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Buffalo Bills Links, 5/8: Sizing up the undrafted rookie free agents

Plus, assessing Buffalo’s plans for the defensive line.

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we take a look at the undrafted rookie free agents to see who could make an impact on the Bills in 2021.

We both review Buffalo’s 2021 NFL Draft Class and spin ahead to see who the Bills could select in the way-too-early 2022 mock drafts. We learn why second-round selection Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. is excited to prove the doubters wrong and how he feels he’ll contribute to Buffalo’s talented defensive line.

We also size up the competition along the defensive line, learn how All Pro wide receiver Stefon Diggs played through an injury last postseason, discover the key offseason dates for Buffalo’s offseason program and minicamp, examine which game on Buffalo’s schedule makes the list of the top 10 games to watch this year, and more!

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Who could make an impact among the undrafted rookie free agents?

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Assessing Buffalo’s plan for defensive line

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Stefon Diggs reveals he played with a serious injury last postseason

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Important dates for Buffalo’s offseason program, minicamp

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Which Bills game makes list of top 10 games for 2021?

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