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Billieve: Bills with the most to gain at training camp

Dane Jackson and A.J. Epenesa highlight the players with the most at stake during camp.

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The Buffalo Bills are coming off of their most successful season in 27 years, and they brought back most of their players from last year’s squad that went 13-3, won the AFC East and advanced into the AFC Championship for the first time since 1993.

Training camp opened Wednesday, and the competition will be intense to make the 53-man roster. On the latest episode of the Billieve Podcast, host John Boccacino discusses which Bills have the most to gain during training camp.

Each year, training camp battles afford an opportunity for veterans to claim (or lose) a starting role, and for rookies to lock down a spot on the active roster. Here’s five players who Boccacino feels could rise up and take advantage of training camp.

His list includes:

  • Cornerback Dane Jackson, who could wrestle away the starting right outside cornerback job from incumbent Levi Wallace.
  • Wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins, a sharp, crisp route runner with great hands who could add another dimension to the aerial attack.
  • Defensive end A.J. Epenesa, who has added back the weight he lost last year and should revert to his quick and effective power rushing days at Iowa.
  • Guard Ike Boettger, who performed admirably in 2020 and whose consistent and reliable play could push aside Cody Ford at left guard.
  • Safety Jaquan Johnson, whose athleticism, instincts and ball skills could wrap up the primary backup safety role to Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.

Check out the latest Billieve Podcast for Boccacino’s thoughts on which players can benefit the most from strong performances at training camp, then join the conversation by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below.

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