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Buffalo Bills Links, 3/5: Improving the defensive line

Plus, which current Bills could play a larger role in 2021?

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Editor’s note: Due to some significant down time within our publishing tools on Thursday, we’ve decided to run the daily links John originally prepared to be read on March 4 (yesterday) today. As such, this may not represent the latest batch of articles around the web.

In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we take a look at Buffalo’s defensive ends, assessing the state of the pass rushers and discussing what the Bills should do to improve along the defensive line, including the possibility of Buffalo pursuing talented linebacker Von Miller.

We also explore which current members of the Bills could step up and play a larger role in 2021, take a look at the state of the wide receivers and safeties, discuss whether center Mitch Morse’s starting job is secure, dive into the progress defensive tackle Ed Oliver made in his second season, learn how the Bills are pushing for changes to the NFL’s coaching hiring process, and more!

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Buffalo Bills still lack young talent needed for internal defensive end overhaul - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills don’t have the pass rush talent they need.

Opinion: What the Buffalo Bills should do at pass rusher this offseason - Buffalo Rumblings
Watt now?

2020 All-22 Analysis: Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes - Buffalo Rumblings

NFL salary cap: Jerry Hughes only costs Buffalo Bills $7.35 million in new money in 2021 - Buffalo Rumblings
A segment of the Buffalo Bills’ fan base thinks the team should move on from the aging veteran defensive end for various reasons.

2020 All-22 Analysis: Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Addison - Buffalo Rumblings
Addison’s debut year with the Buffalo Bills.

All-22 Film review: What went wrong with the run game in the AFC Championship? - Buffalo Rumblings
It wasn’t just one thing.

Code Of Conduct: AFC East Outlook with Antwan Staley - Buffalo Rumblings
Offseason Frenzy.

Mailbag Q&A: J.J. Watt chooses Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills run game problems - Buffalo Rumblings
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State of the Buffalo Bills’ roster: Safeties - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills have two top-end starters, but depth here is an issue.

Additional Bills news from the web

After missing out on J.J. Watt, Bills seeking edge rusher help

Buffalo Bills miss out on J.J. Watt, keep focus on improving defensive line - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
The Bills’ defense improved late last season, but general manager Brandon Beane knows they need to “get some guys in there to affect the quarterback.”

Could the Bills be among the favorites to land Von Miller - Sports Illustrated Buffalo Bills News, Analysis and More
The Bills lost out on J.J. Watt but could pursue Von Miller and come away with an impressive upgrade to their pass rush.

Which current Bills could play larger role in 2021

The 10 under-the-radar Bills players who could seize an opportunity in 2021 – The Athletic
“If they want to find affordable replacements for overpriced veterans, the Bills should look first to the players already on their roster,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

State of the wide receivers

Which wide receiver moves make the most sense for Bills this offseason? – The Athletic
Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley are their top two pass catchers, but the rest of the group could see some changes ahead of the 2021 season. (Subscription required).

Free agent tight ends the Bills should sign

Bills Today | ESPN analyst sees free agent TE as fit for Bills -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Thursday, March 4.

Is Mitch Morse’s job as starting center safe?

Bills offseason questions: Is Mitch Morse's job safe as the starting center? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“What kind of blocking scheme do the Bills want to run? The answer to that question may determine Mitch Morse’s future with the team,” writes Jay Skurski.

Assessing Ed Oliver’s progress

Bills offseason questions: Where does Ed Oliver stand after Year 2? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“When you look at the film, I think Ed has made improvements in his second season,” offered coach Sean McDermott.”

Bills push for changes to NFL coaching hiring process

Report: Bills propose rules change that would impact timeline for coaching hires | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“(T)he team has proposed a rule change that would bar interviews for front-office and coaching positions until after the AFC and NFC championship games and ban hires from being made until after the Super Bowl.”

Bills submit rule change proposal to NFL to alter coach/front office interview process -
Buffalo coordinators Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier interviewed for head coaching jobs during Bills’ playoff run.

The Buffalo Bills are justified in pushing for the NFL to change interview and hiring policy - Sports Illustrated Buffalo Bills News, Analysis and More
The Buffalo Bills make a push for NFL policy change after seeing Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier get rejected for head-coaching jobs.

Source - Buffalo Bills propose delaying NFL hiring process -
The Bills have proposed delaying the coaching hiring process to limit distractions during the playoffs, a source told ESPN.

Report: Bills propose major hiring rule change - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills have reportedly submitted a rules change proposal that would bar interviews for coaching positions until the conclusion of the conference title games.

Odds and Ends

NFL coach says next week’s roster cuts will be a ‘massacre’ - WGR 550
ESPN’s Dianna Russini was told to expect a “massacre” in the NFL next week with teams purging their rosters to fit under the projected $180.5 million salary cap.

Who are the Bills playing in 17th game of 2021 NFL season? -
The league is reportedly close to officially adding the extra game for next season.

Cynthia Frelund 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Who teams should draft to win now -
In Cynthia Frelund’s first NFL mock draft of the year, she uses her analytics-driven model to determine each team’s best pick to maximize wins in 2021.

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“Bills legends Steve Tasker and Eric Wood along with Bills insider Chris Brown join Maddy Glab for a roundtable discussion previewing the Bills 2021 offseason.”

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