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Buffalo Bills Links, 2/15: Wooing J.J. Watt to Buffalo

Plus, is there cause for concern that QB Josh Allen could regress in 2021?

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we continue to sort through the potential landing spots for free-agent edge rusher J.J. Watt, comparing where Buffalo stacks up with the other potential suitors for Watt while discussing if the Bills can afford to sign him.

We also discuss whether, following an All-Pro, MVP-caliber season in 2020, Buffalo fans should be concerned about quarterback Josh Allen possibly taking a step backwards after three less-than-impressive postseason performances.

We explore how the return of defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will impact Buffalo’s linebackers, analyze the state of the quarterbacks, offensive line, safeties and wide receivers, get the latest on what Buffalo could do with pick No. 30 in the NFL Draft, revisit the 2018 NFL Draft, check out the final power rankings from the 2020 NFL season, and much more!


Wooing Watt to Buffalo

NFL free agency rumors: J.J. Watt wants these 4 things from next team. How do Bills stack up? - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills seem to check all of the boxes.

J.J. Watt comments on Bills, other fan bases attempting to bribe him to sign with their teams via donations - newyorkupstate.com
Bills Mafia has donated to numerous causes over the years. Now some members of the fan base are attempting to win J.J. Watt over via donations.

Stefon Diggs makes pitch to J.J. Watt: ‘Hear me out’ - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs is doing his part to try and lure J.J. Watt to a team that was one game shy of reaching the Super Bowl this year.

Can the Bills actually afford J.J. Watt? - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
“The answer: Yes, but it will come at the expense of some players that might have been locks to be on the roster before this news broke,” writes Michael LaFave.

Is there Cause for Concern with Josh Allen Regressing?

Vic Carucci’s Bills Mailbag: No reason for regression concern from Josh Allen’s playoff struggles | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“In making the dramatic improvement he showed from 2019 to 2020, Allen displayed exceptional diligence and work ethic that should, again, serve him well,” Carucci says.

Positional Grades/State of the Bills

Bills position series: Brandon Beane has a lot of balls in the air on O-line | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“A lot of factors will go into the O-line equation, especially the yet-to-be determined level of the NFL salary cap for 2021 and whether the Bills plan to carve out space for a big Allen extension this offseason (answer: probably),” writes Mark Gaughan.

2021 State of the Bills: Safety - WGR 550
A look at the Buffalo Bills safeties in Sal Capaccio’s latest “State of the Bills” series, including the consistency and reliability of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde.

Bills position series: Wide receiver is a strength – but one question looms | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Gone are the days of throwing to Jordan Matthews, Deonte Thompson, Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and Robert Foster,” writes Jay Skurski.

Mock Draft Fun/Revisiting the 2018 NFL Draft

2021 NFL mock draft updates: Edge rushers may line up for league’s best – The Athletic
Tracking NFL mock drafts all the way to the actual draft on April 29-May 1. (Subscription required).

2018 NFL Draft winners and losers: Colts lead way; Saints’ class ranks last – The Athletic
“Three seasons is the baseline for when teams can evaluate the hits or misses in a draft class,” writes Larry Holder. (Subscription required).

One Final 2020 Power Ranking

NFL power rankings | Where the Bills sit heading into the 2021 offseason - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills head into the 2021 offseason ranked among the top teams in the NFL.

Odds and Ends

Jessica Pegula, daughter of Bills, Sabres owners, into quarterfinals at Australian Open - ESPN.com
Jessica Pegula, whose parents owns Buffalo’s NFL and NHL franchises, upset No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.

Jessica Pegula, daughter of Bills owners, advances to Australian Open quarterfinals - NFL.com
Jessica Pegula, daughter of Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, earned her first victory over a Top 10 opponent Sunday and her first trip to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament.

Former Bills WR Chris Hogan declares for pro lacrosse draft - WGR 550
Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan has declared for next month’s Premier Lacrosse League draft. Before his football career, Hogan was the captain of Penn State’s lacrosse team.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Monday: Will the Bills need to replace Matt Milano? - Buffalo Rumblings
The recent collection of mocks have the Bills looking at linebackers in the first round.

Billieve Podcast: State of the Quarterbacks - Buffalo Rumblings
Josh Allen enjoyed an MVP-caliber season, but there is uncertainty behind him on the depth chart.

2020 Penalty Recap: Buffalo Bills team trends - Buffalo Rumblings
The trends in yellow for the 2020 season.

The Buff Hub: Is there more? - Buffalo Rumblings
The Watt Frenzy and Bills’ Ceiling analysis.

Opinion: the Buffalo Bills should work to sign J.J. Watt - Buffalo Rumblings
Want a boost to the pass rush? How about a future Hall of Fame player?

Wingin’ It: Buffalo Nalewka to prep for the 2021 season - Buffalo Rumblings
The offseason prep starts now. Yes, even for gameday food.