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Buffalo Bills Links, 5/24: Will the Bills make a push for Julio Jones?

Plus, setting expectations for Buffalo’s rookie draft class.

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The Buffalo Bills already appear set at the top of their wide receiver depth chart led by All-Pros Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley, along with veteran Emanuel Sanders and emerging second-year pro Gabriel Davis.

But despite this wealth of talent, in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we speculate on whether general manager Brandon Beane and the Bills should make a play for future Hall of Fame wide receiver Julio Jones, including examining the cap hit that would come with trading for Jones.

We also set the expectations for Buffalo’s eight-man draft class as they head into their rookie seasons and hear from seventh-round draft pick Jack Anderson, who faces an uphill battle to earn a roster spot on a crowded offensive line.

We examine whether the Bills are done adding competition at cornerback, learn about how Buffalo has come to terms with another one of its rookies, run down the lessons learned from Beane’s first four draft classes, analyze how the Bills have found stability and success while the Buffalo Sabres have foundered under the ownership of Terry and Kim Pegula, and more!


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Additional Bills news from around the web

Does it make sense for the Bills to pursue WR Julio Jones?

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The Julio Jones question becomes a philosophical discussion of long-term vs. short-term thinking. (Subscription required).

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Expectations for Buffalo’s rookies in 2021

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“This year’s rookies come in with an advantage over the 2020 class in that the Bills were able to conduct a rookie minicamp this season,” writes Jay Skurski.

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Anderson’s best path to making the roster won’t be beating out a starter, it will be proving that he can play multiple positions.

Lessons learned from Brandon Beane’s draft classes

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Bills GM Brandon Beane just completed his fourth NFL Draft in Buffalo, and some interesting trends have started to emerge. (Subscription required).

While Sabres have foundered, Bills have found stability under Pegulas

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“The Buffalo sports landscape is unique in that its two major league sports franchises are owned by the same people – Terry and Kim Pegula.”

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“The Buffalo Bills’ coaching staff is a model of stability. Written five years ago, that sentence would have been laughable,” writes Jay Skurski.

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“The Bills are 59-48 in the regular season with one division title and three playoff appearances under the Pegulas.”

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“For all of the heat they’ve taken for repeated missteps with the Sabres, the Pegulas have navigated their football investment exceptionally well – on and off the field,” writes Vic Carucci.

Sixth-round draft pick Damar Hamlin signs with Bills

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“The Buffalo Bills have signed safety Damar Hamlin to his four-year rookie contract, the team announced on Friday,” writes Sal Capaccio.

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Hamlin becomes the sixth rookie to sign his contract.

Odds and ends

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