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Buffalo Bills News - March 16, 2001

Marker Williams puts Brown on spot to lift line play [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Williams was especially blunt with his offensive linemen. He thinks some of them are too fat. He doesn't believe they have been as unified as your typical offensive line. He said he wants them all in Buffalo for offseason conditioning. He's issued them a challenge to their manhood, the verbal equivalent of a slap to the head from a pass rusher.'

Marker Rob's showing in camp excites new staff [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm impressed with some of the skill people we have," Williams said. "No doubt in my mind if you've had a chance to see Rob (Johnson) throw the way he threw in this camp that he's going to be better. He's excited. He's got the coaching staff excited.'

Marker Williams has come a long way [12:09 AM]
ESPN reports: 'He's since become an accomplished NFL coach, having spent the last 11 seasons in the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans organization -- the last five as defensive coordinator of one of the best defenses in the league.'

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March 15, 2001

Marker Interesting [10:37 PM]
Shout! reports: 'After three days of voluntary off-season conditioning team practice sessions, the Bills seem pretty pepped-up. Coaches are intense; players seem a little more animated. There is definitely a different feel to this team than Wade Phillips' teams.'

Marker Mock Draft from [6:59 PM]
reports: Russ Lande's Mock draft has the Bills going for defensive line help, namely Richard Seymour   , DT   , Georgia.

Marker Dolphins sign former Bills safety Porter [5:55 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Porter, 27, is a Fort Lauderdale native, which played a role in his decision to join the AFC East rival Dolphins.'

Marker Porter to sign; Sharper visits [5:41 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '...They agreed to terms with Buffalo safety Daryl Porter on a two-year $1 million contract, according to a source...'.

Marker Sparks will fly when Bills meet Chargers [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills quarterback Rob Johnson said circle the date when he goes head-to-head with Doug Flutie, his former Buffalo teammate and nemesis who signed with the Chargers after being released two weeks ago.'

March 14, 2001

Marker Raiola to enter NFL draft [7:48 PM]
Discover Omaha reports: 'Background information on All-America center Dominic Raiola.'

Marker Draft Dish: Nebraska center Dominic Raiola [7:46 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Gary Horton writes: 'While we were in Indianapolis for the combine we heard Buffalo took exceptional interest in Nebraska center Dominic Raiola. Apparently, that still is the case. Even though eight-year veteran Jerry Ostroski currently is Buffalo's center, he was a tackle two years ago. There is a chance he could move back to right tackle, where the Bills have had trouble, and the team would insert Raiola into the starting lineup. . . . '

Marker Williams is a class act [4:01 PM] reports: 'Gregg Williams is a class act and we are lucky to have him here in Buffalo. Before making his way up north, Williams had the distinction of coaching with only one other NFL team, the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. There were many reasons that Williams stayed in Tennessee and many that made him decide to move.'

Marker Bills practices will now always start with special teams [4:00 PM] reports: 'The Bills' new coaching staff will emphasize special teams for the 2001 season, and after starting out each of their workout sessions this week with special teams work, coach Gregg Williams said that's no accident.'

Marker Salary Cap Status (as of March 12th) [10:19 AM]
ESPN reports: They don't list the number of players under contract. The Bills have the most "room" in the East - $2.6 mil. (NY: $2.5m; NE: $1.9m; Indy: $1.1m; Miami: 600k) Cap totals range from the Titans ($48k) to both Ohio teams ($10.1m).

Marker Lance Brown could help on special teams [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brown, 29, is a fifth-year veteran who spent two seasons each in Pittsburgh (1998-99) and Arizona (1995-96). He was out of football last season. Brown played in Pittsburgh while Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe was the Steelers' director of football operations.'

Marker Falcons sign P Chris Mohr [5:42 AM]
Falcons Insider reports: 'What Mohr also brings is an experienced and competent holder.'

Marker Falcons getting Mohr experience at punter [5:37 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Mohr, born in Atlanta, attended Briarwood Academy in Warrenton, about 40 miles west of Augusta, and his offseason home is in nearby Thomson.'

Marker Bills considering various kickers [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: '...Al Del Greco, cut recently by the Tennessee Titans; Richie Cunningham, who had two strong seasons for the Dallas Cowboys in 1997 and '98; and Jon Hilbert, who was in the Bills' training camp last season. GM Tom Donahoe has also not ruled out re-signing Steve Christie...'

March 13, 2001

Marker Bills add DB Lance Brown [11:39 PM]
Shout! reports: 'On the second day of the Bills' off-season conditioning program -- don't you dare call it a mini-camp -- they added free agent defensive back Lance Brown. He has played four NFL seasons with the Cardinals and Steelers, but was out of the league last season after being cut by Pittsburgh.'

Marker Like what's new? [11:38 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Yesterday after practice I approached linebackers Keith Newman and Corey Moore and asked them, "Hey, what's new?" They looked at me like I was an idiot, though I was simply trying to strike up a conversation (my pick-up lines are just as good).'

Marker Banking on the future [8:22 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Marcellus Wiley isn't what you would call a name player. But he is 26 years young, plays a position (defensive end) coaches covet and has improved each year he's been in the league. That is why San Diego struck quickly to get his signature on a six-year, $40-million contract.'

Marker Defensive back Lance Brown signs contract with Bills [8:20 PM]
AP reports: 'In Buffalo, Brown is reunited with Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe, who drafted Brown for Pittsburgh in the fifth round in 1995 out of Indiana University. He split that season between the Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, played in '96 for Arizona and returned to play in Pittsburgh for two seasons before being cut last season.'

Marker Falcons sign P Chris Mohr [8:19 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Atlanta Falcons filled a void Tuesday by signing punter Chris Mohr, who spent the previous 10 seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 11-year veteran replaces Dan Stryzinski, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.'

Marker Falcons sign punter Mohr [4:42 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Eleven-year veteran punter Chris Mohr, an Atlanta native released last month by the Buffalo Bills for salary cap reasons, has signed a two-year contract with the Falcons. The financial details were not yet available on the deal.'

Marker Mohr is no Mohr a Bill [3:37 PM] reports: ''s Len Pasquarelli reports the Atlanta Falcons have signed free agent P Chris Mohr (Bills) to a two-year deal. Financial details have not been released.'

Marker Bills Sign Free Agent Defensive Back [1:32 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed free agent defensive back Lance Brown. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Brown, 29, enters his fifth season in the NFL after spending two years in Pittsburgh (1998-99) and two in Arizona (1995-96). A special teams standout in his two seasons with the Steelers, he recorded 36 special teams tackles and two forced fumbles in the two years. Brown spent the 2000 season out of football.

Brown will join the team on the field during their three-day offseason conditioning program this week. The Bills have two on-field sessions remaining this week, today and tomorrow from 1:30-3:00 PM each day.

Marker Defense excited about switch to 4-3 scheme [12:11 PM] reports: 'While the buzz around the recent coaching changes in Buffalo have centered around the West Coast offense, there will be a significant change on the other side of the football as well, as the Bills will be slowly shifting to a 4-3 defense for next season.'

Marker Fina ready to learn despite recovering from surgery [12:10 PM] reports: "Im kind of the guy who encourages them, Im not so much the teacher. I will tell them what I think, because you just have to, when you are in a position like mine, you just have to encourage them, and give them things to think about because they get enough direct instruction."

Marker The first day of school [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams confirmed Monday what most observers presumed since he was hired: He wants the four-man line with three linebackers to be the Bills' base defense. The Bills gave it a whirl for the first time as they opened their offseason conditioning program with the first of three days of practice on the field.'

Marker Flowers needs some pruning for next season [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So, as the Bills began their 16-week offseason conditioning program Monday, Flowers is taking steps to become a lean, mean quarterback-sacking machine.'

Marker Pact with Van Pelt expected soon [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Three players who aren't under contract were in attendance, along with all of the team's regulars. Quarterback Alex Van Pelt, defensive lineman Shawn Price and defensive back Ray Hill, all unrestricted free agents, each were on the field working out on a limited basis. All three are interested in rejoining the Bills.'

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