Former Bills Lineman Takes Place As Legend [3:41 PM]
D & C reports: '"Buffalo was a great place to play," he said. "The people of Buffalo are wonderful, they took this southern boy in and put their arms around me. I can't say enough for the treatment I received from the people of Buffalo."'
Ex-Jacket Entering Pro Hall [3:35 PM]
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: '[Billy Shaw] started at offensive guard and defensive tackle [at Georgia Tech] from 1958-60, earning All-SEC honors two years. He was inducted into the Tech Hall of Fame in 1979. Shaw, who was selected for induction into the Pro Hall by the veterans committee, parlayed his Tech success into a legendary career with the Bills of the fledgling American Football League. In nine seasons, Shaw was named Bills captain for eight seasons, earned first-team All-AFL honors five times and helped lead Buffalo to championships in 1964-65. All that, and his salary in each of his first two years was $11,000.'
Bills Team Report - 8/6 [12:06 PM]
The Sporting News reports:
Training Camp Photos [9:18 AM]
AP reports: Training camp photos with a smattering of Billy Shaw thrown in.
Johnson accepts Bills' QB scene [9:13 AM]
AP reports: Johnson accepts his current role, but still shows desire to show his talents.
Hall Of Fame Inductee Shaw A True Throwback [6:42 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'When [Billy] Shaw retired after the 1969 season, the Houston Oilers, who had lost both of their starting guards, made him an offer of three years for more money than he had made in all previous nine years combined. But he turned it down for reasons having nothing to do with money. "I could not envision myself putting on somebody else's uniform,'' he said. "I was a Buffalo Bill.''...Shaw also loved the [Buffalo] fans. "They were as faithful as faithful can be,'' he said.
Newsome, Mack Primed For Hall Of Fame Homecoming [6:38 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '[Tom Mack] had to wait 11 years to finally get the call to Canton, while [Billy] Shaw — a starring offensive guard for the Buffalo Bills from 1961 to 1969 — waited almost three times that. "There were only three guards in the hall. Now he and I make five,'' Shaw said. "I can't explain to you why more guards haven't made it into the Hall of Fame. But it's an honor.'''
Out Of Place [6:23 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Johnson is trying to be patient, but he can hear the clock ticking. "I want to play," he said. "I'm 26. This is going to be my fifth year, and I've started six games. It's not my decision; it's their decision," he said. "I like it here, I like the team. If they want to keep me, great. "I know there's somewhere in the league for me. If this is going to be Doug's team for years, they'll probably trade me and try to get something for me."'
New Tight End Jennings Says He'll Be A Bill [6:19 AM]
D & C reports: 'Jennings was signed after Jerry Ross left camp last weekend. Coach Wade Phillips wanted five tight ends in camp, so Jennings joined Jay Riemersma, Eric Stocz and fellow rookies Bobby Collins and Sheldon Jackson. Jennings played collegiately for Mississippi State, but he ran into academic problems and didn't play as a senior. For that reason, he went undrafted last April, but Cincinnati signed him to a free-agent contract. However, the Bengals released him before training camp, so he was available for the Bills, but regardless of what he thinks, he's a definite long shot to make the roster.'
Shuffling Of Line Proves Bills' Confidence In Hicks [6:15 AM]
D & C reports: '"I have enough confidence that we have three tackles (including left tackle John Fina) who are strong enough to play and you always have Jerry as the fourth," Phillips said yesterday. "If Hicks was ready but Spriggs wasn't, then we don't have enough guys and we don't make the move. But it was a combination of both those guys doing well enough. Last year, we weren't in that position."'
The Last Word [7:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Phillips has cultivated some depth at a variety of positions but, as always, how far the Bills go will depend largely on overall team health. It's the same for virtually every team in the league -- injuries tell the tale.'
Bills' Wiley Has Charges Dropped [6:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Wiley and his girlfriend filed charges against one another in Orchard Park Town Court following a domestic dispute in May, but each dropped the charges in court Tuesday.'
Back In The Backfield [6:31 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Bills' concern over Smith's condition has ranged from borderline panic to relaxed optimism. Wade Phillips used the word "chronic" in describing the injury earlier in the week, but Wednesday said he was expecting Smith back. He couldn't say when.'
Bills Won't Use Thomas To Replace Smith [6:27 AM]
D & C reports: 'Asked if he could return to full-time duty after settling into a speciality back role, Thomas, 33, said he'd do it but warned he'd be shot by mid-season. "I'm not ready to go back to full time," said the man who is ninth on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 11,786 yards. "I like the role I'm in, not all beat up and unable to practice until Thursdays. "If I have to play full time, go 60 or 70 plays, I'm ready to try early in the season but once it gets late in the year, I'd have to cut back and rest. It's just because of my age and I've been hit so much in 12 years. It's just the way it is, like a Marcus Allen."'
Bills, 'O' Marks The Spot On The Line [6:22 AM]
D & C reports: 'This season, second-year tackle Robert Hicks and third-year man Marcus Spriggs have demonstrated they're ready to contribute more than shade. Their readiness convinced the coaching staff it was time to reshuffle the deck and find the best starting five. That means the 325-pound Ostroski, one of the strongest players on the Bills, replaces the 298-pound Zeigler, who has struggled for two seasons at center against ever-enlarging nose tackles. It means Hicks, a mammoth 6-7, 340-pounder in the mold of Howard "House" Ballard goes in at right tackle, with the 315-pound Spriggs, presently nursing a hip flexor injury, there to push him. "I think it's a good combination," coach Wade Phillips said. "I wasn't positive we had the best five out there (before). We'll see if that's the case now."'
Running Back Not A Healthy Issue For Bills [1:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: "There are two nightmarish injuries for football players who are in running positions. Groin pulls and hamstring strains are the worst kind of physical woes for running backs, wideouts, defensive backs and linebackers. And, suddenly, the Bills’ interest in wayward running back Lawrence Phillips is understandable. It was an horrendous public relations decision, given Phillips low-character history. But it spoke volumes about the Bills’ concern over Smith’s health."
Versatile Ostroski Moves From Tackle Spot To Center [6:29 AM]
D & C reports: '"We brought Jerry back because he's a good player and he's versatile enough to play a lot of postions. In this case, it can really help us," Phillips said. "But there were a lot of factors. Hicks and Spriggs have looked good. Last year, no way could we do this. We didn't even know who the backups would be. But we're trying to get a starting unit, the best five, together and give it time to jell."'
Bills' QB Showdown [6:25 AM]
D & C reports: '"I prefer to stay here, but sure, I'd love to play somewhere else if Doug's going to be the man here for a long time," Johnson said. "This year will tell a lot. Salary cap wise, I'm sure they can keep us both another year and be fine but after that it'll get tough and I know, from talking to people, there are three or four spots out there where I could start. But they have me for five years if they want. We'll see. I don't worry about it now. I'm happy. I'm fine."'
Bruce On The Loose [6:19 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"We have some exciting new players and some who have been here a while and are ready to blossom," Smith said. "And we have some older players who just seem to keep getting better and better."
Bills Team Report - 8/3 [12:06 PM]
The Sporting News reports:
Fair Deal [7:31 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"All I wanted was to be treated fairly," Reed said. "I just wanted to be paid. That's all you deserve. Fortunately we got something accomplished, and I'm here to play."'
Antowain Smith's Groin Injury Flares Up Again, Worrying Bills [6:29 AM]
D & C reports: "Smith aggravated his groin in June working out at his home in Alabama. He came to Buffalo to be examined by team doctor John Marzo and a magnetic resonance imaging exam was taken. But after running hard on Day One of camp Saturday, Smith's groin tightened on Sunday."
Reed: 'Good To Be Back' [6:25 AM]
D & C reports: '"I had a nice talk with Mr. Wilson a week and a half ago, talked about a lot of things, and came to an agreement on a lot of things," Reed said. "I've always wanted to play football. I think that's what I was born to do, and born to wear red, white and blue. It's good to be back."'
Billy Shaw has made it to the Hall of Fame [4:40 PM]
No Guarantees [7:23 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"I have to use this camp to prepare to be the starter," Flutie said. "I've got to perform. There's no security in this profession, and Rob's one hell of a quarterback."'
Wakeup Call [7:18 AM]
Fox Sports reports: "Propelled by rigorous workouts and guided by countless hours of studying tape with running backs coach Bishop Harris, Smith is determined to prove that Buffalo made the right choice when it drafted the former University of Houston star in the first round in 1997."
Smith Fired Up For Bills Camp [6:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: "When Buffalo running back Antowain Smith heard that the Bills were taking a serious look at troubled Lawrence Phillips during the off-season, he got moving. He woke up early to lift weights. He went running in the searing heat of Houston's summer afternoons. He peeled the skin off chicken and piled vegetables on his plate. "They were trying to tell me something," said Smith, who gained a respectable but unspectacular 1,124 yards last season while averaging what for him was a disappointing 3.8 yards per carry."
Tight End Candidate Leaves Camp; Reed Checks In Late [6:41 AM]
D & C reports: "Jerry [Ross] worked real hard in the off-season and I thought he was committed to playing. But he said his heart wasn't in it and you have to respect that," Phillips said. "If your heart isn't in this game, you're in trouble, so it's best he did leave."
Monumental Washington Stresses Conditioning [6:39 AM]
D & C reports: "This year I have some goals to attain and I'm going to go and try to get 'em," said Washington, who despite a second straight trip to the Pro Bowl is coming off a season in which his pants size overshadowed his immense talent. "I didn't think I had a good season last year and I want to try and get back to where I was in '97."
Bills Training Scout To Find More Unheralded Players [6:32 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: "In scouting you're seeing the future of a team right in front of you," [Dennis Abraham, a Bills' scouting assistant who dreams of one day becoming a full-fledged scout] says. "You get to see the future stars of the NFL, and you're going to hit or miss on them, that's the challenge. Everybody can scout the big superstars. But it's a big challenge to find the Phil Hansens, the House Ballards. That's how Buffalo really set itself in the early '90s and late '80s. It really set itself on that. We have the best scouting staff in the NFL, bar none."
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