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Buffalo Bills Links, 8/4: Recapping Buffalo’s first practice in pads

Plus, the latest on a contract extension for Josh Allen.

The Buffalo Bills finally donned the pads for Day 6 of their training camp at the team’s facilities in Orchard Park, N.Y., and in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we recap the latest news and notes from camp.

We learn how running backs Zack Moss and Devin Singletary were quick to hit the holes during practice, why the pass defense rebounded to enjoy a solid session against Josh Allen, and why rookie offensive tackle Spencer Brown held his own against Buffalo’s pass rushers.

We also get the latest news on a contract extension for Allen, hear how personal tragedy impacted defensive end Mario Addison during his first season with the Bills and why he’s excited for the youth movement along the defensive line, explore how wide receiver Gabriel Davis can build upon a successful rookie season, discuss wideout Jake Kumerow’s path to a spot on the 53-man roster, analyze how defensive tackle Ed Oliver and defensive end A.J. Epenesa are eying breakthrough seasons for the Bills, and more!


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Recapping Day 6 of training camp

Training camp observations: Bills RBs hit holes hard on first day in pads | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Here are top observations from Day 6 of training camp at the fields next to ADPRO Sports Training Center.

Micah Hyde picks off Josh Allen, Bills defense sets tone in 1st camp padded practice - newyorkupstate.com
Mario Addison explains why he celebrated when Bills drafted 2 DEs in April.

Bills finally able to get physical at camp - WGR 550
A day after the offense clearly got the better of the defense, it was much more of a stalemate at Buffalo Bills training camp on Tuesday, as players wore full pads for the first time.

Bills training camp Day 6: The defense forces the offense out of rhythm on the first day of pads – The Athletic
“At the end of the day, you either can play in pads or you can’t, and this is a grown man’s league when you put pads on,” McDermott said. (Subscription required).

The latest on a Josh Allen extension

Josh Allen extension will be pushed to 2022 if deal can’t be done in next few weeks, says Bills GM - newyorkupstate.com
Brandon Beane spoke to Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR-550 on Monday morning.

Buffalo Bills, QB Josh Allen to table contract talks if no deal by Week 1, GM Brandon Beane says - ESPN.com
Bills general manager Brandon Beane told The Associated Press on Monday he is giving himself until the start of the regular season to negotiate a long-term extension with quarterback Josh Allen before putting off discussions.

Reimer: Brandon Beane is in position to extend Josh Allen - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane says he won’t talk contract with Josh Allen once the season begins. Fortunately, Beane has a history of re-signing players in training camp.

Mario Addison’s personal tragedy impacted his debut season with Bills

How Mario Addison’s grief over loss of younger brother impacted his debut season with Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“You will never get over it. You just have to learn to live with it and that’s what I’m doing now,” he said. “I’m in a better mental state right now.”

Addison has had to work through tragedy the past few years - WGR 550
Mario Addison didn’t have the season he was hoping for last year. Not only was there a pandemic, but the Buffalo Bills defensive end had a heavy heart.

Young talent injects excitement into Buffalo’s defensive line room - BuffaloBills.com
Veteran defensive end Mario Addison is excited to work with the young players added to Buffalo’s roster in recent years.

Can Gabriel Davis build on successful rookie season?

Will Buffalo Bills’ Gabriel Davis take ‘next step’? Stefon Diggs believes so - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
The 2020 fourth-round pick had seven TD catches as a rookie and could make a similar impact this season despite loaded depth at wide receiver.

Jake Kumerow’s path to a roster spot

After praise from Aaron Rodgers, Jake Kumerow focuses on securing Bills’ roster spot | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Rodgers called journeyman Jake Kumerow the Packers’ “second-best wide receiver in training camp last year.” The high praise from Rodgers came at an interesting time for Kumerow, who is making a case for himself during camp with the Bills.

WR Jake Kumerow’s journey from Aaron Rodgers’ secret weapon to the do-it-all riser of Bills camp – The Athletic
Last NFL season, Kumerow was living out of one suitcase, made three NFL stops and lived out of a hotel for over 140 consecutive nights. (Subscription required).

Ed Oliver, A.J. Epenesa ready for breakout seasons

Ed Oliver knows 2021 is a season where he needs to break out - Democrat & Chronicle
Oliver will play more of the three-technique DT position now that Star Lotulelei is back with the Bills.

With his body in sublime condition, A.J. Epenesa ready for a bigger role - Democrat & Chronicle
Epenesa worked hard in the offseason to get his body right, and now he looks ready to emerge as a force.

Odds and ends

Knox explains how ping pong balls were key to his training - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox worked tirelessly this offseason to improve his hand-eye coordination. He trained with vision coach Ryan Harrison, who shot ping pong balls at him.

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Last season, the Bills used eight different starters on the offensive line, which ranked as 19th most, made seven line changes (tied for 17th most) and went five straight weeks with the same five-man unit (tied for seventh longest).

Fan favorite Lorenzo Alexander lends helping hand at Bills camp - Democrat & Chronicle
The former linebacker and special teamer was busy sharing his expertise to the current Bills.

Bills work out offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Benenoch, 26, was selected in the fifth round by Tampa Bay in 2016.