Buffalo Bills: 3 position battles to watch at mandatory minicamp

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Buffalo Bills Position Battle: Pick your poison at middle linebacker

After the departure of linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, the Bills needed to fill the void left beside all-pro linebacker Matt Milano. Instead of finding his replacement in free agency, the Bills drafted linebacker Dorian Williams in the third round of the NFL Draft in April.

Interestingly enough, general manager Brandon Beane considered Williams a better fit to assume a weak-side or outside linebacker role during his rookie season — however, he didn't entirely rule out the possibility of moving him around and head coach Sean McDermott recently mentioned that Williams was learning Edmunds old position.

But keeping that in mind, the Bills could choose to give an in-house promotion to one of either A.J. Klein, Tyrel Dodson, or Terrel Bernard.

Bernard is the most interesting option after having been drafted in the third-round of the 2022 NFL draft. The young linebacker assumed a special teams role last season while only having started in one game.

Dodson has shown limited flashes of effectiveness at middle linebacker after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2020, while Klein is the most experienced option on the roster — starting in 82 games during his ten-year NFL career.