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Bills Today | Why Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano are so in sync


1. Why Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano so in sync

Bills linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano enter their third year together in the same system. The pair will admit they've gotten better on the field from taking the time to understand each other off the field. The most important part of their bond has been communication.

"That's my dog, we play right beside each other," Edmunds said. "Just having that communication, being on the same bond, having the same type of communication among each other. Just knowing what each one of us is thinking out there, I think that's very important and that goes hand in hand to what we're doing outside of the field, and off the field getting in the film room.

"And actually talking through things, talking through situations, talking about things that we might have messed up on and things that we didn't get on the first time. I think that's what you look for with anybody you want to play out there with. Like I said just developing that trust and that you can depend on that person."

The two combined for 216 tackles last season and are aiming for more in 2020. Edmunds led the team with 115 tackles, while Milano was third on the team with 101.

2. Dawson Knox says Josh Allen has improved at this throw

Several players have pointed to quarterback Josh Allen's increased confidence as something they have seen in their QB this training camp. Tight end Dawson Knox thinks Allen has improved a lot at taking what the defense gives him.

"One of the biggest things I've seen is his ability to hit the check down throws pretty quick," Knox said. "If he's feeling that pressure, he's not trying to make the game-changing play down field necessarily every play. He's hit Motor (Devin Singletary) in the flat a bunch. He's hit me a couple times, just kind of those easy check down throws that might go for five or six yards to set up the chains better for the next play."

Knox also noted his chemistry and communication with Allen has taken a big step forward during this training camp. The tight end caught 28 passes for 388 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns last season.

3. Two Bills make ESPN's Top 100 of 2020

ESPN released a list predicting the top 100 players for the 2020 season. Two Bills players found their way onto the list. Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White is ranked at No. 26, and receiver Stefon Diggs is ranked at No. 79. White jumped 71 spots from last year to this year.

26. Tre'Davious White, CB | Bills, Age: 25, 2019 rank: 97

It's a massive jump up this list for White, who made a similarly sized jump with his play last season. The first pick of the Sean McDermott/Brandon Beane era cemented himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the league with an NFL-high six interceptions last season, including two in a playoff-sealing win against the Steelers in Week 15. White was a first-team All-Pro selection for the first time last year, and if he continues his level of play from 2019, that honor won't be his last. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

Signature stat: White had 84 targets without allowing a touchdown when he was targeted as the nearest defender in coverage. Only Stephon Gilmore had more targets (96) without allowing a TD, per NFL Next Gen Stats.

What they are saying: "There's not a plateau in sight, and that's a good thing for us. I mean, he wants to get better, and as long as he's challenging himself and we're challenging him as well, he will get better." -- Leslie Frazier, Bills defensive coordinator

2020 projection: 63 tackles, 3 INT

Diggs dropped a few spots from last year and ESPN predicts he will get more than 60 catches this season.

79. Stefon Diggs, WR |Bills, Age: 26, 2019 rank: 64

Diggs joins a Buffalo offense in desperate need of playmakers. One of the crispiest route runners in the league, he immediately slides in as the team's No. 1 receiver. Never a Pro Bowler or All-Pro in his five NFL seasons, Diggs can lock himself in as a top-10 receiver in the league if he can produce in one of its worst passing offenses over the past two seasons. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

Signature stat: Diggs' plus-10.7% catch percentage above expectation in 2019 was third best in the NFL, per NFL Next Gen Stats (minimum 50 targets).

What they are saying: "He's a Grade-A talent within himself. ... He's a guy who you can plug and play, and no matter what, he's going to make the team better." -- Tre'Davious White, Bills cornerback

2020 projection: 63 catches, 942 yards, 5 TDs

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