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Buffalo Bills Links, 7/27: Predicting Bills breakouts at training camp

Plus, debating the pros and cons of trading for Chandler Jones

The Buffalo Bills will begin training camp on Wednesday with Super Bowl aspirations coming off a 13-3 season and a trip to the AFC title game last season. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we examine which current Bills are the most likely to breakout during camp and take on a larger role than they have in the past.

Speaking of the 53-man roster, we discuss which players are locks to make the 2021 roster, break down the battle to win the right outside cornerback job opposite of All-Pro Tre’Davious White, and offer up five key positional battles to watch during camp.

We also learn why Isaiah Hodgins is ready to showcase his skills to an already loaded offense, debate the pros and cons of a trade for disgruntled Arizona Cardinals disgruntled edge rusher Chandler Jones, dissect the state of Buffalo’s safeties heading into training camp, see where the Bills come in on the latest power rankings, and much more!


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Additional Bills news from around the web

Which Bills will breakout at training camp?

Identifying five breakout candidates for the Bills ahead of training camp | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“With the near 24/7 news coverage the NFL gets, it’s difficult to find any player truly unknown to fans.”

Bills’ A.J. Epenesa a potential ‘second-year breakout’ player, says ESPN Insider - newyorkupstate.com
ESPN Insider and PFF’s Seth Galina listed 15 second-year players who showed glimpses of what they could be as pros.

Key positional battles to watch at training camp

Five Buffalo Bills training camp battles to watch - Democrat & Chronicle
Sal Maiorana offers his key training camp battles to keep an eye on.

After redshirt year, Isaiah Hodgins ready to showcase his skills

Isaiah Hodgins wants to show the Bills the wait was worth it after missing his first year to injury – The Athletic
“As he enters his second season, Hodgins has the perspective to think his ‘redshirt’ first season in the NFL will be a long-term benefit,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

The pros and cons of a trade for Chandler Jones

Stacking up all the reasons Chandler Jones would make little sense for Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The Bills have invested huge resources this offseason in improving their defensive line by drafting Greg Rousseau in the first round and Carlos Basham in the second, on top of drafting A.J. Epenesa in the second round last year.”

Peter King: Bills should offer 1st-round pick for Cardinals’ Chandler Jones - newyorkupstate.com
Jones reportedly wants to be traded out of Arizona.

Reimer: Who says no to this Bills trade for Chandler Jones? - WGR 550
Alex Reimer has a trade offer for people to ponder.

The state of the safeties

Bills training camp positional preview: How long can Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer stay a top duo in the NFL? – The Athletic
“Since Hyde and Poyer arrived, they’ve been the picture of consistency,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

The latest NFL power rankings

NFL Power Rankings: As training camps begin, the Super Bowl contenders and pretenders – The Athletic
“The offseason work is complete. Rosters are largely set. So, who enters training camp in the strongest spot?,” writes Lindsay Jones. (Subscription required).

Odds and ends

Training Camp countdown: Tre’Davious White projects as 3rd Most Valuable Bill - Sports Illustrated Buffalo Bills News, Analysis and More
“The talented cover cornerback has 15 interceptions and 54 passes defended in four seasons,” writes Nick Fierro.

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“We’re debuting Madden NFL 22 ratings every day this week, starting Monday with the wide receivers. Who’s No. 1 and where does Stefon Diggs rank?,” writes Michael Rothstein.

Colts coach Frank Reich, former Bills quarterback, tests positive for Covid-19 | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
(Colts General Manager Chris Ballard) “said Reich’s test results came back late last week and the fourth-year coach, who is fully vaccinated, has been asymptomatic.”