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Buffalo Bills Links, 8/17: Bills begin padded portion of training camp

Plus, what are the hot-button topics to watch at training camp?

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The Buffalo Bills begin the padded portion of training camp today at the team’s training facilities in Orchard Park, NY. Our latest edition of the daily links breaks down what the final phase of training camp will look like as Buffalo gets its first look at newcomers Stefon Diggs, A.J. Epenesa, Josh Norman, Mario Addison, Vernon Butler, Quinton Jefferson, Zack Moss and more practicing in pads.

We also identify players to watch when the Bills suit up and take the field Monday, focusing on quarterback Josh Allen’s development in his third year as the starter, how Diggs will impact the offense, how offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s offense will grow in 2020, how defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier will incorporate the newcomers to the defense, and more.

We delve into how the Bills are adjusting to the new process of acquiring players during the COVID-19 pandemic, hear why guard Brian Winters opted to sign with Buffalo, get an update on the place kicking competition between incumbent Stephen Hauschka and rookie Tyler Bass, speculate on whether the Bills could boast a top-ten offense in 2020, and more!

Bills beat writer roundtable: What we’re watching for in training camp – The Athletic
For the first time since January, we’ll see the Bills suit up and take the field Monday. (Subscription required).

Bills begin final phase of training camp on Monday | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Buffalo Bills begin their final phase of training camp on Monday in Orchard Park.

A.J. Epenesa, Stefon Diggs + others get set for their first Bills practice in pads -
The Bills will participate in their first practice in full pads on Monday, August 17. Chris Brown takes a look a five players fans should follow this week.

Bills Today | A classic training camp matchup -
Here’s three things to know about the Bills for Monday, August 17.

Inside the Bills: How Bills are adjusting to new process of acquiring players | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has altered how NFL teams do business in several ways.

Inside the Bills: Why Brian Winters believes fate landed him in Buffalo | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“It was meant to be,” Winters said of coming to Buffalo.

Bills add DT depth with two signings, waive two players | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Joining the team are Tanzel Smart and Justin Zimmer.

Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll on getting ready for the season - Democrat & Chronicle
Daboll discusses adding new weapons in wide receiver Stefon Diggs and running back Zack Moss, assessing the offense without preseason games, and more.

Bolstering of core special teams roster lifts Heath Farwell's outlook | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Hopes are high for the Buffalo Bills’ kick coverage and return units this season because the core group of special teams leaders looks better than last year.

Heath Farwell: “We Want What’s Best for the Roster” -
Bills special teams coach Heath Farwell addressed the kicking competition between Stephen Hauschka and Tyler Bass, the benefits that the newly acquired veterans bring to the special teams roster, what Andre Roberts brings to special teams, and more.

Andre Roberts: "We Got a Good Situation This Offseason" -
Bills WR Andre Roberts discusses how the Bills handled the ever-changing offseason, how his age isn't slowing him down at all, and how he's balancing his roles on special teams and offense.

Former Bills lineman Spencer Long retires | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Twelve days after he was released by the Bills and three days after signing with the San Francisco 49ers, 29-year-old offensive lineman Spencer Long has retired.

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