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Bills 53: Mini Camp Edition

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Bills 53: Mini Camp Edition
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Offseason activities are over and the team is now having a six week respite before Training Camp begins. So far this looks to be the starting 53 man roster for Week 1. Note Darues is currently suspended for week 1 and is not on the 53 man roster.

QB: (3)

EJ Manuel

Tyrod Taylor

Matt Cassel

 

Bills are going to be keeping 3 QBs this year and these are the only three worth keeping. Won’t change unless Aaron Rodgers gets cut by the Packers.

 

RB: (5)

Lesean McCoy

Fred Jackson

Boobie Dixon

Karlos Williams

Jerome Felton (FB)

Key Cut: Bryce Brown

 

Bryce Brown is the odd man out in this deep backfield. The drafting of Los who offers something in Special Teams makes Brown out who offers nothing in that area which is required for a back-end RB.

 

TE: (4)

Charles “Big Play” Clay

Nick O’Leary

Matthew Mulligan

Marquise Gray

Key Cut: Chris Gragg

 

Roman likes to keep multiple TEs and this is why Mulligan makes the roster. The Bills currently lack a blocking TE with Lee Smith gone and Mulligan can fill that void. Gray makes the roster over Gragg due to his versatility and Special Teams ability.

 

WR: (6)

Sammy Watkins

Robert Woods

Chris Hogan

Percy Harvin

Marcus Thigpen

Marcus Easley

Key Cuts: Marquise Goodwin, Dezmin Lewis, Deonte Thompson, Justin Brown

 

Goodwin is the surprise cut but his inability to stay healthy makes him expendable in a numbers game. Thigpen offers value in the return game with Goodwin lacks. With the top 4 WRs looking to be the only ones actively playing, Goodwin becomes cuttable due to his lack of ability in Special Teams.

 

OT: (3)

Cordy Glenn

Cyrus Kouandjio

Seantrel Henderson

Key Cuts: Wayne Hunter, Tyson Chandler

 

Bills go with a blocking TE over a 4th tackle. Glenn and Cyrus look to be the starting LT and RT with Henderson filling the swing tackle role. Chandler is an ideal Practice Squad candidate.

 

OG: (4)

Richie Incognito

John Miller

Cyril Richardson

Kraig Ubrik

Key Cut: Chris Williams

 

Richie and Miller look to be the starting guards with Ubrik being the versatile interior backup. Williams is a goner as soon as he isn’t injured anymore

C: (1)

Eric Wood

 

DT: (4)

Kyle Williams

*Marcel Dareus*

                        Stefan Charles

Corbin Bryant

Alex Carrington

 

This is pretty much set with Carrington more than likely filling in for Dareus week 1.

 

Hybrid DE/OLB: 6

Mario Williams

Jerry Hughes

Manny Lawson

Randell Johnson

Michael Buchannan

Jairus Wynn

 

This is the deepest part of the Bills defense as Hughes, Mario and Lawson expect to be key contributors. Wynn is solid and will be used on run downs and Johnson and Buchannan are reserve players who can play Teams.

 

ILB: (4)

Nigel Bradham

Preston Brown

Ty Powell

AJ Tarpley

Key Cuts: Tony Steward

 

Bradham and Brown are the every-down players with Powell looking to replace Spikes as the run stopper. Tarpley makes it over Steward due to his durability as Steward looks to be an IR candidate.

 

CB: (6)

Stephon Gilmore

Ronald Darby

Leodis McKelvin

Nickell Robey

Ross Cockrell

Ron Brooks

Key Cut: Mario Butler,

 

This is another deep position as with the drafting of Darby gives the Bills four CBs who expect to be used a lot. Cockrell and Brooks are reserves who don’t look to be much of a factor unless injury occurs.

 

S: (4)

Aaron Williams

Duke Williams

Corey Graham

Jonathan Meeks

Key Cuts: Kenny Ladler, Baccari Rambo

 

With the drafting of Darby, Graham has now moved into a safety role on the defense. He projects to be a FS with Aaron being a SS and Duke being used a lot as well. Rambo and Ladler get cut due to a numbers game but could be Practice Squad Candidates.

 

ST: (3)

Dan Carpenter aka Kicker Jesus

Colton Schmidt

Garrison Sanborn

Key Cut: Jordan Gay

 

We don’t need a kickoff specialist.

 

 

 

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