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Buffalo Bills Links, 5/14: Predicting how the Bills will fare in 2021

Plus, how Buffalo’s newest edge rushers, Gregory Rousseau and Carlos Basham Jr., are learning from each other.

In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we continue to dissect the Bills’ 2021 schedule. We offer up reactions and game-by-game analysis on how the Bills will fare this year, discuss why the Bills have a favorable schedule, and more.

We learn how Buffalo’s newest edge rushers, rookies Gregory Rousseau and Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. have quickly hit it off after becoming teammates and are leaning on each other while learning from each other as they adjust from college football to the NFL.

We also explore the flurry of roster moves made by Buffalo, which includes the signing of five of the eight draft picks, six undrafted rookie free agents, and two veterans. We hear from general manager Brandon Beane on his draft strategy, discuss the Twitter spat that wide receiver Cole Beasley caused over his comments on the COVID-19 vaccine, discuss which of Buffalo’s rookies need a “redshirt” year this fall, and more!


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More on the Buffalo Bills’ 2021 schedule

Bills schedule analysis: Predictions for each game in 2021 - Democrat & Chronicle
Sal Maiorana breaks down all 17 games on the Buffalo Bills’ 2021 schedule, and offers a way-too-early guess on who will win.

Howard Picks the Bills: 2021 schedule release - WGR 550
Just one day after the release of the 2021 National Football League schedule, it was officially time for the first 2021 edition of “Howard Picks the Bills.” Check out his picks:

Simon: Bills have very favorable 2021 schedule - WGR 550
The 2021 Buffalo Bills schedule was released Wednesday night, and there are a lot of things to like about the upcoming slate of games. Howard Simon shares some thoughts:

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Which games should you circle on your calendar? Which rookie debut will be the most interesting? Our panel weighs in.

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The full 2021 NFL season schedule has been released.

Buffalo’s newest edge rushers quickly bonding

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Rousseau and Basham have quickly hit it off after becoming teammates.

Brandon Beane discusses his NFL draft strategy

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Buffalo was projected by analysts to use early picks to boost the secondary and backfield, but Brandon Beane showed faith in the incumbent starters.

Bills ink five draft picks, six undrafted rookie free agents

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The Bills also signed linebacker Mike Bell and offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez to one-year contracts.

Bills sign five draft picks, six undrafted free agents - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills got some housekeeping done with their 2021 rookie class on Thursday afternoon, signing five of their eight draft picks to rookie deals. The team also added six undrafted free agents to the mix, while also signing two veterans.

Bills sign five 2021 rookie draft picks - BuffaloBills.com
The team has more than half the rookie class under contract heading into the start of rookie minicamp.

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The Bills announced the addition of six undrafted free agents to sign with the team.

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The flight experience to Buffalo gave Spencer Brown, Tommy Doyle and Jack Anderson their first full taste of the support they can expect from Bills fans.

Cole Beasley’s Twitter spat on the COVID-19 vaccine

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The Bills wide receiver engaged in a spirited Twitter conversation regarding the vaccine.

Cole Beasley questions whether it’s ‘now illegal’ to be outside without a mask | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Beasley’s tweet drew plenty of response, both from those who agreed with him and those who expressed dismay that he would share what they feel is a reckless opinion on social media.

Odds and ends

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen isn’t going to surprise anyone if he’s a front runner for the 2021 NFL MVP Award, and the amount of people placing their MVP futures bets on him demonstrates that that’s the case.

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The Bills added two veterans on Thursday.

Bills’ Tommy Doyle poses for amazing photo while signing rookie contract - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills selected Doyle in the 5th round of this year’s NFL Draft.

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A collection of early-round picks need plenty of time to sharpen their skills or add strength.