Bills Today

Bills Today | Dion Dawkins is committed to the fight for criminal justice reform

2020-Bills Today-dion-dawkins

1. Dion Dawkins is committed to the fight for criminal justice reform

On the field, Dion Dawkins is a star left tackle who is a key piece to the Bills offensive line. Off the field, Dawkins uses his words and his actions to try and make the world a better place. 

Since the beginning of 2020, Dawkins has written five phenomenal articles for The Players’ Tribune. He posted his most recent article on Tuesday and this one hit close to home for the Bills left tackle. Dawkins wrote about his older brother Eric Kirit Dawkins who is incarcerated in New Jersey. He goes on to talk about how the criminal justice system needs to be changed for the better as many of the laws are biased against black, brown and low-income communities.

Dawkins is dedicated to fighting against these injustices. He partnered with Dream Corps Justice yesterday for the Day of Empathy, which aims to humanize and uplift the stories of people impacted by the criminal justice system and take strong action on criminal justice reform. 

Dawkins stated in his article, "For me, the Day of Empathy is about us taking one of the least empathetic parts of our society — the way our criminal justice system seems to lock people up and throw away the key — and figuring out a way to use it as a turning point for something better."

2. This former Bill has fond memories of his time in Buffalo

Around the country, Buffalo might just be known for the wings and the snow, but a lot of players quickly realize that the 716 has a lot more to offer than that. One former player who enjoyed his time in Buffalo is NFL defensive end Marcellus Wiley who was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Wiley played in Buffalo from 1997-2000 and racked up 130 combined tackles, 19 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception with the Bills. He is currently the co-host of Speak for Yourself on FS1 along with Emmanuel Acho. He was on One Bills Live on Tuesday and spoke with Chris and Steve about his time in Buffalo and why he enjoyed the city so much.

"It was just so focused on football like everyone had their priorities in order being a Buffalo Bill," Wiley said. "It was just great fanfare. I remember having a Regal Cinema card that they gave all the Buffalo Bills players and we used to go to the movies every single week. That was amazing. I remember how it was like this big city that felt like a small family. Everywhere you went people showed you proper respect, but they also showed you reverence, like you're a Buffalo Bill! And it was just a great introduction to the NFL. A storied franchise with a huge fan base and they prioritized football … The first winter slapped me in the face and hit me hard, but other than that, I really enjoyed everything about Buffalo."

To hear the full interview on One Bills Live with Marcellus Wiley, click here.

3. evaluates the Bills running back position

The Bills have a fairly young backfield heading into the offseason with veterans TJ Yeldon and Taiwan Jones scheduled to be free agents. With Devin Singletary heading into his third year and Zack Moss heading into his second year, it will be interesting to see who the front office surrounds these young backs with in 2021. Digital Content Editor Jeremy Bergman ranked every teams’ running back situation heading into the offseason. He had this to say about the status of the Bills backfield:

Home Improvement

Buffalo Bills - Top backs: Devin Singletary, Zack Moss.

Buffalo's offense improved in many respects in 2020, most notably aerially, thanks to Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs. But the Bills' blossoming backfield shouldn't go unnoticed. Led by 2019 draftee Singletary and rookie runner Moss, the Bills finished just outside the top 10 in RYOE in 2020. Both backs averaged at least 4.3 yards per carry, with Moss carrying more of the load as the season went on. The duo stayed mostly healthy throughout the season, as well, until Moss injured his ankle on Super Wild Card Weekend. Not so super for Moss or the Bills, who struggled on the ground without him in their next two games. The pair is under contract through at least 2022 and can continue to build chemistry together if Buffalo is patient. But with the Bills' Super Bowl window open, Brandon Beane could choose to make a splash at the position, one of the least-established on the roster, with a veteran addition.

Related Content