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Buffalo Bills Links, 5/21: Expectations for Buffalo’s rookies in 2021

Plus, Buffalo continues to lead the charge in hiring female coaches.

General manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have assembled quite the roster for the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2021 season. Competition for a roster spot is going to be stiff for the eight rookies the Bills drafted, and in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we discuss what the expectations should be for these rookies this fall.

Edge rushers Gregory Rousseau and Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. both should have a chance to step in and contribute along a crowded defensive line as Buffalo looks for more consistency out of its pass rush. Tackle Spencer Brown could serve as a valuable backup from day one, safety Damar Hamlin might have the clearest path to a roster spot, while Tommy Doyle will look to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. We run through the entire class to see how they could contribute this year.

We also break down the newest members of Buffalo’s coaching staff as the Bills continue to lead the charge in the hiring of female coaches, analyze the wisdom of McDermott’s decisions to go for it on fourth down, debate Josh Allen’s omission from Pro Football Focus’ top five QBs heading into 2021, learn more about recent free-agent addition Treyvon Hester, speculate on Buffalo’s interest in free-agent cornerback Steven Nelson, and more!


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Expectations for Buffalo’s 2021 NFL Draft class

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With a veteran roster among the AFC’s best, even top picks Gregory Rousseau and Carlos Basham Jr. will have a hard time cracking the lineup.

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Bills continue to lead the charge in hiring female coaches

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“Lewin worked with the Bills as a summer training camp assistant and most recently worked as the receivers coach at Hudson Catholic in Jersey City, N.J., and then at Princeton as offensive quality control coach.”

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Analyzing the wisdom of Sean McDermott’s fourth down decision-making

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“The Bills tied for first in the NFL in their success rate on fourth-down plays, converting 8 of 10 tries in the regular season, the same as Miami,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Josh Allen not among Pro Football Focus’ top five QBs

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was a top-three MVP candidate in many people’s minds for the 2020 season, but he didn’t crack the top five in Pro Football Focus’s quarterback rankings ahead of 2021.

Defensive tackle Treyvon Hester inks deal with Bills

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“Hester, a former seventh-round draft pick of the Raiders in 2017 out of Toledo, has played in 41 NFL games, totaling 36 tackles and two sacks,” writes Jay Skurski.

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Hester was a playoff hero for the Eagles a few seasons ago.

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“The Buffalo Bills have signed defensive tackle Treyvon Hester to a one-year contract, the team announced on Thursday,” writes Sal Capaccio.

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Gauging Buffalo’s interest in free-agent CB Steven Nelson

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