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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills bolster OL, continue crushing offseason checklist

One month ago, Jay Skurski made of list of the Bills' 10 biggest needs in free agency. Ranked from most to least, the needs were quarterback, defensive tackle, linebacker, wide receiver, cornerback, depth running back, depth safety, center, guard and defensive tackle.

After Monday’s bolstering of the offensive line, the team has now checked off more than half of those needs. Quarterback and middle linebacker appear to be the biggest holes remaining, and they will likely be addressed in the draft. The team could still use more depth at wide receiver, but they are looking good on paper at most other positions.

The Bills on Monday signed former Bengals center Russell Bodine and former Raiders right tackle Marshall Newhouse. Bodine, 25, is expected to compete with Ryan Groy for the center job while Newhouse, 29, could have a chance to compete with Jordan Mills for the right tackle spot.

Five things to know about Bodine: He’s been sturdy, starting every game since entering the league four years ago.

Five things to know about Newhouse: You may recall seeing him in a viral video last season.

Bills host Bengals LB Kevin Minter on free agent visit: The Bills already signed Julian Stanford to provide linebacking depth, but adding Minter wouldn’t hurt, either.



What the slow market for Bills free agents means: Early projections say the Bills won’t be in line for a comp pick next year.

Source: Bills have not talked to Browns about No. 1 draft pick: Yet. The Bills haven’t talked to the Browns yet. The draft is over a month away. All in due time. (Potentially related: Brandon Beane to SI on trading up for a QB: “I’m not ready to pull the trigger.”)

What Jets-Colts trade means for Bills: Did the QB market just get harder to buy into? Here’s the latest mock draft roundup.

Daily Drive Podcast: Discussing the Jets trade for the No. 3 draft pick.


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