53 Man Roster Projection – Chris Hooker

CB Ron Brooks has gone from wait and see to a roster lock according to our Camp Reporter (Photo: US Presswire)

By BBD Camp Report: Chris Hooker

As we rapidly approach the end of camp and have a preseason game under our belts, its time for me to make my first roster projection of the year. This is based off all the days Ive been at camp in addition to what I took away from last Thursday’s preseason game.

QB:

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Vince Young, Tyler Thigpen

Fitzpatrick is the obvious one here, and I think Young will eventually take over the number two job once camp and preseason come to a close. The reason I have the Bills cutting Brad Smith is because he isn’t good enough to be a quarterback and the wide-outs are too deep for him to find a home there. I just can’t see justifying the Bills paying $15 million to someone who won’t see the field at quarterback and will get limited reps at best a WR, especially when Young is better at all the things Smith is — and cheaper.

RB:

Fred Jackson, CJ Spiller, Tashard Choice

I’ve been a big fan of Choice’s game this camp and I think he has earned a position on this team. He is quick through the hole and by defenders using his speed to his advantage. He won’t see the field as often as Jackson or Spiller, but he will get some quality reps a few times a game.

WR:

Stevie Johnson, Donald Jones, David Nelson, Derek Hagan, TJ Graham, Marcus Easley

Cuts here include camp hot-shots Na’aman Roosevelt and David Clowney, who unfortunately, just fall victim to depth at the position. Wide receiver is a lot deeper than most people think. I truly believe Jones, Hagan, Graham and Easley will contribute this year, particularly Jones. I have high hopes that, if he can stay healthy, he will be the deep threat the Bills hoped for out of him last year.

FB:

Corey McIntyre

I’m expecting interesting things out of McIntyre, especially given that Gailey said they wanted him to run more routes at the start of camp. He’s the team’s lone fullback and will be for a while. Nothing more to see here.

TE:

Scott Chandler, Lee Smith

The TE’s besides Chandler haven’t impressed me much, but I’m giving the edge to Smith for the sole reason that he has played games for the Bills last season and knows the offense.

LT:

Cordy Glenn, Chris Hairston

Neither Glenn or Hairston have blown me away at camp, but Glenn has been getting the majority of the reps and is a young stud that the Bills like. Whether or not he becomes the left tackle of the future remains to be seen, but for now, he is their best option.

LG:

Andy Levitre, Mark Asper

Asper has been taking reps at center during camp, and the Bills are notorious for holding onto their draft picks so I have a hard time seeing them letting Asper go. Jasper’s a fan favorite, but the bottom line with him is that he is too big to be an effective, mobile offensive lineman in the NFL and I think he will, again, get the axe.

C:

Eric Wood

Nothing to comment on here except that Wood has to stay healthy, because he has been given the role of anchoring the Bills line once again.

RG:

Kraig Urbik, Chad Rinehart

Urbik got a contract extension after last season and will reprise his duty as starting right guard. Rinehart took o-line reps last season, too, and played pretty well. No surprises here.

RT:

Erik Pears, Zebrie Sanders

Using the same logic with Mark Asper, I think Sanders makes the team, despite the fact that I don’t think he’s been stellar in camp. But, Nix spent a pick on him and there is room for him to grow. Pears, despite being out the last few practices, is a lock solely because he is the best guy for the job.

LE:

Mario Williams, Shawne Merriman

As if you’d expect anything else. This has a potential to be an amazing team, depending on Merriman’s health of course. He says he’s feeling great, and we only have one choice but to believe him.

DT:

Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Dwan Edwards, Spencer Johnson, Kellen Heard, Alex Carrington

Okay, I’ve got some explaining to do with this selection. First up: Dwan Edwards. He’s a guy I thought the Bills would cut going into camp, but looking at who they have, I don’t know who Nix would replace Edwards with. I think he makes too much money to be a backup, but who is better that is available? Troup? Gilbert? Like it or not, I believe Edwards will be here for next year at least.

As far as Torrell Troup goes, I have him getting cut because he can’t stay on the field. Troup has been a disaster for the Bills the last few years, and I would be very surprised if they didn’t decide to cut ties with him after this camp. Disappointment doesn’t even cut it.

Carrington is another one who can’t stay healthy, but I think he gets one more shot for the same reason as Edwards. They need to fill those spots.

RE:

Mark Anderson, Chris Kelsay

This is a no-brainer, the biggest question will be who takes the starting spot. I’m giving Anderson the slight edge because he is plain fast. Kelsay, who provides leadership and veteran knowledge, simply isn’t as good as rushing the passer as Anderson.

SLB:

Kirk Morrison, Arthur Moats

Moats has been getting reps ahead of Morrison this practice, but I think Morrison will eventually be renamed the starter. Moats has had a solid camp, but he needs another year before he can handle starting duties and a season behind a veteran could do his some good. His game is still a little raw. Moats will still see some time on the field, but I don’t see him overtaking Morrison for good.

MLB:

Kelvin Sheppard, Tank Carder

No way does Tank Carder not make the Bills. He is involved every time he’s on the field and Gailey loves him, repeatedly singling him out after practice to the media. What he will bring this season has yet to be determined, but I expect Carder to contribute and have a nice rookie campaign.

WLB:

Nick Barnett, Bryan Scott, Nigel Bradham

The Bills have depth at the linebacker position this year and Barnett will be the leader like he was last season. Bradham has had a decent camp and I give him the edge over Scott McKillop because he doesn’t have the ceiling of Bradham. McKillop’s been getting solid reps at camp and I think that’s all the Bills wanted out of him.

CB:

Stephon Gilmore, Aaron Williams, Leodis McKelvin, Ron Brooks, Justin Rogers

Terrence McGee will finally get the axe because he can’t stay healthy and his production is limited. I believe he will be the biggest name to get cut this year. Ron Brooks is a lock after the camp he’s had and I think he will beat out Justin Rogers for the four spot. Looking down the road, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brooks be a cornerback for the Bills for a long time, especially once the contract of Leodis McKelvin wraps up.

SS:

George Wilson, Da’Norris Searcey

Obvious selections. Wilson and Searcey will both look to continue their successful runs after last season.

FS:

Jairus Byrd, Joshua Nesbitt

Byrd’s been a stud this camp and I think Nesbitt will stick around for the reason of the Bills wanting to stick it out with the project. Nesbitt is a terrific athlete and deserves a chance to get some real game reps at safety this season.

K/P/LS:

Rian Lindell, Brian Moorman, Garrison Sanborn

No-brainers. My only wish is that the Bills find a way to hold on to K John Potter and P Shawn Powell. They are both young studs and deserve to find a place on this roster, especially after seeing what happened to the Bills kicking squad when Lindell went down last year.

Practice Squad:
1. TE Fendi Onobun
2. RB Zach Brown
3. FB/TE Dorin Dickerson
4. CB Prince Miller
5. SS Nick Sukay
6. FS Nick Saenz
7. K John Potter

Make sure you check back later as BBD Writer Eric Samulski will be releasing his 2nd roster prediction of the season!

Tags: 53 Man Roster, Buffalo Bills, Training Camp

2 Responses to “53 Man Roster Projection – Chris Hooker”

  1. Jonathan says:

    Miller isn’t PS-eligible AFAIK.

    • Matt Elder says:

      Are you sure? We couldnt find an exact amount of active games he had played prior to coming to Buffalo.




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