Rare is the on-field skirmish during an NFL team’s Organized Team Activities (OTAs), but that was the situation the Buffalo Bills found themselves in on Tuesday when defensive end A.J. Epenesa and guard Jon Feliciano came to blows at the team’s practice facility in Orchard Park, NY.
Today’s edition of the Bills daily links summarizes the scuffle between Epenesa and Feliciano, which apparently started after Epenesa picked off a Josh Allen pass and took it back for a touchdown. We also break down the highlights from OTAs, including the return of center Mitch Morse and tackle Daryl Williams, an interception from rookie safety Damar Hamlin and a fumble recovery by rookie edge rusher Carlos “Boogie” Basham.
We discuss how general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott didn’t punish college football prospects for sitting out the 2020 season, hear how offensive coordinator Brian Daboll thinks Josh Allen and the offense can improve in 2021, learn about a symbolic passing of the torch from Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly to Allen, speculate on what the Bills’ Week 1 depth chart could look like, revisit the picks that hit and those that missed from Buffalo’s 2018 NFL Draft class, and more!
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Rare skirmish breaks out at Tuesday’s OTAs
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Tempers flared between second-year defensive end A.J. Epenesa and guard Jon Feliciano.
A June skirmish, Boogie Basham’s juice and more takeaways from Week 3 of Bills OTAs – The Athletic
“...Jon Feliciano and A.J. Epenesa threw punches at one another and set off a melee of pushing and shoving,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).
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Bills held final open practice of OTAs Tuesday in Orchard Park.
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“The Buffalo Bills hit the practice field on Tuesday as they wrap up the final week of OTA’s.”
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“The Buffalo Bills were back on the field Tuesday for the second of four organized team activity sessions this week, and the only one of the week open to the media,” writes Sal Capaccio.
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Jim Kelly’s symbolic passing of the torch to Josh Allen
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One Buffalo Bills great passed the torch to another. In a special symbolic moment, Jim Kelly gifted Josh Allen a football with that very message.
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What Buffalo’s depth chart could look like in Week 1
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Revisiting Buffalo’s 2018 NFL Draft class
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Dawson Knox hoping to break through in 2021
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Odds and ends
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