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Buffalo Bills News - July 22, 2001

Marker New-look Bills promise effort, but will need time to grow [6:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'With so much going on, it would be unrealistic to expect immediate success from these new-look Bills. New jeans and sneakers take time to break in. Still, nobody on the Bills is crying "Wait for 2002."'

Marker Donahoe rebuilding Bills with steely work ethic [6:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Entrusted by owner Ralph Wilson to make sure these Bills aren't counterfeit like last year's stumblin', bumblin' 8-8 crew, Donahoe's game plan may ultimately determine the long-term future of the franchise in these parts. History suggests he is up for the challenge.'

Marker Williams stresses discipline, basics [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's not close," says the married father of three children, ages 16, 11 and 9. "The Buffalo Bills are a distant second in my life. My family is the most important thing to me and I would've turned this job down if I didn't think (western New York) was a good place to raise kids.'

Marker Johnson waits to thrive in West Coast offense [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"There were things as I watched on film of last year, structure-wise, that didn't give (Rob) answers back in the pocket, and he took the heat on some of those sacks," Williams said. "That is the beauty of this system . . . it challenges defenses to cover every zone or every receiver every time the ball is snapped. So he will have answers this year."'

Marker Camp success extends into community [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Fisher has 500 freshmen enrolled for the upcoming school year, 100 more than the previous high. Rooney stresses that the Bills camp was not the only factor in the increase, but he believes that the camp helped to promote the school to some students. They came to see the Bills; they saw the campus; they applied.'

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July 21, 2001

Marker Titans add RB depth with Linton [1:25 PM]
Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports: '"He thinks he is a running back ... and you're looking for a guy who, if he comes in, you don't really have to change what you do," general manager Floyd Reese said. "But I'm not sure he's not a better blocker than he is a runner."'

Marker Titans sign Linton to one-year contract [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Tennessee Titans have agreed on a one-year contract with former Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Linton.'

Marker Practice tickets available [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Each evening session will begin at 7 with a 25-minute autograph session with the Bills' players and coaches will sign autographs. The practices will run from 7:30-9:15.'

Marker Pasch joins Bills' TV team [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dave Pasch, the radio voice of Syracuse University football and basketball for the past two seasons, has been drafted by the Bills to do some television work this summer. Pasch will do the play-by-play alongside analyst Steve Tasker on the two Bills preseason games that will be televised in August by WNYO-TV, Channel 49.'

Marker Tickets needed for Bills' night practices at SJF [6:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'The evening practices, scheduled for July 30 and August 6 at Fisher's Growney Stadium, are free, but fans must pick up a ticket at any area Wegmans.'

Marker Another RB job hopeful: ex-Bills player looks [6:22 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '"I guess I'm going to have to make some new friends," Linton said. "But that's great. I'm looking forward to it."'

July 20, 2001

Marker Titans agree to terms with running back Linton [10:19 PM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '"From what our people feel about him is that he can play running back, fullback, special teams and can do a lot of things and has had success in the league," Titans President Jeff Diamond said. "It's good to have that veteran type of experience."'

Marker Titans agree to terms with RB Linton [9:59 PM]
AP reports: 'He has rushed for 1,002 yards and six touchdowns, and caught 33 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns during his NFL career.'

Marker Titans sign free agent RB Linton [4:44 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Seeking to find a backup to Eddie George since Rodney Thomas defected to Atlanta, the Tennessee Titans on Friday agreed to terms with running back Jonathan Linton on a one-year contract.'

Marker UPDATED: Linton hired as backup to Titan\'s George [4:34 PM]
ESPN reports: NOTE: Earlier ESPN reported Linton signed for a 6 year deal The Titans reached agreement with former Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Linton on Friday for a one-year deal at the NFL minimum. If he hits certain incentives, Linton can reach $625,000 for the season.

Marker Lots of linebackers still looking for work [2:43 PM]
ESPN reports: 'A few statements about Holecek and, better yet, some bad mouthing of Jimmy Johnson. Further down are some comments about Holecek and Sam Cowart, and some information about the possible starting weakside LB.'

Marker Titans sign Linton to be George's backup [1:19 PM]
ESPN reports: The Tennessee Titans have found their backup to running back Eddie George.

The Titans signed former Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Linton on Friday to a six-year contract worth $3.7 million including a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Linton's deal can be voided after five years. He is scheduled to make $209,000 his first season, $298,000 his second, $389,000 his third, $418,000 his fourth, $448,000 his fifth and $477,000 his sixth.

Marker Rob Taking charge [10:25 AM]
Orange County Register reports: No more last-minute changes. No more peering over his shoulder for the dreaded hook. No more QB controversy.

NFL training camps open today for the Falcons and Steelers. Johnson leaves his Laguna Beach home for Bills camp Tuesday. He already feels more comfortable.

"It's a nice change," Johnson said.

Marker Buffalo Bills Parade - Friday, July 27th - 6:00pm [8:54 AM]
Town of Pittsford Website reports: Join us in welcoming the Buffalo Bills back to Pittsford with this town wide parade. Joining us and serving as Master of Ceremonies for the parade will be Tony and Dee of WARM 101.3.

Marker First annual town of Pittsford/Buffalo Bills parade [8:52 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills and the Town of Pittsford announced today the First Annual Town of Pittsford/Buffalo Bills Parade will be held on Friday, July 27 at 6:00 PM.

Participants in the parade will be Bills President/General Manager Tom Donahoe, Head Coach Gregg Williams, guard Ruben Brown and the 2001 Rookies.

Marker Other rookies may set tone for Bills draft picks [8:36 AM]
D and C reports: "I'm always optimistic that we'll get them done on time, the problem is that in these first couple rounds, where our guys are, there is just very little movement," said Tom Donahoe.
"We hope something (happens soon). More teams are reporting to camp by the end of this week and we've got some time yet. We're working on it and the agents are. It's not to a stage of being nasty."

July 19, 2001

Marker Ask Ralph Wilson! [2:05 PM] reports: 'Want to ask Bills owner Ralph Wilson a question? Now, here's your chance! Be sure to submit your question for Ralph Wilson via e-mail, and he will answer some of the questions asked next week!'

Marker Hulsey looks forward to second 2001 season [2:04 PM] reports: 'While most of his teammates were working hard stateside learning Gregg Williams' new offensive and defensive systems, Hulsey got a chance to play in actual games against other talented players allocated by other NFL teams.'

Marker Sammy Morris answers questions [2:03 PM] reports: 'Bills running back Sammy Morris took time out to answer some e-mailed questions from users this week.'

Marker Bill's team report - The Inside Slant [7:14 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Some teams clean house after a .500 season. The Buffalo Bills decided to knock down a few walls and re-lay the foundation...'

Marker Other rookies may set tone for Bills draft picks [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: \'Coach Gregg Williams is already on record saying \"this train is waiting for no one.\" \"Camp is for the players ... and rookies realize they need to be in camp on time,\" Donahoe said.\'

Marker Three Bills foes want Holecek [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that the hard-hitting linebacker is being courted by the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.'

Marker Jets wooing linebacker [5:49 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"John's going to visit the Jets next Tuesday," Brian L. Kelley, his agent, said Tuesday. "About five teams besides the Jets have contacted us. But the Jets would be a nice matchup."'

July 18, 2001

Marker Competitions to watch for in camp [12:59 PM] reports: 'I've picked four to talk about, because I've got a gut feeling (and maybe you do too) that sometime during the season, the winners of these jobs will play a big role..'

Marker Buffalo Bills Training Camp 2001 Daily Practice Schedule [11:55 AM] reports: 'The rookies report on the 25th, while veterans report on the 28th.'

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