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Buffalo Bills Links, 10/16: Fixing the defense

Plus, why Buffalo needs to get more from its 2019 draft class

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we address the state of the Bills’ defense, which is coming off an abysmal performance in a 42-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

The task only gets tougher with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs coming to Bills Stadium on Monday night. We hear from head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier on the defense’s shortcomings, examine what has happened to the Bills’ pass rush, and discuss the health of linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.

We also discuss why the Bills need to get more contributions from their 2019 draft class, led by running back Devin Singletary, tight end Dawson Knox and defensive tackle Ed Oliver. We break down the news that former Pittsburgh Steelers/New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell opted to sign with the Chiefs instead of coming to Buffalo, get the latest injury updates on cornerback Tre’Davious White, linebacker Matt Milano, wide receiver John Brown and others, examine the mutual respect between quarterbacks Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes, and much more!

McDermott, Frazier address defensive shortcomings - Democrat & Chronicle
After an uncharacteristically terrible performance in Tennessee, the Bills’ defense needs to get right quick with the Chiefs up next.

Tremaine Edmunds struggling through shoulder injury; Bills DC, Lorenzo Alexander urge fans to have patience -
Bills defense ranks 17th in yards allowed per game and 21st in scoring against through five games.

Bills’ defense reeling entering showdown with explosive Chiefs - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
A pass defense that was stellar the past two seasons has been getting torched, and QB Patrick Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP, is next on the schedule.

Column: Challenge only intensifies for Bills’ poor pass rush | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“After five games, we’re still asking: Can the Bills put enough heat on passers?” writes Vic Carucci.

Bills need more from their 2019 draft class, and other final Titans thoughts – The Athletic
The most troubling part about Singletary’s start is the way defenses are playing against him, and eyes are on Knox and Oliver, too. (Subscription required).

Le’Veon Bell chooses Chiefs over Bills - Democrat & Chronicle
Bell could have improved Buffalo’s backfield but instead opted to sign with the defending Super Bowl champions.

Le’Veon Bell chooses Chiefs over Bills - WGR 550
Veteran running back Le’Veon Bell has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday after reportedly cutting his list of suitors down to three teams, including the Buffalo Bills.

Chiefs’ Le’Veon Bell: Bills won’t see RB on Monday Night Football -
Bell has to go through the COVID protocols before he can practice with Kansas City.

Devin Singletary undeterred as Bills pursue Le’Veon Bell, who signs with Chiefs | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Buffalo Bills’ offense could use better production from the running game.

White, Brown and Milano all return to Thursday’s practice - WGR 550
After missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, cornerback Tre’Davious White, wide receiver John Brown, linebacker Matt Milano, guard Quinton Spain, and running back Zack Moss all practiced for the Buffalo Bills on Thursday.

Bills’ White, Brown and Milano take part in practice | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, wide receiver John Brown and linebacker Matt Milano were on the field Thursday in what head coach Sean McDermott called a “jog-through.”

Bills’ Josh Allen thinks he must play key role in beating Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs -
Allen on Mahomes: “On the field, the things that he does, is second to none. It’s fun to watch him.”

Bills Today | Mutual respect between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Friday, Oct. 16.

Josh Allen on facing Pat Mahomes and Stefon Diggs talks accountability -
Jordan Poyer also talks about playing against Mahomes for the first time.

Why is Bills quarterback Josh Allen wearing a visor in practice? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has recently been wearing a visor in practice, but why?

Buffalo Bills Thursday Thought: It’s not time to panic…yet. - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills got hammered on Tuesday by the Tennessee Titans. Despite the loss there is no need to panic quite yet.

3 things we learned from ‘Good Morning Football’ host Kay Adams on ‘Bills Pod Squad’ -
Advice for breaking into broadcast media, a Week 6 bet, and more.

Bills fan who survived childhood brain cancer promotes St. Jude on CBS Sports HQ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
On Thursday, Jake Marshall appeared as a guest commentator on CBS Sports HQ to promote St. Jude Hospital and discuss his favorite team, the Bills.

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