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Buffalo Bills News - August 11, 2001

Marker Alternate routes suggested for Bills' game [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fans en route to the stadium will find construction at the Thruway near the Route 190 interchange; Transit Road in Elma and West Seneca; Union Road in Cheektowaga near William Street; Orchard Park Road in Orchard Park; Route 5 in Lackawanna and Route 179 in Hamburg.'

Marker Rookie hazing downgraded at camp [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams isn't a fan of rookie hazing. "I believe that young guys in this league have to earn their place," Williams said. "I don't think there needs to be unnecessary hazing because we have to have young guys step up and improve this team. We are not about hazing. We are about making you earn your dues. Those kind of things we haven't been doing and won't do."'

Marker Taking Charge [6:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'It makes the Oct. 28 meeting between the Chargers and Bills in San Diego one of the dream matchups of the coming NFL season. Bills owner Ralph Wilson guaranteed that. When Wilson became incensed that Butler was bolting for San Diego, he was quoted as saying he'd rather beat the Chargers than win the Super Bowl.'

Marker No small feat in a land of giants [6:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Doug Flutie remembers the snickers around the league when he first became a Buffalo Bill in 1998 -- that at age 35 he was too old. Now he sees becoming a 40-something quarterback in the NFL as a badge of honour that may be his lasting legacy.'

Marker Williams tuned in to wear a headset [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'Williams said his headset system connects him to all his offensive assistants and his defensive assistants with the flip of a switch. He has a direct line to offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard, who will work from the press box and relay play calls through quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe, and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who will be on the sideline.'

Marker Search still on for top running back [5:53 AM]
D and C reports: 'Head Coach Gregg Williams thinks any one of the three leading candidates at running back -- Sammy Morris, Shawn Bryson and Travis Henry -- is capable of starting at the position. What Williams doesn't know is which one it's going to be when the Buffalo Bills open the regular season Sept. 9 against the New Orleans Saints.'

Marker Driver of the defense [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's not just three of us out there doing the work," says Williams, who turns 29 on Oct. 24. "Now, it will be me and Phil (Hansen) and Shawn Price and Erik Flowers and some of the other young guys. I don't see the pressure being on just me. It's on the entire line because we are trying to replace not just Ted but also Marcellus Wiley."'

Marker Tasker thankful for Camp Levy [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's hard to find a flaw in the organization," he said. "They have a lot of good teachers, they're getting things installed and they've got a really good, solid plan that the players seem to believe in. They're doing it the right way."'

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August 10, 2001

Marker Team begins to focus on Rams [7:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I think this will be a good test for [us], going into the first pre-season game," coach Gregg Williams said at his press conference today. "[The Titans] played St. Louis in the second pre-season game when I was at Tennessee last year, and also we had the opportunity to practice against them in the first week of training camp, just like we did with Cleveland this past week.

Marker Pre-season offers different challenges to coaches, players [6:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "For the fans, the pre-season's tough to judge. It's hard to determine exactly where your team is, but we feel our fans will see regardless of who's on the field, a well-prepared team that will play hard and with a lot of enthusiasm. I think those are the things the fans can look for as the pre-season begins to unfold."

Marker Conaty finally becomes Bills' center of attention [6:46 PM]
AP reports: '"If you know Billy, when you're in meetings with him every day for the past four years, you know that the only thing that he's lacking is experience," veteran tackle John Fina said Friday during training camp at St. John Fisher College outside of Rochester, N.Y. "As far as the calls being made, Billy can make them in his sleep."'

Marker Bills-Rams pre-season preview [12:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The last time the Bills played a game in Orchard Park, it was one of the worst weather conditions ever seen for a Bills game, with snow, wind and ice making for a blustery afternoon in Buffalo's home finale against New England.'

Marker Training Camp Update for 08/10 [12:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'FULL SQUAD SIGNING ON FRIDAY: While there are no more Monday night
practices, the Bills would like to alert fans that there will be a total of six practice sessions between now and the end of camp when the entire team will sign autographs following the session.'

Marker Rob Johnson answers questions from users [12:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills quarterback Rob Johnson answered questions e-mailed from buffalobills.com users. Thanks to Rob for taking time out to answer the questions, as well as the fans for sending them in!'

Marker Cowart gives Bills a scare [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Sam had his back tighten up a little bit and he got hot," coach Gregg Williams said after the morning session at St. John Fisher College. "So for a precaution we said back off a little bit. He'll be fine."'

Marker Ex-Steeler happy for new opportunity as a Bill [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe was the Steelers' director of football operations while Brown was in Pittsburgh. He drafted Brown in the fifth round in 1995 out of Indiana University. During his first season, Brown played for Pittsburgh and the Arizona Cardinals, then returned to the Steelers for two seasons before being released. Brown signed with Buffalo last March.'

Marker Collins' departure means opportunities [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Everyone's helping each other out," Sheldon Jackson said. "There is no one person bad-mouthing the others. Everyone's helping each other because they do realize that there's room for the guys that are here. And we have to pull for each other to be successful in the position."'

Marker Price through paying dues [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'With the jettisoning of Wade Phillips and the entire offensive coaching staff, the straitjacket that Price played with all last year has been removed and the former Tennessee standout and Sports Illustrated cover boy expects to enjoy a breakout season in 2001.'

Marker Stiff back bothers Cowart [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Once he reached the sideline, the training staff immediately doused him with water, and a few minutes later he was carted into the locker room. Williams said Cowart was fine after practice, but as a precaution, he did nothing during the special teams workout in the afternoon.'

Marker Rookies show that Irish spirit [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think graduating from any university is an accomplishment, but Notre Dame, they did demand a lot," O'Leary said. "The transition has been easy because I came in here from a place where they disciplined you and forced things on you. I think that's paying off because in camp, you've got to have your head on straight to get through this."'

August 9, 2001

Marker Gregg Williams press conference (8/9) [8:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: On injuries: "Sam Cowart has his back tightened up a little bit and got hot just from the heat. Just for precaution we said back off a little bit and you’ll be fine. Nothing significant. Keith Newman had a very slight strain and again I think that was heat related too and repetition and real slight, we are going to look at what he’s doing this afternoon, Keith is having a really good camp."

Marker Rob Johnson press conference (8/9) [8:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: On what he wants to accomplish Sunday: "Hopefully a couple of touchdown drives. I want to go in there, go through my reads, play sharp and keep everyone healthy."

Marker Bills under the heat in Pittsford [8:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: With the heat this morning, linebacker Sam Cowart left practice with what coach Gregg Williams described as having "his back tightened up a little bit, and [he] got hot just from the heat." He added, "Just for precaution, we said back off a little bit and you’ll be fine."

Marker Whitman: From tight end to full back [8:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills rookie Josh Whitman has been presented with some interesting changes in his first training camp for the pros. With the trade of tight end Bobby Collins to Green Bay, more opportunities are knocking for hopeful rookies such as Whitman and Notre Dame's Dan O'Leary. Whitman is keeping cool with all the competition on the practice field though.'

Marker Cowart's success tempered by tragedy [8:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Sam Cowart, the Buffalo Bills hard-hitting middle linebacker, has a soft spot for his big sister Lashawn. Her tragic death, she was gunned down by a disgruntled boyfriend in 1989, is a big reason Cowart is where he is today -- coming off his first Pro Bowl season and considered one of the game's emerging best at his position.'

Marker Back spasms down Cowart [8:01 PM]
AP reports: 'Although his back remains stiff and he's not sure if he'll practice on Friday, Cowart said it's nothing that would have kept him out of a regular season game.'

Marker Who Are These Guys? [1:24 PM]
TBD reports: Early into the opening series of last Saturday's Buffalo Bills scrimmage vs Cleveland Browns at Edinboro, it hit me like an anvil landing on Wiley Coyote.  For the first time in 15 years I could not recognize the majority of the players donning Bills jerseys.  Never mind picking out the faces out of the media guide, we are talking about simple matching of names to the jersey numbers.

Marker Bills welcome new faces to camp [1:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "It started to look like [I would be moved]," Bowens said. "They drafted Jamal Reynolds, and the practice times and reps I was getting were getting reduced. I kind of thought there would be a change of scenery sooner or later, but I was happy it was sooner."

Marker Bills add to roster [1:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Allen was in Bills 1999 training camp and saw action in preseason. Recently he spent the last year playing in the Arena Football League for the Buffalo Destroyers, where he played in 7 of 24 games and had 8 touchdowns for a total of 371 yards (15.5 avg.).

Marker Buffalo shuffles around under the heat [1:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We had an opportunity to improve the organization and the team, we had some depth at tight end," Williams said, comparing the situation to Buffalo's moves on Draft day. "The same thing [happened] when this came about a few days ago prior to the scrimmage, because of our depth at tight end and [Green Bay's] lack of depth. We posed back to being able to get another pass rusher in here, and it worked out for both of us that way.'

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