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Four Downs: When will the 2020 season start?

The 2020 schedule should be unveiled in a few days

Wild Card Round - Buffalo Bills v Houston Texans Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Welcome to the latest edition of Four Downs, a new column for Buffalo Bills fans. This week I take a closer look at the schedule release, the newest signing, and I wish the best to a friend of Bills fans everywhere.

Schedule release coming soon

Despite the pause that has been placed on live sports (and everything else) during the COVID-19 pandemic, it looks like the NFL schedule will be released without any major changes to the regular timeline. A recent tweet from Brian McCarthy, VP of Communication for the NFL, stated the schedule should be out soon with no proposed interruptions.

It still remains to be seen if this will hold, but fans could expect a schedule release in the next few days.

Welcome to Buffalo, Bryan Cox Jr.!

In case you missed it, the Bills signed Bryan Cox, Jr. to a contract last week. Yes, I know who his father is. Did I hate him when he played for the Miami Dolphins? Yes. Do I have an issue with the Bills signing his son? No (and I am not quite sure why anyone would have a problem with it).

Pod from across the pond

Last week I had a chance to catch up with Matt and Alex from the Red, White and Buffalo Blues podcast to discuss the 2020 NFL Draft. They are based in the United Kingdom, and it was great spending some time with them. You can catch the episode here if you would like to give it a listen.

Best of luck, Andy Dalton

Once Dalton signed with the Dallas Cowboys last weekend, I took a bit of a sigh of relief that the former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback was not heading to the New England Patriots. Dalton is a bit of a cult hero with Bills fans, and I would have hated to see him sign with the Patriots. I realize that may sound a bit petty as it could have been an opportunity to start, but I prefer to think fondly of Andy Dalton while thanking him for the memories.