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Buffalo Bills News - September 4, 2001

Marker Here's hoping cutting Jones isn't a mistake [1:42 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Presumably, Gregg Williams has a plan. But I'm still confused by his decision to cut veteran strong safety Henry Jones.'

Marker A gameplan months in the making [1:12 PM] reports: While some coaches use just four days to prepare for opponent, coach Gregg Williams decided to use the four months leading into this season to help prepare for Sunday's opener against the New Orleans Saints. With Bills a much younger team than last year's, maintaining a positive frame of mind will be a key this season, and the first five games will be a tough test for the team. For that reason, Williams has spent as much time as possible working on the New Orleans game and the first few games of the schedule.

Marker Bills put five on practice squad (make that four) [1:07 PM] reports: The Bills Tuesday announced the five players on the practice squad:

  • Jon Carman, T, 2nd year, Georgia Tech
  • Reggie Allen, WR, 1st year, Central Michigan
  • David Dinkins, RB, rookie, Morehead State
  • Kendrick Office, DE, rookie, West Alabama
    Jimmy Williams (CB, rookie, Vanderbilt) was reported signed but according to Empire there is a snag in negotiations.
    All were players cut from the training camp roster.

    Marker Buffalo migration helps rebuilding Chargers, admits blame in QB controversy [12:55 PM]
    USA Today reports: There's a decidedly new look this season to the San Diego Bills, er, Chargers. From the front office to the locker room, there are former Buffalo Bills everywhere.

    Butler says he's largely to blame for the QB controversy that split the Bills' locker room, front office and fans the past 3 years. "It was probably my fault," he says. "I always envisioned that if you had two very talented QBs you'd be better off. I never envisioned that sides would be taken the way they were. But you had two young men who are extremely competitive, and that's what happened."

    Marker Many ex-Bills cut [9:33 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: Daryl Porter, who signed with Miami in March after three seasons with Buffalo, was one of several former Bills who found themselves without a job Sunday night. The Dolphins cut Porter, who led the team with 24 tackles during the preseason. Veteran QB Billy Joe Hobert was let go by the Colts, DE Corey Moore - cut by the Bills this year - was released by the Bengals and OT Robert Hicks parted with the Lions.

    Marker Henry Jones headlines final cuts for Bills [9:29 AM]
    WGR reports: In the short tenure of the new Bills brainstrust they have shown a penchant for being decisive no matter what player it involves. A week before training camp they cut veteran linebacker, John Holecek. History repeated itself Sunday when the Bills reduced their roster to 53. Henry Jones name stood out like a shining beacon in the night on the Bills cut list.

    Marker After winning, biggest Bills fan is already losing (weight) [9:24 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'On July 26, Georger, who is 20, weighed 145 pounds. On Aug. 26 at Edgefest, where contestants weighed in, he tipped the scale at 181 pounds.'

    Marker Gregg Williams post-practice quotes (9/3) [9:11 AM] reports: He speaks on the release of Henry Jones, the role of the strong safety, on Travis Henry, on the roster's youth and on the kicking game.

    Marker Hill hears opportunity knocking [9:07 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: '"Yes, he's ready to take over," Irvin said of Hill. "No one is setting him up for failure. That's why he's in there - because they feel like he can get it done. He'll be ready."'

    Marker Christie keeps kicking job . . . for now [9:06 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'On Monday, Bills coach Gregg Williams asserted, "Steve's still our kicker." That didn't need to be said two months ago.'

    Marker Haslett says Saints healthy [7:58 AM]
    New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'The Saints are interested in signing veteran strong safety Henry Jones, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Saints general manager Randy Mueller talked with Jones' agent Jim Steiner on Monday about trying to arrange a visit sometime this week, said Ben Dogra, a partner in Steiner's St. Louis-based office.'

    Marker Hill thrust into Bills' starting safety position [6:05 AM]
    AP reports: '"It's hard because I hope everybody doesn't expect me to fill his shoes, because I can't fill his shoes," said Hill, who coincidentally learned of the news while celebrating his 25th birthday on Sunday. "He's Henry Jones and I'm Raion Hill. And all I can do is be me."'

    Marker Hill now Bills safety valve [5:19 AM]
    D and C reports: 'Two years ago Raion Hill wasn't good enough to make the Buffalo Bills opening-day roster. As of Sunday afternoon -- the day he celebrated his 25th birthday -- Hill is the team's new starting strong safety.'

    Marker Bills applying pressure, but Christie doesn't wilt [5:19 AM]
    D and C reports: 'Sunday, the Bills brought in veteran Al Del Greco and young Jon Hilbert for tryouts in the wake of Christie's disastrous 4-for-11 preseason, but both left town without the Bills' job. "Steve is still our kicker," Williams said. "He's made a bunch of kicks in his time, and that always figures in."'

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    September 3, 2001

    Marker Christie's job on the line entering season [6:36 PM]
    AP reports: 'After blaming his recent troubles on tall grass in Cincinnati, and the fact that he has a new long-snapper and holder, Christie is now pointing the finger at himself. "It was me. And I'll take the responsibility for that," Christie said. "I just need to come through now, so that's that."'

    Marker Ask Leif Larsen [5:24 PM] reports: Ask Bills Player of the Week defensive tackle Leif Larsen a question.

    Marker Colts agree to contract with former Bills CB [3:47 PM]
    ESPN reports: He was 1993 Buffalo Bills 1st round pick who has been with the Bears but was released under a change of management. He signed a 1 year, $1 Million deal with Indianapolis Colts.

    Marker Bills send Henry Jones packing [9:06 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: '"It wasn't an easy decision. It's something we gave a lot of thought and consideration to over the last couple of weeks. We certainly wish all the best for Henry. He's been an outstanding player here and a better person for the organization and the community. We wish him well."'

    Marker New ghosts will haunt Bills' payroll [9:05 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'With the release of veteran safety Henry Jones, the Bills have about $20.5 million in cap space committed to players who are no longer on the team. That means 30 percent of their $67.4 million salary cap total for this year is devoted to invisible men.'

    Marker Williams burns his signature into Bills' canvas [9:04 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'The coach had other ideas. No matter how good the Bills were on defense last year, they weren't as good as the unit Williams had overseen in Tennessee. The Titans' relentless, swarming defense yielded the fewest yards in the league. They played out of the 4-3, and so would the Bills. If the personnel didn't fit the mold, well, he'd cram it home.'

    Marker NFL kicks in to give football field a face-lift [9:03 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'City officials and representatives from the Buffalo Bills will hold a news conference at noon Tuesday at Emerson Field, next to Emerson Vocational High School on Sycamore Street. They are expected to discuss a $243,000 restoration that will include an improved playing surface, new bleachers and a new scoreboard.'

    Marker Bills waive bye to safety Jones [5:07 AM]
    D and C reports: '"We've got a certain style of defense that we are trying to implement here and it requires a strong safety to play a little differently than maybe the previous defense required the strong safety to play. "The strong safety in our defense plays more like a linebacker, probably more than some of the other defenses in the league so, philosophically, we have a different style of defense."'

    September 2, 2001

    Marker Jones tops list of most surprising cuts [6:06 PM]
    ESPN reports: '"Stunned," said Jones, a 10-year veteran, after his release. "There's no other word for it. I never saw it coming. There were no hints at all."'

    Marker Veteran safety Jones among Bills players cuts [5:23 PM]
    AP reports: 'Without Jones, the most experienced player in the backfield is third-year veteran Keion Carpenter. Backing up Jones on the current depth chart is Raion Hill, who appeared in 16 games last season, mostly on special teams.'

    Marker Bills make cuts [4:37 PM] reports:

  • Curtis Alexander, RB, Alabama
  • Reggie Allen, WR, Central Michigan
  • David Bowens, DE, Western Illinois
  • Jon Carman, T, Georgia Tech
  • Kwame Cavil, WR, Texas
  • Henry Jones, S, Illinois
  • Brian Leigeb, S, Central Michigan
  • Jarrett Procell, DE, Louisiana Tech
  • Jimmy Robinson, LB, Western Illinois
  • Josh Whitman, TE, Illinois
  • Jimmy Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

    Marker Bills have already started cutting and examining waiver wire [11:29 AM]
    WNSA reports: They were lesser known players, Allen – Rosier (WRs) and LB Robinson. The Bills will now be making more decisions before Sunday afternoon.

    It's also expected the Bills will be scouring the waiver/cut wires to see if there is someone that could be useful to the Bills – especially on the offensive line. Even getting someone with NFL experience would pose a problem for the player since he would have to start fresh with a new system.

    Marker Right cornerback: Irvin still has it covered [9:15 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'He's too short. He's not fast enough. He doesn't make enough big plays. He can't cover the top wide receivers. If those things are true, why is Irvin starting at right cornerback for the Buffalo Bills? Is it out of the goodness of the Bills' heart that he's been a starter for three of his first six seasons in the NFL? Or is it that maybe, just maybe, Irvin is better than he's been given credit for.'

    Marker Coach Williams isn't the only one who makes lists about the Bills [9:13 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson needs to adopt some of that old Jim Kelly swagger, the attitude that says, "I'm the Man and I don't care what anyone thinks." Could you imagine Kelly complaining that Sports Illustrated had photographed him in a hot tub and depicted him as a playboy? He'd have thrown a party at his house and handed out copies.'

    Marker To be, or not to be . . . Bills have way more questions than that [9:12 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'In the last 12 games, starting with the Jets at The Ralph on Oct. 7, the Bills play just two 2000 playoff teams. Even with a horrible start could they make enough hay in the next three months to make a run at a wild-card spot? Or is 8-8 the best we can expect?'

    Marker Bills depth chart [9:10 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have to cut their roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. today.
    Here is the depth chart as of Saturday afternoon...'.

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