Kelly merits first-ballot election [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'Quarterback Jim Kelly is eligible to appear on the ballot for the first time this year, and the response of the voters will provide a strong clue to the future hopes of his most prominent Buffalo teammates.'
The Bills have made a series of major changes [5:30 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"It didn't take us long once we got here to know we had to make a decision," said Williams, whose Bills play the Rams tonight in a preseason game with Rob Johnson alone at the helm. "The team is relieved that there is one guy who is our guy, our starter, our leader. The (other players) have been very positive in accepting him in that role. Any quarterback has a tendency to have a more confident air about him when he knows he's not looking over his shoulder."'
Mike Martz wants his defense to be a hit from the start [5:28 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Look for all of the Rams' defensive starters to play longer against Buffalo. Against Miami, coordinator Lovie Smith began pulling some starters after the first series or two. There will be a similar plan in effect on offense, except for the Rams' headliners.'
Things to Watch—Rams v. Buffalo [5:26 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Once again, Kurt Warner will barely be in long enough to work up a sweat. Mike Martz plans to play him one series, before Joe Germaine gets the rest of the first half. Marc Bulger could play the entire second half.'
Team finalizes preparation for Sunday's game [3:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Anytime you get a chance to play in front of your home crowd and get an opportunity to play, you're going to have a good showing," Eric Moulds said. "Even though it's a pre-season game, you still want to go out there and make plays. A lot of guys are trying to make the team, and it's important for those guys to have a good showing, because you always find the guy who steps up at this point in pre-season."
Levy returning to Williamsburg as neighborhood Hall of Famer [3:31 PM]
Norfolk Virginian Pilot reports: 'Marv Levy left Williamsburg 32 years ago for a pro football career that earned him fame and glory, if not a Super Bowl victory. Soon, he'll return to leafy Kingsmill as the neighborhood Hall of Famer.'
Bills prepare to test defense against mighty Rams [2:55 PM]
AP reports: '"They've got the best offense in football," Bills rookie defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. "We want to see if we can play with them. And that's a big test for us."'
Cowart questionable for Bills preseason opener [2:53 PM]
AP reports: '"I'm hoping I can get out there tomorrow, but I'm not going to rush it if I don't feel like I can get out there and contribute," he said. "I'm feeling a lot better than I was yesterday. ... If I do (play), it'll be a game-time decision."'
Van Pelt's situation better than ever [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I couldn't have picked a better scenario than to stay in Buffalo and have the West Coast offense come here," Van Pelt said Friday. "I think this is a great fit for me."'
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.'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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."'
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."'
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.
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."
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."'
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.'
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.'
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!'
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."'
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.'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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."'
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."
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