The Buffalo Bills played all of their regular-season home games during the 2020 NFL season with no fans in the stands, but in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we break down the news that broke Tuesday that Highmark Stadium will be open at 100 percent capacity this year.
We also review where Buffalo’s first- and second-round draft picks—Greg Rousseau and Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr.—will play during their rookie seasons and go to the tape to review Basham’s strengths and weaknesses.
We offer up more 53-man roster predictions, learn more about the newest members of the defensive line in defensive tackles Eli Ankou and Nazair Jones, find out where All-Pro quarterback Josh Allen is ranked among the best signal callers in the league, discuss the absurdity of Pro Football Focus selecting 44 players they think are better than All-Pro wide receiver Stefon Diggs, run through some of the best salary cap values on the team from the 2020 season, and more!
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Highmark Stadium opening at 100 percent capacity
Bills say Highmark Stadium will be open at 100% capacity this season | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Bills games at Highmark Stadium will be back to full capacity.
Bills announce capacity back to 100 percent, fans don’t need vaccine to attend - Democrat & Chronicle
“Vaccination status will not matter for those who wish to attend Buffalo Bills games and other events at Highmark Stadium in 2021,” writes Sal Maiorana.
Buffalo Bills get green light to play in front of full stadium - ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
“The Buffalo Bills received the green light from state health officials to return to full capacity for home games this season, the team announced Monday.”
Highmark Stadium set to return to full capacity for 2021 season - BuffaloBills.com
In accordance with NYS guidance, Highmark Stadium will return to 100% capacity this season.
Buffalo Bills stadium won’t require fans to be vaccinated against Covid-19 - newyorkupstate.com
Poloncarz previously said all attendees must be vaccinated.
More 53-man roster predictions
Bills 53-man roster projection after minicamp: Fierce position battles expected in trenches - newyorkupstate.com
Buffalo’s roster is stacked, which should force some hard choices on roster cut down day.
Bills sign NT Eli Ankou, DT Nazair Jones
Bills add to defensive line, sign Eli Ankou and Nazair Jones - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills have added to their interior defensive line, signing defensive tackles Eli Ankou and Nazair Jones, the team announced on Tuesday,” writes Sal Capaccio.
Bryan Cox Jr. placed on injured reserve, Bills sign two defensive linemen | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Cox left the team’s first practice of mandatory minicamp last week after suffering a left leg or foot injury,” writes Jay Skurski.
Bills sign two defensive tackles - BuffaloBills.com
The team added depth to their defensive line and placed a defensive end on injured reserve.
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Ankou was recently waived by the Atlanta Falcons.
Analyzing Boogie Basham’s game
Boogie Basham film study: What does the Bills’ second-round pick do well and where is he limited? – The Athletic
“What does Basham do well, where is he limited, and what type of role could be on the way for him in 2021 and beyond?,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).
Josh Allen ranked No. 2 among quarterbacks
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Former NFL quarterback and current NBC analyst Chris Simms ranked Josh Allen above Aaron Rodgers on his quarterback countdown.
Allen wants to ensure new deal helps Bills stay competitive
Report: Bills QB Josh Allen willing to structure contract to help team - WKBW
“General Manager Brandon Beane has mentioned talks of a contract extension, but also added it needs to be right for both sides and that at this point, there’s no rush to get things done,” writes Jenna Callari.
Odds and ends
Poloncarz on Bills stadium: “There’s no agreement” - WKBW
“Erie county says there’s no agreement on the table to build a new Buffalo Bills stadium,” writes Eileen Buckley.
Pro Football Focus somehow found 44 players in the NFL better than Bills’ Stefon Diggs | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Diggs landed at No. 45 on Pro Football Focus’ annual list of the top 50 players in the NFL.
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New Buffalo Bills wideout Emmanuel Sanders told his teammates he came to Orchard Park to win a Super Bowl, according to Josh Allen.
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