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Buffalo Bills Links, 7/7: Sizing up the CB2 competition

Plus, comparing 2020 and 2021 position rooms to see where the Bills improved and where they declined.

While many Buffalo Bills fans were hoping the team would bring in someone to compete with Levi Wallace for the second cornerback job, the Bills have expressed confidence in Dane Jackson, a 2020 seventh-round draft pick out of the University of Pittsburgh.

In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we size up the CB2 competition, assessing whether Wallace, entering his fourth season as a starter, can hold off Jackson to start on the outside opposite of All-Pro corner Tre’Davious White.

We also compare Buffalo’s position rooms from 2020 and 2021 to see where the Bills have upgraded their roster, and where they might have declined in talent. We continue to run through the worst salary cap values from last year, learn which two rookies found themselves on a list of potential busts from the 2021 NFL Draft class, examine who will take over for the departed Andre Roberts as Buffalo’s kickoff and punt returner, nominate one veteran cut candidate and one breakout candidate for this year, and much more!


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Additional Bills news from around the web

Sizing up the CB2 competition between Levi Wallace and Dane Jackson

Training camp question: Can Levi Wallace hold off Dane Jackson’s challenge for Bills starting CB spot? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Wallace started all 16 games in 2019. Last year, he missed four games due to injury.

Rousseau, Basham make dubious list

2 Bills among Chris Simms’ potential busts from 2021 draft class - newyorkupstate.com
Simms questioned the Bills’ first two picks from the 2021 NFL Draft.

Who fills Andre Roberts’s role in the return game?

Training camp question: Who fills the Bills’ gaping hole on kick returns? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“This is the sixth in a series of questions facing the Buffalo Bills entering the start of training camp July 27,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Which Bills veteran is most likely cut candidate?

NFL players on the roster bubble entering 2021 training camps - 32 cut candidates, from veterans to former first-rounders - ESPN.com
Former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and a recent Patriots first-round pick are among the players whose roster spots aren’t secure as camps approach.

Previewing Dawson Knox and the tight ends

Bills training camp positional preview: How does Dawson Knox’s status impact the tight end group? – The Athletic
“The team invested a third-round selection into Dawson Knox in 2019, but his second season did not go the way either he or the team would have hoped,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

Ed Oliver selected as Buffalo’s breakout player in 2021

Who are the best breakout candidates for all 32 NFL teams? – The Athletic
“Which NFL players will take the biggest leaps forward in 2021? Our writers make their picks for each team.” (Subscription required).

Which AFC East team has the best three-year outlook?

ESPN writers don't believe in Patriots in 3-year outlook - WGR 550
The ESPN AFC East beat writers were asked for their opinions on the team to beat in the division in three years, and it appears the Bills are favored by a majority of the group.

Odds and ends

5 Questions with Marquel Lee - BuffaloBills.com
“Join Bills Multimedia Reporter Maddy Glab as she sits down with Linebacker Marquel Lee for this edition of ‘Five Questions.’”

Report: Thomas Dimitroff interviewing NFL GMs, including Brandon Beane, for TV show - WGR 550
According to Michael Holley, former Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has been busy interviewing fellow GMs—at least 15 of them—for a TV show he’s producing that dives deep into the profession.

‘Buffalo Bills barber’ opens his own shop on Military Road - WKBW
“From cutting hair in his grandfather’s basement, to opening his own shop, Jesse Ciffa is accomplishing one of his big goals,” writes Taylor Epps.