1. Zack Moss is doing his part to motivate Buffalo students
All Buffalo Public and Charter School students have a unique opportunity to express themselves artistically and have a chance to win a Zoom call with running back Zack Moss.
Students grades 6-12 are tasked with creating either a video or digital art piece or written expression about what activism in sports means to them and black history. To enter the competition, it is required that you have a public Instagram account, and you must post the entry to your timeline. There is one entry allowed per student and you must use #mossmodeBHM and must tag @buyblackbuffalony and @pal_buffalo.
The prizes include an Albright-Knox family membership, Bills memorabilia and the first prize winner will get a 10-minute Zoom call with running back Zack Moss. The first, second, and third prize winners will be chosen by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
The contest started on Feb. 12 and will end on Feb. 28, so make sure to get your submissions in by then.
2. Gabriel Davis was coached by this former Bills tight end in high school
There's always a Buffalo connection.
On One Bills Live, this week's Tasker's Teammate was former Bills tight end, Lonnie Johnson. Johnson was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft, and he played from '94-'98. He is currently coaching at Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida. The former Bills tight end coached rookie wide receiver Gabriel Davis who impressed a lot of people in 2020. Johnson was in awe of Davis's wok ethic during his high school days and compared it to one of his former teammates – Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and when he coached up Gabriel Davis.
"He's an amazing worker, and I tried to switch him to tight end," Johnson told Chris and Steve. "I wanted to take some credit for him being like me. When he was a ninth-grader or tenth grader, he was determined to be a receiver and I thought he could play whatever position he wanted because he was a hard worker. I have never seen anybody work harder than him at the high school level."
To listen to the full interview and for more episodes of One Bills Live, click here.
3. The Athletic predicts that J.J. Watt signs with the Bills
On Feb. 18, the NFL sent out a memo stating that after talks with the NFLPA the salary cap floor for 2021 will be pushed up from $175 million to $180 million. The NFL will inform all 32 teams when the official salary cap is set. This will likely cause players already released by their former teams to wait longer than usual to find a new one as the front offices around the league don't have a clear number on how much they will be able to spend this offseason. The Athletic's NFL writer Sheil Kapadia released his 10 bold predictions for the 2021 offseason. For one of them, he predicted what most Bills fans are dreaming about and that is for J.J. Watt to sign with the Bills.
9. J.J. Watt signs with the Bills
Initially, this prediction was a trade. But the Texans granted Watt his release, and now he's free to sign wherever he wants. He could make sense as a high-risk, high-reward option for plenty of teams, and one of them is the Bills.
Credit to The Athletic's Matthew Fairburn for floating this idea earlier in the week. The Bills showed that they are legit contenders and are in "win now" mode. But they could use more difference-makers on defense. Watt turns 32 in March, but he played in all 16 games last season, producing five sacks, 17 quarterback hits and 14 tackles for loss. He produced those numbers while being double-teamed at a high rate. Given Watt's age and injury history (he missed 32 of a possible 64 games from 2016 to 2019), there is risk in adding him at this stage of his career. But there's also upside where Watt could find himself competing for Super Bowls with Buffalo for the next few seasons