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Buffalo Bills Links, 7/23: Are the Bills Super Bowl bound?

Plus, the NFL unveils its COVID-19 plan for 2021

The Buffalo Bills went 13-3 during the 2020 NFL regular season and captured their first AFC East crown in 25 years en route to an appearance in the AFC Championship. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we examine whether All-Pro quarterback Josh Allen and the Bills are poised to take that next step and make their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1993 season.

We continue our training camp roster previews, breaking down Buffalo’s interior defensive linemen, linebackers, and running backs, run down our list of the most talented Bills players age 25 and under, and learn more about the NFL’s COVID-19 plan for the 2021 season.

We also analyze why linebacker Tremaine Edmunds’s best days are ahead of him as he looks to prove that his lackluster first half of 2020 was a fluke, run down the talent on Buffalo’s linebacking corps, identify potential sleepers heading into training camp, discuss how defensive tackle can evolve into a game-changer along the defensive line, take a closer look at the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, and much more!


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NFL’s 2021 COVID plan features harsh penalties for unvaccinated outbreaks - Buffalo Rumblings
Game forfeiture and paycheck forfeiture are both on the line.

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Star Lotulelei is back. Is that enough to shift this position group in the right direction?

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Lots and lots of NFL experience behind the starters at linebacker.

Buffalo Bills training camp roster preview: Running backs - Buffalo Rumblings
What does the running back room look like heading into 2021?

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Could the former UDFA challenge for a larger role this year?

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Y’know, on average.

What quality of offense will the Buffalo Bills face in 2021? - Buffalo Rumblings
On average anyway.

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Additional Bills news from around the web

Are Josh Allen and the Bills Super Bowl-bound in 2021?

State of the 2021 Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen’s team ready to take next step? - NFL.com
Adam Rank explores the state of the franchise heading into the 2021 NFL season.

All Pro quarterback Josh Allen remains humble despite successes - Democrat & Chronicle
“Remarkable year made him ‘Saint Allen’ to fans, but blue-collar attitude keeps him focused,” writes Sal Maiorana.

USA TODAY picks Bills to win AFC East again in 2021 - WGR 550
“USA TODAY columnist Nate Davis released his annual NFL predictions, and has the Bills finishing one game above the Dolphins,” writes Alex Reimer.

What the Bills must do to make ‘21 a success | GMFB - BuffaloBills.com
“The ‘Good Morning Football’ crew breaks down what the Buffalo Bills must do to make 2021 a success.”

NFL unveils COVID-19 plans for 2021 season

NFL: Covid-19 outbreaks among unvaccinated players could mean forfeited games, pay - newyorkupstate.com
The NFL memo said that players could face lost paychecks if games are canceled.

Buffalo Bills could have everything to lose if they don’t get vaccinated - Sports Illustrated Buffalo Bills News, Analysis and More
Buffalo Bills could stand to be big losers under NFL’s unforgiving COVID-19 plan.

Bills’ Jon Feliciano gives support to Cole Beasley and anti-vax stance | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“You can add Jon Feliciano to the list of Bills and NFL players who are in the anti-vaccine camp.”

Taking a look at Tremaine Edmunds and Buffalo’s linebackers

Bills training camp positional preview: Will LB Tremaine Edmunds prove his first half of 2020 season was a fluke? – The Athletic
“Many NFL teams devalue the linebacker position, but the Bills’ defensive system makes having two versatile and athletic linebackers essential to their success,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

Tremaine Edmunds’ best football ahead of him as extension with Buffalo Bills nears - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
“Statistically, Edmunds turned in a solid 2020 season with 119 tackles, including 4 for a loss in 15 games — but something seemed off,” writes Marcel Louis-Jacques.

Identifying Buffalo’s sleepers heading into camp

Camp Countdown 2021 | Who are the training camp sleepers? - BuffaloBills.com
“In the latest Camp Countdown presented by Connors & Ferris, Chris Brown lists those players who could surprise this summer.”

Bills hoping Ed Oliver can become a game-changer on D-line

Bills training camp preview: Defensive tackle Ed Oliver could change the way the Bills play defense – The Athletic
Ed Oliver has a chance to be the Buffalo Bills’ biggest defensive difference maker in 2021,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

Previewing the Dolphins and Patriots

AFC East camp preview: Miami’s job is getting offense up to speed | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“After ranking 22nd in yards last season, the Dolphins invested in more weapons and more protection for Tua Tagovailoa, the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft,” writes Mark Gaughan.

AFC East camp preview: Patriots count on better version of Cam Newton | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Newton told ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin show that this is a ‘put up or shut up’ season for him.”

Odds and ends

Ranking the NFL’s second-year breakout candidates: 15 players who could become stars - ESPN.com
“We ranked the best 15 sophomores who could star in 2021 after showing only glimpses of their potential last season,” writes Seth Galina.

Bills might not be able to acquire Zach Ertz anymore - Sports Illustrated Buffalo Bills News, Analysis and More
Buffalo Bills might find deal for Eagles TE Zach Ertz harder to make after report.

5 Questions with Antonio Williams - BuffaloBills.com
“From his involvement as an investor in a NASCAR team to what he’s learned from Bills veterans, get to know the young back a little better.”

How Bills’ Mitch Morse put scare into fellow OL in Instagram post - newyorkupstate.com
Morse’s post was misinterpreted by Jordan Devey and Cody Ford.

Mitch Morse tricked teammates into thinking he was retiring - WGR 550
“Buffalo Bills veteran offensive lineman Mitch Morse is excited for his seventh NFL season. You just need to read until the end of the post to find out,” writes Alex Reimer.