Buffalo Bills: 4 players to watch during mandatory minicamp

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Star Lotulelei #98 of the Buffalo Bills is introduced before an NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field on December 08, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Star Lotulelei #98 of the Buffalo Bills is introduced before an NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field on December 08, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) catches a pass while defended by Buffalo Bills cornerback Dane Jackson (30) during the third quarter at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Nov. 15, 2020.Buffalo Bills Vs Arizona Cardinals /

Dane Jackson

The final player to watch for during the Buffalo Bills mandatory minicamp is cornerback Dane Jackson. There aren’t many starting positions realistically up for grabs but the cornerback job opposite Tre’Davious White is certainly one of them.

The team brought back Levi Wallace this offseason but he is going to be pushed by Dane Jackson, who is entering his second season with the team, and looked good in limited action last season. He appeared in five games, starting two, and had an interception and five passes defended.

Matt Parrino of NYUp.com wrote about Jackson last week:

"He’s entering Year 2 with so much more information and experience, and it’s showing on the practice field. He had an interception last week and this week he just continues to make plays. He had the first big one when he lined up one-on-one against Stefon Diggs in the first 7-on-7 session. Josh Allen tried to squeeze one in to Diggs but Jackson stepped in front to break up the play."

The play of Dane Jackson so far through OTA has to be an encouraging sign that he can take that next step and become the permanent starter for this defense.

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While he is unlikely to win, or lose, the battle during minicamp, if he puts together another strong week of practice he certainly could enter training camp as the favorite.