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Buffalo Bills Links, 7/20: Best Bills players under 25

Plus, a deep dive into the quarterback room.

The Buffalo Bills are one of those NFL teams well-positioned for success both in the short- and long-term, thanks to a bevy of talented players under the age of 25.

In today’s edition of the Bills links, we rank Buffalo’s top ten players under age 25—and before you ask, All-Pro quarterback Josh Allen turned 25 on May 21, excluding him from this list. There’s still plenty of talent, led by linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (age 23), wide receiver Gabriel Davis (22), kicker Tyler Bass (24) and cornerback Taron Johnson (24).

We also run through the things we’re looking forward to when training camp begins on July 28, and take a look at the state of the safeties, led by one of the best tandems in the NFL: Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.

We preview Buffalo’s quarterbacks, exploring the ways that Allen can sustain and build upon his breakthrough 2020 campaign, speculating on the progress that second-year pro Jake Fromm can make, and address how many quarterbacks the Bills will keep. We also discuss who will emerge as Buffalo’s kickoff and punt returner, identify three potential breakout players on the defense, examine how Bass could get even better in Year 2, and much more!


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In March 2020, safety Jordan Poyer became the first notable Buffalo Bills player to receive a contract extension during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Except in the local over-the-air TV markets.

Additional Bills news from around the web

Who are Buffalo’s best players under the age of 25?

Ranking the Buffalo Bills’ top 10 players under-25 years old - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills have plenty of under-25 talent on their roster heading into 2021 with some needing to take significant leaps this season.

The state of Buffalo’s safeties

Bills training camp position series: Only competition battle at safety is for backup spots | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Another year and one basic fact about the Buffalo Bills’ roster entering training camp rings true. Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde form one of the best safety tandems in the NFL,” writes Vic Carucci.

Will safety Jaquan Johnson move into vacated role? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Johnson has played in 27 games the past two seasons. He played nearly 56% of the snaps on special teams, 249, fourth-most on the team,” writes Vic Carucci.

Taking a closer look at the quarterback room

Bills training camp positional preview: Can Josh Allen sustain and build on his elite 2020 performance at quarterback? – The Athletic
“When camp opens, the Bills will start to determine which pieces are right in this room behind Allen,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

Who emerges as Buffalo’s kickoff and punt returner?

Bills training camp position series: Solving return game will be a challenge | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The Bills have a big hole to fill on special teams and a tough job in evaluating how to fill it this summer,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Identifying breakouts on Buffalo’s defense

Camp Countdown 2021 | 3 potential breakout players on defense - BuffaloBills.com
These three young defenders are poised to make their presence known during this year’s Bills training camp and beyond.

How Tyler Bass could be even better in Year 2

Tyler Bass is a kicking weapon with the potential to be even better for Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Here’s an optimistic thought for Bills fans: What if place-kicker Tyler Bass gets better in Year 2 of his NFL career?,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Key issues facing AFC East teams heading into training camp

AFC East training camp preview: Bills must protect Josh Allen; Cam Newton vs. Mac Jones - NFL.com
Jeremy Bergman sets the stage for each AFC East team heading into training camp.

Eric Wood returns as radio analyst

Eric Wood returns to Buffalo Bills radio booth this season | Television | buffalonews.com
“When Tasker, the former Bills special teams star, stepped in last season to work alongside play-by-play announcer John Murphy in a year in which the Bills made it to the AFC title game, he made it clear to Wood he would give up the role when the former Bills center could do the broadcasts again,” writes Alan Pergament.

Odds and ends

NFL Future Power Rankings 2021 - Projections for all 32 teams for the next three seasons - ESPN.com
“Which NFL teams are set up the best from now through the 2023 season? We use a weighted set of rankings to project the future.”

NFL offensive weapons ranking for all 32 teams in 2021: Barnwell picks the best and worst arsenals - ESPN.com
“We ranked every team’s skill-position talent — not including quarterbacks — from worst to best.”

Important upcoming dates for Bills, NFL - WGR 550
“Here are some important dates to know between now and the start of the regular season for Buffalo Bills and other NFL fans,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Washington Nationals roast Miami sports teams with help of Buffalo Bills - newyorkupstate.com
Boom! Roasted.