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Buffalo Bills Links, 8/16: The latest on LT Dion Dawkins

Plus, DE Jerry Hughes is embracing his role mentoring Buffalo’s young edge rushers.

The Buffalo Bills are banking on a big year from starting left tackle Dion Dawkins, who recently started participating in individual position work following his activation last week from the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list.

We start off today’s edition of the Bills links with head coach Sean McDermott providing a status update on Dawkins, who, according to his head coach, faces a “long road” until he’s back at full speed.

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Sean McDermott gives an update on LT Dion Dawkins

The Buffalo Bills saw star left tackle Dion Dawkins return to the team after he was activated from the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list last week. But, as McDermott said during a press conference, Dawkins is “not close to where he needs to be” to be back at left tackle.

Bills release five players as part of first round of cuts

Before Tuesday’s roster cuts, the Bills released five players from their roster, including three members of the offensive line.

DE Jerry Hughes serving as mentor to young edge rushers

Jerry Hughes is the longest-tenured member of the Bills. With a youth movement that includes 2020 second-round pick A.J. Epenesa and 2021 first- and second-rounders Greg Rousseau and Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr., Hughes is embracing his role mentoring the young talent on Buffalo’s defensive line.

Why renovating Highmark Stadium isn’t realistic

Highmark Stadium was built in 1972 and, according to representatives from Pegula Sports & Entertainment, it features plenty of pressing issues and safety concerns. They say a wholesale renovation of Highmark Stadium would cost at least $1 billion, compared to an estimated cost of $1.4 billion to build a new stadium.

Odds and ends

See who is on the rise and who is on the decline following Buffalo’s 16-15 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 1 of the preseason, learn how tight end Dawson Knox believes attending Tight End University will lead to noticeable improvements this year, discover where cornerback Tre’Davious White and wide receiver Cole Beasley rank on the NFL’s Top 100 players, and more.