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Buffalo Bills News - August 23, 2001

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] 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] 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] 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] 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] 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] 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?'

Marker Donahoe not ready to push panic button following Ostroski's loss [8:53 PM]
AP reports: '"We have a lot of confidence in the people that we have here and we want to give them a shot," Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said as the team continued training camp at St. John Fisher College on Tuesday. "They're going to have to prove to us that they can't do it. ... If that's not the case, then we'll re-evaluate it."'

Marker Ralph Wilson answers e-mails (8/21) [12:47 PM] reports: "Well, I think we now have the best front organization that I've had in the 41 years I have been associated with the team. That goes from Tom Donahoe,the President and General Manager, all the way down through all of the positions. My expectation for the team, we have a lot of young players it's going to take time to develop as it always does. We probably will be starting four rookies, which we've never done before."

Marker Players understand the produce-or-else drill [10:02 AM]
CNN/SI reports: The Bills recently let right tackle Robert Hicks go. Hicks started seven games last year but was struggling to win the starting job. When it became clear that rookie Jonas Jennings, a third-round pick from Georgia, would be good enough, Buffalo dumped Hicks. He counted for $512,000 against the salary cap and, for the cash-strapped Bills, that's a lot of space. Hicks could have gone down with an injury or the tendinitis in his right knee could have put him on IR. That was too much risk for GM Tom Donahoe to tolerate. As for the 6-foot-7, 330-pound Hicks, he was snatched up by the Lions.

Marker Thief loots parked car of Bills receiver McDaniel [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDaniel, an East Aurora resident, reported to Buffalo police Sunday that someone broke into his 2000 Ford between 2 and 4 a.m. while it was parked near William Street and Michigan Avenue. The thief broke a window and made off with two 4-inch television sets, an eight-disc CD changer and a DVD player, according to the police report.'

Marker Ostroski's injury is break for Hulsey [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Obviously, Hulsey thinks well on the fly because he enjoyed a solid outing, and with Ostroski out indefinitely with a broken tibia, this is Hulsey's time to prove he can play in the NFL. While a number of players can slip into Ostroski's position at right guard, Hulsey appears to be the most likely candidate to start when the Bills play their third preseason game Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals.'

Marker Ostroski may not miss whole season [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"At this time, it doesn't look like it's going to be a season-ending injury," Williams said. "He's going to be out for an indefinite period of time, and as the early stages of his rehabilitation takes place, hopefully we'll have a better timetable on that as it progresses. Right now, we believe it won't be a season-ending injury."'

Marker Training Camp Update (8/21) [8:47 AM] reports: Players Scheduled for McDonalds Autograph Tent: Peerless Price, Reggie Germany, Corey Thomas (after AM practice) Ruben Brown, Marques Sullivan, Michael Early (after PM practice).

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