williams said Henry could return to practice today when the Bills resume workouts at Orchard Park. "Travis probably could have gone today, and I really anticipate him going tomorrow, and if he comes through that practice OK, he'll play some this week," Williams said.'

Marker Life at top has been topsy-turvy for Bills' Johnson [5:39 AM]
USA Today reports: 'After 3 years of being embroiled with popular Doug Flutie in a quarterback controversy that turned ugly, can Johnson ever win over Bills fans now that his archrival is gone?'

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August 22, 2001

Marker Bills claim QB Travis Brown released by Seattle Seahawks [11:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 24-year-old Brown signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2000 and spent the beginning of last season on Seattle’s practice squad before being elevated to the active roster on Nov. 21. He played in one game for the Seahawks last season.

In 2000 Mike Sheppard, Bills OC, was the quarterbacks coach for the Seahawks.

Marker Hawley not set yet as Bills No. 3 QB following Brown's acquisition [8:34 PM]
AP reports: 'Hours after he moved up to No. 3 on the Buffalo Bills depth chart following the release of his lone competitor Pete Gonzalez, Hawley was faced with another challenger. After cutting 10 players prior to breaking camp at St. John Fisher College, the Bills added Travis Brown, who was recently released by Seattle after he appeared in one game last season.'

Marker Bills final training camp update [2:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Attendance for Wednesday: 3,100 (one session)
Total attendance: 96,273 (includes 10,537 from Edinboro sessions with Browns)

Marker Players end camp by taking rookies for a spin [2:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The veterans were not successful in surprising equipment manager Dave Hojonowski when he came for his final 6 am wake up call with his airhorn.

"I was waiting for him this morning with a bucket of water, he snuck his head around the corner so he didn't get it," Phil Hansen said. "He knew somehow."

Marker Gregg Williams says goodbye to Pittsford [2:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Training camp is always a tough time, when added to the mix of intensity of practice, the tempo of practice, and it was a great way for me personally to meet another part of Western New York, and it was a great experience at St. John Fisher

Marker Bills release 10 - offical press release [2:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills today announced the team has released 10 players.

Marker Bills cut LB Moore, nine others [12:01 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills released 10 Wednesday including troubled linebacker Corey Moore, one of college football's top defensive players two seasons ago. The moves come six days before the NFL's mandatory cut-down when teams have to trim their rosters to 65 players. The cuts leave the Bills with 69 players heading into Saturday's preseason game at Cincinnati.'

Marker Thirty-one teams, 31 observations [11:59 AM]
ESPN reports: Chris Mortensen writes about the Bills "No matter how they struggle with a young team, ThePrez (Tom Donohoe) will not blink. He believes they picked the right quarterback in Rob Johnson...Rookie RB Travis Henry could be the real deal.... The draft class looks pretty productive"

Marker Must be more than just for money [11:14 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "You have to love this game to go though this. You have to love it with every ounce of blood and sweat to grow through this. There has to be something to drive a person to do this and let me tell you, it's got to be about more than money. This is pain. People don't see this part, they just see what happens on Sundays."

Marker Bills cut 10 - [9:49 AM]
Empire reports: Here are the players cut by the Bills.

1. RB David Dinkins
2. QB Pete Gonzalez
3. LB Donny Green
4. LB Corey Moore
5. S Carl Nesmith
6. DT DeVonte Peterson
7. WR Jonathan Pittman
8. OT Clark Roosendaal
9. P/K Jay Taylor
10. WR Corey Thomas

Marker Instant Replay May Go Dark [9:44 AM]
Empire reports: While talks are going on, the NFL may face the prospects of replay officials and video operators joining the on-field officials on the sidelines.

The NFLRA indicates that these "in-the-booth" officials will support the regular officials in the event of a lockout or if the NFL hires replacements. The NFL says they expect the replay people to work, saying, "We're not bargaining with them. They are NFL employees."

Marker Johnson faces another test [9:30 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Quarterback Rob Johnson gave the Buffalo Bills the finger yesterday.'

Marker Moore still lags behind teammates [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Corey Moore has a shot to make the Buffalo Bills roster this year. After all, the pass rushing linebacker started four games last year as a rookie. But as the preseason draws to a finish - the Bills break training camp at St. John Fisher College today - Moore's odds of making the transition from outside to middle linebacker in coach Gregg Williams' new 4-3 defense appear bleak.'

Marker Johnson bent on getting back to business [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The plan is I'll play a half and maybe a series in the third quarter. I think that's a good amount of time."'

Marker No excuses please [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"They don't care. Nobody's going to give you any sympathy, so we have to move on. Jerry understands that and that's not being cruel to him. We have to figure something out and go forward and that's what we're going to do."'

Marker Robertson a study in talent [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Sloughing off in the classroom didn't just cost Tyrone Robertson two or three seasons of football at the University of Georgia. "I figured it cost me about $10 million," Robertson said. Now that's a hit to the wallet.'

Marker Ostroski will stay on active roster [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: '"When you have seven players each week that you can't dress anyway, that gives you some flexibility to carry a player you feel has a chance to get back," Donahoe said. "At some point as we go through the process (with Ostroski) and it changes, then we can always put him on IR. But we don't have to do it now."'

Marker Morris to start against Bengals [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Now it's Morris' turn as the Bills give each player an equal shot at winning the starting tailback job.'

August 21, 2001

Marker SI's Dr. Z: Whirlwind trip through the AFC East [10:01 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Rob Johnson, at 6-4 and a skinny 212, seems like anything but a quick-read, quick-drop guy. But he says he's perfectly suited to it -- hell, he'd tell me that if they put him in at blocking back -- so who am I to argue?'

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