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Buffalo Bills Links, 8/29: Defensive training camp standouts

Plus, how Buffalo’s release of Stephen Hauschka and extension for Dion Dawkins will affect 2021 salary cap

Following the team’s most meaningful get-together during the 2020 training camp, Thursday’s intra-squad scrimmage, today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links highlights the members of the defense who have stood out so far at camp.

This group is led by defensive end Mario Addison, defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, and cornerbacks Levi Wallace and Taron Johnson. We also break down the game of Johnson, a nickle corner who has been plagued with injuries during his first two seasons with Buffalo but feels ready to embrace a larger role in the secondary in 2020. We get to know new cornerback Brian Allen, hear how quarterback Josh Allen has made a big impression on defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier, hear why offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s “confidence in Josh Allen will never waver,” analyze why left tackle Dion Dawkins is among the most underrated players in the league, and much more!


Mario Addison, Levi Wallace and Taron Johnson are gaining attention at Bills camp - BuffaloBills.com
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier shares his analysis of his unit after two weeks of practice.

Taron Johnson’s ‘dog’ mentality gives Bills’ secondary some bite | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Buffalo Bills’ nickel cornerback is listed at 5’11” and 192 lbs—perhaps a bit generous on both counts—but isn’t afraid to stick his nose in to make a tackle.

With an eye to 2021, what Hauschka cut, Dawkins deal mean for Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The 2021 salary cap is a concern for NFL teams because it might be as low as $175 million.

Bills sign cornerback Brian Allen | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
A third-year veteran, Allen, 26, was a fifth-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017.

Brian Allen: 6 things to know about Buffalo Bills’ new CB - newyorkupstate.com
Allen was signed by the Bills on Friday.

Bills sign cornerback Brian Allen - WGR 550
The Bills are missing a few bodies in the cornerback room at training camp, most recently losing Josh Norman to a hamstring injury. To fill in the depth, the team is bringing in former Steelers cornerback Brian Allen.

Bills sign CB Brian Allen - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills announced a new addition to the roster on Friday.

Bills assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier impressed by Josh Allen - Democrat & Chronicle
Josh Allen’s development and improvement is evident to Frazier.

Brian Daboll expresses confidence in Josh Allen - Democrat & Chronicle
“The confidence that I have in Josh will never waver,” Daboll said on Friday in his strongest declaration of faith in Buffalo’s starting QB.

NFL execs pick the most underrated players for 2020 - Cooper Kupp, Jonnu Smith, Dion Dawkins - ESPN.com
We know all about the superstars who top the rankings lists. But who are the under-the-radar players opposing coaches and evaluators can't stop mentioning?

Leslie Frazier: "Can't Ignore What's Going On" - BuffaloBills.com
Bills assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier discusses how the team has responded to racial injustice in the U.S., what development he's seen from QB Josh Allen, how to fill the void left by Lorenzo Alexander, and more.

Jerry Hughes | Time to become a voice for equality - BuffaloBills.com
Defensive end Jerry Hughes shares his thoughts on how the Bills can use their platform to make change in the fight against racial injustice in America.

Hall of Fame QBs Jim Kelly and Steve Young Join One Bills Live - BuffaloBills.com
Hall of Fame QBs Jim Kelly and Steve Young joined One Bills Live on August 28, 2020. They looked back at the famous “No Punt Game” where the Bills beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31 on Sept. 13, 1992.

Brian Daboll: "We are Building" - BuffaloBills.com
Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll discusses the development of QB Josh Allen, the work being done in training camp, and the progress of rookie wide receivers Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins.

Former Bills cornerback Ike Brown explains his decision to retire | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
"In the midst of everything I love the game but doing it so long to a point I feel out of love with actually playing it," Brown wrote on Twitter.

Bills host four defensive tackles for tryouts | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Bills had four defensive tackles in for tryouts Friday, according to the NFL’s daily transaction wire.

Watch now: 4-year-old Bills fan heartbroken by Stephen Hauschka’s release | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The only person more disappointed than Stephen Hauschka’s family that he was released by the Bills might have been 4-year-old Charlotte.

WATCH: Stephen Hauschka’s release breaks heart of young Bills fan - newyorkupstate.com
Hopefully she becomes a Tyler Bass fan quickly.

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General manager Brandon Beane on Buffalo Bills’ next re-signings: “We want them here” - Buffalo Rumblings
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Buffalo Bills full contract details: Dion Dawkins numbers show it’s not a prove-it deal - Buffalo Rumblings
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Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane discusses Sean McDermott contract extension - Buffalo Rumblings
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The Bruce Exclusive: the Buffalo Bills’ fullback quandary - Buffalo Rumblings
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