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Buffalo Bills Links, 3/27: Matt Breida adds speed to Bills’ offense

Plus, grading Buffalo’s moves so far in free agency.

The Buffalo Bills continue to be on the lookout for low-cost free agents to fill their few remaining holes, and in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we break down the three newest members of the Bills: speedy running back Matt Breida, kickoff/punt returner Brandon Powell, and intriguing edge rusher Efe Obada. We dive into how Brieda will fit into Buffalo’s running back room, discuss how Obada could improve Buffalo’s defensive line play, and analyze Powell’s chances of filling the void left by returner Andre Roberts.

We also hear from wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie on why he spurned offers from eight other teams to return to the Bills, analyze the grades from national football experts on Buffalo’s free-agency moves to date, assess how cornerback Jaycee Horn and edge rusher Jayson Oweh could be perfect fits for the Bills with pick No. 30 in the NFL Draft, and much more!


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Buffalo Bills sign running back Matt Breida to one-year deal - Buffalo Rumblings
A speedy running back joins the Bills.

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The running back is getting a massive uniform upgrade this year.

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The Buffalo Bills don’t have a lot of salary cap space to play with in 2021 after re-signing multiple key free agents following the shrinking of the salary cap due to COVID-19.

2020 All-22 analysis: Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Efe Obada - Buffalo Rumblings
What team did he play for?

Buffalo Bills adding returner Brandon Powell, per agency - Buffalo Rumblings
A competitive kick returner for the roster.

2021 NFL Free Agency: Buffalo Bills hosting multiple kickoff returners Friday - Buffalo Rumblings
Andre Roberts ain’t walking through the door.

Report: former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis visiting Buffalo Bills during 2021 NFL Free Agency - Buffalo Rumblings
A former second-round pick would add solid depth.

2021 NFL Free Agency: Tyler Kroft thanks Buffalo Bills fans after signing with New York Jets - Buffalo Rumblings
Former Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft has signed with the New York Jets and he took to social media on Wednesday to thank to organization and the Bills Mafia for their support.

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Phillips was an unrestricted free agent who has played in two career games.

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Additional Headlines from the web

Bills bolster RBs, sign Matt Breida

Bills add speed to offense by signing RB Matt Breida - Democrat & Chronicle
The former 49er agreed to a one-year deal.

Bills sign running back Matt Breida to one-year deal - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills are adding some depth and speed to their running backs room with the signing of free agent Matt Breida to a one-year deal, the team announced on Thursday,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Bills add depth at running back with ex-Dolphin Matt Breida | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Breida, 26, only saw part-time duty as a backup with the Miami Dolphins last season. He played in 12 games, got 14% of the offensive snaps and rushed 59 times for 254 yards,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Buffalo Bills sign RB Matt Breida - newyorkupstate.com
Breida, 26, ran a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day in 2017 before going undrafted.

Bills agree to terms with RB Matt Breida - BuffaloBills.com
The veteran will join the Bills on a one-year deal.

New Bills RB Matt Breida: 5 things to know - newyorkupstate.com
Breida joins the Bills after stints with the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins.

Bills add edge rusher Efe Obada

Bills sign edge rusher Efe Obada, who’s had quite a journey - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills made a move to bring in competition at edge rusher, signing the former Carolina Panther.

Buffalo Bills sign DE Efe Obada - newyorkupstate.com
Obada had 5.5. sacks for the Carolina Panthers last season.

Bills sign Efe Obada: 5 things to know about versatile DL - newyorkupstate.com
Obada joins the Bills from the Carolina Panthers.

Bills sign defensive end Efe Obada to one-year contract | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The Bills added some depth to their defensive line Wednesday,” writes Jay Skurski.

5 thoughts and grade on Buffalo Bills signing DE Efe Obada - newyorkupstate.com
Obada had 5.5 sacks in 2020 for the Carolina Panthers.

Bills’ Efe Obada promising ‘all the smoke’ for Dolphins - newyorkupstate.com
Look out, Tua Tagovailoa.

Return game gets boost with signing of Brandon Powell

Bills sign former Atlanta kick returner/receiver Brandon Powell, host visits with others | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The Buffalo Bills added a depth wide receiver and kick returner Friday in signing Brandon Powell, a free agent from the Atlanta Falcons.”

Bills sign wide receiver Brandon Powell to one-year deal - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills are adding more competition, depth, and speed at wide receiver and in the return game by signing Brandon Powell,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Bills sign Brandon Powell: 4 things to know about WR/RS - newyorkupstate.com
Powell joins the Bills following stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.

Bills sign wide receiver/returner Brandon Powell - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills added another offensive player via free agency on Friday.

Isaiah McKenzie on why he returned to Bills

McKenzie turned down eight teams to re-sign with Bills - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills receiver Isaiah McKenzie revealed he turned down eight teams to re-sign, because he believes Buffalo is on the cusp of winning the Super Bowl.

Isaiah McKenzie loves his comfort zone with Bills teammates | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Isaiah McKenzie decided the known looked a whole lot better than the unknown on the NFL free-agent market this spring,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Grading Buffalo’s moves in free agency

NFL analysts offer these grades on Buffalo’s 2021 free agency moves - BuffaloBills.com
Bills receive high marks for their activity in the 2021 free agent market.

A CB and an edge rusher for the Bills to consider in the draft

Cornerback Jaycee Horn looks like first-round draft pick, but might not be there for Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Horn, the son of former New Orleans star wide receiver Joe Horn, is regarded by many as the third-best cornerback in the 2021 draft and a sure first-round pick,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Edge rusher Jayson Oweh puts on show at Penn State pro day | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Oweh could be a consideration for the Buffalo Bills late in the first round, if he lasts that long.

Odds and ends

Why drafting a running back in the first round makes little sense for Bills - Democrat & Chronicle
With both Devin Singletary and Zack Moss returning, the Bills probably won’t, and shouldn’t, spend a first-round pick on a running back.

Report: Former Steelers safety Sean Davis set to visit Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Davis, 27, was a second-round pick in 2016 and has played in 62 career games with five interceptions and 262 tackles.

Bills restructure Tre’Davious White’s contract to get more salary cap space | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The change created $7.568 million in salary cap space and reduced White’s cap hit to $6.8 million.

Bills punter Matt Haack pleasantly surprised to have a new NFL home | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Seeking some continuity with his specialists, GM Brandon Beane signed Haack to a three-year contract worth up to $5.475 million, including a signing bonus of $1.05 million and a 2021 salary cap charge of $1.575 million,” writes Jay Skurski.

GMFB | What would a Josh Allen contract extension mean for the Bills? - BuffaloBills.com
“The ‘Good Morning Football’ crew discusses what a mega-deal for QB Josh Allen would mean for the Buffalo Bills.”

Dion Dawkins says it’s time for Buffalo Bills era in AFC - WGR 550
Bills franchise left tackle Dion Dawkins says it’s time for the New England Patriots to step aside, because it’s Buffalo’s era now in the AFC.

Bills Today | Brandon Beane explains the benefits of seeing NFL prospects in-person - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Friday, March 26.

‘They saw something in me’: Ryan Bates knows the value he brings to Bills’ talented O-line – The Athletic
For now, Ryan Bates is Buffalo’s swing tackle, but he’s much more than that given his ability to play the entire offensive line. (Subscription required).

8 things we learned about the Bills, the AFC East & 2021 opponents in free agency - BuffaloBills.com
Chris Brown recaps the first two weeks of the 2021 free-agency period.