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Top 5 final observations from Bills 2022 mandatory minicamp

Defensive ends. Day Two Buffalo Bills Mandatory Minicamp, June 15, 2022.   Photo by Bill Wippert
Defensive ends. Day Two Buffalo Bills Mandatory Minicamp, June 15, 2022. Photo by Bill Wippert

1. That's a wrap on mandatory minicamp

Bills 2022 Mandatory Minicamp is in the books. This marks the end of the offseason program, and all eyes shift to Training Camp.

The team spent the week buttoning up everything the best they could with the coaches and players before they break for a month. The coaches will take some time off to spend with their families and the players will do the same along with continuing to train and stay in shape.

Stay tuned to for more information on training camp dates, times and tickets.

Scroll to see photos from Day Two of Mandatory Minicamp at One Bills Drive.

2. How Von Miller will positively impact Ed Oliver's 2022 campaign

Throughout the offseason, almost all the Bills' players have been asked what it's been like to now have Von Miller on the team – and rightfully so. A player of that caliber is going to get a lot of attention because of the impact he can make.

For Ed Oliver, the most influential thing about Miller to him is his brain and his work ethic.

"Just how knowledgeable of the game he is, how twitchy he is, and just his all-around approach to the game," Oliver said about Miller joining the team. "The things he does to get his body right, and just how he practices. He practices hard every single day."

Miller's impact will be influential to Oliver directly because opposing offenses will try their best to gameplan and double team Miller. This will help Oliver, who had one of his most productive seasons in 2021, make even more of a disturbance on the field for the Bills' defense this season.

"I'm gonna play on the other side of him," Oliver added. "Y'all go over there and block him, I'll be on the other side. I think it's gonna be good. Not only for me but for the defense as a whole. He's a big-time player and they gonna key in on him. It'll probably take some of the attention off me and I think that's gonna help me out a lot too."

3. Isaiah McKenzie recaps his time on America's Got Talent

Isaiah McKenzie displayed one of his other talents on Tuesday night. McKenzie, who is a part of the NFL Players Choir, auditioned for America's Got Talent and it was a surreal experience for him.

"It was pretty fun," McKenzie said. "It was eye-opening. I have never been to California. I got to see California a little bit and then to do that, America's Got Talent, which was pretty cool. I've never been on TV with my helmet off, so that was the first time."

The NFL Players Choir nailed their audition and are moving on to the next round. Here in Buffalo, McKenzie and some of his teammates had a viewing party for the anticipated episode.

"They got on me a little bit," McKenzie shared. "I said this the other day, I was like they're gonna get on me because it took two hours. And a lot of people were mad at me, people texting my phone like 'are you even on TV?' It was cool though. They stayed, Josh and all the guys stayed the whole time, and then they saw it. We watched it and they cheered me on."

4. AJ Epenesa believes he and the young pass rushers can take the next step in 2022

Sean McDermott said earlier this offseason that they are depending on AJ Epenesa, Greg Rousseau, and Boogie Basham to play more of a consistent role in 2022. The three young pass rushers combined for 82 total tackles, eight sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and 22 QB hits in 2021. With Epenesa going into his third season and Rousseau and Basham going into their second, they know that it's on them to continue improving and get the production that McDermott wants to see.

"We got to believe in ourselves and that we have the confidence in ourselves and know that we can make plays and we can take that next step," Epenesa said. "That's really what it's about. And we're all looking forward to this camp. And when we get pads on, we can really show the strides we've taken. Boogie (Basham) lost some weight, and Greg (Rousseau) has gotten bigger and stronger. I myself think I've gotten bigger, faster, and stronger. So, all three of us have been putting in a lot of work and we're excited to put pads on and show people we can do."

5. O.J. Howard brings more versatility to the Bills' offense

The Bills added more talent to their tight end room this offseason when they signed O.J. Howard. The former Buccaneer is just another weapon at Josh Allen's disposal and Dawson Knox is happy to be adding his traits to the offense.

"Just his size," Knox shared. "He makes you feel small. That dude is massive. He's got a great catch radius, he runs good routes, and he's strong too. A very well-rounded tight end and I think he'll make a splash for us this year."

Howard racked up 119 receptions for 1,737 yards and 15 touchdowns during his five seasons in Tampa. The tandem of Knox and Howard should provide new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey more flexibility when calling plays. With more two tight end sets, and different packages now available to the team, Knox is excited to see what the pair can do starting at training camp.

"It's been awesome," Knox added. "There's gonna be so much versatility in this offense now. 12 and 13 personnel. Bring us in, run the ball, spread us out, and get us good matchups. And he's a great dude, too. So, he's just kind of increasing the work ethic of the whole group. And anytime you can increase competition in the group it's just gonna make the whole group better."

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