BBD Editor: Dan Hope
As one responsible for covering Buffalo Bills news, the last two days alone have felt like a week. Between a bevy of roster moves and injuries, the Buffalo Bills have made no shortage of moves over the past two days, and not much of it has been positive.
The weekend/Monday got off to a start when the Bills lost their most preseason game to the Washington Redskins in a 30-7 rout Saturday. The injury bug also hit the Bills during the loss. Potential starting quarterback Kevin Kolb, who suffered a concussion that is, according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, potentially career-ending. The Bills’ top cornerback, Stephon Gilmore fractured his wrist and is out for 6-8 weeks.
The Bills also lost another starter, right tackle Chris Hairston, for the entire season when they placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list Monday.
In response to Kolb’s injury, the Bills added two veteran quarterbacks to the roster by signing veteran free agent Matt Leinart and acquiring Thaddeus Lewis in a trade with the Detroit Lions in exchange for inside linebacker Chris White.
The Bills also had to make cuts to get their roster down to Tuesday’s 75-man limit. The Bills released five players Monday, most notably wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers.
Here at Buffalo Bills Draft, we brought you full coverage of all of the roster moves and injuries and how they affect the Bills, while we also looked back at the team’s disappointing preseason loss and projected possibilities for the team’s regular-season roster. You can take a look at all of that through the links below.
- How do Kolb’s injury and the Bills’ new additions at quarterback shake up the Bills’ uncertain quarterback situation, considering that EJ Manuel also remains sidelined following a knee procedure? I examined that Sunday.
- Prior to Graham’s Kolb update and the trade for Lewis, I took a more specific look at the impact of signing Leinart.
More Roster Moves and Injuries
- I wrote about why the loss of Stephon Gilmore for 6-8 weeks will be a major loss to the Buffalo Bills’ secondary.
- I also explained why the loss of Chris Hairston, although he was slated to start, may hurt the Bills’ depth more than it does their starting lineup.
- The Bills cut five players on Monday. At least one of those cuts was a mistake in the eyes of BBD staff writer Eric Samulski. Samulski wrote last week that cutting Da’Rick Rogers would be “a mistake that the Bills absolutely cannot afford to make.”
First Loss of the Preseason
- In my three-page takeaways column following Saturday’s loss, I took a closer look at the struggles of undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel and the Bills secondary, along with other concerns and a few bright spots from the Bills being “undressed” in their dress rehearsal game versus the Washington Redskins.
- Joe Marino graded each Bills unit on their performance in Saturday’s game. (Spoiler Alert: They weren’t very forgiving.)
- In this week’s “5 Up, 5 Down,” Glenn Gifford took a look at a few standouts, but mostly his reasons for disappointment following the Bills’ loss Saturday, which left Glenn with little reason for optimism.
- For updates from throughout Saturday’s preseason game, you can take a look back through our Live Game Thread.
- I released my projection Thursday for the Bills’ entire 53-man roster and depth chart. I will release an updated projection of the Bills depth chart on Friday morning.
- On Tuesday, Ryan Talbot released his own 53-man roster projection. Ryan will also release a final roster projection Friday.
- In addition to his roster projection, Ryan took a closer look at six players who are sitting on the Bills’ roster bubble.
More From Around the NFL Draft Sites Network
- Joseph Curtis’ sleeper series for BBD finished last week with a look at eight under-the-radar small-school prospects.
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