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Slow Period Continues Before Camp

It was another quiet off season week as the front office took care of some pre-game schedules for the upcoming season. We take a closer look at all the news and give you our take on the issues:

The Bills announced this past week that Fred Smerlas will go on the wall of fame in a pre-game ceremony on December 16th when the New England Patriots come to town. The club then announced that they would also honor Marv Levy before the December 9th game against Carolina. The former coach will receive his hall of fame ring during the ceremony. Our Take: Smerlas being honored against New England was a foregone conclusion since he is a Boston guy and they need a draw for that game. The Levy ceremony is a good marketing ploy since that December game will also be a tough sell and since Levy is already on the wall, using the hall of fame for an extra ceremony is a solid idea.

There was good news this week for Corey Moore as the aggravated assault charge against him was dropped by prosecutors. The alleged victim refused to testify leaving prosecutors no choice but to put an end to the case. The charges were stemming from a May 15th incident with a beer bottle. Our Take: It is good that Moore can put this ugly incident behind him.

The Bills lost two scouts this week to San Diego as assistant scouts Dennis Abraham and Mike Biehl left to take full time jobs with their ex-boss A.J. Smith. This comes at a bad time since those scouts were in charge of training camp logistics. In another administrative defection David Hinson left the media department to join the Arizona Fall Baseball League. Sammy Morris did make an appearance at the final stop in Bradford. Our Take: Defections from the scouting department to San Diego was expected after John Butler and Smith went to San Diego, expect more next year when the full time scouts contracts expire.

The Official Bills Website continues to do an excellent job of having players, frontoffice staff and alumni answer e-mails from fans. This past week Jim Kelly, Tom Donahoe, and Rob Johnson all took time out to answer e-mails. Our Take: This is a great way for fans to interact with members of the club.

Tom Donahoe talked about how Ralph Wilson is committed to improving the team in all departments. He feels the running back situation is a good one since competition will make all the backs better. On the defensive line the club president says there is a good mix of veterans and young players with 10 legitimate prospects. He feels that Peerless Price needs to develop more consistency to get to the next level and that the club may consider switching playing surfaces in the future to a combination of grass and turf known as "SportTurf". Our Take: The President seems to like his team and a switch in turf may be for the better if it doesn't freeze in the cold weather.

Rob Johnson talked about how the mental aspect of the game is tougher than the physical aspect and he enjoys the practices under the new regime since practicing game conditions will help the team during the season. His main goals include staying healthy and keeping interceptions and fumbles to a minimum. Our Take: Johnson has the chance to develop tremendously in the new environment but he needs to stay healthy.

Jim Kelly took time to answer e-mails after his annual football camp came to an end at the stadium. The camp is for kids ages 9-18 and teaches them fundamentals and leadership. Kelly told fans through the e-mails that he feels Johnson will do well this year and he feels Travis Henry and Bill Conaty looked good in mini-camp. Kelly also said he would never coach because it would take time away from his family. He also said his most memorable home game was a six touchdown pass effort against Pittsburgh in 1991. Our Take: It's always nice to hear from who was possibly the greatest player in club history.

Sammy Morris headlines this year's annual summer reading program sponsored by the Bills and UPS. It encourages students to read during the summer months and the Bills will give away 300 tickets this season through the program. Our Take: Another good community outreach program.

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