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Bills Links, 5/3: How the Bills are tackling virtual offseason

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Plus why the pressure is on the offensive line in 2020.

In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we take a look at how head coach Sean McDermott and the Bills are “finding a way” through the virtual offseason, discuss what challenges the Bills face in their remote work environment, break down the pressure on the offensive line to improve upon their performance in 2019, hear praise for Buffalo’s Day 3 NFL Draft picks, and much more!


How Sean McDermott is navigating the Bills’ virtual (and critical) offseason – The Athletic
McDermott stressed that getting Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs on the same page will be the focus when training camps open. (Subscription required).

Sean McDermott refuses to allow pandemic to disrupt Bills’ culture – The Buffalo News
No matter what, Sean McDermott wants to maintain the sort of strong, team-first culture he and general manager Brandon Beane have proudly built since coming to Buffalo.

Sean McDermott says Bills’ 2020 team motto is ‘Find a way’ - Democrat & Chronicle
For the first time since the Combine, Bills head coach Sean McDermott met with reporters—this time via Zoom—to discuss the unusual offseason to date.

Sean McDermott, Mario Addison and others discuss the challenges of working remotely - BuffaloBills.com
Sean McDermott and his players are committed to building relationships while the team continues to train remotely in preparation for the 2020 season.

McDermott: Bills staying prepared and unified | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott spoke to the media on Thursday about a variety of topics.

Extending Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott top 3 things Buffalo Bills must do to ace 2020 offseason - newyorkupstate.com
Objective No. 1? Extend McBeane.

Five thoughts from Sean McDermott’s media call: What’s up with the OL? – The Athletic
For the first time since the NFL Combine in February, the Bills’ head coach answered questions about his team. (Subscription required).

Offensive line improvements will have to come from in-house for Bills – The Buffalo News
The Bills return not just all five starters, but all four of their backups from last year’s 53-man roster. That’s rare in a league with such high turnover.

Bills Mailbag: Did Brandon Beane keep Jake Fromm away from the Patriots? – The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski answers readers’ questions ranging from running backs to training camp to Cam Newton.

Buffalo Bills free agent signings on defense could be key components - Democrat & Chronicle
Bills coach Sean McDermott discussed the seven key veteran free-agent defenders who have been signed thus far.

Bills’ Sean McDermott finds comfort zone with ex-Panthers added to defense – The Buffalo News
Head coach Sean McDermott made it clear familiarity bred trust when it came to adding pieces to the Buffalo Bills’ defense this offseason.

Buffalo Bills flash briefing: Sean McDermott talks Stefon Diggs addition - newyorkupstate.com
Also in today’s flash briefing: Bryan Cox Jr. on his dad and Bills 2020 draft grade.

Buffalo Bills WR John Brown says 'watch out’ for Dawson Knox, predicts breakout year for TE - newyorkupstate.com
John Brown predicted that Dawson Knox would have a breakout season for Buffalo.

Bills’ Harrison Phillips ‘starting to feel like a football player’ again – The Buffalo News
Since the coronavirus pandemic forced NFL team facilities to close, the Buffalo Bills defensive tackle has spent six days a week in The Lab.

NFL draft analyst gushes over Buffalo Bills’ day 3 haul - newyorkupstate.com
NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein thinks the Bills had three of the best picks on day three of the draft.

Bills’ Bryan Cox Jr.: ’Pops is excited. I’m sure he’d be happy to come to Buffalo’ - newyorkupstate.com
New Bills defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. said father played the villain in 1990s rivalry but the past is the past.

McDermott on Stefon Diggs and their communication so far - BuffaloBills.com
Sean McDermott spoke to the media for the first time since the combine in February. Here are his thoughts on the virtual offseason, the Stefon Diggs trade and the offensive line taking another step.

Bills receiver Stefon Diggs’ story of lost and found has a familiar ring – The Buffalo News
Maybe someday Stefon Diggs will win a Super Bowl ring with the Buffalo Bills. Should that ever come to pass, let’s hope Diggs has better luck hanging onto this ring than an older ring of his.

WGR Bills Defense Draft | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The afternoon crew completed their All-Time Buffalo Bills Draft by selecting a roster of the best defensive players in franchise history.

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2020 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills’ rookies get their numbers - Buffalo Rumblings
We now know jersey numbers for the Bills’ recent draft picks.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley to wear 11 in 2020 - Buffalo Rumblings
It’s May Day, and some fans may be saying the same for their Beasley 10 jerseys.

Nick & Nolan: Draft hits & misses - Buffalo Rumblings
Brucestradamus or BrucestraDumba**?

2020 UDFA Signing: Buffalo Bills OT Trey Adams (Washington) injury analysis - Buffalo Rumblings
There’s a strong reason why he wasn’t drafted.

Three more Senior Bowl players added to Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills selected three more players who previously played in the Senior Bowl in 2020.

Buffalo Bills NFL 2020 Draft, college film analysis: Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins - Buffalo Rumblings
We hit the film on the latest Buffalo Bills additions—next up wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins.

Transcript: Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott talks 2020 NFL Draft, Stefon Diggs, Josh Norman with media - Buffalo Rumblings
What did coach have to say on all the moves?

NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills CB Dane Jackson (Pittsburgh) injury analysis - Buffalo Rumblings
He’s as healthy as they come.

Nick & Nolan: Buffalo Bills’ 2020 NFL Draft recap - Buffalo Rumblings
Comprehensive takes on each Bills draft pick.