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Bills Today | How fans can support the team's youth sports equipment drive this weekend

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1. Bills to host a youth sports equipment drive this Saturday

On Saturday, June 12, the Bills are partnering with Victory Sports and hosting a youth sports equipment drive. 

This event will take place from 10 AM through 1 PM and will be located in Lot 6 of Highmark Stadium. New and gently used sporting equipment will be gratefully accepted from any sport and any size. Be sure to clean and sanitize all items before bringing them to the stadium to donate. 

Everyone that donates will receive a free 2020 Bills yearbook and a Bills Yowie headscarf. 

The mission of Victory Sports Global Outreach to help under-resourced schools, leagues, teams and athletes obtain the equipment they need to play and compete in sports. They have six drop-off locations around Western New York. They recently opened up an equipment outlet in the Eastern Hills Mall with a 24/7 donation box located outside of the mall.

2. Bleacher Report thinks Bills are set up for future success

Long-term success is not an easy thing to achieve in the NFL and only a few teams have done it in the past. Bleacher Report NFL writer Kristopher Knox ranked the top seven teams that he thinks are best set up for future success. Knox ranked Buffalo number two right ahead of the Baltimore Ravens. The only team higher than the Bills on his list was the Kansas City Chiefs. 

#2. Buffalo Bills

While the Buffalo Bills only have their own draft picks in 2022—aside from a conditional seventh-rounder from Atlanta—and are projected to be up against the cap next offseason, they're still set to be perennial contenders.Quarterback Josh Allen had a breakout campaign in 2020, passing for 4,544 yards with 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 421 yards and eight more scores. He's only 25 years old and may not have reached his ceiling.

A contract extension for Allen will be coming, but he has two years left on his rookie deal.

Aside from him, the Bills have one of the league's best, most-balanced rosters—one Pro Football Focus ranked fifth before the draft. Buffalo also ranked second in both yards gained and points scored last season, while ranking 14th in total defense. With contributors like Tre'Davious White, Micah Hyde, Matt Milano and Stefon Diggs—the reigning league-leader in receptions and receiving yards—under contract through at least 2023, the Bills are poised to be a permanent fixture in the Super Bowl chase.

Buffalo also has a quality head coach in Sean McDermott, who has taken Buffalo to the playoffs in three of his four seasons

3. Bills secondary ranks here in Pro Football Focus's defensive backfield rankings

Since 2017, the Bills defense leads the NFL with 68 forced fumbles and is tied for second in interceptions with 63. The Bills have had continuity with their defensive backfield since Sean McDermott arrived and the coaching staff has been successful at developing young cornerbacks.

Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 NFL secondaries for the 2021 season and placed the Bills at number four. The only teams ahead of the Bills are the Browns, Ravens and Broncos.

#4. BUFFALO BILLS

Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer make up one of the best starting safety tandems in the NFL. Since 2017, those two rank fourth and 12th, respectively, in PFF WAR. They've done a tremendous job of taking away the deep ball, allowing a league-low 67 receptions on passes 20 or more yards downfield over that four-year stretch. Tre'Davious White has been one of the more productive cornerbacks in the league during that same time frame. The only real question heading into next season is whether Levi Wallace, Taron Johnson and Dane Jackson can give Buffalo enough production at the other two cornerback spots.

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