Ranking Every Player on the 2014 Buffalo Bills Roster, Pre-Training Camp

T.J. Graham is on the roster bubble after two underwhelming seasons to start his career. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Fighting for a Roster Spot

46. Frank Summers, FB
47. J.J. ‘Unga G
48. Erik Pears, RT
49. Seantrel Henderson, LT
50. Chris Gragg, TE
51. Doug Legursky, G/C
52. Ron Brooks, CB
53. Tony Moeaki, TE
54. T.J. Graham, WR
55. Jonathan Meeks, SS
56. Dustin Hopkins, K
57. Jeff Tuel, QB

All of these players can stake a legitimate claim to a roster spot, but each of them has to prove their worth in training camp.

Henderson could end up being thrust into a starting role at left tackle if Glenn misses time, but he’s no lock for a roster spot either. Pears and Legursky struggled as starters last season and are candidates for release this year; ‘Unga has enough talent to beat any of those three offensive linemen out for a spot.

Moeaki and Gragg are likely competing for one roster spot to be the third tight end. Summers, Brooks, Graham and Meeks were all on the roster last season but sit on the bubble this year. Hopkins is a talented young kicker but will have to have an excellent preseason to beat out Carpenter. Tuel struggled when asked to play as a rookie, but is likely to be kept on the roster as the third-string quarterback.

Brian Moorman must beat out Jake Dombrowski for the Bills’ punting job this summer after struggling in 2013. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Must Stand Out to Steal a Roster Spot

58. Stevenson Sylvester, ILB
59. Kenny Ladler, S
60. Evan Rodriguez, FB
61. Jarius Wynn, DE
62. Antoine McClain, G
63. Randell Johnson, OLB (Active/Physically Unable to Perform)
64. Kevin Elliott, WR
65. Brian Moorman, P
66. Mark Asper, G
67. Ramses Barden, WR
68. Nathan Williams, LB
69. Dennis Dixon, QB
70. Tori Gurley, WR
71. Jake Dombrowski, P
72. Brandon Smith, CB
73. Mario Butler, CB

These players are more likely to be on the outside looking in when the regular season roster is set, meaning that an impressive showing will be important for each of them throughout training camp and the roster.

Moorman had an awful season in 2013 while Dombrowski has never punted in an NFL game, but one of them will have to win the punting job unless the Bills sign someone else. The rest of these players project as nothing more than backups and special teams contributors.

The player to watch from this group could be Ladler, an undrafted rookie who could provide competition to Meeks for his roster spot. It might be in the Bills’ best interest to keep Johnson, a seventh-round pick who has intriguing athleticism but is very much a project, on the Physically Unable to Perform list into the regular season so that they can retain his rights without keeping him on the 53-man roster.

Long Shots

74. Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, DE
75. Derek Brim, S
76. Jimmy Gaines, LB
77. Ronnie Wingo, RB
78. Darrin Kitchens, LB
79. Jacquies Smith, LB
80. Macky MacPherson, C
81. Colby Way, DT
82. Chris Summers, WR
83. Damien Jacobs, DT
84. Deon Broomfield, S
85. Edawn Coughman, OT
86. Michael Carter, CB
87. Caleb Holley, WR
88. Jajuan Harley, S
89. Bryan Johnson, DE
90. Kamaal McIlwain, CB

It would come as a surprise if any of these players make the Bills’ final roster. Wingo appeared in two games for the Bills in 2013, but only because of injuries in front of him at the running back position; with this offseason’s additions of Brown and Dixon, he should be shuffled out. None of the other players in this group have ever appeared in a regular-season NFL game.

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One Response to “Ranking Every Player on the 2014 Buffalo Bills Roster, Pre-Training Camp”

  1. Duncan says:

    Good list overall. I would change a few things though.

    I think Tuel would be better suited at the “back of the roster” position. I think that Buffalo has zero intention of cutting Tuel, if they did they would have done it a long time ago.

    Hughes, I think, Is a “Key player with something to prove”. The Bills need him to be good opposite of Mario because they have no one else that would be able to fill his shoes competently. Teams would also be able to just double team Mario and not worry about (insert random DE’s name) getting to the QB. We would have to rely heavily on Marcel and Kyle to get interior pressure, and with Dareus facing a suspension our D-line would be in trouble.

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