1. Dion Dawkins did this for his hometown community this weekend
Dion Dawkins spent this past weekend giving back to his hometown by delivering meals to families in need.
Through his foundation, Dion’s Dreamers, and with the help of Plainfield Fruit and Produce and over 60 volunteers they were able to distribute fresh produce and essentials to families in the city of Rahway, New Jersey and the surrounding area. Dawkins was born and raised in Rahway and hosted the event at Rahway High School, where he graduated in 2013 before going to college at Temple.
Dawkins has become a leader in the Bills organization on and off the field and was thrilled to get the opportunity to give back to people in his hometown.
"This is where I grew up at," Dawkins told WLNY - CBS New York. "This is where I went to school. This is where I got in trouble. This is where I succeeded. This is my home, and to come back here and help people with a meal, just with a smile, just with a laugh is something special to me."
2. ESPN's Field Yates explains why he thinks the Bills are the biggest threat to the Chiefs in the AFC
On ESPN's Get Up on Friday, the crew talked about who was the biggest threat to the Chiefs after free agency. Field Yates and Dan Orlovsky both picked the Bills. Orlovsky stated that he thinks the Bills will do better than they did last year. Yates explained why he thinks that Buffalo remains the top threat to Kansas City in the AFC.
"I'm going with the Buffalo Bills, obviously they pushed Kansas City at least briefly in the AFC Championship game last year until the Chiefs took off in the second half," Yates said. "But Buffalo retained nearly all of its core pieces this offseason and I know that Josh Allen made this quantum leap that's going to be difficult to replicate, but he still has room to grow. He's only going to enter his fourth season in the NFL and Josh Allen's confidence is sky-high. This Bills culture is excellent and going nowhere anytime soon."
3. How the NFL Draft-a-Thon will help communities in need
The NFL Draft is 10 days away and the NFL Draft-a-Thon is back.
This year the fundraiser will aim to bring awareness and take action to help the communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year there is a focus on four main issues: the digital divide in education, health disparities, food insecurity and mental health. The money raised will go to four nonprofit organizations that help with these important issues.
"It's imperative to help those in need as we navigate toward recovery from the pandemic. Through Draft-a-Thon, the NFL Draft will serve as a platform to create action and change," said Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner. "We're proud to partner with the CDC Foundation, The Education Trust, Feeding America, and Mental Health America in helping generate awareness and driving assistance to aid those who have been critically underserved throughout the last year."
Draft-a-Thon LIVE will be hosted by NFL Network's Kay Adams on a social live stream and will be featured during the live Draft coverage on April 29-May 1. Draft-a-Thon LIVE will stream across NFL social and digital platforms including Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Twitch, Reddit, and nfl.com/DraftaThon.