Allen & Edmunds take reins as leaders for Bills


Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen takes a selfie with fans after practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., Thursday, July 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – For so many years Kyle Williams was the unquestioned leader on this team. The torch has clearly been passed as Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds are the leaders on this team. They are young but it’s clearly their team.

“Obviously being in those positions, the quarterback is going to be a leader, the middle linebacker is going to be a leader,” Allen said.  “And, the lucky thing me and Tremaine have is each other, we understand where each other are coming from, obviously being in the same draft, the same class, and being the same kind of person just on the other side of the ball, we’re able to talk about that, we talk to coach a lot and we talk about what things we want to get across to the team, and that’s only going to get better as time goes on.”

Edmunds led the team in tackles his rookie season with 121. The 21-year-old is the biggest building block on the Bills defense. The middle linebacker has become comfortable as the voice of the Bills defense and it’s noticeable to the veterans.

“I love it,” said defensive end Trent Murphy.  “I mean communication, confidence, I mean he’s not a rookie anymore, he didn’t act like a rookie last year even though he was, to have that spot and that leadership, that kind of vocal leadership in the middle of your defense, I mean, it helps everything.”

“No matter how many plays we make out there, our goal is to make another play, make a better play, make one more play than we made the other way,” said Edmunds.  “I think the message I guess to the defense would just be come out every day with that mindset that we have to be better. Nothing is good enough.”

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