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Buffalo Bills Links, 7/22: Filling the leadership void

Plus, what are reasonable statistical benchmarks for Josh Allen entering Year 3?

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The Buffalo Bills have seen highly respected veterans Eric Wood, Kyle Williams and Lorenzo Alexander retire over the last three seasons, leaving a potential leadership void in the locker room. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we look at which veterans—including safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde and defensive end Jerry Hughes—could step up and assume those roles as leaders on and off the field.

We also dissect the NFL’s proposal to eliminate all preseason games due to health concerns caused by the coronavirus, explore what would represent fair statistical benchmarks for Josh Allen as Buffalo’s quarterback enters his third year as a starter, assess whether free-agent wide receiver Stefon Diggs can immediately step into offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s offense and produce as the team’s No. 1 receiver, analyze the state of the offensive line position, hear why seventh-round draft pick Dane Jackson is an interesting name to watch during training camp, identify four veterans who could be traded before the season starts, and much more!


Bills training camp questions: Who fills the leadership void? | Bills | buffalonews.com
In consecutive years, center Eric Wood, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and linebacker Lorenzo Alexander have retired. Combined, those three had 494 games of NFL experience. That’s a whole lot of lost veteran leadership.

Bills rookies report for first COVID-19 test | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Buffalo Bills rookies reported for their first COVID-19 test on Tuesday.

Bills rookies report for Covid-19 tests as NFL begins to open | Bills | buffalonews.com
The Bills’ rookies will now wait at their homes or hotels and self-quarantine over the next two days.

NFL Proposes Scrapping All 2020 Preseason Games | WGR 550 SportsRadio
In its new proposal to the NFLPA, the NFL has offered to scrap the entire 2020 preseason slate amid concerns over the coronavirus. The preseason had already been slashed from the usual four games to two prior to the league’s latest proposal.

Josh Allen by the numbers: What are fair benchmarks for the Bills QB in 2020? – The Athletic
It would be a statistical outlier for Allen to transform into one of the NFL’s most efficient passers in Year 3, but what about overall? (Subscription required).

Bills training camp questions: Can Stefon Diggs be the man from day one? | Sports | buffalonews.com
This is fourth in a series of questions entering Bills training camp, which is scheduled to open July 28. Today: Can Stefon Diggs be the man from day one?

Bills Preview: Continuity key for offensive line - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills return all five starters and several key reserves on the line, which needs to build upon last year for the offense to be successful in 2020.

Camp Countdown 2020 | 3 reasons why the Bills should be able to make up for lost time - BuffaloBills.com
In this edition of their Camp Countdown series, Maddy Glab looks at the factors that will help the Bills hit the ground running once camp begins.

Buffalo Bills training camp preview 2020: Is Josh Norman the answer opposite Tre’Davious White? - newyorkupstate.com
In this preview, Syracuse.com takes a look at the defensive backs for the Bills heading into camp.

NFL training camp: Rookies drafted after Day 1 who could earn key roles - CBSSports.com
A Buffalo Bill is among those players picked after the first round who have the skill sets and natural talent to shine as rookies.

Buffalo Bills QB controversy: Doug Flutie vs. Rob Johnson in 2000 - Democrat & Chronicle
Just one week into their first training camp at St. John Fisher in 2000, QB Doug Flutie went down with an injury. So was born an alleged Fisher curse.

Kyle Williams and Jim Kelly to appear in Episode 2 of “Captains Circle” - BuffaloBills.com
The two Bills legends will join Sabres legends Mike Foligno and Michael Peca for Episode 2 of “Captain’s Circle.”

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Four Buffalo Bills most likely to be traded following training camp - Buffalo Rumblings
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What to expect as Buffalo Bills players start reporting to training camp: COVID-19 restrictions in place - Buffalo Rumblings
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Buffalo Bills with the most to lose at training camp - Buffalo Rumblings
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Buffalo Bills training camp preview: intrigue abounds on special teams - Buffalo Rumblings
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91 Buffalo Bills scouting reports in 91 days: Safety Dean Marlowe - Buffalo Rumblings
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