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Buffalo Bills Links, 6/29: High praise for Josh Allen

Plus, why the o-line is benefiting from in-person workouts and continuity.

Quarterback Josh Allen turned a lot of heads with his All-Pro play in 2020 in leading the Buffalo Bills to an AFC East crown and an appearance in the AFC Championship.

In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we hear from NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell on why he feels Allen is one of the most special players he’s ever seen and why he could develop into “the most physically gifted quarterback the league has ever seen.”

With the news of the team’s proposed new open-air stadium in Orchard Park, we also discuss the possibility of Buffalo playing games in either Toronto or at Penn State for two seasons after the team’s lease comes up in 2023.

We examine whether the Bills should consider bringing in a veteran cornerback such as Steven Nelson or Richard Sherman to compete with incumbent starter Levi Wallace, start our series analyzing the worst salary cap values from 2020, learn how the offensive line has benefitted greatly from in-person workouts and continuity this offseason, debate who (besides Allen) is the toughest player to replace on Buffalo’s roster, and much more!


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High praise for Josh Allen’s evolution

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Cosell: “It would not surprise me at all if we soon call Allen the most physically gifted quarterback the league has ever seen.”

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O-line benefitting from in-person workouts and continuity

Bobby Johnson on in-person workouts, continuity and improvement of the Bills’ O-line | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The new season doesn’t start where the last one left off; you’re starting from scratch,” Johnson says.

Most indispensable members of the Bills

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Bruce Smith: Super Bowl Bills “had a gay player in our locker room”

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Dion Dawkins doing his part to support criminal justice reform

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“When Dion Dawkins uses his forum as an NFL player to help draw awareness to criminal justice reform, he sees more than a cause steadily gaining support from all levels of the league,” writes Vic Carucci.

Odds and ends

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