With half the preseason already gone, its time to once again take a shot at trying to project the Buffalo Bills final 53 man roster.
With the trade of Lee Evans to Baltimore this was probably the easiest version of the 53 man roster we’ve done yet. The 53 names came together pretty quickly and there weren’t many tough decisions to be made.
Despite both Fitzpatrick and Thigpen struggling in camp and the preseason they remain entrenched at #1 and #2 on the depth chart. Neither thus far has done much to inspire confidence and the fact that Brad Smith has at times out preformed them leaves many in Buffalo worried about this year.
The depth here in razor thin and depending on what the condition of Johnny White is this week, this may change some. We finally saw a glimpse of what Spiller can do on his 14 yard run on Saturday, now if we can only find a way to get him that ball in that situation more consistently we could finally have a dangerous duo at RB.
McIntyre remains because he’s good at his job and likes hitting people. That’s all we can ask of our FB.
Again depending on the health of Donald Jones this is subject to change. Johnson is the clear #1 but the #2 job is up for grabs as Donald Jones and Marcus Easley will wrestle for it. Easley’s hands cost him and the team on Saturday and that will not go over well with this coaching staff. A one year wonder in college Easley has to be more consistent on the field because right behind him may be the most sure handed WR on the team in David Nelson.
We can’t describe how close we were to cutting Shawn Nelson and keeping an extra lineman on this roster. It was down to our final cut but we decided to keep Nelson with some kind of a hope that he can one day develop into something that can contribute. Chandler’s hands have been better than advertised but his blocking was subpar on Saturday. He was owned by rookie Von Miller on his pass rush.
Saturday night was so dismal, we hope the coaching staff makes them watch it every day from now until our next game. The effort, the execution and the performance were inexcusable for professional football. Gailey has already tinkered with the OG position and I can’t imagine that OT will be far behind it.
If this doesn’t make you shudder a little bit, we don’t know what will. However the reason we only carry three OG’s is because we believe we have two OT’s who could slide down if need be (Bell, and Hairston) along with both of our OC’s. Depth exists in our OL because of its flexibility.
No shocks here, Wood is entrenched it appears and it still befuddles us as to why he was ever moved from OC in this first place.
Only going to carry three DE’s but with the ability of Troup to kick out to DE and Carrington to drop back down to DE from OLB, there is plenty of depth. Talent, outside of Dareus, is lacking but we have depth.
Quite possibly the strongest unit on the team, Williams has been a beast all camp and preseason and Heard has outperformed Jasper. Due to that Heard gets Jasper’s spot.
The defensive difference that Shawne Merriman made between game 1 and 2 was incredible. Without Merriman in there, the Bills defense struggled to even generate pressure let alone get sacks. His health will clearly be a huge key to this defense.
Look for veterans to start ILB for most of the season. Sheppard is below the curve due to missing time from injury and that’s why I keep Torbor to start the season. Arthur Moats just doesn’t look comfortable working as an ILB as of yet, and we’re still not a fan of that move.
EDIT: With the Kirk Morrison signing today, we get to cut Reggie Torbor and add Morrison in his place.
Florence has been solid this preseason while McKelvin has been inconsistent. McGee needs to step up his game or else Aaron Williams may just take the nickel job from him.
This unit really concerns us. Byrd struggled in his sophomore year and behind him are average backups and an unproven rookie. If the front 7 struggles to generate pressure then the safeties could be in for a very long season.
No surprises on any of the specialists, all three had competition brought in for them and all three performed well. Moorman’s leg particularly looks to be back.
CB Justin Rogers
S Joshua Nesbit
LB Robert Eddins
LB Chris White
TE Mike Caussin
WR Kamar Aiken
DT Michael Jasper
It was tough cutting three of our draft picks from this past April but it had to be done. All three could be potential PS guys for us and we expect them to be brought back along with S Joshua Nesbitt who Gailey recruited at GT and was actually a good S in HS. Beyond that top camp performers Eddins, Caussin, and Aiken all get PS spots for earning them in camp.