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Buffalo Bills Links, 7/29: Recapping Day 1 of Buffalo Bills training camp

Plus, how QB Josh Allen spent his offseason.

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Football is officially BACK as the Buffalo Bills held their first training camp practice Wednesday at the team’s facilities in Orchard Park, NY. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we break down all of the news and newsmakers from Day 1 of training camp, including strong practice debuts for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, edge rusher Greg Rousseau and quarterback Michell Trubisky.

We recap the news that defensive end Jerry Hughes will start the year on Buffalo’s non-football injury list and that offensive linemen Dion Dawkins and Ike Boettger were placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.

We also hear from general manager Brandon Beane on a potential contract extension for All-Pro quarterback Josh Allen, get clarification from All-Pro wide receiver Cole Beasley on his thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine and the NFL’s COVID protocols, learn how Allen dedicated his summer vacation to getting even better in 2021, get the latest updates on a new Bills stadium, and more!

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Jerry Hughes begins year on Buffalo Bills’ Non-Football Injury list - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes failed his incoming physical to training camp and will begin the year on the Non-Football Injury list.

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Additional Bills news from around the web

Thoughts as Bills open their 2021 training camp

Bills training camp 2021: Cole Beasley takes center stage; 8 observations from Day 1 -
Emmanuel Sanders has catch of the day; Greg Rousseau flashes.

Bills training camp Day 1: Josh Allen looks sharp and Emmanuel Sanders fits right in – The Athletic
“As the sun shined down on a summer morning in Orchard Park, the Bills officially kicked off their month-long training camp with their first practice for the 2021 season,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

Training camp observations: Brandon Beane plays it low-key on Josh Allen deal | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“You know I don’t really get into that,” Beane said. “Josh is in a great headspace, and he’s ready to roll.”

Bills get to work on Day 1 of training camp in red zone - WGR 550
“Despite winning 13 regular season games, advancing to the AFC Championship Game and finishing near the top in a lot of statistical categories on offense in 2020, one area both the Buffalo Bills offense and defense could improve on this season is their overall performances in the red zone,” writes Sal Capaccio.

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Bills are finally back on the field. Take a look at what fans need to know about the team after the first training camp practice.

How Josh Allen committed himself to getting better this summer

How did Josh Allen spend most of his summer break: Working | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“How did the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback spend most of his summer vacation? Working, that’s how.”

Cole Beasley clarifies his thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine

Cole Beasley says he is “pro choice” on vaccine, releases song on Twitter - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills wideout, who has been outspoken against the COVID-19 vaccine, shares his thoughts on the first day of training camp.

Cole Beasley issues statement regarding COVID-19 vaccine - WGR 550
“Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has garnered a lot of attention this offseason on social media and across the sports world for his outspoken views on the COVID-19 vaccine,” Brendan Keany, WBEN.

Bills’ Cole Beasley releases statement, song about vaccine refusal; NFLPA responds | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Cole Beasley wants to be heard, not questioned, about his refusal to get vaccinated against Covid-19.”

Bills’ Cole Beasley says he’s not pro or anti vaccine but is pro individual choice, then releases song | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“On the first day of training camp, Beasley read a statement from his phone, noting that he wanted to address the issue ‘out of respect for my teammates and coaches.’”

Cole Beasley makes a statement on the vaccine to open camp — and then releases a rap song about it – The Athletic
“Beasley, who posted multiple tweets about his unwillingness to get the COVID vaccine in the last two months, said he didn’t want to take any further vaccine questions after his statement,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

Cole Beasley clears the air and puts focus back on football -
Wide receiver Cole Beasley shared a statement on his opinion regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and league protocols.

Buffalo Bills’ Cole Beasley pushes back on NFL COVID-19 policy, says ‘information being withheld from players’ | Fox News
“Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has been one of the most outspoken players to criticize the NFL’s new policy for vaccinated and unvaccinated players and on Wednesday he called into question the league’s transparency on the issue,” writes Paulina Dedaj.

Latest news on a new Bills stadium

Where is the future home for a stadium for the Buffalo Bills? - WKBW
“Marc Ganis, who is not affiliated with a potential Bills project says when it comes to a new stadium for an NFL team, there are key factors—location, cost and the size of the market,” writes Hannah Buehler.

Linemen Dion Dawkins, Ike Boettger start camp in COVID protocols

Bills' Dion Dawkins, Ike Boettger in Covid protocols to start training camp | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The Buffalo Bills will open training camp without offensive linemen Dion Dawkins and Ike Boettger because they are in Covid protocols, General Manager Brandon Beane said Wednesday before the team’s first practice.”

Odds and ends

Irvin: Bills’ best chance at a title is to get vaccinated - WGR 550
“Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver and Audacy Sports NFL insider Michael Irvin stopped by WGR Sports Radio 550 on Wednesday to have a chat with ‘Schopp and the Bulldog,’” writes Sneaky Joe.

Bills’ Jake Kumerow gets massive praise from Packers QB Aaron Rodgers following first day of training camp -
“The wide receiver was released by Green Bay last year, a decision that did not sit well with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers,” writes Ryan Talbot.