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Buffalo Bills Links, 7/28: Best positional battles to watch at training camp

Plus, which Bills have the most to gain and the most to lose at camp.

The Buffalo Bills begin training camp on Wednesday with high expectations. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we address the key positional battles fans should be watching during camp.

Those battles include CB2, where Dane Jackson is expected to provide a strong challenge to incumbent starter Levi Wallace; left guard, where Cody Ford should be pushed by Ike Boettger; tight end, where Dawson Knox is seeking more consistent play while Jacob Hollister has been reunited with Josh Allen, his quarterback at Wyoming; and along the defensive line, where newcomer Efe Obada is hoping to make a name for himself while Vernon Butler is looking to reestablish himself following a disappointing 2020 season.

We run through the five Bills who have the most to gain at training camp, along with the five Bills with the most to lose at camp. We also offer up predictions on who makes the 53-man roster, delve into how Allen takes that next step forward this year, ask one key question for every positional group on Buffalo’s defense, hear why free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders decided to sign with the Bills, and much more!


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Breaking down the state of the defense heading into camp

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Odds and ends

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