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Buffalo Bills Links, 3/24: Isaiah McKenzie returning

Plus, resetting Buffalo’s depth chart and NFL Draft needs.

In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we hear how general manager Brandon Beane was able to bring back another pivotal member of the Bills: wide receiver/returner Isaiah McKenzie, the sixth of Buffalo’s free agents to return for the 2021 season.

We also hit the reset button and assess Buffalo’s roster and depth chart after the initial wave of free agency. We address how quarterback Josh Allen is serving as an asset in the free-agent recruiting process, discuss Buffalo’s updated NFL Draft needs, learn how several Florida State defensive backs made a good impression on Buffalo’s scouts, hear why the close-knit camaraderie attracted free-agent tight end Jacob Hollister to Western New York, and much more!


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2021 NFL Free Agency: Buffalo Bills re-sign Isaiah McKenzie - Buffalo Rumblings
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Additional Headlines from the web

Bills bringing back WR/returner Isaiah McKenzie

Isaiah McKenzie is the latest Bills free agent to re-sign - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills are bringing back WR Isaiah McKenzie to help their depth, plus give them an option for kickoff and punt returns.

Bills re-sign wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie to one-year deal - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills have re-signed wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Buffalo Bills re-sign Isaiah McKenzie - newyorkupstate.com
McKenzie had reportedly drawn interest as unrestricted free agent.

Bills re-sign wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
McKenzie should get a chance to take over the role previously held by return man Andre Roberts on a full-time basis.

Bills keeping Isaiah McKenzie is move Super Bowl teams make - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills are bringing back scores of their own players on team-friendly deals,” writes Alex Reimer.

Bills agree to terms with wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie - BuffaloBills.com
Wide receiver and return specialist Isaiah McKenzie will return to Buffalo in 2021.

How QB Josh Allen is helping bring in free agents

Josh Allen has gone from question mark to selling point for Bills in free agency – The Athletic
“Players aren’t coming to Buffalo solely to help the Bills support their franchise investment. They are coming to Buffalo to play with Allen,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

Revising Buffalo’s depth chart

Bills roster reset: How the depth chart looks after first wave of free agency – The Athletic
“After all of their re-signings and a handful of additions, how does their roster stack up?,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

Resetting Buffalo’s draft needs, mock draft results

Buffalo Bills’ draft needs in focus after first wave of NFL free agency - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
GM Brandon Beane could go several directions with Buffalo’s early picks in the 2021 draft, led by intriguing options at tailback and cornerback.

NFL mock draft 2021: Mel Kiper Jr. has Bills landing Najee Harris - newyorkupstate.com
Kiper Jr. is going back to his original selection for the Bills.

Bills draft targets: Michigan DE Kwity Paye is only realistic if they move up - Sports Illustrated Buffalo Bills News, Analysis and More
Will the Bills draft Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye?

NFL draft rumors: Bills have high grade on Iowa WR (report) - newyorkupstate.com
Buffalo’s wide receiver room is stacked, but one draft insider says the team has a high grade on an Iowa prospect.

Alabama could have record draft haul; Kiper mocks RB Harris to Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projected Harris to go to the Bills with the 30th pick in his latest mock draft, released Tuesday,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Florida State DBs show skills for Bills, NFL scouts at pro day | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Two intriguing defensive back prospects for the NFL draft showed off some skills Monday in Tallahassee, Fla,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Close-knit brotherhood drew TE Jacob Hollister to Buffalo

New TE Jacob Hollister excited to join Bills “Brotherhood” - Democrat & Chronicle
Jacob Hollister and Josh Allen were teammates at Wyoming. Now, Hollister is joining the Bills in part because of how close the team is.

College teammates reconnect | Jacob Hollister aims to make an impact with Josh Allen in Buffalo - BuffaloBills.com
Find out why Hollister is excited to be back with his college QB.

New Bills tight end Jacob Hollister excited to be reunited with Josh Allen in Buffalo | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Hollister will be reunited with Bills quarterback Josh Allen in Buffalo after the two played together in college at Wyoming.

Bills sign TE Jacob Hollister: Latest free agency news, grades and analysis – The Athletic
Matthew Fairburn and Joe Buscaglia break down the latest Bills free-agency news, and what it all means for the 2021 season. (Subscription required).

Odds and ends

Bills’ Dion Dawkins thinks Tom Brady fueled Patriots’ dynasty; says it’s now Buffalo’s era - newyorkupstate.com
Dion Dawkins did not hold back on Jalen and Jacoby.

Bills Today | Buffalo ranks here in the NFL.com power rankings after free agency - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Wednesday, March 24.

Analysis: Mitch Trubisky has talent to keep Bills ship from sinking (temporarily) | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Mitchell Trubisky will benefit from dramatically lower expectations when he dons a Bills uniform,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Stefon Diggs' $11 million contract guarantee kicks in; other Bills get bonuses | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Diggs is signed with the Bills through the 2023 season.

Emmanuel Sanders' SMU days (with Cole Beasley!) make him a great fit for Bills' offense – The Athletic
"I’m sure when he sees some of the concepts when he gets to Buffalo he’s going to say, ‘Oh, we did this at SMU,’ and he’ll jump right in,” said SMU Mustangs head coach June Jones. (Subscription required).