Buffalo News writer Vic Carucci takes a look at Josh Allen's emergence:

When Josh Allen heard Wednesday that Lorenzo Alexander is returning for another season with the Buffalo Bills, the young quarterback promptly sent a text to the veteran linebacker.

“As soon as it got done, I said, ‘Congratulations, captain, it’s time to get back to work,’” Allen said by phone Thursday. “He responded with a pretty nice little thing, but that’s what he is, he’s our captain. He's our team leader now, he's our vocal leader.”

In light of the recent retirement of defensive tackle Kyle Williams, Alexander’s remaining with the Bills suddenly becomes even larger in the team’s overall makeup and chemistry. For the 22-year-old Allen, who just finished his rookie season as the Bills’ quarterback, the 35-year-old Alexander represents something larger than a teammate. He also acts as a life coach.

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