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Billieve Podcast: RB competition, Ziggy Ansah, Shaq Lawson

Recapping another newsy week from One Bills Drive

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On the latest episode of Billieve: A Buffalo Bills Fan Podcast, host John Boccacino and co-host Anthony Marino discuss a news-filled week for the Buffalo Bills.

The podcast starts out addressing the rumors that the Buffalo Bills were interested in bringing aboard pass-rushing DE Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah. Despite the selection of Ed Oliver with the No. 9 overall selection in the NFL Draft, the Bills could have used another pass rusher like Ansah, who battled injuries in 2018 and is expected to miss the first month of the regular season. Ansah ended up inking a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

Next up was a spirited discussion on DE Shaq Lawson, 24, whose fifth-year option was not picked up by the Bills. Lawson only has ten career sacks but enjoyed a turnaround season in 2018, splitting time at left defensive end with Trent Murphy. The Bills haven’t made a habit of picking up fifth-year options for their players, with Lawson continuing that trend.

Moving on, the Bills have one of the oldest (if not the oldest) running-back rooms in the league with LeSean McCoy (31 when the season starts), Frank Gore (36 when the season starts), T.J. Yeldon (25) and third-round draft pick Devin Singletary (21). The team faces some interesting decisions when it comes to dividing its touches in the backfield in 2019. What do the Bills do with their crowded running-back room, and who is poised to make the biggest impact.

What do you think, Bills fans? Did Buffalo make the right decision not exercising the fifth-year option on Lawson? Will McCoy be with the Bills once the season begins? Who are you most excited to see emerge from a crowded backfield? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section, and check out our podcast for thoughts on these topics and more on the latest Billieve: A Buffalo Bills Fan Podcast.

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