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Buffalo Bills News - July 12, 2001

Marker Leigeb headed to NFL [5:39 AM]
Midland Daily News reports: '"They must have called him five times on Tuesday," Phil Leigeb said.'

Marker Bills sign two players [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills signed free agent safety Brian Leigeb and center Michael Early yesterday while releasing free agent rookie center Randall Cummins.'

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July 11, 2001

Marker From NFL to Bislett Games [3:55 PM]
Norway Post reports: \'Last season he starred for the Buffalo Bills in the U.S. National Football League. On Friday Leif Olve Dolonen Larsen, 26, is one of the main attractions at the track and field festival Bislett Games in Oslo.\'

Marker Phillips ruling pending [3:54 PM]
D and C reports: 'The NFL has yet to make a ruling on Wade Phillips' contract dispute with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills Alumni to assist with Educational and Athletic Camp [3:19 PM] reports: 'Members of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation are participating in the second annual Educational/Athletic Camp being held at Buffalo State College on Elmwood Avenue through July 14th.'

Marker Bills/Gatorade Jr. Training Camp heads for Amherst [3:18 PM] reports: 'Tomorrow afternoon at 1:00PM, the Bills/Gatorade Jr. Training Camp will be making its sixth stop on its journey across Western New York at St. Leo's School (Northeast YMCA) located at 903 Sweet Home Road in Amherst, New York. '

Marker Bills make roster moves [3:17 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed two free agents- center Michael Early and safety Brian Leigeb. In accordance with club policy terms were not disclosed.'

Marker Campers have a field day with Ruben Brown [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Their host was Buffalo Bills guard Ruben Brown, and they knew a good time was guaranteed.'

Marker Bills try to sign draft picks [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: But the agents of cornerback Nate Clements, defensive end Aaron Schobel and running back Travis Henry are confident their clients will be under contract when the Bills\' rookies and veterans begin practice on July 29 at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford.\'

Marker No. 6 pick Alexander agrees to 3-year deal [6:54 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The Titans yesterday worked out [Former Bill] Jonathan Linton, another potential reserve running back. ''We've seen enough film on him, we know what he can do. We just wanted to visit with him and give him a physical,'' Reese said.'

July 10, 2001

Marker Developing Trend: Media Picking Bills in 2001 [11:57 PM]
TBD reports: 'Predictions don't mean much, but they do show that people are taking notice of you. It would be easy to ignore the Bills on the heels of an offseason which they lost some very good players, saw a major turnover of a respected front office team AND hired a new, untested coaching staff installing all new systems in the process.'

Marker Sammy Morris vs. Shawn Bryson vs. Travis Henry for Bills' No. 1 running back job. [9:27 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Bills must have a running game to help take the pressure off Rob Johnson, so one of these guys has to win the job. Running by committee isn't the answer. Likely winner: Henry.

Marker Bills' new look starts at top [5:03 PM] reports: 'Nowhere in the NFL did an average season breed more renovation than Buffalo, where the coaching staff, front office, and depth chart all underwent offseason makeovers. '

Marker Levy's legacy [2:11 PM] reports: "When we were driving for Super Bowl XXV, he had adopted the phrase 'One more river to cross," receiver James Lofton recalled. "He would sing the song and nobody had ever heard of it. We didn't know where it came from, but it did become our rallying cry."

Marker Bills single-game tickets go on sale this Saturday [2:11 PM] reports: ' The Buffalo Bills are reminding fans that single-game tickets for 2001 will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, July 14th beginning at 9:00 AM. '

Marker Ruben Brown selected as one of the "Good Guys" [2:08 PM] reports: 'A Pro Bowl selection in each of the last five seasons with the Bills, guard RUBEN BROWN is also one of the "Good Guys" in sports, according to the July 16th issue of The Sporting News. For the third straight year, the magazine has selected 99 "good guys" from the sports that it covers and Ruben is one of 25 NFL players chosen. '

Marker Offensive burden falls on Johnson [10:15 AM]
The Sporting News reports: How the Bills will adjust to a new offense and a new coaching staff. After several lackluster offensive seasons under Wade Phillips, new coach Gregg Williams hopes to open things up.
He hired Mike Sheppard as his offensive coordinator, and Sheppard is installing the potentially explosive West Coast offense.

July 9, 2001

Marker Ruben Brown Football Camp for Kids [11:34 PM] reports: 'Bills all-pro guard RUBEN BROWN will host a group of 150 youngsters from the Salvation Army at the inaugural "Ruben Brown Football Camp for Kids," sponsored by the Adam's Mark Hotel. The event will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10, at Ralph Wilson Stadium from 1:00-5:00 PM.'

July 8, 2001

Marker AFC East still open as camps start [6:55 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Some veteran Bills felt Phillips squandered what was a potential Super Bowl team when he took over for Marv Levy. Hoping to reach those heights this year is folly.'

July 6, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills 2000 Highlight Film [9:13 PM]
ESPN reports: The Buffalo Bills 2000 Highlight Film will be shown on ESPN2 at 6:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, July 7th. Repeats on Monday, July 9th on ESPN2 at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, July 22nd on ESPN2 at 3:30 a.m.

Marker Tim Hasselbeck hears from the fans! [4:08 PM] reports: poster, Bill Race, submitted this to Tim:

'A Buffalo Bills game is more than just a game, it is an experience. It starts meeting friends in the parking lot, shoot the breeze, look at all the impossible fan activities going on and fixing a fine lunch to share.

Next, off to the game at 12:15, meet more old friends inside. Now for a great game.

The Bills always win (almost). Back to the parking lot to rehash the game, moan about the officials and another meal. What did I like best??? ..The atmosphere!!!'

Marker Get to know Tim Hasselbeck [4:05 PM] reports: 'Rookie quarterback Tim Hasselbeck recently sat down with to answer a few questions about his adjustment to Buffalo...'

Marker Crowded Backfields Abound in NFL [3:45 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'The rookie, Henry, has the best chance to be a first- and second-down back. He's a very powerful runner with a low center of gravity and tremendous desire. On the other hand, Morris is a terrific receiver with good run skills, adequate speed and very good balance and body control but questionable durability. Bryson has the best speed of the three and is a breakaway threat, but he also has the fewest run skills. Hands-wise, Bryson's between Henry and Morris.'

July 5, 2001

Marker Salary cap status of all 31 teams [3:24 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo Bills: $1.28 million.

Marker Marv Levy retirement speech [3:21 PM] reports: 'FLASHBACK: The following is a transcript of the speech Bills coach Marv Levy delivered at his retirement press conference on Dec. 31, 1997.'

Marker Bills draftee writes about returning home [3:19 PM] reports: 'Buffalo Bills third-round pick Jonas Jennings is entering his first season in the NFL following a standout career at the University of Georgia. Jennings will be sharing his thoughts on his first season throughout the year on You can also see his last report from the end of June Team Camp.'

Marker NFL needs to carefully enforce new rules [3:14 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Better sportsmanship will be emphasized, and the officials will be the police. If a player taunts, the referee will march off a 15-yard penalty. Sack dances, spikes, home run swings, incredible hulk type motions, ball spinning and military salutes aimed at opponents or benches will result in 15-yard penalties.'

Marker Negotiating contracts is the ultimate off-field game [10:07 AM] reports: Right now, McGee (agent from Peerless Price) and Jim Overdorf, the Bills' contract negotiator, are currently working on a deal to sign Henry. "Contracts are all about timing and patience," McGee says. "Like with Travis Henry, I want to get something done; it's just difficult at this time."

July 4, 2001

Marker How a Buffalo Bill Celebrates the 4th of July [3:42 PM] reports: 'The 4th of July is a time to enjoy fireworks, barbecues, family and friends. The Buffalo Bills use the holiday to appreciate their time at home. After all, these are their days to relax before the stress and hard work of training camp kick in at the end of the month. Some of the Bills prefer to stay low key and watch fireworks at home with their family.'

Marker Season of hope: Speculation about to give way to reality [3:40 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'QB Rob Johnson -- The Bills made the right decision in making Johnson their starter and letting Doug Flutie walk. Now it's time for Johnson to show that he can be a legitimate starter. He has all the tools, but he has had trouble staying healthy, some say because he holds the ball far too long. That's a criticism to some, but isn't that also an indication of his desire to make a play? Now that the Bills have adopted a version of the West Coast offense, Johnson should have a better chance of staying healthy. Plus, he doesn't have to worry about the pain from all the knives in his back courtesy of Flutie.'

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