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Buffalo Bills Links, 7/21: Buffalo’s rookie class has signed

Plus, what impact will Greg Rousseau, Carlos “Boogie” Basham and A.J. Epenesa have on the d-line?

The Buffalo Bills drafted eight players in the 2021 NFL Draft. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we recap Tuesday’s news that the team came to terms with its third-round pick, Spencer Brown, which means Buffalo has now signed its entire class of rookies.

We continue to run down our list of the most talented Bills players age 25 and under, preview the training camp battle to win the slot cornerback job, dissect the impact that Greg Rousseau. Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. and A.J. Epenesa will have along the defensive line, and examine the state of Buffalo’s tight ends.

Following a record-setting 2020 season, we discuss whether the offensive skill weapons around All-Pro quarterback Josh Allen have declined, hear from wide receiver Cole Beasley on how the Bills sent home a teammate because of a positive COVID-19 test, see where Buffalo sits on the AFC power rankings heading into training camp, address the three most pressing questions facing every team in the AFC East, and more!


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Buffalo Bills sign rookie offensive tackle Spencer Brown - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo has now agreed to terms with its entire rookie class.

Top 10 Bills 25 and under—No. 9: DE Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. - Buffalo Rumblings
Next on the list, a rookie defensive end out of Wake Forest.

Cole Beasley says a Buffalo Bills player was sent home with positive COVID-19 test this week - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley is against the COVID-19 vaccine and the NFL/NFLPA restrictions associated with the coronavirus. We know this. On Tuesday he got into another public Twitter exchange.

Buffalo Bills training camp battles: Slot cornerback - Buffalo Rumblings
Taron Johnson was twice a hero of the 2020 Buffalo Bills’ season, but before that he was replaced by a former undrafted free agent in the lineup. Today we are looking at slot cornerback.

Buffalo Bills training camp roster preview: Tight ends - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills didn’t do a whole lot here, and with every passing day it’s unlikely they will.

90 Buffalo Bills scouting reports in 90 days: safety Josh Thomas - Buffalo Rumblings
The second-year man has a chance to earn a role as a reserve this year.

Eric Wood to return to Buffalo Bills radio booth in 2021, per report - Buffalo Rumblings
John Murphy’s co-host is back and covering Bills games again.

Buffalo Bills reporter Vic Carucci stepping down from daily beat - Buffalo Rumblings
Heading into semi-retirement, Carucci will still appear on the radio.

Additional Bills news from around the web

Spencer Brown signs, all rookies have agreed to deals

Last Bills unsigned draft pick, Spencer Brown, reaches deal on contract | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“His deal is for four years, the Bills reported. The value was not disclosed, but it’s going to be worth about $4.8 million overall, based on the value of the other picks late in the third round,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Bills sign Spencer Brown to rookie contract - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills now have their entire 2021 draft class under contract after the team announced on Tuesday that it had signed offensive lineman and third round pick Spencer Brown to his four-year rookie deal,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Bills sign rookie Spencer Brown - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills have now signed all their 2021 rookies to contracts.

What impact will Buffalo’s trio of young edge rushers have?

Bills training camp positional preview: How much of an impact will the young trio of defensive ends have? – The Athletic
“The message the Bills took from their AFC Championship Game loss to Kansas City was clear: they didn’t do enough to impact Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

Have Buffalo’s offensive weapons declined from last year?

ESPN: Bills offensive weapons are worse than last year - WGR 550
ESPN’s annual rankings of the NFL’s offensive weapons are out, and the Buffalo Bills are slotted one spot below where they were last season.

Cole Beasley reveals Bills teammate sent home for positive COVID-19 test

Bills teammate sent home for COVID, Cole Beasley says in latest tweetstorm | News 4 Buffalo
“Bills receiver Cole Beasley revealed Tuesday that a vaccinated teammate was sent home from the team facility Monday due to COVID-19,” writes Nick Veronica.

Mark Cuban to buy Cole Beasley Pfizer stock if vaccinated - WGR 550
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is looking to put an end to the Cole Beasley vaccine saga that’s been playing out on social media over the past few months.”

Bills WR once again sounds off on COVID vaccination, draws response from NBA owner Mark Cuban - WKBW
“Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley hasn’t been quiet when it comes to his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine,” writes Jenna Callari.

Key questions facing each AFC East team

NFL Training Camp 2021: Three questions each AFC East team must answer before start of season - CBSSports.com
“These are the most pressing questions each AFC East team faces,” writes Tyler Sullivan.

Power ranking the AFC heading into training camp

Buffalo News 2021 AFC training camp power rankings | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Here are The Buffalo News’ AFC training camp power rankings and whether each franchise’s championship prospects have improved or worsened since last season,” writes Jason Wolf.

Odds and ends

Gabriel Davis: “My Whole Goal is to be a Positive Influence” - BuffaloBills.com
“Bills WR Gabriel Davis discussed teaming up with Walt Disney World to provide back-to-school backpacks to kids in need in Orlando, his training at The Draft Academy, his impressive rookie season, and what’s ahead for 2021.”

NFL contract extension candidates: 30 players who could get paid this summer, including Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Davante Adams - ESPN.com
The 2018 quarterback class, Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target and the league’s most dominant guard are all in line for new deals.

Bills, Nationals team up to troll Miami sports after blowout - WGR 550
After the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins by 17 runs on Monday night, they pulled in the Buffalo Bills to discuss just how fun it is to defeat Miami teams by a substantial amount.