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Buffalo Bills Links, 8/5: Impressions from training camp

Plus, what does Josh Allen need to improve upon in 2020?

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The Buffalo Bills are ramping up their training camp practices at the team’s facilities in Orchard Park, N.Y. Today’s edition of the Bills daily links examines what we’ve learned about the team through the early portion of training camp, from balancing COVID-19 testing and how the team is dealing with both positive tests and player opt-outs to concerns about the 2021 salary cap and how general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott will evaluate the roster without the benefit of preseason games.

We also hear from Josh Allen on what he needs to improve upon entering year three as Buffalo’s starting quarterback, speculate on when the team will come to a long-term contract extension with All-Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White, analyze the financial implications stemming from Star Lotulelei and E.J. Gaines opting out, break down the recent roster shuffles along the offensive line and the release of Spencer Long, find out why left tackle Dion Dawkins feels the Bills have all the “pieces in place” heading into 2020, and much more!

Six thoughts on the Bills through the first week of training camp – The Athletic
From the Bills’ forward-thinking approach to the salary cap to offensive line shakeups, here’s what we gleaned from Beane’s comments. (Subscription required).

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen hopes to improve in these two areas in 2020 -
Allen told the media the areas of his game that he hoped to improved upon on in year three.

Josh Allen ready to speed things up as camp starts - Democrat & Chronicle
Buffalo’s starting quarterback is entering his third year leading the offense.

Beane: Allen will be ‘more comfortable going into Year 3’ | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane joined the Howard and Jeremy Show on Tuesday as training camp is underway in Orchard Park.

Bills’ Josh Allen: Playing is a ‘great opportunity to give this nation hope’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“We know that Sunday is a very special day in the lives of people around the world, a lot of fans around the world,” Allen said.

Josh Allen: ‘I’m game’ to compete with Mahomes in distance throwing contest -
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen joins “Good Morning Football” to discuss how the Bills have adapted their facilities for COVID-19 precautions, the Wild Card loss to the Houston Texans, new WR Stefon Diggs and more.

Bills Today | When will the Bills re-sign Tre’Davious White? -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Wednesday, August 5.

Opt outs so far give Bills an additional $8 million in salary cap space | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Buffalo Bills are expected to add more than $8 million in salary cap space for the opt outs of defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and cornerback E.J. Gaines.

Buffalo Bills make pair of roster moves Tuesday; no deal yet with G Brian Winters -
The team announced on Tuesday that Vincent Taylor is back on the roster and off the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Buffalo Bills release veteran G Spencer Long -
Reports on Monday indicate the Bills plan to sign G Brian Winters, who was released by the New York Jets on Sunday.

Bills release offensive lineman Spencer Long | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Buffalo Bills have released veteran offensive lineman Spencer Long.

Bills release OL Spencer Long -
The Bills announced they released offensive lineman Spencer Long on Tuesday.

Bills release veteran offensive lineman Spencer Long | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Bills appear set to ease the logjam along their offensive line.

Bills say no deal yet with former Jets guard Brian Winters | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Bills general manager Brandon Beane said a report Monday from ESPN indicating the team will sign former Jets guard Brian Winters is premature.

Bills activate DT Vincent Taylor from reserve/Covid-19 list | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Taylor’s presence became more important after Star Lotulelei decided to opt out for the 2020 season.

Dion Dawkins expects Bills’ O-line to pick up where it left off | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Buffalo Bills’ biggest strength along the offensive line is being put to the test.

Buffalo Bills still have ‘underdog mentality’ despite ‘huge target’ on their back, says Dion Dawkins -
There are high expectations in Buffalo entering 2020.

Dion Dawkins: “Pieces Are In Place” -
“Bills Left Tackle Dion Dawkins addressed media following walk thru topics include; the offseason program, bonding with his teammates, and expectations heading into the year.”

All eyes on Tremaine Edmunds, Bills’ D: ‘You’ve got a target on your back.’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Buffalo Bills had the NFL’s third-ranked defense last season. With most of the starters returning, they figure to have the talent to remain at least that strong this year.

Tremaine Edmunds’ mother was a driving force in offseason - Democrat & Chronicle
Buffalo’s third-year middle linebacker worked hard with brothers Terrell and Trey, who both play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, in offseason workouts.

Bills’ Tremaine Edmunds: ‘Smart’ new LB A.J. Klein making presence felt in meeting room -
The Bills signed Klein to a three-year deal this offseason.

Bills roster in-depth: Defensive tackle | WGR 550 SportsRadio
An in-depth look at the Buffalo Bills' defensive line as training camp begins.

Bills Preview: Projecting floor, ceiling for 2020 record -
Get a fast-paced look at the Buffalo Bills' offseason moves and see what those moves might amount to in terms of wins and losses in 2020.

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Buffalo Bills adding more than $8 million in salary cap space with opt outs - Buffalo Rumblings
Star Lotulelei and E.J. Gaines have opted out so far.

BBR: Brian Winters is in, changes for the Buffalo Bills’ offensive line - Buffalo Rumblings
Is Winters now the favorite to start at right guard in Buffalo?

All-22 analysis: Buffalo Bills sign free-agent guard Brian Winters - Buffalo Rumblings
I had a joke about Zima but apparently it doesn’t pluralize like English.

Buffalo Bills release Spencer Long, per report - Buffalo Rumblings
This could be the corresponding move to sign Brian Winters.

Among changes to practice squad rules, NFL extends weekly deadline for teams to elevate players - Buffalo Rumblings
Lots of new practice squad rules for 2020.

Buffalo Bills training camp battle: Defensive ends - Buffalo Rumblings
Which Buffalo edge rushers stay? Who goes?

Buffalo Bills activate DT Vincent Taylor from COVID-19 reserve, release LB Mike Bell - Buffalo Rumblings
Taylor is good to go.

Opinion: The Buffalo Bills shouldn’t bother quarantining a QB - Buffalo Rumblings
QB, or not QB, in quarantine is the question.

Buffalo Bills opponent preview: Miami Dolphins - Buffalo Rumblings
The Dolphins added a new QB this offseason.

91 Buffalo Bills scouting reports in 91 days: cornerback Akeem King - Buffalo Rumblings
The big-bodied defensive back is a great athlete with limited career opportunity.

Chris Brown officially becomes new host of One Bills Live - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills Insider now has daily hosting duties.